An International Women’s Day Conference, Retreat & Celebration on Isla Mujeres

Team We Move Forward

The Mindful Movement Team

Participants nurture their bodies and souls through daily mindful movement sessions.  The Mindful Movement Team practitioners offer a variety of yoga, pilates and meditation classes with choices suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  Mary Ann will once again be providing participants with mini-massages throughout each day!

Raychelle Heath is returning to WMF, and will be facilitating yoga sessions on Days 2 and 3. She has studied yoga in Hawaii, The Marshall Islands, Bali, and the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, where she received her yoga teacher certification. Ray has also studied meditation at the beautiful Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to being a yogi, Ray is a poet, artist, and teacher. Originally from Winnsboro, South Carolina, her many travels have made her a citizen of the world.

Bonnie Hamilton (Jasmeet Kaur) arrived on Isla Mujeres 30 years ago and it has been home ever since. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and received her teacher’s certificate for Kundalini yoga in 2010. Bonnie and her husband, Ariel, own and operate Sea Hawk Dive Shop and Suites. Bonnie teaches yoga weekly with Yoga Life-Isla Mujeres.

Sabina Tamm will be returning to WMF 2018 to provide morning seaside meditation circles. She came to Isla Mujeres 28 years ago and fell in love with the place and a new lifestyle. She likes to say that her world went from black and white to color when she moved from Germany to Isla in 1988. During this time Sabina developed her spiritual knowledge and established a variety of successful businesses. She currently teaches and works in the field of yoga, meditation, re-birthing, and family constellation. She is also spiritual minister. Over the years, Sabina has married many couples on Isla in unique, personal, and spiritual ceremonies.

Mary Ann Burns, a certified massage therapist and energy worker, will once again provide WMF participants with quickie massages for the entirety of the conference. Mary Ann has been a fulltime resident of Isla Mujeres for 25 years. She first came to Isla for a 2-day tour after living with a Guatemalan family in Antigua to study Spanish. With Isla Mujeres, it was love at first sight, so she returned the following winter and never left. Here she met and married Ricardo Gaitan, who runs the island’s only optical shop and together they have two sons. In the words of a WMF participant, “Mary Ann is such a sweet, caring woman with great hands and a big heart.”

The Making it all Happen Team

Janeen Halliwell – Janeen is the Founder of We Move Forward, and she feels an immense amount of gratitude for every person who together forms Team We Move Forward.  “Team WMF is proof that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’  Each member brings special skills and energy to the team, and when combined, well the magic happens.”

Janna Zinzi – Janna is a social media and communications consultant who brings WMF to life on-line.  Front and center, she’ll be busy again in 2016 with live posting, and providing a hand wherever needed, “because that’s what Janna is all about – getting stuff done and having a great time while doing it, says Janeen. www.jannazinzi.com

Mary MacSporran – Mary, Janeen’s mom, helps with a lot of this and that leading up to WMF.  She also works alongside her good friend, Jan Harrod, helping out with organizing ground transportation and running the information table during the conference.  “My mom is at the core of why WMF exists and moves forward,” says Janeen.

Jan Harrod – Jan raises her hand to help out in any way she can.  In 2016, she will be hosting the registration desk.  Jan brings a bright energy to the team, and as Janeen likes to say, “Jan inspires by just being Jan.

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Tiffany Lanier – Tiffany is involved in planning and managing the set-up, logistics and details at WMF venues. Her expertise in this area ensures a smooth and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Tiffany is the owner and operator of Sunhorse Weddings, a successful business that’s been operating on Isla Mujeres for 10+ years – www.sunhorseweddings.com

Penny Burnham  – Penny is our ‘hands on deck’ for program coordination and participant support to ensure all flows seamlessly with simplicity and grace. Living here on the island, Penny is a talented writer and the author of Jaded Diamond: A journey out of the darkness and into the light, www.jadeddiamond.com.

Paul Fleming  – Paul joined the team in 2016, and helps out with pretty much everything – before, during and after the conference. He is front row and center in Janeen’s cheering section. She is grateful for his brain, moral support, helping hands and faith in her and We Move Forward.

Christy Dix – Christy, a native Southern Californian and now Islena, will again provide English translation during the Mayan blessing.  Christy is a well-loved and respected teacher of Spanish to students of all ages and levels living on, or visiting, Isla Mujeres. www.ontargetlanguage.com

Julie Fraga – Julie creates the WMF website and all promotional materials and she is the photographer throughout the event. Julie developed the first webpage for Isla Mujeres in 1998 www.isla-mujeres.net.  She and her husband, Marco, are the owners of one of Isla’s celebrated restaurants, La Cazuela M & J’s.  “Julie helps make it all happen – and with ease. I am truly blessed to have a colleague and friend in Julie,” says Janeen.

Chris Lane – Chris provides on-site tech support, and will be video-taping the featured talks throughout the 3-days.  Chris is a jack of all trades & great fun to have on the team. He developed and operates one of Isla’s premier websites: www.islamujeres.info and is a real estate agent with www.mundaca.com.mx

Jeff Current – Jeff is WMF’s sound man. As Janeen likes to say, “Jeff puts the polish on the conference by playing the right tunes at the right time, and getting the audio just right. WMF is fortunate to have his humour and talent.” He and his wife, Alison, are the Founders of Isla Animals, a well-established and successful animal rescue on Isla.  Jeff’s WMF fee goes to www.islaanimals.org