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Join Takeyah in Jamaica this October


Well, herein lies the opportunity…

to remember the feeling of warm sand under your feet.

to treat your body like the sacred temple it is.

to tend to your wounds in peace.

to eat, sleep, and play in surreal surroundings

to indulge in something particularly worthwhile… YOURSELF.

It’s not easy to keep YOURSELF in mind, is it?

Life is so full of…appointments, obligations, responsibilities, to-do lists…Stimuli.

You’re busy building a great life for yourself, one step at a time, and for that I applaud you. But in all that DOING, something inside you craves a core connection with that version of yourself that is content with simply BEING.



Join Takeyah in Jamaica for Yoga + Wellness Retreat


Hike to a hidden river.

Peruse unique artistry.

Watch the sun set over vast mountains.

Eat well and often.

Allow yourself to be served for a change.


Come learn from women who have transformed their lives from wounded and overwhelmed to authentically and holistically WELL.


Your soul is already here, waiting for your body to catch up.

Don’t leave her waiting. Come get reacquainted with a less hurried, more inspired you.


Join Takeyah in Jamaica for a 4-day experience indulging in the most divine destination, you! Enjoy a stay at Bromley, a beautiful retreat home in the hills above Ocho Rios. Take part in wellness workshops that focus on creating an implementable wellness plan, infusing radical self expression, and exploring your relationship with food. The daily outdoor yoga classes with a certified yoga instructor will invite you to gently stretch your mind and your body. Enjoy 3 delicious meals that go beyond teasing your palate to satisfying you daily. The nature-based excursions will let you see a side of Jamaica that you never knew existed. There will be time for personal attention with private health and lifestyle coaching and deep-tissue massage.





Let the energy of authentic Jamaican, low-frills life take the wheel for a while.

You deserve that. Right?

REGISTER TODAY and celebrate one more step toward your Highest Self.


Join us in Jamaica!

April Thompson shares her CCL Yoga + Wellness Retreat Experience
I was a bit skeptical about the all vegan menu, but I never left the table hungry…from cassava pancakes to vegan chocolate and everything in between. Who knew meatless could be so good! … I got a lot from the discussions, interactions and one-on-one coaching. Most importantly, I met a group of phenomenal women who opened up and shared a bit of themselves as we all worked on overcoming fears and roadblocks to become better versions of ourselves. Thank you ladies for that!

— April Thompson of Absolute Travel Addict


Who is this retreat for?

This experience is for the woman who craves a deeper connection with her most fulfilled self—body and soul. If you are curious about ways to infuse self-care, self-expression, and overall wellness into your daily life, this is your scene.

From the woman who has never stepped foot in a yoga studio, to the yogi in practice, and the variations in between—this space is being held for your intention to take living personally. Incredible adventure and powerful silence both reside in this retreat.

We will serve a common goal: your Core Connection in life, and when we conclude, rest assured you’ll glow from the inside out. If you desire to laugh and learn with women who prioritize genuine wellness and authentic joy, reserve your space today.


Bromley Jamaica Yoga RetreatSample Daily Schedule

Sample Daily Schedule*
7:30 8:30 AM Yoga
8:30 10:00 AM Delicious, Healthy Breakfast & Free Time
10:00 1:00 PM Excursion
1:00 4:30 PM Delicious, Healthy Lunch & Free Time
4:30 6:30 PM Lifestyle Workshop or Yoga
7:00 8:00 PM Delicious, Healthy Dinner
8:00 9:00 PM Evening Gathering or Free Time
* Schedule will vary each day with yoga,workshops & excursions (subject to change).


Takeyah Young, Life Balance Expert

Your Guides

Speaker, Lifestyle Expert, Health Coach + Yogi, Takeyah A. Young, offers access to and strategies for personal sustainability. Each of us have a Lifestyle Equation that equals clarity + confidence in our bodies and minds; her work helps people design that space.

An engineer by training, an educator in practice, and an entrepreneur at heart™, she uniquely integrates her background with her coaching, live teaching and speaking offerings with an emphasis on soul-centered wellness practices that facilitate mindful eating, body awareness, and an overall heightened knowledge of your body’s unique needs.

Her human potential company, Core Connection Lifestyle, invites women to develop Lifestyle Equations for Taking Living Personally™. She and her clients focus on core value/daily action alignment, self-exploration, and ultimately, addressing and providing solutions to the challenges they’ve had in creating and maintaining optimal health and wellness.

The second daughter of parents from Trinidad and Tobago with a passport on constant rotation, she considers herself a global woman. Having many sides, Takeyah describes herself, in her six-word memoir as a “colorful, nature woman with well-traveled accessories”.






Stop presenting. Start being present!

That’s the life chant™ at The Life Design Agency, brainchild of Akilah S. Richards, entrepreneur, author, and advocate of all things Woman’s Emotional Wellness.

Akilah‘s Work-Life mantra—Define, Design and Live your Fullest Version of Woman—has landed her in the role of trusted lifestyle management resource for women who crave less stressful, more fulfilled lives.

Akilah continues to be called upon to share her effective Life Design strategies that explore lifestyle topics such as entrepreneurship, marriage, parenting, and partnerships.

She speaks at women’s conferences, health and wellness-based events in the United States and the Caribbean, and at her self-produced events that provide lifestyle guidance to WMEs (Women, Mothers, Entrepreneurs).

Coverage in national publications both online and in print help Akilah connect and serve a diverse group of women.

The Jamaican-born lover of good books and meaningful music resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.

Learn more at AkilahSRichards.com
Akilah’s Latest Book: The Execumama’s Survival Kit



Shelley Chapman will be speaking at Core Connection Lifestyle's Wellness + Yoga Retreat in JamaicaShelley Chapman, Food Relationship Coach™. Your approach to food is your approach to life.” That’s Shelley Chapman’s philosophy, and as lifelong food relationship enthusiast who has traveled extensively throughout North America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, Shelley—more widely acknowledged as The Food Relationship Coach™—knows how people and food collaborate and conspire to either uplift or take power away from each other.

Shelley’s reach continues to widen, as does her experience in food relationship coaching. Nationally, Shelley has hosted food relationship events in Atlanta, Washington D.C and New York, and was called upon to consult with Teach for America on team building through culinary activities.





The Venue

Bromley Jamaica Pool


At Bromley in St. Ann, take the time out from a busy life to be inspired and rejuvenated by the beauty of lush surroundings. Bromley’s high ceilings, generous bedroom suites and extensive private wrap-around balconies are ideal for quiet reflection or our group gatherings.

Experience a Jamaica few get to see and get a taste of authentic country life, white sand beaches, rivers and waterfalls and infectious vibrant pulse and rhythms of the island.

Hike down a gorge to swim in the pristine waters of the White River, treat yourself to a unique spa treatment at a nearby ocean spa while being calmed by soft salty breezes from the Caribbean.



Retreat Investment

$1300 double occupancy [register by 4/30 and save $125]

$1700 single occupancy [limited spaces]


Special offers:

Make the full investment by 4/30 and save $125!

Monthly installment plan available.

Prices include: 3 meals/day and 4 nights accommodations; yoga & wellness sessions; group excursions; airport transfer to/from venue in St. Ann.

Prices do not include: Airfare to Jamaica; transport to/from other parts of Jamaica to Montego Bay; additional activities and outings to local sites; additional meals and snacks.

Our retreat begins on Thursday, October 4th with dinner and ends after breakfast on Tuesday, October 8th.


Investment Options

There are three investment options available:

  • In-full Investment: $1175 by 4/30
  • Standard Investment Plan: $350 Deposit + two $475 installments [see chart below for single occupancy]
  • Monthly Investment Plan: $350 Deposit by 3/31 + six $170 installments [see chart below for single occupancy]

I’m ready to join you in Jamaica, Takeyah. Sign me up!


:: FULL + STANDARD Investment Plan ::

Core Connection Lifestyle Retreat View from Bromley Balcony


US & Other US & Other Jamaican
Double Single Double
FULL Investment (by 4/30) $1175 $1575
STANDARD Investment Plan Double Single Double
Payment #1/Deposit $350 $450 TBD
Payment #2 (by 6/15) $475 $625 TBD
Payment #3 (by 8/15) $475 $625 TBD
STANDARD Investment Plan TOTAL $1300 $1700 TBD


Register by April 30th, to sign-up for the standard investment plan. The first payment (a non-refundable deposit of $350 [$450 for single]) reserves your space on the retreat. Once you sign up, you will make 2 additional payments by credit card (via PayPal) according to the schedule. You can still register after April 30th, if there is space available. However, you must pay the deposit + the investment amount due according to the investment schedule. Register with the standard investment plan. It is your responsibility to read and understand the cancellation policy before making a reservation.


:: MONTHLY Investment Plan ::

Core Connection Lifestyle Yoga + Wellness Retreat Akilah in hammock reflecting

US & Other
MONTHLY Investment Plan Double Single
Payment #1/Deposit $350 n/a
6 Monthly Payments: #2 – #7 (by 9/15) $170 n/a
MONTHLY Investment Plan TOTAL $1370 n/a

Register by March 31st, to sign-up for the monthly investment plan. The first payment of $350 reserves your space on the retreat . Once you sign up, you will make 6 monthly payments of $170 by credit card (via PayPal). This option is only available until March 31, 2012. If you choose the monthly installment plan, the balance payments should be made by credit card by each payment date until the full payment is completed on September 15, 2012. Once you make your deposit, you will receive information about the following monthly payments. The monthly plan is not available for single occupancy. Register with the monthly investment plan. It is your responsibility to read and understand the cancellation policy before making a reservation.


Ready to Register?

To reserve your space in paradise with us or to make a payment, please CLICK HERE or the image below:

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Contact Info

For more information visit, http://www.coreconnectionlifestyle.com/jamaica2012 or e-mail hello@coreconnectionlifestyle.com.

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Pictures from the 2011 Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Jamaica

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What’s included in this trip?

Your Yoga & Wellness Retreat package includes:

  • 4-night stay at Bromley, a beautiful retreat home in the hills above Ocho Rios
  • 1 – 2 mixed level yoga classes daily with Takeyah Young (Certified Yoga Teacher)
  • 3 delicious meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Wellness workshops that will teach you tools for creating and taking consistent action on your wellness plan
  • 1 private coaching session with Takeyah A. Young (Certified Holistic Health Coach)
  • 1 relaxing deep-tissue massage to help relax your body
  • 2 nature-based excursions (hike and river swim, private beach, etc.)
  • Ground transportation to/from retreat excursions
  • Round-trip airport transfer from Sangster’s International Airport in Montego Bay

Optional: Additional private coaching sessions, private yoga sessions, spa services, excursions, etc. available at participant’s expense.

Is this trip as amazing as I think it is?

Yes, m’am. Here is another comment from one of last year’s attendees:


Sheena Tatum testifies about CCL Yoga + Wellness Retreat


I am still reflecting over the fabulous time that I had; the adventure, the laughs, the tears, the inspiration that ensued… I want to highlight the lovely female artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the rolling hills. These women inspire me to take my creative works to another level, tap into new genres of creative works even, be free, and also step up my sustainable efforts.

— Sheena Tatum of Sophistishe

This was truly a time to pay attention to self, relax and just simply – – chill. As organizer, Takeyah Young of Core Connection Lifestyle put it, “It was a time to go within, tap into that which resonates at your core and take action.” The vegan-style menu for all three daily meals, yoga at the house and on the beach, the one-on-one coaching sessions, the Take Living Personally workshop by Takeyah, and Akilah Richards of www.Execumama.com fame’s Live Your Grain workshop all made this retreat an event to never, ever forget.

50+ Chit Chat


Also, check out the pictures from last year above and on the CCL Retreats Flickr Group.

I have never stepped a foot on a yoga mat, are the classes suitable for beginners? I am a yogi, what about me?

This retreat is open to yogis on all levels, newbies to yogis to gurus. The daily mixed-level classes will be paced based on participants’ level from beginners to experienced.

I am traveling by myself and want to share a room, do I have to find my own roommate?

If you select the shared room registration option, you can let us know who you would like to room with (if you have a preference). If you select the shared room option and you do not know who you would like to share a room with or you are registering by yourself, we will match you with a roommate for the retreat. We play nice with others, so I am sure you will make a great connection.

Can I bring my significant other, partner or special friend, who also happens to be a man?

This retreat is designed for women. The venue is a guest house, so there is not much to do at the venue unless you are with the group. We are generally together as a group for most of the trip, including meals, yoga, workshops and excursions. Plus, we don’t think your partner would like coming all the way to Jamaica to be stuck in his room, you know.

You both are more than welcome to stay at the venue before or after the retreat. If either of those options appeal to you, please let us know.
Core Connection Lifestyle Retreat Food; Jamaican callaloo and ackee

What will the food be like at the retreat?

If the picture at the right doesn’t entice you, continue reading. We will have 3 vegetarian meals daily featuring Jamaican cuisine. Vegan (all plant-based) options will be available at every meal during the retreat. If you have any food allergies or sensitivities, please note them on your registration form.

Will dining be available outside of the three meals offered each day?

Formal dining is not available outside of the three meals offered each day. However, the venue staff will be available to accommodate special requests (at the cost of the guest).

Do I have to participate in every activity?

We have designed an itinerary with you in mind and to help you to relax, breath, and enjoy the little things in life. The retreat is designed for you to enjoy yourself and experience new things. We have a feeling that you wont want to miss out on the fun and our dynamic energy. However, each participant has a choice of which activities they choose to participate. You do not have to participate in all the activities but we will miss you should you choose not to participate.

What happens once I register?

Once you register, you’ll receive and e-mail confirmation. Within 1-2 days of registering, you will receive a Registration Packet by e-mail. The packet will contain your registration form, outline the investment options, give you guidance around travel departure and arrival, etc.

What do I pack?

We will be in a relaxed, tropical environment. We suggest keeping things simple. Your pre-arrival packet will provide a suggested list of things to pack.

Which airport should I fly into?

Your arrival airport is Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay.

Friendly reminder: Airfare is not included in the retreat investment price. You must book and invest in your airfare separately.

When should I book my flight? What time should I book my flight for?

After you register, you will receive guidance on the best time to book your trip. We anticipate that the airport pickup will be between 11am – 1pm. However, airport pickups will be finalized once all participant flight arrival info is received, and trips will be combined where possible to accommodate everyone. We will request travel and flight information from you after you register.

How far is Bromley from the airport?

It is approximately a 45-minute drive from Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) to Bromley.

Can I stay at the venue longer?

You can stay at Bromley after retreat activities have concluded. We will provide details on how to make those arrangements after you register.

I’m psyched, I want to reserve my spot?

Cool beans. I’m sure we still have a spot for you. To reserve your space in paradise with us or to make a payment CLICK HERE.

Yikes, something major came up and I need to cancel my registration. What do I do?

In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please in form the the retreat coordinator in writing/by e-mail at hello [AT] coreconnectionlifestyle [DOT] com.

Takeyah A. Young/Core Connection Lifestyle does not offer cash/check or credit card refunds for any reason (with the exception of a cancellation more than 180 days before the retreat start date). All deposits are non-refundable. A portion of your investment may be used as credit for another retreat within two years of your original retreat date. We will gladly transfer your credit to an alternate participant of your choosing (who has not already registered).

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply. Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  • If you cancel more than 180 days before the retreat start date, your investment will be refunded. However, you will forfeit your retreat deposit.
  • If you cancel 90 – 179 days before the retreat start date, you will receive a credit for the investment, to be applied to another Core Connection Lifestyle retreat. However, you will forfeit your retreat deposit.
  • If you cancel 60 – 89 days before the retreat start date, you will receive a credit for 75% of your investment, to be applied to another Core Connection Lifestyle retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the total retreat investment.
  • If you cancel 30 – 59 days before the retreat start date, you will receive a credit for 40% of your investment, to be applied to another Core Connection Lifestyle retreat. You will forfeit 60% of the total retreat investment.
  • If you cancel 29 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire investment.

There is no exception to the cancellation policy including weather or personal emergencies, flight cancellations or delays. While there are options for arranging partial retreat attendance in advance, we do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early. You must submit your signed Participant Agreement form within one week/7 business days of booking or 90 days prior to retreat start date, whichever comes first.


Terms & Conditions

Takeyah A. Young/Core Connection Lifestyle assumes no responsibility nor liability in whole or in part for any delays, delayed or changed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, damage, weather, strikes, acts of God/Universe/Creator/Higher Power, circumstances beyond our control, force majeure, war, quarantine, criminal activity, expense, accident, sickness, injury or death to person or property, or mechanical defect, failure, or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, restaurant, transportation or other services, for any substitution of hotels beyond our control, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby.

If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you miss the entire retreat, group transfer or are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own additional costs.

Takeyah A. Young/Core Connection Lifestyle reserves the right to make modifications and/or changes in the retreat program and/or accommodations as is deemed necessary. We also reserve the right to cancel any retreat.

In the unlikely event of a cancellation by Core Connection Lifestyle, you may chose to transfer to another Core Connection Lifestyle retreat or receive a full refund of the money you have paid. Core Connection Lifestyle is not responsible for any consequential expenses or damages incurred as a result of any cancellation, including, but not limited to costs spent in preparation, non-refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa and passport fees, lost income and any other related losses or expenses.


Yoga & Wellness Retreat. Private Beach in Jamaica