Day Retreat

"You are such a kind and wonderful teacher and your great instruction really opened up a new world to me.  The whole experience reminded me of one of my favorite quotations:
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anais Nin
Belinda's knowledge, wisdom and skills make her not only a wonderful teacher, but a powerful healer and coach for improved health and overall wellness. She is very gifted at using her training and intuition to personalize a wonderful introduction to yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic medicine in a kind and encouraging atmosphere that promotes positive and open thinking about a balanced lifestyle. " - Jackie

"Walking into Belinda's Clearwater Retreat was as if I had walked into the most sacred space possible. Belinda and her knowledge welcomed me at the door and I knew I would find what I was searching for right then. The space is so beautifully set and as welcoming as Belinda.

From the incredible Polarity session to the most amazing yoga, and a Saturday workshop of finding your path through ceremony,  me and my body reconnected in harmony.

 Belinda assisted me with the extra things I could do after my polarity session. We talked about taking back our power, potency, and stepping into being all we came here to be.

The yoga class on Sunday morning was amazing as we strengthened and stretched and breathed into oneness within self where I was able to let go of the remaining debris I was so wanting to release.

We briefly discussed the Ayruvedic lifestyle through eating, movement and meditation and what was possible. 

Arriving home, I have been able to apply all that was shared and I am so grateful for Belinda and her gifts and knowledge.

I continue to practice and be and will return to Clearwater Retreat again soon." - Meri

Yoga at the Retreat

"To take a yoga class with Belinda on the deck at Clearwater Retreat is a most magical and special experience. I have taken many yoga classes with a variety of instructors over the past decade and Belinda's classes stand out as being among the most enjoyable and exceptional !

 Surrounded by the energy and beauty of land, trees and sky, Belinda leads you through a series of flowing postures with grace, ease, and a wonderful sense of play. I don't think I've ever been as present in a yoga practice, in body, mind & spirit, as I am in her classes.I leave feeling fit,  balanced,  revitalized, relaxed and profoundly grateful!" - KL

"Nice job on your speech last night--friendly, informal and informative, and free food besides" - ES

Thought it would give you at least a smile to know how much Kiana liked your classes.  She begged to go to the Saturday class, and remarked over and over again how much she enjoyed it.  I even had no problem getting her up at 7:30 AM on a Saturday, a true accomplishment. To have an influence on such a young and beautiful girl is a nice feeling, eh?  You are a pro! - E

Ayurvedic Cooking Classes

"Belinda, your Ayurvedic cooking class was so much fun! I learned about my Dosha's, my strengths and challenges.  We learned how to use food, oils, herbs and spices to help keep ourselves in balance.  Our food, wine, sauces and company was absolutely AMAZING.  What a treat!!  Can't wait for the next one." Susan Depew

 

"Thank you for a delicious and convivial evening" - D

"Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, your home and your cooking skills tonight.  Its a delight to experience." - GP

"You were very charming and the dinner was good." - E

 

Yoga for Athletes

"Having you and Emily come up to the College Prep Overnight camp last year was a phenomenal experience.  After 3 days of intense training where we pushed players physically and mentally, you worked with all of them on the final evening.  I was astonished at the level of focus and willingness to fully participate in your session by all of the players.  They were trying to attempt the more challenging positions and were completely engaged.  The program you took them through and the emphases was exactly what i wanted the players to experience.  Learning how to stretch and take care of your body is important and the mental aspect of focusing on releasing their stress and channeling the energy into the big game the next day was unique"   - Mark Goodrich, Manager, 3d Lacrosse, New England

Players showed up at the next activity saying things like:

"I feel so much better"

"that was amazing"

"i think I'm going to start doing yoga now"

"felt great to stretch everything out and to relax the mind like that towards the end of the week"

 

"Working with Belinda Macri and her Wellness as a Way of Life program with my high school football team this summer was a complete success. After learning more about her program, I realized that Belinda’s knowledge and expertise takes yoga to a whole new level and even though her approach caters to all ages, shapes, sizes, experience and walks of life, Belinda tailored a workout for high school age student-athletes and focused more on proper stretching as a training way to prepare mind and body for athletic competition and the upcoming season. The atmosphere was focused, friendly, and empowering; the players responded well to Belinda’s program and carried forth her exercises and strategies into the Fall. I couldn’t be more appreciative for her efforts."— Andrew Morency, Head Football Coach, Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.

"Belinda Macri is an expert in health and wellness. She worked successfully with my students-athletes at Hamilton Wenham High School (Massachusetts); and on top of that, she is a great person!  Her knowledge and leadership is much appreciated!"  - Andrew, teacher-head coach

Energy Healing:

"About ten months ago, I found Belinda’s website when I was searching Tong Ren. Her website was full of positive and helpful information, so I felt very comfortable in calling her to see if she could help me increase my physical and emotional energy. After just speaking briefly with her, I actually felt hopeful that I really could feel better.

We began a series of telephone sessions that included a combination of talking things over and Tong Ren healing. With each session, I felt encompassed with nourishing support and compassion. Belinda’s sense of humor and insight made whatever I was dealing with at the time feel so much lighter and more manageable. She has the rare ability to listen intuitively, going beyond the words, so that you feel very supported and understood. Thanks to these telephone session with Belinda, my energy, overall strength and outlook have improved to the point that this past year became one of healing and accomplishment beyond what I thought was possible.
The following is a quote attributed to Albert Schweitzer that I think describes my experience with Belinda: “In everyone’s life, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle this inner spirit.”
I will always treasure our work together and I am truly grateful that I was lucky enough to find her. Thank you, Belinda!"   — Deb

"It is hard for me to put into words how transformational my time with Belinda has been. Just spending time with her is both soothing and inspiring because of her approach to life, loving kindness and happy demeanor. Significantly, her work has been instrumental in recharging my life. Her work on aligning my energies has taken me from a broken, 45 year old male back to the person I was who enjoyed life and was enthusiastic about my work and personal life. I am so fortunate to have a very caring and loving wife and children, but I still slipped into a dark and scary depression. Remarkably, I sit here writing about someone I have only recently met but feel has been critical to my turn around. Belinda assisted me in daily lifestyle practices to elevate the healing process; such as, breathing techniques, nutrition tips, spending time in nature, exercise, sights and smells to enliven my spirit. I can’t thank you enough for helping to bring joy back into my life. You are a gift. As you can imagine, I enthusiastically endorse Belinda and her work.” — Ryan

"I have known Belinda since 2009 where we studied Journey Into Healing together. I immediately knew upon our meeting that she was the healing entity that I had been searching for. After having several hip revisions, and had had a diagnosis with stage 4 melanoma cancer, it was the utmost importance that I surround myself with someone who could understand my dietary needs, and physically challenges, while a the same time helping me understand things that perhaps I did not grasp. Belinda, took the time to walk me with, shield me from large groups, and listen to my every need as if I were the only person in the world. This year I was diagnosed with a new cancer adenocarcinoma stage 3, and it was noted that I needed someone who could caretake me 24 hours a day at least for the first week. I required someone who could help me walk 3-6 times daily providing support, and encouragement. I also needed someone who could cook, and help me with bathing, changing my dressings, and flushing out my feeding tube. Now, I had interviewed nurses, and caregivers here in my community, but I did not feel the safety, the nurturing care, and someone who was so to speak, I had an outline of my gastric an dietary needs. Belinda and I meditated daily, we stretched the best we could, and she encouraged me to flex my freedom where I was able, all at the same time keeping a watchful eye on me. Belinda, corresponded well with my doctors, nurses, and took thorough notes on my needs, noting my pulse, temperature and blood pressure daily. She woke several times in the evening to make sure I was taking my medications, without ever wincing at the time. If you are ever in need of someone to just sit with you, listen to you or provide you medical services that are not covered, please do consider Belinda’s services. She is better than most nurses, highly competent and wants only for what is best for the patient. She is flexible in price and will work with you. Her motive is authentic, and that is to make sure you are on the road to full and total recovery. I highly recommend her services and her indomitable spirit. She also has a smile that can change the climate of a room, embraces your friends and family as if she has known them for years. Again, I have worked with caregivers for 33 years, and I highly recommend her services. If you or your family should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the listed information below.  With deepest gratitude,— Deborah Shemesh

"I contacted Belinda after an annual routine checkup. The reason being the doctor said if my thyroid stimulation hormone was not lower I would have to start taking medication. My last resort was to take medication for hypothyroidism so I called Belinda to see what she would recommend. After our consultation and Belinda learning more about me, she provided a course of action to take. Belinda also consulted with an Ayurvedic doctor at the Chopra Center who confirmed the recommendation of taking Ashwaganda and Guggulu, Ayurvedic herbs. She mentioned an Endocrinologist who has used both herbs to stimulate thyroid function and has been successful at weaning people off thyroid meds. These herbs can also help reduce triglycerides. How the doshas relate; the thyroid can be affected by access Pitta (inflammation which leads to destruction of thyroid tissue) or a Kapha imbalance (sluggish functioning of glandular tissue). Along with taking the herbs a few lifestyle tips were given to assist in the healing; Meditation, Yoga & exercise, Pranayama (breath work). Belinda recommended doing the lifestyle practices and taking the herbs for three months; then be retested.

Results: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone on 8/21 = 5.7 and on 12/5 = 3.39. A significant drop occurred. The Target Range is .4-4.5.

I also felt my overall health was better, I was not experiencing weight fluctuations, sleep improved, a dreaded annual sinus infection never came; what I learned to be the many wonderful side effects of Ashwaganda and Guggulu.” – Paula


“I continue to practice what you have been teaching me and I hear your soft peaceful voice often. Today if you were to ask me what I have learned so far from you my answer would be – to forgive myself for when I feel I have failed, love myself and my body today. My body didn’t turn on me and gain all this weight my thoughts are doing it. I continue to work towards a healthier lifestyle."— Kathy
"It is hard for me to put into words how transformational my time with Belinda has been. Just spending time with her is both soothing and inspiring because of her approach to life, loving kindness and happy demeanor. Significantly, her work has been instrumental in recharging my life. Her work on aligning my energies has taken me from a broken, 45 year old male back to the person I was who enjoyed life and was enthusiastic about my work and personal life. I am so fortunate to have a very caring and loving wife and children, but I still slipped into a dark and scary depression. Remarkably, I sit here writing about someone I have only recently met but feel has been critical to my turn around. Belinda assisted me in daily lifestyle practices to elevate the healing process; such as, breathing techniques, nutrition tips, spending time in nature, exercise, sights and smells to enliven my spirit. I can’t thank you enough for helping to bring joy back into my life. You are a gift. As you can imagine, I enthusiastically endorse Belinda and her work.”— Ryan 2013
"About ten months ago, I found Belinda’s website when I was searching Tong Ren. Her website was full of positive and helpful information, so I felt very comfortable in calling her to see if she could help me increase my physical and emotional energy. After just speaking briefly with her, I actually felt hopeful that I really could feel better.

We began a series of telephone sessions that included a combination of talking things over and Tong Ren healing. With each session, I felt encompassed with nourishing support and compassion. Belinda’s sense of humor and insight made whatever I was dealing with at the time feel so much lighter and more manageable. She has the rare ability to listen intuitively, going beyond the words, so that you feel very supported and understood. Thanks to these telephone session with Belinda, my energy, overall strength and outlook have improved to the point that this past year became one of healing and accomplishment beyond what I thought was possible.

The following is a quote attributed to Albert Schweitzer that I think describes my experience with Belinda: “In everyone’s life, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle this inner spirit.”  I will always treasure our work together and I am truly grateful that I was lucky enough to find her. Thank you, Belinda!"— Deb

YOGA AND CORPORATE WELLNESS

"Belinda Macri, Wellness Lifestyle Consultant, did a wonderful job providing a lunch time yoga course, with our staff, here at Project Adventure in Beverly, MA. The yoga classes were enjoyable, educational and everyone participating looked forward to the classes each week. Belinda provided us with additional tips and techniques for enhancing ones performance on the job by doing certain yoga techniques at ones desk. As a Manager in the organization it was clear that Belinda’s yoga class positively impacted employee morale, job satisfaction and performance. The employees involved are really looking forward to working with Belinda again in the near future."— Peter, Director of Adventure Services at PA
"I first met Belinda while working at Project Adventure, in Beverly, MA. It was a great pleasure to practice with Belinda as she is a very nurturing, kind, and insightful instructor. I admire Belinda’s grace, calmness and inspiration. She integrates a great deal of variety from class to class and provides careful instruction on continual refinement of the foundations of yoga on which we are building. A particularly impressive quality of Belinda’s instruction is the individual attention and support she gives to each of her students.

The energy fostered during our mid-day session allowed me to stay more focused throughout the remainder of the work day. Our practice helped to create physical and mental “balance”, that I truly believe results in a more positive attitude in the workplace.

I cannot recommend Belinda more highly for future corporate-sponsored programs. She is enthusiastic and a supportive instructor maintaining a professional demeanor appropriate to a corporate environment. She is prompt, organized, and always well prepared. She is especially good at organizing her classes to accommodate the varied expertise levels that one may find in a company sponsored class. Her contribution to our employee wellness benefits was hugely efficacious."— Alyssa, employee of PA
"Belinda’s touch is almost magical. I once had a yoga teacher put hands on assistance during a pose and she pushed too hard and pulled a muscle. I was out for 2 months! With Belinda she has a very good sense of how much to assist the stretch versus forcing it which was my previous (negative) experience. Belinda has such a great range of poses she offers as a result of really listening effectively. I really hope and would look forward to more yoga sessions with Belinda."— Peter
"Belinda, I just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed and looked forward to the hour long lunch time yoga sessions that were held at our office this past autumn. The sessions gave me a chance to decompress, refocus and re-energize by allowing me to remove myself from sitting at a desk to stretch and energize tight muscles and of course focus on breathing. The calming effect was much appreciated and made the rest of the work day a bit more relaxed."— Suzanne, employee of PA
"Yoga in the yurt with Belinda was a spiritually rewarding experience. I always left class feeling rejuvenated. She led the class with such calm serenity and peace that it always made me look forward to the next yoga class. I loved how she also shared good tips to help us with any issues we were having. I can’t wait to take another yoga class of Belinda’s."— Lynn
"Belinda, you provided a rich and wonderful experience to your students practicing yoga this Fall. I felt renewed and refreshed after my weekly class with you. As a teacher, you were attentive to everyone’s individual needs and were able to offer many insights and healing methods from your Ayurvedic training. Your ability to introduce music, breath work and seasonal health advise was unique as was the yurt in which we all met."— Joan

Taking Flight - Wellness Program for Students

“Very relaxing and centering”I will use the deep breathing technique."— Governor's Academy Student

“So relaxed after each class”  I will use the meditation technique the most."— Governor's Academy Student

“It was nice to learn how to de-stress” I will use all the breathing techniques the most."— Governor's Academy Student

“Really informative and relaxing” I will use the breathing techniques the most."— Governors Academy Student

“Belinda's calm voice provided for a really serene and relaxing class environment. I really liked how interactive her class was. It allowed participants connect with each other more and also with Belinda. I learned a lot both from her and from other students! Also from a logistical/Solstitium team perspective, she was super nice and very easy to work with!” –Marta D.

“I had an amazing time during Belinda’s 5 senses talk. I have continued to think about the colors and tastes in my food. I appreciated that the tricks she use to awaken the senses weren’t radical changes that one had to make. I also really enjoyed her talk about finding your dosha in the afternoon. She really listened to each concern and made every person feel heard. I have since used the oil trick before bed, and I have had an easier time falling asleep. I really appreciated that she donated her time to come speak to us, and I would love to hear from her again.” –Claire G.

“Love her! She was so approachable and kind. She made me think objectively about my 5 different senses in a way I have never felt before, which is amazing because we use our senses all of the time. I also love the self-massage technique she taught us. I am interested in learning more from her because she is so knowledgeable.”-Caroline M.

“Belinda was really helpful and you could tell she really wanted to make a connection between herself and every member of the class :) I loved it and am definitely going to look into Clearwater Retreat!” – Erin M.

 "I only went to the mindful eating with chocolate, but I liked it a lot because it taught me how to be more present in the moment and enjoy the food I was eating and not just eat it quickly and be done with it like I usually do. Belinda reminded me of how I need to be grateful for the food I eat and I appreciated her bringing that lesson up." Sara C.

“Belinda has an innate talent for sharing her knowledge of health and wellness in a way that is approachable and accessible to all. So much of what I learned from her was knowledge that I had little or no prior exposure to, which made taking part in her programs especially refreshing and exciting. I left each of her programs feeling a deeper sense of connection to myself. The two programs that provided me with the strongest sense of this connection were her Yoga Nidra and her “Finding Your Dosha” talk. Belinda emanates such incredible energy and her efforts to connect with people on an individual level really enhance the overall experience of her programs.” –Lilly D.

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"I wanted to share with you how wonderful it has been to have you as part of my monthly schedule. My students get very excited when they know you are at Buker for Yoga. You have given them all the gift of using a variety of techniques (yoga poses) to adjust their “engine” for many different learning experiences. They use these poses to calm themselves when they have too much energy or to wake themselves up when they are feeling low energy. During yoga I am amazed at how quiet and relaxed you have the children and how they know just what is expected! You radiate positive energy and they feed off of that! Look forward to your next visit."— Kathy, teacher

"We at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club have been fortunate enough to partner with One for Health to offer a weekly yoga program for our youth members.    Lead by passionate instructors, Emily and Belinda, OFH yoga was able to help our club promote a healthy lifestyle with a variety of poses, deep breathing and meditation practices for the kids.  In what is typically a controlled chaotic environment in the club's gymnasium, it was nice to see the peace and tranquility that was achieved through Emily and Belinda's focused trainings.  This peace and tranquility lead to increased concentration and supported a calm, clear mind, bringing kids into the present moment."            - Chris, Program Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown

"The kids loved the program!"         - Deborah, Program Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Haverhill

"Kids LOVE the yoga!"                       - Amanda, Program Director  of the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence

"Classroom yoga supports our ability to self regulate.  Teachers also benefit through learning new strategies that promote a healthy learning environment." -Mr. O'Donohue, Principle

"When I do classroom yoga, I feel relaxed and comfortable."— Coleman

"One thing about classroom yoga is that I get very calm."— Natalie

"When I heard the word “shanti” it made me feel quiet inside." — Hahyun

"Classroom yoga helps me to not feel my worries."— Jamison

"I feel energized after classroom yoga!"— Ben

"Mrs. Macri helps me to settle down."— Fletcher

"Mrs. Macri is a generous and kind teacher."— Coleman

Ayurvedic Detox Program - Purify

“I recently completed the ZRii All Natural Cleanse. I found it to be extremely user friendly, and experienced great results in only 7 days. At no time did I experience hunger or food cravings, the fiber supplement was not harsh or aggressive and the Detox capsules were easy on my stomach.

A few days after completing the cleanse I experienced a wonderful sense of well being! Hard to describe you just have to try it!

I would definitely recommend this product and look forward to doing another Detox with every change in season.”— Linda

“I was recently guided through a cleanse with a focus on weight loss by Wellness as a Way of Life Consultant, Ms. Belinda Macri, using the Zrii Purify Program. Given some prior experiences I had expected some measure of discomfort both physically and emotionally. However, this turned out to be an extremely positive experience with no discomfort whatsoever. Ms. Macri was a huge support guiding me through the process and coaching me on what I should or should not eat during the cleanse. As a result, I reached my goal of losing weight, 8 lbs. in seven days, and feel better than I have in a long time. I strongly endorse Ms. Macri and the Zrii products she uses.”— Peter

“Thank you Belinda for inviting me to join you for a week of purification and cleansing. I loved the Zrii products, your private consultation to explain the program and your supportive email messages. It was so easy, I continued with the cleanse for another week afterwards using up the remaining Achieve shakes, Fiber and Oil products. The Dutch Chocolate Achieve shakes are delicious and I even ordered more for occasional meal replacements when I am too busy or unmotivated to prepare food for myself. I blend the Achieve powder with Almond Milk, Frozen Wild Blueberries and a few ice cubes. Yum!

I felt strong and energized all week and enjoyed that all my meals were planned out. I enjoyed nuts and fresh fruit if I needed a snack. To ensure success, I cleared my calendar of social commitments and exercise. I lost about 3-4 pounds and have kept it off for a month now. I would definitely do this again and highly recommend it to others. The cleanse also left me with a heightened awareness to make better, more nourishing food choices.”— Joan