HOPE. HEALTH. HEALING.
ARUBA
CONNECTION GETAWAY
FOR
MEN & WOMEN

FEBRUARY 5-11,2023

RENEW.
RESTORE.
RECONNECT IN COMMUNITY.
REBOOT YOU !

EventHighlights

Please Call me if you Want to Attend the October Event 

October 26-November 1, 2022 to See if any Space is Available! 

It’s been too many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and perhaps years since you’ve last put away your troubles and set off for a week away with your most beloved spouse, and friends. It’s time to reunite, reminisce, and make new memories together that will last a lifetime for no reason at all. Taking a trip with your spouse, and friends simply defines the word joy. A getaway to Aruba will deliver plenty of priceless moments, too.

When you touch Aruba, it touches you back. It returns the love with warmth and kindness, natural treasures, and surprises. The island of Aruba is life. Its vibrant palette of brilliant azure seas, deep green aloe plants, and rich orange earth has sustained our people and visitors for centuries.

  • Sharing, caring, and loving one another
  • This is a transformational event for everyone around the world.
  • Allow your soul to soar and be renewed. 
  • We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:
    Please Let’s do a Zoom Connection Let’s Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
    Please contact us at 847-917-9693 or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now! We are so excited you want to attend

The Hope. Health. Healing. Aruba Getaway

• Begin each morning by getting all your Vitamin D in the sand with the sun rising. Start the day with stretching and movement, and a nutritious breakfast

• Begin each morning with praise and worship and an opening prayer
• Develop a strong personal support system using your core values and proven Hope. Health. & Healing principles
• Recognize the signs of personal busyness, being overwhelmed, isolated, and loneliness

  • We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:
    Please Let’s do a Zoom Connection Let’s Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
    Please contact us at 847-917-9693 or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now! We are so excited you want to attend

For Men & Women who want to Connect and Getaway.

What’s a Connection Getaway?

When two or more people spend a week together away from their home, which is free from responsibilities and agendas to a warm & sunny destination by the ocean in Aruba, they can relax, recharge, and rejuvenate their friendship. Why go on a Connection getaway trip?

You Should Take a Connection Getaway Trip:
Research supports that taking a trip with your friends can improve your mental health and long-term happiness, and we know mental wellness is so important for overall health

Whether you’re traveling with your spouse, new acquaintances, or a group of friends, nothing beats a getaway with others for fun, photogenic views, and lots of quality connection time.

For anyone who wants to grow, connect, laugh, play, and experience more Hope. Health. & Healing in their life.

Join us and hear these stories that will:
• Improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being
• Reduce your depression and anxiety.
• Reduce your stress
Hope. Health. Healing. Aruba Couples, Men & Women’s Getaway 

Are you overworked?
Do you feel stressed out or exhausted?
Have you been working long hours and your life is filled with busyness?
Is it time for a break and to spoil yourself?
Imagine releasing anxiety, recharging, and rejuvenating yourself!
Join us February 5-11, 2023 for 6 nights/7 days to a beautiful island getaway that is centered to promote peace from within and a return to well-being.
Put your toes in the sugar white sand on the pristine beaches in Aruba
Go snorkeling in the turquoise waters.
Quiet your mind, escape everyday craziness, and lean into different experiences.
Allow the breath of nature to fill your soul.
Participate in a life-expanding group immersion to balance, reconnect, reset, and reboot yourself!
Join a group of awesome people for a week on the beach.
Gift yourself a fantastic getaway to the Caribbean.
Soak in the best moments on the beach or with a relaxing massage.
Get a taste of fabulous dining experiences at the best local beachfront restaurants.
Leave your stress and worries behind.
Learn tools and techniques to achieve Hope. Health. Healing.

Join us and hear these stories that will:
• Improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being
• Reduce your depression and anxiety.
• Reduce your stress

  • We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:
    Please Let’s do a Zoom Connection Let’s Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
    Please contact us at 847-917-9693 or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now! We are so excited you want to attend

The Benefit

• Connection with your spouse, men & other women filled with love, laughter, and play.
• Improved Mental and Physical Wellness

• Offering space to create intention and have more clarity of what Hope. Health. and Healing means in your life

Hope. Health. Healing. Aruba Connection Getaway in February 5-11, 2023

  • Are you overworked?
  • Do you feel stressed out or exhausted?
  • Have you been working long hours and your life is filled with busyness?
  • Is it time for a break and to spoil yourself?
  • Imagine releasing anxiety, recharging, and rejuvenating yourself!
  • Getaway for 6 nights/7 days to a beautiful island getaway that is centered to promote peace from within and a return to well-being. 
  • Put your toes in the sugar white sand on the pristine beaches in Aruba
  • Go snorkeling in the turquoise waters.
  • Quiet your mind, escape everyday craziness, and lean into different experiences.
  • Allow the breath of nature to fill your soul.
  • Participate in a life expanding group immersion to balance, reconnect, reset, and reboot you!
  • Join a group of awesome people for a week on the beach.
  • Gift yourself a fantastic getaway to the Caribbean. 
  • Soak in the best moments on the beach or with a relaxing massage.
  • Get a taste of fabulous dining experiences at the best local beachfront restaurants.
  • Leave your stress and worries behind.
  • Learn tools and techniques to achieve Hope. Health. Healing.
  • We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:
    Please Let’s do a Zoom Connection Let’s Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
    Please contact us at 847-917-9693 or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now! We are so excited you want to attend

  • Jill Reynolds has 41 years of recovery from Drugs and Alcoholism, 31 years from Codependency, and 7 years from eating disorders that include anorexia, restrictive/avoidance disorder, and binge eating. She is also recovered from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and PTSD. She is a true overcomer with years of healing which led her to receive true Hope. Health. Healing. in her life. She offers Transformational coaching, Improv, and Storytelling to help others heal and be set free from burdens in their life.
  • We all need wellness and connection and a great healing getaway filled with Love, Joy, Peace and gobs of laughter and play.
  • The rooms are soothing and comfortable and just outside is a beautiful ocean breeze to help you relax and restore your soul. And you can’t beat the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.  
  • We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:

    Please Let’s do a Zoom Connection Let’s Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
    Please contact us at 847-917-9693 or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now! We are so excited you want to attend

6 Nights/7 Days Getaway

Join us for 6 Nights/7-Days Aruba Connection Getaway for Men & Women and surround yourself with connection to God, nature, and splendor in the Caribbean. Aruba is best known for its dazzling white beaches. One of the main reasons why people are drawn to this small Southern Caribbean island is the people.

February 5-11, 2023

The 6 Nights/7-Days Aruba Connection Getaway for Men & Women is in February 2023. It is no secret that many people travel to Aruba to escape the cold rainy days they have back home. The island is known to have great weather, but did you know Aruba has the most sunny days of any island in the entire Caribbean?

Aruba

In Aruba, they have been blessed with the perfect combination of the radiant sun and the famous trade winds, which help keep you feeling cool year-round. Aruba’s pristine white sand beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches not just in the Caribbean, but in the entire world.

Event Speakers

Our Event Brings together Connection with Leaders & an Environment to Make Great Friendships

Simply Click on the Speakers Below to Read Their Full Bios

EventAgenda

Day 1 
Sunday February 5, 2023
Welcome to the Beauty of Aruba and the Caribbean

ARRIVE

Leave from your city or origin 

  • Pick-up at the Airport
  • 3:00 PM+ Arrival & Check-In
  • 4:00 PM Water Aerobics and Unwind
  • 4:45 PM Beach Relaxation and Connection
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM Relax and Watch Sunset on Beach
  • 7:00 PM Introduction
  • 7:15 PM Welcome and Connection
  • 8:45 PM Evening Movement and Meditation
  • 9:30 PM Relax and sleep after a long day of traveling
 
Day 2
Monday February 6, 2023
A Positive Mindset Brings Positive Things

RELAX

  • 6:30 AM Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 8:45 AM Go to Beach with Optional Snorkeling
  • 9:30 AM Fun and Fitness in the Sun on the Beach
  • 12:00 PM Lunch on the Patio or at the Beach
  • 1:30 PM Time to chill back at the property on the beach or take a nap or do Water Aerobics
  • 4:00 PM Discussions on our Story and sharing and connection
  • 6:30 PM Go to Dinner at an amazing Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM Session 2 Meditation to unwind and go to sleep
  • 9:30 PM Free time and bedtime
 
Day 3 
Tuesday February 7, 2023
Live. Laugh. Love. Transformation & Renewal

RECHARGE & REBOOT

  • 6:30 AM Experience the Sunrise: Receive all your vitamin D today Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 9:30 AM Relaxing on the beach
  • 12:00 PM Nutritional Lunch 
  • Afternoon Touring of the Island: Time exploring Aruba1:00 PM Time to chill back at the property on the beach or take a nap or do Water Aerobics
  • 4:00 PM Discussions on how to manage daily stress and deal with busyness in our lives
  • 6:30 PM Go to Dinner at an amazing Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM Session 2 Meditation to unwind and go to sleep
  • 9:30 PM Free time and bedtime
 
 
 
Day 4 
Wednesday February 8, 2023
When was the Last Time you Woke up and Realized that Today could be the Best Day of your Life?

RENEW

  • 6:30 AM • Amazing Grace watch the sunrise: Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 9:30 AM Leaders will be available all morning to do one on one sessions with all attendees that might desire individual connections

During this time attendees are encouraged to journal, connect with others, rest, sunbathe etc.

  • 11:30 AM Lunch at property
  • Beach and shopping excursions
  • 12:15 PM If anyone wants to do an excursion now is the time to do one

(Natural Pool is a 4-hour excursion from 1:00-4:00 PM)

  • 5:00 PM Rest or Water Aerobics
  • 6:45 PM Dinner outing
  • 8:45 PM Connection and Story Group and Improv
  • 9:30 PM Free time and bedtime
Day 5 
Thursday February 9, 2023
Be of Courage and Pursue Your Dreams

RECONNECT

  • 6:30 AM Joy in another Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 9:30 AM Staff will be available all morning to do one on one sessions with all attendees.
  • If you selected the 4 Nights/5 Days package you would be checking out today!

During this time attendees are encouraged to journal, connect with others, rest, sunbathe etc.

  • 11:30 AM Lunch at property
  • 1:00 PM Nutrition and Wellness Class
  • 2:00 PM Aruba Outing
  • 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 8:45 PM Connection and Story Groups and Improv for anyone interested
  • 10:00 PM Session 2 Mediation to unwind and go to sleep
 
Day 6
Friday February 10, 2023
Our Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Health Require Rest!

REJUVENATE

  • 6:30 AM Soak up the Sunshine at a Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 9:30 AM Staff will be available all morning to do one on one sessions with any attendees if you have an interest or need

During this time attendees are encouraged to journal, connect with others, rest, sunbathe etc.

  • 11:30 AM Lunch at property
  • 2:00 PM Water Aerobics or we can all do an optional outing (group choice) or you can get a massage.
  • 6:30 PM Dinner at an amazing restaurant
  • 7:30 PM If anyone wants to go out on the town dancing, to casinos, we can take you, or you can choose to relax at the property.
  • 10:00 PM Session 2 Mediation to unwind
  • 10: 45 Pack for departure tomorrow and get a good night’s sleep…oh that ocean breeze

Day 7 
Saturday February 11, 2023

If You’re Brave Enough to Say Goodbye, Life Will Reward You with a New Hello.

RESTORE

  • 6:30 AM Here comes the Sun Sunrise Meditation and Breath Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
  • 7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Chair Yoga and Beach Meditation
  • 7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
  • 8:15 AM Transportation to airport for departures or whenever you need to go…We have the place till Noon …

We Would Love to Meet You Before the Getaway and would Love You to Meet Us:
Please Let's do a Zoom Connection
Let's Schedule a Zoom Meet-up to Connect
Please contact us at 847-917-9693
or email us at www.braveheartworkshops.com to set that up now!
We are so excited you want to attend.
We still have limited space available for the October 26-November 1, 2022 Getaway.
Please Call me if you Want to attend the October event to see if any space is available.

Event Registration

PAY BY CASH: DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY

BEST SAVINGS SHARE A ROOM CONNECT WITH OTHERS /PAY BY CASH
$ 2,198 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation)
  • No Credit Card Processing Fees

PAY BY CREDIT CARD: DOUBLE ROOM /SHARED BATH

BRING A FRIEND, SHARE A ROOM, CONNECT WITH OTHERS PAY BY CREDIT
$ 2,298 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation
  • Includes Credit Card Processing Fees

PAY BY CASH AND SAVE: SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY/BATH

SINGLE ROOMS ARE LIMITED BOOK NOW! PRIVATE ROOM/BATH
$ 2,698 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation)
  • No Credit Card Processing Fees

PAY BY CREDIT: SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY/BATH

SINGLE ROOMS ARE LIMITED BOOK NOW! PRIVATE ROOM/BATH
$ 2, 798 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation
  • Includes Credit Card Processing Fees

PAY BY CASH & SAVE: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FOR COUPLES

PRIVATE ROOM WITH ONE BED FOR COUPLES WITH PRIVATE BATH
$ 2,898 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation)
  • No Credit Card Processing Fees

PAY BY CREDIT: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FOR COUPLES

PRIVATE ROOM WITH ONE BED FOR COUPLES WITH PRIVATE BATH
$ 2,998 Per Person
  • 6 Nights/7 Days Lodging: February 5-11, 2023
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Nutritious Snacks Daily
  • Beverages
  • Outings to Pristine White Sandy Beaches, & Area Attractions
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Connection Circles, Friendship, & Laughter
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off at Aruba Airport (Ground Transportation
  • Includes Credit Card Processing Fees

Take the time to

  • The price  includes Lodging for 6 nights/7 days from February 5-11, 2023
  • Connection, Friendship, Laughter & Play in Aruba at an amazing home on the beach. 
  • The getaway also includes ground transportation in Aruba to/from the airport and area attractions, restaurants, and beaches.
  • It also includes Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Beverages daily. 
  • Specialized teaching on Hope. Health. Healing.
  • Group excursions for fun, laughter, & play.
  • Movement groups under the sun and under the stars!

•Airfare and Baggage Fees (We will assist you in finding the lowest airfare available)
•Dinner Outings
•Entertainment and Attractions that have an admission fee.
•Alcoholic Beverages (We will have bottled wine at the rental property, and non-alcoholic beverages)
•Travel & Health Insurance (we SRONGLY recommend getting Travel & Health Insurance in case of medical emergencies, or flight cancellations,  Health care policies you have in the USA are not valid internationally, so please take out an inexpensive medical insurance policy you can see here online how to get one. We also suggest contacting us BEFORE purchasing airline tickets. You can call me directly for those. 

The Connection Getaway is NON-REFUNDABLE unless we need to cancel the event for reasons behind our control. If we had to cancel you would receive a full refund MINUS the credit card service fees from payments, which the credit card company doesn’t refund. (NO EXCEPTIONS) It is suggested you book refundable plane tickets in case the event would cancel beyond our control, AND acquire Travel Insurance in the event you got sick before the event.  If you need to cancel you can transfer your registration to another friend by contacting us first., or if we are SOLD OUT, and have a wait list and can fill your spot. If you can’t attend we will do everything possible to help you fill your spot.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Aruba is very happy to be welcoming visitors to our One Happy Island once again. All travelers to Aruba are subject to health requirements and protocols. Please read the information on the following pages carefully if you are traveling to, visiting, or leaving Aruba.

Did you know?

Travelers to Aruba are no longer required to purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance. However, it is optional and if you would like to purchase the policy, you can do so here.
We highly recommend each traveler to have travel insurance including COVID-19 coverage. 
Please note that all travelers will still be required to complete Aruba’s Embarkation/Disembarkation Card prior to arrival, which is the country’s digitized customs and immigration process.

Quick Guide: Start here

All visitors (including children) spending more than 24 hours in Aruba are required to complete the online ED Card immigration form to be permitted entry. 

https://edcardaruba.aw/

Travelers are no longer required to present a COVID-19 negative test result or proof of vaccination.

BEFORE YOU RETURN HOME

As part of their pandemic travel protocols, some countries/states/cities require travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result to be granted re-entry.

Aruba has ample testing facilities, with some even located conveniently at different hotels or within walking distance.

For a list of all the COVID-19 testing facilities in Aruba, see our Covid-19 Testing Facilities page.

Check-in for your return flight

To reduce crowds at the Aruba Airport when returning home, there are specific timeslots for checking-in for US-bound flights.
Be aware of this, as travelers arriving too early will not be allowed to check in until their designated time.
Effective Jun 24th, 2022

Your Check-in timeslot color: 

Yellow

Blue

Green

Orange

Departure time:

2 PM and earlier

Between 2 PM and 3 PM

Between 3 PM and 4 PM

4 PM and later

Check-in:

Between 8 AM and 10:30 AM

Between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Between 11:30 AM and 1 PM

Between 1 PM and 3 PM

Passengers should double-check their departure times and coordinate with their hotels, tour operators, and transportation companies to ensure that they will arrive at the right time.

It is important to note, that if a flight is delayed, passengers are still required to come to the airport for check-in based on their scheduled departure time.

What People AreSaying

Dr. Laura Wood
Dr. Laura WoodClinician
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Jill is a passionate advocate of mental health and wellness. She has years of experience in event planning and has decided to use her skills towards creating her own boutique company, Brave Hearts Workshops. As a clinician, I love doing workshops and retreats but do not enjoy doing the planning outside of the clinical content. This is where Jill’s skill set is so very valuable. Partnering will Brave Hearts allows me to do what I love to do best and allows Jill to do the same. If you have a strong following but need support with event site planning, food, etc. I recommend partnering with Brave Hearts.
Wendy Bjork
Wendy Bjork aka The MS Warrior Queen
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Jill is an amazing leader and the HOPE.HEALTH. & HEALING virtual event I attended in March 2021 was so inspiring. Her own story is incredible as well as the other speakers that also shared their personal stories. Everyone that spoke was real, raw and from the heart. It is so awesome as well as heartwarming to be connected to so many faith-based thought leaders, to affirm that I am on the right path in sharing my own message. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your wonderful group!
Crissy Butler
Crissy ButlerAttendee
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I had the privilege to join the Hope, Health & Healing online webinar on Friday, March 12th. Wow! I was so touched by each of the speaker’s stories that they shared in the webinar. Hearing their stories of adversity in their lives and how they overcame these trials was just inspiring for me. I was ready to give in to the struggles that I have been dealing with in my life until I heard the wisdom of these wonderful women who shared how they overcame their obstacles in life. They talked about never giving up on your dreams because someday you will achieve them by pressing forward. Their words have helped me to press on in my own journey. Thank you, Jill Jacobs Reynolds, for putting this wonderful webinar together and for inviting me to join and listen to stories of hope and faith! I look forward to attending many more future events that you will offer.
 Dr. Michaela Turner
Dr. Michaela TurnerOrganizational psychologist Mindfulness whisperer
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The event was outstanding and majestical. The music interludes helped integrated experience. Breakout rooms were flash communities: professional, at the same time personal. I was able to heal a memory that happened when I was 9 years old. Very uplifting to forgive forward, backward, and inside. Really good job, Jill.
Colleen O
Colleen OAttendee
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Brave Heart Workshops. Jill kept encouraging me to attend a weekend retreat. I had some trepidation, not fully knowing what it was about. In addition, I was not in a place where I had enough money to go. Jill provided me a partial scholarship that allowed me to go. The weekend was such a breakthrough - truly Life Changing! For all ages - I am in my 50’s, and my healing journey catapulted onto an entirely new & powerful path. Colleen O
Ada W.
Ada W.Attendee
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Last July, I had the pleasure of attending one of the Brave Heart Workshop retreats held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organizer was Jill Reynolds. The facilitator was Dr. Laura Wood. It was a great experience. I got to experience Drama Therapy. It was an unforgettable experience, truly. Not only did I get a chance to visit Nashville, the city of music, but also, and more importantly, I got to experience Drama Therapy and heal my childhood traumas. Jill was super responsible and caring. She helped to arrange hotels, flights, transportation, meals and took us to concerts. She had an eye to discover talents. Because Dr. Wood was one of the most intuitive and skilled therapists as I discovered over the course of the weekend. The healing work was transformative and fun at the same time. The combination of performance and healing really made it much less intimidating and more spontaneous. I truly enjoyed the workshop and recommends it to anyone who has an interest in personal healing or psychology in general.
Lonnie S
Lonnie SAttendee
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Freeing…..I have attended two Brave Heart Workshops — an incredible experience both times. Jill has so much experience with different modalities of personal wellness, which makes her retreats so successful. I have personally enjoyed the drama therapy workshop weekends- which have brought much clarity and freedom to my own journey. Jill has a heart and a passion for wellness in body, mind, and spirit, coupled with the skills to make these workshops run efficiently. She balances therapeutic story and bodywork with time and space for effective rest, reflection, and rejuvenation.
Dorothy Y.
Dorothy Y.Attendee
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Both Brave Heart Workshops I attended were great experiences for me, opening a door to some issues from my past I was unaware of before. It was challenging, but one of the most enlightening opportunities of my life! I discovered the root of my trauma and was able to take home what I learned in the workshop and fully heal, conquer my fears, and confront major obstacles in my life. I learned about my strength, my desires, my needs, and my true authentic self. I am now a social worker and therapist practicing from a place of solidarity, clarity, and a grounded foundation. I found my voice and my freedom. I feel so blessed, grateful, inspired, and hopeful that others can do the same through Jill’s workshops.
Jeremy S.
Jeremy S.Attendee
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Brave Heart Workshops showed up at such a crucial time in my life and made an incredible impact I will never forget. Jill puts together a wonderful program. I cannot say enough.
Karen Z
Karen ZAttendee
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When Jill first encouraged me to attend a Brave Heart retreat my automatic response was that of anxiety and the belief this concept was not in the parameters of my comfort zone. As I witnessed Jill‘s passion and anticipation of the upcoming retreat and more information was presented I reconsidered. Maybe that is what I must do- step outside the parameters of my comfort zone. I began to feel that was exactly what I needed to do in order to pursue a different avenue of healing trauma - one I hadn’t explored before- drama therapy. The idea of getting up in front of a group of people and working through my issues was frightening at first. Immediately there was a camaraderie with the other women. I felt completely safe and comfortable sharing parts of my story. I was so moved by the kindness, compassion, and support that my inhibition dissipated being in such an accepting environment. I had a sense of belonging and felt the freedom to open up in ways I have never imagined before. The atmosphere was so comfortable relaxed and welcoming. I felt such a privilege to have Dr. Laura Wood as a facilitator. Both Dr. Wood and Jill are gifted communicators with an extraordinary level of compassion and intuitive caring that provided me a process to move toward healing while also feeling safe. That experience was profound for me. The next year there was no hesitation to sign up. I was excited about continuing to unravel the layers of trauma. Being at the retreat enabled me to take my health and wellness to a higher level and equip me to empower myself to make some powerful changes in my life. I totally endorse the professionalism and integrity of Jill Reynolds. With her depth of concern and care for others' wellness, she brings a high level of experience to succeed in the event she plans.
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WHY ARUBA

Aruba consistently ranks as having the least amount of rainfall in the Southern Caribbean. The calming trade winds will keep you cool in the pleasant 82-degree weather. The location is outside the hurricane belt, so you can expect reliably great weather throughout the year.

The island of Aruba is also alive with sights, sounds, and culinary delights found on no other Caribbean Island. With friendly people eager to welcome and embrace you. With surprising natural wonders to explore, and countless ways to relax.
These are some of the many reasons you will discover why Aruba is called One Happy Island.

The island of Aruba is life. When you touch Aruba, it touches you back. It returns the love with warmth and kindness, natural treasures, and surprises.
Its vibrant palette of brilliant azure seas, deep green aloe plants, and rich orange earth has sustained our people and visitors for centuries. It’s why they protect and preserve the flora and fauna, treasure the reefs and sea life that surrounds them, and value the rich history that defines Aruba. And it’s why they are so proud and excited to share it all with you. With open arms, we invite you to join us and embrace this Women’s Getaway to “Our Happy Island.”

Warm and Welcoming: The wonderful locals in Aruba are dedicated to hospitality – to making “Our Happy Island home feel like your happy island escape. They welcome travelers in four languages, represent over 90 unique nationalities, and love swapping old stories with new friends.

Beyond their beautiful alabaster coasts, picture-perfect weather, and crystal-clear waters teeming with aquatic life, Aruba is an island as diverse as its people. A beautiful, sustainable spectrum of dry desert, limestone coves, and picturesque pastel architecture ripe for exploration.

Indulge in pure luxury at oceana bungalow, a villa that truly lives up to its name. Retreat to elegant rooms that come fully equipped with lavish amenities; sure to please any judicious traveler.

The experience here serene with beautiful coral reefs, beachfront property and stunning white sand. The property is within close proximity to oranjestad international airport and aruba downtown. Make this a vacation that you will not forget.

All Singles have a double or queen bed with a private bath and the doubles have two double beds with a private bath. The home has a private pool  and is beachfront.  

Here is a recent July 2022 review: 

This property was absolutely STUNNING! Looking for the best snorkeling on the island? Go out back-it’s right there! Very clean and spacious. Location is about 15-20 mins from Oranjestad . So this property is great if you like serenity  then this place is definitely for you. Mangal Halto beach is just down the street and it’s beautiful! George the manager is beyond helpful and friendly. This place is a gem and I highly recommend it!

Beaches

Aruba’s Beaches & Coves

Where pristine white sand meets the turquoise sea, Aruba is the happy home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Our island paradise is blessed with a bounty of nature and variety of wonders found nowhere else.

The turquoise water of Aruba’s southern Caribbean Sea embraces our happy island like a hug. As warm and beautiful as the Aruban air above, it bursts with life and activity. Its crystal-clear depths home to vibrant reefs and wrecks just waiting to be explored by snorkelers and scuba divers. Kite and windsurfers harness world-class winds off Malmok Beach, while snorkelers, water skiers, and swimmers enjoy the protected shoals to the south and west. Off our eastern shores, crashing waves sculpt craggy cliff faces, leaving their mark on a happy island defined by the beautiful sea.

Eagle Beach

Voted third best beach in the world and I can definitely see why! Home to Aruba’s famous fofoti trees and the widest white sandy beach of the island, Eagle Beach is a must visit and a favorite of many. This gem is located just south of the hotel area (Palm Beach) and offers the perfect site for a nice, chill beach day.

Rodger’s Beach

Immediately west of famous Baby Beach, you can escape the crowds at Rodger’s Beach.

This beach offers a very relaxing, almost private vibe. For some, the view of the oil refinery might be a turnoff but for me personally, I think it only adds to the whole scenery and surroundings of Rodger’s Beach. This small beach contains a lot of unique picturesque places and beautiful aesthetics.

Baby Beach

Take in spectacular ocean views and indulge in shallow, crystal clear water at this magnificent paradise, Baby Beach. Famous Baby Beach in the southern part of Aruba, close to San Nicolas, is a true Caribbean beach paradise. This gorgeous half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon is ideal for families with small kids. The shallow waters make it a prime beach destination for swimmers who like to wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom. Where the bay opens out to the ocean, Baby Beach also offers the perfect location for snorkeling; for your safety, please stay within the marked snorkel area.

Aruba is home to the best snorkeling in the Caribbean, with 6 fantastic destinations that are easily accessible and exceptionally beautiful. If you’re a fan of the liberating feeling you get when exploring the underwater world with your mask and fins, then it’s time to explore Aruba’s incredible snorkeling opportunities. Our excellent weather, crystal-clear waters and fantastic sea life make Aruba one of the best islands to go snorkeling on in the entire Caribbean region.

Snorkeling in Aruba doesn’t get much better than this! Located on the northern coast of the island – Arashi beach is the perfect snorkeling beach for beginners due to its shallow water and sandy bottoms. There are no snorkel rental vendors nearby, so do bring your own gear. The fish at Arashi Beach are small and colorful, with a few larger ones in between. You’ll see a lot of palometas roaming near the shores, as well as cute bottom feeders. 

Another excellent Caribbean snorkeling experience can be experienced at Boca Catalina, which is a popular stop for snorkeling tours because of the variety of sea life located here, including palometas swimming near the shores, trunkfish and sergeant majors. When you venture a bit deeper into the sea you will see some big colorful fishes and corals, and don’t be surprised if you spot a turtle at Boca Catalina swimming in front of you. Boca Catalina in Aruba is a small, secluded bay in the Malmok Beach area. The white sandy beach is accessible by steps and ample parking space is available alongside the main road.

Not far from the last hotel near the high-rise area is a long stretch of beach called Malmok, which offers some of the best snorkeling in Aruba. Malmok features numerous coves and plenty of fish – perfect for snorkeling! Around Malmok beach you’ll find fish like sergeant majors, bluehead wrasse’s, banded butterfly fish, trunkfish, and French angelfish to name a few. Be careful when entering the water, due to a lot of sharp rocks near the shores. Malmok beach also has a lot of sea urchins, so be sure to watch your step if you plan to stand in the water without fins.

Mangel Halto is located near the city of Savaneta, the oldest town of Aruba and the former capital as well. It’s not one of Aruba’s most well-known snorkeling beaches, but it’s one of the most beautiful places on our island, and entirely worth visiting. It is a perfect sunning and snorkeling spot in Aruba, with calm, shallow waters and rich sea life supported by an ecosystem of mangroves. Sharp rocks at the seashore can make entering this beach a little difficult, but as soon as you pass the rocky area, you’re bound to discover a beautiful, incredible, underwater world. You’ll see parrotfishes, squid, butterfly fish, yellowtail snappers, sergeant majors, blue tangs, sand divers, and even stingrays, deep water gorgonians, sponges and anemones if you go into the deep blue. The reef plunges to depths of 110’ where octopi, morays, and barracuda abound. Just be sure to watch out for strong currents at Mangel Halto, as this one of Aruba’s beaches that the sea can get rough! Think twice about snorkeling at Mangel Halto if you’re not a good swimmer, but if you are, then make sure that you’ve got this spot on your list of the top destinations because it’s a beauty

Shopping

Aruba also provides ample opportunity to lighten your wallet.

If you’re looking for some serious retail therapy, Renaissance Mall is a collection of upscale, luxury brands — with names like Gucci and Louis Vuitton — in downtown Oranjestad. More than 60 stores, as well as restaurants and cafés, fill the mall in the heart of the town, directly across from its marina. The shopping mecca is easily accessible to the high-rise hotel section and makes for a great day trip when you need a break from the sun.

If you’re in the market for more authentic Aruban shopping, stalls line the seaside next to the marina with handmade Aruban goods, a must-stop for souvenirs and trinkets. And make sure to check out the tiny shops and restaurants tucked on the winding streets behind the mall complex for a fun taste of Aruban flavor. 

Experience true adventure at Aruba’s most remote, yet also most popular nature attraction, the famous Natural Pool. In a unique rock formation, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool: Aruba’s Natural Pool. On a deserted stretch of coastline, dramatic shows of water spraying over the rock occurs on a regular basis as the tide rushes to shore. The unique natural pool is also known as ‘Conchi’ (bowl) or ‘Cura di Tortuga’ (Turtles Cove) and located inside Aruba’s national park Arikok. The location of the Pool is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain, so a visitor truly gets the feeling of having “discovered” something when they reach the site, by either foot, horseback or 4×4 vehicle. Because of the nature of the environment in this secluded area, the site is inaccessible by a regular car. Inexperienced drivers are encouraged to visit the pool on a Jeep Safari.

In Arikok National Park, our beautiful Caribbean beaches give way to rugged deserts, towering green cacti, and limestone cliffs pounded smooth by waves and trade winds. It’s where you’ll find Fontein Caves and the Natural Pool – two of our most unspoiled and unforgettable wonders.

Arikok National Park is one of the island’s most popular tourist sites, covering nearly 20 percent of Aruba. Visitors can hop in guide-driven jeeps and ATVs or rent their own off-roading vehicles to traverse the rocky roads of the park. And when I say rocky, I truly mean hold-onto-your-hat-and-the-handle-and-anything-else-you-can-find rocky.

Wild goats roam the park, and you can also spot rare birds and snakes as you traverse the hills, from the tops of which you will find spectacular, panoramic views of the island. The park is home to several caves that carry drawings and inscriptions dating back thousands of years. Watch your head when you enter, though, as bats now call the caves home. The Natural Pool at the base of one side is must-see. Visitors must descend about 100 steps to reach the entrance to the pool, a near-circular swimming area into which the daring can catapult from the top of the natural rock formations and the less-daring can snorkel for stunningly colorful views of fish and coral.

The lighthouse was originally named for the steamship California, which wrecked nearby in 1891. After that wreck the lighthouse was constructed in order to prevent future wrecks from occurring. Today you can visit the lighthouse and even eat lunch at an adjacent restaurant.

Flamingo Beach is a private island with several beaches and a spa. Flamingo Beach is the most popular beach, named for the pink flamingos that can be found here.

The pink flamingos in Aruba inhabit a private island. There is a $125 fee for access to the island for the day. It includes the boat transfer, lunch on the island, and a drink.

Aruba’s casinos are an excellent place for those who want to experience the excitement of gaming. All major resorts have their own casino and they are generally open from noon to just before sunrise, although some casinos are open twenty-four hours a day for slots play.

From traditional Dutch to Asian, African, and Spanish, dining options are as diverse and welcoming as our people.

You can eat fresh fish straight from the sea, share a glass of wine at sunset with your toes in the sand, or indulge in classic Italian in the shadow of a century-old lighthouse. Aruba’s vibrant restaurant scene is your happy opportunity to sample delicious cuisine inspired by over 90 unique nationalities. To sit at our tables, savor the rich flavors of our keshi yena, and taste an authentic side of Aruba prepared with love. Indulge in romance at Papiamento, Aruba’s most upscale restaurant located inside a historical Aruban cunucu house. The Ellis family welcomes you to their 175-year-old authentic Aruban manor house for an exquisite dining experience in lush tropical gardens, by the pool or in elegant, air-conditioned dining rooms.

FLYING FISHBONE

Flying Fishbone is #8 of the 21 Best Beach Restaurants Around the World

The moment we sat down we were absolutely blown away. The ambiance, the food, the drinks, and the amazing service made our entire experience truly wonderful. Imagine dining right on the beach, toes in the sand, under swaying palm fronds along a perfect little crescent bay in Savaneta, Aruba’s charming fisherman’s town. Add a fine selection of delicious fresh seafood and steak creations made unforgettable by artistic plate presentations, and we think you’ll agree – it truly doesn’t get any better than this.

For over 20 years Faro Blanco Restaurant brings the best of Italy’s cuisine to Aruba. Traditional Italian recipes paired with over 100 wine selections from around the world will surely make your dining experience one to remember. Tucked away at Aruba’s most northern coast, atop of the hill of Hudishibana at the foot of the California Lighthouse Landmark, you will find our hidden gem.

 

 

Queen Beatrix International Airport, colloquially known as Aruba Airport, is an international airport located in Oranjestad, Aruba
(Airport Code: AUA)

Airlines in/out of this airport
American

Southwest

JetBlue

United

Delta

 

We will pick you up and drive you around Aruba, so NO NEED to get a rental car or be concerned with directions. Just show up and relax and allow us to pamper you and cater to your needs. You are so welcome and our honored guests.

Please contact me before booking your flights so we can help you choose the best timeframe for pick up and drop off at airport and special rates too. My number is 847-917-9693   

February Weather in Oranjestad Aruba

February, the last month of the winter in Oranjestad, is another hot month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 24.7°C (76.5°F) and 30.4°C (86.7°F).
An excellent water temperature of 26.3°C (79.3°F) and only 5 rainfall days, with 20.6mm (0.81″) of accumulated rainfall, makes February a prime for swimming and other water activities.

February Weather in Oranjestad Aruba. Daily high temperatures are around 86°F, rarely falling below 84°F or exceeding 88°F. Daily low temperatures are around 77°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 79°F.