Our Ambassadors

Our best assets are the people we work with. At Retreats Unlimited, we work with some of the best instructors and coaches in the world. Take a look at some of the people who lead our retreats and you’ll understand why we’re so good at what we do! Scroll down and check out some of our world famous ambassadors and influencers.

Autumn Calabrese

Autumn Calabrese was a Midwest girl with one big dream, to make it out West. She’s gone from living paycheck to paycheck as a personal trainer to being a mini fitness mogul building her empire. Autumn doesn’t believe in excuses – just hard work. That’s what’s gotten her to the top. A passion for helping people and a determination like no other. Autumn takes a positive approach to training, motivating and inspiring you through even the toughest of workouts. When it comes to helping people achieve their goals, Autumn takes it very personally. Your struggles are her struggles and your wins, her wins. We saw this for the first time with Autumns breakthrough workout programs 21 Day Fix® and follow-up 21 Day Fix Extreme®. Not only did she motivate and push you through these workouts to get amazing results – she revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to portion control. Next for Autumn on her journey to help people lead healthy, fulfilling lives was a functional body-sculpting program, The Masters Hammer and Chisel®, where she collaborated with bodybuilder Sagi Kalev to help take your results to the next level. Right when we thought we knew what to expect from this weight lifting, cardio strength training little machine, she surprised us again with Country Heat®! Drawing from more than 15 years of dance training, including a major in it, she created a simple cardio dance fitness program that is fun and accessible for everyone.

JJ Virgin

Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to eliminate food and carb intolerances and master their mindset so they can transform their health and their lives. JJ is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cook- book, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her newest title, Miracle Mindset, shows warrior moms how to be strong, positive leaders for their fami- lies, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life.

Counting calories and hours on the treadmill will never achieve the lasting results that help you look and feel your best. That’s why JJ specializes in weight loss resistance related to food intolerances and sugar addiction. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people finally lose the weight and feel better fast with her groundbreaking diet and mindset pro- grams. She shows people how to eliminate weight gain, fatigue, and pain related to food intolerances, as well as shift from being sugar burners to fat burners. She also teaches how to build a strong, positive mindset so that your health and life goals are always within reach.

JJ is a prominent TV and print media personality, including co-starring on TLC’s Freaky Eaters. JJ regularly speaks at major integrative medical and consumer conferences, hav- ing shared the stage with Jack Canfield, Suzanne Somers, John Gray, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Brendon Burchard. She appears regularly in the media, including PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, the TODAY Show, Dr. Phil, and Access Hollywood. JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green and other major blogs and magazines.

JJ has provided nutrition and training programs for a wide variety of famous faces, including CEOs, athletes, and celebrities like Gene Simmons, Ben Stiller, Taj George, Jeanne Tripple- horn, Nicole Eggert, Tracie Thoms, and “Superman” Brandon Routh.

JJ is a board-certified Nutrition Specialist, board-certified in Holistic Nutrition, and a Cer- tified Nutrition and Fitness Specialist. She has completed over 40 graduate and doctoral courses and continues to learn every day to keep her audience up-to-date on the latest science. JJ is also a business coach and founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit.

Devon Combs

Devon Combs, “The Horse Listener and the Cowgirl of the Wellness Industry” and Founder of Beyond the Arena, has taught over a thousand women how to live unbridled lives by connecting to their intuition through working with horses.

Utilizing the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, Devon assists women who are searching for healing unresolved issues and creating fulfilling futures.
A lifelong horsewoman with a charismatic and down-to-earth attitude, Devon experienced the healing power of horses firsthand. Her intelligent, empathic work with others grew directly out of her own journey through bulimia and depression, where at the crossroads, equine therapy saved her life. It opened the door to her life’s work of connecting others to horses for healing and spiritual renewal.

Devon has been featured in COWGIRL Magazine, FOX News Radio, and is a contributing author in the Amazon best-selling book, “Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women.” To learn more about Devon and the healing power of horses, enjoy www.beyondthearena.com.

Michelle Steinke-Baumgard & Keith Baumgard

Michelle Steinke-Baumgard is an author for HarperCollins, speaker, fitness coach, mother and a re-married widow. After losing her husband Mitch in 2009, she turned to exercise as an outlet for grief and a way to handle stress. Michelle found it so powerful that she eventually quit her corporate VP job to become a fitness coach. Since then Michelle has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, contributed to articles for Prevention Magazine, The Huffington Post, and countless other media outlets. 

In addition to her virtual training business, Michelle recently launched her own nonprofit, Live the List focused on helping widows and widowers complete bucket list dreams to honor their late spouse while moving boldly into their future. Michelle’s overarching goal is to help people live a full, fit and intentional life beyond life’s hardest moments.

Keith Baumgard is the Co-Founder of My1FitLife, and Live the List Nonprofit. Fitness has been a life-long passion of his, starting from a young age. Keith’s degree is in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine allowing him to extensively learn and study the anatomy and physiology of the body, specifically the muscular system. Having a background in this allows him to continually develop unique and effective exercise programs. He started his career as a personal trainer right out of college and continue to work with clients still today. In 2004 he lost his best friend in a plane crash and realized how important exercise and fitness is in helping with the grieving process. His greatest reward is seeing others achieve their goals and live up to their full potential. 

Mark Harari

Fitness Expert Mark Harari, owner of Pulse Fitness Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA, creator of PulseTread® app for iPhone, and celebrity trainer, has been changing bodies and changing lives for over 15 years.

Growing up in Dallas, Texas, fitness and athletics have always been a part of Mark’s life.  After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Mark moved to Los Angles to combine his passions for fitness and business into one.  Pulse Fitness Studio launched in 2007, and it was immediately hailed as the “Best Fitness Studio in Los Angles” by Fox LA.  Mark’s unique concepts for fitness training have been highlighted on shows such as Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood LIVE, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E! Entertainment, and several workout/makeover shows.  In addition, Mark has been a contributing editor for Fitness Magazine, and has been featured with many of his celebrity clients in People Magazine, Shape, US WeeklyOK! Magazine and several other publications, and was named one of “Tinseltown’s Top Trainers” by Shape Magazine.

Tosca Reno

Tosca Reno is a New York Times best selling author, founder of the Eat-Clean Diet® health revolution, health and wellness expert, transformation coach, motivational speaker, Star of a Gemini Award Winning reality TV show, physique competitor, and mother of 4.

Reno started her career at an age when most would consider retiring, earning her first Oxygen cover at 43, after losing 84 pounds and healing herself. She has competed in numerous physique contests and endurance events. The founder of the Eat Clean® series that kicked off a food revolution by the same name, Reno has sold millions of copies, in several languages. She has helped millions lose weight and become well, thanks to Eating Clean®. Once 204 pounds and officially obese, Reno has maintained this using the Eat Clean Diet® method.Reno is best seen live, where she rivets the audience with her gut-wrenching authenticity and powerful storytelling. She loves life, and is a tenacious woman who has endured intense personal loss including the passing of her son and her husband. Reno is a force.Reno is an expert health and wellness advisor for Canfitpro where she speaks, lectures and conducts wellness seminars and online education programs.

Specialties:The psychology of overweight, motivation, inspiration, nutrition, exercise and one on one coaching.

Author, speaker, educator and media veteran.

Rebecca Kordecki

Rebecca Kordecki, creator of Booty Slide and the owner of RK FIT, has enjoyed a robust 20-year career as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Expert, Corporate Wellness Advocate and Speaker. She has had a hand in shaping up some of Hollywood’s finest celebrities and athletes as well as helping to keep their bodies ready for action both on and off the playing fields.

Rebecca’s own athletic background and passion for the industry has led her to various areas of the fitness and wellness industry, including being a Ms. Galaxy Title holder, health & fitness Company Ambassador, fitness model, and wellness radio show host.

Rebecca has been featured on “The Today Show”, “EXTRA”, and has been written up in periodicals such as Vogue, The New York Times, Hamptons, InStyle, Shape, TimeOut NY and Daily Candy amongst others.

Kimberly Seltzer

With a vat of knowledge and experience as a therapist, certified style coach, dating coach, and matchmaker, Kim Seltzer has helped hundreds of people find lasting love and connection and build valuable relationships using her unique “confidence makeover” process. Using an outside-in approach, Kim has changed hundreds of lives by changing their style, emotional and social intelligence using her signature formula, “The Charisma Quotient,” working on body language, first impressions, image and messaging and how it impacts attraction. 

This Los Angeles-based expert travels the country helping people discover confidence, charisma and connection as a speaker at National Matchmaking Conferences, eHarmony, Neutrogena and iDate, as well as her own annual conference series for men and women, The Makeover Blueprint. Kim is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and DigitalRomance.com, with appearances in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, AskMen, Fox News Magazine, Yahoo Shine and the Washington Examiner, among a myriad of other publications.

You can also find Kim as a frequent co-host on the podcasts The Art of Charm with Jordan Harbinger as well as past episodes on the traveling live dating show The Great Love Debate, and in her new cable reality dating show, The Romance. You can also listen to her now on her own podcast, The Charisma Quotient.

Bonnie & Steve Pfiester

Steve had the awesome opportunity to co-host and trainer on ABC’s weight-loss reality show Fat March and on VH1’s Bridal Bootcamp. Steve continues work on camera as trainer for Bodylastics and LiveExercise TV, channel now available on Roku, leading live online workouts in kenpo, plyometrics, sports conditioning, and other exercise techniques.

While Steve transforms bodies, Bonnie offers the support, education, and encouragement that clients need to get the most out of their training. A fitness model and columnist whose work has appeared in a variety of national and local publications, she was once named Club Solutions magazine’s Most Fit Health Club Professional.

Natalie Bell

Natalie Bell is a leading teacher of mindfulness and self-compassion and the creator of the Power of Compassion program.  She has been featured in Travel and Leisure, the LA Times, and Thrive Global for her passionate embodiment of presence and compassion.  Natalie has brought her work to Fortune 500 companies, CEOs and organizations like NBC Universal, Milken Institute, the Getty Foundation, Wharton and many others.  She believes our work is to learn how to become our own best ally so we can embrace our lives more fully.  Natalie has been practicing mindful awareness for 30 years and blends her diverse background of mindfulness and healthcare to help people discover their capacity for calm, focus, clarity and compassion.   Her programs and retreats allow you to experience deeper fulfillment and happiness, reconnect with your own joy, and feel more calm and connected.

Natalie is the senior teacher and Director of Corporate Programs for LA’s renowned Unplug Meditation and is on the faculty of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.  She is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and serves on the Healthcare Advisory Board with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Mark and Michele Sherwood

Mark Sherwood, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Michele L. Neil-Sherwood, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), have a full-time wellness-based medical practice in Tulsa, OK called the Functional Medical Institute where they adopt a whole person approach, which is outcome based looking at each individual’s unique needs. Their aim is to obtain the highest level of function while maintaining total health (physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually) through a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach. At their unique clinic, various diagnostic tests are used, including genetics, bio-impedance, neurotransmitter, vascular aging, and stress management. The couple host a weekly television program airing regionally in the Midwest US.

Drs. Mark and Michele co-authored two Amazon #1 best-selling books, The Quest for Wellness and Fork Your Diet. They have been seen on national TV, been quoted on CNN and are regular contributors to the Huffington Post. With a broad social media network that spans the globe, Drs. Mark and Michele’s influence is far reaching.

Dr. Mark is a 24-year retired veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, where he logged a decade of courageous service on the department’s SWAT Team. He is also a former Oklahoma state and regional bodybuilding champion, and ex-professional baseball player. Dr. Mark’s passion for wellness motivated him to develop several wellness-based courses, which he teaches to law enforcement professionals, corporations, and churches throughout U.S. and worldwide. He firmly believes that “each person has an awesome destiny and purpose in life, which can be revealed only through the pursuit of total wellness.” Mark is a motivational speaker whose presentations are sought by audiences nationwide. His passion and experience for total wellness make him a versatile role model for people of all ages.

Dr. Michele is double board certified (internal medicine and sports medicine) and has been certified and trained through Cenegenics, BioTE Medical, Metagenics, Helm’s Medical Institute, A4M, and AMMG. She specializes the following medical services: Age Management Medicine, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, First Line Therapy, Lifestyle Coaching, Prolotherapy, and soft tissue modalities of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. She has an extensive fitness and athletic background: Martial Arts (brown belt- Judo, Black belt Tae-Kwon-Do), Strength Training/Bodybuilding (multiple state and national titles), Russian Kettlebell System (RKC Certified, CK-FMS Certified, Primal Move Certified) and Iyengar Yoga Methods.

The couple understands the importance of nutrition, medical food & supplementation, exercise prescription, rest, stress management, hormone balance and the functional movement. This makes them a modern day “dynamic duo of wellness.”

Renata Joy

Renata Joy is one of those rare people who developed her passion very early in life. As a young girl, growing up in Chicago, Renata realized being strong and healthy was her passion, understandable for a smart kid who saw a lot of her family and community fall ill or pass away from preventable illnesses. “I did not want to be sick. Even as a kid I knew that self-care was the way to a healthy lifestyle, I was always running around exercising, trying to eat well, reading about the importance of massage therapy and creating challenges, I was definitely ahead of my time!”

Joy decided she always would challenge herself physically, mentally and spiritually, in the gym, at work and as a way of life. Her career as an award-winning television producer brought many challenges, as she found herself traveling the world while working with media superstars such as Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Meredith Vieira and Tom Bergeron.

Renata was on the inaugural producing staff of ABC’s long running hit THE VIEW when she realized that following her passion, full time, was what she needed to do.

Dean and Bobbie Hall

After making a series of local aerobic videos in the 80’s, Bobbi Parker Hall knew she wanted a life centered in fitness. Between having a family and raising her kids, she became a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Now, an over 50 bikini competitor and online coach, she recently finished up her 300-hour yoga psychology certification adding new layers and depth to her life and work. Extensive study in the mind-body-breath connection has led her to a deeper level of personal transformation and an increased ability to help her clients live with passion and maximize their potential.

Dean has been a therapist for nearly 30 years. He specializes in helping clients recover from trauma, anxiety and health conditions like chronic pain and cancer. He is an author, a highly sought-after speaker, advice columnist and expert in the field of neuroacoustics. Dean is also a two-time cancer survivor, widower and record-setting swimmer.  He is the first person to swim the entire length of the Willamette River in Oregon (187 miles) in 2014 and the River Shannon in Ireland (150 miles) in 2017. He accomplished these feats of endurance to prove to fellow cancer patients that you don’t have to give up your dreams or your drive simply because you have received a diagnosis.

Nicole Hollander

Nicole, a Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Certified Health Coach & ISSA Personal Fitness Trainer living in Guatemala city, Central America, shares her love and passion for nutrition and wellness by helping people along their journey to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Being a  Health Coach and personal trainer has given her the tools to help others achieve their health goals. Nicole is an advocate of real food and a lean lifestyle, so her approach is not to emphasize on counting calories, restricting fats, carbs and/or proteins BUT to create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. Her mission is to help women forget the word “diet” and create a new mindset of having a healthy lifestyle with the good habits that get them results for life!  She does this through the coaching based on the four pillars of health:  Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.)

Prior to pursuing her dream of Health Coaching and offering  health and wellness retreats to women, Nicole used to belong for almost 20 years to the the fast-paced, demanding,  and often exhausting life of the Corporate world. Her educational background includes an MBA in Business Administration and a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University and lived in Texas for 4 years.

Alyson Charles – “Rockstar Shaman”

Internationally renowned television host, speaker and healer, Alyson Charles aka “RockStar Shaman” went from being a national champion athlete, #1-rated hip-hop morning show host and national daytime television talk show host to aligning with her calling as a shaman after a traumatic moment provided her awakening.

Since then, her ability to share ancient sacred knowledge and divine energy and be a powerful catalyst for change has her named a “Top Meditation” by Oprah, the cover story on Marie Claire Magazine, resident shaman for “Best Health Site” Well and Good Magazine, providing a monthly energy forecast and working with top celebrities, CEOs and renowned global brands like The New York Times, The Four Seasons, HBO, National Geographic Channel, Forbes, Art Basel, SAKS, ABC Radio, ELLE, SELF and others.

Kristen McGee

Kristin McGee is a nationally recognized celebrity yoga and Pilates teacher, speaker, mompreneur, and author of Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You(HarperCollins January 17, 2017). Considered a pioneer in the yoga movement, Kristin began her career as yoga teacher in the nineties after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Her unparalleled knowledge of fitness and health has established Kristin as a sought-after yoga and Pilates trainer with a continuous roster of high profile celebrities including LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Emilia Clarke, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, Savannah Guthrie, Steve Martin, and Christine Taylor Stiller. Her appeal has always been that she makes fitness fun, cool, and accessible to students of all ages and stages.

Heather Hayward

As an Immersive Experience Leader, Heather Hayward helps her clients and students connect with their inner truth and obliterate self-doubt so they can soar beyond the suffocating, “wedged-in” life experiences.

Her specialty is guiding you from confusion to clarity with an emphasis on finding your Still Small Voice.

By integrating hypnosis and guided imagery meditation into coaching, seemingly “stuck” clients can gain access to their internal switches for change so they can find the confidence, clarity, and calmness to make decisions.

Dr. Kevin J Fleming

Dr. Kevin J. Fleming is a three time graduate from the prestigious University of Notre Dame (BA, MA, PhD) where he became one of the youngest graduate PhD students in their counseling/clinical psychology program. After furthering his Postdoctoral Residency training in neuroscience and behavioral medicine and a short stint in clinical neuropsychology, he was recruited to go into a start-up company as the Director of Training and Development for a health behavior change company that contracted with both government and corporate entities on devising neuroscience-centric strategies on changing irrational behavior and latent psychopathology. His expertise was critical in giving clients a 3:1 ROI on health care expenditures. It was also the basis for the launching of his unique, current company Grey Matters International, Inc. which devises “customized”neurotechnology-based private behavior change work around human nature issues that seem to defy rational means of influence—be it addiction, relationship oriented, or other complicated emotional factors resulting from at-risk decisions of the celebrity, corporate/executive, or high profile lifestyle. A thought leader in “applied neuroscience to areas of personal and professional/organizational change,” Dr. Fleming is a sought after expert worldwide on how organizations, governmental departments, and individual leaders can leverage brain-centric knowledge to make success via training and coaching stick. His thought leadership and work was featured as a whole chapter in a book that hit the tops of Wall Street and NY Times business bestselling charts in Spring of 2012 (Adrian Gostick, ALL IN), and was approached by A&E television network to do a pilot show on his work.

With nearly 15 years of accrued experience working on 5 continents as a former neuropsychologist-turned-entrepreneur, he has been a featured expert on “neuroscience of behavior change” in The New York Times, CNN, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, and was asked by producers of “20/20” to be one of their experts on celebrity and executive addiction. He has keynoted on neuroscience tenets of business transformation that elude most “trainers and consultants”for a who’s who audience of Middle East business leaders, which even included in attendance a Cabinet Member for the King of Jordan. He has received endorsements from faculty from BOTH the Harvard Medical and Harvard Business Schools. His work is rich with both sophistication and humor around the irrationalities of human decision making (neuroeconomics) and how to get the brain to change these tendencies in us all.

His clients have included top government officials (including coaching a Cabinet Member for the Clinton Administration) as well as elite Fortune 100 executives on various psychological aspects of healing. His corporate clients have included such notables as The University of Notre Dame, E&J Gallo Wineries, City of Calgary (Canada), Pfizer, Chevron, and Davita.
In addition to being considered as one of the top change agents globally (published with the great Marshall Goldsmith, the late Stephen Covey, and Deepak Chopra), he is the U.S. Ambassador for the International Regulatory Body of Coaching and Mentoring, affiliated with the U.N. He is also on the Advisory Board (Neuroscience Specialist) of Eon Sports, Inc., a neuroscience based virtual reality training company for professional sport teams worldwide. His thought leadership and work has been chosen to be a feature of an upcoming Hollywood feature film documentary (directed by Oscar winner Eva Orner) on mental health innovations in America. He resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Tulsa, OK and enjoys singing/songwriting and recording as a semi-professional recording artist (www.nimbitmusic.com/kevinfleming)

Lily Eslahjou

Certified in the Muscle Activation Technique, Positional Therapy and Functional Range Conditioning, Toronto-based Lily Eslahjou is a “move-mend” expert who teaches how simple forms of movement can be used to treat chronic pain. Backed by science, these techniques help to assess imbalances and heal the body through specific isometrics and mobility training routines. In addition she uses a powerful hands-on healing therapy, The Bowen Technique, when needed. Passionate about educating people to live well and be well, her expertise highlights tailor-made wellness sessions to each client’s needs, limitations and goals. As an international Wellness Educator she has worked as Personal Trainer and Therapist for VIP clients, athletes and seniors, as well as in spas, gyms, resorts and corporate settings in Canada, the Caribbean, Dubai, Japan and Mexico. For the last two decades she has also taught a range of Yoga disciplines, as well as Pilates.

Lily’s motto is: “stay curious in Life, embrace change because Anything Is Possible”.

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