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.

Brooke Burke
Mother of four, Brooke Burke is living proof that a fit, toned body can be had by any woman, at any age when you know the practice of a wellness lifestyle. Brooke is the creator of the Brooke Burke Body Fitness App, has been a fitness instructor for more than five years and has graced the cover of every major fitness magazine. You may know her from hosting 8 seasons and winning Dancing with the Stars, and numerous other TV stints. Her fitness programs have been featured on many outlets including, GMA, Steve Harvey, Access Hollywood and E! Entertainment.  She is the author of two books, the CEO of Modernmom.com and is one of the most influential wellness gurus on social media.

Brooke is the creator of VIP Malibu Booty Burn experience and has been transforming women’s bodies and minds for over 20 years. She now brings her daily fitness concepts and sustainable lifestyle program to a worldwide community through the Brooke Burke Body App. The Brooke Burke Body Transformation is a program for anyone, at any age at every fitness level, wishing to step into their best self. Your takeaway from this retreat experience will include new possibilities and a total transformation of both mind and body.

Join us this summer for an unforgettable, life-changing, inspirational weekend and let your own transformation begin!

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. 

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. 

Sonia Satra
As the founder and CEO of Moticise, an award-winning lifestyle wellness program that combines movement with mindset, Sonia travels the world helping people reach their own personal greatness. Sonia is a certified NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Practitioner, as well as a holistic health coach and certified fitness instructor. Formerly the president of the National Speakers Association NYC, Sonia is also the founder of Women’s Empowerment Adventures, a company that combines a life coaching workshop with a physical challenge such as kayaking, trapeze, and rock-climbing. She continues to offer Adventures through Moticise, as well as keynotes, break-out sessions, and presentations.
Dr. Zelana Montminy
A renowned wellness architect, providing an unparalleled realistic perspective rooted in science. Whether it’s as a bestselling author, working with celebrities, hosting a television show, or leading a transformational retreat, Dr. Zelana is paving the way for mental fitness.

A prominent figure in Positive Psychology and one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Dr. Zelana is the author of bestselling 21 Days to Resilience (HarperCollins) which has been published in 5 languages. She speaks around the world and is a go-to authority in the media.Dr. Zelana appears on Access Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, TV Guide Network, and E! Entertainment Television.

She is the host of “Free Health Care” on Awestruck and makes ongoing contributions to the pages of Real Simple, Health Magazine, Parents, Redbook, Better Home & Gardens, Cosmopolitan Magazine, People, Psychology Today, MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post, The Chalkboard, and more.

Her research is at the forefront of ground breaking new science, searching deeper into what drives us toward optimal well-being.

Dr. Zelana lives in Los Angeles and is a devoted wife and mom to two vibrant children who are her greatest teachers!

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.

Lauren Roxburgh

Lauren Roxburgh is an international presenter and author of the best-selling book ‘Taller, Slimmer, Younger – 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique’, founder of Be Aligned by Lauren Roxburgh, creator of the Lo Rox Aligned Rollers and the Be Aligned video series. Certified in the fields of Structural Integration, classical Pilates, nutrition and pre/post-natal yoga, Lauren is a body alignment, fascia and movement healer and has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s top athletes and celebrities. Lauren’s method is designed to improve posture, release tension and stress, activate and strengthen the core and intrinsic muscles and increase connectivity and flexibility – all of which helps people to find a healthier, happier stance in their bodies and lives. She is also the go-to writer and expert on all things fascia, alignment, movement and foam rolling and regularly works with some of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons. Named the “Body Alignment Pro” by Vogue and dubbed “The Body Whisperer” by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.com, Lauren has also been listed as one of 8 Tech Pioneers to watch by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the “Hottest Trainers in America” by Shape magazine and name one of the W20 Top 20 Wellness Warriors to watch by Mind Body Green 2016.

 

Joel & Breanne Freeman
A Beachbody Celebrity Trainer, Joel’s passion has always been teaching and showing others how to live healthy and fulfilling lives, with a career in the health and fitness industry that spans over 15 years. As co-creator of CORE DE FORCE™, the 30-day mixed martial arts-style training program, Joel hopes to motivate even more people to get fit and make healthier choices—all while enjoying the journey!

As a gymnast in her youth, Breanne has always had a passion for fitness. Group fitness classes kept her active through high school but it wasn’t until college that she fell in love with weight training. Breanne made a career as a marketing manager after graduating college, but living a healthy, active lifestyle remained her true passion.  In 2014 Breanne met Joel at a Golds Gym in Southern California. Their first few dates were weight training sessions where they bonded over their love of fitness.  Now married, Joel and Breanne share the same dream to help each other and those around them achieve their fitness goals while living a fun, balanced life.

Samantha Harris

Vibrant television personality, co-host on eight seasons of Dancing with the Stars and a fixture at Entertainment Tonight, Emmy-winning entertainment journalist Samantha Harris is also an author, certified fitness trainer, cancer survivor and unstoppable optimist.

As a mom of two young girls, her stage II invasive breast cancer diagnosis at age 40 inspired a quest for answers about how we can all improve our overall health, prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disease, and understand their underlying causes. The resulting book, Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life, translates comprehensive, research-backed knowledge into an easy-to-follow action plan for maximizing health, energy and happiness for life.

A longtime exercise devotee, 11-time fitness magazine covergirl Samantha began her Hollywood career as a dynamic workout instructor who always left her students craving more of her infectiously energetic classes.

In addition to her work on TV, Samantha tours the country as a keynote speaker motivating audiences to become their best health advocate. She coaches people to become aware, take action and then rid themselves of the toxins in, on and around their bodies. In a way that is always fun and relatable, her retreats empower, guide, enlighten and arm attendees with the tools necessary to become their healthiest, most energized selves.

Sophie Uliano

Sophie Uliano is New York Times best-selling author of Gorgeously Green, and has written 3 additional books on healthy living. She was featured on Oprah’s Earth Day show, where she taught Julia Roberts and Oprah her everyday gorgeously green tips.  Sophie created an accessible doorway for the average person to walk through to life a more holistic way of life. She took green out of the yurt and into the real world. Good Housekeeping dubbed Sophie, “A Mary Poppins for the new Millennium”.

Sophie contributes as a a healthy living reporter to the Huffington Post, and numerous TV shows.  She is a board-certified holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher and wellness educator. Sophie creates weekly video content with two new You Tube videos, and two-to-three regular Facebook lives, which collectively have a reach of close to 2 million women across the globe.

Most recently, Sophie has created a series of annual retreats and events, so that her community can meet her face-to-face, and have an immersive wellness experience. Sophie also works with private clients on a regular basis.

Jorge Cruise

Jorge Cruise is a leading fitness trainer in the world and a renowned weight loss coach. Committed to helping people live their healthiest lives, Cruise has become the #1 best selling fitness author of all time with over 30 books in 16 languages, with more than eight million books in print. His diet and workout plans have transformed millions of people worldwide including celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Steve Harvey, Miley Cyrus, Tyra Banks, 50 Cent and Eva Longoria.

Jorge’s overwhelming success and unique connection with his audience was born from his own personal journey towards health. Having been an overweight child, Jorge’s passion for fitness stems from personal experience. Jorge studied at Dartmouth College and the University of California, San Diego and received three personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Furthering his commitment to help as many people as possible, Jorge hosts the Jorge Cruise Show a Facebook Watch and podcast show and is a regular contributor to The Today Show, Dr. Oz Show, The Doctor’s, The Steve Harvey Show, Extra, AARP, First for Women magazine, and the Costco Connection.

 

Chelsea Streifeneder
Chelsea Streifeneder is an energetic, intelligent, fun-loving, practical Pilates teacher, writer, speaker, and proud business owner of Body Be Well Pilates, located in Red Hook and Catskill, NY. A Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Teacher and graduate of Bard College (B.A. in Writing and Dance), Chelsea has worked with celebrities, athletes, and dancers, and people from all walks of life and in various states of physical health over her ten years in the field. Inspired by the fact that Pilates transformed her body and spirit when she was first introduced to it, she is passionate about sharing the practice with others. Chelsea’s teaching style is not geared toward getting clients to fit into a size “zero”, but rather to motivate and strengthen them mentally, physically, and emotionally so that they can live balanced, healthy, joyful lives.

She manifests a genuine love for Pilates, fitness, and health – and loves nothing more than helping others become healthy and strong. To that end, she has become a thought leader in the industry – most recently the cover girl for the highly respected Pilates Style magazine and has been a regular contributor to Prevention. Her writing can also be found in Activewear USA, Pilates Intel, and PilatesGlossy and other publications.

 

Jesse Golden

Devoted Mother, model, Hatha yoga teacher, holistic health practitioner, author and creator of The Golden Secrets, Jesse Golden has used her multi-faceted career as a platform to inspire and empower people all over the world.
Jesse’s accomplishments began at an early age, when, as a child, she became a ballerina in her Mother’s dance studio. After putting the debilitating disease rheumatoid arthritis into remission through natural methods, Jesse has established herself as the face of hope in the health and fitness industry. She continues to thrive despite her diagnosis.
Not having the ability to answer all the emails and calls she receives from people asking for help, Jesse started The Golden Secrets to share the products, tools and tips that she has acquired, both from her journey back to health and through her life experiences.
Jesse believes that every challenge we encounter is an opportunity for us to create more light into our lives- for ourselves and for the world.

AJ Johnson
A.J. grew up in a very academic household in rural New Jersey, and at the age of seventeen she lost her mother to cancer.
Even though she felt drawn to the arts from a very young age, AJ pursued a Psychology and Chemistry major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating Magna cum Laude in Psychology. Deciding that her artistic calling should also be explored, AJ moved to Hollywood.
“When it came time to decide between medical school and Hollywood, I decided to give myself a year or two in Los Angeles and see what happened. I moved to LA and I’ve been working here ever since.”
AJ has appeared on a number of television series, and her feature film roles include House Party, Skin Deep, The Inkwell, Assassins (with Sylvester Stallone), Dying Young (with Julia Roberts), Sister Act (with Whoopi Goldberg), and John Singleton’s critically acclaimed feature Baby Boy.
AJ’s father told her from his death bed, “You’re not able to save me, but take all of who you are and what you know and go save the world.”  His words lead her to redefine her life’s purpose, dedicating herself to wellness education and training. When she is not sharing the screen with Julia Roberts, Ving Rhames or Sylvester Stallone, AJ is a renowned lifestyle coach and wellness advocate. She soon created THE AJ ZONE, combining her passions for health and philanthropy.

Melissa Gorga

Melissa is a fun-loving and sassy Italian from New Jersey. She and her charismatic husband, Joe Gorga, have been married for 14 years and have three beautiful children — Antonia, 13, Gino, 11, and Joey, 8.

Melissa defines what it is to be a modern housewife. Known for having an eye for style, she successfully launched her own clothing boutique Envy by Melissa Gorga in Montclair, NJ and online retail store EnvybyMG.com.

Never afraid to take on a new challenge, Melissa has learned to balance family, friendships and career, while staying true to her own personal style.

Ilana Muhlstein

Nutrition, Health and Weight Loss Expert, Ilana Muhlstein, M.S., R.D.N., is living proof that you can achieve a fit, toned body no matter where you are starting from. Her brilliant emphasis on the mindset as a leading tool for motivation, progress, and execution is what makes her stand apart from all of the rest. Ilana presents her unique and effective nutrition principles in a flexible and fun approach that turns eating well from something you dread, to something you crave! And unlike other restrictive and unrealistic weight loss plans, Ilana demonstrates the impact of how your emotions, behaviors and environment play on your weight loss results, and will show you how to work with them to set you up for more success!

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 Jordan Harbinger Showwith 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.
Vicki Gunvalson
The “OG of the OC,” Vicki Gunvalson has appeared on The Real Housewives of Orange County since the beginning. As a successful entrepreneur, reality star, mother and grandmother, she has redefined what is means to be a powerful modern woman. Her ability to evolve but stay true to her roots as life has progressed has led her to become America’s most loved reality star as she has continually invited us into her home and hearts for the last 12 seasons of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Born in 1962 in a small Northwest suburb of Chicago, Vicki is one of 5 children. Her father owned a large construction company and her mother was a stay at home mom who cooked every night for the family, babysitters were a rarity and she always looked impeccable. Family was their priority and to this day Vicki carries those same core values.

Torrie Wilson

Torrie Wilson is known for her nearly nine years as a pro-wrestling superstar with the WWE. On the road nearly 300 days per year, she performed for live crowds of up to 90,000 globally, not to mention the millions every week on TV.

While studying pre-dietetics at Boise State University, Torrie was at the tail end of a battle with an eating disorder and started to put on the ‘Freshman 10’ during her third year. Determined to be healthy she devoured fitness magazines and admired the women she saw with muscles that maintained a feminine look. Torrie set her sights on looking like one of those women. She competed in three fitness shows and was immediately scouted by photographers for magazine covers.

It didn’t take Torrie long to realize that Boise, Idaho was not the place to take her career to the next level, so a year after her fitness competition she packed up and moved to L.A. It was always her dream to live in Los Angeles and be working as an actress and model, but Torrie never quite believed she could do it. It wasn’t until she landed her second magazine cover that she finally got the courage to say her dream out loud. Torrie firmly believes that believing in yourself is the crucial first step in achieving anything and is accomplished through positive self-talk.

Torrie has a unique ability to touch the heart of her clients. Because of the challenges she has overcome, Torrie speaks from experience and shows women how to use setbacks as fuel for a new success story.

Elissa Goodman
Elissa Goodman is a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert who believes that proper nourishment, healing by listening to your “gut, connecting to your inner strength and a daily renewal practice are essential for optimal living. Elissa’s mission is to educate and encourage healthy, mindful living helping others embrace the concept that we are a product of what we eat and how we treat ourselves.

Through adversity Elissa has tapped into her greater purpose in life and in addition to her health and vitality has found that empowering others has become one of her greatest gifts. Creator of the online RESET program, “Cleanse Your Body, Cleanse Your Life” and “The S.O.U.P. Cleanse” a delivered food program available in the Los Angeles market. Elissa’s approach to cleansing is gentle and accessible for those looking to renew, recharge, rejuvenate and maintain their healthy lifestyle. Elissa collaborates with health and wellness partners throughout Los Angeles and is the creator of signature juice blends at Erewhon Market. She’s also created cleanse programs for Café Gratitude and M. Café.

Elissa is the author of “Cancer Hacks” and executive producer of The Elissa Goodman Show on Focus TV. She is currently working on her next book, Autoimmune Hacks.

Natalie Jill

Hi! I’m my name is Natalie Jill and here’s my story…

I lost my house, my retirement, my marriage ended and I gained a lot of weight. I turned it all around, got my life back and became an inspiration to others. Now, I use my story and experiences to help people achieve their life goals through mindset, drive, fitness and nutrition. I specialized in healthy lifestyles, weight loss, functional body weight training and gluten free nutrition.

Daily, I coach, motivate and empower others to turn their excuses into solutions and become their best possible selves.
What I do now is simplify fitness and nutrition for you!

Kim Strother
Kim is one of LA’s top fitness instructors and celebrity trainers. With over a decade of experience as a personal trainer and instructor at some of the most prestigious gyms in the country, she combines years of strength training, yoga and gymnastics to create dynamic workouts that produce optimal results.

No matter what your fitness goal, Kim has extensive experience tailoring custom workouts, ranging from models who want to keep their bodies long and lean, to those tackling ambitious weight loss goals. She keeps her classes and workouts fast paced and suitable for all levels. Besides her knowledge and experience, you won’t be able to ignore Kim’s big personality. She believes that enjoying your workout is as important as breaking a sweat, so you’re sure to leave her workouts always feeling your best. 

Kim has appeared on the cover of Runner’s World, and has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Self, Shape, Women’s Health and Health. She shot campaigns for Nike, Reebok, Champion, Vibram, Lady Foot Locker, Adidas, and Columbia Sportswear, and was named one of the most in-demand fitness models by racked.com. Kim is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, and has taught at Chelsea Piers, Peak Performance, The Gym and Barry’s Bootcamp. 

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