1. Alex Smol, Owner, trade holding company
Sicily, Italy. 2005
"It was more than my expectation. I used to travel and take vacations all over the world.
When I met Antonina she offered for me to go for this Sicily Island for healing retreat.
It was new travel experience for me. I am usually very stressed and overwhelmed because I often have business and family to take care of. She totally handled every detail - I didn't have to think about what we will do or what I will eat. Everything was organized. We went hiking on Vulcan Etna, swam, and exercised a lot.
I improved my knowledge, totally recharged my brain, felt lighter and got in shape.
I brought my huge luggage with clothes and shoes, and she took everything away for the duration of the trip. I never expected I could live so simply - happy and healthy! I’m no longer so attached to all of my devices and fancy things. She is so attuned to nature and inspirational."
2. Natalia Macovec, financial director of clothing company.
Karelia (lake north of St. Petersburg)
"It was an incredibly hot summer in Moscow. I felt very sick and had breathing problems, and my legs and arms were swollen. I thought I’d have to go to the doctor and take some medicine. But a friend who had worked with Antonina as their yoga teacher recommended her to me me to go for her retreat. We went to this beautiful Lake, and Antonina was gentle but I know my problem was I needed somebody to challenge me with tough love.. And she did. She organized boot camp for me to change my attitude about myself and my health and nature. I always was scared to jump in cold water but she was able to get me jumping in and swimming in a very cold lake. I felt great and healthy, although in the beginning I wanted to resist all the time and do what I used to do and was scared about. Antonina was sensitive and very polite, and with love gave me the strength and confidence to expand myself. We went walking in the forest a lot, picking different herbs and berries and ate them with honey and did yoga a lot. I had 3 days fasting and 5 days detox program drinking herbs tea that we made. We went horseback riding, and to the sauna to sweat a lot every day. We went to restaurants all the time and there we cooked on the fire.
I went every year for 3 weeks in medical program, and for 2 weeks with Antonina, and I got unbelievable results, lost weight, lost inflammation in my legs once I started practicing yoga everyday and eating healthy!"
3. Irina Grish, owner of dance company Israel.
"I went 3 times with Antonina for her healing private retreats in different beautiful places. And always there were new and unpredictable and growing experiences. The first time, Antonina took me to a beautiful lake and hot springs for 3 weeks. Usually my life is so busy because I spend a lot of time in the fashion industry, on planes and leading a fast and stressful life. And it was just completely different. It was healing diving in nature. We were living right on the beach, she made healthy food, I had different practices with her, like silence practice for 5 days and it was hard and challenging because usually I spend entire days in meetings and carry three cell phones. We did meditation, and yoga at sunset and sunrise. She taught me to connect with my inner true and my feminine sensuality and nature through dance. We were dancing every day at least an hour, and I never knew how to dance. After this retreats my son and husband and myself started to work with her as our yoga teacher 3 times a week and she became our family health coach and healer. She made my day with her smile and unlimited flow of life. She is a true gift in my life."
4. Olga Rogdestvenski, dermatologist and head of beauty salon in Moscow.
"I went to Antonina's retreat with my friend and I didn't know her before at all. And I always was skeptical and liked to go for western medicine or just go to spa. So it was more interesting to go ski and have yoga and massage with Antonina. We went to beautiful mountains place in Slovenia. But when I met Antonina she very naturally and organically started to teach us how to live everyday with a new outlook on life. I am from medical and beauty industry and already knew enough about how to take care about skin, hair and health. But she showed me daily natural healthy routine. And I stopped use a lot of my creams and unnatural things just replacing them with nature products and herbs which Antonina showed me. She taught us how to use yoga breathing during mountain skiing, and did great stretching with us before and after. Also she helped me with my husband to improve our relationship by teaching us partner yoga, massage, and giving us different practices each day. We never had such a fulfilling vacation! After 10 days we came back healthy, full of useful knowledge, and happy. After that, Antonina became my yoga teacher 3 times a week and my 12 year-old daughter’s, who takes professional dance she is doing yoga with Antonina which helps her with her tension after all the hours of training."
5. Igor Smol, owner of car factory, ( Russia, Saratov)
"My experience with private retreats with Antonina:
Antonina has changed my life in ways it is hard to explain in words. I am grateful to know her.
I was very busy as the owner of several big businesses, and was always around meetings, money, stress and a lot of parties and drinking.
My business wasn't good because of this stess and partying, and I lost a lot of money. I had an alcohol and drug addiction and I wasn't satisfied of my private life because it was so superficial and I couldn't find real love anywhere. I met Antonina at a business convention when she was a lawyer and remember she just always loved to teach people yoga and looked very healthy and close to nature.
I called her and explained that I felt so bad I would take 10 kinds of different medications and was so sick and unhappy I even thought about ending my life. She flew from Moscow to my town and spent 3 days with me, just talking with me and helping me with her healing touch and healthy food. I couldn’t do any yoga or exercise because my body was so weak from pain, alcohol and medicine. She was so nourishing but very direct and straight. I remember her words "If you want to survive, leave everything and we fly tomorrow to India." I could hardly understand why and how I could leave my business, when I barely walk. Next day we met at the airport, I gave her my passport and money til the end of the journey...She told me to take only my backpack. Even to go to the grocery store I usually have many more devices, clothes on me and ideas where I am going and what I will do.
I never could imagine that I would live in a coconut house on the beach, and have transformational experiences every day. I spent 4 weeks in India with Antonina, and she showed me real life and she taught me real love and what is meaningful and valuable in life.
When I returned back home I totally changed my life, I started to live a healthy, fulfilled life, and do yoga and meditation every day. I met my wife at a yoga class which I probably would never even have noticed if I didn't go to this retreat with Antonina. Together we have organized a big annual charity yoga festival for kids! Antonina helped me with my rebirth!"