Meet Your Teachers

Michelle Bagnell

Hi, my name is Michelle Bagnell and I am one of the co-founders of The Forever Journey Retreats. I’m a Registered Nurse who fell in love with specializing in mamas and their beautiful babies and Owner of Mindfulness Michelle Online Coaching. I am always striving to share my passion for wellness and bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine and lifestyles. This passion started with nursing and the sciences and evolved when I started diving into fitness, yoga, mediation, travelling and learning from other cultures. Slowly but surely I have been able to expand and combine everything that ignites my spirit and utilize those skills to serve others and ensure lifelong learning and adventure on my forever journey.
Throughout my journey I have looked adversity in the eyes once or twice. Two years ago, I lost my dad to suicide. Since then my life has never been the same; it led me into a transformational tornado of pain, growth, new found appreciation, increased awareness, and reassessing my life path.

Shortly after this, I started my own businesses, ran marathons, travelled to 40+ countries, moved to Beijing to teach English, went to India to become a yoga instructor, became a professional world fitness competitor, left cushy jobs to explore passions and naturally heal from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
These are all things I never imagined I was capable of. I am now on a mission to show others what they are capable of through movement: physical, mental and spiritual movement.


BScN: Registered Nurse
CPT (Canfit Certified Personal Trainer)
CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher) 200 hr
TESOL 250 hr English Teacher
WBFF Professional World Bikini Competitor
Marathon and OCR (Obstacle course racer)
Level 1 & 2 Reiki Healer
Certified Life Coach
Meditation Instructor
Mental Health Advocate and Public Speaker

Sara Bruno

Hello I’m Sara Bruno one of your trusted guides and a Co-Founder of The Forever Journey Retreats. Welcome to my world. It is my ambition to cultivate an environment in which all people can operate as their ideal self, whomever that may be. Keeping in mind that the ideal self is a form of growth and acceptance, not perfectionism. It is my mission to make you to feel alive. My passion is working with women and fostering safe environments for expansion and liberation.

My story prior to my journey with health and empowerment was dejected. I had a severe eating disorder. I was a consumption queen, soothing myself into submission from my inability to take action. I felt inadequate, insecure and clung to thoughts and people that never truly served my happiness or health. Changes had to be made. The first time I went to yoga I thought I was dying… and in a way I kind of was. My breathe was short, my heart was pounding, and anxiety was throbbing through my veins. That was six years ago. I chose to change my life and so can you.

I went from a comfortable role as a senior financial advisor in a very uncomfortable life, to world traveller, to make up artist on European runways, to an Arts and Cultural Management graduate, to yoga instructor, professional burlesque dancer and model. I am now courageously pursuing my passion of psychology, yoga therapy and international wellness retreats, with you. So, thank you for being apart of my dreams.

‚ÄčI am a woman who is inspiring change in the definition of confidence and I ALWAYS encourage people to bring their own flavor to the table. We are generating a community that I am proud to be apart of. Join us in a wellness revolution.

The opposite of fear is empowerment, remember to practice courage. I am capable, I always was. And guess what, so are you.

Step outside of the box and into The Forever Journey where it all begins.


Professional Burlesque Dancer
Makeup Artist
Arts and Cultural Management Diploma
Personal Financial Planner Certification
Investment Funds in Canada Certification
Co- Founder of Vagabond Theatre Co. & Black Label Burlesque
Plus size, pin-up and Old-style Hollywood Model
200 Hour Yoga Instructor Certification
Meditation Instructor
Workshop Leader
Charitable fundraising and event planner
Love giver

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$2570.00 includes all travel within the adventure, all taxes and all this stuff »


- 6 Nights of luxury lodging at Sansara Resort
- Transportation to and from the hotel
- 3 balanced meals a day with a snack bar
- Fresh fruit, local fair trade coffee and filter-water available daily
- Yoga/ Fitness classes + work shops overlooking the pacific ocean
- Complimentary use of SUP and kayaks
- Complimentary use of snorkel gear
- Complimentary bikes for exploring the area
- Complimentary surf lesson on the beach
- Saltwater pool
- Fishing
- Onsite professional photographer
- Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels
- Travel through the forest, rivers, and mountains to the most amazing waterfall and cliff jumping, coupled with stunning views of the jungle.
- Organic spa products in every cabana


- Airfare (unless you choose for Breathe in Life to book your flight during the registration process)
- Meals the day/ evening of arrival and departure into Panama City.
- Additional excursions, surf board rentals/ lessons in the water
- Massages/ spa and therapeutics but it is available on site