The Art of Self-Care by Diana Bourel

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BIO Diana Bourel yoga teacher

An American citizen with Ecuadorian heritage, Diana Bourel, the founder of  Art of Self Care, has a background in Psychology and graduatedfrom the Fashion Institute of Technology  in Communication and Advertising and Fashion Business Marketing.

After moving to France, where she trained in BioEnergetic work with Patrick Druout and in Kinesiology with Francoise Tainon, creator of the school “Corps Memoire”,  she created the  ”Coming Home concept, a transpersonal, or depth psychology approach to personal growth offered in 1-on-1 sessions and group workshops.

She moved to the French island of St Barth in the Caribbean in 1994Since then, she has been a yoga teacher of reference certified in several styles for an international clientele at top hotels,  and  a visiting consultant for several world-class properties, including Chiva-Som , Kamalaya and Cap Juluca, where she created and coordinated the Mind, Body & Spirit program.

Using the principles of some of  the world’s great spiritual traditions and drawing heavily on the art of storytelling, shamanic work and bioenergetics, Diana’s transpersonal Coming Home sessions use rebirthing, regression therapy, kinesiology, shamanic healing  and a variety of other transpersonal techniques as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She continues to create workshop events and runs the St Barth Summer Camp Yoga Challenge and Yoga University, a 4-week yoga and wellness immersion program she created and has run in St. Barth for the past 11 years.  The next edition of this yearly event will be hosted at Cheval Blanc St-Barth, a Belmond property.

Her detox, wellness and spiritual retreats are run every year and include shamanic trips to the Amazon for personal healing and growth. In addition, Diana creates made-to-order wellness events and retreats for private clients, and also offers team-building services to businesses looking bring in the concept of self care.

In St. Barth, she offers private yoga instruction on site at hotel, yacht, or villa locations,  1-to-1 transpersonal personal development sessions . She is also a resident yoga teacher and transpersonal therapist at the spa Excellence des Sens by Christophe Marchesseau, located at the Cour Vendôme in Gustavia.

She is certified yoga teacher in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Body Tuning with Glenn Black, and Vinyasa.

Trilingual, Diana teaches and consults in English, French and Spanish.

Her yoga and transpersonal work have been written up in a number of international publications, including the London Times, Tatler, Destinations, the Robb Report, Coast, The Guardian...

 

Testimonials

Testimonials

What People Say

I met Diana 15 years ago in St. Barth where she came highly recommended as a private yoga instructor.  What is unique about Diana is that she intuitively knows exactly what your body needs. Our work together on the mat has translated nicely to our Transpersonal work off the mat.

This is where my path to personal growth really began.

I have travelled around the world to attend Diana’s wellness retreats and I can’t properly express the profound impact she has had on my life

JACKIE KERN MANAGING DIRECTOR

JACKIE KERN MANAGING DIRECTOR

Diana never fails to amaze. She practices a unique integration of yoga, spiritual counseling and mind-body therapy.

She is technically superb. The depth and breath of her knowledge is extraordinary. She knows physical alignment and keeps me safe. She always links the nuts and bolts of the asanas with their spiritual roots. She has brought my yoga practice to a new level.

Diana is a great teacher, both individually and in a group. She is always focused and invariably kind. I love her vibrant personality. As a psychotherapist, I admire her sensitivity and her effectiveness in showing people new ways to think. Diana has been an important influence in my life.

SUE KLAVANS SIMRING, PHD COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK COAUTHOR: MAKING MARRIAGE WORK FOR DUMMIES

Cela fait maintenant six ou sept ans que mes vacances d’été s’orientent vers l’île de Saint-Barthélemy . Pour moi, l’attrait de cette île, belle et sauvage, outre les amis que je retrouve chaque année, est principalement le yoga camp de Diana Bourel …

Yoga, mais pas seulement !

Méditation, chant, marche, danse, aqua vitalité, conférences, etc.

Tout est prétexte à se connaître mieux, à progresser.

Une opportunité unique de reprendre possession de son corps et de son esprit, de se reconnecter à la nature environnante, et à sa nature propre, de se trouver ou de se retrouver…

dans un esprit de partage et d’amour.

Avec Diana Bourel, fine, intuitive, perspicace, la bienveillance et la joie côtoient les sommets d’une science qu’elle maîtrise avec une grande subtilité. Chacun de ses gestes, chacune de ses paroles, chaque sourire est un enseignement …C’est un bonheur de l’avoir rencontrée et c’est un bonheur chaque fois de la retrouver !

CYRIELLE CLAIR, COMÉDIENNE

CYRIELLE CLAIR, COMÉDIENNE

I regard Diana as a superb and trusted teacher. Work I completed with her gave me new insights into my spiritual life.

DAVID BARRETT NEWS EDITOR AT THE DAILY MAIL

DAVID BARRETT NEWS EDITOR AT THE DAILY MAIL

Diana is very committed to her work and always went way beyond her responsibilities to ensure clients satisfaction. She would work with guests even after the sessions, following up to make sure they were comfortable. She is very creative and approaches her work as a way of life, not a job.

She is an artist, ………a life style artist, and understands the importance of people, utilizing her gifts to assist them in living and appreciating life more extensively.

Diana is a professional that anyone or any wellness enterprise looking to evolve from the mundane Spas into truly a holistic and enlightening life changing experiences, would discover to be a perfect match.

I highly recommend Diana and her work.

USTACHE GUISHARD, CEO/MANAGING DIRECTOR FORMER GM CAP JULUCA

Diana is a superb trainer and specialist who provides an uplifting spirit and amazing energy to anyone she encounters and/or works with. She is one of those truly remarkable people who have the innate ability to enhance a person’s inner well-being.

KEN SHRIBER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PETROLEUM EQUITY GROUP

KEN SHRIBER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PETROLEUM EQUITY GROUP

Diana Bourel understands the power of words.

As a business man working in an aggressive marketplace , the nourishment and power of the written word is paramount.  I hold this ideal in the deepest regard.  Diana Bourel provides me, my staff and associates profound messages and thoughts that inspire us daily.  Her words and insights nourish my mind, body and soul and provide motivation to address the challenges that each day brings.

LEE MOFFITT-FORMER VP REMAX VERMONT, CONDO GUY

LEE MOFFITT-FORMER VP REMAX VERMONT, CONDO GUY

Diana is an incredibly perceptive guide and has provided me with excellent insights that I’ve been able to incorporate into my life. She also happens to be a fantastic yoga teacher.

PHIL FRITZ- PAYER INNOVATION LAB LEADER

Diana is a very dedicated person and healer with a unique talent of empowering people. Her positive attitude, curiosity and outlook on life are infectious, nourishing, and mind-opening. A truly exciting and visionary personality! I feel very blessed to have met and shared ideas with her.

RENATE PRANDL, MA, CERTIFIED HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH, FELDENKRAIS, BEST SELLING AUTHOR

RENATE PRANDL, MA, CERTIFIED HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH, FELDENKRAIS, BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Diana’s work is difficult to describe in words and you really have to experience it for yourself. What I can say from my own personal experience is that it is powerful stuff and life-changing.

CHARLOTTE FRASER, SPECIALIST IN LUXURY, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, SPA AND WELLNESS PR, QUALIFIED NUTRITIONIST AND HEALTH WRITER

CHARLOTTE FRASER, SPECIALIST IN LUXURY, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, SPA AND WELLNESS PR, QUALIFIED NUTRITIONIST AND HEALTH WRITER

Diana studied with me for a Kriya Yoga training at Samasati Retreat Center in the rainforest of Costa Rica. She was an attentive and serious student. Since that time we have become friends and have spent time on St. Barth discussing various aspects of healing, which she has a great understanding of. But it is her intuition that sets her apart.

GLENN BLACK, yoga instructor at Omega Institute

GLENN BLACK, yoga instructor at Omega Institute

Diana Bourel takes the art of yoga to new levels. She brings her knowledge of dance and music as well as the healing arts to every session.  Her incredible awareness of the emotional state of her clients allows her to create a unique experience in each session, custom-tailored to the client’s need that day. I’ve practiced yoga for many years in many countries and I have found her to be the best of all. She makes her classes into wonderfully unique, growing experiences for her students. On St Barths there is no equal.

NIKO ELMALEH, CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT INVESTOR

NIKO ELMALEH, CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT INVESTOR

When Diana coordinated the Mind, Body and Spirit program for Cap Juluca, Anguilla, and I handled public relations for the hotel, we worked very closely on both independent and group press visits. Understanding what the media wanted, she was always totally cooperative and flexible, giving more than 100% to both the press who participated in the program and also to other hotel guests. Diana always went out of her way to ensure that clients were totally satisfied with the program’s components. In addition, those who participated in her yoga classes almost always remarked that they were the best they’ve experienced.

MARILYN MARX, PRESIDENT MMPR

MARILYN MARX, PRESIDENT MMPR

I first met Diana in 1991 for my first “Coming Home” session after experiencing two traumatic events, losing my life partner and surviving an attack by two Rothweillers.

I remember to this day the depth of this first session with her.

We next met when I moved in July of 1995 to St Barth to manage St-Barth Isle de France (now Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France). The St-Barth Isle de France guests who started with Diana 24 years ago still search her out when they return to St Barth. Diana, who has taught and mentored many of the yoga teachers now giving classes on island, continues to grow as a person, a teacher, a counselor. She is gentle and fiercely loyal , full of compassion and empathy, with the talent to express herself in all the forms she uses to teach.

EVELYN WEBER, MANAGER, CHEVAL BLANC ST BARTH ISLE DE FRANCE

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