MEET THE TEAM

HERSHEY PASCUAL | FOUNDER H RETREATS

MY STORY

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Every soul deserves to learn, grow and heal.

All the most difficult moments in life are decision points: you either can reject and resist, or view the cards life has dealt you as a gift. Every experience is an opportunity to grow or an obstacle restricting your growth – you get to choose! This is your moment of awakening. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders, sometimes a lucky ladder lifts you high and other times a sleeping snake causes you to stumble and fall. It is a dance between the start and finish line, but what matters is not each move but how you see the game. When you realise that your fate lies in a roll of the dice and out of your own hands awakening can truly begin.

My own path of awakening began when I felt I led a life driven by ego and materialism. Working in the media, my lifestyle pivoted around celebrity parties, glitz and glamour; to outsiders it looked like I was ‘living the dream’. However, nothing could be further from the truth. I went through a series of very painful personal losses, including a long-term partner and family member, and no number of designer handbags or VIP red carpet events could fill the void in my heart. Forced to question everything I thought I was, I started soul-searching. During this time I found that one ‘chance’ meeting would lead to many more that seemed to guide me on my path. Slowly, I began to heal myself and I became fascinated about helping others heal too.

H Retreats, stands for holistic, health and happiness. My purpose is to help you grow and guide you in the right direction by introducing you to gifted healers, practitioners and therapists who each have a unique style of healing you from within by realigning your mind, body and soul. Think of H Retreats as a hospital for the soul: there is work to be done with your mind and body. It is a place to reconnect with yourself to feel whole, safe, worthy and loved, inside out. Welcome to your holistic journey.

Hershey has a BA in Anthropology and Human Sciences from Durham University in England, where she is from. She has over 16 years publishing experience, starting out as beauty assistant at Elle UK. She held other positions with Sunday Times Style, Condé Nast Traveller and Harrods Magazine. In 2014, she left her long-term role as Digital Lifestyle Director at OK! to move to Dubai, where she continues to work in luxury lifestyle publishing.

OUR TEAM

HEALERS, THERAPISTS & EXPERTS…

Daniela Nikolova
Daniela Nikolova
INTUITIVE HEALER

Based in Dubai, Daniela Nikolova focuses on combining different modalities such as colour and crystal therapy, metaphor therapy and meditation. She is a soul artist, writer and integrative nutrition certified health coach (...) button

Fady Habib
Fady Habib
ENERGY HEALER

Fady is a professional energy healer, spiritual coach, meditation specialist and intuitive card reader. He received his early esoteric teachings at the age of 11, ultimately practicing different hand healing techniques naturally (...)button

Angela Murlowska
Angela Murlowska
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPIST

In over twenty years, Angela has developed her skills as a holistic healer through a wide range of modalities. She is passionate about Craniosacral therapy as it offers her the opportunity to treat a wide range of conditions (...)button

LINE FRIIS
LINE FRIIS
HOLISTIC ESTHETICIAN

Line Friis is one of the leading holistic esthetician and skin care specialist in Denmark. In 2014, Line won the Danish Beauty Award for “Best Facial” for the signature treatment “Acai Organic Facial Care. Her latest signature treatment, “Veda Facial,” has been nominated (...)button

ELAINE KELLY
ELAINE KELLY
YOGA TEACHER

In 2010, Elaine Kelly founded Yogafest Middle East, the largest wellness festival in the region. Yogafest brings together teachers and students to support great causes. Elaine is a highly qualified and passionate advocate for (...)button

Sreedharan
Sreedharan
VEDANTA PHILOSOPHER

Sreedharan is a senior disciple of the eminent philosopher, Swami Parthasarathy. In 2000, Sreedharan decided to study Vendetta philosophy full-time under the guidance of Swami Parthasarathy. He completed a (...)button

ZARINE
ZARINE
GONG HEALER

Zarine is a facilitator for guided sound meditation and energy healing. She plays the gongs, singing bowls and other sound instruments, during each therapeutic session. She continues to study the ‘way of the gong’ (...)button

SIMONANDA
SIMONANDA
SOUND ARTIST

Simonanda is an internationally known sound artist and life coach. She has been blessed with knowing the ancient tradition of fine tuning the body through the art of sound vibration using her voice, tuned crystal bowls, (...)button

LUKAS PUTZ
LUKAS PUTZ
SPIRITUAL RESPONSE PRACTITIONER

Lukas Putz is a spiritual response therapy (SRT) practitioner based in Dubai. SRT is a powerful spiritual method of healing that works with your muscle response to bypass your limited conscious capacity and connect with the subconscious (...) button

ANIA SHNYUKOVA
ANIA SHNYUKOVA
QIGONG INSTRUCTOR

Ania started practicing the Zhong Yuan Qigong system 10 years ago; it is a system that is thousands of years old. She’s a certified Qigong instructor and a personal student of Grand Master Xu Mingtang who comes from an ancient (...) button

ROB’N CAPPEL
ROB’N CAPPEL
ANMA THERAPIST

From a young age Rob’n was interested in alternative healing. Her curiosity and enthusiasm has lead her on an ever-evolving road of helping clients and students to find healing and alignment in their lives. Rob’n is the founder (...) button

LYSETTE ALLIS
LYSETTE ALLIS
REIKI MASTER

Lysette was born in Amsterdam and currently lives in Rotterdam. After falling ill, she discovered the possibilities of alternative healing and soon started practising Reiki. She later become a Reiki master teacher. For the last 20 years (...) button

KARINA BENSEMAN
KARINA BENSEMAN
SURF & FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Karina is from New Zealand. She was always an active child, growing up, participating in sports and pushing herself physically which has always really exhilarated her; it even led to frequent trips to the hospital and (...) button

LINDA CHAMBERS
LINDA CHAMBERS
LES MILLS BODYBALANCE

Linda Chambers is one of the most talented and inspirational fitness experts in the Middle East. She is the creator of the CROSSOVER2YOGA program which is a mobility program based on the principles of Yin yoga (...) button

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