Soulfit Adventures - what's it all about?
Founder & creator - Virginia Slevin
My passion for travel was ignited over twenty years ago when I was fortunate to spend seven years living and working in Europe. Ever since I’ve travelled to destinations in all corners of the globe exploring. Upon returning to Australia in the mid 90’s I worked primarily in hospitality and travel, then eventually as an event manager, coordinating 21st birthdays to major film premieres and everything in between.
My knowledge and curiosities for health and wellness developed over a long time and I will always be on this journey. Early in 2009, I was burnt out and unquestionably decided the corporate world was over-hyped and knew I wanted a major change in my life. I began finding ways of combining my appetite for travel, health and wellness with my skills as an event manager and eventually, Soulfit Adventures was born.
Before relocating to the North Coast of Australia, Newcastle in December 2012, to pursue Soulfit Adventures on a full time basis — I completed a 200 hour Power Yoga teacher training and 60 hour Yin Yoga teacher training with the well-known modern Australian master yogi, Duncan Peak and I am a Yoga Alliance RYT200 certified teacher. I continue to study and I’ve been privileged to train and study under many great teachers such as: Tiffany Cruikshank, Les Leventhal, Elena Brower, Maty Ezraty, Ana Forrest to name a few. I teach a strong asana practice with plenty of options for all levels giving you the opportunity to explore your own practice.
When I am not travelling with Soulfit Adventures, you'll find me on my mat, bike or in the ocean, or teaching my regular classes around Newcastle.
As the founder and leading lady behind Soulfit Adventures, I coordinate everything on you’re retreat and worry about all of the tedious details for you, guaranteeing you get the most out of your time away.
I have designed Soulfit Adventures retreats and holidays for people of all ages and fitness levels, and as a retreat experience like no other of it’s kind. All you need is a sense of adventure!
There's nothing better than waking up in a distant land, practising yoga, then jumping on a bike to explore the surrounding lands. I look forward to meeting you on one of my Soulfit Adventures somewhere soon! Virginia.
“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting”. Goethe
Co-host - Nicole Moerig, Yogeur
Nicole Moerig raced as a professional cyclist both in Australia and in Europe. She remains one of the most compassionate, caring and kind bike riders in the community and is often still seen lending a comforting hand to a newcomer. She initially used yoga to supplement her off-season training and saw the benefits both in body and mind.
Now, she teaches what she practices – believing wholeheartedly in the positive effect yoga can have on both a performance and personal level. Her experience as a physical education teacher, professional athlete and her genuine caring nature make Nicole a unique and warm teacher and the perfect Soulfit Adventures co-host. Nicole is Yoga Alliance RYT200 Certified and holds a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement), majoring in Performance Enhancement.
Nicole is as pleased as punch to be teaming up with Soulfit Adventures to provide unique health and well being getaways at home and overseas. “To be able to combine my passions of yoga, cycling and travel is something I am incredibly excited by,” says Nicole. “To be able to do it with Virginia, whose experience at providing luxury yoga and cycling retreats is unrivalled, makes it all that more inspiring. Her passion for adventure, her experience at running events and her eye for the finer details make it a pleasure to partner with her.”
Soulfit Adventures offers luxury cycling and yoga retreats. Participants enjoy a memorable experience that combines adventures on roads less travelled with retreat style luxury through gentle yoga practice and massage therapy. While, at the same time travelling responsibly and supporting local communities.
Soulfit Adventures retreats are held in very different locations around the world, all chosen for their stunning natural beauty, cultural diversity and access to the great outdoors. We offer a unique portfolio with each one of our retreats and holidays designed to cater to the needs of all our participants, in their quest for a once in a lifetime experience.
Designed for people of all ages and abilities, who want to take time out from their busy lives or to simply have a holiday with a difference, participants on Soulfit Adventures retreats enjoy small groups, never exceeding twelve people. We not only welcome but we encourage non-cycling and yoga friends and spouses.
Soulfit Adventures, take the upmost care to ensure responsible travel with an aim to positively benefit the local community. Groups stay in locally owned accommodation and we use only local guides, drivers and assistants where possible to ensure that the local communities benefit not only in the short term but in the long term.
The retreats have been designed to give you the chance to be as active or as restful as you choose whilst experiencing the sights, scents, tastes and atmosphere of a country in a way that you might previously not considered
We truly believe that we offer our participants a once in a lifetime experience in some of the worlds most beautiful locations.
Tour Manager v Travel Agent
We'd like to be crystal clear here: Soulfit adventures is not a travel agent. We do not book, sell or ticket airfares for our groups. We work closely with our licensed travel agent partners, IATA travel professionals, who belong to the Travel Compensation Fund. We do what Soulfit adventures does best, we design fantastic, creative, holistic and authentic experiences available in conjunction with the best local tour operators.
So - you'll need a flight to join our group but we don't do that bit. If you decide you'd like to come along, we'll provide you with options to contact our preferred travel agent, you arrange your own flights, book with your agent or online - that's up to you.
Eco Practices & Responsible Travel
It's impossible to leave nothing but footprints and Soulfit Adventures recognises the environmental and social responsibilities that come with being a tour operator in developing, and developed countries. We continually strive to reduce any negative environmental and cultural impacts of our trips on the regions we visit. The very nature of travel means we have an impact on the cultures we visit, so we try to make it a positive one from issuing stainless steel water bottles to all guests to encouraging travelers to consider the benefits of offsetting their travel with Carbon Credits.
There are many considerations to responsible travel and none of us have all the answers. The fact that you are thinking about them is a good start.
Soulfit Adventures is a boutique company and we aim for an evnironmentially-friendly office in the following ways:
We try to be as paper free as possible (e.g. using email whenever appropriate, down loadable itineraries and tripnotes).
We recycle all paper, plastics, cardboard and glass.
We minimise the energy used in the office by not leaving equipment on standby and switch off all computers, lights and unnecessary power each night.
Thank you for caring and being a responsible traveller!
If you have any questions relating to any of the above, please contact us.