We are Carrie and Zach, a travel-obsessed couple always on the hunt for new adventures! Whether it’s a months-long camping road trip in the American west, riverboat hitchhiking in the Bolivian Amazon, rock climbing the amazing karst cliffs of Thailand, meditating with Buddhist monks, or learning about traditional healing rituals with witch doctors in Tanzania, we are always DOWN for an exciting adventure. If we get to challenge ourselves and learn something new along the way, all the better!
We’ve been traveling as much as possible during our 13+ years together, but life hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows. We’ve both had our share of struggles with substance abuse and poor coping mechanisms which brought us to some scary places. After deciding enough was enough at different times, we both found new life through sobriety and a spiritual program of recovery which has included the 12 steps, Buddhism, adventure, and yoga. Yoga and meditation continue to be of huge importance in our recovery journeys. We’re dedicated to breaking stigmas against addiction in this world and passing on the hope and freedom of sobriety to others with the same struggle. Thus, Bigger Life Adventures retreats are devoted to serving those in recovery from anything!
Bigger Life Adventures was born from a sudden spark of inspiration to combine all of our passions and share them with our friends — travel, yoga, adventure, recovery “outside the box”, cultural immersion, and to promote sustainability and environmentalism along the way. Doing this work of enabling others to have a life-changing travel experience truly lights OUR souls on fire!
We live in Flagstaff, Arizona and run our retreat property, Grand Canyon Glamping, from May through November. We still travel as much as we can, both while hosting retreats and for our own adventures! We are #vanlifers, campers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, climbers, aspiring tiny house builders, and storytellers. You can read more about our travels on our blog: LaAventuraProject.com
Please, come join us on an adventure and discover for yourself how you can change your story!
Carrie, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Wilderness First Responder, Boss-lady
Carrie has been practicing yoga for ten years and can personally attest to the transformational power of the practice. She loves enabling students to explore yoga beyond the mat and discover a mind-body-spirit practice that works for them! In 2018 she obtained her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 from Quantum Yoga School under teacher Lara Baumann and in 2021 her RYT 500 from Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness under Dr. Liz Lindh. She’s additionally trained in trauma-informed yoga, yoga for recovery, teaching yoga to teens, and yoga for mental health. She teaches at several studios in Northern Arizona, in juvenile detention centers and recovery centers, and loves traveling to teach special workshops and classes. She’s also an 800-hour certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor through Joyful Belly Ayurveda and offers personal Ayurvedic consultations and workshops. Aside from yoga, she loves travel, trail running, chocolate, and puppies!
Zach, Vegan Chef, Holistic Nutritionist, Meditation and Breathwork Teacher, Reiki Master, Wilderness First Responder
Zach is a Plant-Based Chef and Holistic Nutritionist with a specialty in creating healthy and delicious vegan eats! He also loves reaching alternate states of consciousness and has been studying various forms of meditation and shamanism for 3+ years. He specializes in guiding journeys of Breathwork meditation in the Wim Hof style. He is also Reiki Practitioner and enjoys offering energy healing sessions. His other passions include rock climbing, music, hiking, and building our off-grid kingdom at Grand Canyon Eco Retreat.