Here’s the thing about Jen Pastiloff, folks. Here’s the revolutionary thing.
She listens with an intent focus, a focus that follows your words inside you. Because she has hearing problems, she watches your lips as you speak, and she plucks the ash of your words from the air and takes it inside herself and lays it beside her heart, where before too long your words start beating as if they were strong, capable, living mammals. And then she gives them back to you.
Boiled down, this is the secret to Jen’s popularity. She can call what she does Beauty Hunting–she is for sure out there helping people find beauty. She can start a campaign called “Don’t be an asshole” and remind us all to stop a second and please, please, please be our better selves. She can use words like attention, space, time, connection, intimacy. She can ask participants to answer questions like What gets in your way? What stories are you carrying around in your body? What makes you come alive? Who would you be if nobody told you who you were? All of that is what it is. But why it works is because of her kind of listening.
And what her kind of listening does is simple:
It saves lives. ~ Jane Eaton Hamilton.
“Loved loved loved the retreat. I can’t imagine how you even describe your retreats other than kumbaya-badassness-where we get to say ‘fuck’ out loud and in our journals. Thank you, Jen…you are sending out ripples of coolness all over the world.” ~ Kaisa McDonnall
“I know people use the term “Life Changing” all the time. But for me, Jen’s Tuscany retreat actually transformed my life. It was the perfect combination of the “kick in the ass” and the “overwhelming sense of love” that I needed to heal from my past and finally let it go to move on to a life I couldn’t possibly have imagined for myself. Being new to yoga and meditation, I was a bit nervous about that aspect of the retreat but both Jen and Cherry made me feel so comfortable and the lovely Ebbio farmhouse was filled with 25 of the most amazingly supportive and non-judgmental women I have ever met! This is truly the essence of Jen’s retreats. Somehow she knows how to bring together the perfect combination of beautiful souls and fosters this unexplainable connection and love amongst everyone. Add in the amazing location and staff (and animals) of Ebbio and you have one freaking amazing week! A week filled with yoga, meditation, writing, lots of ‘aha’ moments, crying, connecting, laughing, relaxing, sightseeing, delicious meals (oh the pastas and cheese!) and did I mention crying! After the second day, I felt drained and even stated that I had purged and couldn’t possibly have any more tears to shed, and then damnit if Jen didn’t find a way at the next session (and every session after) to get me to pull back another layer! I cannot thank Jen and her mom, Barb, enough for the experience and transformation the Tuscany retreat provided. My best way to show my gratitude is to pay it forward and I will do whatever I can to keep this light that you lit inside me glowing and spread it wherever my path shall lead me! ”
Jennifer Pastiloff, Beauty Hunter, Way-Maker, Touch-Bearer, Listener, is the founder of The Manifest-Station.
Jen is a writer living on an airplane. Her work has been featured on The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Jezebel, Modern Loss, Salon, among others. Jen’s leading her signature retreats to Ojai, California a few times a year (the next one is Mother’s Day- May 8-10th, 2015) and she and bestselling author Emily Rapp will be leading their 3rd writing retreat to Vermont in October 2015. She is also leading a Writing + The Body retreat with author Lidia Yuknavitch as well in September 2015. She has two Tuscany retreats in 2015 (summer and fall) which can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking here.
Check out this link for all retreat listings and workshops to attend one in a city near you. Next up: Dallas, Miami, Vancouver, New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, London, Chicago, Philly, Princeton.
The Manifestation Workshop: On Being Human.
This workshop is NOT your typical yoga workshop nor is it about the asana (poses.) It’s about being human. It’s about letting go of fear.
Join Jen Pastiloff, from Los Angeles, in her signature workshop. What are you manifesting? (Jen defines manifesting as “making shit happen.”) If I wasn’t afraid I would…? How may I serve others? What gets in your way? What stories are you carrying around in your body? What makes me come alive? Who would I be if nobody told me who I was? Questions like this and many more will be sought out and answered in this unique workshop which truly connects the mind and body. This truly unique workshop combines body movement and writing (as well as a few dance parties and singing and some kicking and laughing ). All levels welcome. Expect to move, sweat, sing, write, dance and laugh as you let go of what is no longer serving you and connect.
Bring an open heart. Expect to go beyond your comfort zone. Come see why Jen travels around the world with this workshop and sells out. Bring journal/pen//open heart/sense of humor. This experience is about life: unpredictable, sometimes messy, beautiful, human.
Join a retreat by emailing email@example.com.
Jen is the guest speaker at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts twice a year and twice a year at the Tucson location. She also does an annual retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in The Berkshires of Mass. You can book her for speaking events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When she is not traveling she teaches yoga in Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey at Equinox. Ask to be her guest if you are not a member.
Tuesday 7 am Santa Monica Equinox
Tuesday 7 pm Santa Monica Equinox
Wednesday 7:30 pm Marina Del Rey Equinox
Thursday 7 am Santa Monica Equinox
Thursday 6 pm Marina Del Rey Equinox
Friday 7 am Marina Del Rey Equinox
Thank you Jennifer, for shining your light on mine.
You’re a beautiful force for good in the world, Jen. I’m proud to know you.
I am a big fan of Jennifer Pastiloff and her blog, The Manifestation!
Naomi Shihab Nye
Angela Giles Patel, Editor
Angela Giles Patel has had her work appear in The Healing Muse as well as on The Nervous Breakdown and The Manifest-Station. She tweets as @domesticmuse, and when inspired updates her blog, Air Hunger. She lives in Massachusetts where she conquers the world, one day at a time and is unapologetically working hard to make kindness and grace sexy again.
Melissa Shattuck, Editor
Melissa Shattuck resides in South Dakota and loves many things about life, including (in no specific order) cross country road trips, books, coffee, poetry, nature, friends, writing, story-telling, inspiring, teaching, being a student and supporting the dreams of those around her, but most of all her role as mother to Alex and Josey. She takes the less travelled roads along any path she finds herself and hopes to help Jennifer share her life changing messages far and wide. She performed her piece Five Days, originally published on The Manifest-Station, at several shows in Chicago last year.
Rachel Pastiloff, Editor & Health Advisor
Rachel Pastiloff is a native of Philadelphia/South Jersey. After years of living on the West Coast, she transplanted to Atlanta, Georgia from Berkeley, Ca in 2006. Rachel is a mother with 2 young boys, ages 5 and 7 years old.. In 2009 Rachel’s oldest was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome. The following year her son was diagnosed again with Autism. Both of these events would help shift the direction of Rachel’s life. She began her path with health and wellness to create a better life for her family. It then became her passion. Rachel became a certified yoga teacher in 2012 and is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Health and Wellness Coach. A life long lover of food and cooking, Rachel helps her clients get back in the kitchen and enjoy it. She is helping people have a new relationship with not only food, but also their personal health and wellness. Her work can be seen here on the site and on Positively Positive. Reach her at email@example.com to work with her or visit her site.
As well as working on her first book Beauty Hunting, Jennifer also have been featured in, or writes for:
Grazia Magazine (UK) (print only)
Mantra Yoga & Health Magazine