Our Story

Daughter of a Korean War Vet

During the global pandemic, Versandra Kennebrew, daughter of a Korean War Veteran wanted to help her dad and other veterans use nature to pull them out of depression and isolation. She knew how being stuck inside could negatively impact their physical and mental health, so she introduced outdoor yoga, and mindfulness walks to the south side of Columbus, Georgia.

The vision of educating local military families about holistic approaches to living well birthed the startup Optimal Living Retreats LLC. Our core vales education, innovation, and collaboration, has allowed us to help thousands better understand the corelation between food and chronic illness, mental and emotional wellbeing.  

One-on-one health coaching, corporate wellness workshops, yoga retreats, and community engagement are the key ingredients to our success. We work with local and national government officials to learn more about the needs of our community and how we can work together to resolve them.

What makes us unique?

More than 20 years ago, Optimal Living Education & Retreats LLC, founder and CEO Versandra Kennebrew hosted her first holistic lifestyle event in the parking lot of the professional building in Southfield, Michigan, where her wellness center was located. The mission was to educate guests unfamiliar with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) about the multitude of benefits.

By collaborating with other massage therapists, chiropractors, fitness instructors, and healing artists, she hoped to make a difference in her hometown, which had been named the fattest city in America. Since then, Kennebrew has hosted hundreds of holistic lifestyle events serving several thousand guests. As a former Marketing & Community Engagement Specialist at Whole Foods Market, she worked on teams that coordinated events bringing up to several thousand attendees.

This philanthropist and compassionate community leader volunteers as a director in Georgia for the communication and leadership education non-profit, Toastmasters International.

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The Founder.

Versandra Jewel Kennebrew, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

The Non-Profit Partner.

Leonard Morgan, CEO Georgia Vet-Fest

The Lead Yoga Instructor.

Christopher Wilkes aka The Yoga Doctor,  CEO Art of Yoga

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