Delivering Integrative Nutrition® education in the format of a holistic lifestyle retreat benefits military personnel, Veterans, and their families in boundless ways. During the global pandemic, this daughter of a Korean War Veteran wanted to help her dad and other Veterans who lived in a senior community to use nature as their playground. She knew how isolation and inactivity could negatively impact their physical and mental health, so she introduced outdoor yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. The vision of Optimal Living Retreats LLC was realized through collaborations with Art of Yoga Columbus, Georgia, Breathe Holistic Health & Wellness Spa, and Georgia VetFest.
Nearly 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 coordinated events bringing up to 1,000 attendees.
This philanthropist and compassionate leader is a top director in Georgia for the communication and leadership education non-profit Toastmasters International.
Versandra Jewel Kennebrew, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
Leonard Morgan, CEO Georgia Vet-Fest
Christopher Wilkes aka The Yoga Doctor, CEO Art of Yoga