Michele & Judy are business partners and best friends for over 30 years. They have a similar passion for connecting with women on a soulful level, believing that life has more to offer when we connect to our passion and purpose in life.
Attending their first retreat in Maui in 1998, the destiny of their purpose was confirmed when a dragonfly (an age-old symbol of transformation, self-realization and change) landed on their breakfast table. They recognized that this was a sign that they were on the right track and began their life long, magical journey to discover a deeper meaning of life.
After hosting “Women’s Day 1998” at Santa Clara University, the friends realized their calling. Overwhelmed with joy at having more than 400 attendees and 22 workshops, the pair knew that they had stepped into a place where they could make a difference in the world.
This initial success inspired them to hold over 20 more events, both locally and internationally. Events have included a private remote eco resort in Mexico, Drumming in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Journaling classes, a Yoga Spa Day in Santa Cruz, a Women’s Healthy Body Retreat, and Heart Meditation Retreats, just to name a few.
All Ageless Women's Retreats events emphasize listening to the soul, being mindful of synchronicities, making connections, practicing self love, and trusting that each of our paths will unfold before us.
When they were in their mid 50’s Michele & Judy each pursued their own personal, spiritual, physical and educational growth opportunities. They both returned to school, enrolled in a health program and journeyed on a life-changing, 2 week road trip with the expressed desire to do their biggest event by the time they were 65 years old.
Now both in their 60’s, their combined passion and commitment remains.
Michele Barbic, at the age of 59 went back to graduate school and realized a childhood dream of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her own personal losses and professional experiences prompted a deep re-evaluation of her understanding of life and death leading her to specialize in the field of loss, grief and transformation. She has worked for many years in the mental health field in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential care homes, schools, Hospice and non-profit organizations. Michele was a bereavement therapist at Hospice, Educator for Death and Dying Classes at JFKU, Guest speaker at SJS on “Aging Career Changes”, spearheaded the opening and supervised a boy’s group home in New York City and was an onsite counselor for Girls Ark Residential Home for Girls. Michele has a psychotherapy private practice in San Jose and currently facilitates individual and group counseling both for grief and Senior Women. At this stage in her life, she is passionate about helping shift the paradigm of aging by knowing our true purpose, creating a healthier and more vibrant life and making a loving influence in our world.
Michele lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband of 40 years, has a son and two grandchildren.
Judy Silva has been involved with the healing modalities for over 40 years. Facing a near death experience and losing her singing voice for many years, Judy's passion for life lead her to learning more about the mind, body, and spirit connection. Through sound healing, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, breath work, drumming, and fire walking; to name a few, she re-discovered her inner voice.
She’s facilitated monthly Women’s Groups, Crohn’s and Colitis support groups and past President of Santa Clara Ostomy Association. Judy is a Graduate of Silicon Valley and Klemmer & Associates Leadership Program, as well as a Law of Attraction Certified Coach from QSCA. Judy is a singer, performer, storyteller, writer of poetry and fairytales. Her passion is helping women connect with their inner voice through self-love and forgiveness.
Judy was raised in Santa Clara, now living in Calaveras County is married, has a daughter, stepson, and 5 grandchildren.
Ageless Women's Retreats is dedicated to providing women of all ages a creative and educational environment for enhancing their spiritual, emotional and physical well-being as well as empowering them to find their purpose.
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