Carol Cretella

Join Carol and Andrew Cretella for a blissfully long weekend at the "Mojave Mojo: Yoga and Inspiration Retreat!" April 26 to 29, 2018. Say "YES!" to an unforgettable, unparalleled experience of nature’s astounding beauty, luxury, relaxation, and mind-body-spirit renewal. Step back in time and experience old-world charm at the historic Campbell House Inn, located minutes from Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, California.


My journey of personal transformation began at a time in my life where it looked like I “had it all”: a six-figure salary at a job I thought I always wanted, a beautiful home in the suburbs, motherhood, and marriage. I worked hard to “keep it all”, meaning long hours at the office, business travel, long commutes, working out at the gym, chauffeuring my son to his activities and maintaining my household. Whew!

Meanwhile, to save time in my busy schedule, I minimized my longtime yoga practice in favor of aerobics. Then came long periods of overwhelm where I felt I had scant time for self-care and healthy eating. My weight crept up until I was twenty pounds overweight. I also developed a stress-related asthmatic condition and carried inhalers with me wherever I went.

Then, a car accident left me with whiplash and a concussion that remained a chronic pain condition for decades. I became burnt-out from managing my physical pain, commuting, motherhood, and the demands of my “successful” career.

I was disillusioned with my life as it was. My inner voice was screaming for change. But what kind of change? I just didn’t know. One day I had an “I quit! You’re fired!” episode at my job. That day, my intuition knew exactly what to do. 

I remembered how as a college student, my yoga practice made me feel calm, centered and strong. I immediately enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training program at the New York Integral Yoga Institute. 

The training was a salve for my heart, a tonic for my soul, and an elixir for my body. An unexpected side benefit happened. The chronic neck and shoulder pain I suffered, had dissipated almost completely during the teacher training.

After the yoga teacher training, my husband and I relocated to San Diego. I started teaching yoga classes right away. More than a decade later, I’ve taught thousands of students the restorative, therapeutic and spiritually uplifting benefits of Yoga.

But once again, my heart and spirit said, “I want and need to make a bigger impact.” Purely on intuition, I attended a weekend intensive and teacher training in the Art of Feminine Presence. 

I will never forget the passion stirring within me as I experienced the energy and intensity of being with so many vibrant, conscious women, all answering the call to be seen, to be heard, and to inspire change in the world. 

My paths as a Yoga instructor and licensed teacher of the Art of Feminine Presence converged. Teaching Yoga and empowering women through the Art of Feminine Presence are both vehicles of growth and service for me. 

I envision a world where women are strongly connected to both the softness and the power of their Feminine Essence. I envision a world where women authentically express their unique qualities and acknowledge their magnificence.  By making a commitment to be their highest selves, women can play a role in making the world a more loving, peaceful, and empowered place. 

Women, it’s time to embrace your Inner Goddess!

Bernie H.

Bernie (verified owner) November 12, 2016 – I attended the “Powerful and Feminine” women’s retreat at the Lumeria, Maui. It was a memorable experience. The retreat location was perfect and I felt the peaceful atmosphere as soon as I entered the grounds. My room was comfortable and overlooked the Meditation…

Karla Pierce

️Karla Pierce – April 14, 2016: I so enjoyed this workshop. Carol with her insight, wisdom, gentle but strong feminine presence makes this class a very unique experience. I am looking forward to take this journey with Carol to the next level.. If anyone wants some time to spend with…

Christine Attoun

Christine Attoun – November 1, 2016: This women’s retreat was everything it was billed to be! The resort is absolutely serene and inspiring. A sense of peace and bliss descends on you the moment you step in the property! We enjoyed delicious and nutritious breakfasts on the patio of the…

Nancy Koehler

Nancy Koehler – February 1, 2016: This introductory workshop to the Art of Feminine Presence was, for me, not only a wonderful, empowering and transformative experience but also exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Although I was apprehensive when I walked into a room filled with…

Hannah H.

Hannah (verified owner) November 7, 2015. Carol is influential and inspirational. I keep coming back to her programs because each time I leave energized and invigorated. I first started Carol’s program about two years ago and I love it. Her presence and ability to help us shift is truly a…


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Carol Cretella has contributed her passion and expertise in various roles at these health, education and creative centers.

  • North County Yoga Community
  • Rancho Valenica Resort
  • Integral Yoga Institute NYC
  • Poway Adult School
  • San Dieguito Art Guild