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Hidden Gems: Meet Kalil Zender of Rhythm Wellness Retreats

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalil Zender. 

Hi Kalil, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Several years ago, my friend Dilaine Noel and I were both living abroad – she in the Philippines and me in Thailand. We both felt passionate about helping other people discover these places that we loved and decided we could find a way to make it happen. Soon, unexpected events brought both Dilaine and I back to our homes in the Midwest, but we continued having those conversations about our mutual love of travel and exploration, and about our passion for helping others discover themselves. Soon, we decided that we could shift our focus away from Southeast Asia and bring it a little closer to home. We developed a shared dream; hosting retreats, workshops, and classes that help bring people closer to nature while allowing them to forge connections between mind, body, and spirit. 

For the past two years, we have been living out that dream. Each summer, we host a number of wellness-focused retreats at our wilderness retreat center located just outside of Big Bay, on the Yellow Dog River. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Starting a business is never easy. Overall, our biggest struggle has been with consistency. Because of UP weather and because of the outdoor component of most of our retreats and activities, our events happen primarily in summer and fall. However, building a strong wellness community takes year-round energy and dedication. Finding ways to stay engaged with our community throughout the year, even when we are not actively hosting events, has been a challenge. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Rhythm Wellness Retreats. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
Rhythm Wellness Retreats creates space and experiences meant to enable personal learning and growth through wellness events, including retreats, extended workshops, and private consulting. All of our events involve both physical movement as well as guided inner work. When it comes to health and wellness, we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach. For that reason, we offer retreats and activities focused on a wide range of skills intended to promote a balanced and joyful lifestyle. We want to share resources, yoga techniques, and environments with you that we think will bring you joy and help inspire a steady, beautiful rhythm to your life. 

What does success mean to you?
To us, success is defined by reaching all the people who need to be reached. We are not focused on making money – instead, we simply want to make the world a little better by providing opportunities for as many people as possible to connect with the natural world and to find peace in their own lives. 

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Kalil Zender
Dilaine Noel

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