Mermaid & Sea Goddess Sacred Ritual Photo Journey
Experience the healing power of working with archetypes for a one of a kind personalized photo journey & retreat weekend
June 12-15, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 24-27, Aug.7-10,
Aug.14-17, Aug.28-31, Sept.11-14, Sept. 11-14, Sept. 25-28
"Najia's Retreats afford many unique opportunities to discover new vegan food, spiritual dance, and even effective, natural plant-based skincare, to keep us always feeling young, and looking our absolute best.Najia worked with me personally to release my self-doubt on the ocean breeze (on my personal photo shoot), feed my soul with healthful, homemade vegan dishes, indulge my inner child with Cape May Shore foodie favorites, and nurture my authentic self with local Cape May art, sacred dance, and her lifestyle mentorship sessions all while expertly guiding me around the lovely little seaside town.
Najia is also THE ideal guide to help maximize the rejuvenating effects of your Cape May Retreat. With Najia, you minimize the stressful, disoriented feelings of 'needing a vacation from your vacation. With 20 years of Cape May-based experience under her belldancing belt-- er, hip scarf--Najia's intimate knowledge of the seaside town is well in line with her dance, culinary, and photography prowess
~ Lola (the Coy Bond) from Maryland .
What is a photo-ritual journey?
A photo ritual journey is a way of combining the power of myth, female archetypes, holistic lifestyle, mentoring, spiritual cleansing practices in nature in preparation for a healing photo shoot. The synergy of all these elements together in a "Goddess Guidance " weekend allow the photos to be so much more than the product of a mere photo shoot. It is a magic empowering experience for the women who come. They were surprised how much they transformed through the experience. Many use the photos as powerful tools to affirm the direction in their lives they want to go, heal past trauma, or connect with Divine feminine energy. It is a very emotional experience in a safe supportive environment.
What do I wear?
Najia has worked in the NYC and Philly fashion photo industry for decades as a fashion stylist. She has a prop closet full of mermaid costumes, hundreds of accessories to choose from and flowing white goddess attire as see in her retreat memories Najia will arrange for a pre-shoot virtual or phone meeting to discuss some option for both of you to bring.
You will have an opportunity to get acquainted over a delicious mezza around 7pm Friday night at the Chalfonte Hotel. In this meeting you will discuss the transformation your soul needs through this photo journey. The night before the shoot, usually Saturday night, all styling and make-up direction will be packed up and ready for the photo session
I take the worst photos and never feel pretty. Can I really look beautiful?
Najia is an expert at getting her clients to relax .She has special breathing and movement techniques. She is very patient and wants you to have the best experience and feel beautiful. She has a special chakra technique lesson that you can register for ahead of time that has helped so many light up. It's a healing technique that not only benefits the photo but the rest of your life.
When is the photo session? What if the weather is bad?
It is is usually at sunrise on Sunday. Special arrangements can be made for a sunset shoot but cost a little extra. Monday morning is a back up day .Najia has taken photos in stormy, rainy, windy weather.the most stunning dramatic photos came from those days.It is surprising the only problem was her props were swept into the sea. This is why she prefers the waterproof IOS devices compared to DSLR cameras
All Mermaid Weekends include Najia's own brand of hospitality for a carefree experience.......
~ Welcome Mezza with hand crafted plant based cheeses and tapenade, flatbread & seasonal veggies or fruit
~ special Welcome Basket full of beach treats and sparking waters and her famous "Porch Soup" experience.
~ hand crafted Mermaid Miracle serum and plant based holistic products
~ complimentary beach tags, umbrellas & chairs.
~ 2 personalized "goddess lifestyle" shopping tours of downtown and West Cape May
~ bonus surprises !
There is also plenty of time to enjoy some quiet retreat time on your own to journal or revisit some of your favorite shops and tourist attractions.
$900 early, early bird by Sept 1st 2019
$100 early bird by Nov1st
$1100 by March 21st
$1200 standard service prices ($2000 + value- LTO)
Cost includes pre-shoot virtual meeting for styling,1 hour IOS device photo session & styling, 4 artist's choice digital enhanced photos for personal use only. If you would like more photos you can book additional time and only pay extra for the photos at a special rate of $100 per photo
DSLR camera, artistic photo -illustrations are extra Additional retouching is offered at a discounted rate of $50 per hour. Non mermaid or sea goddess themed photos are additional. You must be willing to get up early to take advantage of the best lighting. Sunset sessions are $100 extra
Complimentary lodgings for the VIP guests
Najia's realm of magic happens at the Chalfonte. This Cape May gem is just 3 blocks from the beach and right in the center of town amid the splendor of old world Victorian charm.
If you are on Najia's VIP list, you may Najia's hospitality by staying in her room at the historic Chalfonte Hotel at no extra charge. She has an upgraded Traditional room with an extra twin bed for you Email Najia how to be on the VIP list or bookthe room of your choice at your own cost
Email Najia or for immediate assistance text any questions at 484-632-0724.
Strict no refund policy. Possible date change may be available if you change far enough in advance. Najia will do her best to accommodate you and may give you partial credit toward a future event if a date change is not possible .