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A wellness business wants to help residents become their best selves

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Anumita Kaur, Pacific Daily News
Published 6:02 a.m. ChT Feb. 24, 2020

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Participants do yoga with teacher Kat Barnett during an Ina Wellness Collective event at Hamamoto Tropical Fruit World on Feb. 15. (Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Hope Photography.)

Livia Marati wants to help you be your best self. 

Marati launched the Ina Wellness Collective this month. The business specializes in offering what Marati refers to as “wellness experiences,” through events, retreats, corporate wellness programs and holistic health coaching.

“It’s getting people out into nature, out of out fluorescent lighted gyms. … I’ve seen that people are really hungry for these experiences,” Marati said. “There’s been a lot of businesses that have popped up that focus on a specific wellness aspect, there’s been nothing that brings it all together.” 

Event activities range from guided yoga, group hikes, mindfulness practices, weekend retreats and much more — everything that promotes well-rounded health, she said. The goal is to help people consider all aspects of health, including nutrition, physical activity, career choices and personal relationships, to take care of their whole selves.

Companies can also work with Marati to address workplace and employee wellness through short- or long-term programs, and individuals can sign up for a three- or six-month health coaching program with her. 

The business also appeals to a growing niche: wellness tourism. People travel annually to destinations like Bali for wellness and health-focused experiences. Guam is primed to be a wellness destination as a beautiful island in the Pacific, she said. 

Marati was born and raised on Guam. She moved away at 18, and spent a little than a decade in California and Europe before finally returning to the island this year. Her time abroad prepared and inspired her to launch Ina Wellness Collective, she said.

She’s a certified yoga teacher, certified holistic health coach and spent years with Eventbrite, an events management platform.  

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Immediate success

Marati’s inaugural set of events saw immediate success.

Her “New Year’s Reset” series involved three events throughout February, featuring local yoga teachers leading participants through a unique yoga flow. The events took place throughout the island — Hamamoto Tropical Fruit World and Jeff’s Pirates Cove — and offered refreshments from health-conscious vendors.

The last event in the series is scheduled for Feb. 29 and tickets are still available. Marati also has a weekend-long retreat scheduled for September, where participants will stay at the Merizo Seaside B&B and enjoy wellness workshops, daily yoga, guided meditation, healthy meals and a health coaching consultation. 

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The idea is to use a collaborative business model, and constantly work with other Guam businesses, vendors and wellness professionals to construct enjoyable, inspiring experiences for participants.

Wellness, inherently, is a wide endeavor, Marati said. 

“We have to do this together,” she said. “Guam is such a community-oriented culture… People have to give themselves permission to lean into their self-care.” 

That inspired the business’ name. Ina means to illuminate, or shine a light on, in CHamoru. While illuminating wellness for Guam, she knew it also had to be done as a collective. 

Learn more

  • Marati’s services and list of upcoming events can be found at https://www.inawellnesscollective.com/. Find her on Instagram @inawellnesscollectiveguam and on Facebook @inawellnesscollective. 

Reporter Anumita Kaur covers military, business and tourism on Guam. Follow her on Twitter @anumitakaur. Reach her at [email protected] 

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