In the words of Benjamin Franklin “out of adversity comes opportunity." Inspired by the onset of the global pandemic, that sentiment describes the birth of Evolve Virtual Retreats.
Kim and Kat first met in a hot yoga class in Santa Monica, CA in 2013. An instant friendship developed over their recognition of the healing benefits of yoga and a shared desire to create opportunities for people to experience those benefits and create a safe, healing and transformative space for like-minded people. For 8 years, they stayed in touch with the intention to collaborate on retreat events when the timing was right. They had their first official “retreat” meeting at the beginning of 2020 with the intent to plan and execute their first event. As fate would have it, Covid-19 drastically altered the face of how in-person events would be conducted for the foreseeable future.
With the need for establishing and maintaining a healthy focus on inner peace and growth more than ever before, Kim and Kat brainstormed on how to promote heartfelt connection and community during and after the pandemic. Their collaboration of ideas emerged with a calendar of virtual events that have a comfortable in-person feel and consistency guided by knowledgeable practitioners. Their goal was to create a genuine sense of community by helping like-minded individuals de-stress and adapt to the ever-changing times and bring what they gained in the virtual space into live, in-person and stress-free retreats.
“We believe there’s amazing opportunity for personal and collective evolution by maximizing the benefits of the virtual space as a launch point for creating and deepening community connection. How fun to get to know each other through the year virtually, no matter where we may be on the planet, knowing that eventually we’ll get to meet up with people we’ve grown to enjoy in the most beautiful places in the world. We are committed to an elevated virtual experience with guides you can trust and to partnering with future locations that have been personally vetted for the highest standards of health and safety in all respects. We are so excited to continue to EVOLVE with you!”
- Kim Koury & Kat McGee
Kat McGee is reputed to be one of the most progressive yoga teachers and mindfulness coaches on the West Coast. She is also a certified Yogic Lifestyle Coach, Mindset Coach and Meditation Facilitator and is registered as an ERYT-500 Instructor with Yoga Alliance. Kat’s personal philosophy and eclectic approach to mindfulness, meditation and yoga has been cultivated over the span of 30 years of intensive study, travel and personal practice.
Formally trained while living in India under the guidance of Swami Vishveketu and serving as a Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, she holds numerous certifications totaling over 2000 hours including certifications in the physical styles of Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. Her training has been influenced by a number of Master Teachers including John Kabat-Zinn, Tara Brach, Erich Schiffmann, Leslie Kaminoff, Judith Hansen Lasater and Paul Grilley.
Kat's approach to holistic wellness is physically stimulating and ultimately heart centered. She holds transformative space for people from all backgrounds, from the corporate and celebrity arenas to single parents. Her ability to meet individuals exactly where they are with complete acceptance and to relate ancient concepts in an immediately applicable, modern and lighthearted way - guiding people to the memory of their own innate wisdom and igniting their ability to live from it, is the pinnacle of what makes her technique so powerful.
Kim Koury is an event planning extraordinaire with a heart for supporting personal growth and an expert at developing, organizing and curating spaces for connection and fun ;)
With a career that started in Las Vegas 18 years ago, Kim Koury has built her boutique firm into a full-service company encompassing Public Relations, events, promotions, graphics, and experiential events. Her varied experience ranges from working with music legends such as James Brown to some of the food industry’s Top Chefs. Kim and her team have produced hundreds of events including the Santa Monica Pride on the Promenade Festival (100,000 ppl), OFF THE HOOK Santa Monica Seafood Festival (1,000 ppl), A Taste of Main Street (1,000 ppl), and Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival (3,000 ppl). Some of SpinPR’s most notable local campaigns include Viceroy Hotel, Hotel Erwin, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, Capitol One Café, Orangetheory Fitness, Del Frisco’s Grille, Michael’s Restaurant, Planet Smoothie, and Joe’s Pizza of Bleecker St. just to name a few. She has also worked on marketing campaigns for national and global brands Anheuser Busch, Peroni, MedMen, Vital Proteins, GrubHub, Marker’s Mark, Moet & Chandon, Vita Coco, K-Swiss, and Boxed Water.
Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and loves giving back and being involved in her community. SpinPR events have benefitted many charities including Heal the Bay, Project Angel Food, Surfrider Foundation, and the Westside Food Bank from which her annual event has provided over a half million pounds of food.
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