Our story

isabella channing



When my family first acquired land in the Hamptons the only structure on the property was the old bunker type shed out in the thick of the woods. We named it The Shack.

I grew up as a child taking long walks out to The Shack with my sister, where we would spend endless days playing make-believe games within its walls. Then as I got older, with my closest friends, we’d take guitars and blankets, fire wood, candles and bottles of wine and spend summers and harvest seasons creating magic and love and art. The Shack was a legend and we were nothing short of a tribe.

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I was born to an American father and Uruguayan mother. My mother passed away when I was five years old, leaving me Uruguay and Spanish. In my soul-searching 20’s I ventured to Uruguay, and it was here that I connected with myself, I connected with my mother, and I found yoga.


My life for many years felt split in two: mother/father, Spanish/English, Uruguay/USA. At long last it was time to build the bridge between my two worlds. I dug deep into my roots and began to resurrect The Shack, taking it from a dreamy childhood hideaway to what it is today – an international, multi-disciplinary Wellness Center in South America.


Photo: Ben Collier



Owner & Yoga Teacher

I am a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor and began teaching in 2003 in Uruguay, where I originally trained and worked in the Sivananda Yoga method. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health & Wellness Coach. 


After dabbling in psychology, nutrition and Eastern medicine practices to varying degrees,I realized that my calling was to create a wellness refuge that could house different healing modalities. 


In 2013 I opened The Shack Yoga in José Ignacio, Uruguay. After 5 years of cultivating a beautiful community of teachers and students, and inspiring bilingual classes, I am thrilled and grateful to be part of taking The Shack to its next incarnation as a wellness center.




Fitness Expert

I am a Physical Education teacher and fitness instructor with 18 years experience in the field of training. I am driven by all forms of movement, nature and gastronomy.


We are designed to move. Through movement we develop an optimal state of wellbeing, which allows us to further enjoy our body, the environment and the people we love. 


For this reason I have developed a series of specialized programs that allow the individual to work towards their health goals. 


I am proud to welcome you onto this path of new experiences and challenges. At The Shack we invite you to embrace the change towards a healthier and happier life.


Ruta 10, km 182.5

José Ignacio, Maldonado, 

C.P 20402

Phone: +598 94 494555


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