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.

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

Isabella

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.

Team

Daisy

Program Manager & Yoga Teacher

My name is Daisy, and I’m so thrilled to be joining The Shack’s family as the Program Manager!

 

As a yoga teacher, actress, social media manager, and content creator, together with my experience in event managing, I’m so excited to begin this new journey at The Shack.

 

I’m originally from England, but for the past four years I have living and working remotely in Spain, Greece, South Korea, and Uruguay. Upon moving from London to Spain in 2015, the seed of curiosity for yoga and holistic health began to manifest. It was then that I discovered my true purpose, and travelled to the birthplace of yoga in Rishikesh, India to become a yoga teacher.

 

When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, I’m learning the ukulele, singing, reading, hiking and spending time in nature. I look forward to welcoming you at The Shack soon!

Florencia

Finance & Operations Manager

I am Florencia, a certified accountant living between Montevideo and José Ignacio, Uruguay. 

 

Last year I spent 8 months travelling around the world, which helped me to realize many things about the life I wanted to live. Allowing my soul and mind be opened to a diversity of people and cultures taught me the importance of listening to my inner voice.

 

Upon returning to Uruguay, I vowed to challenge myself by being immersed in something significant that supports the good in the world. That is when I found The Shack!

 

I’m so happy to be part of this exciting development, returning for my second summer as the Financial & Operations Manager. I can’t wait to welcome you into our sanctuary! 

Andrés

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.

Vaitiare

Massage Therapist

I was born in Montevideo and at the age of 18 I moved to Punta del Este to take my degree in Physical Education.

 

In search of deepening my knowledge of the human body, I went on to train in Professional Therapeutic Massage, which helped me to realize my passion for working in the health and wellness industry. 

 

I am specialized in Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish and Sports massage, amongst other therapies.

 

With every massage I give, I seek to connect with the individual needs of the client. I believe that this makes each massage unique and special.

 

I’m very excited to be part of The Shack team, working on what I enjoy the most!

Martín

Massage Therapist

In 2002 I graduated in Therapeutic Massage at The Hawaiian School of Health and Science. Afterwards I returned to Uruguay, where I currently live.

 

I am specialized in Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Swedish, Lymphatic Drainage and Watsu. I strive to ensure that each client receives the best experience during their treatment. My sessions are characterized by their deep focus on the muscular layers of the body and the different methods of releasing tension throughout the fascia.

 

I am the founder of Escuela de Masajes, a certification program for massage therapists. My mission is to raise the standards of clinical massage in Uruguay. 

   

The Shack is without a doubt one of my favorite places to work – I’m delighted to be a part of the family!

Guillermina

Yoga Teacher

I am a Kundalini yoga teacher, architect and painter, living between La Juanita, José Ignacio and Buenos Aires. 

 

I chose the Kundalini method after practicing various styles of yoga. I trained at Valle Tierra in Buenos Aires, and shortly after joined their team of teachers. 

 

Kundalini yoga is a combination of classic postures, meditation, and mantras. We learn to coordinate breath and movement to create union of body, mind and soul. It helps us to elevate our creative potential, expand awareness and increase happiness. 

 

"Learn to control your breathing and you will have controlled your mind", Yogi Bhajan. 

Paula

Yoga Teacher

I trained at the Yoga Training Centre of Varanasi, India. There, I deepened my studied with courses such as The Heart of Yoga through Vini-Yoga and Vedic Chantingat Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. Currently, I lead groups on journeys throughout sacred places in India.

 

I lived in Spain for 4 years where I studied various types of yoga including Anusara, Vinyasa, Yin, and Bikram.

 

I became a certified children’s yoga teacher under the guidance of Yolanda Bruzzese in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2012, I illustrated, wrote and composed the music for a series of children’s books called Mini Padmini, Yoga for Children.

 

I thank all of my students, who are in fact my teachers!  

Sara

Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist

I was born in England and have been living in Uruguay for the past 8 years. I am a big lover of travel, vegetarian food, healthy living and nature. 

 

I began my studies of yoga, meditation and Thai massage during a trip through South-East Asia. I continued studying in Barcelona, where I lived for almost a decade, practicing a variety of yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini and Bhakti. 

 

In my classes I try to transmit the feeling of yoga in its purest state. We learn to connect with ourselves through postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and other techniques such as mantra, mudra, kriya and meditation. My Vinyasa Flow classes integrate elements of Yin yoga, which consist of passive, prolonged postures. A deep internalization is achieved, allowing a release of body-mind tensions.

Carolina

Yoga Teacher

I am Carolina, a yoga and Reiki teacher. I am passionate about dance, music and self-expression and liberty. 

 

I have spent a large portion of my life travelling including to the beautiful Nepal, where I completed my 500 hours Advance Yoga Teacher Training as well as my second master’s degree in Reiki. 

 

I am continuously striving to learn and evolve. I have taken part in a variety of courses & workshops including the first level of Qi Gong in Norway and Balinese Massage in Indonesia. I've taught yoga in Tulum and learnt from Kundalini teachers from the north. All my trips have been like a mirror - a great opportunity to venture inside.

 

My way through yoga carries the wisdom of the forests & the ocean, and the philosophy of life that I've learnt to live. It is a search for balance in a world of duality, whilst freeing our bodies to free our minds. During my classes we explore singing mantras and flowing, graceful movements.

Micaela

Yoga Teacher

I discovered yoga 3 years ago in Los Angeles. I continued practicing in an ashram in Guatemala and when I returned to Uruguay I began my first yoga teacher training.

 

Last year I dedicated myself to travelling and continuing to learn different styles with different teachers.

 

Whilst in Australia I practiced Bikram and Yin and later I travelled to Indonesia and Thailand. In India (Rishikesh), I completed my second teacher training course in multi-style (vinyasa, hatha, ashtanga and aereo).

 

In my classes I like to mix vinyasa and hatha, combining physical and mental work. I look to connect and flow through the correct use of breathing and pranayama practices.

 

I am a classical dancer, yoga teacher and eternal seeker of change and improvement. I am passionate about exploring expression through movement.

Vanessa

Massage Therapist

I was born in Maldonado, Uruguay to a family that pioneered in the field of massage therapy. I am among the third generation of massage therapists and my family has passed along their love of and dedication to this profession.

 

I began my training in 2001 at the Martinez Guillen clinic in Montevideo, where I studied a variety of massage techniques including Lymphatic Drainage and Restorative. I was fortunate enough to work in wellness centers and spas in Montevideo before travelling to Buenos Aires, where I perfected my technique.

 

My objective is to continuously develop my knowledge and experience, incorporating new techniques. I seek to transmit peace and harmony to my clients.

Sofi

Zumba Teacher

I’m originally from Argentina and have been a Zumba instructor since 2012. For the past 8 years I have been working with amazing beings that inspire me during each and every class.

 

I feel very lucky to be able to witness so many changes in my students - not only are their bodies healthier, their souls have been expanded with the power of music and movement. 

 

I am passionate about helping my students to loose weight, get fit, recover their smile and enjoy an hour of pure joy!  

 

During a Zumba class it isn’t necessary to be a great dancer! The important thing is to let yourself go, have fun and sweat-out all your toxins! Zumba changes your mental state and sets you up for the rest of the day. Zumba is easy and for absolutely everyone!

 

I’m so excited and grateful to be joining the team at The Shack. Come and join the party!

Silvia

Astrologist & Health Coach

I have always been passionate about intangible universes, Astrology, healthy living and emotional & physical transformation.

 

I began my studies in Predictive Astrology and continued training at Casa XI School of Astrology. I founded UNIVERSO, an Astrology center in Argentina, where I taught courses on Astrology and Natal Charts.

 

My objective is to help people become aware of their energetic potential and to support them in changing their habits. I aim to highlight the importance of the transformational effect of food and the power it has on our emotional and physical wellbeing. I help clients to achieve equilibrium and reflect who they truly want to be in life.

Camila

Pilates Instructor

Since I began working as a clinical psychologist I have continued to train in different disciplines that help to restore the balance and wellbeing of my patients.

 

I studied Sophrology at the Académie de Sophrologie in Paris and I am currently training in EMDR-Advanced therapies in Argentina. I trained in Mat Pilates with Beatriz Sagarra, in Aerial Pilates in Uruguay and recently completed my 200hs-Yoga Teacher Training in the Sacred Valley, Cuzco.

 

On this continuous path of self-knowledge and personal development I have discovered satisfaction in the search for integration of the physical with the emotional and the spiritual.

 

I feel very happy to be part of the team at The Shack, a space that provides a shelter for healing and wellbeing. In my classes I seek to generate a harmonious environment where I can find and restore inner balance. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Ruta 10, km 182.5

José Ignacio, Maldonado, 

C.P 20402

Phone: +598 94 494555

Uruguay

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