Due to the Covid crisis, Dreamglade has had to cancel all of its retreats until the situation changes and international flights are opened up once again. Unfortunately, we still do not know for sure when that will be and in the meantime, I am personally having to cover all of my staff’s wages from my own savings and currently there are 9 of them that I am having to support each week without any financial assistance from the Peruvian government.
Obviously, I also have to pay my own rent and bills here in Iquitos, as well as support my own family and after two and a half months of no income I am starting to get very concerned about how long I can keep this up for, especially as I have recently spoken to Raul, Lidia and Adelaide who are all in Pucallpa and who are now also asking me for financial assistance as they have reached the point where they no longer have money to buy food.
I have often observed that many of my guests have an issue with 'asking for help' and I am now observing that very same issue quite clearly in myself, despite various friends urging me, for quite some time now, to reach out for assistance in this precarious situation.
Throughout my life, I have always prided myself on being very self-sufficient and financially independent but right now, I have to accept that I could really do with a helping hand so that myself and all of the Dreamglade crew may survive the following few months. God willing, we will be ready and in great shape to continue the work that we do so well, when we are able to open our doors to the public once again, hopefully later in the year.
Drew (our retreat facilitator) and Jess (our yoga teacher) are both able to ride out the storm for the moment with their savings and alternative income but all of my Peruvian staff, who all have large families to support, are in dire need of assistance (all 12 of them) and I am beginning to feel really concerned that this is becoming too much of a responsibility for me to bear all by myself.
It has taken me several years to find the perfect “Dream team” and they are a big part of the reason why we are one of the most successful healing centres out there and I can not, will not, abandon them now in their greatest time of need.
Dreamglade has never been about the 'Money' (as I'm sure many of you have observed) and that is why we have always kept the prices as low as possible and the group sizes to a minimum to ensure that every guest receives an unsurpassed level of personal care during their stay with us.
But right now, it is money that is needed to help us through this crisis and if you are in a position to help us a little with any kind of donation, large or small, I will make sure that it is distributed fairly amongst all of my Peruvian workers, including the curanderos, so that they and their families remain safe during these very difficult times.
From the bottom of my heart,
Thank you xxx