In today's blog post, we're gonna get all up in the business of Paradise + Vibe, a global wellness retreat company that's the lovechild of two dope entrepreneurs, Iana Edwards and Kasondra McConnell. These Atlanta-bred besties have whipped up a one-of-a-kind, luxurious experience that's all about yoga, meditation, adventure, and community, made especially for those who ain't never lost touch with their inner child.
In our super exclusive chat with Iana and Kasondra, we're gonna dig into how Paradise + Vibe came to be, their fresh take on wellness, and how they're making luxury accessible and poppin' for Black travelers. So, sit back and get ready to enter the world of these boss ladies, as we talk about their journey, daily inspirations, and their mission to help you find that paradise state of mind.
Tell us about the service and or good you provide? Paradise + Vibe is a wellness company that activates retreats globally. Founded by certified yoga and meditation instructor Iana Edwards & serial entrepreneur Kasondra McConnell, the retreat incorporates yoga, guided meditation, wellness workshops, adventure and community. The experience seeks to help those who are still kids at heart find a home.
Where are you from? Atlanta
How did you start your company and or blog? How did you come up with the idea? Iana & I have been friends for years and have always bonded over spirituality and wellness. While on a vacation together we began to talk about how we should both find a space to take our strengths as successful business owners coupled with Iana’s background as a trained yoga & meditation instructor to create a provocative take on wellness.
What should my audience look forward to when doing business with you? At Paradise + Vibe, we approach wellness with balance. It's about joy and connectivity. When you join one of our retreats, you should leave feeling full & refreshed. We prioritize and normalize luxury for Black travelers choosing exclusive & high-quality properties to provide an experience for our guests. With a program equally divided between mind, body, and spirit we make sure to center play & connectivity.
What was the last good book you read? Buy then build and atomic habits, the education of oversoul seven, the midnight library
What are your top 3 stress relievers? Spending time with loved ones; hot yoga & travel.
What is one thing that you have to do every day? Express gratitude
What do you enjoy doing during your free time? Enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing!
Biggest accomplishment to date? Launching Paradise + Vibe
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are your faves? Crime Junkie and Tim Ferris Show, Huberman podcast
If you could have dinner and invite 5 guests of your choice (anyone in the world, dead or alive) who would it be & why? Solange, Frida Khalo, Oprah, Rhianna, Stevie Wonder
Where's the furthest place you've ever traveled? South Africa
If you could tell the 18 yrs old you one thing, what would it be? Go with the flow, your desires are always in escrow