Thomas William Morisette, Co-founder
Thomas is a skilled and determined entrepreneur responsible for the creation of Present Moment. His background in fine art and design, coupled with a lifelong passion for indigenous culture, has inspired the manifestation of this beautifully detailed environment. Tom is continually enhancing the experience of the retreat through landscape design, website marketing, guest relations and by purchasing international artifacts and stylish clothing for the boutique.
CJ Ananda Page, Co-founder
As one of the creators of Present Moment Retreat, CJ spent several years dreaming and journaling about creating a sacred space for healing and transformation. As this dream became a reality, she realized the power of creation and manifestation, and now uses these skills to dream her world into being with great gratitude every day. Prior to Present Moment, CJ had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented therapists and consultants in the industry of health, wellness, and beauty through her global marketing position at the Aveda Corporation in Minneapolis. Currently, she manages Present Moment's health and wellness division, and facilitates the Yoga Teacher Training Courses held at Present Moment. As a passionate instructor, you'll find her teaching and coordinating a variety of yoga, meditation, and movement classes. She is also greatly skilled in the areas of Thai yoga massage, shamanic energy healing and spiritual counseling. CJ is a national champion gymnast and a skilled choreographer with bachelor degrees in Exercise Science, Psychology, and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Jacquie Rodriguez, General Manager
Born and raised in Costa Grande, Mexico Jacquie studied communications in Mexico City. After working for IBM and EXXON in the areas of logistics and public relations, Jacquie realized that her real passions, other than being the best mom in the world, rested with interior design and natural medicine. Her knowledge of plant medicine comes from her Grandmother who could cure anything from the flu to a broken heart with home brewed herbal remedies. In love with life and peaceful spaces, Jacquie is excited to help make the Present Moment guest experience one of relaxation and pleasure in this corner of Heaven on Earth.
Luis Fernando Solis, Executive Chef
Luis was born and raised here in Guerrero, Mexico. He has worked as a Sous Chef for several years in Ixtapa at the Double Tree, Presidente Intercontinental, Krystal and Fontan; carefully honing his skills alongside the area's greatest chefs. Luis's talent, and passion, for this amazing profession are clealy revealed in each and every delicious, healthy and beautifully presented meal he creates. Luis continually enhances his inventive and professional recipes through continued education at international culinary schools specializing in updated techniques, organic ingredients and restaurant hygiene. "I have been working at Present Moment for 3 years now. I am deeply proud of my team; I enjoy my creative freedom here, and every plate that we serve is cooked with love. Our goal is to welcome you and your family with the warmth and caring feeling of home."
David Oregon Rangel
David was born and raised in nearby Salitrera, Guerrero. David is our head 'troubleshooter' with expertise in the fields electricity, plumbing, refridgeration and groundskeeping. He is truly a Godsend, and has been a highly regarded leader here for 4 years. David says, 'I'm greatful to work for Present Moment because it is such a positive and relaxing environment...plus we have a great team!!!
Karina and Gustavo Jasso
Present Moment was co-created through the vision of organic architects Karina and Gustavo Jasso, and built by local craftsman and skilled Mexican artisans. Careful attention has been made to every detail based on ecological designs that rely on natural building materials -- earth, wood, stone, and palm. Walls are finished by hand with "cop" -- clay, sand, straw and water -- if you look closely you can see the fingerprints of the craftsmen. The Jasso's truly articulated the very essence of this project, bringing into reality this dream of a lifetime.
'Through your love for each other, through learning the art of making one person happy, you learn to express your love for the whole of humanity and all beings.
Please help us develop the curriculum for the institute for the happiness of one person.
Don't wait until we open the school.
You can begin practicing right away.'
- Thich Nhat Hanh