Present Moment Retreat Staff
'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
Thomas William Morisette, 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 guest experience by creating stunning landscape designs, providing expert communications, offering unmatched guest relations and by sourcing many of the international artifacts and stylish wearables available in 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 industries 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's degrees in Exercise Science, Psychology and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Born in Colombia, Laura graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts in 2004 (MN, USA). She has experience working as a restaurateur internationally: in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States of America. Her passions have allowed her to excel as a Pastry Chef, Executive Chef, Restaurant Consultant, Culinary Instructor, Food Stylist, and Restaurant Owner. She is a person dedicated to gastronomical growth through travel, cultural immersion, and continuing education. “Cooking is my way of giving back; learning different ways to transform food has giving me the chance to connect with the communities that I am part of. I cook with love, which transcends through my food, and nourishes all who receive it!”
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 given 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 Jassos truly articulated the very essence of this project, bringing into reality this dream of a lifetime.