We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Raspotnik (Peacy) and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erin, every day, we talk about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was going through my own healing journey and discovered a plentitude of tools, resources, methods and people that supported my process. It was then that I realized that these things were so “unknown” to me and to so many people that I knew. I wanted more people to know about these healing methods that inspired and helped me so much that I created Mind Body Spirit Event Series to bring all of these tools, resources, methods and people under one roof to share and inspire the attendees. I originally hosted one event and had not started a company at that time but after feeling and hearing the impact the event had, I was inspired to create a series hosting one big annual event. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider Mind Body Spirit Event Series to be my passion project. It supports and strengthens my own spiritual journey while doing the same for others. Each event I host, my circle grows larger while learning more mindfulness techniques and practices. Professionally, I do wear a few hats in Miami. I am the Senior Sales Manager for a water and wine company and am also a Certified Sommelier. I guess one can’t argue that a girl can be interested in wine and meditation?! It took me a while to get the courage to start the event series because of the fear of failure. I just had to overcome all of the negative thoughts that would pop in and attempt to cloud my mind. Mind Body Spirit Event Series is a platform that allows me to channel my passion of helping others while growing a community to uplift one another. It’s been especially hard during the pandemic to decide how to continue with the events. While many people have gone virtual, I decided to wait until the time is right to gather again. I believe the magic of the event has much to do with the energy of being there, present and in the moment with others. I am excited about what the future holds and also how this pandemic has taught many people to slow down and really take time for themselves. When it is safe to have another event, I hope the event series will be a platform that people can look forward to, grow from and continue to thrive.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start by showing them around my neighborhood. We’d do morning pilates on Bay Harbor Island at Reforming Pilates and spend the early afternoon on Halouver Beach. We’d grab a later lunch at PERL by Chef IP in North Miami. For dinner and depending on our mood, I would take them to The Palm on Bay Harbor Island for lobster or Timo’s in Sunny Isles for Italian. We’d need to have a spa day so I would take them to one of my favorite hotels to get pampered (Nobu Eden Roc, Four Seasons Surfside, Carillon or Fontainebleau) and we’d spend the day poolside afterwards. We’d grab lunch at the hotel and then head to the 1 Hotel Rooftop for a drink at sunset. We’d grab dinner depending on what we are in the mood for, likely at one of my favorite spots…RED the Steakhouse, Byblos or Joe’s Stone Crab. One day would need to be spent seeing more of the historical parts of Miami so I’d take them to Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. We’d see all of the awesome banyan trees and grab lunch at Redfish by Chef Adrianne right on the water. If my friend is craving some Miami nightlife, I would take them to E11EVEN to experience #nosleep. We’d also spend some time in Wynwood, where I’d take them to Wynwood Walls and we would walk around while exploring the art and culture. We’d grab coffee at Panther Coffee, lunch at Wynwood Kitchen and dinner at KYU. Lastly, I would take them to the Redlands and we’d go early on a Saturday for the famous cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farm (if in season) and then pass by Isaac Farms to look at all of the amazing cacti & succulents. We’d finish at Robert is Here for one of their delicious smoothies and a spot where they can grab some local South Florida produce and souvenirs. On our way back up north, we’d go to Casa Vinyasa in South Miami for one of their relaxing yoga classes to decompress from the fun week we had.   

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Art of Living Center deserves this recognition. I found this organization in 2017 because I was googling where I could go for a “meditation and yoga retreat for a single girl.” I was healing from my own heartbreak and needed a place to go to be alone and supported. I initially did the Happiness Program in Boone, NC at the Art of Living Retreat Center and that experience was grounding, healing and uplifting. It also gave me tools to use when I went back to Miami where I was immediately connected to the local Art of Living community. The Miami AOL community kept me inspired, helped me find balance and continue to grow deeper on a spiritual level. I went back to Boone in early 2019 and 2020 and did a Silence Retreat each time, which I like to describe as a “vacation for the mind.” In 2020, the Art of Living teachers were there virtually to support everyone by guiding Sudarshan Kriya breathing sessions.

Website: mindbodyspiriteventseries.com
Instagram: @mindbodyspiriteventseries
Facebook: facebook.com/mindbodyspiriteventseries
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzFecL64_XUsH_PN-y0y9Q

Image Credits
Miguel Rodriguez

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