"I love Gisele's work. I feel like I'm wearing art. I love how each piece is so individual, beautiful, handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. But, by far my favorite part is the words that are written. They remind me of the things I want to hold onto every day. It feels, in a way, like a shield." ~ Alicia Keys
"The world we live in, edges closer to the sacred-again.This will depend on all of us and yet only one of us.The power of one can change the world, change hearts, change minds.Drawing us towards this, is my friend and colleague-Gisele.We have supported each other in our work for 20 years.In my soul, on my wrist, around my neck, dangling from lobes....her visions of beauty heal.My clients find more life in her images and reflections.Her treasures becomes the great continuity of those hoping for better, wishing for life and its abundant gifts. Gisele you are one of life's abundant gifts. Thank you for healing with your words and design. May your hands, eyes and heart always know...so that others might recognize themselves in you." ~ D Michele Chaban HABITAT Healing Collective
Sue Kenney on Jan 14, 2018
This retreat was a most sacred and spiritual journey for me especially because it was held in the mystical land of the Irish. Each moment in the presence of Gisele was precious and filled with sage wisdom, joy and unconditional love. The daily activities always included time with the great Mother Earth, moments of creativity, a very unique yoga class and walking the earth. I loved the food, which was organic/vegetarian and of exceptional quality. The accommodations were in a gorgeous home with private bathrooms, a large kitchen and huge garden in the back. I would strongly recommend this retreat to anyone interested in an experience that could shift your creativity, offer time for mindfulness, a connection with the earth and/spiritual advancement. I hope to be able to go again one day.
On July 28th, I have had the joy of hosting Gisele Theriault of The Barber's Daughters at my home! She guided us in a Chocolate Meditation, combined with her magical storytelling. Her stories took us to the land of Spain, and her walk of the Camino, which led to one of her glorious jewelry collections, in addition to her collection based on her visits to Plum Village and inspiration drawn from the work of Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn. If this were not enough inspiration, the modern day songstress, Alicia Keys has collaborated with Giselle resulting in stunning pieces of jewelry! It was a gathering of meaningful joy. ~ Dr. Lisa Goldberg
Caroline Wharton on Dec 16, 2017
I highly recommend this beautiful retreat. Just being around Gisele is healing on its own...but add to that spending 7 days in The Burren with her and her lovely retreat guests, and you will feel restored, nourished and revitalized. Gisele holds a very special place for each of her guests. The luxury accommodation and daily routines are rich with comfort, balance, mindfulness, meditation, nourishment, yoga, exploring, contemplation, nature, deep connection & friendships.
There’s magic and mystery in The Burren...it’s a very mystical place. Gisele has developed a deep connection to this part of Ireland and her community there includes some of the finest specialists in yoga, history, culinary arts and Art itself at the famous Burren College of Art where we spent a day making meditation rings for ourselves! Every day was a treat to wake up to. We would form a morning circle around Gisele’s crystal sound bowls...then the theme of the day would be introduced and Gisele would read a poem or quotes meant to support the theme. From there we were led into meditation. Blissful start to each day. Our daily group meals were amazing, we either cooked at home or enjoyed the local fare at pubs/cafes along the way. We visited the ocean shores, the Cliffs of Moher, markets, historical parks, pubs, a castle and more. Each day brought a new adventure and exploration.
We were completely nourished, body and soul. Thank you again Gisele. You are very special & I look forward to my next retreat!
"Hi Gisele, I have purchased a few pieces from you in the past and you probably don't know who I am but I'm writing to let you know that I am a big fan of your work and you as a beautiful human being. I love receiving e-mails from you - they are always filled with positive words and messages.You look absolutely beautiful in that sari !Also, wanted to let you know that I'm a proud owner of your wired watch... and every single time I wear that watch I get compliments on that watch and I never pass up the opportunity to spread the word about your work, your message and you - the beautiful human being that you are.Thank you for making the world a better place and inspiring all of us to be positive and grateful." ~ Kuntal
ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE
Christa on Dec 10, 2017
This retreat was about so much more than just yoga and meditation. As a novice meditator, Gisele's approach to meditation made me feel completely comfortable and able to relax and open my mind to something new.
Hiking the Burren with a local guide and experiencing yoga with two different instructors in multiple locations was enlightening. There is no other landscape that can compare to the rugged beauty of the ever changing Burren.
Carving rings at the Burren College of Art was an amazing experience and receiving a beautiful piece of jewellery designed and carved by me was both humbling and a huge accomplishment!
The things that tied all of these experiences together was the opportunity to experience the local cuisine, hospitality, markets and lifestyle of the Burren. I have never felt more comfortable and welcome on a vacation or more accepted as myself on a retreat! A truly life altering experience.
"Gisele, I bought a ring from you on Friday at the MAC show in Bracebridge. I bought the one that says "dare to be sensual, passionate and alive". I told you I was uncomfortable with the first statement and you said I should buy then, and I wasn't sure about wearing on the middle finger where it fit the best. Conclusion: as I left the show I was so excited about the ring, the sayings and which finger it was on and so happy I bought it. I felt just like when I was very young and just got the best present ever - that innocent joy, gratitude and wonder. The second statement on the ring is something I live by already. The first statement is what I have to to be comfortable with and the third statement is something I forgot to do. Thank you so much. The ring has energy on its own - cool. ~ Joanne Contant
THE ULTIMATE RETREAT
~ Angela W. on Dec 04, 2017
This was the ultimate retreat! The perfect amount of doing and non-doing, inner reflection and connection. So much care, compassion and joy right down to the finest of details. Gisele has curated the most gorgeous experience - Yoga with exquisite teachers (for absolute beginner or advanced practitioner), nutritious and delicious food morning noon and night, creative projects that ended in beautiful and wearable art..made from the heart, laughter...and the beauty and charm of the Burren. I could not recommend this retreat any higher - it made my soul happy!
"Gisele's jewellery inspires authentic and brave living from our hearts, that place which joins heaven with earth. Created from a place of courage, with love and reverence for all living persons and things - the oneness of creation, Gisele's jewellery inspires the wearer and all those who see her pieces as reminders that courage and love together, create strength and beauty. A mantra chanted penetrates the core of our being. Inspirational words etched onto her unique and precious designs are an embodiment of timeless wisdom, absorbed vibrationally with wear. This jewellery appeals to those souls who believe in the sacredness of all life. It takes courage to be sober, present and hopeful in this life. An artist who walks her talk, speaks truth and loves from the heart of a lioness is a gift that she shares in her art, pieces which will inspire all who have eyes to see." ~ Joey Schooley
THE PERFECT TAPESTRY
~ Melinda Burke Dec 25, 2017
Like a weaving, each of us ( we were 8. ), held a thread or two, to ebb and flow through the fibres, mindfully selected for us, by Gisele, who continued to sensitively make adjustments, as the design of our integrated journey took form. As breath, our time together fully engaged the "in" and the " out", of self and of Ireland, the magic and the mystery of joy and sorrow, the enchantment of the elementals and the fairies. We came and went, daily, from our safe and 'delicious' haven in Ballyvaughan, to relish spring awakenings in the Burren, the surge of the surf at the Cliffs and the tranquility of the moment. Saying "yes" to an adventure across the ocean, with a woman I had only just met, was for me, an exercise in trust and letting go. I can only state, with gratitude, that it was a true gift. Thank you, to Giselle and all the other amazing personalities and landscapes she helped weave together, to make this journey a tapestry of the soul:)
"Tried the website. It's up and running. Beautiful, sacred and intelligent. Your pieces are stunning. I would love to have some of my own words that I run through my mental computer to stay on track every day, resonating on my body through the silver and precious stones of your creations. Someday I will be able to afford one of your pieces. I would love to see all of us wearing our truth. I also relate to your sensibility around lighting and applaud your linking to Dr. Emoto's work to bring the light of consciousness to our lives. It is a pleasure to connect with you and your lovely creative self.” ~ Lisa Spillane
A PERFECT RETREAT
~ Lisa Clark May 29, 2018
“I don’t think the retreat could have been better. The house/home was spectacular and so comfortable; it was warm and spacious, the meals were delicious and all with the Burren just outside the window. I think each day was well planned and I liked that we shifted things around with the weather.
My favourite memories are Jack’s yoga classes with the poetry and music, the trip to Harry’s farm and his incredible enthusiasm, the goat lady and her wonderful cheeses, and our hikes on the Burren. Each day was special in its own way.
In our first meditation you spoke about the journal and how we could note things that might come up over the course of the retreat. I thought to myself - oh that won’t be happening to me, I’ve dealt with my stuff, lots of meditation, talk therapy, and such ... I’m good. However day one, our hike on the Cliffs and its particular challenges for me, certainly changed all that. And as I reflect on the retreat, I realize that it was perfect in that way. It gave me time to see again, who I am, how I "go about" in this world, how I deal with challenges, and what I love about myself.
I have a whole new breakfast regime, homemade granola, pumpkin seed oil etc. and a fresh perspective on me.
What you are embarking on is so brave, a simplification of life in a world that is anything but simple. Please keep us posted on your travels. Love Lisa”