Melia Varadero, Cuba, April 1 – 8, 2019

The Most Honest Week Of Your Life

Retreat with us to beautiful Varadero Cuba for an 8 day deep dive into the truth.  Join PPA Founder and President Heidi Allen and PPA CEO Michell Smith, for an up close and intimate self development journey that will ignite your soul and astonish your senses.

In this deep dive experience hosted at the luxurious, 5 star, all inclusive Melia Varadero Resort, we will journey through AWARENESS, DECISION MAKING, RELATIONSHIPS and INFLUENCE, 4 of the largest areas of our lives, that determine how we experience life.


Arrive at the resort. Meet and greet with Heidi and Michell at the lobby bar. Welcome cocktails await you!

You will receive a package with the week’s itinerary, a resort map, your first SHINE weekly challenge and your SHINE swag package. Registration will be open from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Meet us on the beach for a sunset walk at 8:00 pm, and take part in our unforgettable SHINE initiation ceremony.

After breakfast, meet in the lobby for a brief orientation at 11:00 am that explains the activities at the hotel and answers all of your questions about the resort.

Your afternoon begins with Heidi and Michell in the conference room for SHINE session #1 – AWARENESS.  All of your SHINE challenges will be revealed, you will receive your course book and workshop tools. 

Then, let your hair down at the PPA cocktail hour at the lobby bar, 5:00 pm. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at the resort, get to know other PPA members, and hit the disco until the early hours…

After breakfast, dive deep into Session #2 – DECISIONS with Heidi and Michell from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Return to the outdoors and refresh with a nice lunch, meet in the lobby to head out to the golf course, or to the spa, take dance lessons at the disco or take a Spanish class to dazzle the locals with your verbal skills when we adventure into Havana!

Join us on the beach at 6:00 pm to complete SHINE challenge #4 and participate in our LIGHTNESS ceremony. Followed by a private PPA cocktail party with appetizers on the terrace.

After breakfast meet in the lobby for our day trip into colourful Havana! Relax or bring your workbook during the 2 hr ride to reach the historic city of Old Havana with our own personal walking tour guide. 

Listen to some live music while wandering around Havana Vieja, visit museums, browse the shops and have lunch at one of Havana’s famous authentic Cuban restaurants.  

We’ll be back at the resort by 4pm, just in time to freshen up and make it to our PPA cocktail hour in the lobby bar at 5:00 pm.

Enjoy a leisurely dinner before spending the evening enjoying the resort, taking a dip, salsa dancing, or listening to the waves on a lounger and grabbing a siesta. 

Join us as the sun sets to participate in our candlelight GRAVITY experience in the gazebo at moon rise.  Walk away from this beachside experience… 

 After breakfast, meet us for Session #3 – RELATIONSHIPS, with Heidi and Michell in the conference centre.

After lunch take an introductory scuba lesson, go for a group ride on the catamaran, enjoy ocean kayaking and peddle-boat races, or have an afternoon nap in the shade. Join us for our 5:00 pm PPA cocktail hour at the poolside bar and then get refreshed and ready for dinner at one of the resort’s delicious a-la-carte restaurants.

Meet us on the beach at 9:00 pm for our INTENTIONS ceremony and lantern release.

After breakfast, meet us for Session #4 – INFLUENCE, with Heidi and Michell in the conference centre.

Explore Varadero and what it has to offer in the afternoon! Excursions are available to book at the resort. Visit Al Capone’s house, local shops and markets and purchase the item needed to complete one of your SHINE challengs…

Join us if you like for our PPA cocktail hour at 5:00 pm in the lobby bar and tell us about your adventures! After dinner head out to a club and experience what the city has to offer.

Our last full day on resort. Spend time working through your final challenges while relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Make sure to take the time you need to complete the SHINE experience.

Then organize teams and compete in our SHINE PPA beach volleyball tournament!

Join us for games in the pool, activities on the beach and the PPA SHINE Epic Group Challenge.  Then, get all dolled up in your absolute best and be ready to enjoy our last PPA cocktail hour.

5:00 pm at poolside bar where we will celebrate the winners of the day’s contests and hand out awards that were earned throughout the week!

Then, adventure with us into Varadero for a fabulous farewell dinner at Dupont mansion, with Jazz music, one hour of open bar, and to receive your special SHINE completion package.

Departure day.

We say hasta luego to Melia Varadero and bring our SHINE back home.


A vacation with a deeper purpose…  Travel with a crew of like minded, positive spreading, difference-makers who work to make the world a better place.   Positivity is not a “costume” to put on, nor is it something you acquire skill at when times are fantastic.  Positivity is a state of being through life’s challenges and victories and is exponentially charged when new tools are activated to serve this intention.

In this 7 day experience, with 4 intimate sessions we adventure through a deep dive into AWARENESS, DECISION MAKING, RELATIONSHIPS and INFLUENCE and explore the powerful tools affecting perspective, mindset, communication and happiness.


Golf lovers will find their vision of paradise at the Melia Varadero, located just a few metres from the Varadero Golf Club overlooking the pristine turquoise ocean. Guests can enjoy special green fees, or upgrade to the Level Floor and receive three rounds of complimentary golf per person, per stay.

There are plenty of excellent places to relax and unwind, like sun beds and hammocks under shaded areas by a pristine stretch of white-sand beach. Or, take a dip in the resort’s freshwater pools equipped with waterfalls and hydromassage features. 

Get moving with fun activities like beach volleyball, dance lessons, and terrace games. Then, indulge in authentic Cuban cuisine, Japanese teppanyaki, or Trinidadian meals while enjoying a stunning sea view.


Do you mean BESIDES getting to spend a week, putting yourself first, championing your skills to build powerful relationships, and awakening the clarity, insight and ENLIGHTENMENT you need to make future decisions with certainty?? BESIDES discovering where your deepest levels of INFLUENCE lie with yourself and others and why working on developing new habits may be what’s been holding you back??

Access the gratitude you feel, only when you do invest in yourself and gift yourself with one week on resort with Heidi Allen, Michell Smith and 50 other Positive People Army members for a life changing world class evolution of an experience.  You also get:

Or, get the Upgraded Level Pass and get everything listed above PLUS everything listed below!

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