Live Happii Retreats (LHR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of youth from underserved communities of Chicago. Our primary focus is to guide these young individuals on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
Several times each year, LHR organizes international holistic health and wellness retreats for high school and college-aged black students. Through global travel, our participants gain an understanding of interconnectedness. By exposing them to Nature, they learn the importance of sustainability. Our retreat participants practice diverse movement techniques to nurture physical well-being, while also learning emotional coping strategies to enhance self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and cultivate a healthy positive mindset.
In addition to our international retreats, LHR also hosts regular events in the Chicago-area specifically for black youth. These events include yoga and meditation classes, dance classes, and practical education about mental wellness. LHR also collaborates with local high schools to deliver powerful talks that inspire and motivate students to overcome challenges and strive for personal growth.
LHR's ultimate mission is to guide young individuals on a path of personal growth, empowering them to become catalysts for transformational change within their communities and beyond.
Live Happii Retreats is cofounded by Tori Franklin and Colin Diment.
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Who Are The Founders
Tori Franklin is a professional track and field athlete. Tori represented Team USA at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and is a 7-time World Championship team member. In 2022, Tori won the bronze medal in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships, becoming the only American woman to ever win a medal in her event. She has also broken the American Record twice, and she is currently ranked #3 in the world. Her success has earned her sponsorship from prominent brands such as Nike, Now Foods, and the New York Athletic Club.
In addition to her athletic pursuits, Tori is also a gifted writer, amassing over 13,000 followers on Medium. Her book, You Anthem, is a powerful account of her personal journey overcoming challenges such as sexual assault and bouts of depression to achieve greatness in her career. Her book is not only an inspiring story but also provides valuable resources for those seeking healing, mental wellness, and peak performance in any field.
Tori is also an influential public speaker, captivating audiences across the country with her stories of perseverance and offering practical advice on mental well-being and achieving peak performance. Her talks motivate others to conquer their struggles and unlock their full potential.
Tori's dedication to empowering others extends beyond sports and writing. She is a Master Reiki practitioner, using her skills to promote healing and balance. Tori is also currently pursuing additional certifications in tantra, yoga, and therapeutic dance, seeking to expand her abilities to help others even further. Tori received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and also holds her MBA.
Through her athletic career, writing, speaking engagements, and various holistic practices, Tori empowers others to overcome obstacles and strive for greatness.
Colin Diment is a world-class healer and movement specialist. He has worked with hundreds of Olympians from around the world, as well as dozens of professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, Crossfit, USA Rugby and countless NCAA champions in numerous sports. He also worked for the Los Angeles Lakers organization and received a ring form their 2020 NBA Championship.
Colin is passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves. His holistic methodology draws from a unique combination of both eastern and western principles, which helps people to establish a deeper connection with themselves. He possesses extensive training in hands-on therapy and employs numerous injury prevention and rehabilitation techniques. Colin has a profound understanding of multiple holistic health and wellness practices, including yoga, QiGong, and meditation.
With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Colin has built a successful business centered around his holistic approach. He shares his wisdom by teaching at clinics and workshops across the country, mentoring in the art of holistic training, mental wellness, and personal growth. Furthermore, he hosts transformative holistic health and wellness retreats, providing life-changing impact to his clients.
Colin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his masters degree from Mississippi State University.
Our mission is to help young people from underserved communities deepen their connection to themselves. Through travel, we expose them to a variety of cultures that ultimately reveal our interconnectedness. Inner-city youth will experience the beauty of nature, building an appreciation for the Earth and the importance of sustainability. We will show them holistic self-care practices, teaching them to create and maintain their own expression of self-love. Through our retreats, we aim to grow future leaders. By guiding them to make transformational changes within themselves, we empower them to make transformational changes within their communities.
Live Happii Retreats takes high school and college-aged students from the inner city of Chicago on international holistic health and wellness retreats. On our retreats, students spend 5-7 days exploring nature, connecting with the local culture, and developing holistic self-care practices.
Our retreats include:
- Deep discussions around self-care and holistic health and wellness
- Daily exercise, meditation, yoga, dance sessions
- Local beautification and community service projects
- Waterfall hikes, trips to the rainforest, exposure to nature, cultural immersion
- Guest Speakers (athletes, nutritionists, entrepreneurs, musicians, business leaders, and other professionals)
The Importance of Travel
Most of the young people we serve have very little experience of life outside the few blocks of their neighborhood. Most have never traveled across town, let alone outside of the country. At LHR, we know that travel opens people’s minds and expands their view of the world and their place in it.
By enabling these young people to travel internationally, we give them a deeper appreciation for cultures radically different from their own, as well as a fresh perspective on their own culture. By taking them away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we expose them to the restorative power of Nature and teach them about the importance of sustainability. Through our unique movement sessions, we help them build a deeper connection to their body, a love of exercise, and the foundations for a lifetime of healthy living.
Our goal is to have a radical, life-changing impact on the young people we serve. It is our mission to help these students develop a deeper connection to themselves and a clear sense of their purpose in life. We empower them with leadership skills, a new perspective on the world and their place in it, and a holistic practice to build and maintain self-love.
How to Help
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A Message From Our Founders:
Places They Didn't Know Existed
“Tori, You spent some time with my daughters this week. She was so profoundly impacted by you, that she has been literally in tears since she came home. Your words of life that you spoke over her has transformed her outlook on life. both on and off the track . For this, there are no words. Just know that what you do for kids reaches places in them that they didn't know existed.” – Ann L.
Stronger in All Aspects
"Thanks so much, Colin! I finally feel like I'm working with someone who can help me build myself stronger in all aspects. I couldn't be more excited to explore this new journey of body awareness, calmness, and meditation." - Devin P.
“Thank you for being an inspiration to my son!” – Keyana R.