Who We Are
The Zen Cruise is produced and presented in partnership by Whet Travel/Groove Cruise: the largest annual sold-out music cruise, Val Silidker: Founder/Director of Inspired Life Workshops and Expand the Love and Lisa Pumper: Founder of the Yoga Community of South Florida.
Val Silidker, MS – Producer and Co-Founder
Val Silidker is in love with life! As an event alchemist, transformational coach and inspirational speaker, as well as founder of Inspired Life Workshops and Expand the Love, she has been producing and hosting mindful-living events, building community and empowering individuals and groups both nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Her Expand the Love festivals have been featured around south Florida, uniting thousands of people together in a collective vision: the celebration of life and transformation of our world through gratitude, awareness, compassion and wisdom.
Val has a MS in Ecology and Education with continued focus in experiential learning, ecopsychology, cosmology, psychosynthesis and systems thinking. Along with event production, Val designs, directs and facilitates transformational workshops, where participants can explore themselves and their interconnectedness with life. She is also a contributing writer for Elephant Journal and other publications.
Val is passionate about connecting, deepening and strengthening her relationship with Nature and the psyche, as well as building conscious community. She is devoted to developing social permaculture techniques, insatiable learning, exploring the many beautiful sacred and wild places on this Earth and living passionately from the heart. For more info: www.InspiredLifeWorkshops.org and www.ExpandtheLove.com.
Lisa Pumper, ERYT – Producer and Co-Founder
Lisa’s mission, as a Yoga Educator and Community Activator is to increase peace, joy and wellness to the world through service. For over 18 years Lisa has been bringing together communities across South Florida through trainings and conscious living events . In 2007 Lisa created The Yoga Community of South Florida ; This online hub is the “go to” place for information on health and wellness related events and resources in the Southeast. Not only is Lisa is well-respected for her work connecting our local community, but also for supporting and producing events with other like-minded leaders; The Zen Cruise partnership with Val and Jason will allow Lisa to continue to expand the reach of her life’s work beyond South Florida- both nationally and internationally.
Lisa is also director of both a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Fusion Training Course. With integrity and compassion, she has nurtured and graduated over 300 Yoga Teachers. In addition, Lisa is a gifted Reiki Master, and classical Ayurvedic Thai-Yoga body worker, who effectively guides others toward optimal health and happiness. See more of Lisa at www.lisapumper.com
Jason Beukema – Co-Founder & Cruise Relations
Jason has four companies all focused on outrageous travel experiences for young professionals. The Groove Cruise is the World’s Largest Floating Dance Music Festival and now launching The ZEN cruise. Whet Magazine is a print and online publication focused on travel + nightlife. Jetset Republic is a tour operator with unique group trips to destinations such as Ibiza, Rio, Colombia, and more. Jasons travel agency for young professionals is called Whet Travel. Whet means ‘To Excite’ in the dictionary and everything we do revolves around delivering excitement to the lives of our clients. He specialize in destination weddings, honeymoons, corporate incentive travel, all inclusive resorts, cruises and customized trips to destinations around the world. What Jason is most known for however is for his extreme success with large affinity groups and theme cruises.
His company and cruise brands have been featured in the NY Times twice, 944, Timeout NYC, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Toronto Star, Travel Weekly, Travel Agent Magazine as well as on NBC, FOX NEWS, MTV, CNN, Deco Drive, SIRIUS|XM Radio, Clearchannel among many others. Jason has been a featured speaker at: CLIA Cruise360, Travel Weekly Cruise World, OSSN Travel Agent Forum, The Mark Travel Corporation, MBCC Champions of Business, Tourism Matters and several others. Jason is a fun loving and very driven guy who is driven to see and experience all that this world has to offer and then help others to do the same.
Alyssa Whitehouse – Director of Creative Graphic Design
Alyssa Shannon Whitehouse, MBA, is a Computer Graphics Artist and Marine Industry Professional with a strong passion for travel and the ocean. She has worked in the Creative Arts field for over 15 years and holds a BS in Graphic Design as well as an MBA in Marketing, Mass Communication and Media Management. Her clients include music industry professionals, travel industry, non-profit organizations, deep transformational workshops, NASA, and more. Alyssa spends time as a compassionate, loving mother as well as deepening and expanding her relationship with mind, heart and spiritual life through yoga, meditation and marathon running as well as reading, learning and world traveling.
Erik Lieux – Photo Guru
An artistic, professional photographer based out of Miami Beach, Erik Lieux specializes in event photography and portraiture. Throughout the past seven years, Erik has been capturing many public and private events, and shooting in the greater Miami area. His skill as a photographer is enhanced by his natural “eye”, and his capacity to be present to the moment as it happens. Erik’s formal schooling in Mental Health Counseling allows for a greater capacity of rapport, empathy, and comfort when interacting with individual clientele. Additionally, Erik freelances for Google, booking daily photo shoots with local Miami businesses of interest. ELieux@gmail.com, www.fotoguru.co
Kristi Knupp – Photo & Video Guru
Kristi Knupp specializes in evoking emotion out of her photography. Be it live music performances, yoga retreats or documenting the magic of what’s it’s like to be on the road with musicians. She’s got it covered.
A musician in her own right, Kristi attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Where she studied piano and audio engineering . A few years later she found herself in Los Angeles, CA behind the lens of a camera capturing the magic of some of her favorite artists and yogis alike.”
Evoke Emotion Photography – www.evoke-emotion.com
Chloe Ravel, RYT – Production Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah Lesch, RYT – Social Media Marketing
Sarah Lesch is highly qualified yoga teacher with almost ten years of teaching experience, a 500-hour degree yoga certification and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction meditation certification. She weaves teaching yoga classes in with a Marketing and writing career that allows her to spread positive messaging to a broader audience. She believes products and services should do things in a way that elevates consciousness and encourages social good and connection.