About The English Settlement AKA. Mermaid Junkie Academy

The English Settlement offers women and girls a retreat with an emphasis on Personal Development, and Mermaid swimming for those seeking to dive deep into a rediscovery of their true inner mermaid. As women, there are times we each need to swim away from our daily roles to experience a place that allows for our inner mermaid to evolve. 

Young girls also need a venue where they can experience an otherworldly atmosphere. To be with like-minded girls that love to swim, enjoy learning personal development skills such as sewing their own mermaid tails, growing and canning seaweed, mermaid meditation, mermaid training, and so many more delightful pursuits.

In order for girls to be truly happy in life, they must come to a place of understanding of who they are internal. It all begins with SELF~LOVE.

Mermaid Junkie Academy is the only workshop camp of its kind that is a true north compass for inspiring girls to navigate through their lives in phases. The curriculum that was created is an all-encompassing program based on the four human developments: Mental, Social/Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual. After the girls complete their workshop experience they will swim away with a deep knowledge of their self~worth, personal empowerment and capability of navigating their voyage through life. They will indeed be equipt in knowing how to follow their heart, be confident and inspired.

No matter the age, whether young or old we all desire to be truly happy and to know how to attain it.

May you allow Mermaid Junkie Academy to be the Treasure Trove Tool in teaching it to you.

MJA was designed to touch on all the basics of what makes for a well balanced young girl and woman. Being a mermaid is indeed much more than just stepping into a tail and swimming. It's an all-encompassing voyage.

Allow The English Settlement {aka} Mermaid Junkie Academy to inspire you to unearth the beautiful sea siren that dwells within. 

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When you purchase Raquel's books, products, custom little women/merrymaid paintings, Treasure Trove Law of Attraction kits, coaching sessions, book her for an Interior Design job, mermaid author readings, or attend a workshop, 100% of the proceeds go to constructing and sustaining of the Registered 501{c}{3} non-profit organization The English Settlement.
We are able to book facilities such as Chinsegut Hill Manor {photo below}, swimming venues,  and all other lodgings for the retreat locations, as well as, all items needed to create a lovely experience for our guests.
Chinsegut Hill Manor {Our very first "Follow Your Heart" Retreat}
Please know that we appreciate all donations, and gift in kinds. If you donate to The English Settlement and would like a receipt for tax purposes, please feel free to email: and we will send you the correct documents. Please see the donation PayPal button at the bottom of the page.

Who is The English Settlement/Mermaid Junkie Academy for?

The English Settlement is a for-purpose organization that preserves the art of a balanced life through educating and enhancing the lives of women and girls through personal development.

Perhaps you're an entrepreneur starting your own business, a stressed-out mother, newly divorced, starting over at 50, or 25 and just beginning your life's voyage. Or you might be a 12-year-old girl and love all things pertaining to how to be a real-life mermaid, enjoy fantasy, and fairylike dreaming.

No matter the voyage you have chosen, you're feeling the inner call to do things differently. Might you uncover a more delightful way to grasp the challenges of having a great deal to do? Perhaps you feel the need to work arduously to get results and would like to learn of another way. Do you secretly long to live your greatest dreams and desires, and seek feelings of free flow ease.

Are you ready to experience a reconnection with yourself?

The English Settlement/ Mermaid Junkie Academy is the retreat/workshop for you.

Raquel is a former mermaid of Weeki Wachee Springs which gives her indeed a most splendid advantage. She has been a real~life mermaid for over 30 years and has spent the last 14 years curating programs specifically designed for women and girls individually.

Her mission is to use her expertise, knowledge and imagination to create the most unique non-profit organization that has ever been developed. 

Raquel will be launching The English Settlement/ Mermaid Junkie Academy in the summer of 2019.

Why The English Settlement/Mermaid Junkie Academy was Created and Raquel's, Fairytale Story

I awoke from a dream at the age of 19 and knew straight away that I had dreamt of what would be my life's purpose.

I dreamt I was looking from an ivy-covered window of a Victorian mansion.  I was dressed in old-fashioned clothes and wore brown leathered lace-up granny boots. I was overseeing and encouraging several young girls as they delicately practised their penmanship. They held feathered quill pens, were sitting in antique desks and the paper was hand pressed parchment.

That dream set my heart on fire for the rest of my life, as I knew in my awakened state, it was not a mere dream but in the words of June Jordan defining poetry,  "my naming of the world."

The dream would become as an ol' reminiscent friend on many occasions throughout my life.
It finally happened in 2014 while living in San Diego, California. One evening after a long warm bath I began scouring the internet for cottages in Carmel, California.  I felt the burning within and those feelings never go away, once an idea takes hold. I desired to leave a legacy for little girls and women. I wanted to create a footprint where they might dream.

I found an old dilapidated mansion in Carmel, California named The Flanders mansion {image above}. I was mesmerized and set to planning a visit. Still, to this day, I have no idea how it is that I stumbled upon Flander's. I have had visions of living in Carmel, California since I was 15 years old and started getting subscriptions of Victoria magazine. I received the issue that was celebrating Hugh Comstock's fairytale cottages by the sea and I knew straight away that I must take up residence there at some appointed time. 

I just had to see Carmel and visit this old mansion that had piqued my curiosity.

I drove up the winding road to the 80 acres, and I was transformed. As I walked the rooms, getting the grand tour, we came upon the room just over the garage. The guide stated, "This is the room the Dali Lama was in. He actually blessed this room once."

I walked over to the window, looked outside and a flash came over me.  It was the exact window I had looked out of in the dream I had when I was 19. Now I ask you, do you believe in dreams?

When I was a young girl, I had a very unpleasant childhood, so to escape into a make-believe world I spent all of my time painting, swimming and writing. My pursuits created happiness and safety. My life experiences though to some seem dreadful, are the beauty that made me the woman I am today. I know all that transpired in my life was preparing me for "my naming of the world." I would spend summers just creating and dreaming of a life as an artist and writer. It's beautiful as a young child, in the midst of all the calamity surrounding, we come to this earth knowing we were meant for splendidness.

As I grew in age I wanted to inspire others that may have grown up such as I, to never grow old or transition out of making their dreams come true. I want to inspire their imagination.

I desired to create a vessel where girls and women could swim that would revive their spirited souls.

I knew that after becoming a mother myself, the dream to inspire became more solidified. I began early on setting intentions through meditation and prayer that my life's purpose would reveal itself. I wanted to teach others along with my children to keep happiness and joy bottled up. To never allow anything to prevent them from believing in themselves.  I knew that if I could create a curriculum, inspire little girls where they can freely dream, learn to love themselves and to find happiness in pursuit; I would be the one to attain it.

Many years later, and through some contrasting moments with my own children I knew it was time to remove them from public school to teach them myself. Two of my children that were failing dreadfully in school, began to brilliantly succeed as I taught them. I created a curriculum for each of my children individually, catering to their passions. I realized if I teach with metaphors, such as a love for mermaids, it was going to have to be something that captivated their attention. I believe the arts are the origins of innate soul alignment for every human being ever born.

Through decades of study, I discovered the key to the treasure chest of knowledge of what encourages children to remember their divine self~worth and personal happiness.

I also wanted a way to teach my children self-sufficiency with a twist of fun.
" Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

I knew I had come upon a buried treasure when I used all of my life's experience as a mermaid and an all-encompassing course of study. My children soaked up knowledge like sea sponges. They all grew up to be beautifully self-sufficient beings and are living their dreams to the fullest.
I have found "My naming of the world" and want to spread my mermaid message in a bottle with pure joyful love.

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