the founder

Welcome! My name is David Matthew Bernstein - Founder of Life Force Project.  
Thank you for visiting my site and for your interest in Life Force Project.


I  thank the universe every day for giving me the opportunity to transform my life in ways that continue to exceed my wildest expectations. I am not a guru, nutritionist, or yogi, but I am passionate about spirituality, wellness and yoga. What I am - what I have always been - is a communicator, a collaborator, a teacher. I am the guy who connects, who gets people excited, and who inspires. 

Time for Change

I did not always have my present sense of gratitude and wellbeing.  My life was headed in an unfulfilling direction.  As an ambitious, hardworking 20-something, I was seduced by the high-profile image, the dollar signs and the sexy lifestyle that came with my role in the finance profession. I became consumed by my work.  The concept of a healthy work/life balance was alien to me, and by my late 20’s, I was overweight, stressed out and absorbed by the empty promises of material success.

When the financial market crashed, it felt like I had lost everything. I lost my job, my wife, and my identity.  But something inside me knew that there had to be more - something greater - and these circumstances brought me to a moment in which I realized something had to change.

Inner-peace through travel

I began traveling extensively.  I found myself effortlessly connecting with the energy of this incredible planet; her forests, rivers, mountains, deserts, cities and seas. I cultivated my love for yoga and surfing along empty stretches of Costa Rican beach, found inner peace and spirituality deep within the Sacred Valley of Peru, and ignited my passion for exploration while trekking from the rainforest to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada’s in Colombia.  I had nothing left to lose and everything to gain. My insatiable hunger for spirituality, peace and wellness drove me to keep on going – everyday growing stronger and sounder in body, mind and spirit. 

Central and South America drew me in like magnets. Somehow I knew I would blaze a new trail here; I would connect, expand and evolve. I was right.

A new connection to the Life Force

Through travel and experience, I began to feel connected to the Life Force - the universal energy that binds every human, animal, plant, wave, mountain and cloud. I discovered an inner-strength and peace that I had never truly known. I opened my heart to the many lessons of the universe.  I listened to the Life Force, and the world became a magical place full of possibility. It became a world that gives us exactly what we need, when we need it - a world that is always conspiring to support us.

My experiences transformed my life. Now, with a series of Life Force Project retreats, I am excited to pass this opportunity onto you!

With much love & gratitude,

Life Force Project


What Others Are Saying

"I truly feel sooooo grateful that everything lined up for me to go!  It was such a unique experience that could never be recreated again.  I loved the location, the food, and having such experienced and knowledgeable teachers (both John and  Sarah).  The packets of information were a great aid to the learning and getting an aloe plant to work with definitely heightened the experience.  Overall, I came back with a stronger connection to nature, myself, and the community around me.  I definitely felt like I was on a higher vibration :-)  Oh, and I love the air plant necklace!" 

"The entire weekend was inspiring and insightful. The retreat house was magnificent with beautiful views of the water, and a great layout to allow for group intimacy and separateness[ if desired].Jon was a compelling teacher who invited the group to embrace difficult concepts which he made accessible and understandable. He was always available for individual discussions if questions arose. I appreciated his passion and the depth of knowledge about the subject. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Paige, went out of her way to respond to each individual 's dietary needs and incorporate them into her menu. The attention to detail in that regard was extraordinary. The padelboarding and kyacking made for a welcome break, and allowed members a great opportunity to metabolize the complex concepts they were integrating.The weekend flowed beautifully. It was restorative and uplifting."

"Purpose elevates everything we do, makes it a more meaningful place to live."  Thank you for  uniting us to meditate, activate and create."
-Gladdie Funke
Owner/Real Estate Broker, Funke Enterprises

"Kudos David!  The Ranch in Carbondale is beautiful, calming, and an amazing place to open your heart and feel alive.  From meditative hikes to group workshops, organic & local foods to soaking in the jacuzzi under the stars the Retreat left me feeling rejuvenated, aware, and with a higher understanding on bringing my aspirations and goals to fruition. David is a great soul and the Life Force Project will certainly bring you one step closer towards enlightenment."
-Trevor Traynor 

"I knew David when he was in his corporate role – when he was known as the “bulldog.” His persistence and “go get ‘em” attitude served him to lead a successful real estate career.  He was the guy you wanted to have a cigar and a scotch with after a long day’s work.  I also had the pleasure of traveling with him through Colombia after he decided to break away from the daily grind to embark on his transformational journey.  Not only was David an amazing, highly competent and engaging host, but the perseverance I saw behind the office desk transformed seamlessly into a truly inspirational soul searching guide. He’s still the guy I would like to have a cigar and a scotch with – right after a nice long yoga/meditation session." 
-Marty Herzog
CEO- J. Herzog and Sons

"During his stay with us at the Peace Retreat, David was always enthusiastic and engaging.  He was both serious about his yoga practice yet light-hearted and fun to be around.  I look forward to working with David again in the near future!"
-Halli McQuillan
Founder- Peace Retreat & Real Evolution Yoga, Costa Rica

"I began working with David as a healer and mentor. Over the years I have seen David’s unshakable commitment to working on healing himself and mastering the techniques that would serve him in passing his passion and his skills onto others. David has always been willing to dig deep within himself to get to ever greater levels of self-realization.  What has emerged is an authentic, grounded and wholly compassionate individual with a true love of his life and his work and the skills and techniques to guide others through their own transformational journeys.  Now I have the pleasure of working side by side with David to help him turn his dream and his work into a reality." 
-Robert Wood
Spiritual Teacher, Author, Intuitive