If this beautiful lady would pass away today, I am pretty sure most people would say about her: hard worker, energy bomb, huge heart, generous being and good taker of her friends.
Julie is - among a thousand things that she does - a beautiful girl from Belgium. She and her special family (she has 2 mothers and 2 fathers - lucky her - ) set up SLOW the first "private pool villas" resort on Gili Air. A trend that has spread and has helped to conserve the beautiful "boutique" spirit on the island that we enjoy nowadays.
She has started other beautiful projects as Gilita, a local agency that organize tours to the most beautiful places in Indonesia, and recently she is setting up a Foundation to give back to the local community that she says "this island has giving" her...
Miss Thonard is a creative soul, always with beautiful ideas that try to involve the local community and what she named "Gili Air Family", an expat community in love with the island as she is. Among other projects that she is involved: the beach clean up (she goes around with her staff to collect as much rubbish as possible from our coast), Slow Yoga retreats (where Mandalablue yoga has a yearly cooperation), The Circus Yoga Retreat (where you can learn to perform all sorts of acrobatics with some of the best circuses from all around the globe) and Gili Gardens, a project with his brother Niels where they pretend to improve each private and commercial projects' gardens.
If you see hear her laughing, specially in a trance dance floor, you will definitely know who she is... Gili Air recovers its happy sound when she is around.
We️ <3 U, Julie!