Braveheart Retreat to
Carefree Arizona

March 20-25, 2018

Feeling tired and stressed out? 

Give your mind, body, and spirit the attention it deserves.

The focus of this 5 night retreat is greater health and wellness for mind, body and spirit.

We will explore and learn practices that help us

  • Peel back the layers to arrive at a better feeling state in mind and body

  • Have more positive energy

  • Have more joy, more peace and more freedom

These practices will include:

  • Daily Yoga

  • Qi Gong

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Training

  • Singing & Chanting

  • Dance

  • Nutrition Coaching and Recipes for delicious nourishing food, energy work and more!

You may have said to yourself that it’s time to get your mind, body, and spirit in order.. let this be the time to say YES to yourself!

Where is the Retreat?

The retreat center is in the center of Carefree Arizona. Carefree is a quaint and beautiful little town about 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport.  It has plenty of nearby recreational activities such as horseback riding, hiking, shopping, biking, museums and eclectic dining!

The retreat center that we will be staying at is called Spirit in the Desert.  It is surrounded with spectacular desert scenery.

What will we be doing?

We will have several optional classes for you to attend each day, all at your discretion and preference.

In between the classes of your choice you can swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub, or take comfort in the air-conditioned rooms with private patios overlooking the desert and mountains. The bedrooms are spacious with comfortable beds and all have private bathrooms and outdoor balconies. The average temperature in Carefree this time of year is mid to high 70’s with very low humidity making this an optimal temperature! Temperatures are cooler in the morning and evenings.

There will be two hikes you can participate in:

Cave Creek Regional Park

Tonto National Park

While hiking Arizona’s natural desert terrain we may catch a glimpse of the diverse wildlife from mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, as well as many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo.


Teacher and Instructor
Facilitates meditation & personal growth sessions including workplace wellness and coaching at

Bani Aello

Wellness Specialist
Nutrition & Weight Loss Specialist, Meditation Facilitator, and founder of Deb Taylor Healthy Lifestyle Inc.

Deb Taylor

Deb Taylor comes with expertise in many areas. As a Certified Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer, one area she specializes in is providing safe and effective movement modifications for injuries to enjoy safe rehabilitative yoga and fitness. She has a saying,

“Don’t let a sore shoulder or a tender knee keep you from being active. There are ways to safely work around your injuries to strengthen your joints!”

Whatever your physical condition, she can modify a workout for you! Another area that Deb will lead in is food and nutritional coaching. She will even provide easy to prep healthy recipes and grocery/food lists!  Deb T is also a professional singer and will be helping to facilitate the singing and chanting.

Bani’s teaching is truly inspirational. She radiates a positive energy and her classes allow me to bring my mind, body and spirit back into balance. I look forward to every session!
– Cathy Frederick

What is the cost?

The cost includes your comfortable and spacious room, all meals and refreshments, 24 hour coffee, tea, water and ice, and all classes!  Classes include daily Yoga, Qi gong, Meditation, Mindfulness training, gatherings for dance, singing/chanting, education on food and nutrition and more!

All rooms have 2 queen size beds. Some rooms also have a roll away bed or pull out couch. Rooms also have their own large private bathroom and balcony.

*This does not include airfare or transportation of any kind.

Single Occupancy

$1,400   $1,325

Double Occupancy

$1,100  $1,025

November Special!

Register before Thanksgiving and receive an extra $75 off the cost of the retreat. Act quick, the offer is only available to the first 12 registrants! To reserve your spot you just need to leave the $500. deposit.

Submit your registration now and you will also receive a free podcast on How to Change a Behavior That’s Not Serving Your Well-being.

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for women and men ages 18 and up. This will be a wonderful experience for couples who wish to move deeper into healthy practices together! There will be many options of classes to participate in so choose all of them or just a few. No pressure!

You may also want to attend with a sibling, parent, son, daughter or friend! Often times we don’t get to spend quality time with family and friends due to our demanding life obligations. This is a chance to spend quality time making shifts for the better and deepening connections!

Couples need not feel that they have to attend all classes together.  One of you may want to spend more time participating in the classes that we offer while the other may want to spend more time at the nearby golf course or hiking trails, then meet up later by the pool or for dinner.


Retreat to Carefree, Arizona

MARCH 20-25, 2018

I promise this will be a memorable experience that will positively affect your whole life. The ripple effects will go out to benefit family, friends and the world around you for years to come! 

Cancellation Policy: The deposit of $500.00 to reserve your spot is refundable except for $75.00 until December 31st, 2017.

Airfare: The cost of the retreat does not include airfare but if you live in the Rochester area I recommend having Sue McNelly, a friend and Travel Consultant extraordinaire for help in booking your travel. I recently booked my flight from Rochester to Phoenix through American airlines for $515.00 round trip.

The flights will begin going up by the fall so I recommend booking your flight as soon as possible to get the best rate!

You may take a shuttle or Uber from the airport to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. You may choose to stay on and around the retreat grounds for the length of your stay as there will be plenty to do there as well as in the surrounding town of Carefree all within walking distance!

Or you may choose to rent a car if you’d like to take a half day trip out to Sedona or any other of the wonderful places in Arizona. You may also want to consider arriving in Arizona a couple of days early or stay a couple of days after the retreat to have a longer stay in Sedona or Scottsdale or any of the other wonderful places in this part of the state.

You can contact Sue at 585-924-5441 or 585-905-5272-cell

Transportation options commonly used are:
Supershuttle- 800-258-3826
Budget Airport Trans 602-330-7879
Carefree Airport Limo 480-427-0985

Please feel free to call or email Bani with any questions!  Email or call (585) 957- 6235.  If you are coming from Canada you may also contact Deb at (905) 302-7838 or email