Braveheart Retreat Arizona

Journey to feel better and Heal better in Carefree Arizona March 2018!

You are invited to attend our Retreat to Carefree March 20th to 25th, 2018. 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!  More positive energy, more joy, more peace and more freedom! These practices will include daily Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation and Mindfulness training, chanting and singing, dance, instruction and recipes for delicious nourishing food, energy work and more!

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.

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.

The facilitators and teachers will be myself, Bani Aello and my sister Deb T.

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 work out 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.

Learn more by clicking here > Deb T.

Click here to read testimonials for Bani and Deb T.

Cost: This 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!

This does not include airfare or transportation of any kind.

Single Occupancy: $1400.00

Double Occupancy: $1,100.00

Early Bird Special: Register by August 31st and receive the Early Bird Special!  

Early Bird’s Added Gift: You will receive a Free Monthly Info-Package that includes :
* An At-Home 20 Minute Workout
* A Guided Meditation Download for Positive Vibes
* A Quick & Clean Recipe great for the whole family

Single Occupancy: $1,300.00

Double Occupancy: $975.00

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.

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.

Click here to > REGISTER

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

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!  The following is an article published recently about the results of a 20 year study by a Professor at Cornell University on the benefits of spending money on experiences rather than things > Experiences Not Things


Click here to register where you will be asked to leave a $500.00 deposit to hold your reservation.   The remaining balance will be due January 30th 2018 > REGISTER

Cancellation Policy:

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

….. a taste of the good life. Enjoy a delicious and healthy recipe below with more to come!  Compliments of Deb T.

Vegetarian Meal
11/2 cups of uncooked quinoa, well rinsed and drained
1-15 oz can of organic black beans, well rinsed (high in fibre, molybdenum, and antioxidants)
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced

1 tsp each garlic, ginger (rich in anti-bacterial, anti-viral & anti-inflammatory properties)
1 cup fresh orange juice
3 tsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil or grape seed oil
1 tsp liquid honey (preferably raw & unpasteurized)
1 tsp sea salt & pepper to taste
1. Measure one and a half cups of water into saucepan. Add rinsed quinoa and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for approx. 10 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette by mixing ingredients together in a small jar with a lid. Shake well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
3. Assemble the salad once quinoa has cooled by tossing the prepared veggies, quinoa and dressing in a large bowl.
Chill until serving time.
4. Serve the quinoa salad pilaf in a lettuce leaf.
This salad is great as an appetizer, a main meal or a snack. Stuff veggies for a fast food fix.
Quinoa is a gluten free grain rich in all 8 essential amino acids, fibre, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous calcium, and B’s