Deep in the Barahona region of the Dominican Republic, our healing paradise awaits. A hidden gem where freshwater cascades turn into natural pools and birding heavens are tucked amid mountain ranges. This retreat is a five day magical voyage nestled in the Sierra Barahuco Mountains and the shimmering Caribbean below. Your time spent with us will bring you back to a healthy level of energy and connect you to what is sacred.

Our days will begin with a heart opening vinyasa yoga practice led by Shayne Cohen (open for all levels.) Followed by outdoor adventures that will make you feel one with nature. Through the practice of self-love, yoga, breath work, meditation, sound baths, kirtan, temazcal, organic food, daily nature excursions, and wellness treatments we will open our Anahata Chakra and find spiritual grounding through these holistic healing methods.

Casa Bonita

Barahona province is in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. This stunning area is home to multiple ecosystems where unique species, including over one hundred varieties of birds, make their home. Complementing this magnificent wilderness, are rivers cascading down to meet the Caribbean Ocean. Caves tucked in thick fern forests leading you towards refreshing blue sinkholes natural pools.

Our home, Casa Bonita, is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The site offers the most unforgettable ocean and river views, ensconced within the tropical jungle of The Sierra Barahuco Mountains. Casa Bonita is a wellspring of energy, a place where you will feel supported and recharged.

The property has twelve Deluxe rooms, each featuring a private balcony overlooking the jungle and sea view. Deluxe King rooms are outfitted with a king sized bed. Deluxe Double rooms have two queen size beds.

There are five River Suites, each its own private villa. This area of the hotel is settled inside the forest overlooking Rio Sito. The Villas include a large terrace with view of the river, private outdoor bathroom with private jacuzzi.

Shayne Cohen
Shayne Cohen
CO-FOUNDER / YOGA INSTRUCTOR

After a long and successful career owning and managing international luxury fashion boutiques Oxygene, in Bal Harbour, Shayne took her experience in the luxury market and partnered it with her other passion – yoga and wellness.

Adriana Vergara
Adriana Vergara
CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Adriana is a celebrated contemporary art consultant based in Miami, Florida. She spent the past twenty years immersed in the world of arts and culture working with many local and national art institutions including the Bass Museum, Rubell Museum, CodeArt, Miami City Ballet among others.

Sunandã
Sunandã
YOGA INSTRUCTOR / WELLNESS PRACTITIONER

Sunandã grew up in a small town in New Hampshire surrounded by nature and the mountains. She was raised learning about acceptance, openness and understanding of all walks of life.

Dharma
Dharma Dev
MUSICIAN & YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Dharma Dev is a percussionist and yoga instructor based in Miami, FL USA. Raised in the mystic traditions of ancient India, he’s fused the soul stirring experience of mantra music with exceptional sound.

Kyra
Kyra Montagu
AYURVEDA AND HOLISTIC HEALING PRACTITIONER

Kyra Montagu ND is a naturopathic doctor specialising in ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, nutrition and holistic healing and living practices.

Come join us to return to your internal sense of balance, harmony, and joy.

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”

Sakyong Mipham

Morning Sun practice
led by Shayne Cohen

Vinyasa Yoga is an energetic form of yoga where students move fluidly from one pose to the next, synchronizing breath to movement. Shayne’s classes integrate a dynamic flow with the application of precise alignment, meditation, visualization, intention and chanting to take you on an inner journey toward healing and empowerment.

Classes begin with chanting to prepare the mind for a deeper state of consciousness and meditation during asanas (physical practice). Shayne teaches her students that yoga is a sacred practice. If it’s not devotional, it’s not yoga. Each class is designed to stimulate the organs, glands, nervous system and move freshly oxygenated blood to the entire body as you release tension while developing faith and intuition.

Daily Excursions
e.g. Bahia de las Aguilas

Bahia de las Aguilas is an eight kilometer long beach along the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic near the southernmost part of the border with Haiti. The bay is part of the Jaragua National Park, and it is considered by many Dominicans as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Evening Moon Practice
Mind Body Sound Bath Yoga

You will experience a beautiful combination of stress relief and deep stretching, engaging body, mind, and spirit in this Ying & Yang yoga class with a mix of Hatha. The experience concludes with a sound bath which awakens a sense of love and devotion. Designed for all levels.

Kirtan / Sacred Ceremonies

Kirtan is a sing along of mantras, through which we find our way back to our center, our heart and our relationships with each other. Chanting mantras connect us with the spiritual wisdom. These ancient chants contain a transformative power and healing energy. We will sing, drum and dance to express our love and devotion.

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Shaman River Suite

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Master Ocean Suite

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Master River Suite

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River Suite

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Single Deluxe

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Double Deluxe

What's Included

  • 5 days / 4 night accommodations at Casa Bonita.
  • Three daily meals inspired by local cuisine - Menu will be pescatarian and mostly plant based, (eggs will be offered.)
  • Daily yoga, meditation, sound healing, spiritual ceremonies, and kirtan.
  • Daily nature excursions to the jungle, beaches, waterfalls, and rivers.
  • Air transportation from Santo Domingo to Barahona by private chartered plane for those traveling with the group.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

  • Reservation can be made with the full payment or a 50% deposit.
  • Payments are non-refundable nor can they be credited towards a different retreat.
  • Credit card payments will incur in a 3% additional fee.
  • To avoid the additional 3% fee, other payment options include checks, Venmo, and direct deposits. Contact Us
  • We highly recommend you purchase insurance for your trip. The following link offers different options: Insure My Trip

We recommend you schedule with us any of the treatments below before we travel. Limited slots will be available so that treatments do not interfere with our busy daily schedule.

Reiki by Sunandã
Reiki, "universal-life force energy", is a beautiful ancient Japanese method of working with spiritual energy, intention, and your intuition. Reiki is a used to balance your chakra energies, to cleanse and balance your aura. It is a gentle and safe healing practice geared towards removing energy blocks in our system caused by emotional, mental or physical stress and pain.
60 mins: $80
Ayurvedic Massage by Kyra
This massage works the whole body through circular, detoxifying form massage strokes; it is deeply relaxing for the Nervous system and detoxifying for the body in general. There is lymphatic drainage, reflexology point stimulation, marma point activation and some Indian head massage included. It’s wonderful!
60 mins: $80
Reflexology by Kyra
The body’s systems and organs are treated through reflex points in the feet, relaxing and strengthening the nervous system, calming the mind and reducing stress. The whole of your body feels treated through the feet in a deeply nourishing and relaxing way. This treatment is is absolutely AMAZING!
60 mins: $80
Spa Services by Casa Bonita
The Spa is surrounded by a natural and virgin site. Set amongst diverse and magnificent surroundings with a heightened sense of eco-consciousness, The Spa designs special treatments with all natural products. It is the perfect ambiance for health, beauty, wellbeing and harmony. During our retreat we will receive 20% discount from Spa prices listed below:
Relaxing Massage: 50 mins. US$80
Deep Tissue Massage: 50 mins. US$80
Sports Massage: 50 mins. US$80
Tropical Facial: 60 mins. US$99
American citizens do not need visa to travel to the Dominican Republic.
There are no mandatory vaccines traveling from the US to the Dominican Republic.
We do recommend taking Thiamine/Vitamin B1 a couple of weeks before traveling. This helps keep mosquitoes away.
If you are flying from Miami we recommend flying with us as a group. Once you book your spot we will send you flight details to Santo Domingo for booking.
We will be flying to Santo Domingo International Airport
From Santo Domingo Intl Airport we will charter a flight to Barahona
We recommend all guests to travel on the same flight with one of our team members. From Santo Domingo Intl Airport we will take a 35-min chartered flight to Barahona. The cost for the chartered flight has been included in the retreat rate. Each passenger is allowed a 35 lbs carry-on and a personal item. No additional luggage can be taken.
If you plan to travel on a different flight or date, please send us your itinerary so we can help you make arrangements for ground transportation at your own cost, once you have booked your plane ticket .
All prices listed are per person.
Absolutely! We will arrange accommodations for those who want to share room and are traveling alone. Please send us an email when booking your spot.
Casa Bonita offers three organic meals per day based on our daily chef’s menu. Please let us know your needs when booking your spot, will do everything possible to accommodate your requests.
You can reserve your spot directly on our website or by emaling us. A reservation requires payment in full or a 50% deposit. Cancellations are non-refundable.

Credit card payments will incur in a 3% additional fee. To avoid this fee, other payment options include checks, Venmo, and direct deposits.
Bathing suits, yoga clothes, shorts, tee shirts, flip flops, water shoes for excursions. A light sweater in case the night is a little chilly.
Small backpack or waterproof backpack, bug spray, sunscreen and hat.
Mats and all yoga props will be provided.
We are taking all health and sanitary precautions necessary for the group.
Every participant will be required to submit to Anahta a negative COVID-19 test 2 days prior to traveling.
Our home Hotel Casa Bonita is a member of SLH ("Small Luxury Hotels of the World"), therefore, they are keeping up with high international santization standards.
We have arranged so that no other guests stay at the hotel during our retreat.
All participants will be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to the USA.