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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 Montagu ND is a naturopathic doctor specialising in ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, nutrition and holistic healing and living practices.
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|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.|