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 A note to say Thank You to both of you, Deb and Bani!
I discovered a lot of things about myself at the Braveheart Oakville Retreat and I am noticing/making daily changes to my mindset over the last 10 days.  I realized that I not only get caught up in mind traps but that I catastrophize.  I have acknowledged that and am working on not always going directly to the worst possible outcome.  I am also working on stopping negative self-talk as I realize that all these specific things add to my daily stress and anxiety.  I may never be a yoga expert, but meditation is a positive thing for me as I am known for not taking time for myself.  So I will take the things I have learned from the retreat and try to implement into daily routine like when I am out for a walk (I work on breathing & focus on my feet to clear my mind) and am working towards breaking open the supplied CD and adding it to my daily routine. 

Thank you for these eye opening notes and techniques. I truly find myself benefiting from them!

Erin R. 

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Thank you for a wonderful day.

It was an incredible experience and one that I think is leading me towards a new path in my life. I can't tell you how grateful I am for this experience, for the things I learned and the amazing people I met. As you know I was nervous after signing up for this, kind of a "fear of the unknown" but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.  

So, thank you for everything and thank you as well to Bani, Heather and Molly for all they did and all I learned.

Looking forward to continuing this journey, see you soon.

Lisa J.

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  •  Wanted to share some of my thoughts from Saturday's Braveheart Retreat.
    It was a delight to spend the day with both of you.
  • Deb, you seem to really have a generous spirit and are not threatened by surrounding yourself with talented people - there is room for everyone to bring their talents to the table and we will all benefit.  A rare quality these days……Deb as I mentioned on Saturday so important that in your practice you are encouraging body awareness and that benefits can be reaped without going over the top.
  • Bani, I thoroughly enjoyed the MBSR, Pranayama and Gong Bath.  Your willingness to open with your journey to mindfulness healing was powerful.
  • The nutritious food was AWESOME!
  • Your flexibility with the agenda was great - being in the moment and watching the flow and energy is always best. 
  •  You are both dynamite! 

Belinda B.


Yoga Retreat, Hiking, Red Rock Tours, Yoga Retreat, Meditation



Guided walks through the Red Rocks

Mindful Movement
Gentle Yoga: Strengthen +Tone 

Mood Boost aromatherapy with Ameflore Essential Oils
Breath Work & Meditation

QiGong practice
Delicious Meals All Included
Nutrition Coaching 

Yoga Retreat, Meditation Retreat, Wellness Retreat, Women's Retreat, Yoga and Meditation Retreat


MARCH 20 - 25, 2018

A Life Changing Experience!

Spirit In The Desert, Arizona

This will be a trip you'll never forget

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Deb Taylor, Deb Taylor Life, Vacation

Yoga, Mindfulness, Sunshine, Oh My!

 You are invited to attend our Retreat to Carefree, Arizona March 20th to 25th, 2018. For Carefree details click here.

The focus of this 5 night retreat is greater health and wellness for Body, Mind & 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 


Qi Gong, 

Meditation and Mindfulness Training,

Live Music & Dance, 

Nutrition Coaching 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 and the gifted yogi and meditation facilitator, my sister  

Bani Aello

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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.
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Carefree, Arizona Lots To Do

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 USD
Double Occupancy: $1,100.00 USD

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. 

Your Travel Plan

 Airfare: The cost of the retreat does not include airfare.

I have seen several flight options this month from Toronto ranging from $369-$440 Cdn.

If you live in the Rochester area I recommend having Sue McNelly, a friend and Travel Consultant extraordinaire for help in booking your travel.  Bani recently booked her flight from Rochester to Phoenix through American airlines for $515.00 USD 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

We are happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss the retreat as you consider making this wonderful trip a reality for you.  Please feel free to contact me at  or call (905) 302-7838.                                    
If you are traveling from the U.S.A. please contact Bani at or call (585) 957- 6235.
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 $500.00USD  to reserve your spot is refundable except for $75.00.

Meet Bani & Deb T

Yoga Instructors, Meditation, Mindfulness, Women, Healthy Women, Fitness and weight loss coaches

Soul Sisters and then some...

We are beyond thrilled to join forces to bring our peace offerings to you in the Braveheart Retreats.

Everyone can find healthy & helpful ways to move no matter what your level of fitness!

Deb T will get your range of motion growing, your energy elevated and your mindful positivity boosted.

With a Personal Training background with education in Nutrition and Weight Loss, I teach Wellness with all angles considered. 

Yoga is fused into every Mindful Movement session to feel your absolute best!

Meet Bani

Bani Aello 

Peace, joy and freedom is available to everyone. Want to live the life of your dreams? I invite you to take this journey… 

Yoga Instructor, Meditation Facilitator and Mindful Based Stress Reduction Teacher and much, much more.

    I have enjoyed teaching and facilitating meditation and personal growth sessions and workshops for various groups and individuals including offering workplace wellness and coaching, as well as Yoga for all levels. My goal is to help others live with more peace, joy and freedom in spite of any circumstance and to create the life of their dreams.