7 Days Dominican Holistic Yoga Wellness Retreat

Event Highlights

  • Enhance yoga, meditation, reiki, and mindfulness practices to calm your soul and deepen your spirituality
  • Offers an intimate space for growth individually and as a group with like-minded people to build community
  • Creates the power of community by sharing story, yoga, breathe work, and meditation groups
  • Encourages self-study, and individual space to connect with “Self, presenting platforms of transformation in body, mind & spirit
  • Provides excursions to pristine beaches, shopping and unique points of interest daily
  • Dive into a relaxing wellness and growth experiences creating an unforgettable experience in the warmth of Las Galeras, Samana, D.R.


•6:30 AM Sunrise Meditation and Breathe Work Grounded on the Beach in the Sand
•7:00 AM Session 1 of Morning Yoga and Stretching
•7: 45 AM Nutritious breakfast on the patio
•8:45 AM Fitness Class
•9:30 AM Leaders will be available all day to do one on one sessions with all attendees
During this time attendees are encouraged to journal, connect with others, rest, sunbathe etc.
•11:30 AM Lunch at property
•12:15 PM If anyone wants to do an excursion now is the time to do one
(Natural Pool is a 4 hour excursion from 1:00-4:00 PM)
•5:00 PM Rest or Water Aerobics
•5:45 PM Cooking Class and Lunch at property
(Group decides on what meal to prepare)
•6:45 PM Dinner at Property
•7:45 PM Connection and Story Group and Improv
•9:00 PM Session 2 Yoga to unwind and go to sleep
•9:30 PM if anyone wants to go out for Nightlife
(We recommend only doing this in groups of 4 or more and taking a taxi)

•Massages and/or Reiki Available (Optional anytime except Group Connection times)

About This Event

Rejuvenate your mind and body at a beautiful private yoga villa in Las Galeras, Samana, Dominican Republic for a 6 nights/7-day yoga retreat. Centered to promote peace from within and a return to your well-being. Put your toes in the sugar white sand of the Dominican.

Quiet your mind, escape every day craziness, and lean into different experiences. Simply breathe in a new breath of life.

Jill plans excellent events! She has heart of gold. I like how well she accommodates different food sensitivities. The food is delicious and She brings in great experts to present. I highly recommend her events. Kristen L Holistic Wellness Coach

What's Included

  • 6 nights/7 days Accommodations at a private villa on semi-private beach w/private pool
  • Includes healthy and delicious breakfasts daily; 5 Lunches; 5 Dinners; Snacks, smoothies and bottled water
  • (Gluten Free, Vegetarian Options Available Daily)
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • (2) Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga and Meditation Sessions Daily
  • Stimulating Story, Connection and Improv Groups
  • Daily Water Aerobics in Private Pool
  • Nutrition and Wellness Classes
  • Sightseeing Tours Included
  • Excursion to Rincon Beach to enjoy this pristine beach and the best place to snorkel
  • (Snorkeling is optional; if you want to snorkel bring your snorkeling gear;
  • amazing fish and turtles)
  • Beach time activities
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Group activities to deepen your understanding of your personal story and wellness
  • Facebook group to connect with others before the event
  • Group Coaching and wellness classes
  • Follow up support (2) sessions after the retreat
  • Early bird discount
  • The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before January 31, 2020.
  • If you register for any of Brave Heart Workshops Retreats, and you refer a friend to attend too:
  • Referring 1-4 Friends: You will receive $50.00 off or your registration for each Friend’s Registration
  • Referring 5 Friends: Bonus you will get $75.00 off your registration for each Friend’s Registration
  • Register and pay in full & receive an additional $50.00 off
  • Register in full and invite one friend who registers and you’d save: $100.00

What's Not Included

•Airfare and Baggage Fees
(We will assist you in finding the lowest airfare available)
This retreat will only take place with a minimum of 10 participants. Please do not make travel arrangements until Brave Heart Workshops has contacted you to confirm that it will go ahead. They will confirm no later than 4 weeks before the start of the retreat.
•Airport Transfers
•Alcoholic Beverages, Coffee, Soft Drinks at Restaurants
•Appetizers/Desserts or ordering extra items at the restaurants not included in our meal packages
•Additional nights and food in the Dominican
(If you want to arrive 1 day early and/or stay over one more night the cost is an additional $200 per night; we highly recommend this and we’ll make the arrangements)
•Travel & Health Insurance (we recommend getting Travel & Health Insurance when traveling outside of the United States in case of medical emergencies)
•Optional Excursions
•Optional Massages/Spa Services (Cost for a 60 Minute Massage: $70.00)

Venue Highlights

Experience Villa Serena away from the commercial hustle and bustle in the calmness of this quiet property.
Villa Serena Hotel, a boutique property has gained acclaim and renown among those seeking extraordinary vacation experiences in a pristine environment.
Enjoy the best of both worlds: the privacy and coziness of this inviting quaint property.
Villa Serena’s peacefulness, harmony and elegance invite relaxation and rest; its pristine tropical setting offers exploration and adventure.

Ocean front terrace rooms, under coconut trees, & surrounded by lush tropical gardens. By the pool or at the beach, wrapped by lulling sounds of the waves and winds singing in palm trees. Secluded, still minutes away from a quaint village.
Las Galeras is a Dominican Municipal district of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, Samaná province. On the east coast of the Samaná Peninsula, on the Rincón Bay.
Villa Serena is situated right on the stunning coastline of Rincon Bay, on the peninsula of Samana, the hidden treasure in the north-east of the Dominican Republic.
Samaná is the flipside of packaged tourism. The destination is a good match for travelers in search of eco-attractions, authentic culture and off-resort activities and dining.


Villa Serena has twenty-one spacious and comfortable rooms, all with a large private terrace and a stunning ocean view. A small island floats just in front of you while the waves break around it on never ending coral reefs.

Each room has a different theme, mood and charm and is decorated with meticulous attention to detail, reminiscent of Victorian style.

We can arrange a whole array of excursions for you too.
You may decide to just relax on the hotel premises, enjoy time at the pool or beach. The property provides kayaks, snorkeling equipment and bicycles free of charge.

There are 4 room types and two payment types:

All Superior Rooms
The Superior rooms have been recently renovated in 2019, and are located in the main building with the direct ocean view, and have Jacuzzi bathtubs, bathrobe, slippers, coffee and tea kettles, & memory foam mattress beds

(6) Double Superior Rooms
Early Registration: $2,265.00
Regular Registration: $2,465.00

(5) King Superior Rooms
Early Bird Registration: $2,899.00
Regular Registration: $2,999.00

All Standard Rooms
The Standard Rooms have partial ocean views and aren’t located in the main building

(5) Double Standard Rooms
Early Registration: $2,199.00
Regular Registration: $2,399.00

(5) King Standard Rooms
Early Bird Registration: $2,599.00
Regular Registration: $2,799.00

• (10) Stunning Villas with King Beds
• (11) Stunning Villas with Double Beds
•Private Villa located right on the sea


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Bicycles
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free


•Gluten Free
•Dairy Free

We want people to leave the retreat not only feeling better, but equipped to take home with them tips, techniques and recipes that can help to keep up the good work.

We’re happy to cater for dietary requirements to the best of our abilities depending on food selections at the grocery stores in Aruba. Nearly all our recipes are gluten-free, dairy free, processed sugar free and we’re happy to cater for both vegetarian and vegan. We’ll also be sharing daily juices and / or smoothies to give you that super energizing boost your looking for.


There are two international airports in Santo Domingo. Most flights to Santo Domingo arrive at Las Americas International Airport, the main airport.
It is a three hour air-conditioned bus ride to the private Villa property in Las Galeras. The last bus leaves at 4:00 PM so if you're flying in later it is best to arrive 1 day early and stay at the Holiday Inn in Santo Dominga. The same when going home, to stay 1 extra night in Santo Domingo. Do not book any flights before speaking with us.

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Lonnie Sommer   January 21, 2020


    I have attended two Brave Heart Workshops — an incredible experience both times. Jill has so much experience with different modalities of personal wellness, which makes her retreats so successful. I have personally enjoyed the drama therapy workshop weekends- which have brought much clarity and freedom to my own journey. Jill has a heart and a passion for wellness in body, mind, and spirit, coupled with the skills to make these workshops run efficiently. She balances therapeutic story and body-work with time and space for effective rest, reflection, and rejuvenation.

  • Ada Wu   January 21, 2020

      Amazing workshop!

    Last July, I had the pleasure of attending one of the Braveheart Workshop retreats held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organizer was Jill Reynold. The facilitator was Dr. Laura Wood. It was a great experience. I got to experience Drama Therapy. It was an unforgettable experience, truly. Not only did I get a chance to visit Nashville, the city of music, but also, and more importantly, I got to experience Drama Therapy and heal my childhood traumas. Jill was super responsible and caring. She helped to arrange hotels, flights, transportation, meals and took us to concerts. She had an eye to discover talents. Because Dr. Wood was one of the most intuitive and skilled therapists as I discovered over the course of the weekend. The healing work was transformative and fun at the same time. The combination of performance and healing really made it much less intimidating and more spontaneous. I truly enjoyed the workshop and recommends it to anyone who has an interest in personal healing or psychology in general.

  • Sally Levy   January 21, 2020

      It's a nice weekend

    So do you have something getting in your way? Well work through it with psycho drama therapy. With a trained therapist guiding you. Check it out ! I did twice! Maybe a third???

  • Colleen Dohr-O'connor   January 20, 2020

      Brave Heart Workshops Breakthough Healing

    Brave Heart Workshops. Jill kept encouraging me to attend a weekend retreat. I had some trepidation, not fully knowing what it was about. In addition, i was not in a place where i had enough money to go. Jill provided me a partial scholarship that allowed me to go. The weekend was such a breakthrough - truly Life Changing! For all ages - I am in my 50’s, and my healing journey catapulted onto an entirely new & powerful path. Colleen O

  • Jeremy Sublett   January 20, 2020


    Brave Heart Workshops showed up at such a crucial time in my life and made an incredible impact I will never forget. Jill puts together a wonderful program. I can’t say enough.

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