March 28th - April 2nd, 2019

Heart of Florida Retreat

Our waterfront Retreat is located directly on the crystal clear turquoise waters of the historic Ichetucknee River surrounded by cypress trees

at a private, peaceful, and serene home. The natural spring water is 72 degrees providing a year-round magical experience for snorkeling, swimming, or paddling -- As well as providing a warm home to Manatees during this time of year. There are several unique springs we will visit during our stay. Our thoughtful Vegetarian & Vegan meals will be created on site with a private Holistic Chef. Our Yoga classes and workshops will be centered around your individual self care needs as we dive into our deepest desires - Love, Trust, Safety, Strength, and Support. Pack your Yoga adventure bag ready for classes & workshops, nature, swimming, quiet time to yourself, telling stories around a campfire, connecting with amazing people, visiting historic & sacred places, nourishing ourselves with incredible food, and giving yourself transformative time for YOU. Supported by the serene lush setting of the heart of Florida you will find it only natural to let yourself bathe in healing for your own heart.

Pricing & Room Information

Early Bird Discount - EXTENDED!

$200 off Through January 25th

Payment Plans & Payment Assistance available

Your Retreat Price Includes:

  • 6 Day/ 5 Night Accommodations

  • Airport Transportation to and from GNV

  • 3 Organic Vegetarian/Vegan Meals per day

  • Desserts, Coffee, Tea, Elixirs, and Snacks

  • Daily Yoga For All Levels 

  • Meditation &  Journaling

  • Paddleboard Yoga, kayaking, and tubing

  • Medicine Making & Cooking Classes

  • Evening Bonfire Celebrations

  • 1 hour Therapeutic Massage

  • Day tours to Springs, Rivers, and Temple of the Universe

Retreat price does not include:

  • Flights to GNV (Gainesville Regional Airport)

  • 2 meals out

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Twin Bed                                                   4 Available

Single bed in shared room, attached bathroom                 $1000

Private Room - 2 Twin Beds                          1 Available

Private room 2 twin beds, attached bathroom                     $2500

Shared occupancy per person                                   $1250/Person


Private King Room                                       3 Available

Private room King size bed, attached bathroom                  $2800

Shared occupancy per person                                    $1400/Person

Private King Suite                                       1 Available       

Master Suite  with King size bed & private bathroom          $3200

Shared occupancy per person                                   $1600/Person


$300 Non-Refundable Deposit secures your room. Pay the rest later.

Locals Pricing                                                       $750

Enjoy the entire retreat with us but stay in your own home.


*Payment plans available*


Early Bird Discount


$200 off Through Jan 25th

Applied at Checkout

Twin Bed in shared room

$1250 - Special $250 Discount! $1000 through Jan 25th

Choose Your Room

Private King Bed Room

(Single Occupancy)


Private King Master Suite

with private bathroom

(Single Occupancy)


Private Room 2 twin beds


Private King Bed Room

(Double Occupancy)


Private King Master Suite

with private bathroom

(Double Occupancy)


Hold Your Spot - Pay Your Deposit

$500 (Nonrefundable Deposit goes towards total cost)

Email For Payment Plan & Payment Assistance Information

Locals Pricing

Stay in your own home & commute to retreat


Frequently Asked Questions

Which airport should I fly into?

Gainesville Reginal Airport (GNV) is the closest airport to our retreat house location. Airport transportation to and from GNV is included in your retreat price. Please check pick up and drop off times before choosing flight times.

Arrival and Departure Schedule

Please try to book your flight to arrive in GNV before 6pm on Thur, March 28th. Airport transportation to our Retreat House is scheduled to pick up around 6pm. We will then head to our Retreat House for a delicious welcome dinner and bon fire. Tuesday, April 2nd is departure day. Our last day together on retreat will conclude with a closing circle celebreation and hearty breakfast at 9:30am. We will be leaving the Retreat House promptly at 11am to take everyone to GNV for departing flights. Please schedule your return flight no earlier than 3:00pm.

What kind of weather should I pack for?

Pack for mild weather in the Upper 70's to 80's during the day and slightly cooler weather in the mornings and evenings. We will be spending a fair amount of time outside as well as around the water so please pack accordingly.

I've never done yoga or been on a yoga retreat before...

That is absolutely okay! All of the yoga classes will be suited for beginners with options for advanced yogis. All of the classes that I teach are designed for ALL bodies and aimed to give your body what it needs. This particular yoga retreat is all about self care, relaxation, and taking some time off. You should feel right at home in our retreat house and feel warmly welcomed with our group. If this is your first time on retreat and even if it's not, expect to enjoy a weekend leaving you feeling so good you won't want to leave.

Tell me more about the cuisine, rooms, and the Retreat House.

During the stay at our Retreat House we will have an in house Chef preparing our Vegetarian/Vegan Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners. There will be several cooking classes that you are welcome to sign up for during retreat. Please let us know of any dietary needs or preferences. Our beautiful roomy 6 bedroom 3.5 bathroom retreat house is remotely located in Branford, Fl directy on the crystal clear Ichetucknee River. We will enjoy the large yard with private dock to the water, lunch on the picnic table on the deck, and coffee or tea in the morning on the screened in porch. The Twin bed in shared room has 4 twin beds with an attached bathroom. There is a private room with 2 twin beds in it with an attached bathroom. There are 3 private rooms with King size beds and attached bathrooms. There is 1 Master Suite with a King size bed and a private bathroom.

What To Bring

  • Water bottle

  • Comfortable clothes for yoga

  • Warm clothes for mornings and evenings

  • Toiletries

  • Bathing Suit 

  • Hat

  • Journal and pen

  • Book to read in free time

  • Yoga mat if you have one. Let me know if you don't and I'll bring one for you.


Meet The Retreat Dream Team

Cara Edwards 

Retreat Leader

Yoga Teacher

Brianna Schiavoni

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Yoga Teacher

Sofia Lo Coco 

Holistic Chef

Selina Gould  

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cara Edwards, Retreat Leader & Yoga Teacher

Hi! My name is Cara Edwards and I'm beyond excited to be sharing this dream of a retreat with you. I'm taking us to my homeland where I was privileged to grow up steeped in breathtaking nature, spirituality, and a strong healing community. I'm pulling together my favorite people, favorite places, and ALL of the Self Care tools I have for this retreat. I'll be guiding us through daily Meditation, Yoga, Paddleboard Yoga, medicine making, day outing adventures, and basically be there for any support needed along the way. I absolutely cannot wait to tell stories around a campfire, share my top vegan recipes with you in the kitchen, take to you to the sacred places that sparked my spiritual journey, and create connections to last a lifetime. It is my intention to meet your individual needs with a compassionate heart, teach you invaluable self care practices to take home, and do everything I can to make this retreat a dream come true for you, too.

Brianna Schiavoni, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Yoga Teacher 

Ms. Brianna Adele Schiavoni (LCSW, LISW, CCYT, YTT200) is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced coach, children's yoga instructor, & nia white belt. Born & raised in N.Central Florida by a school psychologist & park ranger, she delights in facilitating programs to enhance health & wellness with use of our innate human creativity & the world's natural elements. She is thrilled to collaborate with a longtime friend & colleague by lending tools from narrative therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), Nonviolent Communication practices & Nia - a sensory based movement art form; to enrich this retreat.  Brianna is the creative director & sole proprietor at Mindful Milestones, llc - serving all ages in both Florida & Ohio. For more information visit or look for her on LinkedIn. Also be sure to check out her very special literary project, Dear Diagnosis at

Selina Gould, Licensed Massage Therapist

Selina Gould, Licensed Massage Therapist, has been perfecting her craft of massage over the past 7 years. Selina is born and raised in N.Central Florida, trained at the Florida School of Massage, now living on the West Coast in Oregon. She is so happy to join in on this heartfelt adventure, with old friends and new, offering each participant an hour therapeutic massage. Selina's massage sessions are a special treat while traveling! Utilizing modalities such as Swedish Massage, connective tissue therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and stretching/range of motion techniques, she creates bodywork sessions that are both therapeutic and deeply relaxing. She makes it a priority to listen fully to her clients in order to construct personalized treatment that effectively addresses each clients specific needs. She loves to learn and continues to deepen her understanding of the human body at every opportunity. Selina is also a mom to her sweet and caring son, Neriah, who is always teaching her how to live a joyful life.

Sofia Lo Coco, Holistic Chef

Hi! I'm Sofia Lo Coco. As a Holistic Chef it is my life's passion to harness the healing power of food. I'm passionate about teaching others to cook in a way that keeps the whole body in mind. I believe through choosing fresh, seasonal, and nutrient dense ingredients, we can create meals that fuel us through the day and keep us healthy throughout our lifetime. During this retreat, I will teach you what ingredients to choose and how they will benefit your mind and body. I'm also looking forward to leading several cooking classes giving you plenty of recipes to take home. With my training in cooking natural foods combined with my training in nutrition I can't wait to help you create a diet tailored to your needs, so you can truly feel your best - body, mind, and heart.


March 28th - April 2nd, 2019

Heart of Florida Retreat