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Align * Renew * Thrive

April 22 - April 29

Align • Renew • Thrive •

Holistic wellness discovery in Costa Rica
April 22 – 29, 2018

Are you ready to come alive? More alive than ever before?

It is time.

Do you often feel overwhelmed or depleted in a world out of balance?

You are not alone.

Are you having persistent pain or nagging complaints that keep coming back and you are not sure why?

Seize the process to invite an aligned, whole and healed Self towards you now.

The Retreat

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~Howard Thurman

Join us for a specially designed holistic experience with a seasoned physical therapist and body worker and two extraordinary yoga teachers.  Experience deeply rejuvenating Body, Mind and Spirit practices in the healthy tropical vigor of southern Costa Rica. Designed to guide powerful transformation and tap into Inner-Guidance, each day we will align with Nature’s design for us. Everyone will bring back specific tools to sustain this transformation in a powerful way. Relax, into discovery and accessing your internal center, the place where life passion lives. Discover more peaceful responses to your common life’s stressors. You will never be the same. Together we will co-create a more harmonious blueprint for Living an Artful and Aligned Life!

What Will You Experience?

• Walking trails meander through 55 acres of tropical rainforest, the Baru River and stunning Nauyaca Falls a short walk from your door

• Pristine swimming and private areas for reflection and quiet

• Daily immersion in yoga and deeply nourishing meditation on our Rain Forest Yoga Deck

• Expert physical therapist assessment of your body alignment issues

• Learning simple effective systems to address chronic inflammation

• Sound healing, dance and Chakra Balancing for expanding neuroplasticity in the brain

• Workshops on nutrition and sustainable lifestyles

• Modern convenience in backcountry grandeur: off-grid systems, permaculture design, food forests, solar energy, pure spring water

• Airport transportation from SJO to Diamante Center

• CEU credits for medical professionals (RN, LPN, DC, LAc, PT, OT, LMT’s Join us-Retreat as a work-related expense!)

Dr. Melanie Carlone, DPT

Melanie is a physical therapist with 30 years of experience and a broad holistic background in pain relief and improved function. She lived and worked in the far east for many years and uses Buddhist and Vedic principles in her trainings. She is a yoga instructor with two diverse 200 hour trainings which greatly inspire her to approach wellness in her practice from connecting Body, Mind and Spirit. She runs a clinic in Eugene, OR having remarkable results now treating hundreds of people using her system for alignment awareness and specially designed shoe inserts that “remind to align”. She lights up when she can help people feel better and move more easily than they thought they could again.

Melanie’s insight into my crooked alignment helped me to see patterns I have been holding for way too long, Her gentle but thorough teaching helped me to quickly find my center and feel more alive than I think I have ever been. I am so grateful.


Amber Lippel, BA, LMT


Amber is a talented massage therapist and movement arts teacher with offices in Eugene and Portland. She is Master Resiliency Trainer, Reiki Master, yoga teacher and artist.

As a healing practitioner, Amber treat all the levels of being; bringing mind, body and spirit into harmony. Amber focuses on the individual, being present and creating a supportive container for transformation. She calls her practice “intuitive therapy” and employs a multitude of tools to support holistic wellness.

The “Life-as-Art” approach and holistic wellness mentality has re-empowered Amber to trust the creative process and to believe in her dreams.  After spending 9 years in the military, Amber resigned her position in 2012 to follow a more authentic and integral path.  She is starting Divine Alchemy Farm to share supportive, healing practices to advance all areas of our lives.

My experience was wonderful. Amber is amazing. She is truly intuitive and knows exactly what your body needs. The atmosphere is extremely cozy it makes you feel completely relaxed I will definitely visit again.


Frani Green

Frani (Shakti) Green is a lifelong student of Yoga. She began meditating on the beach in her teens and then found yoga in 1985.  For the first 8 years of her practice, she was a serious student, going to many different classes seeking a path of spirit, community and health.

In 1993, Frani Shakti felt the calling, deeply, to teach yoga. Her studies include many different styles of yoga, including classical Hatha , Kundalini, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Restorative, Yin, and yoga for children. In 2003, after teaching for 10 years, Frani thought it would be a good idea to get certified, and has received several certifications including Classical Yoga 200-Hour Level 1 through Kashi Atlanta.

Frani was gifted the name of  Shakti (divine feminine creativity) by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, one of her master teachers in the Lineage of Kashi Florida, because of her power within and the energy that she gives to her students and in her life.

Frani’s  background in theater and dance is evident in her style of teaching. From beginners to advanced, classes are designed to take students on an inward journey to their own destination of relaxation, tranquility and inner strength.

She teaches  gently, yet will guide you through to your strongest edge. Frani was  told by one of her  teachers that the way she teaches her classes is with a velvet hammer, soft, but with power.

Frani is an  organic teacher who teaches all levels.  She will  tune into the energy of the students that are there, and from there, the class unfolds into magic. This comes from what she sees and feels from the students, so each class is unique.  Frani  looks forward to practicing with you.

“Frani Green is a truly gifted, knowledgeable and experienced yoga instructor.  I have attended her classes on a weekly basis for twelve years, and they are a critical component of my overall physical and mental health and well-being. I leave Frani’s classes feeling refreshed, relaxed, renewed, stretched, calm and strong.”

Melissa H.



Turner Broadcasting

Ready to Align, Renew & Thrive?


Diamante Center
San Salvador, Tinamaste Costa Rica


Melanie Carlone

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