Casa Rafaela and Candice Bernes Unite!

Casa Rafaela, a new concept in Puerto Vallarta, promotes the development of wisdom and compassion, the advancement of healing meditation, and the sharing of love and joy with oneself and all living beings.

Candice Bernes, Unified Mindfulness teacher and breathwork practitioner from Ottawa, Canada, presents her internationally acclaimed breathwork workshop in Mexico for the first time. 

Puerto Vallarta continues to grow as a mecca for souls looking to expand their understanding of connecting oneself to one’s deep inner Self. According to Bernes, “A mindfulness practice will help you develop the skills to become increasingly aware of the expression of your heart, to abide in it and live through it.” 

“Nature is the universe’s reset button for our minds, bodies, and spirits,” shares the founder of Casa Rafaela, Julie Guerrero. “Casa Rafaela could think of no better place than the Vallarta Botanical Garden to present the first of a series of collaborative efforts with Candice Bernes and her ‘Inhabit the Heart Practice.'”

Bernes continues, “There is a saying in Zen Buddhism that before you open the door, you open yourself to the door. Even if you are not an experienced practitioner, there may be a part of you that understands what this means. There is a way of being with your experience that merges both you and the object, so there is only experience happening, and you taste the undifferentiated peace at the heart of mindfulness. This is the practice I have named ‘inhabiting the heart.'” 

Join like-minded people in one of the most beautiful settings in Mexico for this deeply healing experience. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a leading environmental organization in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the mission to study, preserve, and display Mexican native flora and fauna for the enjoyment of residents and worldwide visitors. 

The VBG has been a top conservation leader in Mexico for over 17 years. Voted one of the ’10 Best’ public gardens in North America by USA Today in 2023, the VBG provides the perfect environment to discover the relationship between nature, mindfulness, relaxation, and joy. 

Participants will learn how to: 

  • Be deeply present in your experience as it arises 
  • Develop presence through your breath 
  • Discover how equanimity grows awareness of our inherent oneness and of your True Self 
  • Experiment with compassion, expansion, and openness as vehicles for greater awareness

Program Content: 

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Solitary reflection and intention-setting
  • One-hour group teaching and meditation in The Lady of the Garden Chapel
  • Group lunch served in the award-winning Hacienda de Oro restaurant
  • Time to meditate in the Gardens at your leisure and to ask Candice any questions related to mindfulness and to your practice experiences

Two dates are available: Friday, March 22, 2024, OR Sunday, March 24, 2024, in The Lady of the Garden Chapel at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, 10 AM to 3 PM

Transportation: You can arrive at the Vallarta Botanical Garden by catching the public bus to ‘El Tuito’ at the corner of Basilio Badillo and Aguacate streets in the Romantic Zone (Col. Emiliano Zapata) of Puerto Vallarta. This bus leaves every half hour or so. This bus will also return you to Vallarta. Each way, the bus fare is approximately $50 pesos (under $3 USD).  

You can view taxi rates to and from the Vallarta Botanical Garden from different points in Puerto Vallarta on the VBG website.

Registration includes the entrance fee to the Vallarta Botanical Garden and lunch at the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant.

Registration: 3,500 pesos per person, IVA included. Space is limited. For payment details and to secure your spot, please contact or via WhatsApp at +52 322 182 0479.



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