This is a rare opportunity to experience a yoga retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii with a highly experienced international teacher, a private chef extraordinaire, a "kumu" (local teacher of Hawaiian sprituality and traditions and no more than 12 guests on an eco-estate surrounded by tropical gardens. Think: small-box luxury unique, respectful of your individuality and deeply transformative
More than a feel-good retreat, you will learn skills for more ease in your daily life at home and beyond. Move well with gentle therapeutic yoga, breathe like never before, meditate, eat consciously with exquisite meals and cooking classes. Our kumu (traditional teacher) will deepen our island experience well beyond what is normally accessible to tourists.
From the convenient location of the Kona area, enjoy free afternoons to explore beaches, swim with dolphins, or slow down with sea turtles or just “be” in a luxurious chaise lounge or hammock under a palm tree. Awaken to your true nature. Awaken to joy and well-being.
Meditation, mindful therapeutic movement, and farm-to-fork cuisine will nourish you on all levels. Enjoy cooking classes with 'Chef Sam’, or linger by the private pool until dinner is served.
Your home away-from-home is a secluded 3-acre eco-estate overlooking Kona on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai. The private home provides a luxurious, solar-powered retreat experience in the quiet and beauty of nature. Enjoy hundreds of botanical specimens of tropical flowering plants throughout the estate. Stroll through the orchard and the gardens. Explore the native Hawaiian forest to discover rare and endangered species. Enjoy complete seclusion with incredibly convenient, ten-minute access to all that Kona has to offer, from best restaurants to beaches.
This retreat is for you if you wish to:
- honor your body and mind and your heart's deepest calling
- awaken to the part of you that is whole, complete and peaceful
- Be a better human being!
- eat well in a farm-to-fork environment with a fun-loving chef who will share tips and lessons
- learn to meditate and move like never before, with a seasoned, international teacher who empowers you to get the results you desire
- be in an intimate, safe and caring environment with as much solitude or community as you like
- retreat on a private property for a week dedicated to a small group experience, without others coming and going
- free time to explore or swim, commune with wildlife or do nothing at all
- Learn skills to take home for more ease and joy
- authentically honor and connect to island tradition and spirituality
- Deepen your relationship; this retreat is ideal for couples, friends and family members in a shared experience.
- Deepen into your sense of being if you are travelling solo, with the support or a warm and caring community.
This retreat is not for you if you wish to:
- focus on physical form more than function
- bust out an impressive yoga pose that might be on the cover of a yoga magazine!
- party with alcohol
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Begin each morning with sunrise meditation and breathing awareness. After a delicious and hearty breakfast, come to the pool-side yoga sala to support your opening to well-being with mindful movement flavoured by therapeutic yoga, alignment principals and qi kung. Pack your own lunch from a selection of nutritious ingredients provided for you and head out to explore beaches, hikes, sacred sites, markets or just "be" in a hammock. Return in the late afternoon for a relaxing and insightful practice of iRest® yoga nidra (lying down meditation) before being treated by our chef to 'Farm to Fork' dining. Food choices throughout the retreat include local fish and chicken, organic vegetables, freshly picked fruit and delicious, hearty grains and legumes. Take in a cooking lesson or two on-site for no extra charge. Our kumu will infuse our retreat with local activites to be announced. Be active or still as you fully receive the abundant gifts of nature as we retreat on the Big Island.
For this small, exclusive retreat, Julie may customize the schedule and itinerary depending on the interest and needs of the guests. Enjoy the small-group advantage!
Designed in classical Hawaiian style, with high ceilings and spacious lanais, and built with local hardwoods, the house features a modern gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and new energy-efficient appliances, a complimentary business center,3 large private bedrooms.. The estate grounds include a private swimming pool, a pool pavilion, and a secluded outdoor shower to enhance your tropical experience. The Makai Master Suite (queen) includes a library, a Bose sound system, and a complete modern office with computer, printer, broadband internet access, and a full set of routine office supplies.
The Mauka Suite (queen) offers private access to its own lanai and the outdoor shower, a Sony sound system, and cable TV. The Lani Suite (two twins) includes a library and an office area, with printer and monitor provided, and views of ocean and forest. Bathrooms are stocked with plush towels and bathrobes, and bed linens are 100% Egyptian cotton, 600-thread count. A very high-efficiency washer/dryer system is provided for your convenience.
This house accommodates 6 - 8 comfortably, a neighboring, comparable house will be availalbe for the rest of our group.
All electricity and hot water are solar-powered – no carbon footprint. On the estate grounds you can also find the tree-house, a quiet place for contemplation above the forest floor, the forest “imu,” an operating fire-pit nested among ancient ohia trees, and other secluded locations.
Delicious and nutritious meals prepared by "Chef Samantha" will feature fresh, local and organic products as much as possible. Sam entertains and educates with humour and passion in a luxurious kitchen and diningroom. The focus will be on local cuisine with options of local fish, like 'Mahi-mahi" or "Ono", and chicken. ‘Go with the flow” is the mantra for our small; individual preferences and dietary needs are easily accommodated. Enjoy a “smoothie bar” stocked with greens, powerfoods and fresh fruits - nourish your creativity and your body. Yoga and meditation in Hawaii - delicious
“Take-away lunches”, so you can explore the island during the afternoons will be assembled for you, or make your own from a selection of ingredients.
Julie Seibt has been leading retreats in Thailand, Hawaii and Canada for 10 years.
She welcomes each person exactly as they are, with no pre-requisites physically, emotionally or spiritually. Julie's credentials include Anahata Yoga Teacher Certification (Anne Douglas, 2006), IRI Certfied iRest Teacher® (www.irest.us (link is external)), IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (2013, Functional Synergy) and teacher's training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and Restorative Yoga with Andrea Peloso. Julie worked for several years at a private collaborative medical clinic with physicians, psychologists and other healing practitioners, bringing her skills in therapeutic movment and meditation to the team and the clients. She studies mindfulness under Steven Smith and Michele McDonald, teaching movement classes to support a meditation practice at their Vipassana Retreats in Thailand and Hawaii since 2010. As an Asian Bio-Energetic Therapist, Master Reiki Teacher, and Thai Massage Therapist, Julie brings a holistic, compassionate and mindful approach to well being.
Samantha Smith – Retreat Chef and Culinary Arts Teacher
Samantha’s culinary style is an amalgamation of her interest in culture, creativity, survival and love. For her, food is a way to connect; cooking is energizing and inspiring. Being a chef is a path of curiosity and experimentation and Samantha’s cooking and teaching style emanates these core values.
Kumu (Local Hawaiian teacher details to follow)
Retreat fees are $1850 USD (Canadian residents please inquire for pricing in $CAD) per-person for 7 nights based on twin share, including accommodations, 7 days with instruction and 3 meals per day*, all yoga and meditation sessions. Solo travelers will roomshare with their same gender.
*departure and arrival days include one meal, the six full days each include 3 meals. Lunches will be self-serve to pack'n go if you'd like.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is due to secure your space. Accommodation preferences will be considered in order of dates deposits are received.
Balance: The balance of payment is due Sept 7, 2017. Cancellation insurance for your protection is required.
Refunds: If you must cancel, the $500 USD deposit is non-refundable. The balance is refundable until October 1, 2017. Any cancellations after Oct 1 are 100% non refundable. Please purchase cancellation insurance. Payment can be made via PayPal to email@example.com (link sends e-mail), where you will have payment options including credit cards. Or contact Julie directly for direct deposit or cheque details.
Rent a car for maximum flexibility in exploring the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, or we can pick you up at the Kona International Airport which is only 10-minutes away. There are direct flights to Kona International Airport at Keahole from the mainland on WestJet, US Air and United Airline as well as others. (You do not have to go through Honolulu).