Tranquil Yoga Escapes in Pristine Tropical Jungle
The traditional Hawaiian concept of ‘ohana, meaning “extended family,” dictates that its believers appreciate diversity and unity alike. This idea permeates every aspect of Kalani, a nonprofit retreat center dedicated to promoting Hawaiian culture and nature set on 120 acres of tropical rainforest. The center hosts a series of all-inclusive yoga retreats designed for yogis of all skill levels. Visitors can choose from the following retreats:
- Intro to Yoga & Meditation Workshop, November 21–26, 2011
- Hawaii Yoga Escape, December 3–8, 2011
- Holiday Yoga Retreat, December 21–26, 2011
- Hawaii Blue Hands - Men’s Yoga and Massage Retreat, February 12–18, 2012
- Women’s Yoga Shamanic Retreat, March 18–23, 2012
- Hawaii Yoga Escape, April 2–7, 2012
- Practical Yoga: Cultivating Inner Strength and Radiance, May 6–11, 2012
- Hawaii Summer Bliss, June 25–30, 2012
Kalani’s instructors bring decades of yoga experience to the mat, having learned at the feet of eminent yogis around the world, authored yoga books, and hosted television shows on the subject. They share a passion for Kalani and its inclusive ethos, welcoming retreat participants of all backgrounds and levels of yoga experience.
Each of the retreats varies in theme—from meditation to shamanism—but all are deeply rooted in the practice of yoga. Over the course of four or five days, participants will immerse themselves in Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and Kundalini techniques. Hawaii Yoga Escape attendees clear their minds and align chakras during up to 12 yoga and meditation sessions interspersed with a variety of daily activities such as hula class, nature tours, and volleyball. The Holiday Yoga Retreat brings practitioners together over the Winter Solstice and Christmas, with two daily yoga and mediation sessions punctuated by group adventures including trips to Volcano National Park and Kehana Black Sand Beach, where dolphins can often be seen perfecting their sun salutations.
Between asana poses, yogis fuel up on thrice daily meals served at an alfresco dining patio. Resident chefs transform fresh, local produce and fish into Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisine. Kalani’s facilities include a heated saltwater Watsu pool, a sweat lodge, and a 25-meter lap pool.
After the deep-pink sunset sky fades to black and fills with bright-white stars, guests retreat to their 200-square-foot lodge room. Known as “hales” in Hawaiian, the eco-friendly, two-level dwellings have no TVs, phones, or air conditioning, but ample screens filter in a mixture of crisp sea breeze and sweet jungle air.