Get away from it all and practice with one of today’s greatest yoga teachers on the beautiful big island of Hawaii!
A gem by the ocean, ”The Old Jodo Temple”, a historic buddhist temple with comfortable rooms set in the lush north-shore Hawaiian jungle 5 minutes walk to the ocean at Laupahoehoe Point, Big Island, Hawaii. This is a very special authentic Hawaiian place with a palpable spiritual heritage. You can hear the ocean (about 350 m away) from your bed, and you can see a glimpse of it through the jungle canopy. No other houses are visible from our retreat temple, so it has a very private feeling. No hotels or tour groups are to be seen for many miles. The rooms and beds are comfortable, clean linens and bath towels are provided. Imagine practicing yoga in a beautiful 1600 sq ft. temple room with smooth wide-plank wood floors with windows all around looking into the lush tropical rain forest with the sound of the ocean beyond. Yoga mats, blocks, blankets, straps, etc. are provided. Our group size is purposefully small, about 8-10 guests from around the world each week. The ambiance is warm and very friendly. The temple decor is simple, clean and comfortable. All our baths are shared. We have two full bathrooms which have bathtubs, and we also have a nice outdoor shower with hot water. The nearest neighbors are local Hawaiians with big hearts and smiles.
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Twice daily yoga and amazing food, plus Hawaii offers so many unique natural wonders that you will probably want to explore at least some during your stay; our retreat staff will gladly suggest favorite spots (rental car is required). Some favorites include black sand beaches, white sand beaches, an active volcano, stunning views, 300 foot tall waterfalls, tropical gardens, great restaurants and colorful towns, swimming areas with turtles, dolphins, our retreat coincides with peak humpback whale season in Hawaii. Each year we have sightings quite close, right by the shore near the temple. Often mothers and calves together!
Some days you might prefer to stay near the temple,and you can read or meditate at the ocean shore and Laupahoehoe Point park (5 min walk) with 5 acres of manicured grass lawn, picnic tables, bathrooms, and dramatic rocky coastline. This is a great place for yoga or meditation (both shady and sunny places). We don’t swim there because the shore is rocky, but you can always drive to great sandy beaches for swimming. You can hike the jungle trail from our temple’s back door to the local town of Laupahoehoe (30 min mountain trail with stunning views) check out the quaint general store, post office, library, and the train museum. It’s like stepping back in time. Or if you want to recharge and rest you can sunbathe, read, or nap in the back lawn of the temple which is completely private and quiet.
Want more? In our temple garden you will find tropical fruits – bananas, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, papaya, cacao, and more. Imagine fresh juice picked from the tree just moments earlier! It’s a place you will not want to leave.
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A one week stay is great, please come! But two weeks is highly recommended for a deeper experience and time to really soak up the natural beauty and heal your body with the combined benefits of yoga and extraordinary food.
Week 1 (January 22nd – 29th)
Week 2 (January 29th – February 5th)
Week 3 (February 5th – 12th)
Week 4 (February 12th – 19th)
Week 5 (February 19th – 26th)
Week 6 (February 26th – March 4th)
It’s always amazing and delicious! Vegan and vegetarian cuisine by professional chef Ron who’s culinary art is exclusively for us during our retreat. He prides himself on presenting beautiful and delicious fare made with primarily organic local and fresh ingredients. Some examples from the menu:
~Veggie Gyozas, filled with potato, shitakes, tofu, ginger, green onion, and served with sesame/tamari dipping sauce, grated fresh ginger & a bit of native Hawaiian honey.
~Asian salad with shredded Kale, red cabbage, carrot and sesame seeds.
~Pizzetta’s with roasted vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh herbs on very thin crusts. Veggies are selected mindfully – whatever is freshest and in season at the local farmer’s market.
~Thai spring rolls made with baked tofu, cucumber, rice noodles, cilantro, and mint. Served with a two different dipping sauces, & chopped macadamia nuts on the side.
~Coconut Thai curry soup with Shitake mushrooms and rice noodles.
~Pasta with coconut cream pesto
~Black bean, roasted corn, and avocado salad on a bed of quinoa with dressing of lime juice, cilantro, fresh tomatoes.
~Tostadas with fresh guacamole and diced mango.
~Couscous with mint, homemade hummus with pita and cucumbers.
~Banana bread, cornmeal muffins with Hawaiian Poha berry jam, Fried bananas and amazing ulu (wonder fruit) pancakes
~Also homemade granola, fresh fruits, breadfruit chips, and organic vegan flatbreads, a twice cooked grain with no dairy or wheat, and a bit of sea salt!
6:15 Sunrise ocean walk and meditation (optional)
7:15 Light Breakfast: Kona Coffee / Tea / Fruit
8:00 Yoga class. Energizing yoga session with Karl Straub, and special guest teachers. Sessions include Jivamukti yoga, vinyasa, partner yoga, pranayama, meditation, music, and the luxury of ample individual attention.
10:00 BRUNCH, chef-prepared vegan and vegetarian items featuring local organic produce
Free-time for rest/reading or self-directed island adventures (rental car required). Retreat staff provide a list of favorite spots: Hapuna beach, Hawi, Pololu, Kilauea Volcano, etc. These day-trips can be comfortably accomplished if you depart the retreat center after brunch, then return at your convenience in the afternoon / evening.
4:30pm (most days) yoga session (temple or beach) featuring restorative poses, mini workshops, and other special themes.
6:00 DINNER delicious chef-prepared vegetarian cuisine.
Evening: free time to connect with the power of Hawaii in any way that resonates with you. Some evenings special guests like local musicians may present evening talks or music.
10:00 pm lights out. Super stargazing!
Silence from 9pm ’til 10am.