When we need to truly renew, recharge, and restore our bodies and spirits, it is important to go somewhere truly inspiring and peaceful. As retreat facilitators, it is important to provide the most beautiful and rejuvenating environment possible for our guests and students. We want to have all of our physical comfort needs and the needs of our clients met on a retreat, and be pleasantly overwhelmed by a gorgeous natural setting. One of the most astonishingly beautiful places in the world, that heals and delights visitors and residents year after year, is Hawai’i.
Hawai’i is the name of both the most temperate tropical archipelago, and its largest island. Hawai’i is known around the world as a significant destination for healing and rejuvenation, and the one word that most people say when they visit it is “paradise.” Here are a few reasons you might want to consider Hawai’i for your next retreat experience:
Hawai’i is considered by most travelers as one of the most beautiful places in the world, year after year. It is temperate year round, with temperatures warm enough to wear shorts or a sarong during the day after your dip in the warm ocean, and yet still cool enough to be able to sleep at night. The islands have a vibrancy, what the Hawaiians call mana, a vital life-force energy that is palpable and deeply restorative. While much of the natural beauty is being lost to resort and condo developers, there is still a wealth of jaw-dropping wonder all over the islands. From night-blooming jasmine that can bring a tear to your eye to glorious multi-hued plumeria and hibiscus, the flowers are unparalleled. There are gorgeous birds that only exist in the islands. The symphonic sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are an experience everyone should have at some point in their lifetimes. And the endless greenery of the wet sides of the island soothe the spirits of everyone in our modern computer and smartphone-staring age. Even some of the insects in Hawai’i, such as the hummingbird moth and the golden geckos, are exceptionally beautiful.
Wild and Safe
Though Hawai’i does hold a lot of natural wonders, in many ways it is a “gentle jungle.” The wild ocean crashes on the shore and ancestral birds still live in the trees. But there are no snakes, no poisonous spiders or other dangerous insects and animals commonly found in the tropics. There are no large animal predators and there is relatively little crime. The biggest things to watch out for are the occasional riptide in one of the bays. Some residents walk around barefoot, and it is not uncommon to see a local hitchhiking into town for groceries. This level of safety provides a calm and relaxation that is rare for tropical environments, and will help your clients relax even more deeply.
Diversity of Experiences
Hawai’i offers something for everyone. Whether your clients want to just sit on a beach and drink a coconut, snorkel with colorful tropical fish, watch the whales breach in the winter, swim in a waterfall, go surfing, helicopter over canyons, or zipline through the rainforest, you will be able to provide activities to delights them all.
Retreat centers are usually connected with the local community and businesses, and can help you have a richer experience of the islands than if you were to visit on your own. They can tell you the best places to hike and swim, and sometimes they have access to an abundance of tropical fruit or the services of a local guide.
Even though Hawai’i is technically a part of the U.S. (which makes it very convenient for visitors from the mainland and Canada) it is a world away when it comes to spirit. The people and land are infused with aloha. A Hawaiian word with many meanings including “hello” and “the breath of God,” aloha is also a state of being where one seeks to radiate love, compassion, welcoming, and gentleness. It is the spirit of aloha, perhaps even more than the physical beauty, that draws people back to Hawai’i again and again.
Timeless Yet Modern
Hawai’i offers the blessing of feeling like you are far away from the cares and stresses of the modern world, and yet each island has a contemporary travel and communications network. At retreat centers you can enjoy peace and solitude, with only the sound of the tropical breezes through the palm trees to let you know the world is still moving. But you can also connect to the internet, use your cell phone, and get around fairly easily – just be sure to take your time and don’t drive like you would on the mainland, brah!
These are just a few of the gifts a retreat in spectacular Hawai’i can offer you and your guests. If you are ready to find your way to paradise, consider booking a retreat at Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center in Pahoa, Hawai’i (the Big Island). Their charming facilities provide the perfect setting for your getaway, and can be the backdrop for one of the most profound transformational experiences of your clients’ lives.
This article is sponsored by the Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. For more info about renting this venue for your upcoming retreats, please call 360-907-5845 or 808-333-9827, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.