All activities are optional, though we highly encourage you to participate in all activities for the best overall experience. Subject to slight changes.
Friday, October 9
10am Complimentary Shuttle from Kona Airport*
*stop in Hawi to browse stores and eat lunch; meal not included in retreat package.
1pm Complimentary Shuttle from Kona Airport
The Ironman World Championship is held the same weekend as this retreat. This has little effect on your travel plans, though we recommend booking flights as far in advance as possible, rather than waiting to the last minute as those of us living in Hawaii tend to do! We have opted to offer two designated complimentary shuttles to and from the retreat center to avoid the Ironman-specific increase in car rental prices; though you are certainly welcome to arrange your own transportation! Please book flights accordingly.
4pm Orientation & Introductions
Make new friends and greet old ones! We will give you a brief guided tour, discuss itinerary and answer any questions you may have in this orientation. We will discuss the importance of practicing yoga with a high-quality of awareness, integrity, and intention and how this spills over into all aspects of your life which is where the true transformation occurs!
5-6:45pm Flow & Restore Yoga: The Beauty of Every Krama (Amanda)
Flow and Restore classes will begin with warming sequences designed to loosen up tight muscles, take you deeper into your breath, and gently awaken your awareness; build into an all-levels flow where you will embody power, steadiness, and playfulness to your own capacity; peak with an energetic pose or sequence that opens you up to pure potential; then fades into a nurturing, restorative finish so that you leave feeling more balanced and rejuvenated! Did we mention that Bryan is a massage therapist and will provide amazing adjustments?!
8pm Talk Story with Jeanne, the founder of HIRC
If you have spent much time in Hawaii, you are familiar with the concept of “talk story”…a local term that describes the time spent sitting around with friends telling stories, sharing memories, and generally “shooting the breeze”. This has become a very natural and one of the most memorable parts of Shivatree Yoga Retreats, which offers willing participants an opportunity to get to know one another better as we reconnect to old friends and make new friends! Jeanne is a gifted story-teller who will captivate you with many incredible stories about this property! They will fill you with a sense of wonder and spark your curiosity about the mind-body-spirit connection.
9pm Free Time
Saturday, October 10
7-8:30am Yoga (Amanda)
10am Property Tour (Amanda)
Explore the beautiful 50-acre property, from the breathtaking cliffs to the valley where King Kamehameha held his royal councils, down a sloping path to the rocky but picturesque beach. This landscape radiates powerful, transformative, and rejuvenating energy!
11am Guided outdoor meditation (Bryan)
1-4pm Free Reflective Time, Spa appointments, Ayurveda consultations, etc
Do you enjoy physical adjustments in yoga class? Do you enjoy massage? Then schedule a massage with Bryan! Drawing upon over 10 years of experience, he combines gentle, knowledgeable physical adjustments to bring your body back into structural alignment then massages away the aches and stress. Appointments with Bryan are limited, so please reserve a spot on your registration form; pre-payment required.
HIRC also offers a full menu of spa services, which may be booked upon arrival or previously scheduled directly with the center via phone: (808) 889-6336.
If you want to do something out of the ordinary, walk to the stoplight in Hawi and watch the Ironman World Championship contenders as they turn around and head back to Kona!
4pm Discussion & Sangha (Bryan)
“Sangha” is a Sanskrit term for community; typically a community gathering of a spiritual nature. In these sessions, participants may share their experiences and ask questions; Bryan and Amanda will guide the conversations with specific questions, readings, or themes and offer suggestions on how to incorporate the practices we engage in during the retreat into our everyday lives.
5-6:45pm Flow & Restore yoga class, including Yoga Nidra (Amanda & Bryan)
You are welcome to provide your own wine or beer during all dinners; please consume in moderation.
8:30pm Talk Story & Free Time
Sunday, October 11
Optional 5:30am sunrise practice outdoors (Amanda)
7:45am Departure for Pololu Valley excursion
After a short scenic drive to an unforgettable view of the valley, engage in an easy but steep and slightly rugged 1.25 mile hike into Pololu Valley and spend several hours on the beautiful black sand beach! This is Amanda’s FAVORITE beach! HIRC will provide a sack lunch, but bring your own water bottle, sturdy shores, sunscreen, and beach towel. Walk along the creek, stroll the beach, or explore the pine forest; take a nap in the warm sand, play in the ocean, or contribute another rock tower to the beach. Amanda will teach an optional energizing and balancing chakra meditation technique using smooth rocks found on the beach.
1pm Leave Pololu Valley & Return to retreat center
2-4pm Free Time
Receive a spa treatment, explore Hawi, swim, sleep, or read…your time to R-E-L-A-X!
4pm Discussion & Meditation (Bryan)
5:30-7pm Restorative Yoga, including Yoga Nidra (Amanda & Bryan)
No “flow”, just restore! Perfect ending to a day spent outdoors. As the sunset washes the studio in muted colors, surrender into supportive and restorative poses as the sounds of nature and gentle breezes lull you further into a state of tranquility. Amanda and Bryan will provide gentle massage-like adjustments and aromatherapy, followed by a guided relaxation, called Yoga Nidra…Amanda’s specialty!
8:30pm Talk Story Under the Stars & Free Time
What’s better than talking story? Talking story next to (or from within!) the pool or hot tub, with a mesmerizing view of the heaven, earth and sea! Enjoy our last evening together or take some time to yourself.
Monday, October 12
8:45 am Breakfast
10-11am Closing Ceremony
Always unique and top-secret! =)
12pm Check-out (You may store your belongings in the poolside spa and enjoy the facilities until 3pm if you choose)
1pm Complimentary Shuttle to Kona Airport
3:30pm Complimentary Shuttle to Kona Airport
Rest, rejuvenate and reconnect! Nurture yourself with twice daily yoga practices, meditation, nature excursions, group activities, and personal time.
Amanda Webster, ERYT-200 & Certified Ayurveda Counselor
Both yoga and Ayurveda resonated instantly and deeply, inspiring Amanda to commit to lifelong study of these sciences. They were the first systems that scientifically created a complete picture of mind-body-spirit health, whereas her college-level studies of psychology, medicine, and community health seemed incomplete. She now leads frequent workshops and retreats, consults at teacher trainings, and offers 1:1 Ayurveda-based lifestyle counseling. She has an intuitive, down-to-earth approach to teaching, practicing, counseling, and exemplifying yoga through her lifestyle and is known for her ability to establish a strong community. Her mission as a teacher is to help others recognize that mindfulness can take many forms and may be cultivated in a myriad of ways, such as yoga, martial arts, meditation, self-care, or by simply (simply…ha!) being present in everything that you do! Her specialty is encouraging you to OWN your practice (and your life) as it needs to exist in each breath without comparing yourself to the person next to you, trying to live up to your previous practice, or shutting down when something challenges you.
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