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7 Days Dance, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Hawaii

SoulSweat Dance and Yoga Retreat Hawaii

This retreat features yoga, dance, poetry exercises, and guided meditation with plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate. Kalani Retreat Center is the perfect location to unwind with lavish pools and gardens, nourishing cuisine, and comfortable accommodations. If you are ready to feel an emotional release, take a soul affirming journey in a joy filled and playful environment, this retreat is for you!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily SoulSweat dance sessions
  • Daily meditations and writing exercises
  • Trip to Black Sand Beach and Queen’s Ponds
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 healthy meals daily

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Kalani offers accommodations to suit diverse preferences and budgets. The rustic accommodations are simple, outside-in spaces that offer comfort and tranquility. Angular, octagonal, or pentagonal structures are a contrast to box-based architecture and invite a departure from routine.

Kalani accommodations are not equipped with heating or air conditioning, as Kalani is situated on the east coast of Hawaii Island, benefiting from the persistent east-to-west Pacific trade wind flow. Windows are screened, maximizing airflow and views, and there are no phones or televisions in rooms.

Hale lodges

Pronounced Ha'-lay, Hawaiian for "house", are two-level lodges that house contain rooms on each floor with access to common areas on both levels. The hale lodges are located on the central lawn near the dining lanai and feature garden views. Hale lodge rooms approximate 200 square feet and can accommodate up to three guests. Some rooms have private baths and the most economically priced rooms have shared baths.


Lofts approximate 1,000 square feet and comprise two private bedrooms adjacent to a shared common space. Each loft bedroom can house up to two people and has a full private bath. The loft common space is spacious and open in feel and features a soaring and high-ceiled seating area and kitchenette.

Bella Retreats Hawaii Yoga Retreat Program


SoulSweat is for adults with all dance backgrounds. You will feel energized and healed by this dance. SoulSweat touches on your emotional, spiritual, and physical body by encouraging you to let go, forget about what it looks like, open up, and have fun! If you are looking for a high impact workout that has an emotional and spiritual focus, this is not about tightening your abs or counting calories, this is a life affirming dance fitness class for everyone!

Just like with dance, poetry writing is a wonderful adventure, allowing you to indulge in both wild leaps and small steps of imagination to satisfy some yearnings for pattern, mystery, freedom, and release. Each day during this retreat you will gather after dancing and write spontaneous poetry. The informal sessions will be facilitated by Gayle Nosal, a long time SoulSweat dancer, poetry enthusiast, and writer.


Day 1 - May 15, 2016

  • 16:00 Arrival
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Opening circle

Day 2 to 6 - May 16 to 20, 2016

  • Yoga and meditation
  • Breakfast followed by free time
  • Lunch followed by free time
  • SoulSweat and poetry
  • Dinner

Day 7 - May 21, 2016

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Closing circle
  • 11:00 Check out
  • 12:00 Lunch

Included excursions

Trips to Black Sand Beach and Queen’s Ponds are included in the price.


Lucy Wallace
Lucy Wallace started teaching dance ten years ago at Alchemy of Movement. In 2010, Lucy bought the studio and continued to teach SoulSweat throughout the week. Her classes are cathartic, high energy, and celebratory. You will feel inspired while you forget that you are exercising.

Retreat location

For more than 30 years, Kalani has been a soulful place of refuge and renewal for international guests. Kalani is an educational non-profit organization that celebrates Hawaii, nature, culture, and wellness. Kalani is located on acres of tropical beauty on the southeast coast of Hawaii Island, commonly known as the Big Island, and is bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean.

Hawai'i is less crowded and less commercial than other Hawaiian islands and offers a variety of spectacular natural attractions. Kalani is located near Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, where fire goddess, Pele, expands the island daily. The dramatic lava cliffs of the Kalani coastal area provide for close-up views of turtles and dolphins and seasonal whale watching. The cliff also provides a haven for sunbathing, meditation, or yoga.

Nearby places

  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) - 45 minutes
  • Kona International Airport (KOA) - 2.5 hours



  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool
  • Volleyball court
  • Whale watching
  • Zip lining


  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Yoga shala


Three times a day, guests and staff are summoned by the call of the conch to dine on their open-air lanai (veranda). At this central gathering place, you can experience the daily rhythms of assembly and departure reminiscent of ancient village life. Kalani cuisine encompasses a variety of styles including Thai, Indian, and Italian.

The chefs have extensive training and a common interest in creating healthful and delicious meals. They celebrate the abundance of Hawai’i by serving local tropical fruits and vegetables and fresh-caught fish. Seafood is often served at dinner (chicken and beef are served occasionally) and vegetarians are well-cared for. Most importantly, their chefs firmly believe that the care and love invested in the cuisine is transmitted to the diner. Everything is prepared with aloha.

Things to do (optional)

Aerial dance

Aerial dance is a movement-dance laboratory using aerial silks. Cultivate the aerialist in you through core-strengthening exercises, modern dance, aerial technique, theater games, and improvisations to music. This fun and exhilarating class is open to all levels.

Aquatic bodywork

Intrigued by the different kinds of aquatic bodywork offered at Kalani? Sign up at the office for a short introductory aquatic bodywork session from the hands of an experienced practitioner. You may find yourself scheduling a full session afterwards!

Hula class

Experience the beauty and power of this uniquely Hawaiian art form that combines storytelling with dance, chant, and music. Everyone from beginners to experienced dancers are invited to come and learn about the hula, from its basic steps to a full hula dance by the end of the session. This activity is free for everyone.

Kalani ecstatic dance

Kalani is the birthplace of ecstatic dance, a beautiful practice which has taken off across the country. Ecstatic dance is held every Sunday, for adults age 18 and older, with fee 10 USD kama’āina and 15 USD for regular. Join this community dance experience, a great space with focused, compassionate, and spirited presenters.

Lauhala weaving

Learn the traditional Hawaiian art of lauhala (pandanus leaves) weaving using materials harvested from Kalani's own grounds. Beginners start with weaving a bracelet and progress to weaving fans, mats, baskets, and other pieces in subsequent sessions. Also enjoy chanting, talking story, and learning about Hawaiian culture.

Osho Nataraj Meditation

Cast aside your ego and become the dance in this joyful and moving meditation combining a total immersion in dance with stages of stillness and celebration.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong, chi kung, or chi gung is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, Qi Gong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "life energy".

Tai Chi

This introduction to Tai Chi focuses on the Yang style long form and push hands, while striving to bring the mind, body, and breath into coordination and harmony. All are welcome and the class can be adjusted to different levels of experience.


Volleyball is an immensely popular sport throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Kalani is no exception! Whether a first-timer or a seasoned player, anyone looking to have fun and get their blood pumping is welcome to join in. This activity is free for everyone.

Spa treatments

The massage rooms are located in a quiet building overlooking the pond, providing a peaceful sanctuary where you can open yourself to the care of Kalani's skilled bodyworkers.

What's included

  • 3 meals a day
  • 6 nights accommodations at
  • Daily meditations and writing exercises
  • Daily SoulSweat dance
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Trip to Black Sand Beach
  • Trip to Queen’s Ponds
  • Use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub, and sauna

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Bella Retreats offer transportation from Hilo International Airport (ITO) only for 65 USD one way or 45 USD per person if more than one traveler. They will try to combine whenever possible. A regular taxi costs about 90 USD.

Please inform Bella Retreats about your arrival and departure information as soon as you've purchased your airline ticket. They are happy to reserve your pickup and drop-off to and from the Hilo International Airport (ITO).

Arrival by bus

There is also very limited public transportation via the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow but inexpensive option that comes right to Kalani if you can coordinate schedules.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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