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5 Days Ayurveda Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Hawaii

  • Pahoa, Hawaii, USA

Overview

Culinary Vacation, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Hawaii

Come and join this amazing Ayurveda and yoga rejuvenation retreat with the emphasis on Ayurveda nutrition and cooking. This retreat is designed for interested participants who would like to learn and explore Ayurveda nutrition, food preparation, cooking, and Ayurvedic wellness. At the end of the retreat, you will receive a 30 hour Ayurveda Nutrition certificate from the Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda College.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 1 daily meditation session
  • Ayurveda food preparation and cooking
  • Ayurveda lecture, discussion, and demonstration
  • Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda College 30-hour certificate
  • Free time for island excursions and adventures
  • Ayurvedic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The lodging rooms range from private to shared suites which are surrounded by beautiful tropical fruit trees, lush rain forest, and nearby hiking or walking trails along the ocean and pristine beaches.

Single room

Spacious room with a single queen or king bed and a shared or private bath.

Double room

Spacious rooms with private bath and twin beds.

Couples room

Spacious rooms with a king or queen size bed for couples, friends, or family members.

Program outline

Ayurveda is recognized as one of the most important healing systems of mind-body medicine. Ayurveda forms the necessities and foundation for a healthy, natural, and balanced way of living. Ayurveda promotes longevity and prevents illness, allowing one to develop their highest potential.

Ayurvedic food preparation and cooking

A variety of cooking techniques and meal preparations will be learned and integrated. Participants will learn how to adapt specific foods toward the specific needs of each individual according to their dosha or constitution.

Energy management, meditation, and yoga Nidra

Visualizations, concentration, and meditation techniques will be explored to release sanskaras (negative thoughts, emotions, and pictures) and create a balanced state of Sattvic energy. Students will learn how to turn their attention inward, explore, and heal both their gross and subtle bodies.

Foundational of ayurvedic principles

The program includes the five element theory, the tri dosha theory, the seven dhatus, agni, ama, and ojas. Each participant will also explore their own constitution and will learn to integrate these principles in an experiential way.

Foundation of ayurvedic nutrition

Ayurvedic diet and nutritional concepts will be explored in this course for the purposes of health and well-being. The use of specific diet and herbs will also be explored to support the healing process.

General daily schedule

  • Morning meditation and pranayama
  • Ayurvedic breakfast
  • Ayurveda lecture, discussion, and demonstration
  • Morning yoga Nidra practice
  • Ayurvedic lunch and food preparation
  • Free time for relaxing, exploring the island and local market, or enjoying adventures
  • Ayurvedic dinner and food preparation
  • Evening Yin yoga practice

Program begins on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and finishes on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

  • Exploring the beaches of Hawaii, including secret beach and Mauna Kea Beach
  • Sacred journey and sightseeing with local Hawaiian shaman
  • Swimming with or viewing the dolphins
  • Visiting local and organic markets and farms where you can obtain the source of ayurvedic food
  • Zen walks along the ocean
  • Jai Kai

    Jai is an Ayurveda practitioner, yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic yoga therapist. Jai, who is the co-founder of the Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda International College, is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an eRYT. He specializes in Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic yoga therapy, pranayama, and meditation. He also practices and teaches Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, Power yoga, yoga for your dosha, and Yin yoga.

  • Aman Rai

    Aman is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, Yin yoga teacher, and yoga Nidra teacher. She is also an Ayurvedic counselor. She continues to study with many teachers at Bihar School Yoga in India and North America. Aman utilizes the breath, prana, and pranayama techniques to helps student explore yoga postures in a sustainable, meditative, and intuitive way.

The retreat will take place just 200 yards from Kehena Beach, one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world. Dolphins and sea turtles can be seen off the beach year-round, making snorkeling and swimming an exciting sightseeing adventure.

Located in the Puna district, a colorful and culturally distinct enclave of artists, writers, permaculture farmers, and a thriving counter-culture community, you can feel free to slow down, completely unwind, and explore the extraordinary abundance consisting of rain forests, farms, transcendental lava-lands, and truly spectacular coastal views.

The Big Island of Hawaii is a place of diversity and beauty. Rare, endangered plant and animal life, pristine micro-climates that go from snow-covered peaks to lava deserts and lush tropical rainforest can be found here. In addition, the world's most massive mountain and tallest from its base, plus the earth's most active volcano, Kilauea, are some of the awe-inspiring treasures of the island.

Nearby places

  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) - 30 to 45 minutes
  • Kehena Beach (black sand), 200 yards
  • Kona International Airport (KOA) - 3 hours
  • Lava Tree Park - 30 to 60 minutes walk
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
General
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Cafe nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Local market
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

During the retreat, you will be provided with daily ayurvedic breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the package. You will be cooking your own lunches and dinners learning this way the secrets of Ayurveda cuisine. Ayurvedic meals are very well-known for their nutritious and healthy ingredients used for enhancing vigor, vitality, and health.

During your free time, there are many activities and excursion options available to cater all tastes and budgets such as relaxing walks, swimming with dolphins, visiting the markets, or simply relaxing at the beach are some ideas.

A visit to Kalapana

You can also visit Kalapana, once a fishing village that was buried under 10 meters of molten rock in 1990, by the Madame Pele Volcano, or the Akaka Falls, a short walk through lush vegetation and streams leading to the free-fall plunge of the 420 feet.

Surfing

In your free time, you can try your surfing skills at HonoliI Park, the best place to practice surfing and boogie boarding. If youre not adventurous, then exploring St. Benedict's painted church, a fascinating place located at Honaunau, in the famous Kona coffee growing region, is a great option.

Swimming

For more relaxation, swim in the thermal pond, a natural pool with a sandy bottom which has been outfitted with cement walls and access ladders. A small inlet allows ocean water to flow in and out with the tides while keeping the temperature around 90 degrees.

Massages and body treatments are available upon request at additional cost.

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Ayurveda food preparation and cooking
  • Ayurveda lecture, discussion, and demonstration
  • Daily ayurvedic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily zen walks and sunrise meditations session
  • Free time island excursions and adventures
  • Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda College 30-hour certificate
  • Airfare
  • Airpor transfer
  • Extra activities
  • Massage

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Hilo International Airport (ITO) or Kona International Airport (KOA). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

  • Review by Melissa from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Jai and Aman are very knowledgeable, kind and caring. My experience was life changing and I am very grateful in all they had to share. I am very excited to incorporate yoga, Ayurveda and all I have learned into my daily life and share it with others."

    Sacred Seed Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Amanda from USA
    9 out of 10

    "The material learned in the course was extremely useful especially the balance between yoga practice, meditation, diet and free time - there is so much adventure close by and the course still felt like a vacation - still got to experience beautiful Hawaii."

    Sacred Seed Yoga website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from USA
    9 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the fresh local organic food from the island and how it was simply prepared by the amazing chief. I also enjoyed learning the extensive depth of Ayurveda. It was a truly lovely experience and the instructors reflect a special quality of love that creates a sacred space and is very welcoming. They are both very sweet."

    Sacred Seed Yoga website, edited

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sacred Seed focuses on the sacred science of yoga and Ayurveda. They offer yoga retreats and Ayurveda courses in Hawaii and Canada.

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5 days / 4 nights

Availability

Arrival: Thursday March 23, 2017
Departure: Monday March 27, 2017

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