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Dont most of us dream of visiting Hawaii - some day? Thinking of pristine waters, spectacular surf, graceful hula, and an intriguing spirituality - all in a perfect cliamte? Here is a wonderful opportunity to experience the spirit of the islands in a very special way: Stress-Auszeit (which translates to Time-out from stress) of Switzerland offers a unique combination of Hawaiian Aloha culture, yoga and cultural excursions that merge into a unique experience that is sure to touch your heart. Spend 10 days in paradise on wonderful Big Island, Hawaii, live in the rhythm of nature, enjoy the peace and the MANA, the power of the land, of the `ina. Practice daily yoga and meditation. This will surely be an unforgettable yoga retreat.
We are guests of Manono Beamer at Hooli Farm, a Hawaiian-owned farm with warm aloha hospitality on the remote South Kona coast. The farm is nestled in a scenic natural environment between the Kipahoehoe National Area Reserve and the great Kau Forest Reserve, near the western coast of Big Island, at the cool and temperate altitude of 2000 with ocean view. Hooli offers 2 bedrooms for one or two persons, a loft that can be shared with up to 4 people, and a spacious living room for gathering and sharing.
Responsible and green tourism is important to us, which is one of the reasons we decided on Hooli Farm for our stay.
Hooli also offers a Jacuzzi and a woodstove for cooler evenings.
This retreat will take place in South Kona District of Big Island, Hawaii.
From February 15-25, 2016, you will be able to connect deeply with Hawaiian culture and lifestyle. You learn about the Paul Pearsall Pleasure Prescription for a more relaxed and pleasurable lifestyle, according to the Aloha-Acronyms and customized yoga classes that pick up these values plus your choice of activities like hikes, excursions, hula, or snorkeling.
You will practice your daily yoga in accordance with one of the ALOHA-acronyms:
Ahonui - patience
Lokahi - unity
Oluolu - agreeability
Haahaa - humbleness
Akahai - kindness
Besides learning about their deeper meaning, you will transfer these terms into your daily yoga practice and meditation, and so work to balance your Delight Deficiency Syndrome. You discover your own Seventh Sense for the healthy pleasure that leads to a longer, healthier and happier life.
Fly to Kona Keahole International Airport (KOA) in North Kona district on the west coast of Hawaii Island. Some carriers offer direct flights from the mainland to KOA, or as an option you will change planes in Honolulu, Oahu. The flight to KOA takes about 35-40 Minutes. Stress-Auszeit is happy to organize airport transfer from Kona International Airport.
Transfer from and to Kona Keahole International Airport (KOA) on request.
Stress-Auszeit can arrange pick up at the airport or at a meeting point right before the start of the retreat.
Weather is always warm and summery in Hawaii, even in the rain. Temperatures though depend on altitude, so Hooli, which is at 2000, might therefore get cool at night. Stress-Auszeit advises to bring layered clothing, sweatshirts and pants for cooler evenings.
In the winter season, there might be severe storms in the northern Pacific and these swells can travel down to the islands and make swimming very dangerous - but watching all the more exciting! Unless youre an experienced surfer, Stress-Auszeit would not advise you to enter the water at such times.
The airport closest to Hooli is Kona Keahole International Airport (KOA), which is served by a number of national airlines from the mainland, like Hawaiian, Alaskan, American, United, Southwest.
Other suggested activities may include:
Introduction to Hula dance
Hikes - e.g. to Green Sands Beach, Pololu Valley,historical trails
Volcanoes National Park
Learning about Hawaiian healing plants
Pay our respects at the home of Madam Pele at Halemaumau
Learning about Hawaiian Mythology
Swimming and snorkeling in the coral reefs of the Kona coast
Meeting and Talk Story with locals
Hawaiian Music events
In addition to swimming and snorkeling with colorful fish and sea turtles, you are offered a choice of hikes and excursions: To famous Green Sands Beach, a beach made up of the semi-precious stone Olivine; Volcanoes National Park, the home of Fire Goddess Pele and the active volcano Kilauea; to the enchanted valley of Pololu, to the top of Mauna Kea, earths highest mountain (measured from the ocean floor) and home of Snow Goddess Poliahu, or a trip out to the whales and dolphins with a local dolphin boat. You may also hike the historical trails from a pre-contact time when the Hawaiian islands were unknown to the western world.
And best of all, experience the calm and quiet and power of this wonderful island, allow healing of body and soul.
You can observe dolphins and whales on an almost daily basis from shore. Plus you will learn about Hawaiian healing plants as well as Hawaiian mythology, get an introduction to hula dance and get to meet and Talk Story with some wonderful locals. And because you will be with a very small group of maximum 6 persons, you will get all the attention to detail you needand there is always room for special requests.
Stefan is German, living in Switzerland and the founder and owner of Stress-Auszeit. He is a yoga and meditation teacher, health coach and ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle consultant. His passion is deep immersion in yoga, a connection with nature and joy in the little things of everyday life. He speaks German and English.
Patricia knows the island and its culture well from having lived on island for about two years between 2009 to 2012 and from her years of practice of hula and lomilomi massage. She is one of those people that arrive on island and immediately feel truly at home. In addition to her love for Hawaiian culture, she is also an NVC trainer, adult educator and mother of two grown sons. She is Swiss-Italian by birth and has lived and raised her family partly in the US and in Switzerland. She speaks English, German, Swiss, Italian, some French and has some knowledge of Hawaiian.
Included are daily breakfast, snacks, plus meals cooked at the farm. Food will be vegetarian / vegan, as much as possible local, with fruit and vegetables grown on the farm. We prepare our own breakfast and lunch and also the dinners we eat at the farm. When on the farm, we will cook together, Ohana style, (which means family in Hawaiian). Please let Stress-Auszeit know of any dietary restrictions you may have, so it can be planned accordingly.
A Hawaiian massage is available. Hooli also offers a Jacuzzi and a woodstove for cooler evenings.
Hawaiian Lomi massage
Trip to Mauna Kea
Ocean trip with Dolphin boat
Night swim with Manta Rays
Hawaiian music events
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