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Hawaii Yoga & Meditation Retreat

August 1 @ 4:00 pm - August 8 @ 11:00 am

 

“EVERYTHING. CONNECTED.”

August 1-8, 2017. Supported in an environment that is a little piece of heaven, connect to yourself, to each other and to all that which moves in all things. Retreat led by Catherine Allen and Heidi Sormaz on Big Island in Hawaii.

YOUR GETAWAY EXPERIENCE:

It’s time for you to getaway and unwind at the phenomenal Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC) in Pahoa, Hawaii! Everyday you will enjoy:

    • Waking up to the sound of the surf in the distance
    • Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner freshly prepared by the on-site chef
    • Uplifting and energizing morning yoga practice in an open air yoga studio with a gorgeous ocean view of the Pacific
    • Freedom to relax at the Center and soak in all its Beauty
    • Mellow evening class which will range from relaxing asana to meditation to contemplation.
    • A chance to connect with nature and make new friends
    • Clear and beautiful star gazing every night
    • Free time for optional excursions on Big Island – like visiting Earth’s largest volcano, sitting on the Rare Green Sands Beach, watching Turtles on the famous Turtle Beach.

Your retreat teachers, Heidi Sormaz and Cat Allen, will guide you through fun and invigorating yoga intensives every morning. You will also learn and practice meditation techniques that you can weave into your everyday life to cultivate more connectedness and compassion with yourself and others.

KMEC offers a wonderful spiritual uplifting environment to heal and grow. Located a half mile from the beach, this ocean view sanctuary has access to swimming, fresh fruits, snorkeling and soaking in the famous thermal warm ponds. The spacious and open 11 acre property is surrounded by a buffer of jungle and features 150+ trees with 30 or so kinds of tropical fruit. You’re welcome to enjoy the freshest fruit possible whenever they’re ripe! Swimming is half a mile away at Isaac Kepo’okalani Hale Park, one of the few safe places for swimming on this rugged, extremely scenic, coast. A body-temperature warm-pond park is just a half mile further, as well as excellent snorkeling in the wave-protected Kapoho Tide Pools with dozens of corals, and thousands of brightly colored fish. The nearly constant lava-flow area is just half an hour to the West of KMEC, and perfect for a sunset, or sunrise, hike where you’ll often see a cascade of red-hot lava plunging 50 or 60 feet into the ocean boiling below. Shopping, a natural foods market, and delicious restaurants are 10 minutes away in Pahoa town. Several large Farmer Markets operate on the weekends too. The 1000 square foot Yoga Hale has a phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean. The teak Meditation Pavilion was made in Bali and is a very sacred and special place for prayer and reflection.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Full accommodations
Nearly 100% solar-powered (generator assistance when needed)
All 3 meals a day included – delicious, vegetarian, mostly organic
Airport pickup and drop-off included (from Hilo)
Daily yoga in 1000 square foot Yoga Hale with ocean view
Daily meditation in custom designed Balinese Meditation Pavilion
Daily Wind Down Yoga or Meditation in the evenings
Fresh linens, blankets, towels
Alkaline water upon request
Jungle warm ponds
11 acres of fruit trees and forest
Ocean views over the orchard
Safe, peaceful, healing ambience; with many flowering plants
Full service laundry facility
Free wifi service (except for Dragonfly Cabin)
Complimentary organic fruit from the orchard on the property (when in season)
Clear and beautiful stargazing

THE ROOMS:

Rooms are assigned on a first come first serve basis to retreatants who pay in full. When you pay in full, you can request your cabin and bed (eg, “I want the Rollinia, queen bed.”). If the cabin/bed you request isn’t available, we will let you know right away. All rates include a non-refundable $500 deposit. You have the option of holding your spot with a $500 non-refundable deposit, but you will only be able to request a cabin and bed once you pay the remaining balance.

Shared Cabin with Private Full Bathroom (1 cabin)
Cost Per Person: $1550 ($100 increase after Dec. 1)
Dragonfly (1 queen bed and 1 single bed)

 

Shared Cabin with Shared Full Bathroom (3 cabins)
Cost Per Person: $1450 ($100 increase after Dec. 1)
Rollinia (1 queen bed and 1 bunk bed)
Mango (1 full bed and 1 bunk bed)
Milo #3 (2 single beds)

 

Private Cabin with Shared Full Bathroom (6 cabins)
Cost Per Person: $1650 ($100 increase after Dec. 1)
Milo #1 (1 single bed)
Papaya (1 single bed)
Cacao Cabin (1 double bed)
Lilikoi (1 double bed)
Milo #2 (1 double bed)
Yoga Hale Room (1 double bed)

 

Community Spaces and The Land

 

Explore Sites on Big Island
These excursions are a separate cost and not included in the price.

 

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (to be confirmed)

7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am Morning Ceremony & Meditation
10:00-11:45am All-Levels Yoga Intensive Class
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-5:30pm Free Time (Explore, Beach, etc.)
5:30-6:30pm Evening Mellow Class (asana, meditation, contemplation)
7:00-8:00pm Dinner

FAQs

What airport do I fly into?

You can fly into Hilo Airport (ITO) or Kona Airport (KOA). Hilo is only 45 minute drive to KMEC. Kona is a scenic 2.5-3 hour drive to KMEC. We will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from Hilo. Sign up for one of the 3 scheduled shuttle service times, or rent a car if you can’t make the scheduled service. The last complimentary shuttle will be 6pm. We’ll announce the shuttle times soon.

Can I stay an extra day?

Maybe! Simply call KMEC at (808) 936-2361 to inquire and book directly with KMEC. They provide excellent customer service.

What are the meals like?

All your meals are included! Vegetarian, fresh, and mostly organic prepared daily by the on-site chef. Gluten-free options available. People RAVE about the food at KMEC. It will be delicious. Due to KMEC’s rules, no meat or meat consumption is allowed on the property. You’re welcome to eat all the meat you want at nearby markets, cafes, and restaurants.

Are excursions / tours included?

No, excursions aren’t included. Upon request, KMEC gladly provides transportation and tours for an additional fee. We will send you clear and simple info on how to easily book an excursion, how to get there, and how much it costs.

When are check-in and check-out times?

Check-in is between 3-8pm. Checkout is 12pm.

What is the weather like?

KMEC enjoys Hawaii’s ideal climate: Light ocean breezes, sunny days, pleasant year-round temperatures (65-85°F) and occasional tropical showers.

Can I choose my cabin and bed / What is the roommate situation / Can I share a bed / Can I buy out a cabin

We have allocated one bed per person. Once you’ve paid in full, you can request your cabin and bed. Paying your deposit reserves your spot in the retreat. Paying in full gives you the opportunity to reserve your cabin and bed. Cabins aren’t co-ed unless you specifically request otherwise. If you’d like to share a bed with a partner/friend or buy out a cabin, please contact us directly for special rates.

Will my cellphone work at KMEC?

AT&T phone and data works fine at KMEC. They have poor Verizon reception and other carriers vary. Skype works well there, as well as any other wifi connected forms of communication. They don’t have a land line onsite.

How about Internet or wifi? Can I check email at KMEC?

Wireless internet is available in many areas of the property. Usage is free. There are plans soon to extend wifi coverage to the Ocean Vista Cabin. The Dragonfly Cabin does not currently have wifi or internet, however common spaces around the upper village do. Large downloads are strongly discouraged (it slows down bandwidth for everyone).

How about wild animals and creatures?

KMEC celebrates life in its myriad forms. We live in harmony with the jungle environment, which means you will probably encounter harmless creatures such as spiders, geckos and occasionally mongoose. We have the least amount of mosquitos on this side of the island due to our constant trade winds, and we do provide 100% natural repellents if you need it. Our accommodations are simple and comfortable, with no televisions or phones.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

Do I need to rent a car?

You don’t need to rent a car, but you might want to if you want more freedom to get around. KMEC is located 15 minutes or 8 miles from the nearest town. There are many natural attractions in the vicinity. These can be visited by arranging a paid adventure with a KMEC guide. We will send you clear and simple info on how to easily book an excursion, how to get there, and how much it costs. If you prefer to explore on your own, renting a car from the airport is a good option.

I want to rent a car. What are the directions from Hilo Airport (ITO) to KMEC?

KMEC is only a 45 minute drive from the Hilo airport. Leaving the Hilo Airport, turn left at the traffic light onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles. Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles. Turn left onto Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles. Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles. KMEC Hawaii will be on the left. After crossing the yellow stripe in the road, the last 0.6 miles turn into a single lane road with turnouts. Look for the KMEC signed gate on the left. HELPFUL HINT – Please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process.

I want to rent a car. What are the directions from Kona Airport (KOA) to KMEC?

KMEC is a nice 2.5 to 3 hour scenic drive from Kona Airport, halfway around the Island of Hawai’i, “the Big Island”, via either the northern route or the newly finished Saddle road passing Mauna Kea. Make a left out of the Kona Airport and drive north on Route 19. Continue on Route 19 through Waimea, down the Hamakua coast (still Route 19) until you get to Hilo. Past the waterfront side of town, make a right onto Highway 11 at Ken’s House of Pancakes (sign says Volcano 30 miles). Turn left onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles. Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles. Turn left onto HI-132 Kapoho Road and go about 2.7 miles. Continue, staying to the right, onto Pohoiki Road and go about 3.8 miles. KMEC Hawaii will be on the left. After crossing the yellow stripe in the road, the last 0.6 miles turn into a single lane road with turnouts. Look for the KMEC signed gate on the left. HELPFUL HINT – Please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process.

Is there public transportation from Hilo Aiport to KMEC?

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 to Isaac Hale Beach Park, if you can coordinate schedules. Isaac Hale Beach Park is located approximately a half mile down Pohoiki Road from KMEC. For more information visit the Hele-On bus website.

 

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

All rates include $500 non-refundable deposit.
You must pay your deposit of $500 by June 20th to guarantee a spot for you.
If you pay in full, you can request a cabin and bed that you want. (Cabins/beds are assigned on a first come first serve basis.)
If you choose to hold your spot with a non-refundable deposit, then you can request a cabin and bed once you have paid in full.

Cancellation Policy:
*60 days prior to retreat: Full refund of monies less credit card fees and $500 non-refundable deposit.
*30-59 days prior to retreat: 50% of monies less credit card fees and $500 non-refundable deposit.
*29 days prior: No refund. No exceptions.

Do You Have Questions About the Retreat? Send Us a Message.

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Details

Start:
August 1 @ 4:00 pm
End:
August 8 @ 11:00 am

Venue

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center
13-260 Pohoiki Road
Pahoa, HI 96778 United States
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Phone:
832-303-9642