Come experience the spirit of aloha! Lotus Yoga presents a week in paradise with Maia, Adi & Nicole.
About the Facilitator(s)
Adi Turner, RYT –
I found yoga back in the late nineties when a friend suggested it was a great compliment to my Zen meditation practice & running. I had a question many of us share: can you meditate if you have a hard time sitting still? I have completed two teacher trainings at the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, three with Shiva Rea & one with Rod Stryker. Among the many others i’ve studied with, SarahJoy Marsh, JJ Gormley, Rodney Yee & Katerina Wen have had the most influence on my teaching. In addition to my yoga practice, I’m deeply inspired by silent time in the jungles of Costa Rica with my Reiki teacher, Mitra Politi & my meditation teacher, Tyohar. My own practice has dropped from the intensity of Baptiste Power Vinyasa into the deep still pool of yin & the lineage of Desikachar, emerging as a strong flowing practice that is attentive to the meditative aspect of the body in motion. I feel the body, especially core awareness & breath, is the gateway to any inner work. At the same time, I feel openness & surrender are more important than effort. In class, I try to share a balance between these elements. My hope is that people can take their experience of the flow of yoga & meditation out into the flow of their daily lives, and that the practice can be a catalyst for awareness & personal growth.
Maia Laverty, RYT - Maia is a wife, mother of two amazing children, a certified Yoga Alliance teacher, and owner of Lotus Yoga. She delights in sharing the practice of yoga with others. Maia’s classes offer slow, flowing movement with a steady focus on healthy physical alignment, strength-building through the attentive holding of poses, and a meditative focus on our experience in our own bodies (rather than trying to fulfill a “perfect” outward appearance in each pose). Generally, classes are centered on a physical or philosophical theme. Themes from traditional yoga teachings will be woven through multiple classes, allowing students to cultivate a deeper understanding of yoga & what it means in our “real” lives. Maia believes that Yoga can be an intriguing and compelling life-long practice: it is a physical practice that strengthens and balances our bodies but it is also a life tool that helps us to live more fully in the present and a mindfulness practice that helps us to connect to our most balanced and true selves. Yoga is the tool that Maia uses to maintain a focus on her commitment to be loving, kind and respectful in her relationships. Maia hopes that you too can find on your yoga mat the perfect laboratory to master and re-master life skills that help you to create a fulfilling life.
Nicole Koleshis OTR/L -
Nicole is a Seattle-based children’s yoga teacher and pediatric occupational therapist. She has been sharing the gift of yoga with children and their families since 2004. Nicole is certified to teach through Next Generation Yoga and the Radiant Child Yoga Program. She is committed to furthering her knowledge as a teacher and a student through her own yoga and meditation practice and by attending various trainings on yoga, as well as child development.
Nicole chooses fun and educational class themes where yogis are transported back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, whisked away on an African safari, or blasted off into outer space. Yoga philosophy, learning points, active student involvement, and room for self-expression are integrated into every class as well. Traditional yoga poses, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and meditation activities are paired with singing and dancing, movement exploration, and much laughter for a truly special and unique experience. Nicole views each class as not only a fun and educational opportunity for children and their families, but also for herself as a teacher. Children always have been and will continue to be her greatest teachers. She is inspired by their insightfulness, creativity, and their ability to live in the moment.
OPTION 2 (for individuals):
Mid-morning yoga OR afternoon yoga= $80/adult
OPTION 3 (for families):
Mid-morning kids yoga and adult yoga (in separate locations) + lunch + afternoon family yoga= $175/adult, $120/child
OPTION 4 (for families):
Mid-morning kids yoga and adult yoga (in separate locations) OR afternoon family yoga= $80/adult, $60/child
The cost includes the use of all yoga props (mats, blocks, straps, blankets), use of Kalani’s facilities (pool, hot tub, and sauna) for the day, and instruction from highly trained yoga teachers from Lotus Yoga in Seattle.
Start 2012 with a Forrest Yoga Retreat! Join Elissa and Janine for an incredible week on the Big Island of Hawaii and allow yourself to be inspired and transformed.
About the Facilitator(s)
Janine Melzer is a graduate of several yoga teacher training programs with Ana Forrest and is a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher, currently studying with Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher Brian Campbell. Janine supports and inspires her students to become their most genuine selves and is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. She asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath. For more information, visit www.janinemelzeryoga.com.
Elissa Dawn is a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and continues to renew her practice and hone her teaching skills with Ana and Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher, Brian Campbell. She has also been honored to assist Ana at workshops in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. Elissa delights in sharing the gifts of Forrest Yoga with others and is committed to providing a space that facilitates healing, self-discovery and personal growth. Her classes encourage a deep connection to the breath and development of core strength while cultivating mindfulness, integrity and union of body, mind and spirit. For more information, visit www.elissadawn.com.
Cass Phelps teaches an innovative body of work that is simple, potentiating and revelatory - a gifted, clear, calming Presence whose guidance assists one into true Self-Knowing. Cass specializes in movement meditation healing work while honoring as major influences: 7 years of teaching Continuum Movement, Structural Integration, Reiki and A Course In Miracles. He's a Reiki master, life time musician and sound healing therapist. He offers workshops globally and tele-dives focused on Eros & Inspiration as well as deep internal cleansing programs in conjunction with movement and wise nutritional guidance and support. He also holds a private practice in LA working with clients with complex neurological disorders. His unique approach to sound, breath and movement unifies the creative and healing arts as ONE.
Join us over the holiday period for this special yoga retreat, celebrating and honoring ourselves and our spirits through the winter solstice and Christmas. Each day will feature two sessions of practical yoga and meditation in one of the most stunning environments you could imagine, surrounded by fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage, and people celebrating the spirit of aloha.
About the Facilitator(s)
Will (Bill) Donnelly is a nationally recognized, certified yoga teacher. He has been a true pioneer in the field of yoga, and co-created and co-hosted the yoga–reality series Guru2Go, which debuted on fit TV, part of the Discovery family of channels.
Having taught in some of the top studios in Los Angeles, Will offers a profoundly energizing and healing form of yoga and meditation, and takes students on an inner journey like few others. He is KRI-certified (Kundalini Research Institute) and was trained at the nationally renowned Golden Bridge Yoga Studio in Los Angeles.
With over 15 years experience practicing and teaching yoga & meditation, Will has taught in dynamic locations such as: the Cannes Film Festival (Official Yogi/American Pavilion) in France, Legoland - California, UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cancer Center, the Santa Anita Race Tracks in Los Angeles, and from construction sites to dentist offices, to name just a few.
Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.
Included: Accommodation as selected below, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, and noted classes.
Not Included: Airport transfers, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.) Continental Airlines has direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hilo; Hawaiian Airlines, and go! Mokulele both offer intra-island service between Honolulu and Hilo.
Fees per person:
9 - Ocean Cottage
8 - Ocean Loft
7 - Tropical Cottage
6 - Tropical Loft
5 - Tree House Room
4 - Bungalow Room
3 - Lodge Room (private bath)
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath)
1 - Campsite
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates. Inquire for details.
Join Lindsay Wagner for her spectacular week-long "Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart" retreat on the magical island of Hawaii. As Lindsay shares her wisdom and experience, each participant will have the opportunity to reflect on and address their own personal challenges, be they physical, emotional or spiritual, using the techniques and practices that have greatly impacted her life. She offers a safe and loving environment in which to embark on an inner journey of healing, shifting consciousness and wonder...
About the Facilitator(s)
Lindsay Wagner makes little distinction between her life as an actress, mother, author or advocate. What unites these various parts is a commitment through her work and her personal life to advancing human potential. She is best known for her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in her Emmy award-winning role as 'The Bionic Woman'. She won a permanent place in the hearts of audiences around the world and went on to become known as the Queen of television movies with over 40 TV movies plus several mini-series, specials and feature films.<p>
<p>Since she was 19 years old Lindsay has been passionate about the study and sharing of holistic healing modalities, integrating mind, body and spirit. She has also been heavily involved as an advocate for human rights, domestic violence, child abuse, animal welfare and the environment. As a result of her personal experience and years of study Lindsay facilitates “Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart” workshops and retreats for the public as well as special interest groups, sharing the techniques and realizations that have greatly impacted her life. These programs are designed to help overcome our own personal challenges, while accessing the peace and joy that is naturally within us.
Explore a well rounded practice of yoga asana, breath awareness, meditation and chanting.
Start with a grounded practice, sensitizing to the island...verdant, tropical rain forest...the sweet scent of blossoming flora.
About the Facilitator(s)
Growing up in a small, Northern California coastal town, Anja frequented the cliffs overlooking the ocean to practice nature-honoring rituals. This was the early phase of what grew to be a passion for movement in dance, surfing, hiking, capoeira and yoga.
Anja is a 1996 graduate of The Yoga Room's Iyengar - based teacher training program in Berkeley, CA. She has taught for 20 years, cultivating a gentle, subtle, alignment and breath-based approach. Calming the nervous system lays the foundation for the yoga practice. With compassion, patience, and knowledge, she offers valuable, individualized guidance. Restorative, Back Care, Gentle, and Yoga for Kids are yoga niches that she offers with gratefulness and zeal.
Over 25 successful, intimate size yoga retreats have been led by Anja since 1997. The continuous flow of a deep, daily practice, harmony with nature, and the connection of the group provides an ideal environment for yoga to unfold.
M!chaeloha Elam Integrates Emotional Freedom Techniques, Compassionate Breath, emo-yoga and movement, conscious Esalen massage and meridian tapping in sound healing baths creating a celebration of the body-mind-spirit; Co-creating Loving magical musical moments, recognizing blesSings!
Triple Shared Bath Rate: $884/per person Triple Private Bath Rate: $980/per person Child rate (ages 3-12): $770
COMMUTER week use fee (no meals or lodging) $380*
Hot showers, pool/sauna/hottub use included in commuter rates.
*3 meals at Kalani is about $50/day if prepaid.
On island? Ask about other Kama'aina pricing specials.
A nonrefundable deposit of one night's lodging fee is required to hold your reservation.
Additional Optional 2 extra days for the retreat, including Volcano National Park Adventure and Dolphin Swim Adventure. Additional $250-300 for activities plus two more days based on your accommodation rates. Contact m!chaeloha for further details!
**Receive a discount of $100 if down payment is received by April 11th
**Receive a discount of $200 if full payment received by April 22st
Please note, accommodations can be reserved solely based on availability and must be booked far enough in advance to guarantee your room choice.
Balance due: April, 30th 2012
Fee includes accommodations, all workshop classes, meals, lava trek excursion, and use of the retreat's facilities, including pool, hot tub and sauna. Price does not include: airfare, ground transportation, taxes, or tips.
reiki is a passive form of qi gong used to promote deep relaxation and a natural balance. practiced across the globe by over 1 million people, reiki helps each of us become more aware of the life giving force within us. as this awareness deepens, so too does our ability to heal and grow naturally. science now recognizes the primacy of consciousness. this understanding is helping us all shift from a materialist worldview to understanding the currency of energy in all things … especially our health.
About the Facilitator(s)
Greg’s teaching is rooted in Ayurveda, Bhakti Yoga, Tantric Wisdom, Global Sounds, Energetic Alignment and free form movement. Greg inspires and empowers potential and truth from insight developed from his own organic healing from chronic pain, scoliosis and depression. Greg's teaching style is infused with his embodiment of Reiki and Meditation, using Asana as a bridge toward self-awareness, healing and personal evolution. He offers a dynamic and unique blend of fluid Vinyasa, elemental Kriyas, Pranayama, hands on healing and stillness sure to challenge, nourish and awaken. His teaching invokes wholeness and vital living.
Greg was introduced to Reiki in 1999 studying with Indigenous healers in the Yucatan Peninsula followed by an eight-month immersion in India in 2003. Greg facilitated meditation for hundreds of participants daily while deepening his own practice of hands on healing and silent sitting. As soon as Greg returned stateside in 2004 he picked up Yoga and began pursuing training in BodyTalk – consciousness based healthcare that draws upon Vedic Wisdom, Chinese and Western Medicine and Quantum Physics. He now integrates all practices to offer a full spectrum and comprehensive approach to dynamic health. Greg has been teaching yoga since 2008.
He is currently working toward completing a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certification through the teacher training communities of Mas Vidal (Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda) and Shiva Rea (Samudra Global School for Living).
Relax on the Big Island with yoga and massage in paradise. Join jaRed, Dennis and Jason for yoga, healing touch and tropical island adventures in the company of like-minded men.
About the Facilitator(s)
jaRed has been learning, deepening and sharing his yoga flow practice at Kalani for the past eleven years. He first discovered his resonance with yoga through the ashtanga primary series with Pamela Richardson in the summer of '97. He graduated from Kathy Elder's original yoga teacher training in 2001, and has since deepened his understanding of teaching vinyasa flow yoga through intensives with Shiva Rea.
He has felt honored and inspired by the teachings of many and holds gratitude for all of his teachers, past and present. He continues to hold a sacred space for breath, gratitude, yoga and love in his weekly classes at Kalani Oceanside Retreat. www.jaredsam.com
Dennis agrees with Pattabhi Jois' statement in the movie Enlighten Up that the main goal of yoga is to discipline the mind. Dennis feels that Kundalini Yoga is one of the most effective, fun and quickest methods to practice the art of disciplining the mind.
His approach is gentle and focuses on opening up the energy centers in the body with Kundalini Yoga exercises. He has studied with Kundalini master Gurmukh and completed Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Teacher Training. His classes are invigorating, grounding, intuitive, fun and leave you feeling centered, calm and smiling.
Jason graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2006 and started working at the Salt Lake City campus soon after teaching Human Anatomy for massage therapists. He is thrilled to be returning to Hawaii to co-facilitate his first men's yoga and massage retreat with Dennis and jaRed, and will be offering his services as a massage therapist for retreat participants during the Healing Hands Retreat.
Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna. United Airlines has a direct flight from Los Angeles to Hilo (ITO) & and Hawaiian Airlines has a JFK-HNL (NYC to Honolulu) non-stop.
Gena has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. Her studies began with Jilda Liddicut of the Gaia School of Yoga. She has continued expanding her yoga studies under the guidance of internationally renowned teacher Donna Farhi. Her teaching focuses on nurturing from the inside – out. This approach allows students of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice.
“My connection to Hawaii and the spirit of Polynesia comes from a twenty year history of paddling outrigger canoes. Through my many travels to Hawaii, I have had the opportunity to discover the magic of the Polynesian Islands and peoples. In essence the spirit of the islands is "Aloha", which means to be kind, nurturing and loving to yourself, to others and to the planet.”
The creation of "`Ohana Yoga" comes from blending this 'magic' and 'spirit' into her own unique style of teaching. Gena has also authored a book and dvd "The Gift of Yoga".
Kent has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and an active lifestyle. From participating in sports from an early age right up to competing in 5 Ironman Triathlon events Kent has continued to find reasons to be outside. After spending fifteen years as a professional in the corporate world he followed his passion and currently owns and operates Kayak Melbourne a tour business in Australia, and assists Gena as partner in Ohana Yoga & Wellness.
He loves to facilitate helping others get active and have memorable adventures, ensuring his groups have fun filled, safe experiences. He has worked with diverse groups at all levels of fitness and age groups from high school students to Corporate Teams. He has a wealth of fitness related knowledge and is a trained Pilates instructor