Max came to the conscious dance movement through the "doorway" of a 5 Rhythms group in Austin,Texas called Body Choir. After 5 years with that group he moved to Hawaii and started Ecstatic Dance Big Island. This group spawned many other groups around the country, the largest of which is Ecstatic Dance East Bay, which itself has spawned many groups around the country, as well as the planet. This movement is expanding. “I feel like my particular contribution to the conscious dance movement and specifically what is now commonly referred to as Ecstatic Dance, has to do with combining the electronic dance music that is part and parcel of the DJ culture and the 5 Rhythms or Wave format that was created by Gabrielle Roth. The wave is a perfect fit for facilitating ritual, community dance space. I enjoy using electronic music for these events, equally I have a vastmusical collection and nothing is off limits if I believe that it will inspire, motivate, move and touch the participants on the dance floor. I am excited to see this movement grow because I believe it is a valuable and worthwhile contribution to our New Earth and our awakening human collective.”
Maxwell first came to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2001 as a volunteer at Kalani Honua. He soon discovered Ecstatic Dance and was so inspired by the musical, dance journey that he began to attend the weekly dances at Kalani as well as attending various yoga classes a few times a week. In 2003 he completed his first yoga teacher training with Kathy Elder and began teaching weekly Intuitive Yoga classes. In the same year he became a Licensed Massage Therapist and began offering sessions. He then went on to travel to Chicago for a Yogic Arts teacher training and then onto India to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Kerala and discovered Vipassana Meditation in Gujarat. When he returned to Hawaii and the dance community, he yearned for more tribal and world music. So this inspired him to become a DJ. In 2009, he DJ-ed at Kalani’s Ecstatic Dance and has been collecting music and DJ-ing ever since. At Kalani, he also teaches Intuitive Yoga classes, Intuitive Aquatic Movement classes (in the warm therapy pool) and works as a Massage Therapist, offering sessions on the massage table and, uniquely, in the water. He also enjoys playing various musical instruments, spinning fire, bodysurfing and playing in Hawaii's nature.
Lino discovered the joy of Ecstatic Dance at Kalani in 2003 when he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii 10 years ago. Dancing has always been part of his life and the nature of Ecstatic Dance, as a conscious dance process, fulfilled his spiritual inclinations. In 2009 when Lino moved to Kalani, he accepted the honor of facilitator for Ecstatic Dance Hawaii (one of the largest venue in the US) and has been facilitator for Ecstatic Dance Hawaii since. In his personal life, Lino has been practicing meditation for over thirty years and studied under the auspices of his teacher, JK Gurukal, a master healer and martial artist from Kerala, India, learning aspects of yoga, meditation, martial arts and the healing arts: applied sciences from the tradition of Dhanurveda. Lino is also a painter and artist. He enjoys sharing all of his various skills by way of teaching and facilitating workshops and classes at Kalani, on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he also resides.
Golda Joseph, M.A., Ph.D., B.C.C., is an internationally known spiritual guide, author, life transition coach, art therapist, meditation instructor, medical intuitive, retreat leader, trauma healer, and professional facilitator for individuals, couples, entrepreneurs, and groups. She has expertise and forty years experience in the fields of consciousness studies, spirituality, holistic health care, transpersonal psychology, human development, life transition coaching, medical tourism, organizational development and transformation, communication, creative transformation, relationship, marriage, family, and child development coaching.
Dr. Golda’s life purpose is to bring Universal wisdom down to earth in an ordered, systematic format, to empower others to attain maximum levels of success and happiness. She has a talent for structuring spiritual wisdom into practical, easy-to-understand daily exercises.
Kit Wan Marchel will be the guest facilitator in this retreat. Kit spent 25 years in the high-powered executive world, including running the largest fashion mart in the US. Based on her experience of creating success in a man’s world, she will teach how to overcome fears and become courageous. Through outdoor activities and adventurous exercises, Kit will share her insights with you in practical, fun, energetic ways, guiding you to become the best YOU possible. Kit will also teach you useable and practical beauty tips along with effective tricks of skincare at any age. Her signature “Clothes Your Eyes Closet ™” program will help you to select the right outfit to express the real you…every time. Come experience a new YOU with Valiant Venus! It’s an exciting twist on Yoga Retreat Vacations…
Once your register for this Empowerment Retreat we will customize your experience together.
The Power of Presence: Its Expression, and Its Life Application
Six Days and Seven Nights of Moving in Paradise, in Safe, Expressive and Sensuous Ways. Morning Movement, Afternoon Play, Evening Council.
About the Facilitator(s)
Gary Glickman, PhD (Somatic Psychology), MFT, Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner, novelist and songwriter, is also a body-centered psychotherapist in Santa Monica, California. With Stephan David Hewitt, he facilitates S.E.S. healing workshops (Sensuous, Expressive, Safe) using relational somatic psychotherapy principles including music, authentic movement, experiments in safe touch and boundaries, archetypal narrative, singing, toning, harmonizing, dream work, mask-making, theatre, and creative writing. www.garyglickman.com
He teaches as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is the author of three novels, most recently the "The Scrolls of Nef"(2015) www.scrollsofnef.com.
Fred Sugerman is founder and director of Medicine Dance, a collection of mindful movement practices. Movement artist and educator, energy wrangler and masterful workshop facilitator; exploring the space between the healing and performing arts is his passion. His expertise: creating a space of safety and permission, where participants become quiet and still enough to identify already-occurring movement in their bodies, and allow that internal experience to externalize and emerge as dance. Presence in action. www.facebook.com/medicinedance
Stephan David Hewitt is a spiritual counselor using astrology, meditation, Jungian archetypes/dreamwork, and relational-somatic psychotherapy principles. A long time Vipassana meditator, Stephan is also an artist, songwriter, singer and pianist. His bi- monthly astrology blog of lunations (Full Moon, New Moon) can be accessed via his website (www.stephandavidhewitt.com).
Colleen Sugerman, life and creative partner with Fred in Medicine Dance, is an outdoors woman and movement artist, as well as a teacher of the movement work. Certified in Movement Expression and Dance Alive, she also works with private clients who are experiencing change and transition (ie. college students who are entering the work force, older adults who are retiring, etc.) and desiring support in identifying and manifesting their next steps. She calls herself “Midwife of Change.”
Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Your stay here supports education, community arts programming, and Hawaiian culture preservation within the District of Puna. Kalani has grown to become the largest provider of services in Puna – thanks to the support from guests like you!
Financial aid is available for Kalani lodging and campus access fees. Please click here to download an application; completed applications and questions may be sent to [email protected].
Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to all instruction and course activities, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna.
Not Included are 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.
A $300 deposit will secure your space, with 50% of the remaining balance due by May 14 and the second half due by July 31, 2015.
Early Bird pricing: $150 discount if paid in full before March 1, 2015.
Sunset pricing: $100 discount if paid in full by May 10, 2015.
Additional lodging options may be available; please inquire upon registration if your preferred lodging type is not listed above.
Kama'aina rate workshop only: $350
A Hawaii state issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to recieve kama'aina rate.
Extend Your Stay at a Discount!
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates for retreat attendees. There is so much to explore on this incredible island - from the volcano and the astronomy centers on Mauna Kea to the tide pools, beaches, and hikes along the coast. Kalani is always brimming with activity, with 50 classes a week, as well as special events.
If you require airport shuttle service, please contact Kalani Guest Services at 800-800-6886 or [email protected], at least one week in advance.
Cancellations requested 14 days or greater before your arrival date result in a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Cancellations requested 24 hours or more before arrival, but less than 14 days before arrival, result in full refund less a 10% administrative fee, or a $50 administration fee, whichever is greater. If you cancel within 24 hours of arrival, or do not show, no refund will be provided.
Because of the structure of our retreat packages, we are unable to pro-rate retreat fees for shortened stays.
OPTIONAL PLANNED ACTIVITIES can include, but are not limited to:
Lava-heated Warm-Pond Group Excursion
Group Black Sand Dolphin Beach Mindful Ocean Ceremony
Local Swimming Beach excursion (with small hot pond)
Group Aqua-Movement Classes (slight additional fee)
Secret Beach Excursion
A deep-transformative review of life events through movement, breath and thought provoking practices, based on the knowledge of the shamans of ancient Mexico.
About the Facilitator(s)
Miles Reid, M.D., Founder
Miles is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a National Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. A medical doctor from Argentina, he completed a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine with highest honors from Yo San University in California. He is the founder of Tilo Medical & Acupuncture, his private clinic in Los Angeles where he practices integrative medicine, and of the Being Energy program.
He has a keen interest in the shamanistic traditions of ancient Mexico, having trained under the tutelage of Dr. Carlos Castaneda as one of his direct students and has been giving lectures and clinical consultations around the world for more than 15 years.
Aerin Alexander, Founder
Aerin holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the California State University Northridge, and several certifications in somatic education, including Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP). She was trained in ancient Mexican shamanistic practices by Dr. Carlos Castaneda, and has been working to bridge the gap between shamanism and science for the last 18 years.
She is the founder of the Being Energy movement program and also the co-author of Blooming Together, an empowering book/audio program for pregnancy and the birthing process. Aerin believes in community, empowering people through education and tools that awaken one’s life purpose and vitality, and working together with other leaders for the benefit of all.
Join us as we celebrate great moments of Hawaiian culture. Throughout the week we will learn traditional songs, chants, myths, crafts, language, plant uses and hula - in both kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (post 1860) forms. If you or friends traveling with you would like to experience some of Kalani’s other activities, feel free. For Hula Heritage registrants there is no charge for 50+ weekly ongoing activities.
About the Facilitator(s)
Ehulani Stephany is kumu of a Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali Ala O Puna with mission to: "support and encourage our men and women with the growth and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian Culture through Pono (Hawaiian Protocol), Pa'a (secure/strong/right) education in Hula (Hawaiian Dance) and Oli, (Hawaiian Chants), and in the participation of ancient ceremonies and rituals"; and purpose "E Ho'omau Ka Ha O Ka Hawai'i" ("To Perpetuate the Culture of Hawai'i").
has over 10 years of experience taking off her clothes for good causes (fundraising is one of them :). In addition to shimmying, shaking, and raising thousands of charity dollars, she has 8 years of experience as a counselor and group facilitator specializing in sexuality and wellbeing.
Each day we will begin with conditioning the body both on the floor and on different aerial apparatus like the fabric, trapeze, lyra, and spanish web. We will also incorporate modern dance technique not just for warm-up on the floor, allow this to influence us as we rise and begin to dance in the air.
About the Facilitator(s)
Wailana started professional Aerial Dance in 2000 in Honolulu after being a professional Modern Dancer in San Francisco (1992 - 2000). Recently, he was in Fiji's University of the South Pacific teaching and choreographing for the Oceania Dance Theater. Wailana has travelled all over the U.S., Indonesia, Philippines, New Zealand to perform and teach both Aerial & Modern Dance. He started teaching Aerial Dance (a unique blend of modern dance, aerial technique, and improv) at Kalani in 2006 where he was a volunteer and later becoming Kalani's Hawaii Culture and Performing Arts Director. A proud ambassador of the legacy of Kalani, Wailana is looking forward to returning "home" to share and learn from one of the best communities on the planet.
Maxwell is the founder of Intuitive Yoga™, an innovative approach to yoga that moves beyond poses and into our own intuitive sense of what our body needs the most at any given moment. He has been developing Intuitive Yoga™ through retreats, classes, and workshops over the past 9 years.
Maxwell is a certified yoga teacher who has worked with different teachers around the world such as Kathy Elder, Shiva Rea, Lino Miele and Duncan Wong. In 2005, he spent half a year traveling in India deepening his practice of yoga, which profoundly influenced his method. Maxwell’s approach is intuitive and he creates a space for deeper awareness and our body’s own healing abilities.
Ayako lived in a rural village of Japan for 19 years and came to U.S. following her heart's guidance. She fell in love with dance and studied wide variety of modern dance and contemporary dance as well as improvisation, yoga and Continuum Movement. She has also been trained in various energy healing modality both in U.S. and Japan. Inner Wave Movement Meditation is developed to offer participants an opportunity to bring attention to the healing quality of subtle and intrinsic movement of the body and unwind from daily stress in a most gentle and nourishing way.
Cass Phelps teaches an innovative body of work that is simple and direct - a clear, calming Presence whose guidance assists one into true Self-Knowing. Cass specializes in movement meditation healing work while honoring A Course In Miracles, Continuum, and Structural Integration as major influences.
Cass taught Continuum Movement for 7 years while his own work developed. We has offered the Awake-One Process since 2001. He's a Reiki master, life time musician and sound healing therapist. He offers workshops globally and tele-series focused on Eros & Inspiration as well as deep internal cleansing programs in conjunction with movement and wise nutritional guidance and support. Cass is the creator of the grounding breaking Nutritional work The Five Signals and is the creator of BioTune : Sound Frequency Medicine. He also holds a private practice on Kauai, HI working with clients with complex neurological disorders. His unique approach to sound, breath and movement unifies the creative and healing arts as ONE.
In-Depth: An Intermediate Hoopdance Experience with Shakti Sunfire, Safire and Luna Breeze.
Join us for this week-long hoopdance experience to blast through old, stuck movement patterns and stock up on new tricks and technique at Kalani. Think of it Like Hoopdance Bootcamp...in Paradise!
About the Facilitator(s)
Shakti Sunfire is a vibrant and passionate teacher of hoop dance and yoga. Now a resident of San Francisco, she draws on her own experiences and her heavy participation in the community to encourage unfettered self-expression centered in the heart. Her message is one of radical self acceptance. She teaches and performs internationally.
Luna Breeze ~ Exotic, energetic, and entertaining, Luna Breeze extends far beyond the acrobatic. As a hoop dancer, her choreography blurs the line between entertainment and performance art - a focus on the magic of illusion and the interaction of hoop and dancer. She is known for her fusion of modern dance, tradition circus skills, and musicality within her dance. As a teacher she is known for her accessibility, goofy sense of humor and serious attitude of positive empowerment through the ring.
The material in any of Luna’s classes has been acquired through personal exploration in yoga, dance and circus arts at accredited studios around the world. She is a firm believer in the power of research, and the simple act of trial, error, experimentation and fearless play.
Luna is currently attending circus school at Pendulum Aerial Circus Arts in Portland Oregon, where she studies aerial silks, trapeze, and acrobatics, while teaching and performing circus hula hoop for the school. Her days are filled with choreography, training for performance, and studying the human body to ensure that her students and she advance efficiently, safely and happily whether performer or hobbyist!
Safire ~ Safire is a world-renowned circus and fire entertainer, skilled in a variety of movement arts, with a range of performance experience and is one of the world’s most known hoop dancers. She has performed in over 12 different countries around the world and has appeared in dozens of television spots, magazines, newspapers, blogs and more.
Safire has been training in the circus arts since 2006 and works full-time as a professional entertainer and fire dance instructor. She continues to develop her skills through regular training sessions, workshops, theatre courses, and by attending conventions around the world.
Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna. Also includes group yoga classes, hoop classes, drumming classes, dance parties, vision board materials and more.
Non-refundable deposit $600 to hold your space. Remainder due Oct 1st.