Hawai’i Family Yoga & Eco-Adventure Retreat

Liz Heffernan, Darius Kalvaitis, & Omkar

July 10, 2011 - July 15, 2011

This week long adventure is a wonderful opportunity to build positive family bonds, designed to nurture the parent and inspire your keiki (children ages 5 and up) to connect to nature through hands on adventure and fun! Daily yoga practices designed specifically for parents are scheduled conveniently at the same time as our kids nature explorations. Together families will explore the unique and spectacular wonders of Hawai’i’s Big Island. (Single parent families are very welcome.)

Yoga for the Parents. During this retreat you will find a well-balanced combination of yoga practices designed specifically for parents -- to nurture their reconnection with self and spirit. So often caught up by our daily obligations we forget to take time to replenish ourselves. This week we will recharge and renew, reconnect to our inner radiance, and deepen our reservoir of patience, love, and gratitude we so often need to draw from in daily life.

Kids Nature Explorations. Kids will be actively engaged each morning in ocean and jungle adventures; they will embark on a treasure quest, learn to snorkel, climb a coconut tree, visit a natural hot springs, explore the coast line, participate in group games, kids yoga, and jungle crafts. All activities are designed to be fun, safe, build self-esteem, and create positive relationships with others and the nature around them.

Family Adventures. Daily half day family adventures will include snorkeling at Kapoho’s Tide Pools, soaking in the Ahalanui Warm Pond; a hike and swim at the lush Green Lake and Green Mountain, a visit to a living volcano, boogie boarding at Pohiki, surfing at Honolii, a visit to unique Lava Tree State Park and a hike through MacKenzie Park Lava Tube. Evenings may be spent talking story around a camp fire, playing jungle charades, stargazing, taking advantage of the two hot tubs, swimming pool, and sauna, or participating in a group dolphin dance in the heated to body temperature Watsu Pool.

About the Facilitator(s)

Liz Heffernan, MA, RYT-500 is an experienced yoga teacher of 14 years. Her journey with yoga began as a teenager when through a seemingly random yet auspicious opportunity, she took a yoga course at a nearby college. In Savasana (corpse pose) she recalls experiencing a profound sense of peace and well being, a feeling both unknown yet incredibly perfect. Ever since, her life has been a journey seeking that deeper connection to the magic and effulgent soma true yoga offers. She is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kripalu Yoga, has completed Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Tim Miller and is currently immersed in the study and practice of Anusara Yoga. As a teacher, she weaves together a practice, which invites her students to dive inside and shift their limiting self-perceptions to access their joyful center. Through clear instructions in alignment, a strong focus on the breath and the heart expanding philosophy of tantra, she inspires her students toward greater degrees of freedom in body, mind and in spirit.

Darius Kalvaitis, Ph.D. is a long time elementary educator and outdoor adventurer. He is current an Assistant Professor of Education at University of Hawaii –Hilo, a specialist in Children’s Ecopsycology and a No Child Left Inside Advocate. Darius is also the Director and Innovator of the Hawaii Island Coastal Education and Stewardship Project and is a contributing author to Green Teacher magazine. Always fun and engaging, Darius, is a natural; inspiring all ages to find joy in nature.

Omkar RYT-200 has been inspired by yoga since his grandmother introduced him to it in the early 70’s. In the mid-90’s, yoga helped him overcome debilitating back problems caused by stress. After retiring from corporate America in 1997, yoga became an integral part of his daily life. He completed his Yoga Alliance certified Sivananda teacher training in 2005. In 2006 & 2007 he made pilgrimages to India to expand and intensify his knowledge of yoga. He teaches Yin, Kundalini, Restorative and alignment-based yoga practices. Presently, he is studying Anusara Yoga; its universal principles of Alignment and associated Kashmir Shaivism philosophies. He loves all types of yoga practices.


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Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1675 n/a
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1550 n/a
4 - Tree House Room $ 1550 n/a
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1450 n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1375 n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1295 n/a

Prices are per adult based on room occupancy of 2 adults plus 2 children, surcharge may apply for rooms with lower occupancy. Children under 12 are half the adult rate.

Prices subject to change without notice.