Lotus in Paradise: Hawaii Yoga Retreat!

Adi Turner, Maia Laverty & Nicole Koleshis

February 18, 2012 - February 24, 2012

Come experience the spirit of aloha! Lotus Yoga presents a week in paradise with Maia, Adi & Nicole.

Lotus Yoga’s annual retreat takes place this year on the Big Island of Hawaii, at Kalani Oceanside Retreat near Hilo. Kalani sits on 120 acres of sustainable agricultural land including tropical forest, preserved heritage sites, and organic orchards. The retreat center offers a sauna, pool, and hot tubs, as well as spacious activity rooms and lovely accommodations. Nearby are pristine beaches, beautiful waterfalls, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park!

The week will include three daily yoga sessions, as well as trips to nearby beaches and an optional side trip to the volcanoes. Meals are served three times a day and feature local fruits, veggies, and fish (with extensive vegetarian options). Healthy snacks are available anytime.

Kids are very welcome! Nicole will be leading kids’ and family classes in a space separate from the adults. These classes will feature yoga, meditation, art, and games, as well as other fun and educational activities. Families will have an opportunity to practice yoga together every afternoon in a playful interactive class. Two nights of childcare will also be offered so parents can enjoy time together.

The listed cost includes yoga, lodging, all meals and fruit snacks at Kalani, and 2 nights of free childcare. Airfare, ground transportation, and optional side trips are not included in the cost.

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.


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 n/a n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1480 n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1390 $ 1540
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1294 n/a

With (1) child add $420 to the fees for adult(s).

With (2) children add $480  to the fees for adult(s).

5-Day Yoga Immersion for Individuals and Families at Kalani
Sunday, February 19th-Thursday, February 23rd, 2012*

OPTION 1 (for individuals): 
Mid-morning yoga + lunch + afternoon yoga= $175/adult

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.

9:00-10:30am        Mid-morning yoga
12:00-1:00pm        Lunch
4:30-6:00pm          Adult afternoon
5:00-6:00pm          Afternoon family yoga


*No class Tuesday afternoon

- Contact us for information on room upgrades

Prices subject to change without notice.