An African/Hawaiian Spiritual Retreat

Māhealani Uchiyama and Masankho Banda

October 26, 2014 - November 1, 2014

Water, Fire, Earth and Sky

An African/Hawaiian Spiritual Retreat


Have you noticed?


Western science is in a game of “catch up”.


For centuries, the mainstream society routinely dismissed as “superstition” practices born from intimacy with nature. But now, we are finally coming to appreciate what we acquire by paying close attention to the natural world.


Nature is intelligent and interconnected. This interconnectivity is vital and necessary for life on Earth to continue. Reciprocity (caring for our environment and community of beings) is therefore a necessary and sacred act.


Masankho Banda and I invite you to join us for a nourishing spiritual journey as we ritually engage with the natural forces of our world through exploring Hawaiian Hula and Indigenous African Wisdom practices. Masankho is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator and traditional healer from Malawi who has been recognized by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama as a “Hero of Compassion” in 2001. I am a dancer, musician, recording artist and Kumu Hula (teacher of hula and leader of Hālau KaUaTuahine). We have recognized interesting and beautiful parallels spanning our respective traditions. Together, we will facilitate a retreat featuring movement, song, meditation, storytelling and nature-based ceremonies while exploring the beauty of the island of Hawaiʻi.


We are offering two mini retreats in one:


Session I, October 26th – 29th  – Hawaiian Traditions

Understand the spirituality that imbues the hula tradition:

·        Immerse in traditional Hawaiian hula including the basics of the dance

·        ʻUkulele playing (bring your own)

·        Lei making

·        Learn to sing and dance a song about the area we will be in.

·        Commemorate the story of your journey through decorating your own kīhei (ceremonial garment)

·        Introduction to the Hawaiian moon calendar

·        Pilgrimage to Kīlauea, the home of Pele

·        Develop and nurture your own personal experience with the land


Session II , October 29th – November 1st - African Connections

Regain a sense of place through connection with the ancestors, the environment and with each other:

·        Movement, song, storytelling, Interplay, and meditation based on indigenous African rituals

·        Pilgrimage to the City of Refuge

·        Ceremonies of the Sun and the Moon

·        Osun Ritual

·        Rediscover your innate ability to recognize and respect the elemental life-giving forces of the earth



Masankho Banda - originally from Malawi, is a multi-disciplinary international Performing Artist, leader, educator and spiritual healer. He received the 2001 “Heroes of Compassion” award by given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Māhealani Uchiyama is a dancer and musician. She is the founder and artistic director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance of Berkeley and Kumu Hula (hula teacher) of Hālau KaUaTuahine. She has taught workshops in the dance and music of Hawaiʻi and Tahiti throughout the US and Mexico and has performed in Hawaiʻi, Tahiti and Aotearoa, (New Zealand). She is a recording artist, and two of her more recent recordings “A Walk By The Sea”, and “Ndoro” were both recipients of HawaiʻI Music Awards.





These rates include accommodations in lodge room private baths, transportation to off-site adventures, three abundant buffet meals a day, access to a 25 meter pool, two hot tubs and sauna.


Airfare and ground transportation to Kalani Honua Retreat Center are not included, but there is a shuttle that can be arranged by the participant.


·        Single Session: $900

·        Both Sessions: $1680



September 1st: $500 non-refundable deposit due to reserve spot.

October 1st: $400 Final Payment due. (Single session)

                       $1680 payment due (Both sessions)

Session I: October 26th  – 29th

Session II: October 29th – November 1st


Remember your spiritual self through being in harmony with the land, sea and sky we all share.

About the Facilitator(s)


Workshop Fees

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

Prices subject to change without notice.

Airfare and ground transportation to Kalani Honua Retreat Center are not included, but there is a shuttle that can be arranged by the participant. • Single Session: $900 • Both Sessions: $1680