A Yoga and Story Retreat in Hawaii

Kimberly Dark

Come experience the beauty of Hawaii as this special group gathers to practice yoga, tell stories and explore the wisdom of the body in nature and our ability for transformation.

“I feel deeply moved and transformed. There are so many reasons why. Thank you Kimberly; your style is extraordinary to me.”      -Previous Retreat Participant

During this five-day retreat, we’ll use yoga, storytelling and nature to explore the stories we carry and create in our bodies.  We all carry the stories that were given to us, and we create more.   Given that we can empower our own stories, it’s odd how often we take on cultural definitions and identities.  By focusing on pleasure, power and practice, we’ll explore our stories and how they relate with others.

“Beautifully simple, yet deeply masterful.”     -

Each day includes both active and restorative yoga practices, meditation, writing contemplations, storytelling games and activities (truly: fun, never intimidating). 

 “Such a wonderfully held space… Perfect balance of group time and time on our own.  Perfect balance of meeting us where we were, and pushing us a bit beyond.”       

Whether you’re a long-term yoga practitioner or a beginner, this retreat will connect with your highest potential for alignment and restoration. Regardless of one’s strength, abilities, size or body type, we all live with cultural messages about the body.  Through level-specific instruction, you’ll practice the benefits of yoga: strength, balance and flexibility – and learn how to take those concepts into a life full of self-love.

“The moment where I learned to use my mind to take away and avoid discomfort was amazing.  These sessions helped me appreciate myself and what I can do and think.”    

In addition to our yoga sessions, we have also planned adventures to the most inspiring sites in the region.  You’ll be nestled in a rain forest surrounded by fiery lava, crashing sea, tropical foliage and people celebrating the joy of being alive. There will be plenty of time for relaxation or to engage with Kalani’s Hawaiian culture programs, classes and events.  Connect with others during family style meals on the open air dining lanai, enjoying the healthy, local, mostly organic food for which Kalani is famous.  Yoga mats, props and blankets are all provided.

“So helpful to understand different ways of using the props and to have instruction on modifications for bigger bodies.  I appreciated the rigorous yet achievable nature of each class and how it progressed over the week.”       

Body diversity and individuals with disabilities are quite welcome - and Kalani Honua, as a nature/cultural retreat, is not fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact us with concerns; we will assist in finding off-site accommodations and attempting to meet physical needs during the retreat, as appropriate.

“Going over edges.  Jumping over, diving over, tiptoeing over edges. I loved how you reflected our own courage and ability.  The way you gave us challenges and believed we could simply do it.”      

About the Facilitator(s)

Kimberly Dark is a master facilitator who has led groups to awareness and understanding on three continents over the past twenty years. In addition to teaching yoga since 1999, she’s a writer and storyteller whose work has been invited to hundreds of colleges, universities, theaters, festivals and conferences. Through the body and stories, she leads groups to their own skills of peace and cultural transformation. She blogs regularly for Decolonizing Yoga and Ms. Magazine and is also a founding member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team, in addition to coordinating the Yoga Program at Kalani, one of Hawaii’s largest retreat centers. (Find out about her two annual Yoga and Story retreats at Kalani here.

Kimberly uses an Iyengar-style training and more than twenty years experience with diverse yoga practices to challenge and welcome students of every ability and body type. She has taught yoga styles ranging from vinyasa, yin and restorative to prop-assisted hatha yoga for people who don’t feel comfortable in fitness settings due to size, health or anxiety. Her classes encourage personal sovereignty, inner voice and an entitlement to health and vibrancy at all sizes, ages and abilities.

Here are a few videos where Kimberly talks about yoga, the body, fitness and the good life.



Workshop Fees

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.

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 n/a n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1550 $ 1800
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1420 $ 1600

Triple Occupancy Available
Lodge Room (shared bath) Triple: $1370
Lodge Room (private bath) Triple: $1450

Kama`aina Commuter Rate - $560 - all-inclusive and provides access to retreat activities, meals,  and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver’s license must be presented at retreat check-in to receive kama'āina rates.

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.

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