The Yoga of Permaculture™

Chris Miller & Eric Ellenwood

November 25, 2013 - November 30, 2013

The Yoga of Permaculture

Kalani is very pleased to host a week dedicated to yoga and permaculture, featuring two talented and knowledgeable instructors, Chris Miller and Eric Ellenwood.

During this retreat, Chris and Eric will guide you in an experience of interconnection between Samkhya-Yoga philosophy and permaculture principles, introducing the concept of reintegrating mind, body, nature and tribe.  

Permaculture Yoga PoseIn addition to combining poses, breath work, meditation and discussion, the yoga portion of this workshop will provide an introduction to India's philosophical system known as Samkhya.

It is in this system that we learn to use our sensory and motor capacities to pay close attention to the elements of earth, water, fire, air and space, gaining new sensitivities to the natural world and ultimately finding more peace within ourselves.

We will also explore some of the core teachings found in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra as they relate to our relationship with our cherished planet.

In the permaculture portion of this workshop, Samkhya-Yoga philosophy will be applied in direct connection with the natural environment.  Eric intends to convey a sense of awareness and understanding of natural, ecological systems in teachings derived from permaculture, agroforestry, primitive skills and ecology.  

Permaculture is a holistic system of ecological design, mimicking nature's stable, resilient and diverse natural ecosystems through thoughtful observation to create an abundant, sustainable culture in which waste and human labor are minimized.  

Experience the beauty of Hawaii, enjoying delicious, healthy meals, pool time and beach time, while you deep-dive into the conjoined philosophies of yoga and permaculture design. 

Special note: this week also includes Thanksgiving, so you will be treated to a beautiful dinner that evening including much of the abundance of the District of Puna - from local produce to organic turkey and vegetarian entrees.

All levels of permaculture knowledge and yoga practice, including beginners, are welcome. Permaculture tools, yoga mats, props and blankets are all provided.

About the Facilitator(s)

Chris MillerChris Miller is devoted to the study of yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and the relationship between spirituality, religion and ecology.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Comparative Theology, Chris received his training in yoga philosophy in Santa Monica at the Hill Street Yoga and Meditation Center.

Chris has also spent time studying Jain philosophy in India where he became affiliated with Surfing Yogis, a conscious group of surfers who aim to inspire and transform the ecological and social landscape of yoga's motherland.

Eric EllenwoodEric Ellenwood is Kalani's Permaculture Design Specialist, responsible for the development of sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, and agro-forestry on Kalani campus. In this role, Eric teaches regular classes, and works with volunteers and guests to better understand the principles of permaculture and their application to sustainable food.

Eric comes to Kalani with a diverse background, incorporating permaculture design, engineering skills, fabrication abilities, primitive skills, and a deep connection and observation of life and interconnection in nature. After leaving a career in the private jet industry, Eric founded a permaculture community in Nebraska, before transitioning to the hotbed of permaculture here in Hawaii. 


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Included: Accommodation as selected below, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, all scheduled classes and events, and one personalized 90 minute yoga session.

Not Included: Airport transfers, optional adventure add-ons, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.) United 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.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1850 $ 2375
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1650 $ 1975
4 - Tree House Room $ 1650 $ 1975
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1650 $ 1975
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1525 $ 1775
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1095 $ 1575

Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates. Inquire for details.

Prices subject to change without notice.