A Retreat for Mind, Body & Soul
May 27th - June 2nd, 2018
Dear Friends and Guests,
Wellness Travel is currently the fast-growing segment of tourism. It is broad spectrum but is easily defined as, “Travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being, be it mental, spiritual, or physical. Ironically, when I looked up the definition of “wellness” it read, “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.” The glaring omission, in my opinion, is “spirit.” Is this not part of the whole of our well-being? In the words of Albert Schweitzer, “To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.” We at Evolved Retreats believe that this point of view and attitude lead us to pursue wellness in multiple ways that strengthen our mind, body, and spirit.
As we fortify our own well being, through whatever means we use or choose, it seems to be an organic progression that we then wish to share that with others in any number of ways. And, maybe more importantly, we begin to see how easy it is to find common ground with anyone we meet along our journey. Our paradigm shifts from one of competition and opposition to one of kindness and cooperation. In other words, we change our perspective and subsequently, we change our world—we change the world. Ghandi said it best, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I invite you to join us on our “Kauai Calling” retreat to begin, or continue, your own journey of wellness. It is our belief that through our own “wellness” we contribute to the “wellness” of our planet, and the global community at large. We can only give something we have, and like the song says, “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” So it is with our wellness and that of the world we live in.
Founder and President
How Your Trip Helps The Community
In line with our core values of sustainable tourism and building a sense global community, our “Kauai Calling” retreat will not only benefit the wellness of our guests but also the planet and local community in the following ways:
- $70 per guest will be donated to local school arts programs
- $70 per guest will be donated to local Waipa Foundation
- $240 per guest will be donated (collectively) to: Nothing But Nets.org; Water.org; National Military Family Association, and No More Tears
- $50 per guest has been factored into the cost of this retreat to carbon neutralize our program.
- Roundtrip flights from the US mainland
- All hotel nights and events
- Vehicle usage during the retreat
Day 1 - Welcome to Kauai!
Arrive in Lihue, Kauai, today and your adventure begins immediately! You will be transferred from the airport a short distance to the helipad where you will board a helicopter for your welcome tour and transfer to the St. Regis Princeville. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will receive a traditional lei greeting accompanied by a champagne toast.
Settle into your spacious ocean view room and take some time to relax and begin to soak in the beauty and energy of, “The Garden Island.” This evening get acquainted with the Evolved staff and your journey mates at a welcome reception.
Day 2 - May 28th
Our journey begins in earnest today. After breakfast, we’ll gather for our first yoga and meditation session followed by a brief wellness lecture (topics will vary during the journey). After a short break, we will head out for our, “Trek and Tai Chi” excursion. The “trek” will be the Wai Koa Loop Trail, a relaxed 4.5-mile hiking trail not far from the hotel. We’ll pass through the Kilauea Forest and then, the largest mahogany plantation in North America! We’ll enjoy impressive views of the Namahana Mountains before we reach the historic Stone Dam. Built in the 1880’s to support the Kilauea Sugarcane Plantation, it is a great place for our Tai Chi class and picnic lunch - and a fun swim too!
We’ll return to the hotel mid-afternoon where you will have the choice of a surfing or paddle board lesson, or if you prefer something more leisurely, we’ll have a spa or body therapy appointment already booked for you.
This evening we’ll gather for a sunset meditation with musical slack-key and ukulele accompaniment provided by local musicians, Doug and Sandy McMasters.
Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Meals Included: B, L
Day 3 - May 29th
Our morning begins with a yoga and meditation session followed by today’s wellness lecture.
Our outing this morning will be to the Hindu Himalayan Sanctuary and Academy. Beautifully set amongst rainforests and waterfalls, the sanctuary is a center for global outreach for Hinduism and spiritual practice. We’ll visit the Kadavul Temple to receiving the blessings of Siva, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and enjoy a special visit to the monasteries crown jewel, the hand-carved granite Iravian Temple. Some time for reflection and taking in the stunning surroundings will be given as well.
Lunch today will be at the beautiful oceanfront, farm-to-table restaurant, Oasis on the Beach.
This afternoon, its “Trek or Time Out.” If you choose to “trek” today we will traverse the moderate 4.5-mile Kuilau Ridge Trail. This picturesque trail is a genuine glimpse into all the beautiful aspects of nature Kauai has to offer with lush foliage and picturesque valley, mountain and costal views.
If you prefer “time out” enjoy the afternoon at leisure or a spa or body therapy appointment.
Dinner is included this evening at your leisure at the Kauai Grill at the St. Regis (reservations required).
Meals Included: B, L, D
Day 4 - May 30th
Our morning yoga, meditation and wellness lecture session begin this fun and relaxing day.
The remainder of the morning is at leisure before heading to nearby Hanalei early this afternoon for some exploration and shopping. Lunch is included today anywhere in Hanalei you choose.
This afternoon it’s time for, “Nature and Nurture.” We will depart Hanalei for the Limahuli Garden & Preserve. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is beautifully set in a lush tropical valley with a backdropped of the grand Makana Mountain and views out to the Pacific Ocean. In Hawaiian, the name Limahuli means “turning hands,” which refers to the ancient islanders who built agricultural terraces out of lava rock and planted Taro, an important cultural food crop still to this day. Given the local and historic name of, “turning hands,” the gardens are the perfect place for a brief Tai Chi class.
Now it’s time for a beach break! We’ll travel a short distance to one of the North Shore’s most beautiful beaches, The Point. Here, we will have the remainder of the afternoon to swim, snorkel and relax. Later, we’ll bask in the colors of a sunset meditation before we start the fire for a fun beach BBQ!
Meals Included: B, L, D
Day 5 - May 31st
Our yoga and meditation this morning will be at Secrets Beach, a renowned spot for dolphins swimming. (Please note that sightings of or swimming with the dolphins cannot be guaranteed.) The remainder of the morning will be at leisure to spend on this spectacular beach or return to the hotel for a spa or body therapy session.
This afternoon we will travel towards Lihue for lunch at Gaylord’s, Kauai’s premier farm-to-table restaurant.
Following lunch, it is time for, “Rivers or Ripping!” If you choose “rivers,” take a kayak out to paddle leisurely through the rainforest river; pull your kayak ashore for a short hike and time at the waterfalls. If you prefer “ripping” then it’s time to take to the sky for an exciting afternoon of ziplining across the treetops! The thrilling course includes seven zipline runs and four canopy sky bridges 60’ to 85’ above the forest floor.
Return to the hotel late this afternoon and have the evening at leisure.
Meals Included: B, L
Day 6 - June 1st
This morning we will begin our final yoga and meditation session before heading out for some fun and fulfilling community engagement time -our Evolved Experience.
Evolved Experiences are a core and unique component to all our journeys that provide our Evolved Travelers, with experiences that far exceed the par-for-the-course of luxury travel. Evolved Experiences allow our guests the opportunity to make a lasting impression on the communities they visit, extend their hand in a gesture of global community, and create memories that can be cherished for years to come, not only for themselves but for those they meet.
We will begin at the Waipa Foundation, a place where guests connect with the “aina,” – that which feeds us, the land. Here, we will engage in the process of making poi which will be distributed to families along Kauai’s North Shore to keep this Hawaiian staple affordable and available. Our community activity is called, “laulima,” and in Hawaiian means “many hands working together.”
Our Evolved Experience continues with another Hawaiian tradition, the ukulele! We will join a group of children from the Kauai Boys & Girls Club who will teach us to play a song on the ukulele. And yes, we will be required to perform a concert once we’ve learned our song!
Donations will be made at the time of our visit on our guest behalf to benefit each of the foundations.
The afternoon is at leisure for some final time to relax or enjoy a final spa or body therapy session.
We’ll gather once more late this afternoon for some final reflection and mediation. Tonight, will be quite special however in that we will be joined by Kahuna “Happy” Pahia, one of the “13 Grandmothers.” http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/ Pahia will give us all a farewell blessing as well as discussing her role as on the “13 Grandmothers” and the history and lore of the South Pacific she represents. Then, it’s time for a let loose for our farewell reception and luau!
Meals Included: B, D
Day 7 - June 2nd
On our final morning, we will transfer you to the Lihue airport for your flights home.
Our time has come to an end but your renewed and refreshed sense of being and memories will last for a lifetime!
END OF TOUR
St Regis Hotel, Princeville
The St. Regis Princeville, located on Kauai’s North Shore marks the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawaii and introduces an unsurpassed level of luxury to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Ocean View Rooms
Ocean View rooms, at a spacious, 547 square feet, are elegantly appointed with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and lush tropical gardens. Each room features a contemporary Hawaiian décor with modern refinements. Rooms feature either one king or two queen beds adorned with embroidered bed linens, relaxed sitting area with contemporary furnishings and a sumptuous marble bathroom with double vanity and oversized bathtub with shower combination. Rooms include a unique transparent glass reveal electronically controlled for views or privacy.
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