A Retreat to Rediscover Your Aloha
September 16 - 22, 2018
Dear Friends and Guests,
For Hawaiians, Aloha is a way of life, something far more than a salutation. It is a state of being; it is
Love, Compassion, and Peace.
For many of us, our fast-moving world is increasingly difficult to navigate. With new distractions created every day, a life of love, compassion, and peace grows ever more challenging. It’s difficult to stay aware of our own values, stay centered and live an embodied life.
Living life with the spirit of Aloha feels further out of reach.
The Evolved Traveler invites you join us in Kauai this September to imagine the possibilities of living in true, personified Aloha. With us, you will be co-creators of your own retreat to ensure a personal journey to re-discover your Aloha — the spirit of Hawaii within us all.
We believe to rediscover that spirit, we must disconnect from the clamors of life and reconnect with ourselves. Each day we will use and build upon traditional Hawaiian themes meant to tap into the profound energy of Kauai and progressively restore our “PONO,” - our balance and feelings of contentment with all that is right and good.
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:
- *$50 per guest has been in the cost of this retreat to carbon neutralize our journey.
- *$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
Day 1 - Welcome to Kauai!
Arriving in Lihue, Kauai, we immediately feel connected to the charged energy of this truly enchanted island. And that is the perfect feeling to have so we can immediately begin our adventure upon arrival!
Some of Kauai most awe-inspiring sights are inaccessible from the ground and can only be seen by soaring above. So that is exactly what we will do – soar; we will literally and figuratively get our feet off the ground to instantly remember how much more we see with a broader perspective!
Transferring a short distance from the airport to board a helicopter, we will take to the air, to soar above it all on our spectacular welcome tour to view all the epic beauty of Kauai, and to immediately begin feeling the transformed perspective we have come for - the spirit of wonder, excitement, joy and peace – the spirit of Aloha!
Sculpted by nature for six million years, the Na Pali Coast is the epitome of Kauai’s exquisite palette of nature – 14 miles of sea cliffs ascending 3,000 feet above feral shoreline, with sheer-walled valleys and cascading waterfalls—and sensational Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” This incredible journey ends at our hotel, the St. Regis Princeville, where we will receive a traditional lei greeting accompanied by a champagne toast, but indeed, it is just the beginning of our real journey on Kauai to rediscover our Aloha.
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 we join our retreat mates and Evolved staff for our first meditation to set some intentions as we begin the retreat:
Ha’aha’a, the value of humility and opening your thoughts; Ho’ohanohano, honoring the dignity of others and cultivating respect; and, Lōkahi, the value of teamwork, collaboration, and harmony, the principle that people who work together can achieve more.
Finally, we’ll gather together and spend time getting acquainted with one another at our welcome reception.
Day 2 - September 17
Nānā i ke kumu, looking to our sense of place and source of spirit to find our truth, and Ike loa, to seek knowledge and wisdom with the understanding we are here to grow, will be our intentions in this morning’s yoga and meditation sessions as we begin our fist full day together. These simple but powerful themes will also be building blocks for our progression towards the spirit of Aloha during the week.
After breakfast and our morning sessions, we will have a short break before heading out to start our Kauai exploration beginning with a, “Trek and Tai Chi” excursion. The “trek” will be on the Wai Koa Loop Trail, a relaxed 4.5-mile hiking trail where we will pass through the Kilauea Forest and then to the largest mahogany plantation in North America! 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 a picnic lunch - and a fun swim too! We will also take a moment to honor a Hawaiian proverb by each planting a small tree or flowers along our way.
The proverb is, “E hele me ka pu’ol - Always take an offering with you. Make every person, place or condition better than you left it – Always!
We return to the hotel mid-afternoon where you will have the choice of a surfing or paddleboard 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 - September 18
The day begins with our yoga session and a brief meditation to set our intention which is, Imi ola, to remember our purpose in life is to seek our highest purpose, our value and our mission.
What better place to delve deeper into our intention than the Hindu Himalayan Sanctuary and Academy. The sanctuary, set amongst one of Kauai’s most stunning backdrops of rainforests and waterfalls, 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 as well as having time for personal reflection and enjoying nature’s awe-inspiring canvas.
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 - September 19
Our morning yoga and meditation sessions will set today’s simple, but vital, life intentions of le’ale’a, fun, and ho’omaha, relaxation.
The remainder of the morning is at leisure, so we can enjoy some ho’omaha before heading to nearby Hanalei early this afternoon. Independent exploration and shopping in the town’s unique and charming boutiques provide a pleasant diversion. 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 and Preserve, beautifully set in a lush tropical valley with a backdrop of the grand Makana Mountain and views stretching 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 meditation tapping into the palpable energy of the island felt at the Gardens.
Now it’s time for a beach break and some real le’ale’a! Just a short distance from Limahuli is one of the North Shore’s most beautiful beaches, The Point. Here, we will have the remainder of the afternoon to swim, snorkel and enjoy our ho’omaha. 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 - September 20
This morning, we will delve deeper into Lōkahi, which is not only the value and spirit of team work and collaboration, but our essential connectedness to all things, all life. Hawaiian lore and religion believe that all objects and things, including the ocean and waves, the sky, and animals all have spirits, a perspective shared by Eastern philosophies as well. We will use this premise today for our mediation and yoga sessions at one of the most beautiful beaches on Kauai, Secrets Beach, a renowned spot for dolphins swimming early in the morning.
The remainder of the morning will be at leisure to spend on this spectacular Kauai beach or return to the hotel for a spa or body therapy session and some ho’omaha.
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 some adventure or, in Hawaiian, hoike ia. It’s your choice of adventure with either “Rivers or Ripping!”
Those who choose “rivers,” will take a kayak out to paddle leisurely through the rainforest river; pull your kayak ashore for a short hike and time at the waterfalls
Those who prefer “ripping” will have time to take to the sky for an exciting afternoon of ziplining across the treetops! This 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 - September 21
This morning we will begin our final yoga and meditation session before heading out for some fun and authentic fulfilling community engagement time in our “Evolved Experience.” Our intention for the day, and our Evolved Experience, is simple and profound, kākou, we are all in this together.
Evolved Experiences are a core and unique component to all our journeys that allows 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 a lifetime, 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,” which in Hawaiian means “many hands working together.” This is the true essence of an Evolved Experience!
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.
Our 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 one of the “13 Grandmothers” and the history and lore of the South Pacific she represents. Then, it’s time to let loose for our farewell reception and luau!
Meals Included: B, D
Day 7 - September 22
Our time together may have come to an end but our renewed and refreshed sense of being and memories will continue for a long time to come!
A Hawaiian proverb reads, “Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua,” – “Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.” And so it is with us; we disconnected from the things that inhibited our Aloha and allowed ourselves to unfold again, leaving with a sense of renewal and feeling refreshed. We have and give mahalo for all the experiences charmed Kauai has given us. We end our time together; our ending is the beginning of us living with the true spirit of Aloha once again.
On our final morning, we will transfer to the Lihue airport for our flights home.
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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