8 Day Awaken to Well-Being Meditation Yoga Retreat in Hawaii

  • Kapaau, North Kohala, Big Island, Hawaii, USA


Big Island Hawaii Wellness and Yoga Retreat

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a yoga retreat in the lap of tropical luxury with a highly experienced international teacher and a private chef for only 12 participants. More than a feel-good retreat, you will develop skills on how to bring more ease into your daily life. From moving well in your body to skillfully navigating life's challenges, you will learn to access the support and wisdom that is already within you to allow you to fully receive the abundant gifts of nature.


  • Daily gentle, therapeutic yoga
  • Daily morning meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Daily iRest® yoga Nidra, wisdom talks, and Q & A sessions
  • Cooking classes focused on creative cooking farm-to-fork style in-season and local ingredients
  • Yoga, meditation and wisdom talks sessions led by yoga therapist and senior iRest certified teacher Julie Seibt
  • 3 meals each day by a private chef for a maximum 12 guests
  • Maps and tips for island exploring
  • 7 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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On the estate, is an Indonesian "spirit house" in which you can sit in contemplation. A fire pit, extensive citrus orchard and flower gardens surround the artifacts collected from Bali and other countries abroad. With its own hydro-electric system and solar power, this is a beautiful eco-estate. Accommodation consists on six rustic, cozy "hales" or rooms, including two simple "barn hales' (attached to the barn), each with two double beds and shared bathroom, and four bungalow style hales, each with two double or single beds, a deck and shared bathrooms and outdoor hot water showers.

Daily itinerary

  • Sunrise meditation and pranayama (breathing awareness)
  • Bountiful, wholesome, and delicious breakfast
  • Time to rest and digest, or walk the citrus orchards and organic gardens
  • Late morning gentle, therapeutic yoga
  • Create and pack your lunch-to-go (or to stay) from a buffet of nutritious ingredients
  • Afternoon break to explore the beautiful North Kohala area at your leisure: black sand beaches, white sand, hikes, visit sacred sites, or relax
  • Late afternoon iRest yoga Nidra sessions
  • Cooking classes on at least two of the days, with as much involvement as you would like with the chef each day in the open air kitchen
  • Sumptuous, organic, farm-to-fork dinner
  • Evening wisdom talk and Q & A, or sharing to close the evening
  • Sunday evening optional meditation with a local group and Dhamma talk with a dhamma teacher of international acclaim
  • Closing "luau" style evening together, with an introduction to spiritual hula, Hawaiian chanting, fire circle (subj to weather) and more
  • Each year, the students under-promise and over deliver with sharings from local teachers and practitioners. Be open to a pleasant surprise or two!
  • Julie

    Anahata Yoga Teacher Certification (Yoga)

    Asian Bio-energetic certification (Healing Therapist)

    IRI Certified iRest Teacher® (Nidra Yoga)

    Julie Seibt has been leading retreats in Thailand, Hawaii and Canada for 10 years. She welcomes each person exactly as there area; with no pre-requisites physically, emotionally or spiritually. Julie's credentials include Anahata Yoga Teacher Certification (Anne Douglas, 2006), IRI Certfied iRest Teacher®, Certified Yoga Therapist (2013, Functional Synergy) and teacher's training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and Restorative Yoga with Andrea Peloso.

A private, sustainable ranch with citrus orchards, organic gardens, and cozy bungalows will be your home. The property is located in North Kohala on the island of Hawaii, commonly known as The Big Island, at the end of the road amid lush, tropical greenery. A stunning black sand beach is a five-minute drive, or 25 minutes walk away. White sand beaches are also a short drive away.

North Kohala's quaint towns of Hawi ("ha-vee") and Kapa'au ("Ka-pa-ow) offer conveniences like a pharmacy, post office, gas stations, a bank, ATMs, restaurant, shops and galleries as well as numerous alternative health care practitioners and conventional medical and dental clinics.

Nearby places

  • Kona International Airport (KOA) - 1 hour
  • The beach - 5 minutes' drive or 25 minutes' walk

Enjoy the delicious and nutritious meals prepared by Chef Samantha which will feature fresh, local and organic products as much as possible. Sam entertains and educates with humor and passion in the open air kitchen. The focus will be on local cuisine with options of local fish, like 'Mahi-mahi' or 'Ono', and chicken. Citrus fruits are available in abundance in the orchard surrounding the dining 'hale'. Yoga and meditation in Hawaii - delicious!

Body Mind Ease Therapeutic Yoga will provide gluten-free choices with each meal. If you would benefit by bringing your own snacks, please do so. Please communicate dietary restrictions at least three weeks prior to the retreat.

Freedom with support is the theme. You will be given maps and advice from our local team for popular destinations and recommendations "off-the-map" experiences. Browse art galleries, swim, beach comb, explore hikes along sea-cliffs and valleys, take a scenic drive, visit a Hawaiian sacred spiritual site, go fishing or snorkeling or stay on the beautiful ranch and sway in a hammock.

Visit the Saturday farmers market or indulge at a quaint coffee shop or ice-cream parlor. But leave a room the succulent dinner that awaits your return!

  • 3 meals each day by a private chef for a maximum 12 guests
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cooking classes focused on creative cooking farm-to-fork style in-season and local ingredients, no matter where you live
  • Daily gentle, therapeutic yoga sessions
  • Daily iRest® yoga Nidra, wisdom talks, and Q & A sessions
  • Daily morning meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Maps and tips for island exploring
  • Yoga, meditation, and wisdom talks led by yoga therapist and senior iRest certified teacher, Julie Seibt
  • Airfare
  • Local transportation

Arrival by airplane

There are direct flights to Kona International Airport (KOA) at Keahole from the mainland on WestJet, US Air, and United Airline as well as others. You do not have to go through Honolulu.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Anne M. from Denmark

    "I am grateful for the mindful movement because it is such a great way to be in the body. "

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  • Review by Margaret from Arizona, USA

    "After my 25-year marriage ended, I courageously did many things to heal. The meditation, iRest and mindful movement at this retreat left me feeling centred with strength inside and out and able to integrate powerfully into to my new life. "

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  • Review by Sue W from London, UK

    "I really loved the retreat. Julie's way of teaching has helped me to start on my journey to a meditation practice. The yoga was fabulous too. I will take a lot away with me. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Mark H from Hawaii

    "The teaching of underlying function in movement is extraordinarily helpful. Understanding how muscles and joints move is so much more helpful than just trying to copy picture perfect asana. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Anis K. from Vancouver, Canada

    "I have complex PTSD and found the yoga retreat to be extremely helpful, grounding and calming. I enjoyed every moment. Julie's compassion and understanding of PTSD was exceptional."

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  • Review by Ellen S. from Kent, England

    "It was everything I hoped for and more! What a special place with special people. It was exactly what I needed, thank you"

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  • Review by Kathy B. from AB, Canada

    "Jungle yoga, location, people and food are absolutely outstanding! I will never forget this experience here in Thailand! This restorative yoga week transformed my meditation practice."

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  • Review by Stephanie V. from Germany

    "In this retreat you get everything you are looking for: "

    "Beautiful nature (jungle and sweet-water lake)"

    "A wonderful, wise, yoga teacher"

    "Warm weather"

    "The best food you could ask for"

    "Great wildlife "

    "Wonderful yoga deck in the middle of the lake"

    "Great massages"

    "Silence times of no speaking (with jungle sounds) and fun times with nice people."

    "I filled up my empty tank!"

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  • Review by Moira D. from London, UK

    "For me, it was a great introduction to yoga and meditation. It helped me discover many things about myself and how to cope with the 'real world'. Loved the food, the staff are amazing and I had the best massage ever!"

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  • Review by Daniel K. from Chiang Mai,Thailand

    "Julie's yoga cultivates loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. The jungle and fellow students complete the embrace. I was able to slow down and be present."

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  • Review by Christine W. from Calgary AB, Canada

    "I highly recommend this retreat. The food is incredible. The location is like paradise and the yoga was deeply restorative. I will treasure my memories of this beautiful experience."

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  • Review by Pat M. from Hawaii

    "The New Years Retreat in Southern Thailand was the best retreat I have attended in forty years (and I have been at many!). Not only was the setting fantastic but the facilities were comfortable, clean, safe, beautiful. The teachers were, of course, superb - Steve, Jake and Julie make a lovely team. It was relaxed, full and deep. I would recommend to anyone this site for a retreat. You will be amazed and want to go every year, just like me!"

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  • Review by Claudia from Hawaii

    "I highly recommend the Lake Retreat which I attended over the New Year's holiday [similar to the summer retreat]. It was a re-set for me to regain 'calm abiding'. The setting is beautifully serene. The teachers are superior with deep knowledge & a willingness to guide us. The food, & the local staff are excellent. I will definitely return."

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  • Review by Angela R, from Canmore, AB

    "I am so completely amazed from last night's Yoga Nidra meditation. I went to bed around 11 p.m., set my alarm for 8:15 a.m., and woke up at 11:30 a.m.! I slept through my alarm and missed 3 medical appointments (thankfully they all rescheduled for later today)! I f e e l like a million bucks. That has to be the best sleep I've had in years! Wow! Just, wow!"

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  • Review by Anne from Canmore, Canada

    "I enjoyed two hours of private sessions of yoga at Julies home. This came after she noted at a group yoga class that I had potential for more ease in my body. Julie set up a series of exercises that I have enjoyed doing at home for about a month, and I am now noticing a significant difference. I am practicing this program 2-3 times a week and now feel more range of motion and mobility in various parts of my body. I had shoulder rotator cuff surgery about 6 months ago, and am now playing golf as well as enjoying other activities (program at a gym, some hiking and biking). Julie has a wonderful way as a yoga instructor. I love her quiet ways, the language she uses during our sessions, her explanations what we are doing, and always come away happy that I have participated."

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  • Review by Carolyn from Hawaii

    "In May of 2011, I had knee replacement surgery and was in considerable discomfort. I met Julie when she was teaching yoga at a meditation retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. The few and simple exercises that she taught me were enough to move me out of pain and into more flexibility. A few months later, I had a week long experience with her at another meditation retreat in Thailand and felt a major improvement in flexibility and strength. I highly recommend this highly skilled and most compassionate teacher."

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  • Review by Jan from Canmore, Canada

    "Julie and I have been working together for about 6 months. During that time I have been implementing gentle activation exercises to re-engage my stomach stability: neural pathways, fascia, and ultimately the stomach muscles. I have also started breathing exercises. Throughout my life I have relied on "powering" through life's challenges. But as I do these exercises I hear Julie's sweet voice, "Less is more." This reminds me to be gentle with myself, have compassion for my process and to stay connected with my sense of curiosity. "

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  • Review by Grant D from New Zealand

    "A review for the Thailand retreat.This jungle yoga retreat is a 'not to be missed' experience!. The serene location is unbelievable, you will meet amazing people and Julie is a really special teacher - her quality shines through every thing she does.Julie's commitment and deep respect for every student and the amazing environment meant everyone deepened (and enjoyed) their own practice. Add to that the amazing food - it's heaven! Do a week - better still two if you can!"

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  • Review by Mark H from Hawaii

    "This retreat was exquisite. Held in the most peaceful of places, surrounded by jungle, and led by a most talented teacher who guided us in an exploration of tranquility. Incomparable."

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  • Review by Marian M from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "Julie's teachings at the Thailand retreat were thoughtful and heartwarming. I loved every minute of it."

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  • Review by Yvonne Law from Canmore, AB

    "I showed up feeling very heavy and sad and left feeling alive and light. Julies sense of making everyone feel safe and comfortable is evident. She is an excellent teacher, exuding grace, compassion and love."

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  • Review by Paul F from Chiang Mai, Thailand

    "Julie Seibt's classes are more than a yoga session. She combines the understanding of positions and body structure to teach finite elements of movement in a slow, conscious manner that can forever change how one moves through exercise of any sort. Her gentle approach belies the actual exertion that is taking place. After a session, your body is awoken not only physically but internally by her mindful directives and philosophy.She brings more than yoga to the individual and this is why myself and many others make the effort to join in her classes wherever she may be teaching."

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  • Review by Judy Perdomo from Calgary, Canada

    "As a woman who has been practicing yoga in one form or another since 1995, I share that I haven't been practicing much, if at all, for over a year. On the Big Island, Hawaii, before, I am visualizing the citrus grove with the showy decorative fowl, the wood bees hard at work, and the sun streaming into the "Qi deck yoga studio as we wake up our bodies and minds to Julie's offerings. I look forward to experiencing the farm to table cuisine, going barefoot and allowing my spirit to renew in the magic of the Big Island and especially the private ranch we call home for the week. Aloha and namaste!"

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Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Body Mind Ease provides blissful, life-enhancing retreats in exotic locations. Julie Seibt, certified yoga therapist, invites your inner wisdom to shine.

Speaks English

Offers starting at --

8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Saturday November 11, 2017
Departure: Saturday November 18, 2017

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