Workout on Water

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Workout on Water offers life-changing stand-up paddleboard yoga health retreats hosted by international master SUP yoga teacher, Charlotte Piho.

Meditation Retreats 1

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Excellent

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8 Days Meditation and SUP Yoga Retreat in French Polynesia

April 26-May 3, 2018 | August 9-16, 2018

Speaks English

from US$3,713

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews
from US$3,713
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8 days / 7 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews

Instructors 1

Charlotte Piho

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

Charlotte is one of the most talked about paddle boarders in Australia. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and an internationally certified yoga teacher (200-hour YTT). Charlotte takes time to continually grow and develop her skills and knowledge as a trainer, often getting training from the best. She has been fortunate to paddleboard with big wave surfing legends Laird Hamilton, Gerry Lopez, Tom Carroll, and Olympic swimming champions, Geoff Huegill and Giann Rooney. Although unable to compete in what she specializes in big waves, she was ranked the 13th in the world for SUP surfing in 2016.

Reviews 2

  • Sandy Van Der Gaag Australia

    July 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    Loved the food, the location and the perfect mix of relaxation and fitness. SUP yoga was excellent and I loved the mountain walk across the island. Charlotte was flexible and was able to cater to all levels of yoga and fitness which was great. Sunrise yoga on the water was a great way to start the day and I loved the photos! There is also a good amount of free time so you can chill, soak up the sun & have some of the beachside island cocktails in your spare time.

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    • a traveler Australia

      Trip Advisor website

      If I could give this more stars I would- 10/10. Charlotte is an amazing woman who made everyone feel welcome and loved. This retreat wasn't just a SUP Yoga retreat, it was so much more- it was an opportunity to find who I was and what I truly valued. The landscape was to die for and I cannot express my love for the island and its people enough- beautiful, happy smiling faces that make you smile in return. I am definitely not a yogi- that didn't matter, Charlotte took the time to work with everyone and offered various levels of difficulty as you progressed through the sequence. The SUP paddles- OMG, I loved every second of being on the water. The little group became my retreat family, everyone stepped out of their comfort zones and found a new part of themselves during the retreat. Charlotte is an amazing, beautiful and kind hearted woman who makes you feel so loved in return. I cannot recommend this retreat enough and plan on going back ASAP. Do yourself a favour and book.

    • a traveler Australia

      Trip Advisor website

      I had a fantastic time with Charlotte and her dad Tuhe over the Christmas break. The retreat was well organised, and also changed depending on the needs and wants of the group (and the weather!) on a daily basis. Both were really welcoming towards me, and I really felt part of their extended family when I was there.

      The SUP was fantastic and really great location to be able to do flat water paddling, along with some more difficult longer paddles or ocean paddling. The water was a perfect temperature to cool off mid paddle or do some snorkeling. The yoga was fantastic too and was the first time I had done it on a board and really enjoyed it.

      The accommodation and food were fantastic and Charlotte went out of her way to make sure we were well fed over the Christmas break. We also had some time to explore other parts of the island such as Black Rock, or go into town for dinner / market stalls.I would recommend this retreat to others as I really enjoyed it and a great way to see the most of the magical Cook Islands.

    • a traveler

      Trip Advisor website

      We spent one week of our honeymoon with Charlotte and Tuhe. Our week with them exceeded all of our expectations - at the end we left feeling happier, stronger and my wife told me she felt more beautiful than she had in a long time. In short the retreat was planned and executed with our wishes in mind. There were times when it was just me and my wife attending Charlottes classes. Since we are both strong paddlers and experienced yogis Charlottes lessons were delivered at a level which gave us room to grow, without being to easy. The equipment is good and the other activities we were offered were interesting - especially the cross island walk with Tuhe with was scary, but fun!

      The accommodation is not fine star, but it was an honour for us to stay with Charlotte and enjoy the comforts of her house. Also we can not express enough how good the food was that Charlotte and Tuhe made for us - is was so good that we will have to travel back to the Cook Islands just to have some more of Tuhes chop sue.

      Overall we can recommend this retreat to others. Charlotte does a lot of work to make the retreat fit all needs. Since she is teaching a large number of people it is understandable that the level has to be fitted to suit all. This is something to keep in mind. Be honest and speak out if there are things you wish during your retreat - Charlotte will immediately make changes accordingly.

      We will cherish our memories from the Cook Islands, and we really hope that we shall se the beautiful smiles of Charlotte and Tuhe again soon. Also we will remember to speak out what we are grateful for everyday.

    • Stephanie S. Australia

      Trip Advisor

      A week in The Cook Islands doing yoga, paddling and eating healthy food was exactly what I needed. Thank you Charlotte and Tuhe for welcoming me into your home, treating me like family and opening my eyes to new experiences on the water and on the land. I loved paddling each day on the clear water, looking out at the beautiful scenery in the distance and watching the fish and stingrays pass by under my board. I am so glad to have learned SUP and SUP Yoga from Charlotte, who teaches with such clear direction and passion. This experience has given me the foundations and confidence to continue SUP and SUP yoga back home in Australia. All in all, a great retreat filled with adventure and exciting opportunities to get out on the water.

    • a traveler Australia

      Trip Advisor

      If you are wanting a retreat that spends six days solely doing yoga, complete clean eating, no sugar, no alcohol and in my words no fun, then this isn't really the right retreat for you. However, if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and try something new and truly amazing then Charlotte's retreat is definitely the right choice. She helped guide us by any means possible, she was honest, humble, gracious and so welcoming and kind-hearted. I was travelling on my own and I was never left behind in any of the activities. At times I got nervous and was unsure if I should be doing certain things but I was always given the encouragement to endure it and just do my best. It is quite strenuous on some days. We did a mountain climb, 12 km paddle, 90 minutes sessions of yoga on the stand up paddle boards, underwater rock running and an open ocean paddle. If you go in with an open mind you will have your expectations blown. The food was super tasty and always freshly made waiting for us. I've never eaten so much food in my life. We were always treated with respect and given options if we were not confident in participating in any of the activities. If we wanted to go do our own thing we could but of us chose not to. As it was very quite rewarding spending such a fun and life changing week with such driven and like minded people. Rarotonga is beautiful and Charlotte and her dad Tuhe are even more beautiful. I can wait to make this an annual trip!

    • Julie and Richard O’Meagher Auckland NZ

      Workout on Water wesbite

      It has been nearly a week since we left the Cook Islands and Richard and i can’t thank you and Tuhe enough for the amazing experiences you provided for us. You and Tuhe are truly beautiful people and without your genuine care for us all the week would not have been as special as it was. Richard commented that it was the best holiday of his life and that Tuhe is in the top 10 of people he has met in his life that has influenced him. For me the retreat was everything i had hoped it would be and more. I came away from the week feeling so relaxed while still feeling that i had achieved a lot and kept my body busy. Thank you both so much for being the amazing people that you are. We hope to join you and Tuhe again next year.

    • Lucy Cousins Australia

      Workout on Water website

      My mind rests in a way it hasnt for a long time. I turn and look at my friend's faces. eyes closed. All signs of stress have gone; their skin is golden brown and theres a hint of a smile. I dont want to put my city clothes on tomorrow to fly home.

    • Andrew Frampton Australian Associated Press

      Workout on Water website

      It was absolutely amazing! In fact, its difficult to express just how good the whole experience was. The island itself, the activities and the group that travelled were all sensational. Without question the best family Ive ever been on!

    • Nigel Milnes Corrumban Queensland

      Workout on Water website

      Well it's hard to know where to start. Back again for our second amazing visit to Raro and Aitutaki to see Charlotte & Tuhe. Two beautiful & inspiring people with hearts and souls of Gold. There are the people who make your dreams come true and help you achieve your goals to change & shape your lives for the better.

    • Kayleen Menzies WaggaWag Australia

      Workout on Water website

      Wow, what an amazing holiday! I doubt whether I could have any future holiday to match this as a package. And to be part of your family was the ultimate CookIslands experience! We all achieved our goals and far exceeded our expectations of our accomplishments. We had lots of 'first'. Lots of people can do a pretty brochure and write a good story, but your retreat delivered exactly what you promised which is rare. So, Charlotte (the most amazing & inspiring woman in the world) & Tuhe, (the most beautiful man in the world) THANKYOU!

    • Cara Morgan Perth Western Australia

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      Wow, what a week its been! I have fallen in love with the Cook Islands and two very special people. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude for all that you have shared this last week. It has exceeded anything that I could have imagined. Before I left, I find myself day dreaming of my return to your beautiful home. I feel enriched by my experience & my heart is full of love & gratitude. So many memories imprinted that will stay long after I return home.

    • Loren Ashley New Zealand

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      Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, it has been truly life changing. I have learnt so much definitely better at paddleboarding but mostly about myself & life & the little things like appreciation & gratitude & taking the time to be present. Rarotonga is such an amazing stunning place! And you are both such gorgeous people inside & out. From the bottom of m heart thank you so much.

    • Lizzy Powis, Sydney Australia

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      I am so grateful for being able to share such an amazing week in the Cook Islands with great friends! From the tropical blue water to the lush green mountains. Tuhe and Charlotte have been the ultimate hosts, giving us warmth and love as the Cook Islands have cast their magic over us and we have nourished our bodies and minds. Thank you Charlotte and Tuhe for an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience!

    • Cara Morgan Western Australia

      Workout on Water website

      Wow! What a week it has been! I have fallen in love with the Cook Islands and two very special people. Thank you douesnt seem enough to express for all that you have shared this last week. It hs exceeded anything I couldve imagined. Before Ive even left, I find myself daydreaming of my return to your beautiful home. I feel enriched by my experience and my heart is full of love and greatitude. So many imprinted memories that will stay long after I return home.

    • Lauren Ashley New Zealand

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      Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, it has been truly life changing. I have learnt so much definitely better at paddleboarding but mosty about myself & life & the little things like appreciation and gratitude and taking time to be present. Rarotonga is such an amazing stunning place! And you are both sch a gourgeous person, inside & out. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

    • Lizzy Powis Australia

      Workout on Water website

      I am so grateful for being able to share such an amazing week in the Cook Islands with amazing friends. From the tropical blue water, to the lush green mountains, Tuhe and Charlotte have been the ultimate hosts, giving us warmth and love as the Cook Islands have cast their magic over us and we have nourished our bodies and minds. Thank you, Charlotte and Tuhe for an unforgettable once in a lifetime exerience!

    • Laura Gerges Australia

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      Can you please adopt me into your family? You both have been unbelievably kind, generous and all round awesome. Thank you for ensuring I am constantaly well-fed Im pretty sure this is the first time in 29 years of life that Ive eaten healthy for 7 consecutive days whilst also doing exercise! I look forward to keeping it up. I couldnt think of any better place to have spent my birthday. The sunshine, the amazing breakfast, the cheeky caketime, the paddle, yoga and the amazing company thank you would be an understatement. I look forward to seeing you again.

    • Dana Harvey New Zealand

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      Charlotte and Tuhe. No words can truly describe the essence of what it is you have created here. This place is absolutely magical, and frm the moment I arrived, I knew it was something going to be special.The appreciation you both share and have for following your dreams and inspiring others to pursue theirs is absolutely incredible. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I thank you both for providing me with one of the most uplifting experience of a lifetime. Take care. I look forward to seeing you soon. Love always, Dana

    • Evangelia Tolia Australia

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      Dear Charlotte and Tuhe, thank you for an amazing week. Thank you for generously sharing with me your island and your wonderful customs, traditions and wisdom. I leave greatly enriched both physically and spiritually. Charlotte, thank you for being such a positive, encouraging and tireless teacher and for helping me reaching my greatest and most elusive achievement so far: the headstand! Lots of love.

    • Melissa Latter Australia

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      Dear Charlotte and Tuhe, thank you for welcoming me into your home. It has been a spectacular week of paddling crystal clear waters with a stunning mountain backdrop. Paddling with two turtles was a highlight for me! Charlotte, Im glad my yoga has improved from essentially nothing with your guidance. Tuhe, I really enjoyed our outings and all your local tips. Thank you - happy to be one of the fruit girls!

    • Annella Morton England

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      Dear Tuhe and the big sister I never had, this week has been a dream come true and I could not be more thankful to you both with your warmth and generosity to me! Aitutaki was amazing and one I will remember for the rest of my life. SUP and SUP yoga will forever be part of my life. Thank you for all the new skills I have learnt from you both!

    • Sarah Sutton Australia

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      Dear Charlotte and Tuhe, thank you for inviting me into the Piho home and family with open arms. Going to Aitutaki and paddling from the island back to the lagoon was an amazing experience that I couldnt have achieved without your encouragement and faith. Im sad to leave this beautiful place but I am looking forward to using all of my new skills when I get home, and I know I will be back again one day!

    • Laura Gerges Australia

      Workout on Water website

      Can you please adopt me into your family? You both have been unbelievably kind, generous and all round awesome. Thank you for ensuring I am constantaly well-fed Im pretty sure this is the first time in 29 years of life that Ive eaten healthy for 7 consecutive days whilst also doing exercise! I look forward to keeping it up. I couldnt think of any better place to have spent my birthday. The sunshine, the amazing breakfast, the cheeky caketime, the paddle, yoga and the amazing company thank you would be an understatement. I look forward to seeing you again.

    • Michelle Williams Australia

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      Thank you so much for such an amazing week on the Cook Islands. I am going home feeling much more relaxed! You are both the kindest people I have ever met. I will definitely be returning soon! I love the paddle boarding, yoga and healthy food. Thank you.

    • Evangelia Tolia Australia

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      Dear Charlotte and Tuhe, thank you for an amazing week. Thank you for generously sharing with me your island and your wonderful customs, traditions and wisdom. I leave greatly enriched both physically and spiritually. Charlotte, thank you for being such a positive, encouraging and tireless teacher and for helping me reaching my greatest and most elusive achievement so far: the headstand! Lots of love.

    • Tegan Kissane Australia

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      Thank you Charlotte and Tuhe for the amazing experience! The island is stunning and you both put in so much effort to create a beautiful personal experience. Im leaving the island with a much clearer mind and heart. Forever family.

    • Rowena Granger Australia

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      Thank you, Charlotte and Tuhe! I had an amazing week and really would have loved to stay longer. Thanks for being amazing hosts and showing us the true island experience, as well as improving my confidence on a paddleboard! Im leaving feeling relaxed and with a much more positive attitude. I hope our paths cross again.

    • Simon Exelton Australia

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      Fabulous stand-up paddle boarding, extraordinary yoga, sensational food, and warm, friendly people! Who could ask for more?

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