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Come and join Yoga with Shawna for the most epic, energy shifting, and healing experience ever. You will connect with yourself and the energy medicine of Reiki, at the second place in the world, where Reiki was ever practiced. You will leave feeling refreshed and new, officially certified in level one, level two Reiki or half-way through your Reiki mastership program. Heal yourself and live the adventure of a lifetime!
The maximum participants in the group is 27.
There are 11 private hand-built cabins nestled in the jungle in which you get to choose to stay in. Comfortable beds, fresh linens, and towels will be provided. Free Wi-Fi is also provided.
This newly build cabin is close to the kitchen and bathrooms, surrounded by cacao and fruit trees. It is simple and relaxing and it fits a queen bed for a peaceful stay.
The dragonfly cabin has two bedrooms, one queen bed, and one single bed. You will find solace in this cabin, nestled in the Puna jungle, with a great partial ocean view, light trade winds, a deck, its own private bathroom, outdoor shower, and a comfortable queen bed.
This cozy, cute, and private ground-level walk-in cabin is an intimate sanctuary, that gives you all the tranquility you need to find peace within yourself. It has a very comfortable double mattress, writing desk, and chair.
It can accommodate up to four people. It is a lovely octagonal cabin featuring one full-size bed and a bunk bed. It is built with extra comfort in mind, featuring 360-degree windows, a coach, and a covered patio. This is a great cabin for those wanting to be close to the kitchen and still have privacy within their space. Hot showers and bathrooms are right next doors.
If you are looking for a quiet and simple getaway, this is it. The Milo cabin one has a pleasant single bed and is tucked away in the Milo forest with plenty of privacy.
This has a comfortable double bed for two, tucked away in Milo and Noni forest with plenty of room and a small porch. The shared kitchen and bathrooms also having a jungle view are about 120 feet away.
The cabin for two is tucked away with two twin beds, plenty of room, and a small porch. The shared kitchen and bathrooms, also with a jungle view, are about 120 feet away.
The recently remodeled studio cabin is surrounded by avocado and noni trees. It is fully self-contained with its own kitchenette, full outdoor bathroom, and a wrap around the deck. It is ideal for just about anyone who wants healing, spiritual growth, peace, and a good meditation experience.
It offers a little room that is always dry and cozy inside. Nestled among the Milo forest, it features a comfortable twin bed. This cabin offers plenty of privacy and solitude.
It can accommodate up to four people and has one queen bed, bunk beds, and a private kitchen. This house will catch your breath from the hustle and bustle in the serenity of this charming cabin.
This is a 12-by-12 ocean viewing private room with balcony and double bed with a phenomenal unobstructed view of the Pacific ocean. This is one of the most popular rooms and it is perfect for the ones loving the sunrise.
If you are new to Reiki and are curious about energy and its healing powers, or maybe you are a Reiki practitioner and want to get further certified, this experience is perfect for you and it is available for 27 souls.
This special certification course includes understanding your body's energy. You will learn all about Reiki including the history of it. You will be introduced to the Reiki symbols and engage in an energy art project using a world’s phenomena, Hilo trees, that are special trees on the island that walk.
In the second part of the certification course, you will understand how to use Reiki and the symbols by connecting with your body's energy so deeply that you will not only understand the seven chakra system, but you will be able to literally feel and draw energy from your body. From here, you will be able to give yourself the Reiki medicine exactly where your body needs it. You will be able to complete the second half of this course on the famous lava black sand beach, along with the dolphins and turtles. You will get attuned as the sun is up the last hour on the island.
In this second certification course, you will learn how to feel your energy and read the energy of others while protecting yours. You will get attuned to two more symbols, practice Reiki on each other, understand the business and ethics of Reiki, and engage in a special energy project, use macadamia nuts picked from the trees.
You will connect with lava, symbolically honoring the energies that you have turned to ash, that no longer serve you, as you spend the day giving and receiving Reiki on the famous black sand beach again. You will give and receive Reiki using lava, black sand, and the sun to empower the fire elements to transmute negative energy. You will then turn to the water element and animals to honor flow. You will learn to use water as a healing element, engaging in sessions using the Pacific ocean and the spirit animals of the ocean to give Reiki cleanse and clear emotions.
For the remaining five days, the focal point of the trip will be connecting you deeper to yourself and your intuitive abilities, for this is truly what provides a far deeper and more powerful Reiki session. You will learn how to open your mind and trust to receive messages from the spirit, connect, and talk to your angels and guides when connecting with your body's energy.
You will refine your abilities and expand your third eye even more. You will do this using the power of the energies of the island and the special places you will visit. Just being in these spaces will further awaken the power within you, but on these special trips you will give Reiki to yourself and others and be re-attuned.
On a very special night, you can look forward to giving and receiving Reiki at the volcano. You will hike and connect with the energy of Pele, the fire goddess, and Hawaii's plants, in lava tubes and in front of the active volcano, get natural steam baths at the volcano's steam chambers. You will enjoy a picnic style dinner in front of the volcano and then stay past sunset to see the volcano's bright red glow. Shawna, your instructor, will share stories of Pele and other Hawaiian gods and goddesses.
You will stop at 9000 feet to eat a picnic dinner and explore the area. Then, you will make your way up to the top to get attuned, receive Reiki, and watch the sunset. You can only stay up there for about 20 minutes. You will make your way back down to nine thousand feet for the clearest star gazing show in the world, as you will see planets, constellations, and so many parts of the universe that you cannot see from the mainland with your naked eye and a telescope. Here you can give and receive more Reiki to each other under this unforgettable starry sky.
You will review Reiki's history and get reattuned at the exact location where madame Takata, the woman responsible for bringing Reiki to the United States, gave Reiki healings and attuned masters, who then brought Reiki to the mainland. Get ready to feel connected in a deeper way.
For this magical retreat, you will have access to all reiki excursions, including transportation and entrance to Mauna Kea, that is the highest point on Earth, the active volcano, lava tubes and steam baths, rainbow falls, and boiling points. You will also visit the sacred, secret Banyan forest, and Uncle Robert's farmer’s market and enjoy live music and visit Madame Takata’s first reiki clinic.
Shawna Schenk is a San Diego yoga teacher, reiki master, author, master sound healer, inspirational speaker, and spiritual activist. She is leading classes, workshops, teacher training, retreats, and festivals throughout the world. Shawna has created seven teacher trainings and authored a number of books including Yoga for Teens, which is published in two languages. She is the founder and co-creator of San Diego Yoga Festival and is responsible for the free beach yoga movement in San Diego, providing free yoga to her community every day in various beach locations.
During the retreat, you will be staying at the meditation and yoga retreat center, Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. This special and private retreat center is located on the Big Island, in Pahoa.The big island is the place responsible for bringing Reiki from Japan to the rest of the world and it offers a wonderful spiritual uplifting environment to heal and grow. It is located less than half a mile, from a famous black and lava beach, often full with turtles and dolphins.
The ocean view sanctuary has access to swimming, fresh fruits, snorkeling, and soaking in the famous thermal warm jungle ponds of Hawaii. The yoga and Reiki classes will be held in the 1000-square-foot villa. You will be lulled asleep by the sound of the ocean and jungle frogs, surrounded by amazing, happy, and mindful people. For eight days, you will breathe in the freshest and sweetest smelling air in the world. This eco-friendly retreat center is almost one hundred percent solar powered.
Hawaii has the brightest and clearest skies and the freshest and sweetest smelling air in the world. It is nestled in the jungle, hugged by fruit and macadamia nut trees, with the sound of the ocean and happy jungle frogs in the background. You will start making wishes on the stars, setting the intention for this once-in-a-lifetime experience you will be having, and enjoy a slow, gentle yoga practice and meditation to ease your body from the travel of the day.
Mauna Kea is the highest point on Earth from below sea level. You will drive to the top, close to 14 thousand feet, where there are only two types of bugs that can live there and flowers do not grow, taking the time to acclimated to the elevation level. The geography is similar to that of planet Mars. You will stop to honor the special altars built by the people who have walked to the top of this volcano.
Mauna Kea is over one million years old. Even though the last eruption is estimated to have occurred around 4,500 years ago, it is not considered extinct. If the altitude does not take your breath away, the view certainly will. The air at this elevation is clean and crisp, making for impressive views in all directions. The Mauna Kea Observatory is second to none, with more than a dozen giant telescopes focusing on deep space.
You will visit rainbow falls, an 80-feet waterfall that creates a perfect chakra aligning rainbow. You will receive an attunement on top of this waterfall. Behind this waterfall is a small, sacred Banyan forest in which you can climb on or inside the trees.
Banyan trees are of the most spiritual trees in the world and regarded highly in India. They are said to provide fulfillment of wishes and other material gains. They symbolize Lord Vishnu is believed to be the bark, Lord Brahma the roots, and Lord Shiva the branches. Here in this magic place you will give and receive Reiki. And you will learn what grows at only 9000 feet, and get to talk to some locals about the history of Mauna Kea.
On downtime, you can come soak in natural warm jungle pools overlooking the ocean. There will be a small extra fee for transport services. Ahalanui Park is a lovely park built around the Ahalanui hot pond. There is a picnic area, showers, toilet facilities, and a lifeguard on duty daily. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
The best time to go is during low tide when the ponds are the warmest and water temperatures is average 32 degrees Celcius. The part natural part man-made pool is located right next to the ocean and is connected by a small inlet. This allows for beautiful tropical fish to enter the pool, which you can see through the crystal clear water.
Uncle Robert is the legendary and beloved patriarch of the old Kalapana village, and his family compound is where the market now stands. Normally, it is a quiet neighborhood of quaint beach shacks and lush coconut groves, but on Wednesday night, it transforms into a huge open-air market with some 700 to 800 people showing up for fresh produce, tasty food, dancing, and live music entertainment. It is a lively market with wonderful sounds, sights and smells, and lots of friendly Aloha spirit for the entire community.
Besides fruits and vegetables from local farms, there are also all sorts of clothing, arts and crafts, herbal remedies, and handmade jewelry for sale. You will find locals selling homemade desserts, fresh eggs, raw honey, and many traditional Hawaiian foods like poi to sample and purchase.
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This retreat honors the food as your medicine. The center's sacred land produces some of the most exotic and healing foods on the planet. Every tree and plant on this land have been mindfully planted to contribute to healing the soul and creating oneness in the body. This retreat's main belief is that the Earth provides food for you as a gift.
The menu includes three, completely organic, vegan, and gluten-free meals a day. For breakfast, you will serve fresh papaya bowls filled with pineapple, bananas, shredded coconut, grated ginger, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Another option is freshly baked mini zucchini omelets made compassionately with grated zucchini and chickpea flour, topped with a sundried tomato relish. You will have at your disposal coffee and herbal tea.
For lunch, you might serve white bean veggie patties served on top of a massaged kale salad with toasted almonds, sliced dates, shredded carrots, and radishes, shaved fennel with a creamy herb tahini dressing.
For dinner, you will have braised swiss chard rollups, stuffed with roasted carrots, beets, and quinoa with a sweet soy glaze and toasted sesame oil drizzle. Another option is sauteed beet greens, tossed with walnuts and figs, drizzled with mac nut, honey. All fruits are complimentary, so please feel free to pick and eat from the trees. Please inform Yoga with Shawna of any dietary restrictions and it will be adjusted in the menu, so it will fit your needs.
Massage and bodywork are available at extra costs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO). The organizer can schedule a shuttle to bring you to the retreat center directly. This will cost 80 USD per shuttle and can fit six people. It is about 45 minutes to the retreat center from the airport.
If you fly into Kona International Airport (KOA), it is cheaper. You will need to rent a car and it is about two hours and 15 minutes to the retreat center.