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8 Days Reiki Healing, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Pahoa, Hawaii

  • Kirapl Meditation and Ecological Center, 13-260 Pohoiki Avenue, Pāhoa, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA

Adventure Yoga Retreat Hawaii

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!

Highlights

  • Reiki healing sessions
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Use of the yoga and meditation hale
  • Reiki level 1 and 2 certification courses
  • Reiki excursions with transportation included
  • Healthy, vegan, and gluten-free meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Drinks and snacks
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Cocao cabin

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.

Dragonfly cabin

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.

Lillikoi cabin - writer's cabin

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.

Mango cabin

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.

Milo cabin one

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.

Milo cabin two - secluded in the Milo trees

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.

Milo cabin three - tranquil cabin in Milo tree

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.

Noni cabin

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.

Papaya cabin

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.

Rollina - the fun house

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.

Yoga hale ocean view

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.

Daily schedule

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • 15:00 Check in
  • 18:00 Family dinner
  • 19:30 Star gazing, meditation, and bedtime yoga in the jungle

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 10:00 Reiki level one certification course part one
  • 13:00 Family lunch
  • 15:00 Reiki level one certification part two on the black sand beach
  • 18:30 Family dinner

Monday, May 29, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 10:00 Reiki level two certification course part one
  • 13:00 Family lunch
  • 15:00 Reiki level two certification part two on the black sand beach
  • 18:30 Family dinner

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 13:00 Family lunch
  • 16:00 Volcano visit

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 13:00 Family lunch
  • 18:00 Family dinner
  • 19:00 Uncle Robert’s and farmer’s market

Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 13:00 Family lunch
  • 14:00 Mauna Kea visit

Friday, June 2, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 10:30 First Reiki clinic in Hilo in the United States
  • 13:00 Rainbow falls
  • 19:00 Family dinner back at the retreat center

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • 09:00 Family breakfast
  • 10:30 Closing meditation and journaling with light yoga stretches to prepare you for your journey ahead
  • 12:00 Check out

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

    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

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.

Rainbow falls

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.

Warm jungle ponds

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 Roberts and farmer's market

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.

Nearby places

  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) - 45 minutes
  • Kona International Airport (KOA) - 2 hours and 15 minutes

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.

  • Be on the lookout for rainbows
  • Enjoy a boat trip to see the lava flow going into the ocean
  • Experience hula dancing
  • Learn about Hawaii's culture by talking to the locals
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Take a dip in the nearby beach and maybe get to swim with the dolphins and turtles

Massage and bodywork are available at extra costs.

  • 3 daily healthy, vegan, and gluten-free meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour use of the yoga and meditation hale for private practice
  • Access to all the retreat centers
  • All planned group yoga and meditation classes
  • All Reiki excursions mentioned in the description
  • Daily Reiki healing sessions
  • Reiki level one and two certification courses
  • Transportation for the activities listed
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Laundry services
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurances

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Dena

    "In a world full of spiritual healers and teachers — Shawna is the real deal. Shawna has been the catalyst for life-changing transformation in my life. I’ve taken both the Reiki Level I and Level II Certification classes and I highly recommend Level I to everyone — even if you don’t want to be a professional Reiki healer. Her Level I class will teach you how to tap into your intuition and how to maintain a balanced energy body. Once I took this class, I was given divine guidance which helped me to aligned action instead of jumping into action with every idea that popped into my head. The steps that I’ve taken in my life now are more deliberate now and do not come from a place of fear. I love that once you take a class from her, you’re part of her community. She is constantly holding events and teaching classes to help further your spiritual connection. I’ve met some amazing friends that are on the similar paths and I love being part of the Yoga with Shawna community. So much love and gratitude for you Shawna!"

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  • Review by Kim

    "I left a reiki rock with the boy I'm treating at Radys children's hospital. I gave him a rock and a feather to ground him to heal and fly him home soon. I also left him the sea urchin leg, to help him steady his walk which is wobbly since his accident. He loves when I bring him things. Thanks for giving me the tools to better treat him. I did not, however, use Reiki on him directly, since I haven't done level 2, and respect the tradition and training protocols. But Reiki is flowing out of me wherever I go. I can't stop that. I doused the 4th floor of the hospital with it by walking through with internal intention and mantra, "I bring healing energy wherever I go, and spread it to all beings on this floor as I walk". Lots of healing needed at a children's hospital. My 'treatment' with the boy was to tell him what the things I gave him symbolized (grounding, flying, walking) and then just leave the rock, feather, and urchin leg. I helped him eat, we did a meditation together about uncertainty, and that was it. I love that I met you Shawna."

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  • Review by Gigi

    "Omgosh this woman Is such an incredible Yoga Teacher, a true spiritual guide. Shawna is down to earth, relatable and does not posses that I'm to spiritual for you vibe.Her Vinyasa flows are completely invigorating with a acute attention to the breath. Her Hatha classes root you in the present moment as she guides you through breathwork with the singing bowls and tribal sounds filling the room.She is also a Reiki Master and Intuitive Healer.I feel blessed that she in playing a role in my journey because she is one of the most kindhearted souls I have ever known, If you are seeking to remember and find your truth then Shawna is one of the Best teachers in San Diego to give you the tools to do just that. "

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  • Review by Jen

    "I highly recommend Yoga With Shawna to those seeking a yoga teacher training! I flew from NJ to Cali for her training, and it was so worth it! I expressed my concern for little yoga knowledge and little flexibility and Shawna very quickly helped me realize that this did not matter and that there was so much more to yoga than just poses. Shawna is super knowledgable, makes her students feel comfortable and confident. She trains with so much passion and love. Her style focuses on working on yourself-based on chakras and 8 limbs and not just learning poses. She teaches you to look inward, teach from your own heart. Her teacher training made me feel like I have a brand new outlook to life..I went there seeking pain relief and stress relief due to personal issues, and I left with so much more than that. Her teaching style allows you and encourages you to apply framework of yoga to your every day life. Every day she introduced us to limitless ways one can have a career in yoga. She knows how to balance being patient with students yet also ripping the bandaid off and encouraging confidence. Shawna included use of oracle cards, crystal sound bowls, foods or drinks that would help balance chakras, essential oils and more! She is very inspirational and genuinely cares for her students. I am looking forward to my new career path in yoga with my nursing background and aspire to be a yoga teacher like Shawna. Inside and outside of the classroom/studio etc. I am forever grateful she gives this back to others in the way that she does. Highly highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Melanie

    "What did you do to me! Every time I look in the mirror I see an absolutely beautiful woman. I have no idea where came from but I like her! I Swear you took 3 inches of my thighs, grew my hair 2 inches longer, and got rid of all my wrinkles!"

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  • Review by Kayla

    "Yoga with Shawna is unlike anything you will ever experience. I was not really into yoga because a lot of people just do it for the exercise and I really wanted to learn through more of a spiritual way...you know connecting mind body and spirit...and this is exactly what she does! My fiance and I met Shawna a few years ago and since she has just skyrocketed in the yoga business taking yoga and this spiritual experience to a whole other level of reality. Affordable and fun teacher training, trips to Mexico, free yoga on the beach, donation based yoga, GLOWga and so much more. Shawna is an inspiration and a very moving person. She really makes yoga easy and fun for anyone regardless of gender or age."

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  • Review by Samarra

    "I took Shawna's SUP teacher training course in May 2015. It was a great experience. I loved the small class atmosphere where we were able to learn from each other as well as Shawna was able to give each of us individual attention. While in San Diego, I also took one of her beach yoga classes. I've been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and teaching more than 6 years. The yoga on the beach was truly an experience, super fun and definitely worth my time. I recommend Yoga with Shawna for any continuing education units or yoga classes."

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  • Review by Megan

    "Yoga with Shawna was a wonderful learning experience, with personally and professionally. The spirit of yoga and teaching from the heart will forever ring in my mind about how to be an authentic, caring, giving yoga teacher. I'd highly recommend Shawna's training to others who are searching for a holistic, comprehensive program."

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  • Review by Tara W.

    "Amazing teacher! I took a workshop with Shawna in Sedona and loved her energy. She shared her knowledge lovingly and I left wanting to know more...I will surely return for my Reiki level two certification."

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  • Review by Courtney

    "Shawna!!! They just called me. Our baby does not have DS just like you said. Thank you so much for putting mine and my family's mind at ease during this time. I am so thankful to have you in my life. I wanted to let you know how profoundly you changed my outlook and gave me hope during this process after our healing. I have such a deep connection with angels I didn't know even existed. It meant so much to me-I can't thank you enough. You are amazing!"

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  • Review by Stephanie

    "I attended my first class today with Shawna, and it was great! The class was small and right on the beach. It was such a gorgeous day, so it makes perfect sense to take advantage of our usually awesome weather and hold classes outside in the sand with the sound of the ocean and the cool breeze."

    "The class I attended was all-levels and was more restorative which is a great way to start a Sunday. Shawna gave clear cues and was easy-going. She also gave a great intention for class, so it was nice to have something more than just asanas."

    "Classes are everyday, I believe, and they are always free with no obligation to donate. If you do want to donate, the donations go to a great cause; they help fund yoga-teachers-in-training in their programs. "

    "Overall, a great location, teacher, and cause. Check it out if you can!"

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  • Review by Kate P.

    "I can't say enough about how much i love Shawna and what an amazing teacher, healer, friend, and huge source of inspiration she is to me. Shawna and I did our first yoga teacher training together years ago...I wasn't to sure about this crass Jersey girl at first, whose down dog was far from perfect. But as i got to see her progress along her journey, the transformation has been, and still is astonishing. She's never been afraid to be vulnerable, always a teacher at heart (and former English teacher), yet a constantly evolving student. She was okay with being herself and has always stayed true to herself and followed her heart, which ultimately led her to teaching yoga. In the beginning of our training she had no intention of becoming a yoga teacher, and everyone around her reinforced this idea, but her heart disagreed and she was the one (out of our whole group) that made yoga her full time career, and has had amazing success. I've held onto the belief that i could never make teaching yoga a full time job, unless i want to be poor. Shawna has been the only person close to me that has had huge financial success and success in every area of her life due to her hard work, business ethics, unconditional love, hope for humanity, and her desire to help other heal. i idolize her life- she lives in a gorgeous beach front condo with the cutest dogs ever and gets to do what she loves AS HER JOB and is constant;y creating and allowing her ideas to blossom and flourish. She single handily created Chakra Camp, and a one of a kind teacher training, she has written books, she travels international teaching others, and the list goes on. I'm currently enrolled in her first Advanced Reiki Master program and it is one of the best things I've ever done, it is so unique and so rich with such great knowledge and has brought my Reiki to a level I never thought was even possible. It has challenged me and opened my eyes to new ideas, and brought my fears and weakness to the surface so i could release them and replace them with love and strength. I've had my own trials and tribulations through my life and Shanwa has been there for me good and bad, never judging, or criticizing, but through her ability to be honest and bring things to my attention in a loving way with empowerment and suggestion I have grown and learned lessons vital to my progression in life. For me she provides daily inspiration, and she is surely one of my idols. Taking a training with her will not only change the way you think about yoga it will transform your entire life. She is undoubtedly a gift to this world and we are so lucky to have this East coast gal in sunny San Diego. I LOVE YOU SHAWNA!"

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  • Review by Stacey A.

    "Yoga with Shawna is always an Amazing Life changing experience! Her workshops are fantastic! I did the mother/daughter yoga on the beach. Currently, I am doing her teacher training and all I can say is I wake up happy and full of energy since it started. I can't wait to do SUP yoga next. It is going to be an amazing experience no matter what happens. If you want or need a change in your life, sign up for a workshop with Shawna and start moving in the right direction. We all only have one life to live. Learn how to make it great. She also does free yoga on the beaches...how cool is that?!?"

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  • Review by Nicole

    "took my Yoga Teacher Training with Shawna Schenk in May of 2015. It was a wonderful experience... I met some amazing people and learned a lot about myself and yoga both on and off the map! I recently moved to San Diego from Canada and have always wanted to take a yoga teacher training but the timing never seemed right...I learned about the training at the free beach classes on Mission Beach and connected with Shawna. I attended her class at Tripower yoga in OB and she immediately had me convinced that this was the time! Learning about so many cool things while sitting on the sand is an experience that cannot be passed up! The training involves hiking , snorkeling with seals, organic farming and so much more! Shawna remains supportive of my career as a teacher and I am grateful for her presence in my life!"

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  • Review by Carole K.

    "The classes at Tripower Yoga have been a wonderful find for anyone who is considering yoga! When I joined in February, I couldn't touch my toes and I had to use a workout mat instead of a yoga mat because I needed the cushioning! Four months later, I've ditched the workout mat, practically cured my osteoarthritis, and I not only can touch my toes, but I've lost a lot of weight, while gaining strength, endurance, and peace of mind! I didn't think I could do it, but Melanie and Shawna encouraged me and welcomed me from day One! They also have amazing monthly opportunities like Acupuncture and Yoga and Meditation classes. So thrilled they are in my neighborhood, but even if they weren't, they would be worth the drive!"

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  • Review by Tinie

    "There's special event yoga for extra excitement and festivities! that Shawna created! I went to her Full Moon Glow Dance Yoga last night where we did yoga in a black light room. We all got to wear glow stick jewelry! There was a live DJ too, who was playing trance music. After the yoga we danced around freely, waved our glow sticks all around, and the energy was so good. It was so great to have so much laughter. The class was also filled with positive intentions and messages that we shared with each other. Best teacher and best experience. I'll never forget it!"

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  • Review by Nicole L.

    "The best part about this training was that it was holistic and we discovered how yoga is everywhere. It's not just in a yoga studio but it makes up our whole lives. It was a wonderful experience that shaped who I am and taught me about the kind of life I want to create for myself. I grew so much, not just as a yoga teacher but, as a person altogether."

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  • Review by Denise

    "Shawna teaches you to live the 8 limbs of yoga out in the world, not just in a studio. She incorporates being in nature while teaching and using all of your senses. Being very mindful of what you put in your body, thoughts you think in your mind, emotions that you feel in your gut and heart. This is one of the best trainings I've ever experienced."

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  • Review by Nicole

    "I explored many different options for training and so glad I chose Shawna! Her training is unique (snorkeling with seals to learn breathing, hiking, organic farms, farmers markets, learning 'theory' on the sand while sunsets on the ocean, aerial yoga, standup paddle board yoga, sound healing bowls....and much more). We all became better people by spending this time with Shawna Schenk! Highly recommended especially if you live out of state... Check out when Shawna is doing an intensive training!"

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  • Review by Kelly

    "Training with Shawna has allowed me to take yoga to a new level. This training has helped me deepen my practice both physically and spiritually. I would 100% recommend this training with Shawna to anyone. You do not have to an advanced asana practice to be able to participate in this training, it is open to anyone who is looking to deepen their practice in anyway!"

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  • Review by Rachel

    "Training with Shawna was great! She provided a very loving, open space for teachers to learn and grow. The program emphasized all of the limbs of yoga."

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  • Review by Kim

    "I left a reiki rock with the boy I'm treating at Radys children's hospital. I gave him a rock and a feather to ground him to heal and fly him home soon. I also left him the sea urchin leg, to help him steady his walk which is wobbly since his accident. He loves when I bring him things. Thanks for giving me the tools to better treat him. I did not, however, use Reiki on him directly, since I haven't done level 2, and respect the tradition and training protocols. But Reiki is flowing out of me wherever I go. I can't stop that. I doused the 4th floor of the hospital with it by walking through with internal intention and mantra, "I bring healing energy wherever I go, and spread it to all beings on this floor as I walk". Lots of healing needed at a children's hospital. My 'treatment' with the boy was to tell him what the things I gave him symbolized (grounding, flying, walking) and then just leave the rock, feather, and urchin leg. I helped him eat, we did a meditation together about uncertainty, and that was it. I love that I met you Shawna."

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  • Review by Kirby

    "I loved my teacher-training experience with Shawna. My passion for yoga has increased immensely since completing this training and I owe it all to her and her amazing, inspiring attitude!"

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  • Review by Betty

    "This was an excellent training. The instructor really gave so many wonderful resources and advice on where to start, so it dint feel too overwhelming. Shawna really shows you what yoga is. this is her life and passion and it shows in her trainings. I couldn't have picked a better school to introduce me to Yoga Teacher Training!"

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  • Review by Alexia

    "I had an amazing experience graduating and becoming certified through Yoga with Shawna. I feel so fortunate, privileged and blessed to have found her and honored to always have a part of her teachings in my practice."

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  • Review by April

    "The teacher-training program with Shawna was great! She is so passionate and truly lives and loves Yoga."

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