Learn to make Community "Mother" Drums and be a Drumkeeper in a worldwide network with Community Drumkeepers Shamanic Initiation!
About the Facilitator(s)
About White Eagle Medicine Woman:
As the youngest woman to climb North America's highest peak Mt. McKinley or Denali in her late teens and having built largest crystal drum in North America, White Eagle Medicine Woman has demonstrated enormous vision, creativity, and determination, all gifts of a far seeing leader. White Eagle Medicine Woman (Suraj Holzwarth) is the director and drum keeper of the International GrandMother Drum Peace Project. She is an international shamanic healer, seer, and ritual and performance artist who has traveled the world for over thirty years, performing, teaching, healing and inspiring thousands.
Her CDs include Journey of the Heart, Songlines of the Soul and Living Waters of Grace. She is the director and co-producer of the newly released documentary film GrandMother Drum: Awakening the Global Heart. She is also the founder and director of The Whirling Rainbow Foundation and the Rainbow Fire Mystery School in Palmer, Alaska. White Eagle's voice has a primal and mesmerizing quality, penetrating to the very heart and soul of our indigenous connection with each other and the earth. White Eagle's dynamic performances and workshops are well known for transforming the hearts of all involved, leading audiences in unified action on global issues of world peace, racial reconciliation, environmental stewardship and earth sustainability.
Participants ages 16 and up from "absolute" beginners to advanced level aerialists will experience 5 days of aerial training including Aerial Tissue, Static Trapeze and Lyra. The retreat will include Tricks and Moves, Doubles Work, Choreography and Low Flying aerial dance. Participants will end their week in a final day of Performance. Hosted by Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.
About the Facilitator(s)
Tresa Honaker: Tresa Honaker’s aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for Corporate, Private and Commercial events.
Joe Simms: In 2002 Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance. Joe is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include; Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Currently Joe is owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City. Working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates Instructor.
Wailana Simcock: Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.
Ray McGinnis is a poet and workshop facilitator. Since 1999 he has taught over 700 workshops in settings across North America. He has had poetry published in a variety of chapbooks and journals. A member of the Writers Union of Canada, Ray is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute For Poetic Medicine, based in Mountain View, California. Ray has hiked extensively across North America and enjoys leading poetry and nature adventure retreats. He also teaches journal writing workshops in health care settings. Ray has been interviewed on the CBC, and numbers of local newspapers including in Eureka, (California) Bismarck, (North Dakota) and Charlotte, (North Carolina). He enjoys creating community and a spacious setting for people to gather and rediscover how to express their own truth and authentic voice through writing. Ray lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Included in this 6-day big island retreat are: daily poetry sessions, a nature adventure excursion to see a green sand beach, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s facilities including Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Plans for additional nature adventures may be arranged based on feasibility of car pooling to sites or arranging additional guided trips through Kalani. To reserve your space enclose $100 deposit payable to Ray McGinnis, #403-2095 Beach Ave, Vancouver, B.C, Canada V6G 1Z3.
Fees per person:
9 - Ocean Cottage
8 - Ocean Loft
7 - Tropical Cottage
6 - Tropical Loft
5 - Tree House Room
4 - Bungalow Room
3 - Lodge Room (private bath)
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath)
1 - Campsite
Triple Occupancy w/private bath: $1,075 per person.
Triple Occupancy w/shared bath: $975 per person.
*** Airfare, car rental and incidental ground travel expenses are not included in the price of this retreat. If you decide to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the place of your choice with the staff at Kalani.
CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations include a $30 fee.
Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth. This retreat setting is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea.
Do you feel weighed down by pain, stress and too many responsibilities? Do sleepless nights leave you feeling depressed, overwhelmed and out of balance?
This deeply healing retreat will guide you through 3 simple steps that enable you to Live In Joy!
About the Facilitator(s)
As far back as Amy can remember, she has touched people with her hands with the intention of easing their pain. After receiving a degree in Human Biology, a license in therapeutic massage and techniques certification in Cranial Sacral Therapy, she found her passion in life with gentle, light-touch therapy.
Now for 20 years she’s been privileged to walk alongside courageous women just like you who have struggled to transform their patterns of pain into real relief and renewal. After witnessing so many stories with a similar thread, she discovered that we all need practice and loving support to truly to take care of ourselves.
Amy is honored to guide you along this joyful journey of illumination and transformation.
Brazil born, dancer and Yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.
Jackie Pualani Johnson
Jackie Pualani Johnson is a tenured professor of Drama and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) since June of l979. While at the UHH, she has developed and taught courses in: Introduction to Theatre; Beginning and Advanced Acting; Acting Troupe; Directing; Stage Makeup; Costuming; Lyric Theatre; Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Survey of Dramatic Literature. She has also been the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Nā Pua No'eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children and has been nominated for Ke Kūkui Mālamalama Education Award, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Spring 2000. She was the first Recipient of Faculty Community Service Award in 1996, from Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation for outstanding service among UH System faculty. She has been featured in national Humanities magazine article, entitled, Dreaming of a Nation Within a Nation, March 1995. Ms. Johnson was an invited attendee at President Clinton’s White House for ceremony honoring recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Awards in September of 1994, on behalf of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. She was also awarded in UHH Chancellor's Lecture Series, Performer/Lecturer, A Woman's Influence: Hawai‘i Nei in 1990. Ms. Johnson has received scholarships for; Hoʽokupu: An Offering of Literature by native Hawaiian Women; as Co-editor for Book Review of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl’s collection, Hawai‘i Nei: Island Plays, The Contemporary Pacific, a journal of the University of Hawai‘i Press; Professor Vilisoni Hereniko’s play, Fine Dancing; and for the Afterword to the publication of Pacific playwright John Alexander Kneubuhl’s trilogy of plays, Think of a Garden. She received her M.A. degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, 1978. Ms. Johnson has also taken classes in Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1982-1999.
Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Hula
Kaʻenaalohaokauʻikaukehakeha Aoe Hopkins, from as far back as she can remember, grew up around hula as her father and mother both danced for Nā Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Hālau Nā Kamalei and Leināʻala Heine Kalama of Nā Pualei o Likolehua. At the early age of 5 and a half, Kaʻena formally started her hula training with Hālau O Nā Maoli Pua, under the direction of Kumu Hula, Alicia K. Smith & her daughter, Piʻilaniwahine Smith. As a performing arts student at Kamehameha, she was a dancer in the yearly hōʻike program all four years. She was also a member of Hawaiian Ensemble (hula) & Concert Glee Club (singing) her sophomore, junior and senior years, where she was the alakaʻi or line captain for both groups her senior year. Kaʻena was fortunate to travel to Waikoloa, Aotearoa, Tahiti and Rapa Nui as a student while at Kamehameha Schools.
In 1998, Kaʻena started dancing hula for her father, Karl “Veto” Kamaluikauakokohaʻaheoināpali Baker and Michael Nālanakilaʻekolu Casupang, Nā Kumu Hula of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu. She will soon begin training in a special class that will culminate in a traditional graduation or ʻūniki ceremony in 2013. As a member of Hālau I Kā Wēkiu, Kaʻena has travelled to Japan & the East Coast where she had the honor of performing at the prestigious dance venue, Jacobʻs Pillow in Massachusetts. She has danced in the Merrie Monarch Festival since 2001, and in 2006 she was chosen to represent her hālau in the Miss Aloha Hula competition, where she was 3rd runner up & the winner of the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian language award for excellence.
Kaʻena moved to Hilo in 2003 to go to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where she is soon to get her B.A in Hawaiian Language and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a Special Education Assistant at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, a charter school in Keaukaha.
Brett Fouvargue, Sound Design & Technical Production
Brett has produced sound design for such local artists as ‘Ekolu, O-shen, Jon Yamasato, Keahiwai, Lāhaina Grown, and Starr Kalahiki. He has also worked with the acclaimed show on Maui, ‘Ulalena as their sound engineer for 9 years. Following ‘Ulalena, he was sound engineer Waikiki Nei in O ‘ahu, ‘Ulalena’s sister show.
Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance
Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, he was raised on O'ahu from age five. His multi-cultural identity and immigrant status has critically influenced his dance and art. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and later for the Hawaii Public School System upon his return in 2000. He then joined and performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawai‘i. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”--bridging Hawaiian Studies with the Performing Arts. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production of ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lāhaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he has been using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement. He has taught at the Hawaiian Immersion Ka ‘Umeke Kāʽeo and now at Nāwahīokalaniʽopuʽu. Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.
Rates for the Puna Music Festival are Kalani Experience rates. Fee includes classes, meals, lodging, cultural excursions and Festival activities. Come for entire 14 days (13 nights) and receive free airport shuttles.
Revitalize with a full week of Solstice & Lunar Eclipse as all of Kalani and the universe adds moon magic focus to your choice of forty activities, all meals, a 1 hr massage or wellness treatment and a variety of adventures.
Embrace nature, culture, and wellness as this rare solstice eclipse catalyzes the emergence of a more vital you.
About the Facilitator(s)
Jim Berenholtz is a multifaceted artist who has been training with native cultures in the living wisdom of the Earth for over thirty years.
Whether as musician or dancer, writer or speaker, painter or photographer, ritualist or bodyworker, he is devoted to bringing forth the organic intelligence that is natural to our species and forging a passionate blend of arts and activism, thereby celebrating unity in diversity and building bridges for peace.
My main motivation to create artwork is to find universal languages, searching for common truths that unite rather than separate. I feel that artwork, at its best, mirror society and our interior selves, raise questions, and presents communication and reflection. I try to make my messages human, poetic, inclusive, humorous, accessible and comprehensible to everyone.
Compassionate creativity unfurls from this peacemaker, poet, dancer, & art doctor.
Marya discovered the Laws of Creativity after more than 20 years of inquiry in indigenous cultures, through "cellular dancing," principles of quantum physics, and drawing from the work of Plato, Christ, Buddha, Leonardo DaVinci, Martha Graham, and Ernest Holmes, as well as other yogis, sages, and geniuses who not only achieved their own creative power and enlightenment, but inspired others.
We invite you to experience the interplay of dreams, breath work, energy play and body/spirit communication ~ diving deep within ~ rising to the surface embodying compassionate/passionate wholeness….surrounded by a supportive community.
About the Facilitator(s)
Rosalyn specializes in creative expressive body/art nature workshops for transformative growth; she is certified in breath work and Transformational Imagery – using these processes to INSPIRE each person’s aliveness - to live from within! Rosalyn is a CranioSacral therapist and a licensed psychologist using alternative therapies for integration of body/mind/spirit. Additionally, she does Clairvoyant Readings.
Deborah is passionate about Dream Work and expressive therapies ~ the creative process of transforming dreams into “waking dreams” to enhance joy and empower one’s ability to manifest what is desired in their life. She is also a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – using creativity to facilitate personal growth. Additionally, she is a Board Member for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (2008-2010). Her Website is
We invite you to join Joan Clark for a magical, inspiration Goddess Gathering celebrating the voice, power, passion, joy and love of the Divine Feminine essence. Come create song, dance, ritual, art and beautiful aromatic essences as we explore the power, passion and JOY of the ALOHA spirit.
About the Facilitator(s)
Joan is certified as an aromatherapist, kundalini yoga practioner, EFT and Emotional Release facilitator, Movement Therapist, Artist, Writer and Natural Perfumer. Joan travels the country and abroad offering a variety of different scented journeys as well as holding workshops on the Goddess Mystery School Teachings of Mary Magdelene. Joan offers pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe and the United States.
Aloha Festival embodies sharing the creativity of life through expressive and healing arts supported by the spirit of Hawaii. In the daily workshops we will sense, explore, and nourish our body-soul with different forms of dance, body exploration & movement practice, contact improvisation, bodywork, singing, self-experience, and rituals.
About the Facilitator(s)
Workshop teachers of Aloha-Festival: Genevieve Van Beek / Netherlands: Cranial-sacral-therapist, yoga-teacher for children, sailing-instructor, organizer, psychology; Ingo Rosenkranz / Germany: Dancer (contact-improvisation), body worker (Shiatsu, Fascia-work…), festival-organizer; Kabiro Eva Scheller / Germany : Dancer, Hawaiian bodywork practitioner & teacher, festival-organizer, artist; Martine Boerstra / Netherlands: Singer and composer, choir-leader, tantra-practitioner [www.vitalinterest.nl/martine-boerstra]; Hartmut Betz / Germany: Founder, teacher, practitioner of “hang ab” bodywork, musician [[www.hangab.de] Saleema Betz / Germany: Teacher, practitioner of “hang ab” bodywork , musician, shamanic-healing work [www.hangab.del]Susanne Palm / Germany: Cranial-sacral therapist, dancer, body worker, artist (fire-dancer)