Join us in seeding a new season of your body’s potential for ease and joyful vitality through dance and movement exploration. Come as you are and let the rhythms take you deeper!
About the Facilitator(s)
has studied dance all her life and is an active member of Seattle dance, music and public art communities.
Lara is the originator of Wassa Dance which is inspired by dances and music from the African diaspora. She has been teaching independently in this afro-fusion style since 1997. Travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa and ongoing study with locally based teachers are great influences in her work.
“Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during her first visit to Mali. It translates as “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.”
Lara's curiosity about movement and cultures are combined with a deep love for music and community building. She has a long history of collaboration for performance, event production and movement education which include ten years with THREAD DANCE, multiple collaborations with artist Cameron Anne Mason and the Fremont Arts Council for parade and pageant presentations. During her six years on the Board of Directors of the Seattle World Percussion Society (SWPS), she helped oversee the production of the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center, which is one of the largest free percussion festivals in the country. Lara is an adjunct faculty member of the ARC School of Ballet. She also offers school residencies and conducts annual intensive workshops in Washington State and Hawaii. www.wassadance.com
(Photo by Michael Harthorne)
Included in this sweet island style retreat are: daily dance intensives, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s grounds, 25 meter pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Registration requires $250 deposit.
Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 admin fee for non dancers.
For special rate options, please contact Lara.
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
*** 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.
*For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani residence or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option--which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.
Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and 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.
Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include:
Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: www.kalani.com
Please call Kalani's Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles. $65 for individual ride and $45 shared.
Face your fears, dance your joy, and fall in love with the skin you’re in.
About the Facilitator(s)
Amanda Trusty is known as “The Roar Girl” for her viral burlesque video that was filmed right here at Kalani. Her popular blog, amandatrustysays.com, raises awareness on emotional eating, body struggles, and the lessons that Hawaiian culture can teach us. Amanda's 24 years of dance training and teaching combined with her personal journey with binge-eating disorder has prepared her to help others cultivate their own roar, and share it with this world that so desperately needs it.
Olivia Petzy used to hide in the bathroom and cry during dance class in college. She ended up in a Shrink Session class, and while she did cry, they were happy tears of freedom. Addicted to the feeling of joy in movement, Olivia knew she had to share this bliss with others. She trained directly with Shrink Session creator Erin Stutland and loves every perfectly imperfect shimmy and shake.
ONE DANCE TRIBE - Join teachers, dancers and visionaries from all over the world for a unique and unprecedented extravaganza of conscious dance, yoga, live music, nature, community, laughter and revelations!
About the Facilitator(s)
Arjuna Vinn Marti is an award-winning choreographer, global performer, master teacher and creator of Soul Motion™ Conscious Dance Practice and has been teaching movement for over 35 years. He found his life’s calling at a young age, and, in the process of following his path, has evolved a transformative movement practice that has touched the lives of thousands.
Amara Pagano first worked with Gabrielle Roth in 1991 and has been a full-time student and teacher of this work ever since. She was certified to teach 5Rhythms, Waves in 2001 and 5Rhythms, Heartbeat in 2010. Co-founder of Waves Studio in Olympia, WA, former director of the 5Rhythms program at Studio Maui and co-founder of One Dance Tribe, Amara has since developed a new practice called AZUL Conscious Dance. She believes in the power of movement to transform suffering to joy and to awaken us to live our fullest potential.
Davida Taurek has a diverse background in the creative arts and is a certified instructor of Watsu, WaterDance, Motion Theater, and the 5Rhythms. She is core faculty for the Moving Center School in California and leads classes and workshops worldwide. Davida will be offering private healing sessions in Waterdance as well as leading several group experiences. Waterdance is an opportunity to immerse into quiet work of healing and transformation that leaves you not just relaxed but reborn. She will also offer a 4 hour 5Rhythms workshop and several evenings of Motion Theater that builds community and makes art out of everyday living.
Ronny Temple is a 5Rhythms Teacher with a wide breadth of experience in movement meditation. His most salient experiences though are in the realm of meditation and spirit. Ronny fell in love with the 5Rhythms practice around 2003 and ten years later is still in the honeymoon phase. Ronny focuses on nurturing a light heart on and off the dance floor. His teachings have a decidedly Tantric (meaning, in this context, holistic) flavor to them.
From beginners to advanced, yoga can be for every body and experienced in a non-competitive environment, where the vibe is warm, gentle, supportive, and fun. Mornings will include breathwork (pranayama), guided meditation, and yoga (asana). Afternoons will introduce you to other forms of well-being: Restorative Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, JourneyDance™, Partner Yoga, and Self-Practice. Evening programs will be gatherings where we create, inspire, and contribute positive energy. Throughout the week, we will explore mindfulness, gratitude, manifestation, compassion, acts of kindness, and letting go.
About the Facilitator(s)
Tammy Hayano M.Ed., EYT-300
Originally from California, Tammy is a world traveler, yogi, and JourneyDancer who seeks to live life outside the box. Tammy created Hanuman Yoga Retreat to bring people together in sharing an experience of creativity, inspiration, self-expression, mindfulness, and joyful well-being. Tammy completed a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training course at White Lotus Foundation under the grace and wisdom of Ganga and Tracy White. She is also trained in Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi, QiGong, and JourneyDance. Tammy has facilitated workshops and retreats in California, Bali, Thailand, Mexico, and Singapore. Hanuman Yoga Retreat has received outstanding reviews for its authenticity, variety, and personal touch.
Max came to the conscious dance movement through the "doorway" of a 5 Rhythms group in Austin,Texas called Body Choir. After 5 years with that group he moved to Hawaii and started Ecstatic Dance Big Island. This group spawned many other groups around the country, the largest of which is Ecstatic Dance East Bay, which itself has spawned many groups around the country, as well as the planet. This movement is expanding. “I feel like my particular contribution to the conscious dance movement and specifically what is now commonly referred to as Ecstatic Dance, has to do with combining the electronic dance music that is part and parcel of the DJ culture and the 5 Rhythms or Wave format that was created by Gabrielle Roth. The wave is a perfect fit for facilitating ritual, community dance space. I enjoy using electronic music for these events, equally I have a vastmusical collection and nothing is off limits if I believe that it will inspire, motivate, move and touch the participants on the dance floor. I am excited to see this movement grow because I believe it is a valuable and worthwhile contribution to our New Earth and our awakening human collective.”
Maxwell first came to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2001 as a volunteer at Kalani Honua. He soon discovered Ecstatic Dance and was so inspired by the musical, dance journey that he began to attend the weekly dances at Kalani as well as attending various yoga classes a few times a week. In 2003 he completed his first yoga teacher training with Kathy Elder and began teaching weekly Intuitive Yoga classes. In the same year he became a Licensed Massage Therapist and began offering sessions. He then went on to travel to Chicago for a Yogic Arts teacher training and then onto India to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Kerala and discovered Vipassana Meditation in Gujarat. When he returned to Hawaii and the dance community, he yearned for more tribal and world music. So this inspired him to become a DJ. In 2009, he DJ-ed at Kalani’s Ecstatic Dance and has been collecting music and DJ-ing ever since. At Kalani, he also teaches Intuitive Yoga classes, Intuitive Aquatic Movement classes (in the warm therapy pool) and works as a Massage Therapist, offering sessions on the massage table and, uniquely, in the water. He also enjoys playing various musical instruments, spinning fire, bodysurfing and playing in Hawaii's nature.
Lino discovered the joy of Ecstatic Dance at Kalani in 2003 when he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii 10 years ago. Dancing has always been part of his life and the nature of Ecstatic Dance, as a conscious dance process, fulfilled his spiritual inclinations. In 2009 when Lino moved to Kalani, he accepted the honor of facilitator for Ecstatic Dance Hawaii (one of the largest venue in the US) and has been facilitator for Ecstatic Dance Hawaii since. In his personal life, Lino has been practicing meditation for over thirty years and studied under the auspices of his teacher, JK Gurukal, a master healer and martial artist from Kerala, India, learning aspects of yoga, meditation, martial arts and the healing arts: applied sciences from the tradition of Dhanurveda. Lino is also a painter and artist. He enjoys sharing all of his various skills by way of teaching and facilitating workshops and classes at Kalani, on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he also resides.
Golda Joseph, M.A., Ph.D., B.C.C., is an internationally known spiritual guide, author, life transition coach, art therapist, meditation instructor, medical intuitive, retreat leader, trauma healer, and professional facilitator for individuals, couples, entrepreneurs, and groups. She has expertise and forty years experience in the fields of consciousness studies, spirituality, holistic health care, transpersonal psychology, human development, life transition coaching, medical tourism, organizational development and transformation, communication, creative transformation, relationship, marriage, family, and child development coaching.
Dr. Golda’s life purpose is to bring Universal wisdom down to earth in an ordered, systematic format, to empower others to attain maximum levels of success and happiness. She has a talent for structuring spiritual wisdom into practical, easy-to-understand daily exercises.
Kit Wan Marchel will be the guest facilitator in this retreat. Kit spent 25 years in the high-powered executive world, including running the largest fashion mart in the US. Based on her experience of creating success in a man’s world, she will teach how to overcome fears and become courageous. Through outdoor activities and adventurous exercises, Kit will share her insights with you in practical, fun, energetic ways, guiding you to become the best YOU possible. Kit will also teach you useable and practical beauty tips along with effective tricks of skincare at any age. Her signature “Clothes Your Eyes Closet ™” program will help you to select the right outfit to express the real you…every time. Come experience a new YOU with Valiant Venus! It’s an exciting twist on Yoga Retreat Vacations…
Once your register for this Empowerment Retreat we will customize your experience together.
Fred Sugerman is founder and director of Medicine Dance, a collection of mindful movement practices. Movement artist and educator, energy wrangler and masterful workshop facilitator; exploring the space between the healing and performing arts is his passion. His expertise: creating a space of safety and permission, where participants become quiet and still enough to identify already-occurring movement in their bodies, and allow that internal experience to externalize and emerge as dance. Presence in action. www.facebook.com/medicinedance
Gary Glickman, PhD (Somatic Psychology), MFT, Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner, novelist and songwriter, is also a body-centered psychotherapist in Santa Monica, California. With Stephan David Hewitt, he facilitates S.E.S. healing workshops (Sensuous, Expressive, Safe) using relational somatic psychotherapy principles including music, authentic movement, experiments in safe touch and boundaries, archetypal narrative, singing, toning, harmonizing, dream work, mask-making, theatre, and creative writing. www.garyglickman.com
He teaches as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is the author of three novels, most recently the "The Scrolls of Nef"(2014) www.scrollsofnef.com.
Stephan David Hewitt
Stephan David Hewitt, artist, songwriter, singer and pianist, is also a spiritual counselor using astrology and relational-somatic psychotherapy principles. His bi-monthly blog of lunations (full moon, new moon) can be accessed via his website below. As half the duo of The Dreambrothers (www.dreambrothersmusic.com) he performs their original song settings of Walt Whitman's passionate vision for the new paradigm that we are all witnessing emerging only now, almost two hundred years after his birth. (www.stephandavidhewitt.com)
Colleen Sugerman, life and creative partner with Fred in Medicine Dance, is an outdoors woman and movement artist, as well as a teacher of the movement work. Certified in Movement Expression and Dance Alive, she also works with private clients who are experiencing change and transition (ie. college students who are entering the work force, older adults who are retiring, etc.) and desiring support in identifying and manifesting their next steps. She calls herself “Midwife of Change.”
Early bird pricing available if full tuition is paid before March 1st, 2014, and May 10th, 2014. Please inquire for details. Discount ranges from $50-$150/person, depending on purchase and payment date.
Non-refundable deposit of $300 to hold your choice of accommodation. First
come, first serve.
Kama'aina (w/ ID, workshop only) $350
CEU's-- 28 CEU's available
Financial aid: please ask us: email@example.com
Cancellation Policy: Full Refund minus administration fee of $150 up until June 1, 2014. (Airfare to Hilo, HI not included.)
OPTIONAL PLANNED ACTIVITIES (including but not limited(!) to):
Lava-heated Warm-Pond Group Excursion
Group Black Sand Dolphin Beach Mindful Ocean Ceremony
Group Aqua-Movement Classes (slight additional fee)
PRIVATE Sessions available with all facilitators. Please feel free to inquire by email.
"The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives. For the manner in which we tell ourselves about what is going on is the genre through which events become experience." -James Hillman, The Soul’s Code
A deep-transformative review of life events through movement, breath and thought provoking practices, based on the knowledge of the shamans of ancient Mexico.
About the Facilitator(s)
Miles Reid, M.D., Founder
Miles is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a National Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. A medical doctor from Argentina, he completed a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine with highest honors from Yo San University in California. He is the founder of Tilo Medical & Acupuncture, his private clinic in Los Angeles where he practices integrative medicine, and of the Being Energy program.
He has a keen interest in the shamanistic traditions of ancient Mexico, having trained under the tutelage of Dr. Carlos Castaneda as one of his direct students and has been giving lectures and clinical consultations around the world for more than 15 years.
Aerin Alexander, Founder
Aerin holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the California State University Northridge, and several certifications in somatic education, including Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP). She was trained in ancient Mexican shamanistic practices by Dr. Carlos Castaneda, and has been working to bridge the gap between shamanism and science for the last 18 years.
She is the founder of the Being Energy movement program and also the co-author of Blooming Together, an empowering book/audio program for pregnancy and the birthing process. Aerin believes in community, empowering people through education and tools that awaken one’s life purpose and vitality, and working together with other leaders for the benefit of all.
Lisa Burnell, M.Ed., CADCII, CET has 21 years in the addiction field and worked with trauma survivors in court and DHS systems. She has M.Ed. from Lesley University and an Expressive Arts Therapist and a Certified Addictions Drug Counselor II in the state of Oregon. She worked at a Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program in Spokane, WA, for 6 years, she saw many missed healing opportunities and became guided to open her own nonprofit agency February 2000. Lisa is the founder and Program Director of Inner Journey Healing Arts Center which utilizes wholistic healing approaches.
Dr. Sara Hart, ND has been a practitioner of the healing arts for many years, guided by the dynamic state of balance observed in the natural world, the knowledge of modern technology and the wisdom of ancient traditions. Working for 10 years in home health and institutional settings, the limitations of pharmaceutical based therapies were apparent and a holistic approach to healing was sought. Through apprenticeships and formal study she was able to gain expertise in the field of herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, acupuncture, nutritional and supplemental therapies.
Dr. Maria Valdez,is a Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to educating and empowering local and global communities with the wisdom of ancient medicine philosophies integrated with the gifts of modern medical science. As a teacher, her hope is to inspire students and healers to find and exemplify personal and professional balance. Maria has been living, learning, working, and volunteering in Tanzania, East Africa since 2011, as well as exploring and studying other cultures and healing practices around the world. Maria is an adjunct faculty member at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she calls home. She teaches in the department of graduate studies at Helfgott Research Institute in nutrition, integrative medicine research, and global health and also leads study-abroad global health experience courses in Africa and Southeast Asia. Maria’s primary focus is mind/body medicine with an emphasis on nutrition, lifestyle counseling, therapeutic touch, support group therapy and behavioral changes. Maria may also use evidence based conventional or natural medicines or refer to specialists.