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Thrive - A New Year's Retreat for Gay/Bi Men
Davey Wavey, Will Donnelly, H.R. Bremner, Drew Delaware
December 29, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Celebrate New Year's with the loving support of a community of gay and bisexual men, as we explore how we can truly THRIVE in the coming year.
Bring focus to your body, mind, spirit, and to intimacy and sexuality, guided by a team of four supportive facilitators.
Take inventory of the life you have been creating for yourself. Let go of that which no longer serves you. Plant seeds of intention to foster an even more vibrant, fulfilling life, and create habits that support those intentions.
Through celebration, ceremony, reflection, and play, we will support each other in rejuvenating our lives with new energy and new vision.
We will share practical tools and techniques for beginning, or continuing, a yoga or meditation practice, a body-affirming workout program, spiritual self-care, and a healthy, vibrant sexual identity.
Get ready to sweat, laugh, and uplift your spirit, as each day features Davey Wavey's techniques for healthy workouts, and Will Donnelly’s signature Practical Yoga & Meditation. Connect deeply with a diverse group of gay and bisexual men as we explore the deeper elements of sex and intimacy, with Sex and Intimacy Coach H.R. Bremner, a steward of Men's Inner Journey. And find new ways to relax your mind and explore your potential with Drew Delaware, Master NLP Practitioner and sport psychology/performance coach.
It all unfolds in one of the most stunning environments you could imagine, surrounded by fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage, and like-minded people celebrating the spirit of aloha.
New Year's Eve
New Year's at Kalani is beautiful - celebratory and intentional. Holiday meals are a special affair at Kalani, nourishing and decadent. Then, head down to the ocean to enjoy SOAR, our multi-disciplinary evening of dance, art, and intention, as we mark the transition to 2015 embraced by a supportive community.
We have included adventures to two wonderful sites: Volcanoes National Park at night; and a morning yoga session at the noteworthy Kehena Black Sand Beach, where dolphins often come to swim and play.
The schedule also offers the adventurous amongst us the opportunity to take in other gorgeous sights nearby including hot springs, lava hikes, lava tube exploration, waterfalls, dolphin swims, turtle nesting areas, stunning tidal-pool snorkeling, and much more!
Or stay before or after the retreat to enjoy the incredible adventures that the Big Island is famous for - Kalani is the perfect hub.
There will be plenty of free time for relaxation, and wellness treatments, including Kalani's signature watsu (water-based shiatsu treatment in one of North America's largest body-temparature watsu pools.) Or drop in on Kalani's vibrant Hawaiian culture programs, classes, and events (either by donation or nominal charge).
Connect with others on the open air dining lanai, while enjoying three delicious and abundant chef created meals per day. Vegan, Vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available, as well as plenty of options for meat eaters too!
Join us over this special week, as you set your new year on a vibrant course. We look forward to celebrating with you!
About the Facilitator(s)
Davey Wavey is a YouTube personality and fitness guru with more than 200 million video views in more than 160 countries around the world. With the largest LGBT-themed channel on YouTube, Davey's videos have been featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Jezebel, Gizmodo and hundreds of other websites and blogs. More than 1.4 million people follow Davey's videos, fitness advice and globe trotting adventures.
An AFPA certified personal trainer, Davey has launched a number of workout programs including Davey Wavey's Get Ripped Workout, Underwear Yoga and the Davey Wavey Six Pack Program. Because of Davey's fitness programs, he was selected as one of YouTube's official "Next Up" personal trainers.
Davey believes that honoring your body is an extension of honoring your life. His unique approach blends humor, honesty and a balanced approach to fitness and healthy living. Davey looks forward to being a part of your health and fitness journey.
Will Donnelly is a nationally recognized, certified yoga teacher. His popular, ongoing retreats have been described as “powerful, fun and deeply transformative.” Will has been a true pioneer in the field of yoga, and co-created and co-hosted the yoga–reality series Guru2Go, which debuted on fit TV, part of the Discovery family of channels (2004).
His signature Practical Yoga offers students of all shapes and sizes an approachable and invigorating workout, and he takes students on an inner journey like few others. In each class, Will provides a profoundly energizing and healing experience, where students get in shape quickly and lift their spirits!
With over 20 years experience practicing and teaching yoga & meditation, Will is yoga-alliance certified (400+ hours), both through the Kundalini Research Institute™(KRI), having trained and taught at the renowned Golden Bridge in Los Angeles, as well as through YogaWorks™.
Will is Editor-in-Chief for the international Yoga for Every Body newsletter, and a writer for Spirituality & Health (Confessions of an Accidental Yogi).
H. R. Bremner, MSW, is a Licensed Somatica® Practitioner. H. R. believes that the creative energy through which we express ourselves every day finds foundational expression in our experiences of intimacy and sexuality. He knows that many of us have fear and shame in these areas and that it takes courage to take a deep look at ourselves in order to reclaim the creativity that lives within us.
Much of H. R.'s personal learning has come from his own struggles and triumphs with spirituality, desire, intimacy and sexuality and he has been on a path of coming to know himself spiritually and sexually through the practice of Somatica, intimate experiences with others, vision quests, retreats and ceremonies of various traditions over the past 11 years.
H. R. now shares open-heartedly the wisdom he has gleaned from experiences of love, intimacy, sex and presence. To learn more about H. R. and Somatica visit: http://www.somaticamethod.com/about-h-r-bremner/.
Drew Delaware has worked and consulted in diverse industries, from legal to automotive, and from the sports sector to education. He has held positions such as Dean of E-Commerce at the International Academy of Design, and has successfully launched and led 3 companies in the past two decades. Drew presently calls Kalani home, and stewards Kalani's marketing, communications, and nonprofit operations while actively involved in the local community.
Outside of the business world, Drew is a Master NLP practitioner and member of the International Coaching Federation, as a performance coach, life coach, and lifestyle coach. Before arriving at Kalani, Drew had a thriving performance coaching practice, where he worked with athletes looking to improve their performance and sharpen their mental edge.
Drew has led retreats and groups in both Toronto and Hawaii, and embraces several complimentary holistic disciplines, bringing a unique and inclusive approach when facilitating. He has a passion for creating space for the LGBT community to explore empowerment, personal growth, and spirituality.
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Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.
Included: Accommodation as selected below, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, and noted classes.
Not Included: Airport transfers, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.) Continental Airlines has direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hilo; Hawaiian Airlines, and go! Mokulele both offer intra-island service between Honolulu and Hilo.
Our most affordable option is to stay in our basic lodge room accommodations with a same-gender roommate from our retreat group for $745. The room has a private bathroom.
Or, treat yourself to a shared experience in one of our beautiful eco-cottages, affording more privacy and luxury in a stunning tropical setting. Triple share is $925, or double share is $1175.
Want your own space? We have options for that too!
We have private lodge rooms with a shared bath for $925, with a private bath for $1125, or treat yourself to the penultimate experience with a private eco-cottage, for $1700, and we'll throw in a complimentary massage!
Prices subject to change without notice.
Extend Your Stay at a Discount!
There is so much to explore on this incredible island - from the volcano and the astronomy centers on Mauna Kea to the tide pools, beaches, and hikes along the coast. And Kalani is always brimming with activity, with 50 classes a week, including special events and activities for gay men throughout the holiday period.
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates for retreat attendees. Inquire for details.