A Dolphin & Whale Retreat in Hawaii (w/Yoga & Chanting)

whale spirit sanctuary

Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
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Jan 22 - 27, 2020
Group size: 7 - 17
A Dolphin & Whale Retreat in Hawaii (w/Yoga & Chanting)
whale spirit sanctuary

Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
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22 reviews

Jan 22 - 27, 2020
Group size: 7 - 17

About this trip

Have you dreamed of swimming with dolphins and whales?  Are you someone who is called to Hawaii and the ocean life?  How about Kundalini Yoga and mantra chanting?  Then please consider joining us for 5 magical days on the islands of aloha.  

We'll be staying at the beautiful Whale Spirit Sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii.  It is just a few miles from the famed Kealakekua Bay.  This bay is world renowned for spectacular snorkeling and regular visits by pods of spinner dolphins.  Please check out this video that was made from this same retreat on Maui in 2017: https://youtu.be/FJDKH5hQRpc

Is this for me?  

Sea life 

This retreat will open the door to up close encounters with some of the most loving creatures on Earth, the spinner dolphins and humpback whales.  Regardless of your swimming abilities, we will do our best to guide you with up close encounters with these magical sea creatures.  

Yoga and Chanting 

This retreat will also help deepen your love and practice of chanting, bhakti, kundalini yoga, and ceremony in a majestic and elevating environment.  We will sing and dance our hearts open. We will rejuvenate, relax, and explore yoga as a practice of embodying spirit in a heart opening and devotional way.  Through daily meditation and chanting you will refine your perspective of these practices and yourself.  

To take a yoga class with us or just get a feel, click here.  

To see live videos of our music, click here

The retreat is open to all people and of all levels of yoga and kirtan experience.  Each participant will practice according to their individual needs guided by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. Loving care, attention and support for your experience will always be available.  This retreat is truly a gift to yourself!

*If you want to bring your family (children), we would love that!  Please contact us to arrange that and for pricing discounts. 

What a prior retreat participant said about our retreats: Click Here.

What to expect? 

-Dolphin Swims

-Whale Boat Excursion (Most likely being in the water with humpback whales)

-Snorkeling in stunning coral reefs with giant turtles and colorful fishes

-Daily Kundalini Yoga (All Levels) with live music by us. One of us will lead while the other serenades. 

-Evening chant circles 

-Cacao Ceremony led by us.

-A night of Kirtronica-Ecstatic Dance and Chant

-Comfortable and beautiful rooms and retreat center

-Natural and Chemical Free Retreat Center

-Gourmet Organic Vegetarian/Vegan Meals

*Check out our yoga videos here: https://jayalakshmiandananda.com/kundalini-yoga-videos

*Check out videos here: https://jayalakshmiandananda.com/live-experience-with-the-saraswati-dream-band-2016

Whale Spirit Sanctuary

WhaleSpirit Sanctuary is a magical, nurturing and inspirational place to experience the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii.  It is a balinese style, uniquely charming, sacred-retreat destination designed for comfort and relaxation.  The sanctuary is at 350 feet elevation and has breathtaking views of Kealakekua Bay.  It is located within minutes of some of the island’s best waters to swim and see whales, dolphins, turtles and other amazing marine life.  

This eco-friendly sanctuary is natural, chemical free with beautiful gardens.  They continue to nurture and grow mango, fig, papaya, avocado, lilikoi, banana, citrus with several new gardens filling up with fresh herbs and vegetables.  

*Please visit their website by clicking here.

*Please look over the welcome guide as it will answer many of your questions. 

Sample day at the Altar of Love Retreat:

-7am-9am: Yoga led by Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda (daily offerings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation as well as Vinyasa Flow influenced classes)

-9am: Breakfast

-10am-1pm: Free time

-1pm: Lunch

-4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (cacao ceremony, Chanting workshop, yoga, or meditation)

-6:30pm: Dinner 

-8pm-9pm: Chant Circles/Free Time

All Inclusive Program Offers the Following:

  • Lodging
  • Whale Boat Trip
  • Three delicious vegetarian meals a day. 

*Pricing goes up $75/person after Dec. 1st.  

Travel and Flight Details:

You'll most likely want to fly into Kailua/Kona airport.  Please be aware that the retreat does not include transportation to and from airport to the retreat center.  You can either rent a car for that time (recommended) or taxi/Uber/Lyft. 


We strongly recommend our guests to purchase Travel Health Insurance. We will ensure your stay is peaceful, safe, and lovingly guided, however it is wise that should you need immediate attention you have insurance for your own personal well being.

Hope you can join us!!

What people said about the retreat three years ago:

It's hard to find the right words to describe the experience I had with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda at their retreat in Hawaii, but I'll take a stab at it: "amazing," "divine," and "blissful" come to mind. Nestled upon the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, the setting was like paradise, and in addition to our daily yoga practice, we were treated to delicious, organic, locally-produced vegetarian/vegan meals, daily excursions to explore the nearby places of interest, music, storytelling, a cacao ceremony, did I leave anything out? We all bonded as a group and formed lasting friendships in a way that is truly rare. Can't recommend this adventure highly enough!  -Bob MacColl ~Long Beach, CA

"I’m so grateful for the time I’ve spent on retreat with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. These experiences have profoundly impacted my journey – deepening my connection with sacred sound, mantra, and yoga, as well as the land and local culture. I felt nourished and held in a space where it was easy to relax, practice living a healthy and intentional lifestyle, and simply enjoy the beauty of my surroundings and the connections that were forming – some of which have turned into life-long friendships!" Maggie Taurick

What’s included

  • Lodging
  • Meals
    All meals on site
  • Whale Boat Excursion

What’s not included

  • Transportation
  • Snorkel Gear

Available Packages

Women's Shared Deluxe Room
Deposit: $500
Single Standard Room

A comfortable room with a shared bathroom in the main building.   

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Single Room

A comfortable room with a private bathroom. 

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Couple's Room

 Deluxe room with a private bathroom.  

Deposit: $500
Shared Deluxe Room w/Friend or Relative

Select this package if you want to split a room with a friend or relative. There will be two separate beds in the room and a private bathroom.  Max 2 people in a room.  

Deposit: $500

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Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
22 reviews
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Das are a dynamic duo that have specialized in offering mantra and English heart songs, Kundalini and Sattva Yoga, Ecstatic Dance (Kirtronica) and cacao ceremony. They have released 16 albums since 2011 and are favorites in the mantra music genre. They are also well loved for their uplifting, heart centered, and transformative yoga classes. Their retreats incorporate not only their incredible offerings but also cultural adventures as well. Join these two for heart opening magic!


Thank you both so very much! What a beautiful and special time to spend together. The outdoor time was so nourishing, yoga was wonderful and the sangha was epic. Love and blessings, Ana
By Ana P for Sedona Solstice Soul Journey | Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Das on Jul 01, 2023
Simply magical. The people were wonderful, the food was nourishing and delicious, and the yoga and singing filled my soul. This is a trip I'll remember for the rest of my life. It was exactly what I needed to recenter and recharge.
By JESSICA B for Sedona Solstice Soul Journey | Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Das on Jun 24, 2023
I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt joy of attending the Maui Alter of Love Retreat. Both Lakshmi and Ananda were such gracious and wonderful facilitators that made this retreat so special for me. I experienced amazing music, playtime, beach time, community, singing, dancing, daily yoga, cacao ceremony, laughter, wisdom satsangs, whale watching, snorkling, gourmet food and so much more. It was a blissful journey I will never forget and look forward to experiencing more retreats from these beautiful beings of love and light. Gratitude to Lakshmi and Ananda.
By Bruce C for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 14, 2023
This was the trip of a lifetime! The setting and accommodations were perfect. Having the beach right across the street, we saw a beautiful sunset each night while listening and singing along to Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda's beautiful music. I enjoyed so much learning all the breathing exercises and different types of yoga and the devotional practices. It was an atmosphere of respect and friendliness and I enjoyed conversing with all the other participants. And the food was sensational! I would highly recommend this retreat which also offered opportunities to snorkel as well.
By June B for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 05, 2023
This was my 3rd retreat with Jaya Lakshmi. She shares her many talents generously. The music, the yoga, the food, other participants, time in the ocean-could not have been better. Ananda also gives 100%. Truly an inspiring, soul nurturing, loving, authentic experience. Unforgettable delight for the whole being. Thank you!!!
By Dee W for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 05, 2023
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A beautiful musical and magical spiritual journey we will remember for a lifetime. Perfect balance of kundalini, music & chants, ceremonies, great vegetarian food, new friends, and exciting adventures. During our whale excursion, we summoned these wonderful great beings with music and drumming. On our first swim, a Momma and baby whale approached us and came eye to eye with us, then offered a high 5 with its fin before cruising back into the wild deep blue from whence they came. Wahe Guru! Lakshmi and Ananda led us to this magical experience. They are great musicians, teachers, guides, and just wonderful people we feel grateful to have gotten to know and become friends with. Hence we are headed to the Guatemala retreat and look forward to another magical journey. Sat Nam, Fez & Kellye
By Kellye H on 25 Oct, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our retreat in Hawaii with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. So much so that we are doing it again! The intimate chanting every evening was a dream come true. The whale excursions were an amazing experience that we will never forget! Waking up with kundalini yoga and the accompanying live music was fantastic. The cacao ceremony was a deeply enriching experience. Our whole family was made to feel very welcome and we created friendships that will last a lifetime. The kirtronica on the last evening was an absolutely blast, heart opening and uplifting! Looking forward to more adventures and much love to Jaya Lakshmi and Amanda. Wahe Guru!
By Ryan & Bobbi H on 25 Oct, 2019
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda create the most amazing space, whether it’s an Alter of love Weekend or a Hawaii retreat, they truly hold sacred space. The love that they share with the world is incredible. Kirtronica, kundalini Yoga, Music, Chanting, cacao. They bridge so many modalities and tickle your heart of life. You allways leave with a new sense of self, love, and connection. Give Thanks ?
By Ocean Travelers on 18 Oct, 2019
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