IMMERSE - A Winter Hawaii Yoga, Meditation, Nature, and Surf Retreat
January 5th-12th, 2024
The Garden Island of Kauai, Hawaii ~
Retreat to Hawaii this winter.
Finding beauty, balance, and stillness amidst the flux and flow of life.
Meet us in the land of rainbows where the ocean and soft sand beaches meets the towering green mountains and waterfalls.
Join me at home in Hawaii this upcoming January on the picturesque, nature-laden, and majestic Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii for an immersive, expansive, adventurous, joy-filled, and naturally luxurious week shared together on the lush and iconic North Shore.
Together we'll enjoy a return to and celebration of our True Nature and a recognition of our innate wholeness. We'll create a sense of spaciousness to slow down as we follow the natural rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the tides.
Let's soak up and enjoy a deep dive into our yoga and vipassana meditation practices, plenty of surfing, the Hawaiian culture and history, Mother Nature and our earthly roots, art and creativity, Paddleboarding, and into life lived fully and well.
Take some time in paradise to progress your yoga practice, surf and learn on the waves with an incredible local surf instructor, paddle, play, hike and explore, and enjoy that island life and plenty of beach days.
We'll enjoy a stay at wonderful private home/s in Princeville, and enjoy the endless beauty surrounding us.
Retreat yourself this January in Hawaii and take time to explore the best beaches, get out into nature, venture to see other areas of the island, slow down and connect in a lei-making workshop, and enjoy time to enjoy our days to the utmost fullest.
We believe that community is medicine, and together we thrive.
I can hardly wait to share all of the beauty of my home with you all on retreat this winter and ring in the new year on a healthy, mindful, and joyful foot, xo
Princeville - Kauai's beautiful North Shore
***No double discounts~
-Pay in full and save $100 on your retreat with promo code FULLSEND
-Fall Retreat Special -- save $500 with promo code ISLANDLIFE
Begins at $3299 + 8% retreat tax/fees per student dependent upon lodging~
***Retreat Taxes and Fees of 8% can be paid here via Wetravel.com or via an invoice emailed out via PayPal, or via Venmo.
1) Shared King Bed (for friends, family, partners joining together): Early bird: $2899 // Regular Tuition: $3299 + tax/fees
2) Twin or Full Bed in shared room and house: Early bird: $2999 // Regular Tuition: $3299 + tax/fees
3) King or Queen Bed in private room in a deluxe shared house: Early bird: $3299 // Regular Tuition: $3699 + tax/fees
-Remainder of retreat tuition will be due 60 days prior to retreat start date or upon registration if student registers within 60 day window prior to retreat
$500 non-refundable retreat deposit
-7 Nights/ 8 Days shared lodging in Princeville, Hawaii (twin bed OR king/queen bed)
-Kauai Juice Co Green Juice + Wellness Shot Upon Arrival at Welcome Circle
-Daily Yoga Practices
-Guided Meditation with Mary
-2 Surf Lessons with Local Instructor (we will follow the swell to wherever the waves are best)
-Asana Workshops with Mary
-Island Hike (weather dependent)
-Beach Time at the best beaches
-Ocean/Beach Conservation Beach Cleanup + Net Patrol with
Kauai Surfrider + Mermaids at Work
-Lei Making Workshop
-Art Workshop/s (Painting)
-Beach Bonfire with Fire Ceremony (weather dependent)
-Transportation included within the retreat to adventures (not to and from airport)(We will carpool in 1-2 cars to activities and adventures during retreat)
What Not Included
Travel to and from retreat
Mary Susan Stults
Learn more about Mary Susan at https://www.marysusanstults.com/
Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Mary Susan Stults was raised in Cedar City, Utah. After moving to Colorado in 2001 to attend CU Boulder, she made Colorado her mountain home for about 20 years until she followed her heart to Hawaii.
In 2018, she traded the mountain life for island life and moved to Kauai, Hawaii where she lives with her fiance Brandon and their two cats, Tux and Sir Wobbles.
Mary Susan’s yoga and meditation practice and path began early in life with her mother as a child at home in 1991 and continued in the studio at the age of 14 in 1997 with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Mary practiced Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga throughout highschool and early college and in 2002 began practicing at Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's studio, the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. Years later, Mary had the blessing to find Master Mentor-Teacher Maty Ezraty with whom she studied intensively, mentored with, and assisted until her recent passing in 2019. Over thousands of hours and many years of study and practice, Maty shaped and influenced Mary Susan’s practice, teaching, and life on and off the yoga mat.
Mary Susan teaches in the U.S and internationally and is an experienced Senior Yoga & Meditation teacher, educator, mentor, and practitioner. She is a certified and experienced Yoga & Meditation teacher, educator, and practitioner, a WPA/Paddle Into Fitness Certified Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga teacher, certified Kids Yoga teacher, certified Adaptive Yoga teacher, and is known by all for her enthusiasm, heart, and positive outlook.
She teaches a knowledgeable, dynamic, and refreshing yoga practice that intelligently weaves together the traditions of Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She also enjoys teaching Yin, Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Vipassana and Mindful Meditation. Many describe her energy as contagious, finding her nurturing, wise, grounded, & patient style of teaching to be welcoming &supportive. Her offerings are infused with her grounded yet light-hearted nature. When she is not teaching herself you can often find her in a training or Yoga intensive with one of her teachers or mentors.
Mary Susan - email her anytime at email@example.com
We will be practicing a strong, dynamic, and compassionate yoga practice and flow marrying together the traditions of Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
We will slowly and mindfully weave our way through alignment-based practices each day taking time to workshop asanas and come-see-come-look moments giving students the opportunity to demo postures as we practice.
Expect longer holds, break-downs of alignment and postures, and a focus on the breath. Classes are appropriate for all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners and teachers. We ask students to be curious and expect to take a deep and joyful dive into the practice and their own inner ecology and wilderness.
Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Vipassana & Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, General Yoga
Skill Level - appropriate for beginner, intermediate, advanced
We will enjoy guided meditation and will explore the style of Vipassana meditation also known as insight meditation.
Within this style we will explore a variety of methods including breath meditation, and heart meditations including a compassion meditation and a metta or living kindness meditation. We will talk about the basics of meditation, finding a comfortable seat, and the roots of mindfulness.
We will be getting out for a hike or two while on Kauai to further immerse in the lush vegetation and island flora and fauna surrounding us.
Please plan on some uphill and incline hiking as many of Kauai's hikes go up up up for those exquisite island views, as well as mud and hiking amidst Kauai's gorgeous red dirt. Kauai's red dirt stains so please plan accordingly and bring some clothing and hiking shoes you do not care about getting muddy or stained.
We will be heading our for surfing lessons with a local instructor during our retreat and will also have some free time to surf more or add additional lessons. We will surf on the north shore most likely on Hanalei Bay, but swell dependent.
Hanalei Bay is one of the most well-known spots on the island of Kauai, and there are many other spots in and around the bay. Hanalei itself is a long right point that breaks on the eastern side of the bay for up to 300 yards over lava reef.
It is a fairly powerful wave with occasional barrel sections that ends with an inside bowl section in the middle of the bay. Farther north, up and around the point from Hanalei, is a reefbreak right called Hideaways. Further inside the bay is PineTrees, which needs a larger swell and a good sandbar setup at the rivermouth. Directly across Hanalei Bay from the main point is a fickle left reefbreak called Waikokos, which needs a large N swell and W wind. The beloved pier offers friendly waves for all levels.
Hawaiian Lei Making
Immerse in the Hawaiian culture and learn the art and techniques of traditional lei making on the garden island of Kauai. Enjoy a lei-making workshop and immersive experience with Kaua'i-born and raised Ivory Kealani Lloyd in a beautiful workshop-style floral adventure using local and native flowers and plants.
Optional Adventure -
Napali Coast Boat + Snorkel Adventure (weather dependent)
$250 + tax per person
Princeville, Hawaii - North Shore
We will be staying in several beautiful private homes/condos for the retreat.
Located in the heart of Princeville within a mile of many activities such as tennis, bike/exercise paths, golfing, surfing, snorkeling. Nearby beaches are at SeaLodge, Pu'u Poa, Pali Ke Kua (Hideaways). There are restaurants and shops all within the Princeville Resort Community. Foodland Supermarket, a gas station, a post office, and banks are about a mile away at the Princeville Center located to the left of the entrance to Princeville. The world-famous Hanalei Bay is just a few minutes drive. Hanalei town is home to unique and flavorful restaurants and food trucks, farmers market, shops, and beach equipment rental. Beyond that lies Tunnels Beach, Ke’e Beach and the Hanakapai‘ai trailhead, to name a few jewels. Traveling south you will find the newly opened Anaina Hou miniature golf course with a Hawaiian tropical theme. Kilauea Lighthouse, botanical gardens, zip lines, helicopter rides, and kayaking.
See you on the beach friends and family, xo
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