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? Want to gift your beloved with an extra special gift over Valentines? Then please consider joining us for 5 magical days over Valentine's Day to celebrate love 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 half mile 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?
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.
Celebrating Your Relationship
For those of you who come with a significant other, this is going to be a weekend to remember. We have found no place on Earth that is more loving and nurturing than these Hawaiian islands. With all the activities and practices we will do during the week, you are poised to go deeper into your love and open new dimensions of relating. We will do specific yogic practices and meditations to deepen your love and clear blocks in communication and energy.
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?
-Whale Boat Excursion (Most likely being in the water with humpback whales)
-Snorkeling in stunning coral reefs with sea turtles and colorful fish
-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
-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, and 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.
• 7am-9am: Yoga led by Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda (daily offerings of Kundalini Yoga and meditations)
• 9am: Breakfast
• 10am-1pm: Free time/Ocean Time
• 1pm-2pm: Lunch
• 2pm-4pm: Free Time
• 4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (cacao ceremony, Chanting workshop, yoga, or meditation)
• 6:30pm: Dinner
• 8pm-9pm: Evening Chant & Song Circle
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.
More Info on Meals:
There will be 3 meals served daily, all prepared fresh by our private chef.
Meals are all vegan/vegetarian, with dairy options on the side. Eggs are served occasionally for breakfast. Spices are mild and everything is gluten free. (Although there is a choice of multi-grain toast in the mornings)
Almost all ingredients are certified organic. We do our best to find the best local organic produce available. In recipes that call for sweetness, we use local honey, maple syrup or just fruit. The menu is nicely balanced for optimum nutrition.
We use all our own recipes that we have been developing over many years - we both love to cook! We are so happy to share these alchemical culinary creations with you.
If you have any dietary sensitivities, preferences or restrictions please let us know ahead of time.
Here is a sample daily menu:
Coffee & tea
Fresh Fruit: Papaya, citrus, banana, lilikoi (passionfruit) & other local fruits in season
Oatmeal, Toast, GF toast, butter, jam
Granola, non-dairy milk, nuts & raisins
Other items served during the week :
Yogurt - dairy & non-dairy
Veggie scrambles/ frittata - egg and vegan version with tofu
Smoothies, GF pancakes, GF muffins
Coconut chia pudding
Salad with local greens, & special additions, avocado slices on side
Kale salad with toasted seeds on side
Purple Sweet Potato Salad
Carrot- ginger puree soup
Cheese & GF crackers, GF Bread & toast
Mint herbal cooler
Ulu (breadfruit) curry w/ pineapple and veggies
Sauteed greens, Jasmine Rice
Green salad w/local items
Hibiscus cooler (drink)
Dessert: Haupia Coconut Pudding Pie with raw nut crust
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
A room in the main building with a shared bathroom. Bathroom is shared with one to two other people.
Queen size bed with private bathroom.
Queen size bed with private bathroom.
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.