Annual Big Island Yummy Fresh Food and Deep Stretching Retreat

27-479 Onohi Loop, Hamakua ~ Hawaii

Emily Kane
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Jan 5 - 14, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Annual Big Island Yummy Fresh Food and Deep Stretching Retreat
27-479 Onohi Loop, Hamakua ~ Hawaii

Emily Kane
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2 reviews

Deposit: $485
Jan 5 - 14, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Please join us for an intimate and relaxing get-away to start 2022 with grace and aloha. Our program will find that sweet spot of balancing, heart-felt daily work to deepen our personal commitment to optimal health and well being, with plenty of fun and relaxation. Our focus is to help you dial up your day-to-day habits for health through farm fresh food, plant-based menus, deep sleep, daily stretching and meditation, fun excursions to explore the marvelous Big Island and a bit of didactic instruction.

Hawaii Farm Retreats (our Hamakua Coast location) is a 26 acre Natural Farm with chickens, cows, pigs and a huge variety of fruits and vegetables growing in the lush soil. Jennifer's son, Drake (one of our instructors), is a master of Korean Natural Farming techniques, and the entire farm is managed with micro-organisms which are brewed onsite- never any chemicals.

Purna Yoga Hawaii, our onsite studio for Yoga, Meditation and Chanting, is fully equipped with every prop to ensure our practices are the best they can be. There's even a Wall Rope system! Please note this is NOT a "yoga retreat" per se.  We will engage in lovely stretching daily, in a yoga studio, led by yoga instructors (Jennifer and Emily), however if you are new to yoga, that's fine!

We will explore the best of the Big Island! Excursions include Volcanoes National Park, local beaches and markets, Akaka Falls State Park, and the spectacular Botanical Gardens just down the road.  All excursions are optional!  You may stay and lounge in the hammock at your cabana.


Accommodations are in luxury cabanas set on a slope with spectacular views.  You will marvel at the blue Pacific from the spacious lanai and be amazed at Mauna Kea, the largest land mass on the planet, which presides over your cabana's back windows.

There are  three cabanas.  All are doubles, suitable for 2 people whom are comfortable sharing either a queen sized bed, or roommates can be separate with one in a supremely comfortable air mattress bed.   Each cabana has a private bathroom and a small refrigerator. 

My favorite feature of the cabanas is a huge lanai  (Hawaiian for porch) with deck furniture, a hammock (which could also  be used for sleeping) and a light breeze that completely keeps bugs away.  The cabanas surround a huge kitchen-living  room complex — fully stocked!  This is where we will have cooking  classes, enjoy meals, and lounge on the lanai together.

The first six registrants will be able to opt to stay onsite.  After 6 spots are filled, the next 6 will be housed in a fabulous similar location just 20 minutes up the coast with Randy and Alison at Mahana House. Folks staying at Mahana House will need to rent a car for daily transportation-  3 delicious meals daily, onsite sessions and excursions.   


A UNIQUE ITINERARY has been intentionally selected, just for YOU! These experiences are impossible to have as a casual visitor to Hawaii!

The informational classes include Natural Farming soil-enriching, fermentation techniques for both garden and human health (with Drake),  the Gut-Brain axis and how to maximize gut happiness (key to enhancing  cognitive functioning and mental/emotional ease- with naturopathic physician since 1993 Dr. Emily Kane), plus a Kimchee making class in the world-class kitchen overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  We will also enjoy an evening of Hawaiian chanting with local beauty, Desiree Cruz. Desiree will also present an art activity of block-printing, using the original carved blocks of Hawaiian artist Dietrich Varez.  Dietrich's work is featured at the spectacular Volcano Art Center Gallery.

Both Jennifer and I will be your instructors, on alternate days, for Deep Stretching and Meditation.  

See detailed itinerary.

A Great Value!


This  retreat has space for only 12 participants because Jennifer and I want  to give you a lot of personalized care and attention.  Your deposit of $485 ensures you have a spot.

Until  MAY 15, 2021, the cost is $2085.  

Price includes accommodations, classes, and transportation around the island, including Hilo airport transfers.  It also includes all meals. 

After May 15, 2021,  prices will  increase to $2335.  Be an early bird!.  

A payment  plan is available. Payment in full is due by December 4, 2021.   

Facilitator Dr. Emily Kane

Some of you may have known me for years,  but if you want a bit more background, here goes.  I grew up in North  and West Africa since my parents were professional diplomats with the US  Foreign Service.  I came to the US at age 16 and attended the Madeira School, and then Harvard University (class of 1978) where I majored in Comparative Literature.  My thesis was on the art of translating French  poetry, with a focus on the works of Paul Eluard.  After college I lived  in Paris for 3 years, then came home to develop an emerging career in  performing arts management, first in Washington DC and then in New York  City.  At age 30 I went through “Saturn return” and left my job as  manager of Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane and Company (modern dance), and moved  to Seattle to begin my adventure of being trained to be a naturopathic  physician.  This took quite awhile since I needed 2 years to just get  pre-requisites (like Organic Chemistry — wowza!) and also got  side-tracked into Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine while at Bastyr University.  I was cajoled by a colleague, Dr. Glenna Wilde, to join her  practice in Juneau after graduation in 1992.  I promised Glenna a year.   I’ve been in Juneau ever since and love my Alaska home.  I married a  local guy (whose “other life” is also on Big Island, where he has  cultivated a beautiful organic orchard full of exotic tropical fruit  trees). Our daughter is soon to graduate from Dartmouth College.

My  husband just retired but I plan to keep working because guiding the potential for optimal health in members of my community brings me enormous  joy.  Our convenience-oriented society has derailed us all a bit away  from optimal health.  Junk food and staying indoors have become  alluring.  

Let’s continue to buck those trends together!  What better way to engage with the full power of the 2022 winter Solstice than to  bask in the radiance of a rejuvenating retreat.  Please join me!

Instructor Jennifer Weinert, CPYI

Jennifer  Weinert has studied extensively with Purna Yoga™ founders, Aadil  Palkhivala and Savitri since 1995. She has been teaching for nearly as  long and is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor (CPYI), having completed  over 2,000 hours of professional training as a yoga teacher.  She is a  Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500). Jennifer  directs The College of Purna Yoga at Hilo Yoga, a 200 hour Yoga Teacher  Certification program. She teaches privately in her home studio, Purna  Yoga Hawai'i, (Hilo Yoga) and publicly within the Hilo community on the  Big Island of Hawaii. She also presents workshops locally and  internationally, and trains Teachers of Purna Yoga.  Jennifer joyously shares what she has learned from the lineage of  Purna Yoga as well as her personal growth experiences from her own  practice. The essence of yoga is to be lived not just read and recited,  or practiced on the mat. Therefore yogic philosophy and its practical  applications are spontaneously offered throughout Jennifer’s classes.  Her passion is to guide students to heal and grow on all levels-  physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    You will sleep well in your comfortable bed. You will love to relax on your lanai and enjoy the view, in a hammock if you choose! Each cottage has a private bathroom.
  • Meals
    Our island chef will create delicious island cuisine. She is an expert in creatively using our local produce and fish. AND she loves what she does, complimentary love on the side and throughout.
  • Instruction
    All sessions included
  • Volcano Excursion
    We will venture to Volcano and make a day of it. There's so much to see and do! We will picnic and hike and meditate in this powerful portal of a National Park!
  • Hapuna Beach Excursion
    We will journey to a local beach for a half day of swimming and snorkeling. We will picnic at the beach.
  • Akaka Falls Excursion
    This amazing attraction is only 15 minutes from Hawaii Farm Retreats. Akaka Falls is an impressive 400 foot waterfall with a short stroll through natural beauty!
  • Botanical Gardens
    Just 1 mile south of Hawaii Farm Retreats. Here you will find a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists, and nature lovers from around the world.
  • Hilo Farmer’s Market
    Local farmers sell their fresh produce and other foods and tropical flowers. Artists sell crafts and local items and you can shop for unusual gifts to take home with you. Very reasonable prices.
  • Airport Transfers
    You will have a ride from the airport to Hawaii Farm Retreats and also for your return to the Hilo airport.
  • Laundry
    You will be able to wash and dry your laundry in your free time. You don't need to bring too much!
  • Airfare
    Please select Hilo as your Big Island Airport. You may choose Kona, however, you will need to secure transportation to Hilo from Kona (about two hours away by car).
  • Travel Insurance
    Secure this if you are called to do so (optional).

Available Packages

Early Bird double occupancy cabana
Available until Oct 15, 202111 left


There are six spots (3 doubles) onsite at Hawaii Farm Retreats.  You will share a cabana with your roommate. The cabana has a queen and a single bed (optional).  Private bathroom.  After six registrants sign up, the next 6 will be able to book at the lovely Mahana House just 20 minutes up the coast.  You will need to rent a car for this location.  This beautiful property has ocean view rooms with mini-kitchen, porch and a comfortable king bed.

Please note: There is a $50 late fee for any late payments.

Cancellation policy:  Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the unfortunate circumstance that you may need to cancel, your payment will be refunded less $150 administrative fee ONLY IF someone on the waiting list replaces you.

No refunds issued after December 5, 2021.

Deposit: $485
non-early bird price for double cabana
Available until Oct 15, 202111 left
Deposit: $485
Deposit: $485

Early Bird double occupancy cabana


Day 1
Hawaii Farm Retreat Arrival

We start 2022; our best year yet!

Arrival on January 5 anytime after 11 AM

Lunch served and Restorative mini-workshop in the afternoon

Welcome Dinner and getting to know each other.  This retreat is all about self-care.  We encourage you to leave projects and "to-do" lists from home aside for these 10 days.

Your Organizer

Emily Kane
2 reviews
I have practiced individualized primary care as a Naturopathic physician since 1993 in beautiful Juneau Alaska. My husband is a retired math teacher, and arborist who grows durians and other exotic tropical fruit on Big Island, where we spent winters. I enjoy the lush nature in both Alaska and Hawaii and my hobbies include vegan cooking, yoga, Zimbabwean music, physical culture and world travel.


This was an absolutely wonderful retreat! It was a perfect opportunity to take a break from the busy-ness of life, land in a glorious place, with a lovely group of people, exquisite food, well-appointed and incredibly pleasant lodging, with time to explore the area built into the experience. The yoga classes and Emily’s instruction were everything I’d hoped for. Small classes, attention to detail, accommodations to fit everyone’s needs, in a beautiful studio with spectacular views. The retreat time was well balanced with scheduled events (which were all optional) as well as time to relax, reflect, visit, according to personal preference. I am so grateful for the entire experience.
A great trip to a beautiful location. Wonderful owners, leaders and staff.