Hawaii Yoga, Surf, Art, Ocean Activism Retreat
on the Garden Isle~
November 2020 ~
Hawaii we go! A Retreat to Self~
Meet us on the beach next fall for an inclusive week of island nourishment, inspiration, and adventure~ Enjoy daily yoga and guided meditation, guided hikes and island exploration, surfing on friendly waves, workshops, tropical delights, and more.
We will stay on Kauai's premiere North Shore in Princeville just a few miles from the iconic Hanalei Bay in a beautiful private home/condo on a lush property that also boasts a shared pool and hot tub to soak in. Each student will have shared accommodations included, please contact Mary to inquire on whether or not a private room or condo is available.
Treat yourself to 8 luxurious days on the Garden Island for a dose of Hawaiian magic. Countless beaches, surf locales, tropical hikes, and majestic water-fall laden mountains await you. We will revel in daily yoga practices, guided meditation + pranayama, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding the island's rivers and ocean, SUP Yoga, hiking, beach days, waterfall chasing and plenty of time to simply BE!
Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It's nicknamed "the Garden Isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films, while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are hiking destinations. Its' dramatic mountains roll down their lush greenery until it meets the crashing waves below, and the waters off its beaches hide corals and colorful, exotic fish. The island exudes a romantic sense of mystery.
Relaxing and pristine Kauai (the Garden Island) is the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian islands. Waterfalls, scenic drives and more than 60 beaches dot the landscape. Some beaches have great snorkeling, others offer friendly tidal pools and some are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Dry-land activities include hiking the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coastline, taking a day trip to Waimea Canyon and experiencing life on a sugar plantation at Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
Kauai has a relaxed, rural vibe. No single road circles the entire island, and resort areas are thoughtfully designed. In fact, the law limits any new building from being taller than a coconut palm tree. This has given Kauai a certain small-town charm that has earned it a reputation for being laid-back. It is the perfect place to forget your phone, take in the scenery, and reconnect with your travel companions.
Kauai is the only place in Hawaii where you can navigate rivers by kayaking, canoeing, or boat riding. The Wailua River, the largest on the island, is also the most popular for these activities. The other rivers are the Hanalei and Huleia.
With some 50 miles of beaches, Kauai is the perfect place to enjoy some of Hawaii’s marine life. Lydgate Beach Park and Poipu Beach Park are two of the most popular snorkeling spots. Depending on the season, you might also see Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, and humpback whales. Visitors are expected to respect all wildlife.
Kauai grows the largest quantity of kalo (taro) in the state, helping to preserve Hawaiian heritage. Some traditions say that this sacred plant was the stillborn older brother of the first Hawaiian, and thus a relative to all Native Hawaiians. Kalo is used to make poi, a staple of the Hawaiian diet that you can enjoy at any Kauai luau.
7 nights shared lodging in Princeville
3 Surf Lessons
Option to add more surf and sup lessons
Week-long Surfboard Rental if wished is included
1-2 Yoga/Meditation classes/day
Epic Day Sail or Xodiac Raft Adventure around Napali Coast or to see Whales (weather permitting - gift from Mary)
Sound Bath Outing
Bonfire on the Beach with Cacao Ceremony
Ocean Activism Outings and Projects with SurfRider Kauai and Mermaids At Work
Art Project/s (Painting & more!)
Lei Making Workshop
Island Exploration to North Shore, East Side, South Side, and West Side
**Space is limited
Save your spot with a $500 non-refundable deposit.
Contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
We’ll be staying on the North Shore in Princeville on a lush property in a private locale or one of our preferred resorts - ask Mary for the details. Please ask Mary if you wish to add private lodging to see if it is possible ~
Email Mary Susan at email@example.com
Just a 5-10 drive from your island abode is the beach and a famous surf point. Kauai's North shore and Hanalei Bay and beach has some of the best surf in the world. You have choices to the north and the south on the beach. The water is always warm and the waves are always friendly. We can take care of all your surfing needs. If you want to learn, we will also arrange private lessons for any level.
SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an exciting sport that is a true full body workout. Enjoy an alternative to surfing by using a paddle. It’s easy to learn and suited for all levels of skill. We will be enjoying the best of both worlds (yoga and SUP) by combining the two into an incredible outdoor nature experience that will connect you with your balance and yoga practice in a way you’ve never experienced before.
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The schedule below is a rough guide for how our week will be structured and is subject to change and flow. Let’s all be flexible as we adjust to a new climate and time zone ;-) Likewise, please know that all offerings are optional. Please take care of yourself and if you need to relax in your room or on the beach, feel free.
Example Schedule~ (we flow with Mother Nature so schedule is apt to shift and change a bit! with rain and weather)
7:00/7:30 AM Yoga & Meditation
9:30 AM Breakfast then Surfing or Free Time
1:00 PM Lunch
3:00 PM SUP / Excursions or Afternoon Workshops or Free Time
6:00 PM Evening Session/Workshop/Free Time/Live Music
7:30 PM Dinner
Mary Susan Stults
Southern Utah native Mary Susan Stults has been practicing Yoga for over 25 years since she was a child and young teen, surfing for 19 years, and paddling for over 7 years now. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Mary Susan was raised in Cedar City, a town in Southwest Utah about an hour from Zion National Park. An avid nature lover, Mary Susan grew up exploring the many hiking trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, canyons, and the endless outdoor beauty of Utah and Colorado with her friends and family. Despite growing up landlocked Mary grew up a deep love and appreciation for the ocean and water and that passion has only grown with each passing year.
An absolute people person, Mary has taught Yoga for adults, all-ages, family, adaptive, tweens, teens, kids, and tots for over 9 years, and is a certified 500+ E=RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher, a WPA/Paddle Into Fitness Certified Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga teacher, certified Kids Yoga teacher, certified Adaptive Yoga teacher, Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher, Restorative Yoga, and is known by all for her enthusiasm and positive outlook. She is a current Manduka Ambassador, Glide Stand Up Paddle Athlete & SUP Yogi, and Athlete for Local Honey Designs.
Mary Susan teaches a knowledgeable, dynamic, sustainable, and compassionate, alignment-based practice that weaves and blends together the traditions of Ashtanga and Iyengar. Many describe her energy as contagious, finding her nurturing and patient style of teaching to be welcoming and supportive.
She infuses her Yoga, Meditation, SUP, and SUP Yoga classes, workshops, and global retreats with her grounded yet light-hearted nature. For Mary Susan, being a student of the practice of Yoga is as important, if not more important than being a teacher; she embraces and celebrates that a great teacher is a student first, and a teacher second. When she is not working and teaching herself you can often find her in a teacher training or Yoga intensive with her forever teacher and mentor, Maty Ezraty with whom she has completed over 800+ hours of formal training, and well over +2000 hours in total.
She hopes to help others delve into what it means to live well physically, mentally, and spiritually, by exploring and developing their own yoga practice, and translating the joy, strength, confidence, mindfulness, balance, and grace that we find on the mat, into our lives off the mat!
More About Kauai:
Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai has more to offer than its endless expanse of white-sand beaches, sparkling blue waters and lush rainforests. It is also home to some of the most interesting sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands.
Hikinaakala HeiauBuilt around 1300 AD, Hikinaakala means "rising of the sun." This temple was used as a place to welcome the sunrise with prayers and chants. The Hikinaakala Heiau is located near another ancient site named Hauola, which was a pu'uhonua (place of refuge) in ancient Hawaii.
Maniniholo Dry Cave
This cave on Kauai's north shore is named after Maniniholo, the legendary head fisherman of the menehune, a mischievous race of small people, or dwarfs, who lived hidden in the forests and valleys of the islands before the first settlers arrived from Polynesia. The cave is the site of an ancient Hawaiian legend.
The Menehune Fishpond was supposedly built by the legendary little people of Hawaii, the menehune, in just one night. It is estimated to be around 1,000 years old. The fishpond is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Large boulders mark this important historical site. Pohaku Ho'ohanau is a birthing ground of the ali'i (Hawaiian kings or chiefs). Royal women would travel here to give birth, assuring their children of high rank.
Located with the Wailua River State Park, the Poli'ahu Heiau is believed to be a luakini heiau, a sacrificial temple. Its stone walls make for an impressive sight.