Zen Habits: Yoga and Writing Retreat

The Big Island, Hawaii, United States

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Sonia Roberts
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3 reviews
Aug 2 - 6, 2018
Group size: 12-20
Zen Habits: Yoga and Writing Retreat
The Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Sonia Roberts
  • Email address verified
3 reviews

$1195
Deposit: $400
Aug 2 - 6, 2018
Group size: 12-20

About this trip

ZEN HABITS: Yoga and Writing Retreat

Led by Sonia Roberts

In Hawaii, The Big Island at Kalani Oceanside

August 2-6, 2018


Join us for a yoga retreat in paradise at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center in Hawaii, on the Big Island. Kalani is an educational nonprofit devoted to yoga, wellness, performing arts, nature, and Hawaiian culture. You reach Kalani by The Enchanted Red Road (Kapoho Kalapana Road) in Puna on the Big Island. It is one of the most scenic routes in the state of Hawaii. 


The true meaning of ‘ohana (family) awaits at this yoga retreat center set among black sand beaches, volcanoes, and pineapple coconut ice cream. Kalani offers healthy cuisine, comfortable accommodations, rejuvenating bodywork treatments, recreational facilities, and educational adventures. We invite you to open your heart to the Big Island of Hawaii at Kalani. Learn more about Kalani at www.kalani.com.


Slow down and re-connect to the best part of who you are in a beautiful location, bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean. This retreat is designed to give you time for yoga, writing, reflection, relaxation and adventure. Practicing yoga and writing together can change your life in the most profound and liberating ways. Find the quiet spaces between your thoughts. Practice putting your thoughts into words and your words onto paper. Cultivate a clear vision of what you desire, step into the silent realm where all possibilities exist and let your desires be known. This retreat will offer tools to explore your writing and yoga practice, deepened connection with your voice and shared experience in a group. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer,” combining yoga and putting pen to paper can be a transformative experience. 


Hawaii holds a special place in my heart. My grandmother, Juana Lopez was born in Hilo, Hawaii in 1914. Kalani is located in the Puna District just south of Hilo. My grandmother's parents came to Hawaii from Spain as indentured servants to work in the sugar plantation. From there to San Francisco in 1919.


Practice yoga twice daily, with a vinyasa flow practice in the morning and calming practice in the evening. Each yoga asana session preceded or followed by a meditation and guided writing session. In addition to yoga, there is time each day to relax by the pool, jacuzzi, sauna, enjoy body treatments or explore the Big Island.


Optional Adventures Include:

* Friday, August 3rd - Explore Pohoiki Beach Park, bring a picnic lunch, go for a swim and enjoy the Pohoiki Warm Springs. This small, volcanically heated hot pond is surrounded by lush vegetation and is located in a lava sink. Then visit Ahalanui Warm Pond, this volcanically heated spring water feeds into a warm pond which mixes with ocean water and is a local favorite.
* Saturday, August 4th - Visit Rainbow Falls, a gorgeous waterfall in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 feet tall and almost 100 feet in diameter. Known in the Hawaiian language as Waianuenue- rainbow water - the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. Then shop in Hilo Town and Hilo Farmers Market.
* Sunday, August 5th - Relax at Kaimu Hou Coconut Beach. Walk over new lava flows from the 80's, visit the Kalapana photos and news clippings gallery and stroll along the coast.


Check in begins at 4pm on Thursday, August 2nd. Check out is at 11am on Monday, August 6th, the last day of the retreat. *Retreat concludes with lunch on the day of check-out, at 12:00pm-1:00pm.


*Please note: Additional lodging options may be available; please email Sonia if your preferred lodging type is not listed.

**Space is limited. Place $400 deposit or pay in full to secure your spot. ***Balance is due on or before May 15, 2018.


About Sonia Roberts:

Sonia Roberts has been teaching yoga for fifteen years and has a passion for helping others reach their full potential and live a more joyful life. Her classes are challenging, nurturing and integrate mindful movement. Her life as a mother has given her an abundance of opportunity for deepening her yoga practice and living in the moment. Learn more about Sonia at www.soniaroberts.com.

What’s included

- 4 Nights/ 5 Days at Kalani Oceanside

-  8 Yoga Classes

- 8 Writing Sessions guided by Sonia Roberts

- All meals- breakfast, lunch, dinner- *Bagged lunches are available for lunch and dinner and must be requested 3 days or more in advance for a fee of $5 each.

- Pool

- Jacuzzi

- Sauna

- Recreational facilities

- Plenty of free time on the majestic grounds for reflection, relaxation, journaling, meditating, and swimming


Not included

- Airfare from your hometown and return airfare. It is recommended you fly to Hilo Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii.


- Transportation from the Hilo (or Kona) airport to the retreat center

   *Kalani Shuttles only from/to Hilo International Airport

   *Solo shuttle, one way, $75 per person

   *Shared shuttle, one way, $50 per person

    *We combine shuttles whenever possible.

Kalani is only a 45 minute drive from Hilo. Call (808) 965-7828 or email        via reservations@kalani.com as soon as you have your final itinerary. 


- Body treatments and massages

- Optional Adventures (listed above)


Before You Go

_ Book flight and transportation reservation

_ Sign up for any optional adventures + request any bagged lunches


Don't forget to bring:

* Journal and pen/pencil and/or Laptop
* Books
* Shorts, t-shirts, yoga clothes
* Swimsuit, sunblock, sunhat, sunglasses
* Flip flops
* Sneakers/ Hiking shoes
* Yoga mat
* Water bottle
* Beach towel
* Insect repellent
* Umbrella
* Alarm clock
* Flashlight
* Camera/batteries
* Cash for excursions
* Any personal items (medications, glasses/contacts-extra pairs)

Available Packages

Lodge Single Private Bath

Hale Lodges - pronounced Ha'-lay, Hawaiian for "house" – are two-level Lodges that house contain rooms on each floor with access to common areas on both levels. The Hale Lodges are located on the central lawn near the dining lanai, and feature garden views.

Available until May 01only 1 left
$1195
Deposit: $400
Lodge Double Private Bath

Hale Lodges - pronounced Ha'-lay, Hawaiian for "house" – are two-level Lodges that house contain rooms on each floor with access to common areas on both levels. The Hale Lodges are located on the central lawn near the dining lanai, and feature garden views.

Available until May 01only 2 left
$995
Deposit: $400
Bungalow Single

Bungalows are 225 square foot rooms with high, slanted ceilings and tall screened windows that lend these inviting dwellings a cozy and free environment. Each Bungalow room can accommodate up to two guests; each room contains one queen bed and one twin bed, private bath, mini fridge and overlook pastoral or jungle vistas.

Available until May 01only 1 left
$1275
Deposit: $400
Bungalow Double

Bungalows are 225 square foot rooms with high, slanted ceilings and tall screened windows that lend these inviting dwellings a cozy and free environment. Each Bungalow room can accommodate up to two guests; each room contains one queen bed and one twin bed, private bath, mini fridge and overlook pastoral or jungle vistas.

Available until May 01only 2 left
$1035
Tropical Cottage Double

Cottages are private, free-standing structures of approximately 400 square feet that feature wood and renewable bamboo construction and a covered, outdoor lanai. All Cottages have unique artistic touches. Some are nestled in tropical foliage, while others look out over open fields. Cottages have capacity for up to three persons, and feature a private bath and mini fridge.

Available until May 01only 4 left
$1235
Deposit: $400
Tropical Loft Double

Lofts approximate 1,000 square feet and comprise two private bedrooms adjacent to a shared common space. Each Loft bedroom can house up to two people, and has a full private bath. The Loft common space is spacious and open in feel, and features a soaring, high-ceiled seating area and kitchenette.

Available until May 01only 2 left
$1035
Deposit: $400
Offsite Commuter

Those lodging off Kalani campus during the retreat may register as Offsite Commuter participants. Commuter participant pricing includes campus access, meals, and retreat tuition.

Available until May 01only 4 left
$795
Deposit: $400
Offsite Kama'aina Commuter

Offsite kama'aina participant pricing includes campus access, meals and retreat tuition. A Hawaii driver license or state ID must be presented at retreat check-in in order to receive kama'aina rates.

Available until May 01only 4 left
$663
Deposit: $400
Tropical Cottage Single

Cottages are private, free-standing structures of approximately 400 square feet that feature wood and renewable bamboo construction and a covered, outdoor lanai. All Cottages have unique artistic touches. Some are nestled in tropical foliage, while others look out over open fields. Cottages have capacity for up to three persons, and feature a private bath and mini fridge.

Available until May 01only 1 left
$1655
Deposit: $400

Available options

Day 2, Pohoiki Beach Park Adventure12 left
$30
Day 3, Rainbow Falls +Hilo Town12 left
$40
Day 4, Kaimu Hou Coconut Beach Adventure12 left
$30
$1195
Deposit: $400

Lodge Single Private Bath

Itinerary

Arrival Day
Day 1, Thursday
Check begins at 4pm. Settle into your room and explore the grounds. 4:30pm-6:00pm We will meet for our First Yoga + Writing Session. 6:00pm-7:30pm Dinner. Free Time.

Your Organizer


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Sonia Roberts
3 reviews
Sonia Roberts is a certified yoga teacher with fifteen years of teaching experience. She has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Her classes are challenging, nurturing and integrate mindful movement. Sonia is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Advanced Studies Program, studying with Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, Clare Finn and Maritza. She has completed YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training with Mynx Inatsugu and Melanie Salvatore-August. Sonia also completed Jane Austin's Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Her training has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara. Her life as a mother has given her an abundance of opportunity for deepening her yoga practice and living in the moment. After birthing two children and three abdominal surgeries, Sonia has a passion for teaching others how to build core strength and gain confidence to live a life from their core truth. Sonia has a BA in Social Welfare and Dance Minor from UC Berkeley. She is devoted to helping others discover their true self through yoga and meditation. As a lifelong student, Sonia continues to study the many facets of yoga. My intention is to live each day with a heart full of gratitude and hope that each of us may experience love, joy, wisdom and wonder in this life, just as it is.

Reviews

ED
It was an amazing place! Sonja set the stage with her gentle, playful spirit! We all felt safe to be vulnerable and that's where the healing happens. I was blessed to meet such amazing women, and honored to experience the healing journey that took place❤️ Namaste Eileen
LL
I went for the yoga and writing workshop but got so much more. Sonia's style of teaching is delightful. I love her clear instructions for yoga, as well as guided medications & writings. I had never done a yoga retreat with a small group before (only the bigger Wanderlust festivals) and this was so much better. The location was an easy 3-hour drive from the Bay Area making it a great weekend getaway with girlfriends. If you want to try this out w/o the expense of flying to a far off location, I highly recommend Sagrada Wellness Retreat. I am now a big fan of Sonia and can't wait to experience more of her classes at our local Yogaworks in Walnut Creek.
PS
The place, Sagrata Wellness, was so lovely, and so low key, yet comfortable and clean. The food was amazing and healthful. The yoga room was lovely and open. Of course all of that would have been nothing without Sonia's guidance in yoga and self exploration through writing. And Sonia would not have been able to do her thing if it weren't for the lovely participants who were willing to share and just be together. Bonus fabulousness was the pool! OMG! So fab.