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8 Days Meditation, Healing, and Yoga Retreat Hawaii

  • location 13-260 Pohoiki Road, Pahoa, Hawaii, USA

8 Days Meditation, Healing, and Yoga Retreat Hawaii

Hawaii Yoga Retreat

Visit Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center (KMEC) in Pahoa, Hawaii and join this retreat filled with yoga. Here you will find a spiritually uplifting environment to heal and grow. Located on the eastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, KMEC is very close to the ocean for swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the newly created lava fields. The center is not far from the newest formed black sand beach in Hawaii due to the latest volcano eruption in May 2018. Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center opened in the summer of 2008 for pre-arranged seasonal meditation retreats and private meditation-vacations on request. Additionally, KMEC extends their welcome to Big Island travelers offering cozy cottages and open-air kitchen and bath.

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English;
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga practice
  • Yoga studio and meditation pavilion for practice
  • Fresh locally sourced organic meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Organic fruit orchard and vegetable garden
  • Use of fully equipped kitchen
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
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Program

Yoga

People from all over the world, practicing various yoga styles, have discovered the power of yoga here at Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. You will practice yoga with Aloha (love). This will be supporting all those who choose Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center as a place to go deeper into their bodies and find the balance they are looking for. The freeing and empowering experience, you will have on the Big Island will be remembered for a lifetime.

Meditation

Meditation is the act of choosing to go within. For some people, this is simply closing their eyes and breathing while others can travel to the depths of your soul and beyond. The intention at Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center is to create the space and let you determine the level at which you want to reach. Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center allow all those who come, no matter what their beliefs, to share in the oneness created.

What is included

  • 13 yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Use of the yoga studio and equipment
  • Access to meditation pavilion and library
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining spaces

What is not included

  • Flights
  • No tours included
  • Transport from and to the airport

Additional Details

 Accommodation

  • Check-in Time: 15:00
  • Check-out Time: 10:00

KMEC is an off-the-grid retreat center that can accommodate up to 30 guests on an idyllic 10 acre property. It is situated on ten acres featuring organic fruit orchards with a beautiful Balinese meditation pavilion for prayer and healing as well as the yoga pavilion that can accommodate up to 20 yoga practitioners or a seated audience of 100.

KMEC offers a wide range of accommodations depending on your level of comfort and privacy; from a private cabin with its own kitchen and bath, to a simple single bed private cabin including a variety of options in between. All bathrooms have flush toilets and the showers have hot water. Accommodations are simple and comfortable, with no televisions or phones.

Yoga Hale

KMECs largest event space, it has a floor space size of about 20-feet by 40-feet and has about 1000-square feet of floor space. It can accommodate over 100 people sitting or standing or about 20 people stretched out and lying down (i.e. on yoga mats). The Yoga Hale includes its own kitchen and full bathrooms.

Meditation Hale

KMECs Balinese meditation pavilion opens 24 hours a day for prayer, small group meetings, yoga, or solitude. Custom made in Bali, it is a very holy and special place for prayer and reflection. It can accommodate 30-40 people sitting on cushions. It is equipped with a TV, DVD-player, light, cushions, and own independent solar power system.

Amenities

In order to accommodate you during your workshop, KMEC has available a large variety of items for your use and some at no additional cost. You will receive a list of these items eight weeks prior to your arrival. Items can include:

  • Back jacks (floor-level seating with back support)
  • Flip chart with stand
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • IPad dock with speakers (CD player on request)
  • Laptop / mp3 player hookups
  • TV and VCR / DVD player
  • Yoga mats, blankets, straps, and props

Cabins

All KMECs cabins can be occupied by one person or two persons (except Milo 1, and Papaya1, each of single occupancy). Our Dragonfly, Butterfly, Mango and Rollinia Cabins can even comfortably sleep up to four persons.

Dragonfly Cabin

Queen bed, plus two bunk beds with Ocean and Lava Field Views. Includes Private Bath. These 20’ x 24’ spacious cabins boast a beautiful screened in porch offering spectacular views of the new lava fields with an ocean backdrop.

Butterfly Cabin

Queen bed, plus two bunk beds with Ocean and Lava Field Views. Includes Private Bath. These 20’ x 24’ spacious cabins boast a beautiful screened in porch offering spectacular views of the new lava fields with an ocean backdrop.

Mango Cabin

Queen bed, plus two bunk beds. A lovely octagon cabin, the shared fully equipped kitchen, and two full clean and modern bathrooms, with a great jungle view are about 60 feet away.

Rollinia Cabin

Queen bed, plus two bunk beds. Elegant and cozy, it will catch your breath from the hustle and bustle in the serenity of this cabin. The shared fully equipped kitchen and two fully equipped clean modern bathrooms featuring a great jungle view are about 60 feet away.

Lilikoi Cabin

Queen bed, two persons.

Noni Cabin

Queen bed, two persons.

Papaya Cabinz

Single bed, one person.

Milo 1 Cabin

Single bed, one person.

Milo 2 Cabin

Queen bed, two persons.

Milo 3 Cabin

Two single beds, two persons.

Yoga Hale

Queen bed, two persons.

 

Retreat location

KMEC is a sustainable community in the center of Hawaii's volcanic and natural wonders. This property was once a papaya farm and is now newly planted with soursop, jack fruit, pomegranate, rollinia, variety of bananas, figs, passion fruit, mamey sapote, avocados, papayas, sugar cane, coconut, lilikoi, and guava. There are also loquat, cacao, macadamia nut, cashew nut, noni, starfruit, breadfruit, tangelos, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, pomelos, and more.

The octagonal Balinese meditation pavilion is set among shade-trees with an expansive view of the ocean. The island wildlife is all around KMEC - a variety of birds by day and at night, there the pleasant chirping of Coqui frogs, and there are no snakes. Natural wonders include Volcanoes National Park, lava and crater viewing, volcanically heated warm ponds directly on the ocean, steam vents (as outdoor saunas), and other wonders of the lush tropics.

Nearby places

  • Black Sands Beach at Kehena, 7 miles
  • Issac Hale Park, 0.5 miles walk to the ocean
  • Kaimu / Kalapana Volcanoes, 11 miles
  • Kapoho Lagoon, 5 miles
  • Lava Tree State Park, 4 miles
  • Local Ahelanui Beach Park, 1.5 miles walk
  • MacKenzie State Recreation Area, 3 miles
  • Steam Vents Natural sauna caves, 15 miles
  • Volcano National Park, 40 miles

Things to Do

Delight and help yourself to fresh organic tropical fruit at KMEC spacious and open organic trees property. Any fruits and vegetables grown at the center can be shared.

Enjoy a beautiful nature walk at KMEC

Off-property adventures

Natural view Lava Tree State Park

It has curious lava formations from a previous eruption.

Natural view MacKenzie State recreation area

Quiet, accessible picnic spots on spectacular lava coastline, and not for swimming.

Snorkeling at Kapoho

Snorkeling at Kapoho Lagoon Reef and tide pools on Kapoho Bay. Pleasant and safe.

Spa treatments

You may engage in individual or small groups of yoga intensives, reiki, sound healing, and many more upon availability. Costs are not included in retreat price but all guests through BookYogaRetreats and BookDetoxRetreats enjoy KMEC retreat rates.

Surfing

  • Surfing at Isaac Hale Beach Park. Also known as Pohoiki, this is an oceanfront park and surf location along Pohoiki Bay. Recommended for experienced surfers only.

Swimming at Kehena

Swimming at Black Sands Beach at Kehena. A hard but short climb up and down, swimming could be dangerous. This is a clothing-optional beach and frequented by dolphins.

Volcanoes National Park

Best crater viewing and nature museum.

Volcanoes Kaimu / Kalapana

Great lava viewing, best in the evening. No entrance cost.

Food

KMEC is a strictly vegetarian facility. Meaning, no meat, fish, fowl or eggs (both fertile and infertile) can be prepared or stored in the kitchens on the property.

Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center offer the guest the use of their community kitchen, fully equipped, plus organic fruit from their orchard when in season.

Please note that Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center provides three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) a day included in the prices. They have an experienced chef to prepare your locally grown mostly organic gourmet vegan meals.

There are also off-property food storage options.

Islands naturals market and deli

Natural foods store with takeaway food service located just off the main street in downtown Pahoa.

Makuu farmers market

Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, live music, records / CDs, and books from approximately 150 vendors. Opens 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. Located in Makuu Farmer's lot, Keaau / Pahoa Hwy, bypass road.

Pahoa Village farmers market

Large, covered, outdoor market with fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing and jewelry, food and coffee booths, music, kava bar, and more. Opens 7 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. Located in downtown Pahoa in the Akebono Theater / Luquins parking lot.

Pahoa restaurants

Several restaurants in Pahoa are open every day of the week.

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The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Whole Food
The following drinks are included:
  • Coffee
  • Herbal Tea
  • Water

Meet The Instructors

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Rachel Gaudio

Rachel is an experienced and certified yoga instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative medicine industry, specializing in Raja yoga focusing on breath control and alignment (200-hour). Rachel also specializes in Trauma-Informed yoga (60-hour). She has been teaching internationally and in the United States. Rachel creates a loving and safe environment for her students to grow personally.

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Location 13-260 Pohoiki Road, Pahoa, Hawaii, USA

Recommended Airports

  • Hilo International Airport: Transfer available for an additional US$80 per person
  • Kona International Airport at Keāhole: Transfer available for additional US$220 per person

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to Hilo International Airport (ITO) or Kona International Airport (KOA). Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center provide shuttle service to and from the Hilo airport at 80 USD either way. Shuttle service to and from Kona airport is available at 220 USD either way.

Directions from Hilo International Airport (ITO):

  • KMEC Hawaii is only a 60-minute drive from this airport.
  • Leaving the Hilo Airport, turn left at the traffic light onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles
  • Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 16.4 miles
  • Turn left onto Kamaili Road and go about 5.3 miles
  • Turn left onto HI-137 and go for about 3.5 miles
  • Turn left onto Pohoiki Road and go about 0.7 miles
  • KMEC Hawaii will be on the right
  • Helpful hint - please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process

Directions from Kona (KOA) Airport:

  • KMEC Hawaii is a nice 2.5 to 3-hour scenic drive from Kona, halfway around the Island of Hawaii, the Big Island, via either the northern or southern routes, or the newly finished Saddle road passing Mauna Kea
  • Make a left out of the Kona Airport and drive north on Route 19
  • Continue on Route 19 through Waimea, down the Hamakua coast (still Route 19) until you get to Hilo
  • Past the waterfront side of town, make a right onto Highway 11 at Kens House of Pancakes (sign says Volcano 30 miles)
  • Turn left onto HI-11 / Hawaii Belt Road / Kanoelehua Avenue and go about 5.9 miles.
  • Turn left onto HI-130 / Keaau Pahoa Bypass Road continuing to HI-130 and go about 12.2 miles
  • Take HI-130 and go about 5 miles
  • Turn left onto Kamaili Road and go about 5.3 miles
  • Turn left onto HI-137 and go for about 3.5 miles
  • Turn left onto Pohoiki Road and go about 0.7 miles
  • KMEC Hawaii will be on the right
  • Helpful hint - please try to arrive during daylight hours as this will make your drive easier and will facilitate your check-in process

Arrival by bus

Please book a Hele-On Bus, Hawaii County mass transit agency. Take into account the very limited public transportation via the Hele-On county bus that leaves from downtown Hilo. This is a slow, but inexpensive option that comes to Pahoa, if you can coordinate schedules. A pick up from Pahoa can be arranged with KMEC. For more information visit the Hele-On bus website: http://www.heleonbus.org/.

Airport: Hilo International Airport Airport transfer available: Hilo International Airport (US$80 per person)Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Airport: Kona International Airport at Keāhole Airport transfer available: Kona International Airport at Keāhole (US$220 per person)Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled.

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