Hawaii Teachers Retreat 2012

February 25 - March 3


Are you feeling overscheduled, over stimulated, overwhelmed? Do you want a vacation that will provide genuine relaxation in an exceptionally beautiful and serene tropical location? Then our Big Island Yoga vacation/retreat is for you.

This is an adults only retreat.  We want to provide you a real opportunity to nurture yourself so you can return to your family/students/community with renewed passion and spirit. Unplug from your daily routine and deeply immerse yourself in the beauty of Hawaii.  Spouses and friends are welcome.  You do not have to be a Yoga teacher or a student of our program to attend.

This will be a truly memorable trip that includes -

  • Daily Yoga practice and Yoga nidra sessions
  • Continuing education credit (16 CEUs)
  • An exciting excursion to see lava flow from an active volcano (Pele permitting)
  • Opportunities to get to know the history and culture of this extraordinary place
  • Lots of playful fun (watch whales, swim, snorkel, surf, hike)
  • And plenty of time to relax and simply soak in the peace and beauty of the island

All delivered to you by a caring staff of professionals. One of your GFY hosts is a resident of the Big Island who is eager to personally welcome you!

About the Retreat Center

The lovely Balinese-themed retreat center is nestled in a lush tropical garden setting that provides an opportunity to truly unwind and get away from it all. The Center is just 200 yards from one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world. Dolphins and sea turtles can be seen off the beach year-round, making snorkeling and swimming an exciting sight-seeing adventure. At this time of year whales put on a display which can be seen all along the coast road and from the beach.

The district in which the Center is located is home to a colorful community of artists, writers, farmers and free spirits. Here you can slow down, unwind and explore an extraordinary landscape ranging from rain forests and lava fields to farms blooming with an abundance of papayas, mangos, orchids, pineapples and macadamia nuts.

The Yoga space has a sprung floor which is ideal for Yoga, dance and meditation. Doors from the space can be opened to bring fresh air and soothing views into the room.  It is a very special place to practice. 

There is also a large open yard for camping and play and an on-site hot tub for those whose “play” is to soak.


The retreat center is in a remote area approximately 45 minutes from the Hilo airport and 3 hours from the Kona airport. Renting a car will give you the opportunity to do and see more than if you choose not to rent a car. If you do not want to rent a car, airport transportation is available.


There is a wide variety of accommodations available from dormitory-style to single bed rooms with a shared bath to rooms with a queen-sized bed, private bath, small refrigerator and ocean views.


Pricing varies depending on the accommodation you choose and the number of people in the room. Some per person examples:

  • Private room, queen bed, private bath = $2,335
  • Private room, single bed, shared bath = $1,665
  • Shared suite, king bed, ensuite bath, full kitchen = $2,065
  • Shared suite, double futon, ensuite bath, full kitchen = $1,825

Whether you are traveling alone, with your partner, or with a friend, we can help you select accommodations that will best suit your preferences and budget.  Please call Stephanie at 808-989-3690 (that's in HI...5 hours earlier than Central Time) to discuss options and details.

There are a limited number of rooms remaining. Please contact us before you place your deposit to determine if a suitable space is available for you and whoever you may be traveling with.

A $400 non-refundable per person deposit will hold your space. Payment in full is required by December 1, 2011. 

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodations
  • Vegetarian meals and snacks
  • Daily Yoga and iRest Yoga nidra sessions
  • CEUs
  • Cultural entertainment
  • Organized activities and outings
  • Plenty of unstructured time for relaxation

Sample Daily Program – of course each day will vary somewhat (all activities and practices are optional)

  • 6:40am Sunrise (rise with or not ... as you like)
  • 8:00 - 10:00am: Yoga practice
  • 10:00am: Brunch
  • Activities – days will vary between organized adventures and opportunities to explore on your own.  Enjoy a trip to Volcanoes National Park, whale watching, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, exploring waterfalls & HIlo town + plenty of free time to connect and relax in this beautiful setting
  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Yoga practice
  • 6:15pm: Dinner while the sun sets (approx. 6:25pm).


Two delicious prepared meals are provided each day and the kitchen/dining area is open and stocked for serious snacking (i.e. tropical fruits, nuts, sweets, homemade soups & salads, sandwich fixings, etc.) from 7:30am - 9:00pm.

Most evenings will be unstructured time for you to read, relax, meditate and get peaceful rejuvenating sleep. Or, you can join with others for conversation, singing, playing, dancing or whatever else moves you. There will be a few special evening events included.



Suggestions of What to Bring

  • Plenty of comfortable clothes for playing outdoors and practicing Yoga
  • Jounal and camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Water socks
  • Snorkel/surf/dive equipment (also available for rent locally)
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Beach bag or day pack for your gear
  • Sweater for evenings
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Bug repellent
  • Rain jacket and umbrella

About the Big Island

  • The largest of the 7 inhabited Hawaiian islands - and the least populated per square mile. Total area is 4,038 sq. miles - 93 miles long and 76 miles wide with 266 miles of coastline. The population is a little over 150,000 residents.
  • The most diverse climate - 14 known climate zones from desert lavascapes to tropical rain forests to beaches to snow on the peaks of 13,000 foot volcanoes.
  • Coolest and most plentiful (6) volcanoes 
    1. Mauna Kea - The highest point at 13,796 ft above sea level and home to a number of world famous astronomical observatories.
    2. Mauna Loa, also stands tall - at 13,680 feet above sea level and over 31,000 feet when measured from its rise on the ocean floor - making it the tallest mountain in the world from base to summit.
    3. Kilauea - the most active volcano in the world, and home to the legendary Hawaiian goddess, Pele.
    4. Hualalai - on the western side of the island is the third youngest and third-most active volcano on the Big Island.  
    5. Kohala - the oldest of volcanoes that form the Big Island of Hawaii is today considered to be extinct.
    6. Lo'ihi - the most recent expression of the hotspot that produces the Hawaiian Island chain.  It's quite active but is still about 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface.  It's on pace to join up with the Big Island...in a couple hundred thousand years!

If you'd like more information please contact us.