I am so excited to be teaming up with Maria Söderholm to bring you this incredible week of hiking and yoga on the magnificent island of Kauai!
This lush, vibrant island will inspire you to explore your own wild side, the waterfall hikes will challenge you physically and the calming, warm waters will allow you to relax, push away the external noise and listen to your inner voice.
The laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in Kauai’s small towns immersed in the canvas of nature make it truly timeless. This island is a feast for the senses.
Yoga, Hiking, & Island Life
The island Kauai is more than just dramatic beauty, it is also home to a variety of outdoor activities, it certainly is a true adventurer’s playground. On this retreat you will experience outdoor yoga in the most magical settings you can imagine - picture yourself in downward dog in front of a waterfall, or child’s pose on white sand beach. We will also lead you on some incredible hiking trails selected by our experienced local guide Andrew.
And since we are on an island with many amazing beaches, you will have the opportunity to try surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, or have the chance to just relax on the beach.
Throughout the week, we will be exploring many of the natural wonders of Kauai, including Waimea Canyon and the Napali coast. We will enjoy picnic lunches on the days we are hiking and explore local food by suggestions of our local guide at other times. Friday night is a time when the locals go to the famous Hanapepe night market to enjoy some native food, and so will we!
Retreat Life - What To Expect
This yoga and adventure retreat in Kauai is designed to fill your heart with nature, your soul with daily awakening and your body with nourishment and deep rest. We will start some of the days with a morning flow class and end some of the days with a rejuvenating yin class. During the day we’ll have adventures and hikes planned and sometimes the early yoga session at the resort will be replaced with an outdoor yoga class in the wilderness. There will also be downtime where you can do take a walk on the beach, a nap at the resort, or find another adventure to embark on - your time is yours to make the most of.
The Retreat Center - Waimea Plantation Cottages
On the sunny Western Shore of Kauai, welcomes you to a unique Hawaii retreat experience. Historic, restored plantation cottages by the oceanfront in a tropically landscaped location, that stretches along a magnificent black-sand beach. The cottages feature comfortable Hawaii-style furniture, a fully equipped kitchen and private lanai. Each cottage has its own history and charm; no two cottages are alike. Each cottage will be shared by 3 participants and you will have your own bedroom, but share bathrooms.
Amenities include a two-mile long stretch of walking beach, an oceanfront pool, on-property laundry facilities, WiFi, gift store/activity desk, juice and ice water and morning coffee in the lobby.
Nestled in the idyllic town of Waimea, nearby the entrance to Waimea Canyon, our tropical oasis offers you a Kauai from a gentler, slower-paced time. The quiet seclusion, tranquil surroundings, and serene landscape gives you a place to recharge your body and rejuvenate your spirit.
Nature, Nature, Nature
6 nights in a shared room
4 lunch box
Welcome gift – a piece of yoga jewelry from forUjewelry
2-3 daily yoga sessions
Local, professional guide, include coconut water, tools
Local native guide to share the culture with us
Transportation to all the activities
3 leaders of the trip
Transportation to and from Airport
Some lunch and dinners
Alcohol or other beverages not included with meals
Tip to the local guide
Day 1 – Arrival day
5:00pm – 6:00pm Overview the itinerary. Yoga at resort
7:30 pm Welcome dinner, included
7:00am – 8:00am Yoga at resort
9:00am Mt. Waialeale Hike
For our first hike, we will explore the beautiful lush mountainous eastern side of Kauai. We will summit a mountain peak with exceptional views and then go to a few waterfalls for some swimming, jumping off rocks and rope swinging. If time allows, we’ll also go to another mountain peak with incredible views looking towards Mt. Waialeale, the wettest place on the planet earth. Today will be a perfect mix of fun and challenge, the perfect way to start our island adventures together.
5:30pm – 6:45pm Yoga at resort
7:30pm Dinner on your own
6:45am – 8:00am Yoga at resort
9:00am Free time/beach day! Today you can choose to go surfing, paddle boarding or hiking with Andrew to the caves
6:00pm – 10:00pm Hanapepe night market, dinner and art gallery walk
The Hanapepe night market is a fun, local scene. Native foods, shops and art galleries make up this quaint market where we will spend a few hours as the locals do every Friday night.
8:00 am Na pali Coast Trail Hike
Hike the famous Na pali Coast Trail, one of the most famous hikes in the world. We have the opportunity to see a truly amazing waterfall, Hanakapiai. Although a challenging hike it is well worth it and the payoffs are outstanding. It is 2 miles to the beach and then 2 more miles upriver to the waterfalls. It’s an 8 mile (13 km) return trip with a good amount of elevation changes and slippery conditions, by far the most used trail on Kauai and you will see why. We will also enjoy a magical yoga session on the beach.
7:30pm Dinner on your own
7:00am Na pali ridge hikes
Today we will leave early to enjoy a long and magic day in the wilderness of Kauai including lunch and an outdoor yoga session.
Hike the incredible Napali coast from 3500-4000Ft (approx 1000 meter above the cliffs). Today will be a longer challenging day but the reward is unforgettable views and feelings from the places we get to see. We will be doing two of the best Napali Ridge hikes, connected by a 2 mile long trail making today about 10.5 miles (17 km), with elevation changes that are challenging but not overwhelming. The height helps with temperature and humidity and makes the hike pleasant. We will see some wildlife, native birds, potentially whales from the lookouts and some of the most outstanding views on the island. We will also have the opportunity to practice yoga on the connector trail at a beautiful, fairly secluded lunch spot, which means we will have this to ourselves for the most part.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Yoga at resort
7:30pm Dinner on your own
8:00am Waimea Canyon viewpoint and hike Alakai trail including an outdoor yoga.
One of the most beautiful remote canyons in the world. It has world class hiking trails and vast amounts of exploration. Today we will focus on some of the best trails, in canyon rim, that show the diversity and extreme complexity of the canyons. You will get the opportunity to swim in one of the falls, above the canyon rim, and hike along some remote areas, giving insight into the history of the island’s culture and geography. You will learn about how the canyon was formed and be able to physically explore both sides of the canyon, which were formed over 1 million years apart. It is a place and day that will leave you in awe and wanting to come back to Kauai for more. The canyon has so much to explore. One day will only be a beautiful glimpse of what it has to offer. We will also do our outdoor yoga session in the canyon.
5:45pm – 7:00pm Yoga at resort
8:00pm Last dinner together
7:00am – 9.00am Yoga at resort
Check out from the hotel
Meet The Leaders
Maria is the founder of her own Yoga and Hiking Retreats. She has traveled globally since she was a teenager and has a passion for the outdoors and adventures - something she shares with you. Together with her team, Lotta and Andrew, she has designed this special designed Kauai Retreat.
I am a yoga teacher, mind-body wellness coach, and Reiki practitioner based out of San Diego.
I have been in the fitness space since 2009 and in 2014 I decided to go to Bali to do my YTT in order to learn more about yoga and meditation.
This experience turned out to be so much more, and I was hooked. :) I suddenly had a newfound awareness and perspective of my body, and I was able to heal emotional traumas that I had been bottling up for years. It was truly eye-opening and forever changed the way that I looked at physical movement.
Since then, I have been teaching yoga, personal training, and practicing Reiki in San Diego, as well as leading yoga retreats around the world.
My teaching style stems from the variety of physical movement practices in my background and can be described as creative, athletic, and intuitive. I focus strongly on breath, alignment, and reconnecting the body and mind.
My ultimate goal for this retreat is to provide a space for you to reflect, heal, discover your highest self, and to find a sense of mind-body balance that you can take home with you.
Andrew is our local adventure and hiking guide. He has lived in many places like, Saudi Arabia, Arizona, New Zealand, Canada, until he decided to move to Kauai, 7 years ago. He started his own Adventure company based on his experiences and love for the outdoors and how it affects you. He believes in the healing powers of nature and its connection to our minds and bodies. Andrew has a degree in Anthropology at University of British Columbia and has a deep respect for indigenous cultures. We are happy to work with Andrew on this unique Yoga and Hiking retreat in Kauai, and what makes it even more special is that Andrew is a yoga teacher and a student for the past 15 years. Andrew is also educated in first aid and cpr certifications.
How to say yes to a journey of a lifetime…
Step 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies etc.
Step 2: Register online.
Step 3: You’ll get a confirmation email + 2 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
Early Bird Pricing until May 20, 2019: $2795 (The price is based on a shared room)
1st deposit $839 (30%) due upon reservation – non refundable
2nd deposit and final payment $1956, due September 6, 2019
Added fee for a one room cottage: $928
***Note: The price is based on 3 participants sharing a cottage. Each person has their own room in their cottage.
Price after May 20, 2019: $2945 (The price is based on a shared room)
1st deposit $884 (30%) due upon reservation – non refundable
2nd deposit and final payment $2061, due September 6, 2019
Added fee for one room cottage: $928
Note: Additional transaction fees might be added to international payments.
You will receive payment information upon registration!