hawaii retreats

 

Heart-Opening Retreats in Hawaii

namasteALOHA.

ENTHUSIASTIC.

HEART BEATING FASTER.

EXCITED TO SHARE THIS INVITATION.

OPENING A DOOR INTO MAGIC…

DISCOVERY. EXPANDING INTO SELF.

A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND THRIVES.

RECLAIMING OUR WONDERMENT.

TOUCHING OUR PARADISE WITHIN… LIKE WHISPERING BAMBOO, FEELING PLEASANTLY LIGHTER.

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A JOURNEY.
       EXPERIENTIAL.              INSPIRATIONAL.

 

 

OCEAN SURF CRASHING.
        BIRDSONG. RAINFOREST. WATERFALLS.

TROPICAL FRAGRANCE. ORCHIDS AND GINGER BLOSSOMS. MAKING LEIS WITH MAILE.   RECEIVING…

DOUBLE RAINBOWS. GREEN FLASH SUNSETS. BIG TREES DRIPPING MANGOES. INTOXICATION OF TUBEROSE.

THOUSANDS OF COLORFUL FISH. COUNTING SEA SHELLS…

 

LIFE FORCE RETURNING. WAKING UP TO SOURCE. SMILING. SINGING.
MYSTERIES UNFOLDING. HEART BREAKING OPEN. A SWELLING OF THE SOUL…

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RED LAVA FLOWING IN THE NIGHT.
PELE UNLEASHED. PRIMAL. POWERFUL. EVER SHIFTING.

MOTHER DIVINE…EMBODYING OUR CALLING - IN AND OUT OF FORM.

 

PELE - WE OFFER OURSELVES TO YOUR GREATER FLOW.

        WE MELT AWAY AND EMERGE ANEW.  RADIANT.

GRATITUDE POURING FORTH FROM EVERY CELL.

 

OM SHAKTI. OM MAHA DEVI. OM PURNAYEI NAMAHA.

MANTRAS.  A KIND OF YOGA… A WAY TO PURIFY.

SEED SOUNDS THAT SUMMON THE FEMININE.

TONING OUR REMEMBRANCE.

RAISING OUR VIBRATION. DWELLING IN THE WITNESS…

BEYOND THE BEYOND….

 

KEALAKEKUA (GATEWAY TO THE GODS).

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS AND GIANT SEA TURTLES.

SPOUTING HUMPBACK WHALES…

SOUNDING

PULSATING

VIBRATING THE BAY.

PLAYFULLY GUIDING US DEEPER. …

ONE HEART, ONE MIND.

BEING THE LIGHT THAT WE ARE.

 

A CALLING TO ESSENCE. A CALLING TO ALOHA…

FROM THE BREAKERS THE KAHUNA CHANTS US WELCOME:
“E HULA MAI E” - COME JOIN THE DANCE…


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The Big Island of Hawaii. Passion on a silver platter!
Join us. Ohana (family). Ananda (bliss).

 

                COME TO YOUR SENSES !!! 
                      DARE TO LET GO AND FEEL !!!
                           ALLOW YOUR SENSES TO BLOSSOM !!!

Explore your own gentle and dynamic energies and sense them reflected by the Nature that surrounds you.  From subtler to primal rhythms, see how they are mirrored by the pulsating backdrop of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Alchemy Immersion Intensive.

Subtle Body energy work.  In depth explorations w/sound.  Develop your energy body to build a solid foundation for spiritual practice. The ultimate commitment to your own well-being in the New Year.
January 6-13 / 9 days, 8 nights.  $2,400  (Full Moon)

Sacred Sound and Alchemy Immersion.

Explore various traditions expanding of consciousness through in-depth experiences w/sound. New Moon intention work, and Intoduction to Hawaiian Huna and Ho’oponopono.
January 19-27 / 9 days, 8 nights.  $2,400  (New Moon)

Valentine’s Invitation to Delight and Come to Your Senses!

Celebrate Pleasure, Creativity  & Adventure, including Awakening your Inner Chef.  Learn to make a flowered lei, and wear it to the Romantic full moon Hawaiian music concert by the Sea.
February 2-10 / 9 days, 8 nights, $2,450  (Full Moon)

Essential Oils Intensive - Intuitive Aromatherapy

Lush magical aromas lead us into deeper life experience. An exclusive accelerated aromatherapy education, includes sharing of "the hidden language of plants.". Master Aromatherapist, Meg Gritman, (our visiting guest presenter), herslf a grower and distiller, shares a wealth of knowledge and a fascinating practical approach for incorporating oils into our daily lives. Deeply moving and informative. Vibrant, rejuvenating, soul connecting!
February 16 - 24/ 9 days, 8 nights $2,800.

Saraswati’s Spring Circle. 

Mantras and Sacred Sound from various traditions.
Celebrate the renewal of springtime by learning more about the power of resonance. Equinox ceremonial offering to Madame Pele at Volcano, and toning with dolphins!
March 17-25 / 9 days, 8 nights.  $2,400  (New Moon & Vernal Equinox)

Total Traditional Hawaiian Immersion.

Easter and Merrie Monarch Festival!
Dip your toes into Ho’oponopono & Huna. The annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition is a performance Extravaganza beyond compare. A thoroughly exhilharating journey of sound and ancient culture.
April 6-16 / 11 days, 10 nights,  $3,200

Let go and feel the pleasures of pampering.

Celebrate Nature and feel your life  force renewed. Massage, daily aromatherapy, intro to mantra practice.  Revive your Inner Chef playing with rawsome new recipes, and hints for joyfully conscious cooking.
May 5-13 / 9 days, 8 nights,  $2,500  (Mother’s Day)

Drum Talk with world class percussion virtuoso George Grant.

Through his unique methods in Drum Talk®™, Harmony Chant, Soul Songs, and sound healing -- chanter-drummer George Grant helps people learn the universal language of music as a meditation of devotion and surrender. Exercises to master fundamentals in harmony, melody, rhythm, breath and body awareness – are balanced with periods of spontaneous improvisation. See how these skills positively impact the flow of your daily life experience!
June 15-23/ 9 days, 8 nights,  $2,800  (Father’s Day)

Tarananda opens many doors to the Big Island. Her Aloha spirit, huge heart, gutsy humor, and deep reverence for Hawaiian culture brought me healing, play, learning and connection.
–  Deborah Winter, Professor of English, Whitman College

RSVP.  How to proceed with your retreat booking: 

tarananda_maileCall Tarananda at 808-756-6996
to discuss your interest and intention, as soon as you discover you’ve become pregnant with the dream of your rebirth.  Vacation midwifery expert, she can assist in confirming your condition and offer helpful suggestions as you prepare for your own delivery from the mire of realms less scintillating. 

$600 non-refundable deposit due by November 30th
(January-April retreats) so that we can assure accommodation confirmation during these high season dates.
Deposit for May and June retreats due by February 15th.

Get ready. Space open to 6 full-hearted participants.

Important note regarding the opportunity to book privately dedicated retreats.  You may be feeling drawn to put together your very own trip.  Perfect for close friends, reunions with old friends, seniors, groups of couples – call to talk about your ideas (Minimum 3 participants, maximum 8).   Full range of customized accommodations available.

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PS. GUAVA SMOOTHIES, SHOPPING &
COOKIN' WITH KATIE...

 

SAVOR EVERY MOMENT.  

 

 

 

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DID SOMEBODY MENTION BEACH?   DRUMMING? POSTCARDS WITH PALM TREES?  

HEY! ARE YOU UP IN THE NIGHT?
HOW COULD I NOT BE?  COME OUT AND JOIN ME ON THE LANAI. THERE'S A FULL MOON OVER THE BAY…

EXCUSE ME, WILL SOMEBODY TAKE OUR PICTURE?


808-756-6996   OM TARANANDA.   

TO GAIN EXTRA POINTS:   SHARE THIS WITH A FRIEND.  

TO EARN IMMEDIATE “PLATINUM PRIESTESS” STATUS: FORM YOUR OWN GROUP AND SELECT YOUR OWN DATES.

 

IN DIVINE ORDER… PLAYING OUR WAY TO HIGHER FREQUENCIES
JOY, JOY, JOY!

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OM TARE TUTARE TURE SOHA.  

 

YES! ( look who's promised to be at all the retreats...)

 

 



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Traveling with Tarananda

I offer you a guided tour from the heart. Full on.

My passion for the Big Island goes cell-deep. My enthusiasm for Hawaii cannot be contained. My visits over the past four years have been life-altering. The biggest learning has been that paradise is not an island- it’s the endless ocean within. Both lover and teacher, Hawaii has been instrumental in delivering me to my own vastness.

Through her organic embrace, I have felt gratitude more deeply than ever before. Hawaii has been catalytic in my transformational process. From this place I come to you, to share the Hawaii I love.

Hawaii is infinitely more layered than a warm-weather vacation spot.   Choosing to experience the Big Island from this perspective is really more about your own journey than it is a destination. It will touch your heart. I hope you will consider this as a very special gift to yourself.  

As a participant in Tarananda¹s non-touristy Hawaii retreat, I had a marvelous time. The real gift was her ability to share with us her love and knowledge of the Island, the ocean, and her deep connection with the people.

From the special experiences with her kahuna teachers, to us women spending time in the kitchen as we prepared and ate the fresh harvest from the land and sea, our times were threaded with Spirit.
– Natalie Clausen, Acupuncturist, Salt Lake City

 

 

What makes these trips so different?

moonlightPart of what makes these trips so unique is that we will be sharing the gift of precious personal contacts with Native Hawaiians. We will also have the opportunity to participate in special local events.

 

Traveling with Tarananda – Special Features:

• Experiences in raising awareness through sound meditations and vocal toning

• Sacred kitchen time with joyful communal meal preparation, (quiet time is always an option) against the textured background of delicious chatter and great music. For those of you who have known her in her other identity, spending time together in the "Chef Katie kitchen dance" is a delightful energy all its own.

• The sharing of Hawaii through Hawaiian eyes. You will have priceless opportunities to connect with locals who are willing to spend their time with us, "talkin' story"   and imparting their wisdom. Very rich

• Learning some Hawaiian language. Some familiarity with Hawaiian vocabulary will give you increased insight into the values of this culture. Some words you will know by the end of your trip are: aina, ohana, hanai, aumakua, pule, pau, dakine, kupuna, heiau, mo'o 

You will learn what the words Hawaii and Aloha really mean, and what Hula originally was about. Also, more on Ho'oponopono. The extra-credit spelling word for the final pop-quiz will be humuhumunukunukuapua'a. (why don't they just say fish???)

 

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What we'll be doing/ Retreat overview

Activity highlights will include:

• Whale (seasonal) and dolphin-watch excursions by boat

• Snorkeling in beautiful marine wildlife reserve areas

• Swimming with giant sea turtles and dolphins (on days they are in the bays...)

• Visit to extraordinary Volcano National Park, with an optional 5-hour round-trip afternoon/evening hike to see the lava flowing at night (a group ceremony including intentions and offerings to Pele will be part of the experience)

• Speaking of gems...while at Volcano, a sensual side day-trip to secret steam vents, where we will sit and bask in primal luxury...

• guided visit to Lapakahe State Park, historical village and archaeological site of the traditional Hawaiian healers

• A day with Auntie Smiley Maile smiley picking our own lehua blossoms and ferns in the forest, and learning the art of lei-making

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* You are guaranteed to be thoroughly charmed by Maile.   Kumu (great teacher), healer, mother, wife, storyteller, minister, accomplished Hawiian crafts artist.

She embodies full-on Aloha Spirit and is a fountain for island tales at their best. A powerful presence indeed.

 

 


hawaiiAnd last but not least, in our commitment to provide you with a commercial luau-free vacation, and, should your retreat overlap with a Saturday night, closest to the full moon, we propose an outing to one of the best kept secrets around: the delightful seaside moonlight concert at one of the island's most beautiful resort hotels (see, it's still a secret!)  

Tarananda embodies the deeper meaning of Aloha, i.e. the joyful [oha] sharing [alo] of life energy [ha] in the present [alo]. (Serge Kahili King) Being with her reminds me to intentionally use the Universal powers [mana] of love and gratitude for true joy, abundance, health and prosperity. She is an enthusiastic and gifted proponent of the Hawaiian culture.
–  Keri Dickie-Clark, licensed wholistic health practioner, resident of the Big Island

 

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Daily rituals will include:

• waking up to tropical birdsong and the aroma of "fresh as it gets" real Kona coffee.

• a brief morning mantra/ toning practice to call up our energies for the day.

• mandatory evening time-out for watching the island-style setting sun, complete with phenomenon of "green flash."

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Optional Group Activities

Your group will get to make some choices about a number of optional activities.   These might include visiting the exquisite botanical gardens, Waipio Valley, a Kona coffee farm, the local farmers' market and shopping.

Also, more community-based things like yoga classes, guest speaker presentations, dolphin (or other) circle meditations, drumming jam sessions, Kirtans, Satsangs, and don't forget a locals' favorite: ecstatic dancing with the "Gypsie Nation" crowd.

Optional Individual Activities

You will have the chance to you tap into an impressive network of local healing practitioners, energy workers, soul readers, and even artists, again providing rich interactive experiences with members of the local community (fees for all private sessions will be the individual participant’s responsibility).

 

What's included

We will be welcomed to the Island by a real Kahuna with a magnificent voice.  

Offering traditional chants he will share with us the authentic ways of those who were originally guided to this very special place....

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Included in your  retreat fee is our residential group lodging, as well as the charming B & B lodging at Volcano Village.
Pricing reflects double occupancy.  

 

Food

All in-house meals, featuring fresh (and whenever possible organic) ingredients, are provided, including your first cocktail of the evening. Conscious nutrition, mindful preparation and STYLE, are cornerstones of the kitchen dance.

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The retreat will host a number of dining outings, including morning coffee on the breakers at Lava Java, lunch at the Kava Bar (that's a lot of "ava"! -did anyone catch that pun?) and brunch on the panoramic terrace of the Coffee Shack.   Cocktails and live island-style entertainment one night at Huggo's.   (There will be additional occasions for dining out, most likely 2 dinners and 2 lunches - which will be no host.)

Airport pick-up and drop-off are the participants responsibility, Speedy Shuttle being a dependable option at $28 per ride, regardless of the number in your party. Call 808-329-0137 and specify that you will be landing in Kona. The group's rental vehicle, and excursion transportation including the Dolphin/Whale-Watch boat ride are also part of the package.

Snorkle coaching, and protocol guidance on interfacing with dolphins will be offered.

Group yoga classes and Gypsie Nation cover-charge are also included.

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The Lei-making day with Maile will be handled by Divine Order.

 

Participants will be responsible for:

• Snorkel gear.

• Any private health-care sessions.

• Satsang and Kirtan suggested donations.

• Wine and Spirits.

• Personal shopping.

• 4 meals out.

 

Remember, we encourage you to be creative. If you would like to travel with a special group of friends, and if other dates feel like they would work better for you, please let me know so we can put something together. Trips of longer duration can be arranged if you would really like to immerse yourself... the possibilties are infinite.

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Tarananda was very attentive and caring. She tuned into my intention and facilitated my inner and outer journey. Tararananda's presence was extremely supportive of deep acting healing. This experience was magical; multi-dimensional in its scope; truly a mythical journey. The impact is still transforming my life and my memory of this journey will never diminish.
–  Yusuf -Quddus Erskine D.O. Osteopathic Physician, Classical Homeopath, and Yoga Instructor.

What to Expect

Hawaii is a powerful and inspirational land- a magical place of strong spiritual energy born of rock, fire and water. Her wild, primal landscapes naturally invite introspection and personal reflection.

healingheartMany of the new light frequencies coming into the Earth are entering through the Big Island. The convergence of sacred geometries makes this one of several special apex points on the planet, similar to the Pyramids at Giza, and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon near Teotihuacan.

The accelerated electromagnetic frequencies in these places act as tuning forks on our own energy bodies, calling us to raise our own vibrational bar, either by subtly nudging us into consciousness, or –once Pele becomes involved, confronting us with ripe opportunities for intense transformation.

It is with this understanding and awareness that I have planned these journeys. It is my intent to take full advantage of this magical and catalytic setting so that you may look forward to a deepening within, should you so choose.

There are many reasons for keeping these retreats so small. Their intimacy will foster an ambiance for a co-creative group experience. And, while the group dynamic is an integral part of the trip, there will be ample space for rest and integration. In so much as we all process differently, please know that requests for personal down-time will always be honored.

dolphinAnother primary reason for keeping our numbers small concerns respecting the fact that Hawaiian tradition is very steeped in protocol and honoring. “Ho’oponopono” as it’s called, is a cornerstone of Hawaiian heritage. We will remind retreat participants that we are visitors in a homeland of a highly spiritually-sensitive people.

I would emphasize here that a number of our activities are truly among the Earth’s sweetest treasures, and are not to be regarded as concessions. Take being in the same waters with cetaceans, for example. Those who swim daily with dolphins, do so with nothing short of reverence and adoration.

They come from the place that it is we who are graced with their presence, and are clearly committed to respecting the animals’ natural rhythms.

These conscious swimmers actually prepare themselves energetically before entering the water in order to show up fully present to the amazing interactive experience that awaits them. Far beyond recreation, it is as much ceremony to them as play.

I went with intention. My partner and I engaged Tarananda to assist us as a guide. I felt divinely guided the entire time with her. At one point on our pilgramage, I had to face my fears. With Tarananda, as the forward lead in the triangle that we had formed, my fears fell away and we proceeded to our ultimate goal to view the lake of fire in the presence of Pele. Through prayers, chants, visualizations and offerings we fulfilled our intentions beyond our wildest dreams! After a great display of Pele, we withdrew quietly and respectfully. An astonishing journey never to be forgotten.
– David James Taff

If you're feeling the magic of Hawaii calling your heart, call me now so we can connect your heart's desire with possibilities!

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