THE BODYWORK OFFERED WHILE ON THE BIG ISLAND HAWAII RETREAT:
All of the bodyworkers at Kalani have studied a variety of modalities and offer an eclectic combination of techniques depending on your needs. All therapists are licensed and self insured independent contractors. (State license: #MAE-1816) Listed below are the various types of bodywork available at Kalani.
1. Bodywork on Land
2. Aquatic bodywork
This is performed in a skin-soothing warm water pool. Sessions consist of a series of stretches, rotations and compressions interlaced with periods of deep stillness. Aquatic bodywork offerings include:
1 hour treatment: $90
1 1/4 hour treatment: $110
1 1/2 hour treatment: $130
2 hour treatment: $170
*Bookings can be made upon arrival at Kalani. Please inquire about special offers.
Imagine piloting kayak, cruising along, enjoying the serenity of water surrounding you. You are in paradise, and the late afternoon sun warms your skin. To your right is the Big Island of Hawaii, and to your left is the endless span of the Pacific Ocean. After half an hour, or it could have been 2 hours, you reach your destination…a hidden alcove with some of the best snorkeling in the world. Or so you’ve heard. Swimming in the warm ocean water is one experience, but to peer under the water and actually see what is below—to gaze at this other world that exists below the surface—this is when the magic happens. Everywhere you look, there is movement and life! Schools of fish flow in and out of the coral and you are immediately transfixed. The snorkel allows you to stay under water as long as you wish…so you enjoy the swim in the warm, clear waters, becoming one with the fishes. They have no reaction at all, assuming you are some clumsy cousin of sort. (The fins on your feet do help you keep up and navigate the waters more quickly).
As the sun gets lower on the horizon, you realize that you should probably kayak back to the mainland! So you commence a peaceful cruise back along the empty cove, remembering the life underneath you. A deep sense of zen sets in as you pick up the pace slightly.
Gazing toward the sun setting, you slow for a drink. You see an island in the distance that you don’t remember. It could be off in the horizon, but then your eyes realize the depth accurately and you see that it is only a stone’s throw from you. How curious, you think…then a deep, lusty ujaii breath inward fills the air—and it lasts longer than you could ever manage in yoga class…then, a volcano of water and air plooms upward from the island—SPLOOSH!—as the behemoth humpback whale exhales and shifts forward, logging, and then giving you a full roll and fluke before disappearing into the world beneath the surface.
Did that just happen? Full-bore adrenaline and yet a deep sense of peacefulness overtake you. Yes, that did just happen. The smile doesn’t disappear the rest of the night, and the awe and disbelief at how grandiose this wonderful world we live in only continues to grow. And that’s just one afternoon in Hawaii.
Try life. Live it.
ABOUT JACOB YOUNG
Jake is an international travel guide with Alchemy Tours. To experience something like this with him, join him and Silvia Mordini for their Big Island Adventure this December 11-17, 2011 starting at $999 all included except airfare. More details on http://www.alchemytours.com or on http://www.facebook.com/alchemytours
HERE IS OUR ITINERARY FOR OUR TUSCANY YOGA, WINE & CYCLING RETREAT JUNE 23-30, 2012
Day 1 – Sunday
10:30am Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio (via Cennini 4, 50123, Florence, Italy).
12:30pm Arrive at Gabriella’s Borgo for Lunch & Brief Logistics Talk
2:00pm Deplane Yoga Practice
5:30pm Yoga Practice
Day 2 – Monday
8:00am Yoga Practice
1:30pm Monteriggioni Castle
9:00pm Restorative Yoga Practice
Day 3 – Tuesday
8:00am Yoga Practice
10:00am Depart for Radda in Chianti
11:00am Radda in Chianti walking tour and wine tasting
12:30pm Picnic Lunch
1:30pm Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa
4:30pm Yoga Practice
Day 4 – Wednesday
8:00am Yoga Practice
10:00am Cycling to Casole d’Elsa, Monteriggioni
2:30pm Depart for Volterra
3:00pm Walking Tour of Volterra
6:30pm Aperitivo and Tastings Volterra
Day 5 – Thursday
10:30am Cycling to San Gimignano
12:30pm Lunch in San Gimignano
2:00pm Loop Ride back to Tignano
5:30pm Yoga Practice
Day 6 – Friday
7:45am Depart for Beach Day!
12:30pm Picnic lunch at beach
3:00pm Petriolo Natural Hot Springs
6:00pm Yoga Practice
7:30pm Closing Dinner and Tuscan Cooking Class
Day 7 – Saturday
8:00am Yoga Practice
11:30am Arrive Florence (First plane departures 1:30pm)
One of the questions we get asked the most often is about who is guiding our trips and “what are they like”? Well here below is more about Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini, founders and guides of all Alchemy Tours trips. And feel free to reach out to us.
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ABOUT JACOB YOUNG
At some point everybody in their life thinks about moving somewhere new. I was born in California and by the age of two had already moved across the United States to New Hampshire. While living out East I was steeped in tradition much of which I appreciate to this day. Growing up in small-town New Hampshire was not confining to me, because it was all I knew. But from the moment I learned to ride on two wheels, I was gone. I stretched my boundaries constantly, and when I moved across the country my senior year of High School, I became aware of a bigger place around me which led to a full running scholarship at Northwest University. Living in Europe the past 9 years (Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain) and guiding in those regions really expanded upon that.
For the last 10 years my desire to be active and live all over the world grew into guiding multi-sport vacations internationally. I am passionate about travel and introducing others to both the traditions and the new discoveries I’ve made in a region or place…I am blessed to do this regularly. Alchemy Tours branched from two things. 1) One of our favorite books is The Alchemist. With that as the somewhat obvious backdrop, it made sense that the alchemy of Silvia’s and my background would blend to create a sort of super trip for people unlike others out there. The yoga and active travel vacation being the alchemy that turns to gold. And without fail, people change after our retreats. Mark Twain sums it up when he says, “The enemy of prejudice is travel.” People learn more about themselves, and the yoga that Silvia teaches while on retreat is her to the max.
When not guiding you’ll find me back in Seattle enjoying a perfect day at home which includes waking up and enjoying a neighborhood run or a group ride. Coming home to relish in a relaxing brunch. Heading down to the farmer’s market to dream up an elaborate dinner, then going home to cook and enjoy quality time with those I love. And you can reach me at http://www.alchemytours.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Various things you likely don’t know about me:
I speak fluent Italian
I’ve lived in Florence and Paris and a southern oregon town with population 499
I don’t watch tv
I’ve eaten marsupial and reptile
I bleached my hair white blond once
I don’t sing in the shower but do sing everywhere else
I want everyone else to win. I’m not competitive.
I am competitive in playing scrabble
I’ve climbed Mount Rainier
I had an iguana as a kid my siblings had newts, snails, cat, dog, hamster, and a rare mouse
My dog was named daisy
I’m third of four kids
I can juggle
I’ve jumped out of a plane
ABOUT SILVIA MORDINI
My Father Enrico was an adventurer, my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents from the time I was an infant. I guess the fact that I love to show other people the beauty of the world shouldn’t surprise anyone since I was born in Ecuador, South America and my Father is from Northern Italy near Modena, English was my third language. One could say being a citizen of the world is in my blood. And I learned from my Father, this spirit of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, to dream the impossible. I saw with my own eyes, touched and tasted new flavors, experienced new landscapes and as a result I learned about myself. Every time I traveled somewhere I came back different, I was changed and knew that anything was possible.
I want to inspire in you what my family inspired in me: To see with the eyes of my heart by transforming the ecology of mind that happens naturally when you change the routine pattern of daily life. And to not apologize for being different and wanting to learn more about how big the universe is. You see, I am not fearless, I haven’t climbed Mount Everest or even Mount Rainer or cycled 100 miles in one day (my co-guide Jacob has though!) but I am willing to try anything. I practice yoga every day to go on an internal adventure, to meet new people and push the boundaries of learning others ideas. Yoga stokes my Rebel Spirit.
It’s funny (not haha, but funny weird) how yoga revealed itself to me. Yoga has been my faithful companion since a car ran me over more than a decade ago. My doctor prescribed yoga as part of my recovery routine, and my body and spirit began to transform. From my first class, I dedicated myself to live more fully. My loving Anusara-inspired Vinyasa Flow teaching style is influenced by more than 10 years of Hatha yoga study and I am gratefully committed to my three primary teachers: Shiva Rea, John Friend, and my students.
My teaching style is upbeat and fun, serious and informative, supportive and authentic. I use my own intuition and demonstrations along with people’s questions and past experiences to deepen the learning process. My teaching intention is that while connected to their breath, students might feel each pose with an open heart and a quiet mind. Yoga then becomes a means to explore oneself more deeply in order to better face life’s challenges and open to the endless possibilities that exist for all of us.
Less interesting but somewhat important: While in the corporate world, I worked as the HR Director for both Inc 500 and Fortune 500 companies, specializing in Training & Development. This parlayed well into opening my own Yoga studio in 2002 and teaching full-time. With over 7,500 hours of yoga teaching experience, I bring inspiration, enthusiasm and playfulness through creative, flowing sequencing and a delightful combination of yoga philosophy and healthy physical alignment all supported by inspiring music. My life has a soundtrack, my yoga does too.
Just like music nurtures my spirit I want to support you to be more curious about your life. One things for sure, going on a trip together will stoke the fire of creativity inside you, you will regain trust like what the Alchemist says “the universe is on your side” and you will learn to embrace uncertainty. You will become part of our tribe of Alchemy Adventure Seekers, or at the very least, you won’t be afraid to try new stuff. To send me a personal email, write email@example.com. I’d LOVE to hear from you.
Tuscany is a life-changing place for many and is the setting for this Yoga, Cycling and Cultural Adventure of a lifetime! Join Alchemy Tours to Tuscany Italy! Get inspired about your life while exploring the rich Italian culture by biking, hiking and walking tours supported by twice daily yoga. Jointly led by Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher Silvia Mordini and International Travel Guide Jacob Young, this spiritual and cultural gem is found in the heart of the Tuscan food and wine country, traveling to many famous art cities from there. Stay at a 10th century restored stone home peacefully nestled into the hills and experience a retreat like no other!
SPECIAL TUSCAN CULTURAL PROGRAMS DURING OUR 7 DAYS:
Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Monteriggioni, Siena afternoon
Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour, Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa afternoon
Day 4: Cycling to Casole d’Elsa morning, Volterra afternoon walking tour and wine tastings
Day 5: Cycling to San Gimignano and lunch, Loop Ride back to Tignano
Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, Tuscan Cooking Class evening dinner party
Day 7: Final Yoga, Breakfast and Departures
$500 deposit to hold your spot. Book now at http://www.alchemytours.com
INVESTMENT: SAVE $150!!! EARLY BIRD BY JANUARY 31, 2012
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE:
-7 days and 6 nights accommodations
-Breakfast, lunch and dinner
-All day trips and walking tours
-Private wine tours and tastings
-Traditional Tuscan cooking class
-Soaking in the healing crystal waters of the Rapolano hot springs
-Visits to the art cities of Italy
-Two Daily Yoga Classes and Evening Group Activities
-Trip to the Mediterranean for an amazing beach day
-A quality bicycle and an experienced cycling guide with knowledge of the greatest rides in the region
-Entrance fees to all group events and activities
-All transportation during the trip
-Comprehensive trip literature
-All gratuities for special events, lodging and restaurants
NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE:
Airfare to and from the trip and gratuities for your guides.
WHERE WE WILL STAY
We will be guests at a classic Tuscan farmhouse converted into a stylish yoga retreat, Gabriella’s Borgo which is located in Tignano, a recently renovated medieval village, close to Casole d’Elsa and Volterra, in the Tuscan countryside. The wonderful host, Gabriella, will charm and welcome you at arrival as if seeing an old friend again.
The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the 4th century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800’s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the ‘Scolopi‘ fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. It’s also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture.
In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the “Selva Oscura” where his Divine Comedy story starts.
The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic ‘Osteria’, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.
The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September) and it is 16 x 8 meters large. There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.
THE YOGA SPACE
The yoga room is a large room (about 90 square meters) with tile floor and natural light. Students need to bring their own mats and props.
Gabriella is not only a great architect, but also an amazing chef and she will delight you with typical vegetarian dishes and you will have a chance to discover the authentic Tuscan cuisine.
Accommodation is in apartments with one, two or three bedrooms; all bedrooms have private bath.
All the apartments are independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. The perfume of flowers and plants surround the swimming pool, and a barbeque is at guests’ disposal.
HERE IS EXACTLY WHERE THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAII IS LOCATED
Larger than all of the other islands combined, the island of Hawaii, or Hawaii’s Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. Seewaterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, explore the calm and clear water off of Kona, or view Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii’s Big Island isn’t just big, it’s still growing. The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa) and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you’ll discover it all on Hawaii’s Island of Adventure.
It’s easy to feel small on Hawaii’s Big Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii’s Big Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature.
To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be intimidating. You’ll find all but two of the world’s climatic zones within this island’s shores.
The dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian Island create a microcosm of environments and activities. On this island’s vast tableau, you’ll find everything from extravagant resorts and incredible golf courses to modest local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, from the birthplace of King Kamehameha I to Hawaii’s first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With so much to see, it’s best to experience the island in small pieces. There’s plenty of room on Hawaii’s Big Island for your return.
REGIONS OF THE BIG ISLAND:
There is lot’s of fun to be had while at Kalani on retreat on the Big Island, Hawaii December 11-17, 2011
*swim at natural black sand beach frequented by dolphins
*Volcanoes National Park, where lava has been actively flowing since 1983
*visit lava tube cave
*enjoy tidal pools for splashing and snorkeling
*go to natural steam baths
*enjoy bays for fishing and kayaking
*hike to spectacular waterfalls
*hike an ancient forest of lava tree molds
*visit historic villages and farmers’ markets
*botanical gardens, and anthurium and orchid farms
*a portion of the Big island’s 175 mile ancient coastal trail is right along Kalani’s coastal frontage, that in ancient times connected our preserved heiau (temple) and halau (school) sites with other heritage places, including area villages (Kalapana, Kehena, Opihikao, Pohoiki, Kapoho) and parks (Hawaii Volcanoes NP, MacKenzie, Ahalanui thermal springs).
WHERE WE STAY WHILE ON THE BIG ISLAND: KALANI RETREAT!!!
Life is exuberant on Kalani, a 120 acre organic retreat which preserves the natural heritage of fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage and the sweet, clean air of the Northeast Trades coming across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, considered to be the cleanest air on earth.Yogini Superstar Shiva Rea calls Kalani “one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world.”
We will enjoy twice daily yoga and lounging at the pool, hot tub relaxations and more! We’ll dine together on Kalani’s open air lanai with fresh fish, organic vegetables and sultry desserts. Join us for a week of bliss and rejuvenation as we let go into the healing beauty of yoga in paradise. http://www.kalani.com/
WHAT DO WE EAT AT KALANI? HERE ARE SAMPLE MENUS
As guests at Kalani we will be summoned by the call of the conch to dine on our open-air lanai (veranda). At this central gathering place, we will experience the daily rhythms of assembly and departure reminiscent of ancient village life.
Kalani cuisine encompasses a variety of styles including Thai, Indian, and Italian. Our chefs have extensive training and a common interest in creating healthful and delicious meals. The Chefs celebrate the abundance of Hawaii by serving local tropical fruits and vegetables and fresh caught fish. Seafood is often served at dinner (chicken and beef are served occasionally), and vegetarians are well cared for.
Most importantly, our chefs firmly believe that the care and love invested in the cuisine is transmitted to the diner, and everything is prepared with aloha.
Oatmeal or other whole-grain hot cereal
Fresh fruit bar featuring papaya, pineapples, berries, and mangoes (as available)
Yogurt, nut and seed selection
Cereal selection featuring house-made granola
Breads, various nut butters, and organic fruit jams
Roasted eggplant sandwiches with fresh tapenade, on olive bread
Turkey, avocado and swiss sandwiches with lettuce, tomato and spicy aioli on focaccia
White bean chili
Self-serve salad bar with local organic greens
Grilled balsamic-marinated ahi with smoked tomato & dill viniagrette
Mushroom-stuffed tofu with pineapple teriyaki sauce
Smashed potato & parsnips
Green beans with roasted red peppers
Jicama & sweet potato salad
Fresh fruit salad
Fresh salad bar with house-made dressings
Fresh Hawaiian mango & macadamia nut crisp