Retreat Centers with Heart

There are thousands of retreat centers all over the world that offer luxurious accommodations for your vacation. The location of these retreats is often the centerpiece of their appeal- beautiful beaches, views etc. It’s important to choose a retreat center that respects and cares for the place they reside, assuring all of it’s wonders are preserved for future generations. We can each make a difference when we are green conscious and make good decisions in our homes, and because running a retreat center is much like running a giant household, the impact they can make is tenfold. Always remember, we as consumers vote with our dollars, so supporting these ecologically sound companies will in turn support efforts to tread lightly on our planet.

Some awesome ways hotels, resorts, and retreat centers reduce their environmental footprint:

  • Solar power
  • Solar heated pools, water, hot tubs
  • Floors made from renewable and/or abundant resources such as bamboo
  • Waste water is treated on-site and reused to irrigate gardens
  • Skylights included in the building’s design to increase natural lighting
  • Light fixtures and appliances chosen with energy efficiency in mind
  • Organic sheets, bath towels, and bath mats
  • Allow guests the option to reuse linens to reduce water usage
  • Cloth hand towels and napkins instead of disposable paper
  • Organic gardens
  • Compost excess food and organic materials to use as fertilizer
  • Aerated showerheads and low-flow toilets
  • Organic personal care products – shampoo, conditioner, cleaners, and lotions. Also purchasing care products in bulk reduces single-use containers
  • Green cleaning products
  • Recycling wherever possible and primarily using rechargeable batteries
  • Provide every guest a refillable bottle to reduce wasting single-use plastic bottles
  • Offering special incentives for guests who chose low-impact transportation
  • No concrete, no land modification during construction- erecting their structure without harvesting lumber
  • Utilizing well and rain water
  • Using compostable materials for any disposable items
  • Arranging carpools for guest transportation

These are only some of the amazing efforts eco-retreats make to decrease the impact on the earth. You can find these green retreat centers all over the world, some of our favorite eco-retreat centers:

Xinalani Retreat, Mexico*

Kalani, Hawaii

Prana Del Mar, Mexico*

Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Costa Rica

Blue Spirit, Costa Rica*

*Retreat centers Alchemy Tours will be traveling to in 2014, more info at

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Yoga Retreat Living for EVERY Budget?

One of the many things we love about our Big Island Hawaii Retreat at Kalani is that there are living accommodations for every yogi budget. Here is more about what we have to offer you.


Triple Shared Bath $750
Double Shared Bath $999
Double Private Bath $1175
Single Shared Bath $1275
Single Private Bath $1475

Double Private Bath $1,450
Single Private Bath $1,700

Tropical Double Private Bath $1,650
Treehouse Double Private Bath $1,500
Treehouse Single Private Bath $1,750

Double private bath $1,850

    Ocean Cottage

Ocean Cottages are situated in a beautiful meadow overlooking the ocean with vistas of palms, monkeypods and banyan trees. Both modern and bamboo are available.

    Tropical Cottage

Tropical Cottages have views of mixed `ohia and lau hala jungle, with plenty of open space and tropical plants. Both modern and bamboo are available.

    Tree House Rooms

Tree House Rooms are not actually in a tree, but you may well feel as if they are! The Tree House is nestled under the cool shade of a large Monkeypod Tree near the Rainbow Room. They are five spacious units, on two levels, enhanced by views of pasture and glimpses of sea through a coastal grove of native Kamani (mahogany) and coconut palms. They have screened windows, a King bed (or 2 twins), private bath, fan, mini fridge, ocean and horse pasture vistas. Approximately 500 square feet.

    Tropical Bungalows

Four double bungalows (eight rooms) are located between the Rainbow Room and the Tree House. Each has high, slanted ceilings and tall screened windows, a Queen bed, a futon, private bath, fan, mini fridge. Approximately 225 square feet.

    Lodge Rooms

The three two-level lodges or Hales (pronounced Ha’-lay, Hawaiian for “house”) house several rooms on each floor with access to common areas on both levels which are sometimes used for classes. They are on the central lawn close to the Dining Lanai.

Rooms are approximately 200 square feet with twin, queen, or king beds, shared or private bath, fan, and a garden vista. Hales 3 & 4 include access to adjoining studio with a limited kitchen (sink, refrigerator, microwave) and an upstairs meeting area. Hale 1 has no kitchen facilities but features garden lanais (verandas), hammocks, and native ohia floors.


For campers our beautiful four-acre campground offers 5 sites. Each site has a redwood platform and canopy with access to bathrooms with hot showers.

Need a Stress Relief Retreat?

Hawaii is Perfect for YOU.

During this weeklong adventure October 14-20, 2012 on the east side of the Big Island, we will explore the wild beauty and power of the rugged land and sea. At the same time, our exploration of our inner landscape will bring deeper self-reflection. This retreat is designed to teach you the Art of Relaxation and take you to a deeper level of self-awareness using the energetic centers in your body known as chakras. This is perfect for those who want to relieve stress and unblock all mental & physical barriers to live the best life ever!

Yoga in Paradise means we will awaken each morning and end each day with a yoga practice designed to bring awareness and balance to each of the 7 chakras. During the days, we will have organized excursions to the local beaches, thermally heated warm ponds, best snorkel spots, and local hangouts in the culturally rich “Puna” District. There will be ample time for you to explore on your own and take advantage of the many classes and therapeutic sessions at Kalani. Through our week, you will progress from your Root chakra all the way up to your Crown chakra, learning the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of each. You will learn why the rights you have to feel, to love, to see, to speak promote your ability to create the changes you want for your ife and attract the energy you want to support you.

We will be staying at the Kalani Honua Retreat, which translates to Heaven on Earth. Kalani is known for its open-spirited embrace of the pristine, natural beauty that surrounds this oceanfront resort. Nearby are thermally heated pools and the spectacular Volcanoes National Park, where the lava flows into the sea, constantly creating new earth. Sea turtles, whales, flying fish, and dolphins are regularly sighted from the overlook. Most of the incredible food served at Kalani is grown on property at their state of the art, solar-powered Aquaponics laboratory, where the cycle of life is on display for all to see (and taste!).

Take some time for you. Recharge. Enjoy the quiet of Kalani’s gardens. Breathe in the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the jacuzzi and sauna. Swim laps in the incredible lap pool. Get a shiatsu massage in the world-class Watsu thermal pool. Soak in the sun at the gorgeous black sand beach. Breathe in what was rated as the cleanest air in the world–filtered by thousands of miles of the great Pacific Ocean. Get inspired by the hula dance, the hawaiian music, the cultural classes and the passion of local artists. Join us and we promise you will leave rejuvenated and more inspired about your life!



Triple Shared Bath $750
Double Shared Bath $999
Double Private Bath $1175
Single Shared Bath $1275
Single Private Bath $1475

Double Private Bath $1,450
Single Private Bath $1,700

Tropical Double Private Bath $1,650
Treehouse Double Private Bath $1,500
Treehouse Single Private Bath $1,750

Double private bath $1,850


*6 nights of accommodation
*Airport transfer to and from Kalani
*3 delicious, healthy, bountiful meals per day
*12 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
*Organized excursions to local beaches, lava tubes warm ponds, and snorkeling spots
*A guided trip and hike in Volcanoes National Park with packed lunch
*Organic juices, Kona Coffee, Herbal blends, Hot & Iced teas
*Final evening Social Hour (with live, Hawaiian music)
*Detox Vinyasa Yoga Workshop
*Partner Acro Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Meditation & Pranayama
*24 hour access to pool, hot tubs and sauna
*Introductory Watsu (Water + Shiatsu Massage) session
*Hula dance and Hawaiian Language class
*Guided nature walk discussing Hawaiian flora and fauna
*Comprehensive Chakra Booklet
*Guided Journaling
*Evening Dharma talks facilitated by your Guides
*A special goodie bag with loving gifts

Airfare to and from the trip, lodging before and/or after the trip if you are coming early or staying later, spa treatments, gratuities for your guides.

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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.”