Maui In May - Wellness Retreat

May 2-5, 2019

If you want an experience that will leave you recharged, reconnected and inspired to take your life to the next level this retreat is for you.


When was the last time you lived your life, like it was your last day on earth?

Do you ever feel like no matter how much you accomplish you’re never caught up?

Do you have dreams and aspirations that seem to be slipping away the older you get?

Is stress starting to become less motivating and more debilitating?

It’s time to take a step back,

create some space

and reset.

It’s time for a RETREAT.

Take four days out of the year just for you…

Imagine waking up to the sounds of gentle rain tapping against broad banana leaves and a rooster faintly crowing in the distance. As you get out of bed, sliding into your comfiest clothes, the sun peaks out and warms your face. You grab your journal and head outside to a grassy clearing that overlooks a big blue ocean and one of the most incredible waterfalls you’ve ever laid your eyes upon. A wooden lounge chair under a tree lures you over for your morning meditation, alone, with no interruptions. It’s the first effortless meditation practice you’ve had in months. When you are finished you make some notes in your journal and head off to a nourishing breakfast. Towers of sliced Maui pineapple, apple bananas, mango and papaya cascade around trays of freshly toasted bread, local farm eggs, delicate baby greens and creamy avocado. The smell of freshly brewed coffee is intoxicating and water with lemon wedges and charcoal sea salt has been laid out to assist in your daily detox. After breakfast you saunter over to listen to a talk on yogic philosophy while you digest your meal, preparing for the invigorating yoga flow to follow. Reenergized from practice you head back to your room, throw on your bathing suit and take a dip in the pool before lunch. After a delicious farm-to-table feast you join the others for a tour of the property’s farm, where the ingredients you have just eaten are grown.



Picture yourself…

…laying down for a relaxing massage. The fragrance of plumeria flowers fills the air as a gentle breeze passes through. The only thing you are enjoying more than the massage in this moment, is the thought of taking a nap in that hammock you’ve been eyeing outside. Feeling rejuvenated after your siesta, you sit in on an afternoon lecture covering the basic principals of Ayurveda called: Radiant Health. Inspired, you jot down some tips in your journal to incorporate into your daily routine once you get home. From there, you stretch your body back out with a gentle asana flow followed by a blissful yoga nidra meditation practice. As you lie on the ground, covered in soft blankets you fade in and out as you are guided through enchanting visualizations by the soothing voice of a highly trained meditation expert. When you finally come to, feeling like you have melted and re-solidified just enough to slowly ooze out the door, you notice the enticing smells wafting out of the kitchen as a hearty Indian-spiced vegetable and lentil stew simmers on the stove and a crunchy green salad is being garnished with fresh cilantro, basil and mint. As dinner lingers on, a light discussion is initiated and coffee mugs of warm chai-spiced golden milk are passed around. Feeling all warm and fuzzy inside you walk back to your room giggling after almost tripping over a frog who is now looking back up at you like a deer in headlights. Ribbit! You smile and say goodnight to the frog, thinking to yourself, this has been the best day ever.

Transformation will happen.

It’s inevitable, a light switch will click on or you’ll have an “aha moment.” Whatever you want to call it, it will take shape in some form while you are on retreat. Why? Because of the space you have created.

Wellness retreats are 100% about creating space in your life. It is in this space where you will start to look at your life with new eyes. You will start to get clear on what it is you want and need to do next. A plan will formulate all on its own. You will learn new things. You will learn how to use new tools, develop new practices and discover more about yourself than you could ever imagine.

It is not a coincidence that many people adopt healthy new habits after going on retreat. That is the intention. Meditation and journaling is encouraged every morning first thing when you walk up. Daily exercise, thoughtful discussions, self-reflection, time for play and rest are all things you can have in your life back home, if you build them into your routine. Take the lessons you learn on retreat with you and you will see your life transform before your very eyes.

meditation lecture
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Our accommodations in paradise…

Hale Akua Farm & Eco-Retreat Center is hidden amongst the vibrant jungle and rugged cliffside of Haleakala, Maui’s dormant volcano. Your home for four days overlooks 30 miles of pristine Hawaiian coastline and a gushing 150 foot waterfall. The air is cooled by ocean trade winds in the summer and has some of the purest air to breathe on the island. Because of it’s remote location the moon and stars are brighter than you could ever imagine at night!

There are several cozy houses to stay in, that all have a personality of their own. Buddy up in a shared room to enjoy your experience with a loved one or new friend. Or, relish in some much needed time alone with a private room. The property has a solar heated salt water swimming pool overlooking the garden, a hot tub overlooking the ocean, an infra-red sauna and state of the art yoga studio.

The palm tree lined sustainable farm is abundant with organic fruits, vegetables and friendly chickens that produce eggs for us daily. The farmers are kind and generous and love showing us around their digs.

The food, OMG the food.

If you have ever dreamt of having a private chef around to fix you nutritious meals (that actually taste good!) three meals a day, then you’re about to have your dreams come true.

Chef Sarah Burchard (a.k.a. The Healthy Locavore) has been cooking professionally for almost 20 years. She is an advocate for organic small farms and embodies the phrase: support local. Her unwavering commitment to sourcing the highest quality ingredients, grown as nearby as possible, are only outshined by her attention to detail and dedication to providing an “under promise, overdeliver” approach to hospitality.

Surprise off-the-menu treats are practically guaranteed. Each one of them composed with a thoughtful approach to health with a locavore sensibility. Her luxurious coconut-chia seed pudding paired with tropical fruit and homemade cardamom-spiced granola is quickly becoming a fan favorite amongst our retreat guests. And don’t get us started on her carefully curated salads––a symphony of flavors, aromas and textures (not to mention, her salad dressing game is on point). Prepare to feel well nourished and completely taken care of.

PHoto by: Ketino Photography

PHoto by: Ketino Photography


Deepen your yoga practice…

Ever wonder if you are doing a pose right? Or what about those transitions in and out of postures? Usually there isn’t enough time to dive deep into the mechanics of yoga asana in a regular yoga class. But, on retreat there’s plenty of time to work on your personal practice with teachers who are around morning, noon and night.

This year we’re offering classes at various levels, so that you can pick and choose what your body needs in the moment. Whether your intention is to learn more about proper posture alignment so you can have a safer practice, or you are an experienced yogi looking to flex your muscles and flow, there’s a class for you.

One of the things that makes Yoga Unplugged Retreats stand out from the others is the time we set aside to discuss the philosophy of yoga and how to apply it to everyday life. No asana class will be complete without a deeper understanding of how these ancient techniques improve your overall quality of life. Our goal is to support your needs and growth, so you feel more comfortable with your practice and enjoy every minute of it.

Get a massage…

If you would like to enhance your retreat experience you are welcome to schedule a 1-hour Swedish massage with our guest massage therapist––Kat Michelle. Kat offers a wide range of healing methods and modalities from many different theories and cultures. Her massages are deeply therapeutic and rejuvenating. It is not uncommon to receive cupping and hot stones during a Kat Michelle treatment.

“My entire back feels released, I’m more balanced and walking more in alignment,” was the feedback we received last year from one of our guests.

There are limited time slots open Friday, Saturday and Sunday to book with Kat. The cost is $85 and can be paid in cash at the time of your appointment.

You will receive a link for booking after your retreat registration is complete.


Our theme for this year’s retreat is: Samkalpa

We will take time to reflect, reevaluate, learn and get inspired so you can get clear on your heart’s intention.


Bring your journal

This will be an invaluable tool on your journey of self-reflection and inquiry. Starting day one you will learn how to make your journaling more effective, so you can begin to manifest what you desire out of life.

Prepare to meditate

Meditation is a big focus of our retreat. Both silent and led meditations will be threaded throughout your entire stay. This is an excellent time to build that daily meditation habit you have been trying so hard to implement.

Learn new things

This retreat is designed to feed your mind, body and soul on all levels. This includes educational talks on Ayurvedic principals and how to apply them to your daily life, a farm tour that will teach you why it is important to buy local and organic and learning new techniques, such as Myofacial Release, to keep your muscles and joints healthy in the privacy of your own home. We guarantee you will leave with some new useful nuggets.

What do you have to gain by coming to Maui in May?

  • A more profound connection with yourself.

  • Time to think and focus on overall wellness.

  • Takeaway tools and an action plan.

  • A deeper understanding of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.

  • Rest and rejuvenation.

  • Personal growth.

  • New friends.

  • Space.

  • Inspiration.

  • Mind and body detoxification.

  • Inner peace.



How we will support you…

Take home materials will be provided, so that you don’t have to worry about continuous note taking while you are here. Our Maui In May Welcome Packet will layout all of the things we discuss during the retreat in detail. It will even include a recipe, extra articles for your reading pleasure and suggestions for things to see and do near the retreat center.

After you sign up you will be invited to join our private Facebook Group. This is the perfect platform to connect with other guests, arrange carpools, collaborate ideas and keep in touch. We monitor it daily, so if you have any questions for us you can leave them there and they will be answered as soon as they are received.

Email support is always available as well. If you want to ask a question in private feel free to reach out anytime to us at

The staff at Hale Akua are available as well, and are always very attentive to our guest’s needs.

Click here for information on pricing and accommodations:


What’s included:

  • Four days of thought provoking discussions centered around the theme of: Samkalpa

  • Daily yoga asana and guided meditations.

  • Three energy providing breakfasts designed to jump start your day.

  • Daily Mantra, Chanting and Kirtan to encourage healing.

  • Three soul satisfying lunches outside by the pool or inside with the chef.

  • An afternoon educational farm tour.

  • Three dinners followed by inspiring evening discussions over a cozy hot beverage.

  • An introduction to Myofascial Release utilizing therapy balls to release muscle tension.

  • A primer in Ayurveda and how to use this ancient science for Radiant Health.

  • Multiple blissful Yoga Nidra sessions.

What’s not included:

  • Accommodations. Well, sort of. We provide the retreat center, but it is your responsibility to choose and book your room. You can do that here.

  • Your round-trip airfare to and from the retreat.

  • Transportation from the Airport to Hale Akua Farm & Eco-Retreat Center.

  • Massage treatments.

  • Additional meals not listed above.

  • Off premise excursions.

  • Yoga mats and props.

  • Water bottles. You should bring your favorite one, so you can stay hydrated!

  • Journals and pens. We encourage you to bring these!


chef Sarah

Seva Program:

At every retreat we offer, there is an opportunity to volunteer.

We have 3 tickets available for Seva. Ticket prices are $199 (versus $499) and there is a shared room reserved for you at a special price. Seva tickets are first come, first serve, for those who would like to sign up as volunteers. Guests who purchase a Seva ticket will be required to help with daily kitchen duties (for example, washing dishes, simple food prep, sweeping, taking out garbage, etc.).

Don’t worry, Chef Sarah will take great care of you and make sure you don’t miss any yoga, but be prepared to put coffee on first thing in the morning!

You can purchase Seva tickets here.

Please contact us directly to reserve your room.


Meet Your Retreat Hosts

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer Reuter

cecilia ryan

cecilia ryan

Sarah Mctee

Sarah Mctee

After practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade, Jennifer began to recognize the power of collaboration. She is the founder of Yoga Unplugged, a platform that brings teachers and healers together to host events and trainings. Jennifer’s offerings will include Meditation, Yoga Asana, all forms of Yogic Philosophy, Myofascial Release and Yoga Nidra. Her passion for yoga is infectious. Prepare to be inspired and ready to take your practice to the next level.

Cecilia’s yoga journey began in the year 2000 in Hamburg, Germany, where she was a fitness and aerobic instructor. She completed her first teacher training in 2004 and began teaching in Germany and Portugal before moving to Hawaii. She’s completed her 200hr RYT, 500hr RYT and 500hr Ayurveda training and was trained in meditation by Dr.Paul Muller-Ortega. Cecilia will lead classes on Yoga Asana, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda and effective journaling. Her teaching style is thorough and her angelic voice makes dropping into a Yoga Nidra trance effortless.

Sarah began practicing yoga in 2003. She left Hawaii for 11 years and during that time received her Jivamukti certification in 2011 and began teaching in San Francisco. She augments her yoga practice and teachings with the study of Sanskrit, and has a level 1 Reiki certification. This year she will be bringing her gift of Kirtan and chanting to our retreat as well as leading Yoga Asana. When Sarah breaks out her harmonium and starts singing mantra you can’t help but smile. Sorta makes your heart melt a little.


Flights & Check in/out

Arrange your flight so you arrive at Kahului Airport
on Thursday afternoon.

The drive from the airport to Hale Akua Farm & Eco-Retreat Center is about 40 minutes long (pending traffic).

Check in is at 3:oopm on Thursday 5/2

Check out is at 1:00pm on Sunday 5/5

Transportation options

Parking is limited at Hale Akua, so we suggest renting a car with a buddy or taking an Uber.

Car rental agencies are a short shuttle ride from the airport. Reserve your car ahead of time and call them to pick you up when you arrive.

Alamo, Hertz & Enterprise are all good options.

An UberX is around $50 from the airport.


Hale Akua has several different types of rooms for you to choose from:

  • Private room

  • Shared room

  • Private house


Retreat Schedule


4:00 - Check in

4:30-4:45 - Orientation

4:45-5:30 - Yoga Asana (all levels)

5:45-6:45 - Dinner

7:00-8:00 - Satsang: What is Samkalpa?


6:50-7:30 - Awake with Purpose (Light movement, mantra and journaling centering practice)

7:30-8:30 - Breakfast

8:30-9:00 - Intro Yoga Nidra: Body scan & breath sensing

9:00-10:00 - Yoga Tune Up: Am I doing this right?

10:00-11:45 - Yoga Asana (all levels)

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:15-2:00 - Farm Tour

1:00-3:00 - Free Time

3:00-4:00 - Lecture: Radiant Health

4:00-5:00 - Myofascial release accompanied with lunar asana

5:00-5:30 - Yoga Nidra

5:45-6:45 - Dinner


6:50-7:30 - Awake with Purpose (Light movement, mantra and journaling centering practice)

7:30-8:30 - Breakfast

8:30-9:00 - Intro Yoga Nidra: Working with opposites

9:00-10:00 - Yoga Tune Up

10:00-11:45 - Yoga Asana (all levels)

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-3:00 - Free time

3:00-4:00 - Lecture: Meditation Theory and Practice

4:00-5:00 - Myofascial release accompanied with lunar asana

5:00-5:30 - Yoga Nidra

5:45-6:45 - Dinner

7:00-8:00 - Satsang: Connection


6:50-7:30 - Awake with Purpose (Light movement, mantra and journaling centering practice)

7:30-8:00 - Coffee service with fresh fruit

8:00-8:30 - Satsang: New Beginnings

8:30-10:30 - Yoga Asana (all levels) + mantra, pranayama & meditation

10:30-11:30 Farewell Brunch

1:00 Check out

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