You will be provided with an address for our rural, private retreat center upon registration. For planning purposes, it is in the Kilauea area.
Flights to LIH (Kauai Island):
Try Skyscanner.com from your city to Lihue, Kauai (airport code LIH).
If the prices seem high, you can also try from a major hub city near you, and to Honolulu. Sometimes buying a separate island-jumper ticket from Hawaiian or Go airlines might be less expensive.
Please arrive between 5-6PM on Tuesday, August 28th. Thank you!
Our group check-in time is at 4PM and we need some time to prepare for your arrival, so please do not arrive earlier than 5PM. Thank you! Our staff drivers will be picking up our shared rental cars on the 28th at 4 PM at the airport, so you can catch a ride to the retreat house then if you are still at the airport. Thank you for your cooperation!
If your flight arrives early in the day, we suggest connecting with the other students in the Facebook event discussion, to see if someone would like to share transportation from the airport to the retreat, have a meal, go to the beach, do some sightseeing or shopping, etc. If we have staff available for early airport pickups (for a small fee), we’ll let you know! (However, we can’t guarantee that yet.)
For early arrivals and staying after the retreat, please see more FAQ below.
We have a tentatively planned orientation and light vegetable soup together from 6:30-7:30 PM on August 28th. All students are required to attend orientation and are welcome for the light dinner, (whether or not you’ve purchased the retreat / food package).
The retreat package includes shared accommodation like the room pictured at left. Most rooms are doubles, and there is one large room with 4 beds downstairs. If you’d like to guarantee yourself a single room with private bathroom, there will be an additional fee of $750. Our retreat house will fill up fast, so please don’t delay buying the retreat package if you want to stay on-site!
We’ll complete with a chanting session at the end of the day September 10th, followed by a celebratory dinner. Weather depending, we may go to the beach for sunset/musical jam/stargazing into the night. Your departure from the retreat house is September 11th by 10 AM. (There is no morning program.)
If you need to make flights out on the night of the 10th, a 10 PM flight would be the earliest you could catch without missing anything except the dinner.
Packing List – August
What to expect on land and at sea:
Temperatures average 65-80/night-day year-round on Kauai. It rains almost every day, just for a little bit (no rain, no rainbows!), and in August it’s not likely to rain more heavily. The famed “Garden Island” will be very lush and green.
On the North Shore (the location of the retreat), the surf may be completely flat or the first swells of the season may start coming in, which means that swimming at certain beaches may require more ocean skill. There are also several reef-protected beaches where the swimming is safe year-round, regardless of the surf.
- your favorite yoga mat (we can provide if requested)
- 1-2 swimsuits for beach and our ozone hot tub at the retreat.
- sarong or light beach towel
- beach tote or small backpack (the most awesome beaches are 5-15 minute trek from parking)
- flip-flops or sandals you don’t mind getting muddy
- tevas, chacos or water shoes if you’d like to do light hiking (like to the beach and back)
proper shoes or hiking boots if you plan to do serious hiking (however, they’re really not necessary unless you plan to hike the Napali Coast trail)
- prescription medications
- afternoon snacks for your own adventures (granola bars, trail mix, etc.)
- reusable water bottle (filtered water is available at the retreat)
- reusable shopping bags (Kauai is a “no plastic bag” island)
- slippers or socks (the stone floors at the retreat can get a little cold at night)
- jacket, pants, hat, and scarf for night-time beach stargazing
- mosquito spray
- journal, pens, highlighters, index cards, and your other favorite study tools
- one nice outfit for ceremony at the Hindu Temple. Gentlemen can wear trousers and a button-down shirt. Ladies can wear loose clothes that cover the shoulders, midriff, knees – and length should be to ankles or almost. This is a great chance to wear and take beautiful photos in your Indian style clothes, if you have them! The temple provides sarongs to cover insufficiently dressed people, but we recommend wearing your own nice clothes.
In general, attire on Kauai is extremely casual. Shorts and shirt (or none) for guys, same or sundresses for the ladies. In the evenings you may want a long-sleeved shirt, pants, or a light sweater.
If you’re out adventuring, chances are, your clothes will get a little red dirt on them, so there’s no need to bring your nicest things.
Harmoniums and other Instruments:
Please bring your harmonium if you’d like to! You can take it as carry-on luggage if it fits (check ALL of your flight details first to verify!) or pack it in a hard-sided suitcase with clothing all around and check it. We will be doing some harmonium classes, and there will be time to practice on your own. We’ll have nightly kīrtan jam sessions, so bring what you love to play!
Please see the prerequisite page for more information about instruments. Unfortunately we cannot arrange for instrument purchase from India to Kaua’i, so please do not fill out the India form.
We’ll provide morning tea, breakfast, and lunch from August 29th to September 10th, and 7 dinners throughout the course.
(No meals will be provided August 28th, except possibly a light soup during orientation. On September 11th morning you’re welcome to eat whatever is left over!)
Please note ALL of your dietary restrictions on the registration form. We may or not be able to accommodate unusual requests but will do our best if given enough notice.
There is a small health-food store with a deli and several food trucks about 7 minutes drive from the retreat, and a wide variety of choices within 20 minute drive. There are several restaurants within 5-7 minute drive, but note that Kauai restaurants mostly have limited operating hours. Healthy meals are provided at the retreat for this reason! 🙂 We’ll be using shared cars with designated drivers, so you’ll have to collaborate with others for plans during those meal times that are not provided (unless you have your own car).
Service: The retreat package is low-priced partly because we are counting on everyone’s help family-style, for chopping vegetables and doing dishes for 30-45 minutes per day. Thank you!
There is a pharmacy about 10 minutes from the retreat, open M-F, 9-5
There are a few cute shops in Kilauea, 7 minutes from the retreat, or Kapaa, Princeville, and Hanalei are 20 minutes away and have a larger variety of boutiques and sundries.
Some of the world’s most amazing beaches are within 5-10 minutes of the retreat. A list & map will be provided upon your arrival.
A list of recommended activities will be provided upon your arrival.
I’m arriving early (or staying after the retreat). Do I need to have a car on the island? Yes. The public transport system is very limited.
Is there a possibility to be guest at local people’s house? While we cannot arrange directly anything for you, we suggest that you connect with the attendees in the FB event page for the Kaua’i retreat. You can also try airbnb.com or couchsurfing.com if you’re looking for a more inexpensive, local-style way to stay on the island. Another resource is the local community online bulletin board http://www.heartbeatofkauai.com/, where you might get lucky and find a sublet or local person’s car for rent.