Live Aloha Hawaiian Yoga Adventure
September 1 - 5, 2022
Ignite your soul and sense of adventure as we explore the natural beauty of Hawaii. Rejuvenate your body with yoga appropriate for all levels. Nourish your spirit by connecting with nature and fellow travelers.
Live Aloha - with a full heart and in connection with the self, emulating love and compassion.
This 5-day adventure on the most stunningly beautiful island of Hawaii, Kauai, will help you find your inner firefly. Through intentional yoga practices designed to bring your focus inward, you'll realign with your purpose and passion, and shed anything that no longer serves you.
Group activities and shared experiences will connect you to your fellow fireflies, and excursions within the magical landscape of Hawaii will fill you with a sense of awe and wonder. Come experience the rainforests, waterfalls, ocean and cliffs that make Hawaii a destination like no other.
Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot!
What to Expect
Retreat rate includes:
4 nights lodging in Kauai
Meals (typically two meals/day, except for arrival and departure days)
Daily yoga (most days will have a vinyasa class in the AM and yin or restorative class in the afternoon/evening, travel days will have one class)
Firefly gift bag
Retreat rate does not include:
Transportation on Kauai to/from house and for group excursions (if you would like to be included in group van, the cost is $120/person)
Additional excursions (i.e. whale watching, SUP, snorkeling, etc)
A full schedule of meals, yoga classes and group activities will be provided closer to the retreat dates for registered participants.
Who this Retreat is For
This retreat is perfect for solo travelers, friends, or couples who are looking for more than a vacation. This five-day retreat will appeal to travelers who want to experience all that Kauai has to offer (without having to do the planning), and also desire to focus on health and wellness by practicing daily yoga.
You'll have the opportunity to practice yoga every day, however, you do not need to be an expert at yoga to attend. The sessions will be appropriate for all levels of students - including beginners. Carrie’s style of teaching is fun and lighthearted, with a strong focus on alignment, making the vinyasa classes more workshop-like than your typical power yoga class.
The afternoon/evening classes will be yin yoga, which are accessible for all levels of yoga practitioners. Holding in stretches will help your body recover from daily excursions, relieve tension and stress, improve flexibility and encourage mindfulness. There is always the option to skip sessions if you prefer to spend your time participating in another activity or resting. However, we think you will be happy you did if you choose to participate.
While there will be a strong focus on health and wellness, there will be no shortage of fun and adventure as we explore the wonderful activities Kauai has to offer. Remember to bring some cash or a credit card if you choose to enjoy adult beverages while out and about, as alcohol is not included in the cost of the retreat.
Our host location
Two Villas near Poipu Beach
We'll spend four nights in two beautiful villas walking distance to Poipu Beach on Kauai's sunny south shore. Po’iPu Beach is refuge to the Hawaiian Monk Seals and turtles, and was voted, “America’s Best Beach.” The snorkeling from this soft sandy beach is unmatched, and there's an option to rent stand up paddle boards. Next to Po’ipu Beach is Brenneke’s Beach that provides great boogie boarding.
Our group will be in the 4-bedroom Ohana House, a 2,000 sq ft home nestled within the Villas at Poipu Kai, and a 3-bedroom poolside, first-level villa. We'll enjoy the use of the Villas pool and amenities. The Ohana house has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and the villa has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Each villa has a full kitchen, living room, lanai, dining area, washer and dryer and wifi.
Double Occupancy in Twin Room (two twin beds, shared bath): $1,700/person; $1,600/person if registered by March 5, 2022
Double Occupancy in King Suite (one king bed for a couple) OR Single Occupancy in Queen Room: $1,900/person; $1,800/person if registered by March 5, 2022
Single Occupancy in King Suite: $2,300; $2,200 if registered by March 5, 2022
Payment Details and Cancelation Policy
A non-refundable US $300 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
A payment schedule for the remaining amount due can be arranged. Full payment is due by July 1, 2022. Anyone registering after July 1, 2022 will be required to pay in full upon registration.
While we accept reservations up until the retreat is fully booked, your placement is based on room availability. Due to the uniqueness of this retreat, we recommend making your reservation at least three months in advance.
Should you need to cancel your reservation at least 60 days prior to the start of the retreat, you will receive a refund for payment made less the deposit. Should you need to cancel less than 60 days prior to the retreat, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given for arriving late or departing early. In the unlikely event Firefly needs to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be given. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking your retreat in case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip.
COVID-19 policy: By signing up for this retreat you acknowledge and agree that you must be fully vaccinated to attend, and that you may be required to complete a COVID waiver. You may also be required to present a negative test to travel to Kauai. We will follow whatever requirements are in place at the time of travel. You also acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19, and that Firefly cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Any costs that you incur related to COVID-19 (i.e. testing, quarantine, cancelation fees) are solely your responsibility.
Hawaii is a destination renowned for its friendly and genuine people and spectacular nature. While it may seem remote, Hawaii is easily accessible from the United States and Canada. "Aloha" is used both as a greeting or farewell, but the true meaning of aloha is so much more than that. Aloha means love, peace and compassion, and the aloha spirit is coordination of mind and heart. When you live aloha, you are living a life connected with your true self in which your heart is so full that it is overflowing with the ability to influence others with your spirit. You will quickly see that aloha is more than just a phrase – it is a way of life.
Hawaii is like no place on earth. Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, Hawaii is known for its beauty and diverse culture, and offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands; get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaii’s people wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures.
Kauai is Hawaii's fourth largest island and is sometimes called the "Garden Isle," which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. More than just dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. You can kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, but it is the island's laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns that make it truly timeless.
Meet your guide - Carrie Lehtonen
Carrie Lehtonen's second chance at life came at 31 years old when a blood clot in her coronary artery resulted in a heart attack. As a healthy triathlete in the prime of her life, Carrie was the last person anyone would suspect of having heart disease. After 18 years of experience in Human Resources, Carrie chose to pursue a second career in health and wellness to help people find their path to better health and live inspired lives.
Carrie is committed to reducing the impact of heart disease, and loves seeing people light up when they learn something new, challenge themselves beyond what they think they are capable of, and tap into their passion.
Carrie is the founder and president of Firefly. Carrie created Firefly because she believes that what the world needs most is for each person to uncover their passion and live an inspired life. You have a unique gift, and it's Carrie's mission to help you ignite your inner light so that you can shine!
Carrie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with training from CorePower Yoga and 90 Monkeys in Colorado, Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and Prajna Yoga in New Mexico. She has training in vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, anatomy, Self Awakening Yoga (SAY), and Stand Up Paddleboard yoga. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Carrie is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.