Hawaii Island Retreat Center (HIRC) offers luxury accommodations in elegant Hawaiian style in harmony with nature. Visualize a very special location of
intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast.
When you visit you quickly realize the wonder of this sacred land. Here, you can relax and unwind in gardens, wild groves, and along ancient valley trails. The 50 acres of private coastal lands provides many opportunities for light hiking, jogging, meditative walks, and quiet time in nature . The Hawaii Island Retreat Center campus includes a solar heated, salt water hot tub and infinity swimming pool, open-air patios and balconies, a private library and theatre room and wireless internet in public areas.
Hawaii Island Retreat is a leader in sustainable travel and green living.
Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
A solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.
An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe
Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries
Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy
Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life
Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population
Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community
Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way
Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment
Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate teacher
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 22 years of teaching. She trained
extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.
Innately perceptive and wildly passionate, Molly applies a level of determination and delight to her yoga instruction that’s truly one of a kind. Her approach is focused and intense; a union of effort and surrender that she believes is key to unlocking one’s deepest level of awareness and joy.
Hawaii Island Retreat’s garden-side dining room opens onto fragrant plantings. Here you will enjoy organic farm-to-table cuisine. Their organic gardens and orchards are a living tribute to the Big Island's bounty of exotic vegetables and fruits. They grow the foods used in their hotel kitchen, from salad greens to lychee and sunrise papaya. You will find the Hawaiian spa cuisine menu rich with local accents, whole-grain breads, Pacific Rim dishes, and international menus. Their chefs are brilliant in the kitchen. When they are not out gathering herbs for an appetizer dish, they are about the region sampling local dishes for new menu ideas. Three meals a day will be provided aside from dinner the night before the day off and lunch and dinner on the day off. Students typically explore local restaurants for these meals and the kitchen staff takes a well needed rest.
Tuition Cost: $2497 USD includes yoga teacher training tuition, a comprehensive 200 page Yoga Teacher Training Manual, 6 months access to our 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training content, an essential resource to support you as you move out into the world teaching yoga, and as needed mentoring after the program ends.
Retreat Fees: Includes housing and food. (prices vary base on housing preference):
-Double Occupancy Yurts: ($2125 USD) *One spot left for male student
-Hotel Rooms (WAITLIST ONLY) Triple ($2635 USD) Double ($3145 USD) Single ($4131 USD)
A $500 USD deposit will reserve your space and will be applied to the full tuition price listed above. Deposits (minus a $100 processing fee) are refundable up to 60 days prior to retreat start date. A $100 processing fee will apply to all deposit refunds. This fee covers credit card charges and administrative processing fees.
Retreat costs (housing and food) are due three months prior to the start date of the program or within two weeks of registering and your final tuition payment is due no later than one month prior to the program start date. If you would like to discuss alternate arrangements, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to work something out.
If cancellation is necessary prior the first day of the program due to covid related travel restrictions, student’s deposit and tuition will be fully transferable to a future program with Soma Yoga Institute. These late cancellations, must not be made earlier than 3 weeks prior to the event. Determination of these risks will be referenced through official government websites. No refunds are provided after arrival. In all other circumstances, due to the logistics involved in planning residential programs in retreat settings, we regret that we are unable to issue deposit/tuition/housing refunds 60 days or less prior to program start date.
July 2023 TBA
Your wellbeing is our top priority. We are planning for a safe, healthy, and transformational program for you in Hawaii. The Hawaii Island Retreat is a lovely location with lots of fresh air and open-air spaces. Expect healthy food, lots of vitamin D from the sun, and a positive, supportive community. At this time, for ALL of our in-person programs, we require all participants and program faculty to be fully vaccinated prior to the course start and in addition to show a Negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 3 days before the course start date. Masks will not be required in open air spaces and on your mat. Please email us for the complete Covid guidelines.
Fly into Kaliua-Kona (KOA) airport. It takes about 1 - 1.5 hours to drive from the airport to the retreat center. Our group shuttles will depart from the KOA airport at 11:00 am, 2:00pm and 4:30pm on arrival day. Please note times may be adjusted slightly to accommodate the group needs and will be finalized 2 weeks prior to program start date. We suggest you arrive at the retreat in time for dinner on arrival day and depart anytime after 9:00am on departure day. Check out time is 11:00am. Group shuttles cost $75 per person each way. Group shuttles are also arranged on the last day of the program.