The Ultimate Adventure, Yoga & Hiking retreat in Kauai, Hawaii, with Yoga Master Ulrica Norberg and Adventure leader Maria Söderholm – spring of 2020

The adventure of a lifetime awaits…

Our purpose with the Ultimate Adventure Retreat works well on this magnificent island, Kauai. Did you know each of our Adventure Retreats are carefully crafted from beginning to end? First, of course, is to choose the destination. We search for unique cultures and incredible, natural beauty. Kauai, Hawaii is perfect for our next adventure! The lush, vibrant environment will inspire you to explore your own wild side, the waterfall hikes will challenge you physically and the calming, warm waters will allow you to relax, push away the external noise and listen to your inner voice.

Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called the “Garden Island” 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, cascading waterfalls and pristine long white sand beaches. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. The island’s laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns immersed in the canvas of nature make it truly timeless. This island is a feast for the senses.

The Ultimate Adventure Retreat and the island life…

The island Kauai is more than just dramatic beauty, it is also home to a variety of outdoor activities, it certainty is a true adventurer’s playground. You will enjoy world class yoga sessions with Ulrica. On this special retreat we are letting you experience more outdoor yoga in some magical settings you can imagine and that is not comparable to most of the indoor yoga studios. We will also lead you on some incredible hiking trails selected by our very experienced local guide. Kayaking along the river is another spectacular adventure with an experience kayak guide. And since we are on an island with many amazing beaches, we will give you the opportunity to try surfing, paddle boarding or snorkling and enjoy a fun beach day together.

The spectacular natural wonders, Waimea Canyon including the Napali coast, and Wailua River are some of the areas you will have the opportunity to explore. On one of our hikes we are honored to have a guide with us who is native Hawaiian. He will share stories and information that only a local born and raised cultural practitioner would be able to know how to. He will go over flute making, making traditional Hawaiian food, what it is to be Hawaiian, and the cultural characteristics which make it such a unique place with all the vast knowledge of plant and stone use to make life as beautiful and abundant as the Hawaiian’s did.

We have included lunch boxes on our days we are hiking, and will enjoy it outdoors. One evening we will have a traditional Luau dinner with a ceremony. We will also give you the opportunity to explore local restaurants by suggestions of our local guide. Friday night is a time when the locals go to the famous Hanapepe night market to enjoy some native food, and so will we!

You will find a more detailed description of each activity in the itinerary below…

 

Yoga Master Ulrica Norberg

Ulrica is an inquirer and thinker and has throughout her life been creative and contemplative, always with the intention of finding ways to evolve in body, mind and spirit. She found meditation and yoga in her early teens when she was living and studying in the US. Her journey started with Zenbuddist studies, followed by two decades of exploring and deeply studying various styles of classical and modern aspects on yoga and meditation in Asia, India and the US. With a mind intrigued how things function and affect energy, she has spend many years studying physiology, anatomy, philosophy, psychology and bioenergy work. She is an initiated Yogamaster; Yogiraj and a lead trainer in yoga teacher training programs as well as a master teacher in various specialty trainings and workshops around the world.

This Sweden native, holds a Masters degree from Stockholm University in Journalism and film, is a trained journalist and dramatist and shares her teaching with work as a creative consultant, teaching creativity and innovation workshops and has played an important role in yogas growth in Europe from the 90´s and on and she has trained over 600 yoga teachers around the world. She has written more than a dozen books on health, yoga and meditation.

Ulrica has a strong faiblesse for travelling, nature and hiking and a sincere fascination for culture and diversity.  Her vast experience from life, knowledge and from having gone against and along the grid, shines through in her accepting teaching style and many feels at home in her classes. She is known for her deep knowledge, self-distance, pedagogic teaching and warm approach.

Quote:
”When you start taking yourself too seriously, the yoga is gone.For me the yoga practice is all about investigation and exploration in order for your light and insight to appear.”

Web: www.ulricanorberg.se

Instagram: ulricanorberg

 

Apart from enjoying the outdoors life on the island, you will also receive a special gift from us. You will be presented with a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of yoga jewelry from forUjewelry, a Swedish jewelry designer based in Los Angeles.

Web: http://www.forujewelry.net

 

The life on the retreat…

This yoga and Adventure retreat in Kauai is designed to fill your heart with nature, your soul with daily awakening and your body with nourishment and deep rest. Some of the days we will start with a morning flow class and an afternoon restorative yin class. During the day we’ll have adventures and hikes planned and sometimes the early yoga session at the resort will be replaced with an outdoor yoga class in the wilderness. It will also be some time when we heartedly invite you to do whatever you want. Whether it be walking the beach, taking a nap at the resort, getting a wonderful massage or finding another adventure to embark on, your time is yours to make the most of. 

 

Meet our leaders…

Ulrica and Maria, founders of the Ultimate Adventure retreat. They both have a passion for traveling, nature, yoga and the outdoors. Something they share with you in their special designed retreats.

Dan Horton is an enthusiastic all artist and traveler. He loves to spend time in the wilderness and goes hiking and camping as often as he can. He was with us on our recent trip in the Dolomites and we are happy that he will be one of the leaders in Kauai as well.

Andrew Hewitt is our local adventure and hiking guide. He has lived in many places like, Saudi Arabia, Arizona, New Zealand, Canada, until he decided to move to Kauai, 7 years ago. He started his own Adventure company based on his experiences and love for the outdoors and how it affects you. He believes in the healing powers of nature and its connection to our minds and bodies. Andrew has a degree in Anthropology at University of British Columbia and has a deep respect for indigenous cultures. We are happy to work with Andrew on this unique Yoga and Hiking retreat in Kauai, and what makes it even more special is that Andrew is a yoga teacher and a student for the past 15 years. Andrew is also educated in first aid and cpr certifications.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 –  Arrival day

5:45 – 7:00pm        Yoga at resort

8:15 pm                  Welcome dinner

 

Day 2  

7:00 – 8:00am          Yoga at resort

                                   Breakfast

 9:00am                    Departure the resort

For our first day hike we will explore the beautiful lush mountainous eastern side of Kauai. We will summit a mountain peak with exceptional views and then go to a few waterfalls for some swimming, jumping off rocks and rope swinging. If time allows, we’ll also go to another mountain peak with incredible views looking towards Mt. Waialeale, the wettest place on the planet earth. Today will be a perfect mix of fun and challenge, the perfect way to start our island adventures together.

Lunch boxes included

5:45-7:00pm           Yoga at resort

8:00pm                    Dinner on your own

 

Day 3 

6:45 – 8:00am          Yoga at resort

                                   Breakfast

9:00am                     Departure the resort

Kayak the Wailua River / Waterfalls

One of the best kayak tours on Kauai, we will journey up the Wailua River for an adventurous paddle, hike, and swim at Secret Falls, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii to which you can hike. The kayaking portion of the trip just adds to the allure!

5:45-7:00pm            Yoga at resort

8:00pm                     Dinner on your own

 

Day 4 

                                   Breakfast

8:00 am                    Departure the resort

Hike the famous Napali Coast Trail, one of the most famous hikes in the world. We have the opportunity to see a truly amazing waterfall, Hanakapiai. Although a challenging hike it is well worth it and the payoffs are outstanding. It is 2 miles to the beach and then 2 more miles upriver to the waterfalls. It’s an 8 mile (13 km) return trip with a good amount of elevation changes and slippery conditions, by far the most used trail on Kauai and you will see why. We will also enjoy a magical yoga session on the beach.

Lunch boxes included

6:00-7:00 pm           Yoga at resort

                                  Dinner on your own

 

Day 5 

7-8:15am                  Yoga at resort

                                  Breakfast

9.30am                      Waimea Beach – surf/paddle board

Beach Time! We will head to the famous Waimea beach and enjoy a fun surf or stand up paddle board lesson.

Lunch on your own

Chill… Enjoy a relaxing afternoon

5:45-7:00pm              Yoga at resort

8:00pm                       Traditional luau dinner and ceremony together at the resort

There are few moments that encapsulate the true Hawaiian spirit better than a luau, and we will be part of the finest one in all of Kauai. The two main parts that make a luau special are the food and the ceremony. After feasting on roasted meats and vegetables from an earthen oven, with fresh fruits and juices from the island, we will be treated to a traditional hawaiian dance ceremony.

 

Day 6 

                                      Breakfast

7:00am                        Departure the resort

Today we will leave early to enjoy a long and magic day in the wilderness of Kauai including lunch and an outdoor yoga session.

Hike the incredible Napali coast from 3500-4000Ft (approx 1000 meter above the cliffs). Today will be a longer challenging day but the reward is unforgettable views and feelings from the places we get to see. We will be doing two of the best Napali Ridge hikes, connected by a 2 mile long trail making today about 10.5 miles (17 km), with elevation changes that are challenging but not overwhelming. The height helps with temperature and humidity and makes the hike pleasant. We will see some wildlife, native birds, potentially whales from the lookouts and some of the most outstanding views on the island. We will also have the opportunity to practice yoga on the connector trail at a beautiful, fairly secluded lunch spot, which means we will have this to ourselves for the most part.

6:00-7:00pm               Yoga at resort

8:00pm                        Dinner on your own

 

Day 7 

7:00-9.00                       Yoga

                                       Breakfast

                                       Chill/Spa Day/option light hike

5.00pm                           Departure from the hotel

6:00 -10:00pm               Hanapepe night market, dinner and art gallery walk

The Hanapepe night market is a fun, local scene. Native foods, shops and art galleries make up this quaint market where we will spend a few hours as the locals do every Friday night.

 

Day 8 

                                       Breakfast

8:00am                          Departure the resort

Waimea Canyon viewpoint and hike Alakai trail including an outdoor yoga.

One of the most beautiful remote canyons in the world. It has world class hiking trails and vast amounts of exploration. Today we will focus on some of the best trails, in canyon rim, that show the diversity and extreme complexity of the canyons. You will get the opportunity to swim in one of the falls, above the canyon rim, and hike along some remote areas, giving insight into the history of the island’s culture and geography. You will learn about how the canyon was formed and be able to physically explore both sides of the canyon, which were formed over 1 million years apart. It is a place and day that will leave you in awe and wanting to come back to Kauai for more. The canyon has so much to explore. One day will only be a beautiful glimpse of what it has to offer. We will also do our outdoor yoga session in the canyon.

Lunch box included

5:45-7:00pm                Yoga at resort

8:15pm                         Last dinner together

 

Day 9 

 7:00 – 8:15am              Yoga

                                      Breakfast

Your home

To be updated!

 

Included

Nature, Nature, Nature

8 nights in a shared room

8 breakfast

4 lunch box

3 dinner, including a traditional luau

Welcome gift – a piece of yoga jewelry from forUjewelry

2-3 daily yoga sessions

Local, professional guide, include coconut water, tools

Local native guide to share the culture with us

Kayak tour

Surfing or paddle boarding session

Transportation to all the activities

3 leaders of the trip

 

What’s not Included?

Airfare and transport outside designated times

Transportation to and from Airport

Spa treatments and resort extras

Some lunch and dinners

Alcohol or other beverages not included with meals

Tip to the local guide

Travel insurance

How to say yes to a journey of a lifetime…

Step 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies etc.

Step 2: Register online.

Step 3: You’ll get a confirmation email + 2 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.

 

Policies and terms – get clear before your purchase

We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read in full and please note:

All prices are per person in USD. All bookings include a deposit that is 20% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.

Payment

To be updated!

Additional transaction fees might be added to international payments.

The price is based on double occupancy, should there be a solo traveler there is an additional fee for individual rooms.

You will receive payment information upon registration!

 

Cancellation policy

If you wish to cancel your retreat you must notify us in writing. Once we’ve received your notice, cancellation will take effect subject to the following: If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit.

Maria Söderholm reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of Maria Söderholm (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups), we require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.

Register here!

 

 

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