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February 2014

Nine Days of Yoga in Africa

New York, NY, February 20, 2014 – This May, travel to Kenya with Extraordinary Journeys , specialists in luxury bespoke safaris to Africa, on an exclusive 9-day Dunia Yoga Safari (May 16th – 24th, 2014). Led by Whitney Bushnell, a certified, private yoga instructor, this unique safari will be filled with exciting wildlife watching in the Samburu National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve, while guests enjoy invigorating and relaxing yoga and meditation classes against the backdrop of the breathtaking African Bush. While in Nairobi travelers will also have the opportunity to take part in one of the largest donation-based community classes in Africa with the Africa Yoga Project, an organization that empowers over 250,000 Kenyans a year through the power of yoga.

Pricing begins at $4,990 per person, double, and includes accommodations at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages in Nairobi, and deluxe safari lodges Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara. Package includes most meals, guided walks, game drives, cultural activities, flights within Kenya and yoga/meditation classes. International flights are not included.

Photo: Ellen Barone

Photo: Ellen Barone

Highlights Include:

Community Class and Q&A Presentation at Africa Yoga Project’s Shine Center in Nairobi;Game drives led by professional Samburu guides to track the Samburu Reserve’s elusive Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and Beisa oryx;Access to the incredible game-viewing of the Maasai Mara Reserve as well as the exclusive 74,000 acre Mara North Conservancy allowing for unique activities such as bush walks and night game-drives.Daily, personalized yoga and meditation classesVisit to AFEW Giraffe Center and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.

The adventure begins in Nairobi, where guests will spend a day exploring this lively cosmopolitan city, including a visit to the Africa Yoga Project’s Shine Center, which educates, empowers, elevates and employs youth in Kenya through yoga practice, meditation, performing arts, health education, relationship building and community activism. For their stay in Nairobi, guests will enjoy accommodations at the elegant and intimate Karen Blixen Cottages, surrounded by hundreds of varieties of blooming flowers and trees.

Photo: Saruni

Photo: Saruni

On the third day, guests will fly to the Samburu Game Reserve in northern Kenya, a landscape of endless rolling plains and home to a number of rare wildlife species including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and the Beisa oryx. After long days of game drives, guided walks and restorative yoga sessions, guests will unwind in one of Saruni Samburu’s stunning open-facing houses,with multiple verandas overlooking the unspoiled landscape.

Photo: Saruni

Photo: Saruni

On Day 6, guests will depart Samburu for a flight to Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most renowned reserve, 74,000 acres or prime game-viewing territory. Known as the “Jewel of Africa” the Maasai Mara contains one of the largest concentrations of big game in Africa, and its classic savannah is home to one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. Guests will enjoy their stay at the deluxe Saruni Mara, renowned for its excellent guides who lead driving and walking expeditions among elephants, lions, zebras and endless other species of wild animals.

On the final day, travelers will return to Nairobi for a chance to visit the AFEW Giraffe Center and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, which fosters abandoned baby elephants.

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Africa Trekking

New York, NY – January 30, 2014 – The Africa Adventure Company announces new trips for 2014, reflecting the growing demand for adventurous and active travel experiences. The new tours for 2014 offer a diversity of options for discovering Africa, from tracking rare wildlife by foot in the heart of Zimbabwe to spotting the largest surviving lemurs in Madagascar’s rainforest. Many of the trips combine the chance to explore Africa’s rich cultural history with up-close wildlife encounters.

The 7-Day Adventurer Safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana offers intimate photographic expeditions in small groups with private guides and safari vehicles. Visitors will stay exclusively in luxury mobile Under Canvas camps in each area, waking with the sunrise and exploring until sunset. Tracking elephant, rhino, and lion by foot and boating on the Chobe River permit exceptional explorations of wildlife in elephant country.

Namibia’s epic topography is explored from new heights on the 12-Day Wings over Namibia flying safari. For the first time, previously restricted forays into the Hoanib floodplains will be undertaken, a chance to witness a series of oases in the middle of the shifting Namib Desert. Traversing one of the planet’s driest deserts and crossing the towering dunes of one of Africa’s largest game parks, guests witness rare views of desert-adapted wildlife, including the largest concentrations of desert elephant and rhino. The new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp will feature eight tents with en suite bathrooms in the private Palmwag Concession.

The 12-Day Under Tanzanian Skies Safari is one of the Africa Adventure Company’s new Signature safaris, featuring four days of game viewing in the Serengeti plains with their top naturalist guides. Photographic opportunities include a visit to Lake Manyara National Park, famed for its tree climbing lions that sleep amongst acacia trees. From visiting local Maasai villages in the foothills of Kilimanjaro to descending 2,000 feet into the Ngorongoro Crater, clients will enjoy the exclusivity and expert guiding that distinguishes this small group safari.

The 15-Day Luxurious Southern Africa Safari combines the best that Southern Africa has to offer from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Private Cape Town tours customized to guests’ preferences precede interpretive wilderness walks searching for the Big Five in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Intended to showcase the region’s rich wildlife and landscape diversity, the tour includes the imposing beauty of the new Victoria Falls River Lodge and the crystal clear waterways of the intricate Okavango staying at Vumbura Plains. These thatched lodges, permanent tented camps, and luxury hotels provide comfort to those who choose this safari.

Madagascar’s verdant rainforest and pristine beaches are featured in the 8-Day Madagascar Wildlife and Beach itinerary. The trip includes expeditions into Madagascar’s most visited reserve, Anasibe-Mantadia National Park, home of the baboon-sized indri, the largest of the surviving lemurs. Wildlife lovers will be awed and inspired by the sight of impressive reptiles like the Malagasy Tree Boa and trees festooned with orchids. The new Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge’s six serene chalets are well positioned for deeper excursions into the untamed beauty of the island.

On the Family Adventure to Zimbabwe, families will have the opportunity to experience staying at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, located on the very edge of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Visits to the local villages as well as voluntourism projects expose children to different ways of life, creating lasting lifetime memories. Travel to the three diverse areas of Victoria Falls on the Upper Zambezi, Hwange National Park and the cultural site of Matobo Hills. This safari includes something for everyone, such as day and night game drives, walking safaris, game viewing by boat, and cave explorations to see ancient Bushmen art.

The Africa Adventure Company’s new trips for 2014 resonate with travelers seeking active adventure and up-close wildlife experiences.

About Africa Adventure Company

The Africa Adventure Company is an award-winning travel outfitter and leading Africa specialist known for its extensive portfolio of safari trips to over 14 of Africa’s top wildlife countries.

Authentic, innovative, immersive travel is the Africa Adventure Company’s specialty. They create exceptional travel experiences by building on three decades of detailed research, extensive explorations, and personal relationships throughout Africa. Their lifelong connections and friendships in the region allow them to build distinctive experiences that bring clients face-to-face with the people and places that make Africa unique.

They pride themselves on planning customized safaris of a lifetime, while promoting camps with a commitment to sustainable community tourism and eco conservation and offering exquisite wildlife viewing with top-notch guides. The team is managed and directed by Mark and Alison Nolting, two people whose combined experience and knowledge of Africa is unsurpassed in the safari business. Mark is the author of Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries, an award-winning guide book now in its 8th edition that is considered by the travel industry as the quintessential guide for planning a safari, and the African Safari Journal & Field Guide, a diary, phrase book and wildlife guide, all in one. For more information about the Africa Adventure Company, visit their website at or call 1 (800) 882-9453.


"The setting, both physical and spiritual, was perfectly designed to slough off the sooty layers of civilization: stress, distractedness, fatigue. What I had expected was a getaway from San Francisco city life, work deadlines, kids' car pools, the ennui of routine. What I experienced was a rare opportunity for reflection, made more profound by my solitude." -New York Times

"Overall, it's impossible not to absorb a new level of calm while there. Leaving behind cell signal and internet feels cleansing on its own, but there is more to the Tassajara experience that is difficult to describe. It's a place that feels not just ancient, and secluded, but also uniquely blessed." -Jay Barmann, 7x7 Magazine

"Everyone from Buddhist monks to pop stars have come to Tassajara for spiritual enlightenment. Now people come to unplug and recharge." -Sunset Magazine

"Combined with endless surprises from the world-famous kitchen, stunning natural beauty, and absolute serenity, this is a destination yoga retreat center well worth the drive."

"I am city girl all the way: pecking at my phone on public transit, huffing at crowds. With little time or desire to quiet my mind, I never thought meditation was for me -- until, I attended a wellness retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center...I wouldn't be alone in asserting that this place has magic." -Margo Moritz, Huffington Post

San Francisco, CA - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - San Francisco Zen Center is thrilled to continue its distinguished spiritual engagement and community building with the public opening of this year's guest season (May 1 - September 14, 2014) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. As spring blossoms, the gates to Tassajara open to Zen and meditation seekers, yoga lovers, artisan foodies, and people looking to unplug and experience a truly serene environment; 7 months of the year Tassajara is closed to the general public for private Zen practice.

Nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness, Tassajara has been long known as a place for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. In 1967, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Founder of San Francisco Zen Center, Author of the seminal Buddhist book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind) established Tassajara as the first Zen training monastery outside of Japan. Suzuki Roshi searched for a mountain temple similar to the monasteries in Japan and China, and was able to purchase Tassajara through the support of the Zen community, friends, and patrons. Today, Tassajara is internationally recognized as the most remote Zen center in the United States and beckons as a top destination for Buddhist practitioners and vacationers alike.

Only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles via a 14-mile dirt road, Tassajara is an eco-efficient paradise garnering 100% of its energy from solar panels and the local hot springs. The hot springs have proven to be a main attraction of the Monterey/Salinas area following the native Esselen people's discovery of the springs in the 1870's; generations of settlers and visitors have come ever since seeking renewal and tranquility.

For the forthcoming 2014 guest season, Tassajara utilizes its new eco-retreat center that was designed with the highest standards in green development, by architect Helen Degenhardt (JSW/D Architects; the retreat center was completed in 2012); all retreats will be held in the retreat center. In October 2013, San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Degenhardt's work at Tassajara in the Home & Garden section. The Tassajara Program Schedule 2014 offers disciplinary retreats in the following six specialty areas, all led by some of today's leading teachers: Body and Mind, Mindful Living, Creative Expression, Engaging Earth, Spiritual Practice, and Zen Study & Practice.

Tassajara offers a special opportunity for the general public to recharge, relax, and reconnect with themselves. Visitors soak in the hot springs, meander along the trails, savor Tassajara's celebrated vegetarian cuisine, stay in beautiful accommodations, participate in zazen (meditation), and enjoy the eclectic retreats offered by some of today's most celebrated teachers. Tassajara invites visitors to explore the variety of ways that Zen and other complementary practices can inform and enrich one's life.

Below is a list of the retreats scheduled for the upcoming 2014 Guest Season; additional detailed information can be viewed on

Body and Mind Retreats:
Zen and Swimming Dragon Tai Chi (May 1 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Liping Julia Zhu (Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor) and Connie Cummings (Resident Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Aligning with Stillness: Embody Freedom and Vitality through Yoga and Zen (May 5 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Athena Pappas (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher) and Kanzan David Zimmerman (Zen Buddhist Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Healing with Qigong (May 8 - 12, 2014)
-Featuring Liping Julia Zhu (Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor) and Connie Cummings (Resident Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Healing Body, Mind, and Heart: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation (May 18 - 23, 2014)
-Featuring Djuna Mascall (Prajna Yoga Senior Instructor) and Jisan Anna Thorn (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Enter the Dharma Gate of Repose and Bliss: A Zen Meditation and Triputi Yoga Therapeutics Retreat (May 28 - June 1, 2014)
-Featuring Lirio Ohlson (Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 500) and Shundo David Haye (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Messages from Our Bodies, Messages from Our Life (June 2 - 5, 2014)
-Featuring Purusha Hickson (Hatha Yoga Instructor) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Tassajara)

Energy and Inquiry: The Merging Paths of Zen & Yoga (June 5 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Rosemary Garrison (Renowned Yoga Instructor, DeLoach Vineyard Wine & Yoga Retreats) and Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Readiness of Mind: Lifestream of Yoga Nourishment Weekend (June 12 - 16, 2014)
-Featuring Donald Moyer (Founding Director, The Yoga Room, Berkeley, CA) and Shosan Victoria Austin (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Reconnecting with the Flow of Life: A Yoga and Zen Retreat (June 16 - 19, 2014)
-Featuring Lisa Jansen (Yoga Instructor) and Shinchi Linda Galijan (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)

Satori and Salutations: Opening to the Heart of Zen and Yoga (June 19 - 22, 104)
-Featuring James Higgins (Yoga Instructor) and Unzan Mako Voelkel (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Austin Zen Center)

Zen y Hatha Yoga en Español, una buena combinación para liberar tu mente (June 19 - 22, 2014)
-Featuring Mireya Segura (Hatha Yoga Instructor) and Myozen Joan Amaral (Zen Buddhist Priest and Guiding Teacher, Marblehead Zen Center, Massachusetts)

Return to a Pure Mind and Joyful Heart: Practice and Breath in Zen, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga (June 27 - 30, 2014)
-Featuring Ann Averbach (Founder, DiviniTree Yoga Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara) and Ango Sara Tashker (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

The Healing Power of Stillness: Restorative Yoga and Zen (July 3 - 6, 2014)
-Featuring Britt Fohrman (Prenatal and Doula Expert) and Unzan Mako Voelkel (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Austin Zen Center)

Deep Restoration, Deep Healing: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (July 11 - 13, 2014)
-Featuring Samantha Ostergaard (Iyengar Yoga Instructor) and Do-On Robert Thomas (Zen Buddhist Priest and Dharma Teacher)

Stepping Back-Stepping In (July 13 - 18, 2014)
-Featuring Patricia Sullivan (Yoga Instructor) and Eijun Linda Cutts (Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center)

Being Grace - Finding Effortlessness in All Things: A Yoga and Zen Meditation Retreat (July 18 - 20, 2014)
-Featuring Stacie Overby (Yoga Instructor) and Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh (Zen Buddhist Priest and Treasurer, Green Gulch Farm)

Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in the Mindfulness Practice of Sensory Awareness (July 20 - 25, 2014)
-Featuring Lee Klinger Lesser (Sensory Awareness Expert)

True Body, True Self: Radical Presence through Zen and Yoga (July 25 - 29, 2014)
-Featuring Christy Brown (Yoga Instructor) and Ango Sara Tashker (Director, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

The Healing Power of Stillness: Restorative Yoga and Zen (July 29 - August 3, 2014)
-Featuring Britt Fohrman (Therapeutic Yoga Instructor) and Jeremy Levie (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Stepping Back-Stepping In (August 3 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Patricia Sullivan (Yoga Instructor) and Eijun Linda Cutts (Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center)

A Weekend of Veda and Zen (August 8 - 11, 2014)
-Featuring Mas Vidal (Director of Dancing Shiva Yoga Ayurveda) and Jeremy Levie (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Dragon Song - A Zen and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat (August 11 - 14, 2014)
-Featuring Rex Stromness (Yoga Instructor) and Shundo David Haye (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Touching Earth, Creating Space: A Yoga and Zen Retreat (August 14 - 17, 2014)
-Featuring Janet Stone (Celebrity Vinyasa Yoga Instructor) and Ryushin Paul Haller (Zen Buddhist Priest and Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

Balanced and Awake: Zen and Yoga to Harmonize Mind and Body (August 21 - 24, 2014)
-Featuring Letitia Bartlett (Professor, Clown, Mime, Yoga Instructor) and Kanzan David Zimmerman (Zen Buddhist Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Dana Paramita - Cultivating the Generous Heart (August 25 - 29, 2014)
-Featuring Darcy Lyon (Certified Anusara Teacher and Expressive Arts Therapist) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)

Body-and-Mind Study of the Way (August 29 - September 1, 2014)
-Featuring Darcy Lyon (Certified Anusara Teacher and Expressive Arts Therapist) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Zen Buddhist Priest and Head of Practice, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)

Bringing Yoga and Zen Home: Creating and Sustaining a Home Practice (September 1 - 4, 2014)
-Featuring Jody Greene (Professor of Literature, Feminist Studies, and the History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz) and Shinchi Linda Galijan (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)

Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (September 4 - 7, 2014)
-Featuring Samantha Ostergaard (Iyengar Yoga Instructor) and Do-On Robert Thomas (Zen Buddhist Priest and Dharma Teacher)

The Mind and Body of Practice in Zen and Yoga (September 11 - 14, 2014)
-Featuring Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (Professional Dance, Yoga Instructor; Conference Coordinator, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center) and Ingen Breen (Zen Buddhist Priest and Member, Soto Zen Buddhist Association of America)

Mindful Living Retreats:
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Recovery: Awakening Fully to Our Lives (May 12 - 15, 2014)
-Featuring Ryotan Cynthia Kear (Zen Buddhist Priest) and Ko-Shin Steven Tierney (Professor of Counseling Psychology, Addiction Specialist)

Finding Equanimity in a Difficult Profession: A Retreat for Lawyers (May 28 - June 1, 2014)
-Featuring Zenki Mary Mocine (Zen Buddhist Priest, Former Lawyer)

Know Yourself, Forget Yourself: The Mindful Leader (June 5 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Jacki McGrath (Certified Professional Executive Coach) and Marc Lesser (CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute)

Opening and Closing, Like Bird's Wings: A Mindfulness and Zen Retreat (June 30 - July 3, 2014)
-Featuring Nomon Tim Burnett (Zen Buddhist Priest, Guiding Teacher, Red Cedar Zen Community, and Executive Director, Mindfulness Northwest) and Lisa Hardmeyer Gray (Teacher, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

True Person Retreat: Discovering The Life You're Meant to Live (August 8 - 11, 2014)
-Featuring Sessei Meg Levie (Zen Buddhist Priest and Life Coach)

Getting to What Matters: More Love, Less Stuff (September 4 - 7, 2014)
-Featuring Andrew Mellen (Author, Speaker, Professional Organizer) and Kansan David Zimmerman (Zen Buddhist Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Creative Expression Retreats:
Words Under the Words (May 23 - 28, 2014)
-Featuring Naomi Shihab Nye (Published Poet) and Ryushin Paul Haller (Zen Buddhist Priest and Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

Meditation, Mindfulness and Songwriting (June 8 - 12, 2014)
-Featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Grammy Award-Nominated Country Artist), Janet Gilmore, and Seido Jamie Howell (Dharma Entrusted Teacher)

Learning To Sit, Learning To Draw, Learning To See (June 8 - 12, 2014)
-Featuring Christine Bailey (Artist, Educator, Zen Practitioner) and Furyu Nancy Schroeder (Director of Children and Family Programs, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Loving the Mountains: A Zen Photography and Hiking Retreat (June 12 - 15, 2014)
-Featuring Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh (Treasurer, Green Gulch Farm) and Shundo David Haye (Zen Buddhist Priest and Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Brush Mind (June 22 - 27, 2014)
-Featuring Kazuaki Tanahashi (Internationally Renowned Calligraphist)

Practicing Poetry, Practicing Compassion (July 6 - 11, 2014)
-Featuring Jane Hirshfield (Internationally Renowned Poet)

Engaging Earth Retreats:
The Nature of Zen (May 1 - 4, 2014)
-Featuring Steven Harper (Wilderness Guide, Author) and Leslie James (Abiding Teacher, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)

Wildflowers and Birds of Tassajara (May 8 - 12, 2014)
-Featuring Diane Renshaw (Ecologist), Myo-on Gloria Lee (Zen Priest, Gardener) and Daiyu Judith Randall (Zen Buddhist Priest)

The Zen of Baking (May 20 - 23, 2014)
-Featuring Dale Kent (Author, Tassajara: Dinner and Desserts) and Korin Charlie Pokorny (Zen Buddhist Priest and Chef)

Zen in the Kitchen (June 27 - 30, 2014)
-Featuring Dale Kent (Author, Tassajara: Dinner and Desserts) and Korin Charlie Pokorny (Zen Buddhist Priest and Chef)

Spiritual Practice Retreats:
The Spirit of Practice: Christian and Zen (July 18 - 25, 2014)
-Featuring Brother David Steindl-Rast (Catholic Benedictine Monk, and Ryushin Paul Haller (Zen Buddhist Priest, Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

Being Bodhisattvas: Cultivating a Boundless Heart (July 29 - August 3, 2014)
-Featuring Pamela Weiss (Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response)

The Zen Poetry of Philip Whalen and Wallace Stevens (August 14 - 17, 2014)
-Featuring Zoketsu Norman Fischer (Poet, Author, Zen Buddhist Priest)

Presenting Suzuki Roshi's Teachings (August 29 - September 1, 2014)
-Featuring Sojun Mel Weitsman (Abbot, Berkeley Zen Center)

Courage and Intimacy: Exploring Women's Stories (September 1 - 4, 2014)
-Featuring Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon (Co-Authors, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women)

Zen Study & Practice Retreats:
Sangha Week (May 3 - 8, 2014)
-Featuring Kiku Christina Lehnherr (Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center -- City Center)

Sangha Week (May 11 - 16, 2014)
-Featuring Do-On Robert Thomas (Zen Buddhist Priest and Dharma Teacher)

Warm Hand to Warm Heart: Creating Connection, LGBTIQ Study Week (June 1 - 5, 2014)
-Featuring Jisan Tova Green (Zen Buddhist Priest and Vice President, San Francisco Zen Center -- City Center)

Contemporary Practice and the Fourth Monk - Study Week (July 14 - 18, 2014)
-Featuring Cynthia Kear (Zen Buddhist Priest)

Great Discount on Maui Yoga and Wellness Retreat


Makawao, MAUI – February 6, 2014 – Lumeria Maui, Hawaii’s boutique yoga and wellness destination catering to individual travelers and groups seeking adventure for mind, body and spirit, is committed to connecting its guests to greater health and enriching their lives through its programming and retreats with leading professionals and experts.  Lumeria Maui is pleased to announce the Spring Renewal Cleanse hosted by Dr. Michael Klaper March 30 – April 6, 2014. Combining a private health consultation with Dr. Klaper, transformational daily yoga, organic and delicious healthy meals or juice fast, and the serenity of the lush tropical grounds and the beauty of Lumeria, this weeklong healing journey is for anyone who seeks a luxurious and inspiring healthy escape.  Participants will learn how to prepare delicious health-enhancing meals and deepen understanding of one’s own body.  The combination of yoga, meditation and mindful attention enables a more productive and joyous life.  The retreat will run from March 30 through April 6.  Cost for the full week including private consultation, all meals, program talks and lectures, cooking classes, and twice daily yoga is $3,960 double occupancy with special discount for readers of this article. Use coupon code "AlohaMaui" at registration checkout to save $1,010 for either single or double occupancy.  Cost is $990.00 if participants choose to stay elsewhere, but use coupon code "StayMaui" at registration checkout and enjoy a $100 instant discount.
With over 40 years of clinical experience in acute care as well as preventive and nutritionally based medicine, Dr. Klaper guides retreat participants from an extensive knowledge base. A graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Klaper he served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, and received additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of California Hospital in San Francisco.  Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Klaper began to realize that many of the diseases his patients brought to his office - high blood pressure, obesity, asthma, adult onset diabetes, and so on - were caused and/or worsened by the high-fat, high sugar, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and that, in many cases, nutrition makes the difference between healing an illness or merely treating the symptoms.
Dr. Klaper has authored successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition, and has contributed to the making of two PBS television programs, "Food For Thought", and the award-winning, "Diet for a New America." He has also produced a DVD, "Fasting: Safe & Effective Use of an Ancient Therapy" in which he describes the benefits and proper procedures of fasting and answers related questions.
Dr. Klaper brings with him a talented group of health, wellness, and vitality experts who will lead transformational classes and demonstrations that participants can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Yoga Professional Alese Jones invites you onto your own path of knowing your true self, with time-honored teachings of yoga and meditation. She has studied with many well-regarded yoga and spiritual teachers, including Connie Beaudoin and Sarah Powers, from whom she received her Yin/Mindfulness training, and non-duality teacher, Rupert Spira. 

Dr. Michael Klaper

Dr. Michael Klaper

Alese Jones

Alese Jones

Chef and New York Times Best Selling Author Chad Sarno will be sharing his secrets for making healthy food taste fabulous in three food preparation classes that will make you want to eat healthy long after your restorative week on Maui. His experience included the launch of an international boutique restaurant chain from Istanbul to London. Chad also developed the course curriculum and the health and wellness initiatives for Whole Foods Market's global healthy eating program, and he now serves as V.P. of Plant Based Education at Rouxbe online culinary school.  In 2012, Chad teamed up with bestselling author Kris Carr to write the New York Times Best Seller, "Crazy Sexy Kitchen". Chad will present his acclaimed food preparation classes to the Retreat participants, while the Lumeria culinary staff will provide fresh juices and delicious, light, plant-based meals created using locally grown and sourced organic foods from the property’s own gardens and surrounding farms. 
Author and Inspirational Life-Coach Alan Cohen, M.A., will provide a warm blend of wisdom, intimacy, humor and vision for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Alan is the author of 24 popular inspirational books, including the bestselling "The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore", the award-winning "A Deep Breath of Life", and the classic "Are You as Happy as Your Dog?" He is a contributing writer for the New York Times #1 bestselling series "Chicken Soup for the Soul."

Chad Sarno

Chad Sarno

Alan Cohen M.A.

Alan Cohen M.A.