Initiate - Hoopdance Foundation and Yoga Hawaii + Optional Teacher Training

with Luna Breeze, Aya Papaya, Tara Michelle and Shakti Sunfire.

Big Island, Hawaii


JANUARY 12th - 18th

Initiate Track = Beginner - Advanced Beginner


This retreat is for you if you're fresh in the magic of hoopdance and you're looking to LAUNCH to the next level in your practice - especially if you feel intimidated in other big group offerings! The Initiate Track is designed specifically for hoopers ranging from raw beginner to those with a basic skill set of hooping on the body with perhaps a few tricks under your belt. If you're not sure if this retreat is for you, please give us a call at: 720.208.6702

Set in the majesty of Big Island landscapes at Kalani Oceanside Resort, we will join together to go deep for 5 days of yoga, dance and hula hoop play. Shakti Sunfire, Luna Breeze, Tara Michelle and Aya Papaya will take you through an immersive journey in the body that will awaken the DANCE in a comprehensive and clear way. 

Details : The Initiate experience at Kalani is designed to offer you equal parts immersive hoop experience and restful, rejuvenating self-care time. Arrival day begins with dinner from 6pm - 7:30pm and opening circle at 8pm. Departure day we'll have yoga, a morning class block and a shared lunch ending at 1pm.

A sample schedule is as-follows:

7am - 8:30am ~ Breakfast

9am - 10am ~ Yoga with Shakti

10:15am - 12pm ~ Class Block

12pm - 1pm ~ Lunch

3pm - 6pm ~ Class Block

6 - 7:30pm ~ Dinner

8pm - 10pm ~ Hot tub time or evening activity

OPTIONAL Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Training option: This training runs concurrently to Initiate and is a separate add-on for those who have heard the call to teach, and who have at least one year of hooping experience under their belt. Learn how to poetically and powerfully deliver your students into a profound hoopdance experience that will leave them coming back for more. Skillful teaching is an ART that can be learned and that serves the whole. Step into your voice, your inner resources and your body as a successful Elemental Hoopdance Guide! This in-person model will split our time between modeling teaching in the Initiate workshop blocks, and taking time in a pod of Teacher Trainees to cover the lessons in the manual and to practice teach. This option is for you if you learn best BY DOING and by example. Choose the TT Option at checkout. For more information on the Teacher Training program, visit HERE.


Luna Breeze ~ Exotic, energetic, and entertaining, Luna Breeze extends far beyond the acrobatic. As a hoop dancer, her choreography blurs the line between entertainment and performance art - a focus on the magic of illusion and the interaction of hoop and dancer. She is known for her fusion of modern dance, tradition circus skills, and musicality within her dance. As a teacher she is known for her accessibility, goofy sense of humor and serious attitude of positive empowerment through the ring. Luna is currently attending circus school at Pendulum Aerial Circus Arts in Portland Oregon, where she studies aerial silks, trapeze, and acrobatics, while teaching and performing circus hula hoop for the school. Her days are filled with choreography, training for performance, and studying the human body to ensure that her students and she advance efficiently, safely and happily whether performer or hobbyist!

Shakti Sunfire is an internationally recognized movement guide and advocate of the inner and outer WILD. A leader of the international hoopdance movement and a dedicated student of life, she has always pulled inspiration first from the Natural World and counts herself blessed to have the wise council of many teachers in her life. Shakti has been identified as an 'emerging woman in leadership' by Origin Magazine and her empowering message and guidance has effected the lives of many women the world over. You might have seen her dancing on the Wanderlust Festival main stage, or on the cover of Yoga Journal. A true rolling stone, Shakti teaches workshops, leads retreats, and performs all over the world.




Aya Papaya : Since she first picked up a hoop in 2009 Aya fell in love with dancing both in and out of the hoop. Movement has become integral in Aya's life and a source of grounding and connecting with spirit. Combining training from various teachers Aya embodies beauty and grace in her dance and brings authentic movement into her flow. Aya now dances with multiple tools, including dragon staff, fans, hoop and feels empowered by movement arts to live fully and in constant exploration of new creative outlets and projects.  She has seen the healing power of movement arts first hand, and is passionate about sharing, performing, and teaching anyone who is interested.  Currently, Aya teaches flow arts and movement meditation, and performs with FireGroove in Los Angeles.  


Tara Michelle : A lover of our beautiful planet, the plants, animals, and people Tara Michelle Cech is a 90 Monkeys 500 hour certified Yoga Teacher, Natural Physician, and Wellness Educator. Tarah uses a Mandalic approach to working with her clients which allows her to honor the diverse needs of each being as a unique expression of the divine. Her personal practice Island Girl Naturals is based on Maui.Inspired by her connection to the natural world, Tarah is dedicated to bringing more peace to the planet through research, education, and ‘radical personal responsibility’. A student of life, her interests include yoga, alpine mountaineering, trail running, surfing, reading, and meditation.

About Kalani:

For more than 30 years, Kalani has been a soulful place of refuge and renewal for international guests. Kalani is an educational nonprofit organization that celebrates Hawaii, nature, culture and wellness. Kalani is located on Hawaii Island, commonly known as the Big Island, and is bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean.

Kalani's recipe for a transformative vacation:

Kalani Honua means harmony of heaven and earth, and this is what we aspire to. We welcome all in the spirit of aloha and are guided by the Hawai'ian tradition of `ohana (extended family), respecting our diversity yet sharing in unity. We invite you to open your heart to the Big Island of Hawaii at Kalani Oceanside Retreat.



January 12th - 18th