Sunday, November 10, 2013

365 Inspirations—314: Being an Artist-in-Residence at Kalani on The Big Island

Yoon and I selling books at the Hawaii Yoga Festival
I'm the Artist-in-Residence at Kalani on the Big Island. I'm here for the Hawaii Yoga Festival with Yoon. I'm writing and teaching a two-part class called First Thoughts: Intuitive Writing for Greater Clarity and Purpose. Yoon is giving a lecture tomorrow night called Overcome Fear and Follow Your Heart and he'll be teaching his Yoon's Vinyasa Yoga class.

They gave us a sabbatical room in the Ocean Vista complex. It is amazing. We can see the sunrise right from our front patio.

There is no glass on any of the windows, just screens. The Coqui frogs perform a symphony all night long. It's like we are living out in the jungle. The community here is amazing and this place is HUGE. It's the largest yoga retreat facility on all of the Hawaiian Islands and Kalani is hosting the Hawaii Yoga Festival.

The food is out of this world and as teachers here, our meals are included in our stay. There is a vegetarian option, but there's also meat available. Last night, we had a big salad, pork roast, mashed potatoes, root veggies, soup and some sort of amazing butterscotch crisp. This morning we had eggs, passion fruit juice, papaya, pineapple, berries, Kona coffee—the works! We sat out in an open-aired dining hall. It's very lively and you can really feel a community vibe. People have a true sense of Aloha here and have welcomed us with open arms!

Today we sold books at Green Lake for the opening of the Hawaii Yoga Festival at the Kalani tent there.

Now Yoon is swimming in the pool and I'm writing this post from the dining area. Last night, after dinner, we swam in the pool by the light of the moon! More soon from the land of Aloha.

Have you ever taken a sabbatical? Where did you go?

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