In addition to this retreat + the Kaua'i teacher training option, if you live on Kaua'i, Anandra offers occasional (unadvertised) in-person events throughout the year. The only way to learn about them is to sign up to get notified!
Join Anandra for a vibrant morning class merging slow sun salutation flow, graceful breath, and mantra chanting to synchronize your heart, mind, word and action.
Featuring simple Sanskrit bīja mantras for each pose, uplifting Indian rāga music soundtrack, and live instruments.
Enjoy a fresh, modern, Tantrik take on the classical yogāsana and mantra sequence! This class is designed to help you befriend and harmonize whatever is alive in you today.
Saturdays, 9:30 am, Metamorphose Kīlauea.
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Sign up for any of our online courses, and combine your online learning with in-person study groups with Anandra, at no extra cost!
Have questions? Email [email protected] or book a free 15 min call to chat and find the best option for you!BOOK A FREE CALL
Imagine communion with sound, mantra, and friends in a heavenly temple atmosphere on Kaua'i island, with healing home cooked Indian food and plenty of time to just be. May 25-31, 2024 on Kaua'i Island.
This retreat is a delight-filled offering by internationally respected sacred musician and teacher Anandra George on her beloved island home of Kaua'i.
Join us for 7 days of intimate communion through sound, Sanskrit mantra, Indian classical vocal meditation, devotional kīrtan, and sweet soft yogāsana developed especially for sound-based practices.
The retreat includes time at the majestic Hindu temple and gentle healing Indian food.
The eternal thread that connects creation with the creator is sacred sound. All mystic traditions concur, and the direct, tangible, blissful path of pure vibration is accessible to all! No dogma and no experience required; this retreat is simply an invitation into the heart-opening, timeless practices of mantra and music.
Anandra will be offering the following local events in the lead up to the retreat. Join what you wish!
Not included in Retreat or TT package deals, but you may count contact hours for your Teacher Training (the pre-retreat events count as 10-20 in-person contact hours).
+++ Oh-so-many more fun adventures could await us during the time between Māui retreat and Kaua'i retreat! TBD: Mantra jazz vibraphone nights, community kīrtan (+ a collab of TT-student led chants as a public practicum offering?), mantra sound baths, roller disco parties, mantra beach walks, sunrise sea turtle SUP swim mantra singing, yin yoga sessions, potluck BBQ & ping pong, dolphin sailing cruise adventure, ecstatic dance parties, cave temple chant sessions!
Non-musicians and musicians, introverts and extroverts, and bodies of all shapes, abilities, genders, ages, religious backgrounds, nationalities and walks of life are welcome.
This retreat counts as attendance hours for our 200-300-500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher trainings online. Package deals are available to buy both the retreat & the teacher training together, saving you $$$!
"The Heart of Sound is literally the sound of LOVE in a felt, embodied, experiential way. I thank you with all my heart for lifting me up with such skill and compassion!"
Find your heart's voice and sing in our daily devotional mantra and music sessions!
You'll experience sound as a vibrant connection to Self, and understand how it transforms all aspects of your being.
Learn sound-based yoga skills to begin, refine, or enrich your home chanting practice!
Our practices support you to develop voice culture, Sanskrit mantra pronunciation, and a musical response to life.
Listen to what's deeply alive in you as you tune your precious body instrument.
You'll practice tools for self-regulating your nervous system for physical, emotional, and mental health.
Drop into the luscious island vibe, at a pace of life in tune with the bloom of the hibiscus and the crow of the roosters. We'll celebrate aliveness with all 5 senses:
Anandra (Heart of Sound Founder) is the primary leader for our chant experiences, along with Michele Ford (Heart of Sound Teaching Assistant, Chef, Ayurvedic Practitioner) who will manage our meals.
We have a rich circle of teacher training students coming for this retreat, and they'll lead practices too!
Continuing Education: If you're a Yoga Alliance registered teacher, this retreat fulfills your annual requirement of 40 hours of continuing education.
Teacher Training: If you're enrolled in the Heart of Sound 200/300/500 hour online teacher training, this retreat fulfills some of your contact hours for group practices. You may also team up with other trainees for optional, self-guided buddy practices and fulfill additional requirements.
Package deals are available to buy both the retreat & the teacher training together, saving you $$$!MORE ABOUT TEACHER TRAINING
Island hop from Māui to Kaua'i in May, attending Anandra's in-person events on BOTH islands, and retreats on BOTH islands, and count EVERYTHING towards your online teacher training requirements!
If you plan to attend in-person, the best plan is to get started NOW on the online teacher training material!
Want to join us?
Special payment plans & package deals available for the online teacher training + in-person retreats.MĀUI RETREAT & EVENTS CONTACT US
May 25-31, 2024. 🚨 Early-bird pricing until April 15. Sign up NOW to secure your spot & save $$$! 🚨 Scroll down for package deals with the teacher training too! (We'll be adjusting TT prices for inflation soon - for the first time in almost 7 years!) Submitting payment indicates you agree to our cancellation and COVID policies (in FAQ below).
Buy the Online Teacher Training along with the Kaua'i Retreat and save BIG! Start working on the teacher training now to get the most out of our time together on Kaua'i. 🚨 Early-bird pricing until April 15. Sign up NOW to save $$$! 🚨 Scroll down for payment plan options. Submitting payment indicates you agree to our cancellation and COVID policies (in FAQ below).
200hr Online Teacher Training
500hr Advanced Online Teacher Training
In-person Study Groups w/Anandra
2 hours twice a month
200hr Online Teacher Training
Buy the Online Teacher Training along with the Kaua'i Retreat and save money. Start working on the teacher training now to get the most out of our time together on Kaua'i. 🚨 Early-bird pricing until April 15 🚨. Submitting payment indicates you agree to our cancellation and COVID policies (in FAQ below).
There is a non-refundable $250 administrative fee. Participants will receive a 50% refund of remaining tuition if requested 30 days or more before the course. No refunds will be issued less than 30 days in advance. Submission of your payment indicates your acceptance of the cancellation policy.
Health Consideration Agreement:
We hope that COVID numbers will be low at the time of the retreat and we can enjoy singing freely without covering our mouths and noses.
We will consistently err on the side of caution, meeting or exceeding current official government guidelines and recommendations from leading epidemiologists to protect the vulnerable among us.
There are 3 levels of Covid consideration we have to mention:
In order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, we'll consistently err on the side of caution. The retreat can only meet its potential if everyone remains healthy! If serious illness is spreading, it puts a huge damper on our time together.
HOS Community Health Agreements
-Take a rapid test daily each morning before practice
-Wear a mask in the retreat house and temple if community spread is high
-Wear a mask around other retreat participants, in your room with your roommate, and in the retreat house at all times, if you feel the slightest bit sick.
-Stay in our retreat bubble and mask up when in close contact with people outside our bubble
-Take meals “to go” and eat outdoors or in your room if risk is high
-Remove yourself from the practices altogether if you are feeling ill or have virus symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing, etc.)
Saturday May 25th after 4PM is checkin, short practice and introduction and a shared meal together.
Starting Sunday May 26th our schedule has A days and B days, which alternate (see below).
We'll have one adventure/beach day together.
Checkout May 31st late morning after a Heart of Sound practice (if the group desires).
Silent personal time, breakfast and beverages on your own
8:30-10:30 Heart of Sound Practice (DON'T MISS THIS!)
11:00 - 12:30 Circle w/Anandra for Q&A, sharing experiences
12:30 Lunch together
Afternoons for island enjoyment, massage, personal study, etc.
Weather depending, some may choose to gather for a casual, optional beach time, outdoor activity, or sunset.
Dinner on your own.
(Mung or kitchari leftovers.)
Alternate days, Schedule B:
Silent personal time, breakfast and beverages on your own
8:45 Arrive to temple
Silent personal fire ritual, Ganesha welcoming
9:00 Enter temple grounds, Dakshinamurthy welcoming
9:05 Enter Iraivan temple, sit silently for puja
9:45 Silent / Soft voice Jāpa of Om Namah Sivaya during service break
(OR Chant leadership opportunity for TT trainees)
10:15 Culmination of pūja in vision of Natraj, receive prasadam
10:30 - 12:00 Free time on monastery grounds, seva, or return home (possibility to sit and chant in rudraksha forest or by lily ponds/waterfall/new temple)
11:30 Lunch is available for self-service
Free time for hiking, beach time, massage, etc.
2 - 4 Chant Experiences led by Anandra and others
4:30 Warm soup or kitchari available for self-service (take away if you wish)
5 - 7 Chant Experiences led by Anandra and others
7:30 Dinner together
Each participant is assigned 1 hour of kitchen or common space duties per day.
Private mentorship or voice coaching sessions may be scheduled with Anandra, or Ayurveda consultations with Michele, during breaks.
We reserve the right to adjust the schedule and substitute chant leaders to best serve everyone’s needs and capacities.
Kama'aina folks attending to their normal life duties are encouraged to attend the 8:30-10:30 AM "A Day" Heart of Sound sessions as their top priority, and the other sessions as much as they're able to. Those are consistently the most precious moments of our time together. :)
Yes and no.
Our primary purpose of gathering is to enjoy our practices together.
There is a training element, as multiple levels of teacher trainees will be present and growing their skills.
However, no foundational lectures or basic skills classes will be offered during this retreat. The core curriculum for the Heart of Sound training is much more effectively offered online, where trainees can absorb at their own pace.
If you review the schedule above, you'll find several opportunities to nerd out with fellow trainees.
If you're currently enrolled in the (online) teacher training, this will be an extraordinary delight!
If you wish to get teacher training level content and count attendance hours towards your certification, please enroll in the Online Teacher Training now and get a head start before arriving to Kaua'i.
Package deals are available to buy both the retreat & the teacher training together, saving you $$$!
We'd recommend getting to at least Phase 8 of the Self-Study Map for the 200hr program before arriving. At a minimum, please get through Module 4 of the Sacred Sanskrit Sounds course.
Yes, absolutely! We would love to have you attend the retreat only. You will have lots of free time in the schedule to enjoy the vibrant island of Kaua'i.
Included with your retreat purchase is our Sanskrit Mantra 101 online course ($199 value).
When you purchase the retreat you'll automatically be granted access to the course. After your purchase, look out for an email with your login link or login to your Heart of Sound account to access it.
Please complete this course before our time together to get the most out of our practices.
4 PM Afternoon arrival (island/friend rate rental cars available)
May 26 - 30
5 full days of retreat schedule, alternating A & B, with one adventure/beach day together
10 AM Morning checkout / departure
We've really made an effort to offer affordable options. (Since regular hotels on Kaua'i run from $300-$700++/night, and regular rental cars from $200-$500++/day!)
We've arranged lodging and transport options that could help your costs stay in the $500-$800 range for the duration if you share.
Please email [email protected] to find out if lodging and local inexpensive vehicle rentals are still available, and get a list of recommended options for both (from $ to $$$) if those are sold out.
See the daily schedule for details. 8 meals are provided in the retreat price (and leftovers are welcome to be shared).
Shared meals provided are based on Indian family recipes to support a gentle cleanse. Ingredients are gluten free, vegan, as local as possible, and designed for enjoyment and digestibility. (Ghee will be provided as an optional addition for non-vegans.)
Kitchari with garden veggies
Mung bean soup with pureed greens
Lemongrass ginger tulsi tea
Blue goddess antioxidant tea
Dinnertime simple whole food sweets:
Blue coconut milk cardamom kheer
Dates and soaked almonds
Banana “ice cream”
Meals not provided are entirely your choice; continue with the gentle cleanse theme or eat whatever you want. (No meat or fish preparation in the house, please.)
Bring your own breakfast and morning beverages.
Optional digestive herbs to be taken at bedtime (for those wanting to augment the cleanse factor) will be provided for purchase.
Yes. Public transportation is insufficient (non-existent) in the retreat/temple area, so you'll need to have a car.
After you register, you'll get access to a shared document where you can connect with other guests to share lodging and/or rental cars. Beyond providing this connection space, HOS staff will not facilitate sharing.
Yes, a very limited number of Kaua'i local prices are available to those willing to help with the event, and/or provide accommodation and transport to retreat guests.
Please inquire at [email protected] for 3 different kama'aina options.