New stuff in June, tea, meditation and yoga


June 1st 1:30-2:30 pm come meet us for some tea, meditation and join other Hawaii retreat attendees as we share experiences and what this year’s retreat will be like. We’re at The Studio 2321 Morena Blvd, Suite L.

And while you’re there, you’ll be checking out the space as I’ll be teaching there Fridays from 9-10 am.

Early risers? I’m starting a Saturday morning 7 am class at Next Wave Yoga.

For complete information please look at my Classes Page and my Hawaii Retreat Page.

Hawaii Yoga Retreat 2013

The Inner Yoga – a journey on the Big Island of Hawaii
September 2nd through 7th 2013 –  6 days, 5 nights, all meals and yoga included.

kalani2 Early morning and late afternoon yoga and meditation practices, with opportunities for creative and independent exploration during the day or evening.  Most meals are vegetarian, organic local tropical fruits and vegetables, with a fish option.  Option for participants to pack lunch for day outings.  Starts with dinner on Monday 9/02 ending with lunch on 9/07/2013

An opportunity to deepen your own understanding and practice of yoga and meditation, while allowing space for reflection and personal renewal.

Investment – includes all meals, accommodations and yoga classes.
Lodge double shared bath = $1145 (shared room and shared bath)
Lodge double private bath = $1275 (shared room with private bath for that room)
Lodge single shared bath   = $1325 (private room and shared bath)
Lodge single private bath   = $1525 (private room and private bath)

Airfare not included. Secure your spot with a $300 deposit, balance due August 15th, 2013.
Take $50 off if you submit your deposit by June 15th 2013! Please email six.jennie at to secure your spot as space is limited and will fill up quickly.


About Kalani:  Kalani is located 45 minutes from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Away from the tourist hustle and bustle, it’s 120 acres of lush Hawaiian nature gives visitors the experience of the real Hawaii.   Use of the pools, sauna, jacuzzi, volleyball courts and a Hula Basics class is included in your package.   Kalani will also package your lunch for you to go for your outings if you decide to venture to nearby snorkeling and surf spots, or volcano national parks.  There are massage and other healing modalities offered at Kalani that you can purchase from them.

About your Facilitators:

Arturo Galvez, E-RYT 500 is a Master Yoga Teacher, teaching Hatha Yoga for over 30 years.  A student of  Master Teachers Indra Devi and BKS Iyengar.  Founder of the Yoga program at the University of California San Diego & now heading the University’s 2 year Yoga teacher training program, he presents conferences and leads specialized workshops as well as teaching credit courses in the Philosophy and History of Yoga.

Jennie Olson Six, E-RYT 200, has been teaching for six years and studying for the past 3 years under Arturo Galvez.   She is a mentor teacher for the Yoga teacher training program at the University of California San Diego and teaches yoga at universities, gyms and privately.  She has led workshops and assisted other teachers in workshops, conferences and retreats.


Transportation to and from Hilo Airport can be arranged directly with Kalani ($65 per person one way $45 per person if more than one person) or if interested in sharing a car rental, this page will be used as a posting board for other participants to ride share.

Volcano National Park is approximately a half hour driving time away from Kalani and costs $10 per car to enter, $5 per person.

There is a public transportation bus system, very limited and a slow but inexpensive option.

Retreat will begin at 5pm Monday, September 2nd, with a tour of the grounds and dinner at 6pm.

There is nearby beaches, hiking trails, swimming in a naturally heated lava pond, snorkeling and surf spots.   Some may opt to group up and drive, others are sometimes within walking distance.  Arturo has visited Kalani several times and can provide further details.

The Journey

So I embarked on this journey called The Artist is You Mandala Experience a couple of weeks ago.  My friend Cathleene is teaching this.  I went into this as a non-artist, meaning my creative expression doesn’t normally come into this arena (meaning paint, drawing, etc).  I don’t want to sound too airy-fairy about what this experience has been or what it is.   What I can say is that we start with some seated guided meditation and then let things come out as they come out.    Cathleene really keeps us stayed tuned into ourselves, where and what we’re feeling and keeps us on a path that I would describe as “stepping into the void.”  The picture on the left is the piece that I finished last week.  This came from nothing.  I didn’t know where it was going, or coming, I just went with it and stayed.  What has emerged has shocked me.    The two animals, a jaguar and a dragon, were not a part of the original thought.  They came as a result of the evolution of the piece.  There were “mistakes” that were then realized as not mistakes but what was to be this piece. 

These two animals, in viewed as totems, are very powerful signs.  So in my research of discovering what they mean, I’ve found a lot of information.  The Jaguar represents Shamanism , Intuition, psychic abilities, integration of spiritual beliefs and morals, while the Dragon represents Primordial Power, overcoming obstacles, courage, strength, and grounding.  I feel like because this was not forced, this project was very much a moment to moment exercise, that these symbols emerged because they needed to tell me something.  This is a piece that is now hanging on my wall and I will be meditating with.  The messages that I have found from these websites are resonating with where I’m at this moment.  Which is touching the deep of the void and finding out what’s there.  This is why I’m in this class and what is being called forth at this moment. 

I’m so excited….