Ola Lokahi retreats in Hawaii ~

Come A.L.I.V.E. in Hawaii and discover what it means to truly "Live ALOHA" during an Ola Lokahi retreat.  


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Experience Hawaii in a unique & meaningful way that will potentially transform the way you think, act, feel and live.

Ola Lokahi retreats on the mainland ~ 


            SUMMER 2015 ~ Hendersonville, NC        


In summer 2015, we will offer A.L.I.V.E. (Awaken to Living with Inspiration & Vitality Everyday) as a weekend retreat in Hendersonville, NC (close to Asheville).  The retreat will include Healing Breathwork, Ho'oponopono (a Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation), meditation, yoga, mountain adventures, and more.  A.L.I.V.E. weaves practices, principles, and ceremony adapted from American Indian and Native Hawaiian traditions. 

The blueprint of the A.L.I.V.E. program hints at "The Hero's Journey" (Joseph Campbell).  Those who've heeded "the call to adventure" will  find themselves embraced by the beauty and power of the mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and a Native American Medicine Wheel located on the retreat property.  With the assistance of experienced teachers, participants will have the opportunity to explore inner realms - to honor one's unique gifts and discover or connect more fully with one's life purpose.  Retreat goers will create prayers ties and make a ti leaf lei as a symbol of his or her commitment to aligning inner being with outward expression (whether it be through work, play, home life, or future plans and goals).   

In essence, this weekend is an opportunity to release that which no longer serves you and be inspired to, as Joseph Campbell once said, "Follow your bliss."  When we are truly connected to our divine essence, our unique gifts, and life purpose, we will feel ALIVE, despite whatever tests, challenges, and disappointments appear in our path.  Our intention is to help each and every participant Awaken to Living with Inspiration and Vitality Everyday.


Join us for powerfully Healing Breathwork, Ho'oponopono, meditation, yoga, mountain adventures and more....









Find your Passion & Follow Your Bliss in the Blue Ridge Mountains.




 We'll gather around the Native American Medicine Wheel (24' in diameter) amongst giant pine trees and stunning wildflowers located on retreat grounds.


Experienced teachers will guide this journey:


Susan Pualani Alden has been practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and holistic wellness for over 15 years.  Upon graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, she served 6 years in the Army as a logistics officer.  After leaving active duty in 2002, she became a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner.  Susan opened a yoga studio/wellness center in the heart of historic Fayetteville, NC, called The Open Door.  She eventually sold the business and has since been working as an independent yoga and meditation instructor, healer, and life coach. 

When Susan first moved to Hawaii 7 years ago, she immediately began to immerse herself in the native culture.  She is a lomilomi practitioner (Hawaiian massage) and trained in the Mana Lomi lineage that is perpetuated by Kumu Maka'ala Yates.  Susan dances hula with Na Puakea O Ko'olaupoko in Kailua on the island of Oahu.  Her Kumu Hula is Patty Kealohalani Wright (who perpetuates the lineages of Lani Kalama & Bella Richards).  Susan has also had training and experience in ho'oponopono, the Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation (through the lineage of Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona).  Becoming an avid student of the Hawaiian culture inspired her to reconnect with her own Cherokee roots.  Susan was energized to host A.L.I.V.E. in these mountains after a powerful experience she had hiking an old Cherokee trail in North Carolina at the age of 38, the same age as one of her Cherokee grandmothers during The Trail of Tears.  Susan has a deep passion for helping others find courage, strength, and inspiration for the journey of life.


Benef Verell is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has served in the military for  17 years.  She’s currently stationed at Shaw AFB in Sumter, South Carolina.  Benef has been practicing yoga for more than ten years, and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in June of 2012.  She currently teaches Kripalu yoga at Southern Bliss Yoga in Sumter.  Her classes focus on developing compassion and awareness without judgment.  Benef helps people tap into their inner witness and to consciously connect with their breath, body, thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  Benef's personal practice of yoga and witness of consciousness on the mat has allowed her to approach life off the mat as a senior military leader, wife to a career Army officer, and mother of two young children with greater compassion, ease, and effectiveness.    

Benef has a strong passion for bringing yoga mainstream into the military.  Her dream is to one day see the military incorporate yoga as a holistic wellness program from a service member’s inception into basic training and throughout his or her career.  The skills a yogi learns through breath control, body awareness, and remaining in the present moment are invaluable tools for veterans, those serving on active duty, and their families.


 Beth Hardin is a gifted healer joining us from Tampa, Florida.  She has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years and works with a variety of healing modalities including Swedish massage, deep neuromuscular, ashiatsu, Reiki, and Dolphin Neurostem therapy for chronic pain and release.

Beth is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor with over 500 credit hours.  Through her flowing vinyasa classes, she guides her students to release resistance in body, mind, and spirit, and open more fully to their inner light. Some of her teachers include Micheline Berry and Shiva Rea of Los Angeles, CA, as well as Tony Nenov from Bulgaria.

Beth is a highly skilled pranayama teacher who specializes in healing breath work sessions for individuals and groups.  She has spent the past decade practicing, training, and assisting David Elliott, a gifted author, teacher, and healer in L.A. and New Mexico.  Her 60-90 minute sessions are extremely powerful and affect healing on the cellular level.   Beth has an extraordinary capacity to be a grounding presence for others before, during, and after these powerful healing sessions.  Guided by her expertise and intuition, she helps clients unblock stuck energy and connect with their divine essence.  Deeply connected to her Native American roots, Beth weaves indigenous wisdom into her personal practices and professional work.  Retreat goers will have the opportunity to experience her work as a group and individually.  We highly recommend taking advantage of Beth's unique skills and healing hands by booking a private session (for an additional fee) during this retreat.  For further information, or to secure an appointment for massage or a private breath work session, e-mail Beth at bethhealing@aol.comAvailability is limited, so don't miss out!  


Mary Lou Wilson is our resident "Mountain Whisperer," Story Teller, and host for the weekend.  Mary Lou has been a conscious and loving caretaker of the retreat property, named Grouse Run, since 1999.  In 2006 she heeded the call of the ancestors to build and consecrate a Native American Medicine Wheel on the retreat grounds.  Today it serves as sacred grounding space where family, friends, and special visitors come to reconnect with nature and renew their soul. 

Mary Lou has a depth of knowledge in complementary and alternative medicine, raw foods, and energetic healing.  The art of storytelling is a critical part of her personal evolvement and self fulfillment.  Each fall Mary Lou heads to Jonesboro for the International Storytelling Festival.  She shares her inspiring stories at various schools, women's circles, and workshops, such as the Center for Co-Creative Living Summer Camp.  Mary Lou has been sharing stories, graciously serving up healthy, delicious meals, and offering her knowledge and wisdom to others for countless years.  Thanks to Mary Lou, guests will surely depart Grouse Run being well fed in body, mind, and spirit.



 Retreat Grounds ~ 

Grouse Run is comprised of 40 acres of majestic forest, secret gardens, private trails, a Native American Medicine Wheel, and pristine mountain streams.  You've never tasted water so pure!    










The property boasts beautiful gathering spaces and a private massage studio where individual healing sessions and massage therapy will be offered for an additional fee




 View from atop Judd Wilson Mountain, where Grouse Run is located.


 Accommodations ~


Shared accommodations at Grouse Run are available on a first-come- first-serve basis.  Space is limited.  These rooms will go fast!





Private accommodations are available nearby at the Etowah Valley Country Club & Lodge.  A.L.I.V.E. participants will receive a 10% discount on rooms.  Please be prompt in reserving your room as this lovely mountain golf destination will fill to capacity in summer months.  Click here for a link to the website. 


Airport/Transportation ~

Grouse Run is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  The closest airport is the Asheville Regional Airport located approximately 30 minutes away.  Cab fares from this airport to the retreat site are reasonable.  Click here to find a list of Ground Transportation Providers.  


Another airport that is often less expensive to fly into is the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.  Located in South Carolina, it is approximately 1 hour away from the retreat property.  


Upcoming Retreats ~

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