The spark of life requires renewing. 
The fuel requires refreshing. 
The fire inside keeps burning.

March 10th - 18th, 2022  |  8 Nights

Invisible Bonfire

A Doctor-Designed Fasting Retreat
Fasting is one of the most powerful tools for achieving 3-dimensional rejuvenation; physically, mentally and emotionally. It is an ancient therapy that modern science is only beginning to understand the true potency of. Fasting from food promotes longevity and metabolic health, while fasting from technology and our daily obligations promotes reflection, connection to nature and connection to your true self. 

For all these reasons, we are excited to invite you to join us on Hawaii's Big Island in March 2022 for a transformative doctor-designed coconut water fast. 

Coconut water fasting is a potent tool that allows the body the opportunity for deep cleaning, repair and regeneration that occurs in a fasting state, while remaining nourished and energized with the balance of minerals and macronutrients that occur naturally in coconuts. Additionally, participants will benefit from the inspiring natural setting of our retreat, the daily yoga, meditation, facilitated journaling and hydrotherapy, as well as workshops that provide education about the physiology of fasting and optimal nutrition for daily living. This retreat includes one and a half days pre and post-fast for "re-feeding" with nutrient-dense foods so that participants depart feeling fully replenished.
Pay only $750/pp Deposit
From $2,999/pp

Highlights

PEACEFUL FOREST RETREAT CENTER

9 days/8 nights at a tranquil forest retreat center nestled between two fingers of the 2018 lava flow, and a 15-minute walk from the coast.

HEALTH WORKSHOPS LED BY EXPERIENCED PHYSICIANS.

Dr. Kellie Moore, ND and Dr. Carrie Phillips, ND are licensed naturopathic physicians in the state of Washington and work on a daily basis to help people improve their mental, physical and emotional health.

DAILY YOGA & MEDITATION

Vinyasa, yin, restorative, nidra - we'll be practicing multiple styles of yoga as well as holding space for a daily meditation.

NOURISHING FOOD

Organic, locally sourced vegan meals (gluten, dairy and sugar free) will be provided for dinner on arrival day, for the three meals of the first full day prior to the fast, again for another full day post-fast, and breakfast on the day of departure.

HANDS ON TREATMENT

Enjoy three sessions of constitutional hydrotherapy, a powerful naturopathic treatment that combines hot and cold towel applications to the torso with low-voltage sine wave stimulation, resulting in a whole-body therapeutic effect that kickstarts healing and detoxification.

BONFIRE

Celebrate our renewal on the last night of the retreat with a bonfire.

BLACK SAND BEACH RITUAL

Experience a "secret" new beach formed by the most recent lava flow where we'll do yoga and make mandalas to represent our renewal experience.

Your Hosts

As a team we have experience in preventative medicine, emergency medicine and yoga, but most importantly, we have life experience that has lead us to be passionate about creating opportunities for people to learn about themselves and experience optimal health.

DR. Carrie Phillips, ND, RH(AHG)

Carrie is a licensed naturopathic physician and founder of Blue Spark Health.

DR. Kellie Moore, ND, RH(AHG)

Kellie is a licensed naturopathic physician, a registered yoga instructor and the founder of Presh Health. Learn more about Kellie's practice here.

Bree Dillon, RYT

Bree is a registered yoga instructor and founder of Motive Yoga Co. Learn more about Bree here.

Schedule

  • Day 1: Arrival
    Check in and get settled, then join us before dinner for a welcome beverage and conversation. We'll have a delicious meal together and then meet in the yoga hale for some relaxing post-travel yoga-nidra.
    Included
    Dinner
  • Day 2: Nourish
    Spend the day filling up on delicious plant-based nutrition, and learning about the physiology of fasting.
    Included
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Day 3: FASTING DAY 1
    Enjoy some gentle yoga and facilitated journaling on the first day of fasting. Join the group in the evening for an activity (restorative yoga, yoga ball massage or a craft, depending on the evening).
    Included
    Two Coconuts
    Vegetable Broth
    Herbal Tea
  • Day 4: fasting day 2
    Enjoy some gentle yoga and your first constitutional hydrotherapy session on the second day of fasting. Join the group in the evening for an activity (restorative yoga, yoga ball massage or a craft, depending on the evening).
    Included
    Two Coconuts
    Vegetable Broth
    Herbal Tea
  • Day 5: fasting day 3
    Enjoy some gentle yoga and another constitutional hydrotherapy session on the third day of fasting. Join the group in the evening for an activity (restorative yoga, yoga ball massage or a craft, depending on the evening).
    Included
    Two Coconuts
    Vegetable Broth
    Herbal Tea
  • Day 6: fasting day 4
    Enjoy some gentle yoga and your final constitutional hydrotherapy session on the fourth day of fasting. Join the group in the evening for an activity (restorative yoga, yoga ball massage or a craft, depending on the evening).
    Included
    Two Coconuts
    Vegetable Broth
    Herbal Tea
  • Day 7: fasting day 5
    Enjoy some gentle yoga and a contemplative day of silence on the final day of the fast.
    Included
    Two Coconuts
    Vegetable Broth
    Herbal Tea
  • Day 8: refeed
    Break your fast with a simple fruit, then enjoy light, easily digestible meals for lunch and dinner. Participate in a workshop on optimal nutrition for daily life. In the evening we'll gather around a ceremonial bonfire that represents the transformative process of the fast, culminating in rebirth.

    Included
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

  • Day 9: departure
    This morning our group will be transported to a nearby "secret" black-sand beach, newly formed by the most recent lava flows. At this special place we will do yoga and meditate, then create and share mandalas to represent our experiences this week, particularly what we refer to as "The Moment".
    The Moment: when you see yourself clearly, when hunger becomes fuel, when awareness reveals insight, when change finally happens! 
    After breakfast on the beach we will all head our separate ways.
    Included
    Breakfast

What's Included

*AIRFARE & OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT INCLUDED.

LODGING

ALL MEALS

DAILY YOGA CLASSES

DAILY MEDITATION

CONSTITUTIONAL HYDROTHERAPY

JOURNALS

PHYSIOLOGY OF FASTING WORKSHOP

OPTIMAL NUTRITION WORKSHOP

AIRPORT TRANSFER AT SET TIMES

DAILY ONSITE ACTIVITIES

Accommodations

You'll be staying at the Kirpal Medication and Ecological Center near Hawaii's stunning Puna coast. Our group will have exclusive access to this peaceful 10-acre property, now protected by new walls of lava rock from the 2018 Kilauea eruption . Although off-grid, the center has flushing toilets and hot water, with well-appointed and comfortable cabins. Yoga sessions will be held in the open-air yoga hale, with lava-flow and ocean views.
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dragonfly or butterfly

Shared cabins with large porch and en suite bathroom.
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noni

A large and luxurious private cabin with its own bathroom - all to yourself!
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mango

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lilikoi

Cozy private yurt.
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rollinia

Shared cabin with porch.
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yoga hale

Private room next to yoga hale with patio and lava flow views.
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papaya

Cozy private cabin with porch.
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cacao

Private cabin with porch. No en suite bathroom.
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Trip Tips

What To Bring:
  • Non-toxic bath products and sunscreen
  • Casual and comfortable clothing
  • Swimsuit - Beach towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals for the beach and communal showers
  • Warm layer - Rain-jacket (just in case)
  • An extra pillow if you sleep with more than one.
  • Flash-light
  • Non-plastic water bottle
  • Most importantly, a sense of adventure, openness to new ideas and experiences, and compassion for yourself and others.
What To Leave Behind:
  • Strongly-scented perfumes, shampoos, lotions, etc.
  • Bed linens and bath towel (provided)
  • Yoga mat (provided - unless you prefer to use your own)
  • Speakers (please use earbuds if you would like to listen to music during your down-time)
  • Food (may not be kept in the cabins, as it attracts  insects and other creatures. Plenty of food will be provided during our retreat, and we encourage you to use this time to stick to the nutritional guidelines
    we recommend.)
  • Laptops, tablets and other work (cabins do not have wifi, and we strongly encourage participants to
    completely disconnect during their retreat)
  • We encourage you also to leave behind any expectations that you have for yourself or others during your retreat. Allow yourself to go with the flow and be open to the results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cuisine like?

The kitchen staff at Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center have thoughtfully designed a whole-foods, phytonutrient-rich menu with organic and locally sourced foods where possible. Meals will be vegetarian and free of refined sugars, gluten and dairy. If your typical diet is lower in fiber and/or you are not used to eating legumes, we suggest bringing digestive enzymes to help your body make the most of these nutrients!

What if I have a food intolerance or allergy?

Please specify food intolerances and allergies at the time of registration and we will endeavor to provide foods that you can eat. If you have ever had an anaphylactic to a particular food, please bring an epi-pen as we cannot 100% guarantee you will not be exposed to that substance.

How close is the nearest beach?

We will be within a 15-minute tree-covered walk from the ocean, but the closest beach is now covered in fresh lava, which offers a powerful experience but is not ideal for swimming. We will be a 5-minute drive from a newly-formed unnamed beach where we will hold our closing ceremony. We will be only a 20-minute drive from Kehena beach, a beautiful black-sand, clothing-optional beach which lines a small swimmable bay frequented by dolphins.

What else is there to do in the area?

The Hawaiian Puna coast is renowned for its rugged beauty and black sand beaches. You'll find that within an hour's drive of our location the scenery may change dramatically, from regenerating lava fields to lush rainforest to arid mountains. We encourage you to extend your stay and explore more of the awe-inspiring scenery of Hawaii's Big Island. Here is a list of nearby attractions you may wish to visit in your free time.

How much free time will I have during the retreat?

Each day will include opportunities for down-time. Some days may have enough down-time for you to take a walk to the coast or even drive to Kehena beach. We discourage you from planning to venture further afield during the retreat as you may miss out on scheduled activities and essential quiet-time. If you'd like to visit sites that are more than a 30-minute drive from our location, please plan to do so before or after the retreat.

What are your COVID policies?

Because Hawaii is so careful about screening for COVID with mandatory testing or vaccines, and because all group activities (including meals) will take place in outdoor settings, mask-wearing will be optional at the retreat.
Vaccination will not be required to participate in the retreat - unless mandated by the state of Hawaii for entry.

What is the cancellation policy for this trip?

All retreats include a 25% deposit which is 100% refundable until September 30th, 2021. Remaining balances must be paid by January 31st, 2022 and are non-refundable, non-transferable. We must strictly adhere to this cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat.

Rest assured that if the whole retreat has to be cancelled due to a COVID-related change in Hawaii's policies, you will receive a full refund. However, if you are not able to come to the retreat due to a personal COVID-related incident (like testing positive before your flight) we will not be able to offer a refund. For this reason, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance at the time your book the retreat.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to ensure that you are covered in case of any unexpected event. Many events may prevent or interrupt your travels, like personal, professional, medical, environmental or weather related events. Even though those events are rare, they can occur and reinforce the importance of being covered by travel insurance. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. All payments made to Presh Health are non-refundable and non-transferable. TravelEx and World Nomads are two reputable organizations. There is a broad spectrum of policies and options, so make sure you are clear on what exactly is covered.

Which airport to I fly into?

You may fly into one of the two airports on the Big Island, both within a reasonable drive from our retreat location.
Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona to the west is a 2-3-hour drive to the retreat venue depending on the route you take. This drive offers the opportunity to explore other parts of the island.
Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo to the east is a 1-hour drive to the retreat venue.
There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then taking a short, 35-40 minute flight to the island of Hawaii.

Are airport transfers included in the price of my trip?

We offer a complimentary shuttle from Hilo airport to the retreat center on March 10th at 3:00pm, and one from the retreat center to Hilo airport on the last day of the retreat on March 18th at 11:00am. Space on this shuttle is limited, so please contact us to reserve.
Renting a car for the duration of your stay will allow you the flexibility to fly into Kona airport and enjoy a longer and more scenic drive to our venue. It will also facilitate optional visits to nearby attractions such as Kehena beach (a 20-minute drive from our location).
If you do not plan on renting a car, you can get to Kirpal by Uber or taxi from the Hilo airport. The ride will be about 60-minutes and the cost is approximately $75 one-way. You will pay your driver directly.
The staff at Kirpal will also arrange airport pick-up at Hilo for $80 one-way. Their vehicle can hold up to 6 guests. This option must be arranged through the Kirpal center and payment will go to them directly. We are happy to put you in contact with them upon request.
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