Sacred Body, Sacred Earth, and Sacred Stars
At the beginning of the new year in 2020, we invite you to crystalize your vision for this upcoming cycle rooted in reverence for your sacred body, our sacred earth, and the sacred stars.
We’re living in a time often called “the turning of the ages” with personal and collective transformations happening all around and inside of us. It’s normal for fears, negative patterns, resistance, and discouragement to arise in waves of intensity.
At the same time, we’re standing for the place in each of us that believes in ourselves, in each other, in our world, and in the cosmic dance of life.
How do we embrace the blessings and challenges of our lives?
How do we clear away the past to make space for the future?
How do we recommit to our spiritual path again and again?
How do we remember who are are and honor that essence in our relationship with the earth, the divine, and the sacred vessels of our bodies?
In Qoya, we remember our essence through movement.
We then anchor this memory through ritual, community, and pilgrimage.
Honoring our bodies as sacred.
Honoring the earth as sacred.
Honoring the stars as sacred.
Honoring life as sacred.
For the last eleven years Qoya has offered tools to explore what our individual and collective lives can feel like when we remember the physical sensation of truth in our bodies and honor that feeling as we navigate our lives, creating a lifestyle of reverence.
For the last 30+ years, Elizabeth Jenkins has been a student and teacher of the Inka Nature Wisdom tradition of Peru. The practices and prayers she shares offer a rainbow bridge to connect the physical tangible world to the world of spirit that animates all of life.
Imagine 7 days and 7 nights with a schedule designed to nourish you deeply and help you learn ways to be in right relationship, ayni, which is a term the Q’ero use to describe sacred reciprocity. As you embody daily Qoya movement, eat delicious healthy meals, learn healing and energy medicine practices, perform rituals to honor the blessings and challenges of life with gratitude, and embark on a pilgrimage to the Big Island of Hawaii to make offerings to some of its most special places, our prayer is that you will feel rooted in sacredness. The sacredness of your body, of our earth, and of the stars.
On this retreat, you will:
+ enjoy daily Qoya classes embodying your wise, wild and free essence
+ eat fresh, locally sourced, nutritious meals
+ have adventures and outings in the abundant natural beauty of Hawaii
+ receive teachings from Hawaiian elders on best practices of being in right relationship with the land and spirit of Aloha
+ learn energy healing practices to support your healing and empowerment
+ participate in rituals to strengthen your connection with the divine
+ rest and be rejuvenated and nourished by the powerful life force of the land
+ experience opportunities to deepen your trust in yourself
+ be a part of conscious community with other like-hearted women
Sunday, January 5th, 2020 — Arrive to the Big Island of Hawaii
4pm: Check in to the Ailani Orchards Farm
6pm: Welcome Ceremony
7:30pm: Opening Dinner
Resting for a good night’s sleep
Monday, January 6th, 2020
10am: Opening Ceremony at Volcano
4pm: Qoya Class honoring Our Sacred Earth
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
6am: Early Morning Awakening for Coffee and Fruit
7am: Hiuwai Sunrise Water Cleansing Ceremony at Black Sand Beach
9:30am: Return back for Breakfast
11am: Qoya Class honoring Our Sacred Body
3pm: Afternoon Session with Elizabeth: Inka Energy Practices and teachings on our Nature Parents
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
10am: Qoya Class honoring Ou Evolution
3pm: Teachings of the Queen Bee, Waterfall Hike, and Inka teachings of Golden Sun Spirit
Haywarikee Gratitude Offering to our Nature Moms and Dads at the Spring
9pm: Moonbathing and Stargazing
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
10am: Qoya Class honoring Our Sacred Stars
3pm: Inka Teaching on Moon, Wind, and Sacred Star Spirits
Full Moon Empowerment Initiation
9pm: Moonbathing and Stargazing
Friday, January 10th, 2020
9am: Full Moon Day Long Empowerment Initiation at Green Sand Beach
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
9am: Qoya Class honoring Remembering the Sacred
3pm: Integration Gratitude Closing Ceremony
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
9:30am: One more round of closing prayers
11am: Blessings on your next adventure
ABOUT ROCHELLE SCHIECK
Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya teachers, taught thousands of Qoya movement classes, and led dozens of retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same. Her work has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine, Oprah.com, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today.
ABOUT ELIZABETH JENKINS
We are incredibly honored to co-create this retreat with Elizabeth Jenkins, the international best-selling author of three books on the Inka Nature Wisdom tradition of Peru that she has studied for more than 30 years. Elizabeth is an organic farmer, mom, and director of the Wiraqocha Foundation that she founded in 1996 to support the Q'ero with clean water, education, and health projects. She is dedicated to the Ñust'a Paqos (the Q'ero Women Paqos), the female wisdom lineage of Qoyas and Apus of Peru, and is currently deep in her research into the Sacred Feminine City of Miskayani. The Wiraqocha Foundation serves as the US umbrella organization for WillkaYachay.org.
“The Q’ero people of Peru understand nature and the way in which we humans are related to it in a manner that is staggering. It is my hope that the application of this knowledge will result in our deeper global collaboration with Nature through which we can provide ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren with what we all need most — a future.”
We are so honored and grateful to collaborate with our chef from last year Julie, who combines integrity of sourcing local organic ingredients with so much inspiration for food that is nutritious and delicious!
This retreat will be held at `Ai Lani Orchards (meaning “to eat heaven” or “spiritual food”), an organic farm on the southernmost point of the Big Island, just upland from the last 80 mile stretch of undeveloped coastline in Hawaii. The deep, rich, volcanic soil of their lava zone provides the perfect growing condition for organic coffee, delectable macadamia nuts, and juicy citrus fruit. There will be opportunities to work on the farm, contributing to a group service project during the retreat. Our delicious, nourishing food will be prepared by an amazing chef. Please note this is a comfortable and beautiful place to stay offering casual housing in a rustic farm environment in the midst of our adventures to different special and beautiful places on the island. If you have any questions about our housing or rooms, please reach out to us.
How to Get There: Fly into Kona or Hilo. The farm is equidistant from either airport. We'll encourage people to coordinate renting cars and carpooling the 1.5 hours to the farm. Once you register, reach out to us, and we can help you coordinate!
Pricing is per person:
Twin Bed in Shared Room, Shared Bathroom: $2,900
Full/Queen Bed in Shared Room, Shared Bathroom: $3,100
Queen Bed in Private Room, Private Bathroom: $3,300
This retreat is for women ages 18 and up. All movement levels are welcome.
Your retreat tuition includes:
7 nights’ accommodation
3 nourishing meals a day
Qoya classes and rituals
All excursions in the itinerary
Your retreat tuition does not include:
Travel to Hawaii
Transportation to the farm
Payment plans are available until through October 25th.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.