Flick on the news lately?? There’s a lot of action, activism, finger pointing, blame, solidarity,… lest we forget the importance of sharing, receiving and supporting the need for Tender, Loving, Care (TLC). Being on the blessed paradise of Maui affords us the luxury to tune into what matters, to be like the great Hawaiians and appreciate the beauty seen in all things… With the multitude or travelers, retreaters and explorers who visit us at Lumeria, there is never a more poignant moment than seeing love and kindness shared and received from a perfect stranger. It takes real courage to not only give the gift of love and kindness, but to receive it too. If you are feeling the vibe, then share it! If you needing it, find company with those who can share and don’t be afraid to ask!! It takes a village and you are always welcome at ours! Aloha & Respect.
“You have two ears and only one mouth…” The old saying rings true in a time where so much is going out, but what is going in? We live on Maui, which at-times, can feel like a bubble (a beautiful one at that!) . Removed from much of the world geographically, we are always grateful to have the support of fresh knowledge shared with us as much as we can take. Lumeria being the active think tank that it is, we were recently blessed with a talk-story gathering from Mr Larry Brilliant of WHO acclaim and Baba Ram Dass; opening our minds and hearts to the possibilities of the future… “Turn within, love yourself and each other” was a powerfully delivered message. We are welcoming Dharma teacher and personality Josh Korda from Against The Stream Buddhist Insight Society next week, and the lessons & teaching shared roll on & on… Knowledge is like good nutrition, we need the good stuff not only to maintain, but also bring to us this must needed self-actualization the world’s appetite is asking of us! We’d love you to come and join us! With Aloha & Respect!
“….. If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again…” Story of the times these days! With thousands of men, woman and children marching in the US & around the world, we cant help but be reminded of many qualities, with perseverance ringing loud & clear. We are like sponges, and we don’t have a choice all the time as to what we soak up. We can however create a space that allows us to practice taking it all in and letting it go; to explore, succeed, fail and learn the art of perseverance . When we become strong, we have the ability to share our lessons; to remind each other of the tough times we have experienced, to create solidarity and perhaps support one another as we march together as one. Its takes a village, and we are here for each other in support!!
2017 on Maui has welcomed the sunshine whist many of our friends are just getting over the peak of the Winter. We welcomed the Winter Solstice with 5Rhythms Dance, Tibetan sound bowls, Hula traditions and plenty of winter swell. It’s always an exciting time on Maui during the holiday period, with many guests staying with us retreating from colder climates or bringing ohana (family) together to enjoy the beauty of Maui. We have so much to be grateful for and excited about for 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming back some very special guests to the property for several events this year and the lineup of speakers, performers and retreat leaders is amazing. With so much events, people and activities happening we approach it all unconditionally as much as we can. Our expectations are neutral as we have faith is what we can achieve together with the right intention! If you ever need a hand with setting your proverbial ‘course’ , we’d love to explore it with you together!
Approaching the year-end often carries a unique weight to it all. For some this year has been a triumph, for others it’s been a rather tricky experience of twists and turns.
We have a Chartres labyrinth at Lumeria Maui, a 7-chamber configuration that is often a go-to place for our visitors. The uniqueness to a labyrinth, as opposed to a maze, is there’s only one way in & one way out. Whilst it looks like an opposing task, it simply takes perseverance and faith to stay on the course, set your intention and remain as unconditional as possible; a poignant reminder for this year!
We are often reminded by the importance of a powerful beginning, a grounded mid-point and strong ending. Like the experience of many of our guests at Lumeria, we are looking at ways in which we can return back the root, to nature, and allow ourselves to break the predictable patterns that can make a labyrinth feel like a maze…. There is always a light at the end of our tunnels and we wish you our best for your journey into 2017!
Yesterday, we spent a little time at Peahi (Jaws), watching the enormous 25ft swells steadily climb into the evening. The rising intensity and surge symbolic of so much we see, hear & experience in world right now. Its takes real skill, devotion, energy and courage to want to ride those waves; and equally so, having faith in how we can support one another. This is a pursuit that’s not just rooted in a thrilling experience, it’s equally so for our survival. We are blessed on Maui to witness the rawness of nature and how it can be such a powerful mirror for us. In the background presently, we can hear the cathartic shouts and screams of 30 people in Lucia Horan’s 5Rhythms Workshop & this Saturday we band together for a fundraiser at Lumeria for the Roots Maui School. This is our way of navigating the symbolic heavy seas and tectonic surf. We create a space for the turbulent to be expressed, for new ideas and skills to be cultivated. We are always grateful to be in the position of such perspective and we are honored to share our experience with you. Take your time to smell the roses, move one step at a time and know there are people dedicated to supporting you.
It’s always special when we have a guest on property with a long history well before Lumeria! Last week we had the honor of hosting a guest at Lumeria, Todd Erikson, a former youth leader when the property was operating under the Youth Development Enterprises in 1993. We specially roomed Todd in the same room he spent time in over 20 years ago, and we had an opportunity to connect with him and wife during his stay. The excitement and nostalgia in his eyes was undeniable as he recalled the many stories of days gone by… With 16 boys to a ‘gang’, they were dispatched to Maui through a state youth program or those enrolled by choice. Spending their work time picking pineapple, and rare free time on field trips to historic sites or neighboring Lanai, the times were tough but life lessons shared amongst the young men were life-changing. Todd’s recent experience at the property was certainly a transformational shift from his time he spent here over 20 years ago. Like the guests of old, Lumeria today continues to offer opportunities for transformation and exists as one of our greatest gifts we share with each other.
Then, and now:
What a blessed summer we had here on Maui. We are starting to notice the soft changes about the island, reflected in the fauna and flora; the mangos came & went, and some early sprouting lilikoi’s (passionfruit) are blooming, much to our chef’s pleasure! Lumeria welcomed back some familiar retreat leaders and our Wooden Crate Cabaret has been hosting some awesome talent from the neighboring islands and right here at home; Big Mahalo to John Cruise for playing at the first annual Surfrider Maui awards! We are always gratefully humbled by what we can do as a team together and the opportunities life on Maui presents us. Here’s a sweet pic a recent guest shared with us… let your light shine through, no matter how cloudy our skies can get!