In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat 2018

In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat (www.HawaiiHoopDance.com)
Produced by Caroline Pauline Cárdenas creator of The Hula Hoop Girl (www.TheHulaHoopGirl.com)
January 20-27, 2018
Location: Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii

        The intention of In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat was to create a safe, inviting, and loving space to inspire the mind, body, and soul to experience the transformational power of joy replenishment through Body & Movement Play. The week consisted of seven days filled with several workshops taught by some of the world's best hoopdance instructors, morning yoga classes taught by a talented Somatic Psychologist and Yoga Teacher, dining on a variety of delicious organic meals prepared by the Kalani staff, and free time in the jungles to roam and explore. 

        This retreat and the powerful, caring women who helped imagine and create this experience will always hold a dear place in my heart. Together, we laughed, cried, played, and as Caroline would say, danced in the center of our joy. Photographing the retreat was one of the most exciting and fulfilling photography projects I have ever experienced. After being immersed in the fullness of the week’s activities, connections, and creative expression with all of the women at the retreat, I knew that I was living my dream job and felt even more inspired to forge ahead and pursue my vision of becoming a full-time photographer to share my art with the world. My heart is full of gratitude and so much joy and I am forever shaped by this amazing time when we all danced in the center of our joy in the jungles of the Big Island. 

       If you are interested in a Soul fulfilling experience, check out what In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat is all about. I assure you that your joy will be replenished and you will learn new hoopdance tricks and techniques, create great memories, and make great friends too! 

UPDATE: Due to recent Kīlauea eruptions, lava flow, earthquakes, presence of toxic gasses and road closures impacting the Kalani Retreat Center, the decision has been made to cancel In-Depth 2019. In Caroline's words, "It has been my honor to produce the final In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat! My hope is to return to one of the Hawaiian Islands in the future to offer another Hoopdance Retreat again. Only time will tell and only Mother Nature will dictate what the future holds…Stay tuned for a new Hoopdance Retreat in a new location for 2020 or 2021."

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Gail O'Brien's Workshop

Gail O'Brien's Workshop

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Rachel Lust's Workshop

Rachel Lust's Workshop

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Caroline Cardenas' Workshop

Caroline Cardenas' Workshop

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Tulasi's Yoga Class

Tulasi's Yoga Class

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Adventure day!

Adventure day!

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Caroline Cardenas and Tulasi Adeva

Caroline Cardenas and Tulasi Adeva

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Morgan Jenkins

Morgan Jenkins

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Melissa's Leg Hooping Workshop

Melissa's Leg Hooping Workshop

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Morgan Jenkins' Hoopography Workshop

Morgan Jenkins' Hoopography Workshop

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Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

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Gail O'Brien

Gail O'Brien

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Thanks to Caroline for getting some photos of me!

Thanks to Caroline for getting some photos of me!

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Laurel In-Depth Hawaii

Laurel's photoshoot at the In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat
@outa_control_saturn
Location: Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii

This photoshoot totally reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. With a Hawaii hoop spin on it! Loved Laurel's radiant vibes of joy and happiness, plus her AMAZING dress in this shoot. Laurel bought this dress after the musician Lindsey Stirling recommended it to her. 

What you can't tell from the photos is that we were dodging rainstorms most of the shoot (since it was raining almost the whole week). Any time we weren't shooting we were trying to stay dry under an umbrella. But the photoshoot was so fun, the rain only added to the adventure of free flowing play in the jungle!

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Content Magazine

It was a pleasure an honor to photograph some of the most influential hoopers of Silicon Valley for publication in Content Magazine. Nessia and Ronn Starr are a husband and wife team who founded TrinityStarr, a business which offers weekly hoop classes, custom made hoops, hosts monthly hoop jams, and much more!  They are super sweet and I became instant friends with them during the shoot!  Check out Content Magazine issue 9.4 to read more.

Trinity Starr website:
http://trinitystarr.com/TrinityStarr/Home.html

Content Magazine issue 9.4:
https://issuu.com/store/publishers/content-magazine/issues/perform_9.4_full_digital

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Forest Hooping

Photoshoot with hooper Samantha V. 
Leggings by Slit Weave
Location: Nisene Marks State Park, California

Interview with Samantha Varada
Hometown: San Martin, California

Q: How and when did you start hooping?
I started hooping because I wanted to find something flow/dance oriented after I stopped gloving. Definitely inspired by OG hoopers in the rave scene. I don't really rave anymore and hooping had become my own personal flow expression. My first hoop was a duck taped toy hoop from Target and I've been hooping consistently for about three years now.

Q: What is your favorite thing about hooping?
My favorite thing about hooping was that it was my way into the wonderful world of dance/flow. I've always loved dance but it was never anything I was exposed to as a kid. The hoop was a way for me to be a part of a world that I've only ever admired from afar.

Q: What is your favorite hoop diameter?
This is kind of always changing for me as I progress or depending on how much in practice I am. Essentially anything from a 26 to 29 is awesome for me. I love isolations but I also love on-body too.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
I'm kind of obsessed with waffles. It's an actual food group for me.

Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms." - Zen Shin