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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Amy Fire Dancing

You may find Amy fire spinning at festivals this summer, or making unique hula hoop designs in the south Bay Area. She is a badass and we had an awesome time shooting at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, California. The golden light and sand and salt water on our feet made for an enjoyable experience, as well as putting on a magical show of fire spinning! This was my first time photographing fire spinning and it was quite different than photographing normal hooping and flow arts. Because the fire was HOT and close to her skin, there was much less time for posed shots, and a lot more of invigorating high-speed shooting and spinning! 

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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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RING QUEENS

When I moved to the south bay over a year and a half ago I immediately connected up with the local hooping community. These girls became my first and best friends and we share so many fun experiences together. Olivia came up with the name Ring Queens for our hoop sisterhood and the name stuck.  These photos were taken during a hoop jam that Jordan put on in Downtown San Jose.  After jamming out for a while we walked over to my favorite purple wall and took these shots!!  

Models: Jordan Erickson, Amy Sargent, Olivia Miller, Me

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Sara

I'm so excited I got to shoot with my friend Sara! She and I met at our mutual friend's birthday getaway weekend where we went wine tasting, hooped, and adventured together and have been friends since! Her red hair, "atomic smile", and ukulele skills made her an inspiring subject to photograph. Sara is currently an ESL teacher, and has plans in the near future to travel to India to get her yoga teacher certification. The shoot took place at a park in Los Gatos, California, where I found a spot where the lighting was just perfect! Enjoy :)

Photographer: NatVon Photography @natvonphoto
Model: Sara M @wanderlustdriver
Pendant: Third Eye Pinecones
Top: Free People