Buddha & The Yogis: The Wheel of Time and The River of Stars with Michele Loew and Robert Thurman

Location: Pu'u O Hoku Ranch, Molokai, Hawaii
Dates: January 22 - January 29, 2020

This year’s Buddha & Yogis retreat in Molokai, Hawaii will intimately explore the super-subtle sciences of Vajrayana found in Mahayana Buddhist Tantras & the Yogic Tantras of Saivism and Vaishnavism.We will explore these subtle mind yogas intellectually and experientially with daily practices of yoga asana, pranayama, mantra & meditation within the tantric mandala, and with teachings on the Unexcelled Yoga Tantra of the Kalachakra “Wheel of Time” on the Buddhist side, & Sankaracharya’s “Yoga Taravali” (River of Stars) on the Yogis’ Side.

Within an intention of providing us with the experiential wisdom of knowing the nature of reality, the Kalachakra tantra especially is an art of rebuilding the universe over time out of love and compassion knowing that within this context beings could be provided the tools to evolve and find true happiness. Sharing practices which provide students with the wisdom, technical skills and transformative abilities to reshape the universe and intimately know the awakened experiences of the Buddha & the Yogis, this retreat will be powerful to all.  Join us for this immersion in the magic of the forest, ocean, sky, and the tantric mandala.Pu'u O Hoku Ranch is a family-owned biodynamic and organic ranch and farm, rustic retreat center, and sublime getaway on the remote and tranquil east end of Molokai, Hawaii. “Pu'u O Hoku” is surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of protected land, immersed in the transcendent beauty of one of Hawaii’s most amazing islands.  Don’t miss this opportunity to start the New Year & 2020 in beauty and the bliss of these inspired yoga practices and studies with master teachers in this intimate and natural setting. 

Only 11 rooms available, so please book soon!

For more information about Pu'u O Hoku Ranch, click here to visit their website.  

Photo by @allie_oop

Sample ScheduleArrival Day

  • 3 - 8pm  Check-in
  • 5 - 6pm  Yoga 
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Opening teaching & meditation/ Welcome & Opening Discussion (All Faculty)

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 6:30 - 7am  Sunrise Meditation
  • 7 - 9am  Pranayama & Yoga Asana
  • 9 - 10am  Breakfast
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm  Philosophy study, mantra, chanting, meditation
  • 12:30 - 4pm  Free time, ocean, hiking, relaxing, touring
  • 4 - 6pm  Lecture & Experiential study with Professor Thurman
  • 6:30 - 7:30  dinner
  • 7:30 -  8:30pm  Yoga Nidra or mantra practice


  • 7 nights lodging, 3 organic meals daily on the Lanai sourced from the farm, classes with Professor Thurman and Michele Loew 
  • Special guided sunrise meditation walk to the very east end of Molokai to watch the sunrise and the whales
  • Guided hike to the amazing Halawa waterfalls
  • Free time in the afternoons to meditate or play on the secluded beaches


  • Travel expenses. Note: if you want to rent a car, secure much in advance, as they are limited on the island (about 30 miles)




The Illumined Being, A Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy with Michele Loew

Location: Puglia, Italy
Dates: July 18-24, 2020

The Illumined Being, A Yoga Retreat In Puglia, Italy with Michele Loew
July 18-24, 2020

Reconnect with your illumined state in this magical Southern Italian setting for daily practice of all-levels yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, and meditation.  Michele will give daily guided practices to reconnect us to the heart of yoga as a transformational practice supporting our highest intentions.  

An option to do an early morning Ashtanga Mysore practice before the guided classes will be available, especially recommended for those staying on from the prior week’s Ashtanga course.

This retreat promises strong healing practices, amazing nurturing organic vegetarian food, yoga family friends, and amazing Summer fun in this gorgeous setting.



$1555.00  Single, shared twin accommodation/   or  $2220.00  Single, Private room. 

What’s Included
6 nights accommodation
Daily yoga sessions with Michele
2 delicious organic vegetarian meals daily to include brunch and dinner
Light snacks including fruit, coffee & teas
wi-fi internet connection

What’s Not Included
International and domestic flights
Transport to and from airport
Optional activities
Travel & Medical Insurance

YogApulia is a boutique retreat centre, created in a traditional Trulli house, exclusively for yoga and meditation practice. It has been set up  by dedicated yoga practitioners Mark & Nicola. Their intention is to create an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature and incorporating principles of permaculture, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy.  They look to incorporate the fundamental principles of yoga into everything we do, including living sustainably with nature and the seasons and giving back to the community around us.

Accommodation and Facilities
The retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  
Accommodation consists of seven twin/double bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms and AC for the hottest summer months. Rooms were made with locally sourced materials, and have a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.
Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.
The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival.

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (Anatomy & physiology and modern kinesiology techniques) with the Eastern tradition of yoga.  

She has practiced and taught yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage.   She is known for her keen observation skills and her ability to guide a student towards aligning the physical and energetic body through the use of expert hands on assists and intelligent verbal cues. She brings to her teaching a warm and engaging style that reflects her own internal understanding of the practice.  

Michele is an avid student of Eastern & Western Philosophy and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman with whom she has practiced with since 2000.   She has been Richard’s assistant in his teacher trainings and workshops, and has a close understanding of his brilliant middle path teaching.  She practices Tibetan Buddhism, and received several Kalachakra initiations with HH The Dalai Lama and practices Vajrayana as guided by her beloved teacher in Buddhism, Dr. Robert Thurman.  

Michele teaches regular classes and trainings in Portland, as well as retreats and workshops internationally.  For more information on Michele please visit: and follow her on instagram @micheleloew


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