Retreats and Programs
Polestar is an intentional, spiritual community on 20 beautiful acres in Hawaii with a developing farm. If you are interested in yoga & meditation, deepening your spiritual life and experiencing cooperative living, there is much for you to explore here.
Our Apprentice Program
Polestar’s Apprenticeship Program is a wonderful way to visit Polestar and to experience life in spiritual community. While learning and practicing daily the teachings of yoga, you can also learn valuable life-skills in many areas such as organic gardening and landscaping, carpentry and maintenance, and vegetarian cooking.
Weekly events also include kirtans, yoga workshops, lava hikes, swimming, snorkeling and other sports (volleyball every Friday evening!).
Though the Polestar Apprentice program is intended as a 4 week program, you can stay for as little as two weeks, and as long as 3 months. We will check in after your first week, and every week thereafter, to see that everything is flowing harmoniously for you and for the community.
Participants are asked to arrive on or before the appointed date to make sure they are in attendance for the first Sunday evening orientation (a day or two early is fine). The first week is especially important and includes getting to know each other, becoming acquainted with teachings and practices of our path of yoga, and learning how the community operates.
Each program segment begins on the first Sunday the month, and continues until the Friday closest to the end of the month (unless you are staying for the following month also). In this way, each segment is within a day or two of 4 weeks in length.
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The cost of this program is $700 per 4 weeks and includes 24 hours per week of committed apprenticeship service. In the case of a two week stay, the cost is $400. Once your application has been accepted a $50 deposit will hold your space (fully refundable with two weeks notice).
Note: From Thanksgiving until January 6 is our High Season. The peak rate is $900 per 4 weeks during these Holiday dates.
The prices above are based on our tent platforms. Other spaces may be available at an additional cost and you can check our Accommodations page for more information.
Your Next Steps
APPLY NOW! Fill out our free application by clicking on the link below:
Or, if you prefer to Fax your application, you can download the PDF file (to the right), fill it out, and send it to (888) 478-2685. (Please only use the PDF version if you intend to fax it.)
For more information email us or call (808) 430-8009.
Here's some of what's included in the program:
We have regularly scheduled sadhana (spiritual practice) every morning and most evenings. Our sadhana includes: Prayer, Energization (Yogoda) Exercises, Chanting, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation and we can provide instruction in all of the above. Sharing “sacred space” on a regular basis is an important aspect of our community life!
Service is also a core aspect of our spiritual lives. Our ideal is to realize the truth that it is a privilege to be of service to others. We learn many valuable things through creative service; essential life skills such as how to harmonize with others and practical skills such as growing, food, building shelter, and cooking.
Our meals are mostly lacto-ovo vegetarian and always delicious!
We take turns cooking and have amazingly creative, wonderful chefs in the rotation. Dinners are an excellent time to share, relax and connect with family and friends. We have a full, sit down dinner at least 4 times per week and often other spontaneous group meals as well.
The Big Island is full of natural wonders, many of which our in our back yard! Water falls, steam vents, lava, dolphins, hiking, snorkeling, surfing; all are close by and a great feature of island life.
Events and Classes:
Every Wednesday night is “Community Night”. This event is open to the public and a wonderful opportunity to connect with our local friends and extended community. We host meditation and chanting from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. followed by a vegetarian pot-luck dinner and often some kind of community event. Events may include birthday parties, skills for living classes, music and more.
We gather several times a month as a community to discuss our individual and group progress on all levels. This is an opportunity for sharing the challenges and inspiration of community life and for renewing our core intentions.
If your application has been accepted:
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