Experience the exquisite beauty of Maui with Brigitta Winker

 
 
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The Retreat

On the week-long retreat, Aloha Girls, you will come to know your own interconnectedness with others, with nature, and with your own intuitive knowing.  The breathtaking natural beauty of Maui and the welcoming aloha spirit is the foundation of this personal journey. Morning bodywork anchors you into the wisdom of your own body, and daily tango workshops develop and strengthen both leading and following skills. The entire week supports you in the grand balancing act of life itself, as you choose to create it.

Brigitta Winkler is your skillful, enthusiastic guide on this journey. Carrying deep knowledge and appreciation for tango's cultural history, she is also a spirited innovator. Integrating a wide variety of physical disciplines into her teaching, she approaches tango as a collaborative process of discovery. This retreat is simultaneously a rigorous educational program, a creative journey, and a gathering of kindred spirits.

Read previous participants' testimonials!

 

Our Venue

The Banyan Tree Retreat Center is located in a quiet, rural upcountry Maui setting, a unique blend of old time Hawaii with pineapple fields, sprawling cattle ranches, breath taking ocean and island views. This unique venue offers us three private gathering spaces for movement and reflection: a pristine yoga and movement studio, the large central room of the Plantation House with a gorgeous wood floor for dancing, and the spacious lanai (patio) overlooking the grounds full of couches and chairs for more intimate meetings.

Large banyan, monkeypod and jacaranda trees create a peaceful, shady oasis amidst the many fruit trees, flowers and sunny, wide open lawns. Swings and hammocks hang from the trees offering comfortable private places around the property, as well as a swimming pool and jacuzzi. During your free time, you might like to take a short walk to the town of Makawao, and explore local art galleries, health stores, spas, and boutiques.

From our base at the Banyan, we are well positioned for excursions to experience all of Maui's micro-climates, from the mountains to the beaches! Our retreat chef, Cindi Nand, prepares healthy and delicious meals for us everyday including ample vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options.

 

Dates: Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Fees: TBA. This retreat includes 7 nights of accommodation (double occupancy), three amazing meals each day, ground transportation, and all classes and excursions.  Does not include airfare.

Travel: Please book flights into Kahului airport on Maui. We will provide ground transportation on the beginning and ending dates of the retreat and for all activities during the week.

You: Open to all women who are proficient in at least one role and are curious to explore the other. Limit 14.

Refunds: Due to the booking requirements of our venues, staff, and services, payments for retreats are non-refundable. We thank you for your understanding.

Your Guide

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Brigitta Winkler, Berlin/NYC
Brigitta has been studying, exploring and living tango with passion for the last 30 years. She was one of the first Europeans to study Tango in Buenos Aires in the early 1980's and following that, in 1986, she contributed to the Berlin tango scene by opening one of the first tango studios in the city. She is also a founding member of Tango Mujer Dance Company, the first all-woman tango dance company in the world. She also spent four years training in Body-Mind Centering®. Since 1995 she has been based in NYC, touring and teaching all over North America. brigittatango.de


 

Sample Program

Sunday, March 3
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8pm: Opening Circle
8-9pm: Guided Practice

Monday, March 4
8-9am: Breakfast
9:30-10:45am: Body Conditioning
11-11:45am: Tango Integration
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Free Time
3-4:30pm: Tango class
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8:30pm: Tango class

Tuesday, March 5
8-9am: Breakfast
9:30-10:45am: Body Conditioning
11-11:45: Tango Integration
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Free Time
3-4:30pm: Tango class
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8:30pm: Tango class

Wednesday, March 6
8-9am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Nature Excursion
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Free Time
3-4:30pm: Tango class
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
7-9pm: Open Practice

Thursday, March 7
8-9am: Breakfast
9:30-10:45am: Body Conditioning
11-11:45: Tango Integration
12-1pm: Lunch
1-5pm: Whale Watch Excursion
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
7-8:30pm: Tango class

Friday, March 8
8-9am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Nature Excursion
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Free Time
3-4:30pm: Tango class
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
8-midnight: Local Maui milonga

Saturday, March 9
8-9am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Nature Excursion
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Free Time
3-4:30pm: Tango class
5-6pm: Sunset Circle
6-7pm: Dinner
7-9pm: Open Practice

Sunday, March 10
8-9am: Breakfast
9-10am: Closing Circle
10-11am: Packing
11:30pm: Lunch

*Not included in the retreat price are admission to Friday's milonga ($10) and an optional whale watch excursion ($40)