Our family, has always traveled for vacations and we've gone to Hawaii many times. Our trip to the big Island has remained our most memorable and enjoyable vacation largely due to our stay at the Wood Valley Temple and Retreat. Set on magnificent tropical acreage,The Temple is simply beautiful and quaintly grand. The Guesthouse has spacious rooms and a wonderful communal kitchen. We were able to participate in daily services with the resident Lama and easily spend the day exploring both the black and white sand local beaches for great snorkeling and fun. The Volcano park was also easily accessible and we had the adventure of experiencing the lava flow across the mountain up close and personal. Our children were welcomed into the services and given instruction and when not attending with us, were totally safe exploring the beautiful countryside. Miguel and Marya, who own and operate the Temple Retreat, are fabulous hosts and provide the perfect balance of giving you total freedom and being amazingly informative and helpful with both practice and meditation (as well as local sights and adventures), and allowing you space and privacy. There were other families and couples who stayed briefly as well and that added to the experience. f you're going to Hawaii and looking for a wonderful meditative retreat which also offers all the beautiful aspects of adventure in Hawaii at your fingertips this is absolutely the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Ka'u District, the spiritual heart of Hawai'i on the Big Island, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling (Small Immutable Island of Melodious Sound) is known locally as Wood Valley Temple. It's Retreat Center and Guest House is a wonderful, peaceful place to stay for contemplation, meditation and self discovery; and is a warm home base to explore the island. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stayed and taught here twice; as have over fifty distinguished lamas of all the major Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Framed by a pristine rainforest and beautiful landscaped grounds, the Retreat Center and Guest House is a quiet sanctuary for rest and reflection. It accommodates up fifteen (15) guests or small groups comfortably in private and shared rooms. There is a large room for group events, plus a screened kitchen, dining room and veranda gives views of the garden and koi fish pond. Programs that have taken place here include Vipassana, massage, permaculture, yoga and meditation. The main temple was built in 1902 by Japanese immigrants who worked in the local sugar plantation. Numberless people from all over the world have visited here. Nechung in Wood Valley truly offers a memorable and unique experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wood Valley Temple Retreat & Guest House Hawaii/Pahala