Ancient Voices Retreat with Ayla Nereo 2019 - Aya Papaya

Ancient Voices Retreat with Ayla Nereo 2019

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When: February 20 – February 26 2019

Where: Whale Spirit Sanctuary South Kona, Hawai’i





Enjoy 7 Days and 6 Nights at Whale Spirit Sanctuary. Receiving Song and Voice workshop with Ayla Nereo to offer our Sound and vibration into the world. Adventure to swim with wild dolphins, hear whale songs, & movement journeys with AyaPapaya. Remember who you are and call in the new that is emerging in your life.

~ Immerse yourself in beautiful Hawaii. Guided by AyaPapaya and Ayla Nereo we will explore the Kona coast, snorkel in warm pristine waters, try exotic fruits, and hike along lava rock.

~ We will have a chance to swim with wild dolphins and/or other sea creatures, one day in a chartered boat and the rest offshore swimming to gently explore their natural habitat.  The spinner dolphins of Kona get their name from their acrobatics flipping through the air, and it is a sight to see from shore. In the water, at certain times, and when they want to, dolphins can be playful and open to human interaction.

~ Our retreat is set during whale season, so often we will hear their songs under water and see them from the shore.

~ Receiving Song, Channeling voice workshop with Ayla Nereo to offer our Sound and vibration into the world.  Through trusting our ability to listen and create sound, we learn to trust our own intuition and power to be creators of our lives.

~ Connect and integrate the body, heart, and soul with movement classes lead by AyaPapaya.

~ Rejuvenate and relax at Whale Spirit Sanctuary

Voice Workshop

Receiving song, finding voice


The Place of Refuge


Connect to your body/voice in nature

Delicious organic meals































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Receiving Song and Finding Voice ~ Workshop with Ayla Nereo

A workshop that is as ever-growing as a voice, led by song weaver and performer Ayla Nereo, to offer our Sound into the world to feed the Life that breathes us each moment.
Through trusting our ability to listen and create sound, we learn to trust our own intuition and power to be creators of our lives. Each time we sing, we find new edges, and by leaning into them we can see who we are becoming. We sing for the Joy of it. And we sing for the Need of it, to make offerings of sound that can ripple out and make beauty and good for this planet.
Ayla facilitates group singing that leads us into a deeper understanding of how to receive and create music, find words and shape lyrics, follow melodies into whole songs, and trust ourselves as we do it all.

Swimming with the spinner dolphins ~ A note from Aya:
Aya with many dolphinsSpinner dolphins hunt in pods at night and come into the bays closer to shore during the morning and afternoon to rest, mate, and play.  At the Dragonfly Ranch we are within minutes from three of these bays, and depending on where the dolphins are, we may be able to swim off shore to see them. We will also be private chartering a boat one day, which will take us to more secluded bays where dolphins like to go.  It’s important to remember that these are wild dolphins, and we cannot guarantee that we will see them every day or what kind of interaction we will have. I personally had the amazing and life-changing experience of swimming closely with spinner dolphins on my own journey to Kona at nearly every bay I explored, and even got to interact and play games with them, passing leaves back and forth, which is a favorite game of some dolphin pods. I believe they are intelligent and sensitive beings, and will come around to see us when they want to. It’s also important to remember that we are meeting them in their natural habitat during their resting period and to let them approach us rather then chasing them down. We don’t ever touch the dolphins, and get out of their way if they swim towards us but we may have the opportunity to interact with them in other ways.

Remember WorkshopRemember ~ Innate Movement Meditation with Aya:

Just as we all have a unique fingerprint, there is a blueprint within us all a blueprint of how our body yearns to move.  Every person is a dancer, every dancer has their flow, their language that their body weaves.  In “Embody” we use breathwork, aromatherapy, and moving meditation to explore the subtle energies moving throughout our bodies, allowing for stillness, and letting our movements rise up from within.  As we move we will use theta healing for group downloads, as an invitation to move past blocks, and live fully in our power.


Included in your Retreat Package:

– 6 day 5 night stay at the naturalistic yet luxurious Whale Song Sanctuary 
– Organic meals provided from the day you arrive to our last morning together (except for four meals eaten off site)
– Facilitated workshops and guided meditations lead by Ayla Nereo and AyaPapaya throughout the event
– Chartered boat excursion to more secluded bays where dolphins like to gather
– Shared snorkel gear rental for all 5 days.  We will have around 10 sets to be shared, and gear on the boat!
– Transportation from/to airport to Whale Spirit Sanctuary  as well as all transportation throughout the retreat.
– Opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in beautiful Hawaii and hear the whales sing underwater

Bios of our Hosts:

Ayla Nereo ~
Ayla Nereo‘s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into fierce, sweeping harmonies and weaves syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; words and sounds that crack open the heart, and embody the many folds of our own selves.
Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, living her younger years in the wide open hills and her adult years in Oakland CA, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern; where circle songs and roots music meet tribal beats and folktronica. Crafting an immersive soundscape we can dive into, Ayla’s performance becomes a journey: an inspired, wondrous experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.

Aya Iwasaki ~
Movement is integral in Aya‘s life and a source of grounding and connecting with spirit.  Combining training from various teachers Aya embodies beauty and grace in her dance  and brings authentic movement into her flow. Aya feels empowered by movement to live  fully and in constant exploration of new creative outlets and projects.
Her most recent  project has been “Remember” an intuitive slow movement dance class that she has been  developing.  Aya has seen the  healing power of movement arts first hand, and is  passionate about sharing, performing, guiding others in connection to their bodies and voices.

mollie-bioMollie Hull ~ 
Mollie specializes in environmental portraiture, visual storytelling, and authentic documentation with a keen emphasis on natural light.  She helps companies, organizations, and individuals communicate their message by creating natural images that define their true story.
Mollie is interested most in light’s alliance with the world.  Reflecting shared experiences of joy and humor, wonder and integration, she feels she can create a space for honest optimism and surprising revelations.  She witnesses and honors the artistry of existence as she encounters it within nature, art, music, society.



Reasons to Join the Ancient Voices Retreat:

~ Swim and connect with dolphins and their energy

~ Hear the whales underwater, they are the record keepers of the sea, who carry ancient songs
~ Break out of your daily routine and realign with your true nature and purpose
~ Connect with nature and wild animals, and reconnect with the wild primal that is within you
~ Integrate the body, heart, and soul through guided experiences and self love practices
~ Nourish the body with local organic food, sunshine, and healing waters
~ Explore the coastline of Kona – the big island of Hawai’i
~ Learn how to give yourself permission to radiate your full brilliance
~ Slow down and take time to reflect on yourself and your life, set intentions
~ Swim in the cleansing waters of the blue Hawaiian oceans
~ Have a safe space to share authentically amongst others on the same path
~ Cultivate mastery of the body and mind through song, vibration, movement and meditation
~ Make new friends and form deep connections
~ Give yourself the gift of a transformational experience

Testimonials :

“Being a part of Aya’s guided dolphin adventure was truly profound and life changing for me. I had never experienced the ocean and it’s magic in that way before. The excitement from everyone when we first jumped in the water was palpable. We had seen the dolphins coming to the surface to say hello, but nothing compared to what it was like to be with them in their environment. Literally hundreds of dolphins were swimming in the bay. Almost everywhere we looked we could see groups of them swimming together and dancing around each other in the water. Some of them were a lot more friendly and would come in surprisingly close to get a better look. They were just as curious about us as we were about them.
It was amazing and it is an experience that I would recommend to anyone. It surpassed my wildest expectations and I look forward to returning to the Big Island of Hawaii every year to reconnect and dive deeper into my connection with the ocean. The depths of emotions and transformation this journey birthed for me is something words cannot truly express. I am so grateful to Aya and all of the facilitators and participants that took part in and helped to create such a magical adventure.” – Caterina Suttin

“My snorkeling experience with the dolphins on the Big Island was indescribable. I’ve been a diver for years and have encountered turtles, sharks, manta rays, sea lions, etc. But the dolphins were beyond compare. It felt like I was in a dream!” – Pam Mayer

“I totally LOVEDDDDD Everything about the trip!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH Aya and Shannon for capturing all of these incredible moments! It was truly a blessing to be able to spend a week on the magical island with all of you and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It was so incredible to be that close to the dolphins as well! They are beautiful creatures and I really have an even greater appreciation for them now that I have been able to experience them in their NATURAL habitat!  <3 Also THANK YOU again so much for the birthday cakes! You are too sweet! The food was amazing, the chefs were so kind and accommodating to our diverse needs, and everythign was truly magical! I really discovered a part of myself that I didn’t know existed while on the island. I conquered some of my biggest fears, and experienced so many new things that it is hard to believe I was only there for a week!!!  – Carolyn Marrone

We were taken into a journey with dolphins that put the entire room into ease, exploring our own experience and needs. Every single suggestion was an invitation, as open and natural as the fluidity of water. Immediately I became very aware that the space Aya was creating for us were the manifestations of a soul knowing her self as a soul. There is nothing more powerful than to be in the presence of a soul who knows what her contributions are, with the ability to express and amplify them for the benefit of the collective.
Souls illuminate souls, and invite us all to come out of hiding to claim the greatness of ourselves. Aya’s ability to lead us into our own individual selves and then organically unfold us into each other’s presence for healing, illumination, and freedom was an experience that cannot be described with words. I experienced myself and the entire room transform by her guidance. When you leave the room different than you came you know you have been in the presence of greatness.
Aya’s embodiment of her true self invited in all of ours to emerge. As we tuned into and spoke from our own soul we got to stand opposite of one another to witness it unfold. The beauty I witnessed was so incredibly overwhelming. The energetic power that was collectively generated in that room could have lit up the entire island, and in a way I believe it did.  ~ Utopia Arising

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