Learn, Play, Discover & Unwind!

The Fire Dance & Flow Retreat on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu combines poi & staff classes with pristine nature and adventure expeditions.

The event takes place at a private retreat center located in a secluded valley amidst majestic mountains & forests with a 15 minute walk to the beach!

Hauula Beach

Staff & poi lessons are balanced with playing, relaxing and discovering Oahu’s rich natural and cultural heritage.  Participants can choose their level of challenge but overall this retreat is very conducive to taking it easy and enjoying the ride. 

In addition to daily staff & poi classes & nightly fire jams, we’ll explore many amazing places around Oahu (private transportation organised): Pristine beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes. 

Join us for adventure & fun in Oahu, Hawaii!

About the Instructors

Srikanta Barefoot
Instruction in Poi, Staff & Dance-based Fire Dance:

Srikanta was the first Contemporary Fire Dancer featured by the Cirque du Soleil (2007-2010), performing over 700 shows using fire poi, fire staff, double fire staff & double fire swords. He has 20 years of experience fire dancing including his position of Fire Dancing Coach and Lead Fire Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. 

As the founder of dance-based fire dance, Srikanta is passionate about combining fire dance techniques with stage presence, story, full body movement & dance!  He has taught poi & staff workshops at locations worldwide since 2003 and has created an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff to help students learn fire dancing.

Jen Barefoot
Instruction in Poi, Staff & Dance-based Fire Dance:

Jen has a background in ballet & contemporary dance.  She has been an integral part of Srikanta’s teaching since 2011.  She continues to refine both their contemporary style of fire dance and the way it’s taught. 

The two combine fire dance technique with martial arts, acrobatics & dance in their shows as well as in their instructional classes.

About the Retreat Format

Adventure & Discovery Schedule

On Monday afternoon,  join the group for a walk to the beach for downtime & a sunset fire jam.  You can already test out some of the new concepts you’ve learned, or just hang/ do your own thing. It’s an opportunity to both connect with your comrades and to begin enjoying the amazing surroundings.

On Tuesday evening, we’ll have a bonfire & fire jam at the retreat center!

On Wednesday, we’ll set out for a jungle/ waterfall hike followed by a sunset cruise

On Thursday, we will enjoy sunset & a fire jam at one of the islands most beautiful beaches, Waimea Beach.

On Friday, we will stay at the retreat center & have an “in house show & tell”.  This is the opportunity to present your work in a very safe & supportive atmosphere.  Performing is totally optional but it’s a great opportunity to receive constructive feedback from the instructors & to appreciate the different styles evolving in the group.

Program Start & End Times

The February 2023 Oahu Fire Dance Retreat runs from Sunday February 19 to Saturday February 25.

Orientation begins at 4pm on Sunday  (arrive as early as 3pm).

Retreat activities finish with the “in house” show on Friday evening followed by checkout at noon on Saturday.

The retreat is preceded by a separate event which you are invited to attend.  On Saturday February 18, there will be live music, dance and circus  shows at the same location (including performances by Jen & Srikanta).  More info below.  

All Inclusive Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is provided for all retreat participants from dinner on Sunday February 19 through breakfast on Saturday February 25.

A shared kitchen is available throughout the week & weekend.  For meals during the weekend which are not provided, there are a few food trucks within walking distance which are really good!

Please inform us of any allergies or food restrictions. Meals are both organic & vegetarian.

Preparing for the event

Once you’ve registered we’ll send you an info pack with lots of useful info to help you to prepare for the event. For example:

You will need to bring your own poi & staff or alternatively, you can benefit from a participant discount and free delivery when ordering from the  Fusion Arts Shop.

Take advantage of free shuttles between the retreat venue & the airport.

Tips on what to bring to make the most of your experience

About the Retreat Venue

The Hawaii Spiritual Center is nestled deep in the valley of Hauula in the fabled North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and forests. There is a stream that goes through the land and into the nearby pristine beaches about 15 to 20 minutes away on a leisurely walk.

The retreat center fosters Hawaiian culture via gatherings and workshops. Cultivating native and local crops, the HSC has acres of agricultural land.

There is a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in this secluded retreat space revered by the ancient Hawaii people. There are sacred sites which are kapu, and should only be entered with explicit permission.

There are numerous hikes with beautiful breathtaking views that stems from the center itself.

In addition to daily instructional classes & nightly fire jams, we make the most of being in one of the world most amazing spots!