This is no ordinary hula hoop retreat…

  • 25 hours of hoop, yoga and movement workshops
  • Instructors from the USA, Australia and New Zealand
  • Epic sunrise guided hikes + nature tours
  • Connected indigenous and cultural experiences
  • Delicious vegetarian and vegan food
  • Marae stay accommodation
  • Winery visit
  • Be welcomed by the elders
  • Meet local artisans

Hoop Away is an immersive movement and hoop-dance retreat nestled amidst the hills, valleys and oceans of Waiheke Island, Aotearoa. With permission from the elders, we will stay in beautiful, hand-carved Marae accommodation. This hoop retreat has been intimately designed to connect people to themselves, the land, and each other, threaded with a unique cultural experience unlike anything else in the world.

Experience a rich learning environment with world-class teachers in a safely held space that supports diversity and friendship, encouraging growth in all levels of hoop dance, movement and flow in the dreamlike location of abundant Waiheke.

Hoop Away has a limit of only 25 participants, a hoop retreat that is a curated experience of flow, choreography and technical workshops, offering a space to reconnect with body and spirit, expand your dance and be welcomed into a vibrant global community.

Let’s hoop together.

Spontaneous beauty and connection happens
when we come together to dance and play.

Our trusted teachers have taught and performed at conventions internationally, and are from the USA, Australia, and New Zealand. We’ve locked in some of the most sought-after and brilliant hoopers and movement specialists and we will be revealing more over time! And at least one world-class name who’s never before taught this side of the globe. A truly rare grouping of skilled and wonderful people ready to share with you, all in one place at Hoop Away hoop retreat 2020.

MORGAN JENKINS

USA

Morgan (Miss Mo’Jangles) is a Los Angeles-based hoop performer, international instructor, and was named the 2016 USA Hooper of the Year.

She is known for her sassy Hoopography performances, creating the Hooptown Hotties, her cinematic hoop videos (Despondence, Worth It, Halo, Ready For It, Bang Bang, Portal, Flowmance, Dark Paradise, LUCID ), and her role in Showtimes original TV show, “Roadies”.  Morgan loves traveling and has been teaching at international hoop retreats and conventions since 2015.

Her goal is to inspire others to express their unique personality & creativity through movement, and she encourages hoopers to #hooplikeyou in her unprecedented hoop intensive: Hoop X.

CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE

HELLY HOOPS

AUSTRALIA

After a performance tour of Paris, Nicaragua and Germany in 2018, Helly Hoops has returned to Australia in full power, bringing her 5-hoop LED act back to the stage.

With more or less a degree in clowning, this nutty natural entertainer fuses comedy, hoopla and magic in workshops and shows to have ya smiling. Over the past 6 years Helly has performed and taught circus in the US, UK, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, and across Australia.

You never really know what’s going to happen next onstage or in class but it’ll probably be hilarious. She also aims to make at least 9 new friends at Hoop Away New Zealand and cannot wait to meet you!

H E L L Y

I filmed this in November last year. After that I wrote off the footage, because it wasn't "perfect". Things that changed for me when I became a professional performer:- If I filmed something with a hoop drop I started worrying it would affect my career- I questioned my own professionalism and Who Am I to release something that could have been better?- I compared stuff to outstanding productions of other hula hoopers and therefore posted a lot less content.In short, when I was dreaming of becoming a hula hoop performer I allowed myself great freedoms in releasing imperfect footage, in releasing training videos that had some interesting ideas and explorations. The reality is I still have that freedom, my career is fine, and the only person I really have to worry about is the bully / boss in my own head. I relish her because she also enocurages me to be better, try harder, work for excellence. In November I was also in a different relationship and in watching this back with the same music I danced to, saw tears roll down feeling into to how life changes, the magic of letting go and bringing in the new. Whew. Didn't know that would come out right now. Stay cosy everyone, and enjoy x Helly->SYML - young and beautiful (cover of lana del ray)

Posted by Helly Hoops on Monday, 17 June 2019

DONNA SPARX

AUSTRALIA

Donna is a hula hoop dancer, teacher, performer and lover with a background in Creative Arts.

Recognised globally for her creativity, innovation, flow facilitation and playful approach, she has taught thousands of people to hula hoop and performed with the Women’s Circus, bringing a passion and playfulness to her work that is infectious.

Fuelled by a passion for transformation and growth on a personal, business, local and global level, she is a born facilitator with an appreciation for the power found in play and flow. Hoop Away NZ will be the 3rd hoop retreat she has coordinated – with many more to come!

When not playing with or teaching hoops, Donna can be found training acro, dancing, inventing new smoothies, getting out of the city, or deciding which leggings will best reflect her mood.

Her motto: Do it ‘til you can. And always spread the sparkle.

Image: Potiki Adventures

Over the course of 5 days, Hoop Away New Zealand is designed to take your hoop skills to the next level. Explore the hoop through dance, tech workshops, choreography classes, and stretching and yoga. This hoop retreat is your time, a beautiful opportunity for you to reconnect and redefine what you love about movement, hooping, and dance. A time to rest, giggle, shine, and chill – whatever you need Waiheke to be.

Away from the constant buzz, days start with sublime offerings of gentle stretching, diary and reflection time.

The hoop retreat program includes:

  • Hula Hoop Workshops
  • Dance
  • Multiples and Doubles sessions
  • Yoga + Stretching
  • Maori Movement Workshop
  • Fun Connection Games
  • Haka Workshop
  • Flax Weaving Workshop
  • Winery visit
  • Hoop jams

+ more

Check out this video of the 2018 retreat.

The same people who brought you two sold-out instalments of Hoop Away Melbourne invite you to Waiheke in 2020 to experience total immersion in paradise, with intimate classes and the space to learn, connect, grow, and trust.

Hoop Away

This is Hoop Away - Australia's only winter hula hoop and yoga retreat. Hoop Away '19 - Winter Retreat is for beginner and intermediate hoopers, movers and groovers. An easy 1 hour drive from Melbourne, surrounded by native bushland, it is LUSH! An intimate setting with a maximum of 24 retreat participants and no more than 10 people in each workshop. It's all about exploration, inspiration, connection, play, and taking your hooping to the next level. It’s a weekend away with a focus on YOU.When: 5-7 July 2019Where: Maitripa Centre, HealesvilleTeachers: Teaki Hoops, Helly Hoops, Donna Sparx & Garden of Yoga.More info & tix: https://www.hoopsparx.com/hoopawayPayment plans available.Music: Funk for Peace (instrumental) by B-SydeLogo track: Bearded Dragon by Beat Fatigue

Posted by Hoop Sparx on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

“A supportive environment  with workshops really well-designed for all skill levels. The whole vibe this weekend has been amazing. Beautiful, friendly and empowering.”

Victoria
Participant of Hoop Away ‘18, Healesville

Meals

All meals covered, with delicious vegetarian and vegan fare. Yummy. Scrumptious. Can I be there right now?

Accommodation

Beautiful marae accommodation. We will be held throughout our hoop retreat journey in this gorgeous, traditional, sacred ancestral meeting house, the focal point of the Maori community. A place to come together, to celebrate, to plan, to grieve, to connect, and to gather. A place of connection and community. Our marae stay includes an introduction to Maori culture with educational and adventure workshops. At the beginning of the retreat, we will be welcomed onto the land and into the space by the elders.

Workshops

5 days of unmissable curated content, like no other retreat in the world. Hoop classes. Dance. Yoga. Maori movement. Connection through dance and play. Sunrise hikes and adventures. Every person, every body, and every skill level is catered for and welcomed, guided, and nurtured. Walk away with new skills, tricks, swagger, and a deep connection to self.
Photos coming soon!

We will be staying at the beautifully carved and lovingly painted Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island.

Flying in and out

The closest airport is Auckland, New Zealand. The airport is about a 30 minute Uber/Taxi ride from the CBD which is where the ferry leaves from. We suggest you arrive in Auckland the day before the retreat starts to give yourself time to truly land.

On the last day of the retreat, we will be getting the 4pm ferry back to Auckland. Given you need to be at the airport 2-3 hours early for international flights, we suggest you get a flight out anytime after 8:30pm on 10th March.

“What didn’t I love?! The people made the event! The open and kind attitudes, eagerness to share and learn. The abundance of fun, smiles and connection. Oh and the hooping was just incredible!”

Maria
Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

“A supportive environment  with workshops really well-designed for all skill levels. The whole vibe this weekend has been amazing. Beautiful, friendly and empowering.”

Victoria
Participant of Hoop Away ‘18, Healesville

“A great, fun weekend away to nurture yourself and make space for me. I loved all the teachers, the workshops and the food.”

Lyndi
Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

“Hoop Away brings together wonderfully creative women, who all come to share and play and support each other in their hooping journeys – no matter what level. I feel nourished physically, psychologically and spiritually. A great experience if you’re a beginner or a pro.”

Andrea
Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

“I enjoyed all the sessions and the instructors were fantastic. A great variety, great vibes – I felt like I learnt something new in each session and had the opportunity to develop my existing knowledge and skills.”

Sam
Participant of Hoop Away ‘18, Healesville

“You created such an open, comfortable space which allowed beautiful communication and a trusting space to explore and play in. Thank you.”

Jess
Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville