Kaimu Mandala is a small farm and yoga community on Big Island, Hawaii. We are situated on a powerful living mountain, Kilauea, an offshoot of the great volcano Mauna Loa. Kaimu Mandala has a quarter mile of sunrise facing ocean horizon; cacao, mango, banana, avocado, macadamia and citrus dotting the land. The climate is a steady perfect temperature, with very few bugs, and true indoor-outdoor living. It's a wet climate. The retreat is off the grid (solar power, water catchment, outdoor showers and composting toilets). We can accommodate 20 guests in cabins and more with camp site set ups. Think rustic.
Kaimu in Hawaiian means “gathering by the sea”, and in Japanese, it means “Ocean Dream.” The mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the powers at work in the universe, and the connection between the outer world (the macrocosm) and man's inner world (the microcosm). The mandala is regarded as a place that is set-aside from suffering, a place of nirvana and peace. In psychology, the mandala represents the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity, and can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness”. To step into the Mandala is to step into nature, sacredness, community, simplicity, self, and cosmos.
From a symbol perspective- could we take a traditional mandala shape, but infuse it with the intense elemental nature of hawaii rather than deities?