Travaasa® Austin To Celebrate Earth Day Throughout April With Earth-Centric Programming

Travaasa® Austin will celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April with some brand new, unique wellness programming, including earth conscious classes and ceremonies such as Composting 101 and an Ancient Vedic Fire Ceremony.

Travaasa’s on-site experts have developed a special series of programming designed around Earth Day to reconnect guests with the earth and Mother Nature. Guests at Travaasa® can try the new programming throughout the month:

  • Take a renewed or newly found consciousness of the earth into daily life through classes including Composting 101, the Spring Vegetables Culinary Demonstration, or the Tree Planting ceremony – which will also teach tree planting techniques so guests can help restore the earth at home
  • Remember the deeply-rooted connections within the natural world and honor the change in seasons with an Ancient Vedic Fire Ceremony, a tradition rich in culture, devotion and healing
  • Practice Ayurveda, a mode of maintaining each individual’s balance between mind, body and environment through foods and ancient remedies including Agni tea, Kitchari, recipes and home cleansing techniques
  • Participate in the Earth Grounding Workout, designed to help guests acquire better postural alignment and balance; or the Tune Into Nature Meditation, an outdoor meditation session created to leave guests replenished and ready for the new season

All the new programming at Travaasa® Austin reflects the brand’s five pillars (adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and wellness), while incorporating regional elements to create an enriching, authentic experience for guests.

To enjoy the Earth Day programming offered at Travaasa® Austin, guests can book a room beginning at $113 per person, per night.

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Travaasa® Hana, Maui Scores a Bull’s Eye With New Archery Experience

HANA, MAUI, HAWAII – As part of its new resort offerings, Travaasa® Hana, Maui (formerly Hotel Hana-Maui) on Maui’s eastern shore recently debuted the island’s only hotel archery experience. Certified archery instructors who are longtime hotel employees and Hana residents lead the two-hour activity, which takes place twice a week near the hotel’s turn-of-the-century Plantation Guest House in Hana and is available exclusively to resort guests.


“We’re pleased to be the only hotel on Maui to offer archery,” said Karyn Johnson, program manager at Travaasa® Hana, Maui. “Our expansive lawn area, quietly swaying palm trees, and Hana’s breathtaking natural beauty create the perfect backdrop for this unique and enriching experience.”

By participating in this activity, resort guests can learn and practice the foundation of archery while boosting mental attention and physical performance in a fun way. The resort’s archery instructors were trained in the Junior Olympic Archery Development program and certified by USA Archery. They teach techniques to develop focus, patience, flexibility, concentration, and attention skills to help understand why great archers develop these simple concepts to heighten all aspects of their lives.

Archery complements Travaasa® Hana, Maui’s existing adventure programming, which includes throw net fishing, coastal horseback rides, bicycle tours, and more. Travaasa® Hana, Maui also incorporates culinary, culture, fitness, and spa/wellness activities into its extensive programming lineup. All activities reflect the local traditions and small town flavor of Hana.

The archery experience is offered at no additional charge to all guests staying at Travaasa® Hana, Maui. Sign-ups are first come, first serve, and are limited to six guests per class.

Located at the end of the famous Road to Hana, the original property opened in 1947 and became a favorite retreat for generations of travelers seeking barefoot elegance, unspoiled natural beauty and a Hawaiian sense of place. Travaasa® Experiential Resorts’ philosophy is to provide an escape for those looking to experience something new, enrich their lives and immerse themselves in local traditions, which pays tribute to the hotel’s original intention.

The AAA Four Diamond Hotel was recently rated the No. 1 Hawaii Hotel and No. 58 in the world in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Poll. The Spa at Travaasa® Hana, Maui was named the No. 1 Resort Spa in Hawaii by Condé Nast Traveler in 2011.

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Maui Open Studios Comes to Travaasa® Hana, Maui Feb. 24-25

HANA, MAUI, HAWAII – Artists from East Maui and author Patricia Jennings will take a turn in the spotlight when Travaasa® Hana, Maui hosts the final weekend of the Maui Open Studios Event 2012. During the second annual event, local artists open up their studios and workspaces and offer live demonstrations, tours, entertainment, and more. The following two events take place at Travaasa® Hana, Maui:

East Maui Artists’ Reception

Friday, Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m.

Hana Coast Gallery at Travaasa® Hana, Maui, 5301 Hana Hwy.


The final weekend of Maui Open Studios 2012 kicks off at Travaasa® Hana, Maui with a pau hana meet and greet with the featured artists of Hana and East Maui, including Linda Harrison, Robin Riley Rayner, Sigal Choucroum, Rich Chalfant, Dean Wariner, Hilary Harts, Karen Davidson, and artists from the Interactive Arts Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i – A Talk by Patricia Jennings

Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.

Plantation Guest House at Travaasa® Hana, Maui, 5301 Hana Hwy.

Meet popular author Patricia Jennings when she shares stories about her time spent with famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Jennings will read excerpts from Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i and sign books. In 1939, then 12-year-old Jennings guided O’Keeffe around Maui while the artist stayed at her family’s home in Hana. Together, the unlikely duo explored the caves and black sand beach of Waianapanapa, swam at the pools of Oheo Gulch and Hamoa Beach, and visited the Piilanihale heiau. During these adventures, a strong friendship and lifelong connection was formed – and O’Keeffe found her greatest inspiration. Admission is free and open to the public.

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