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Finding Peace: Lumeria Maui

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I read somewhere that the most expensive commodity in travel is peace. Lumeria is already there, offering respite for mind, body and soul in elegant surroundings that are intended to stimulate and relax all at once. That is the dichotomy of Lumeria. On the slopes of dormant volcano Haleakala, over-looking the surf town of Paia from a perch in cowboy country, Lumeria exhibits not a hippie vibe but one of genuine caring for guests who come to work on their own awareness of the universal connectedness of spirit.

The place has what Hawaiians call " mana" a deepening spiritual sense of healing and clarity that seems to emanate from the very earth here. Some come to work on their spirit journey or life-path. Some take yoga classes, some spend time with world-renown healers or do body cleanses, or immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian healing practice. Many just want to play in the ocean with top surfers and watermen to experience the gifts of the ocean.

The process of re-imagining the former plantation worker's rest home, by designer Xorin Balbes also became a process for him to re-imagine himself. He has left the “designer” life and its trappings behind to spearhead a quest for peace by collaborating with the world's best healers and minds. A huge undertaking for most but by what I have seen at Lumeria, not for Xorin. Go to website for more on his peace foundation, Lumeria programs and to book a wellness vacation like no other.

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by Michelle M. Winner
AFAR Local Expert
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