Life Coach Training Retreat Information


Lodging and Facilities

Our retreat will take place at the beautiful Banyan Tree Retreat Center, located near the charming historic town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui’s famous sacred dormant volcano. We have chosen the site for its beauty, privacy, comfort, the consciousness of the people who manage it, and the energy contributed by many individuals and groups that have visited the center for spiritual retreats and healing. Although Banyan Tree enjoys a central location, it is pleasantly removed from Maui’s hotel and resort areas, and it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views of a large portion of the island. Most rooms have private bathrooms; all rooms have bathrooms a few steps from your door. There is a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi for your enjoyment, as well as lovely landscaped grounds. For information about the retreat center, including driving directions, visit


Dates, Arrival, and Departure

Fly into Kahului, Maui, airport code OGG. Many air carriers fly directly into Maui. This will save you time rather than changing planes in Honolulu.

Make your travel plans to arrive at the retreat center before 2 PM on Wednesday, January 28. Check-in will be from 12 – 2 PM, followed by an orientation/opening session at 4 PM. Our office will make your reservation for the retreat dates January 28 – February 1, 2015. If you wish to stay at the retreat center before or after those dates, please make arrangements with the center directly by calling 808-572-9021.

The program concludes at 1:30 PM on Sunday, February 1.

Due to the nature of the Life Coach Training, it is important that the entire group begin and end together, so please no late arrivals or early departures. Allow sufficient time to get from the airport and back in a peaceful, easeful manner. The retreat center is approximately a 25-minute drive from the airport.

We strongly recommend that you allow yourself more time in the islands before and after the training. This will help you adjust to the time difference and be rested and present for the beginning of the training. You will also appreciate transition time before you go home.


Island Transportation

You have the option to rent a car or take a taxi/shuttle from the Maui airport. Most major car rental companies have outlets at the airport.

If you want to rent a car, we recommend renting through Car Rental Hawaii, a local agency that brokers car rentals through all the major companies. The operators are conscious, caring people. They can often get you better deals than booking with larger companies and sometimes have cars when other companies are sold out. You will get the same vehicles as if you booked with the companies directly. Book online at:

If you wish to take a taxi to or from the retreat center, we recommend Sheila’s Taxi (1-808-357-8421). Sheila’s staff is familiar with our programs, generous with their time, and will help you get a few supplies before taking you to the retreat center, if you like. They also coordinate arrivals, so if another participant is arriving in your time frame, they will pick you up together to share costs.  They accept cash, checks, and travelers checks. Call in advance to make a reservation and/or coordinate with other arriving students. Tell them you are attending Alan Cohen Life Coach Training program. Post your travel info on our group blog if you wish to carpool a rental car or taxi. (If you are arriving at the retreat center before Wednesday, please note that there will be no food service until Wednesday dinner. If you like, you can walk into Makawao where there are several good restaurants and a good grocery store.) 


The cost for room will depend on your room choice. All of the rooms are double occupancy. Rooms will be allocated in the order of requests received. For room choices, prices, and registration, please email or phone the Banyan Tree House directly at or 1-808-572-9021.



All meals will be together starting with dinner on Wednesday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Our stellar chef is highly skilled and offers plenty of aloha! Meals are mostly organic, healthy, tasty, and prepared with love. A protein is available at every meal, including chicken or fish. Our chef will accommodate special dietary needs if you let us know at least three weeks in advance,by January 7. The total cost of the meals is approximately $250 for the entire retreat, paid through our office on or before December 15. Since we must pay the caterer in advance, meal payments are non-refundable. An optional gratuity will be taken for the chef at the end of the program.

If you would like to bring your own snacks, please check to see if the room you are in has a refrigerator in it. Some do and some do not.



You will awaken amidst peaceful surroundings, including lush greenery and fragrant flora, which has made Maui such an attractive destination for so many. The island is vibrant with natural beauty. Step outside to breathe in the pristine air and take in the expansive view of island, mountains, and ocean.

Our first group gathering each day will be a guided group meditation before breakfast. This is a powerful time for you to align with your spiritual source and join energetically with your co-participants.

We will have several training sessions each day that will enable you to step masterfully into your coaching practice. We will meet in the morning after breakfast from 9:15 AM until 12:30 PM, including a short break. After lunch, you will have some free time to rest, get outdoors, or connect with each other. Optional massage treatments will be available for those who wish. We will meet again as a group from 3 to 6 PM. Dinner will be at 6 PM, followed by an light optional evening program. The sessions will support you to get clear on your personal intentions for your coaching path, build skills, bolster your confidence, expand your practice, and have fun in the process. At the retreat we will also enjoy group bonding that will be a source of rich support for you and your program partners during the retreat and long afterward.

During the sessions you will have plenty of opportunities to practice your coaching skills and receive feedback from Alan and the other participants. Alan will also work one-to-one with some participants during the group sessions. There will be a natural, progressive, easy unfolding, and you will have realizations that will help you personally and professionally.


Retreat Atmosphere

We invite you to be fully present at the retreat, and to not attempt to conduct your home life or your business from the retreat. If you are generally busy with family, relationship, or business management, the retreat is an extraordinary opportunity for you to step back and discover who you are, what you want, and where you are headed, independent of your regular routine and interactions. It will be a great week to recharge and renew your spirit. Cell phone service is available at the retreat center, as well as wireless Internet. Please do not bring cell phones or electronic communication devices into the meeting room during the training sessions. If you wish to take notes, please use pen and paper. Use of alcohol and recreational drugs is not permitted at the retreat center or during the program. Please plan to focus on being at the retreat and minimize any interactions with home or business. All of us doing this will make the experience even more meaningful.


Weather and Clothing

Weather during the time of the retreat center area tends to be warm and sunny during the days, and cooler at night. Temperatures may be in the 80’s during the day and drop to around 70 at night. Rain may come and go, so bring a poncho or small umbrella. Dress for the retreat is comfortable and casual.


Items to Bring

1. A journal or writing pad and pen

2. A personally meaningful item for the inspiration table we will co-create. This can be anything that inspires you or has symbolic significance to you, such as a photo of a loved one(s); a gift you received; a stone; a feather; a piece of jewelry; or whatever you feel guided to bring. You can take it home at the end of the program

3. Any information or promotional materials related to your coaching career or aspirations. For example, a business card, brochure, CD/DVD; photo(s); website address; or anything else that makes a statement about what you do or would like to do. If you don’t already have a professional piece produced, you can mock up a rough draft on your own.

You will receive more information as we come closer to the retreat. The schedule during the retreat is subject to slight alteration.

Thank you for your participation. This is going to be a great experience!