Banyan Tree Sanctuary, located at 1100' on the western slope of Hualalai volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a vegan lovers paradise. The owners are all 100% vegan (for a total of almost 20 years) and ask all their guests to adopt a vegan lifestyle while they stay there. Many of their guests have been so moved by their experience and the love and care that they receive, that they have become vegans as well!
The Sanctuary has vacation rentals as well as various retreats throughout the year; which range from yoga, to dance, art therapy, music, chi gong, dolphin encounters, breathwork, etc. They have beautiful organic gardens on the property, and they grow a large amount of the food that they consume and share with their guests. There are also 38 different varieties of fruit, that range from avocados, bananas, mangoes and papayas, to exotics like black sapote, rollinia, surinam cherry and cacao.
The three partners and stewards of the land, Maggie Dancer, Benjamynn Marantz, and Rae H George, have been in partnership since October 31st, 2011. They have created a holistic and sustainable model of living harmoniously with the earth, with a very light carbon footprint, and giving back as much as possible to the aina. They've incorporated composting, gray water, catchment, use of recycled materials, solar power, and of course recycling and reusing as many items as they can. Even their shared vehicle is a hybrid Prius with the license plate “MOTHER”.
The feeling of vibrancy when you first enter the property and see the huge banyan tree in the center of the circular driveway has a very calming effect. The tone for your experience is set with the sign "Place of Meditation", seen as you enter the property. All the partners meditate regularly, and follow the path of Ahimsa – do no harm. However, this is not a silent retreat or austere environment at all. There is music, and dance, and a frisbee golf course, as well as a saltwater chlorine-free pool and Jacuzzi, and an infrared sauna for all the guests to enjoy.
Banyan Tree Sanctuary, a place to rediscover your joy and inner child, as well as your deeper soul and the compassionate being within you.
Maggie, Benjamynn and Rae look forward to welcoming you to Banyan Tree Sanctuary
At a young age, Maggie Dancer embraced her knowingness of her sacred touch as she assisted her father in his recovery from a back injury. As an adult she became a certified massage therapist in California and went on to study Thai, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Lomi -Lomi, Jin Shin Jyutsu and AcroSage.
Growing up on a small farm in Virginia in a family of eight, she was given the gift of understanding what community is all about. She brings to Banyan Tree Sanctuary the true meaning of "Southern Hospitality", blended with the "Spirit of Aloha."
As you might imagine, Maggie grew up with a strong foundation in the Baptist faith. In her early thirties she began her journey to expand her 'remembering' about Spirituality. In the last thirty years, she has been guided to explore extensively the Unity Church, the Rosicrucians, Science of Spirituality, Self Realization Fellowship and Tibetan Buddhism.
Understanding the value of keeping her body temple physically fit and healthy, she has engaged in softball, basketball, golf, and long distance running, completing three marathons. She studied with Yogi Bhajan as a Kundalini Yoga instructor.
She has co-facilitated womens' empowerment workshops and AcroSage workshops. She is intensely (Scorpio) passionate about all relationships, sexuality, spirituality, ritual, ceremony, being in nature, dancing, diet and chanting words of truth.
She has three sisters residing in Virginia and a beautiful son Sean, daughter-in-love, Teresita, and two precious grandchildren, Russell and Eva, making their home in Santa Rosa, California.
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Benjamynn's major accomplishment in life has been in the creation of the AcroSage technique, internationally recognized as a leading modality in the field of inversion therapy. AcroSage After a back injury in 1985, while competing with the Waikiki acrobatic troupe, he discovered that applying massage techniques with simple inverted acrobatic positions worked wonders for relieving spinal injuries. He has been practicing, teaching and organizing AcroSage workshops worldwide since 1989. His background in circus arts, competitive acrobatics and massage have evolved into what is known today as AcroSage. He has students across the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, England, New Zealand, Bali & Japan. Many offshoots of AcroSage have evolved as a result of Benjamynn's teachings, including, 'AcroYoga', 'Tula Yoga', 'Body Mudras', 'Elevated Yoga' and the established 'European School of Inversion Therapy'.
In 2002 Benjamynn took a break from teaching and traveling and 'rooted' himself in Kailua Kona, establishing the Banyan Tree Sanctuary as an organic farm and place for meditation. For the past 15 years he has focused on learning sustainable living techniques and organic farming skills.
His current passion is as a singer, song writer and guitar player. Establishing the duet WeBV with partner Rae George on percussions and back up vocal harmonies, they are performing weekly at two Vegan restaurants in Kona at the Ai Pono and at the Mauna Lani Shops at Under the Bodhi Tree restaurant.
Benjamynn's career began in his teens as an apprentice at the PAF Playhouse (The Performing Arts Foundation in Huntington N.Y. founded by his father Clint Marantz) He later went on to study mime with the renowned mimist, Tony Montanaro, at the Celebration Mime Theatre in South Paris, Maine. There, he also began his circus arts training under Bob Berky and Fred Garbo (former teacher with the Ringling Brothers' Circus). For the next 25 years Benjamynn toured with different partners, performing vaudeville comedy from European cabarets to world class expos. In 1984 he began training with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe in Honolulu and in 1984 & 85 he won 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Sports Acrobatic Competitions in Honolulu & New Orleans. It was with the W.A.T. that his knowledge and expertise of acrobatics flourished with the eventual birthing of the AcroSage Technique. In 1987 he and 12 other circus arts 'comrades' established Hawaii's Volcano Circus and BellyAcres, a 10 acre non-profit circus artists' community, in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. (Still active today with 33 members and a community performing arts center called S.P.A.C.E. )
Rae is a compassionate vegan, and has been choosing to live and eat this way for twelve years. He is a very strong advocate for compassion to all living things, and lives by the Sanskrit word 'Ahimsa', which means 'to do no harm'. He chooses not to inflict any suffering on animals regarding his diet and lifestyle. Living at Banyan Tree allows him to eat fresh ripe raw organic fruits and vegetables every single day, and he feels incredibly grateful for that. Rae enjoys spending time in the garden, putting his energy into growing, tending and harvesting the food he and other members of Banyan Tree Sanctuary eat on a daily basis. To be able to go out in the morning and find ripe papayas, bananas, lilikoi, mangoes, avocados and so much more, is a true gift.
He is a deep tissue massage therapist, and started his practice in 1983, certified at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. He is also a musician (percussionist) and singer/songwriter. One of his greatest passions is helping to develop the Uganda Dream School and Nursery in Kasenge, Uganda, which he has been personally involved with for over eight years and is now the acting director.
His motto is simple: love everyone, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Life is way too short to spend any time doing anything else!