*****7 spots left!
Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii for an adventure of a lifetime with the synchro sisterhood!
When: Summer 2021, Exact Dates to Be Determined
Who: Ages 12-20, minimum 1 year synchro experience, international swimmers are welcome
- Synchro swim clinics
- Technical skill
- Choreography and expression from the heart
- GoPro Underwater Art
- Create special photo/video keepsakes to share with family and friends
- Practice Yoga and Acro Yoga
- Synchro specific flexibility and strength
- Partner/Group stretching and acrobatics
- Swim With Wild Dolphins
- Boat tour on the ocean
- Voice/Dance Workshop
- Learn to Use Your Voice – singing and telling your story
- Freedom of movement expression
- Mind/Body Workshop
- Perfectionism – Learning how to be less self-critical
- Maintaining self-autonomy – Following your bodies’ intuition and taking care of yourself
Our intention is to create a conscious space for girls evolving into their womanhood. The experience is focused on self development and transformation, using synchro as the movement, language and commonality between us all. This camp is for synchronized swimmers who wish to experience a new style of coaching. It will not resemble a traditional synchro camp that is solely focused on workouts. While we will still present physical challenges and advanced synchro techniques, our focus is on identifying and making the most out of the life lessons that come through these challenges, not the performance itself. It is a trip of a lifetime to grow and flourish as an individual within the larger synchro community.
Beyond the pool, this camp is designed as an up close gathering where everyone will feel connected and valued. We intend to cultivate a space where teenagers to feel safe to share their feelings. Common topics such as feeling “not enough”, “too emotional” or “I don’t like my body” are discussed and education is provided on how to step out of those programmed limiting beliefs. If you are looking for a magical place as a catalyst for growth, this is it.
Hosts and Instructors
Alison Williams OLY, RYT 200 Alison Williams was on the USA Synchro National Team from 2006-2016 and was the 2016 USA Olympic Duet Alternate. She graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She coaches all levels of athletes and has placed athletes on the National Team. She is most proud of her inner journey in learning to use synchro to build confidence, improve self-worth, and heal from trauma.
Photo: Mariya Koroleva and Alison Williams of the United States compete during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
Ashley Scheiba, RYT 200 Ashley Scheiba is the Head Coach of Tualatin Hills Synchro Club in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Minnesota where she swam collegiate synchro. She was previously on the Wayzata Synchro Team and was Captain her senior year. She is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and yoga teacher at the Nike World Headquarters. Ashley is an experienced traveler (26+ countries!) and loves to share the experience of exploring new places with others.
Photo: Ashley (Gilles) Scheiba competing in collegiate synchro at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center
Alison and Ashley met coaching Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team. They had an immediate connection and discovered their ability to co-create magical experiences. They completed their yoga teacher training together in India, and are looking forward to sharing their love of the water and dolphins in Hawaii.
Audra Arbas, Underwater Photographer Audra Arbas has been a synchronized swimmer for 30 years. She previously coached 2 national teams: Aruba and New Zealand for the better part of her 20’s (3 years in each location). Audra currently both swims and coaches masters as well as private lessons for all ages. Audra has been running a photography business for the past 10 years. She has a degree in Visual Journalism and has a specialty in Underwater Photography. Underwater is, by far, her favorite place to be!
Below is a stunning sample of her work, and here is a link to her instagram. You will be invited to bring any dress or props for your own photoshoot at the camp/retreat! More details to follow.
Camp Daily Schedule:
Day 1: Arrival, Opening Ceremony
Day 2: Yoga, Synchro, Mind/Body Workshop
Day 3: Swim with Wild Dolphins, Beach, Mind/Body Workshop
Day 4: Acro Yoga, Synchro, Voice/Dance Workshop
Day 5: Synchro, Closing Ceremony, Departure
Description of the Venue:
Mauna Lea Manor (Hawaiian : “Mountain Joy”) is a five acre estate in the Kona Coffee Country on the Orchid Isle of Hawai’i. It’s the largest and newest island in the Hawaiian island chain that boasts gorgeous black, green, and white sand beaches! Mauna Lea Manor has an on site studio and a mermaid lagoon (hot tub). There are three guest cottages to share among the campers.
There are three cottages. You can request to be in a cottage with your friends. There are four queen/king beds to share and nine single twin beds that can be requested on a first come basis.
81-1080 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Airport location info: KOA Airport
Van transportation provided at all times with facilitators
Vegetarian gluten free meals are cooked by the Mauna Lea team. Much of the food is sourced locally from the property.
Mermaid Lagoon at the Mauna Lea Manor
Cost per person:
$1300 for the retreat, everything is included except for the flight to KOA airport, which families will need to purchase separately.
Pricing on photo packages from Audra Arbas are to be announced shortly and will be optional.
Space is limited! This will be a tight knit group of 16 swimmers and a great opportunity to make new synchro friends.
Quotes about Coach Ali:
“Ali has been one of my daughter’s synchro coach for approximately two years, and my daughter very lucky to have her in her life. Ali is a phenomenal athlete, which in itself makes her a great role model for my daughter. When Ali hops in the pool to demonstrate something to my daughter, I always hear about it for it truly is one of the highlights of a work out. However, what I think makes Ali an exceptional coach is her overall dedication to her craft, her students and her energy. Ali is purposeful and calm. Her mindfulness comes across to parents who interact with her and permeates through her yoga exercises and synchro work outs. In the frantic world we live in, I think my daughter is so lucky to learn from such an accomplished athlete in a purposeful and mindful way.” – Southern California, February 2020
“Coach Ashley is a very good coach. Here are some things that describe her.
Your amazing and rare coach”
– Megan, Age 9, Tualatin Hills Synchro