Finding Joy & Acceptance in Fitness for Every Body w/ Kanoa Greene

Having joy in your workout can help you get closer to your goals, feel comfortable in your here and now body, and connect to movement in a way that breaks down the barriers so commonly seen in fitness culture. Kanoa Greene uses her warmth, radiance, and strength to encourage and support others to find joy in movement and show up in the fitness space exactly as you are now.

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Key Takeaways

In Order To Show Up As Your Authentic Self You Must:

  • Seek Out Representation For Your Body Type And A Community That Makes You Feel Supported
  • Stop Comparing Yourself To Other People In Different Size Bodies And Start Embracing Where You Are Now
  • Find A Type Of Movement That Brings You Joy and Stop Sweating The Small Stuff

Fitness For Everybody And Every Body with Kanoa Greene

Kanoa Greene is a fitness coach and trainer who is passionate about bringing fitness to everybody and every body. A plus size girl herself, Kanoa knows first hand the importance of representation and inclusivity in the fitness space. While she has had to switch up her coaching model due to the pandemic, she has found her tribe bringing weekly workouts to Instagram that get creative in breaking down the fitness wall even further.

Finding Joy In Movement

Kanoa’s radiant and positive energy is contagious, which is clear during her weekly dance parties and finding joy in working out. Kanoa believes that movement can help bridge the gap between your mental and emotional health, and wants to show up in a fitness space where there is not an accurate representation of larger bodies. By inviting all bodies to be part of the conversation, Kanoa is making a place for everybody and proving that anyone can be part of this movement.

Everybody Is Struggling, Not Just You

Kanoa owns her role as the ‘hot mess express’ and her main goal is to authentically share where she is right now to inspire you to do the same. By not sweating the small stuff, finding encouragement in unexpected places, and learning how to navigate conversations on image-based platforms, you too can find a feeling of support and safety in Kanoa’s world. Kanoa wants you to know that everybody is struggling, and by surrounding yourself with positivity and encouragement, you can show up just as you are.

How are you working to stop comparing yourself to others and start showing up authentically as you are now? Share what you loved most about Kanoa’s energetic, positive and accepting perspective in the comments below.

In This Episode

  • Navigating the changes between in-person coaching classes and going online due to Covid-19 (7:41)
  • How to approach movement with enjoyment even if it is challenging (12:28)
  • The importance of having a safe place to move your body when your body is not represented often in fitness (15:30)
  • Why fitness trainers do not have everything worked out and are instead on this journey with you (23:18)
  • Learn how Kanoa created the worlds first surf event dedicated to supporting plus size women (25:12)

Resources Mentioned In This Show

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Quotes

“There’s not a lot of times you get to see an instructor that looks like me, but also someone who is teaching a class like boot camp or spin or some of these more strength conditioning classes. So my role was really to come in there and make movement accessible and tear down that wall.” (8:23)

“I want to move for joy but I also want to move with intentionality.” (13:23)

“If I can show up and help ease that for someone else. If I can create that safe space and she can look at me and say ‘if she can do that hard thing, I can do one little step. If she can take a big old leap, I have the courage and confidence with her to take even a small step’. That’s why it is important for me to show up in as many places as I need too, especially when there is not that representation there.” (16:38)

“We all have different experiences, we are all different human beings, and as long as you are living your authentic self then you do you boo!” (22:28)

“No matter what it is that I am doing, its, ‘I am struggling too. I am a hot mess on a lot of those workouts’. I am sweating, I am dying, and I am working too, I am struggling too, and I am in this right alongside with you.” (24:12)

Finding Joy & Acceptance in Fitness for Every Body w/ Kanoa Greene FULL TRANSCRIPT

Steph Gaudreau
This is Episode 302 of the Listen To Your Body podcast. On this week’s episode, my special guest fitness trainer, Kanoa Greene, is talking about why she’s so passionate for the mission to bring fitness to everybody and everybody.

Steph Gaudreau
The next evolution of Harder To Kill Radio is here. Welcome to the Listen To Your Body podcast. on this show, we’ll explore the intersection of body, mind and soul health, and help you reclaim your abilities to eat and move more intuitively, hear your body’s signals, and trust yourself more deeply.

Steph Gaudreau
I’m Steph Gaudreau, certified intuitive eating counselor, nutritional therapy practitioner and strength coach. On this podcast, you can expect to hear expert guest interviews and solo chats that will help you deepen your trust with food movement and your body. Remember to hit the subscribe button and share this podcast with your friends and loved ones. Now, on to the show.

Steph Gaudreau
Hello, hello. Welcome to the show today. I’m so thankful that you’re here listening to the podcast if you’re new to the show, welcome, hello. Lots of folks are finding the podcast recently because of the series that I’m doing about the principles of intuitive eating. So if you’re new to the community and the listenership, hello and welcome and thanks for being here, if you’re a longtime listener and returning every week after week, it really does mean so much that you continue to support the show in that way. Thank you for listening. today’s podcast guest is an absolute joy. I love her. I love her energy, her passion, her commitment, her mission. And she shows up with such warmth and radiance on Instagram for her community. My guest is Kanoa Greene, she’s a fitness coach and trainer and in light of the pandemic, and having to switch up her coaching model, she’s really brought fitness in an inclusive way onto Instagram and it’s opened up this incredible world of movement for every body and is making such an impact. I love Kanoa’s ability to see what is missing and the experiences that she wished she had. And not just missing them, but going out and creating them not just for herself, but for her community and for other people around the world. Before we jump into the show today, couple things, remember to hit the subscribe button on your podcast app. Number two, if you share this out, make sure you tag both Kanoa @KanoaGreene and myself, Steph_Gaudreau, we’d love to see your posts on Instagram and be able to share them out and see what you loved. And also join the Listen To Your Body newsletter, if you want more good stuff just like what I present here on the podcast, then you can sign up for the weekly newsletter. Occasionally I share promotions and how you can work with me but it’s really a way to bring some positivity and learning into your inbox. You can do that at StephGaudreau.com/LTYB of course that stands for listen to your body. Alright, let’s do this.

Steph Gaudreau
Hi, Kanoa, how are you?

Kanoa Greene
I am fantastic.

Steph Gaudreau
Full disclosure, usually when I record I love to actually close down all of the video. But in this case, you have this magnetic energy that comes through the screen. And when I see you, it’s like I light up and I know that that is going to be something that I feed off in this conversation is because you have such a presence and so the audio and the video are obviously on and so we’re just like, smiling at each other which we are which is so wonderful.

Steph Gaudreau
I’m so glad that you’re here. Thank you for coming on the show.

Kanoa Greene
Thank you for having me.

Steph Gaudreau
Oh my goodness. 100% I feel like you’ve given me such gifts on Instagram is how we connected and I’m trying to remember how I originally became aware of you and I think it somebody shared your account with me in my direct messages and said are you following canola cuz if not, just get yourself over there. And I was like, No, I don’t know who this person is. And immediately when I saw you and your energy and your presence and the way that you make movement so joyful, I just thought, all right, I’m in. I’m in. And I and I love this.

Kanoa Greene
Your so sweet, thank you.

Steph Gaudreau
You’re welcome. I feel like it’s important to have those things reflected back at us from time to time, especially when we’re on social media, and it can be a mixed bag.

Kanoa Greene
I mean, luckily, I not kind of run into the negative aspects, but I know, you know, it comes with the territory. We’ve heard stories and you know, so yes, I’m grateful for all of the encouragement and support and positivity that you’ve poured into me for sure. I appreciate it so much. Every Wednesday, which is today, right today, every Wednesday, what do you do every Wednesday on your Instagram? For people that aren’t familiar? Because it’s kind of special?

Kanoa Greene
I teach a live Instagram class, a workout. That’s what we do on Wednesdays.

Steph Gaudreau
Yeah, how long? Why did that come about? How did that come about?

Kanoa Greene
You know, it’s I on Wednesdays, I was teaching a boot camp class at our local YMCA here in Orlando, Florida and then obviously, COVID happened. And so we shut the doors to our YMCA on March 16. It was a Friday. And I think that first week, it just felt weird that I wasn’t teaching that class like I was so used to teaching this 915 boot camp, I had absolute joy. It was the only like, class that I was scheduled to do every single week, like I would sub spin class and do other stripe classes here and there. But that was like my, we named it after he was to Noah’s boot camp. I was like, Can I was something I forget now. Oh, my goodness has been COVID for that long. I can’t remember. So that first week, it just felt weird that I wasn’t teaching that class. And so I decided literally the next Wednesday to just teach a class on Instagramn and it happened and it hasn’t stopped.

Steph Gaudreau
I was gonna say it’s kept going. How has it been different for you to navigate that space between going from an in person live kind of watched your life but an in person vironment where you’re there with people and you’re able to see that we can see you, but you can’t see us. How has that changed the dynamic for you as an instructor?

Kanoa Greene
I mean, it’s made it fun and interesting, right, because for me, in my role at the YMCA really was to help bridge the gap for people to feel like they’re included and that there’s someone there for them. Because if you go into a gym, it’s rare that you see someone who is my size, you know, I weigh 270 pounds, you know, I wear a size 20 US 20-22 sometimes, and so it’s not a lot of times, you get to see an instructor that looks like me, but also someone who is teaching a class like boot camp or spin, or some of these more, you know, strength conditioning type of classes. So my role really was to come in there and make movement accessible, and just, you know, tear down that wall. And it was easy to do, obviously, with people like physically in front of me. Um, but it was interesting taking this to Instagram, because you realize people are doing this from home, I can’t see them. They might not have the equipment like I do at the gym. And so it just helped me get a little bit more creative. How have even more fun with it, of how can we even work at breaking down that wall even further, because now it could touch not only the people that lived within, you know, a 10-20 mile radius, but it can essentially impact anyone who needed this at that time.

Steph Gaudreau
That’s wonderful. And it is such a it’s been such a gift. I’m glad that you decided to do that and take that step.

Kanoa Greene
Mine as well. I mean, honestly, like I said, it was just I felt some sort of void in just my own life not having that outlet. But then now looking back at you know how many months we’ve now been going through COVID and it has, by far I think poured a lot into me just having not only the teaching, but just the community that’s being there and pouring back into me and that time it is literally I think part of the reason why I get through still with a smile on my face.

Steph Gaudreau
I love it. Yeah, it’s definitely you know, we have and I hope that people are able to listen to this, but go and look at your Instagram and do your classes because your personality I don’t think can be fully captured on audio. You have this, this radiance to you and this positivity that is contagious. And I know that when I watch your and I’d hear your Wednesday classes, and I’m sitting there and first of all dance breaks in the middle or genius and i live for them now.

Kanoa Greene
That is the funny thing is, that wasn’t, it’s so weird, because that is not me. Like, I am not a dancer. I wish in my mind, I am like, Beyonce’s star backup dancer. In reality, that is not the case at all. But it’s so funny because I was asked to teach a class, you know, people aren’t necessarily going there to like, you know, do a bunch of squats, but I was like, how can we incorporate dance? I don’t know. It just kind of popped it. And it’s everyone wants to do. Can we just have more dance breaks in these workouts? Okay, we’ll figure it out.

Steph Gaudreau
Yeah, it’s so like, to me it was revolutionary, because I come from a world where maybe you can relate. You’re doing your you’re doing your sets, you’re doing whatever it is you’re doing for your movements, your strength movements, your cardio movements, and then you take a break, and you’re like, Oh my gosh, this is like, that was so painful and I hated it. And now I just have to sit around and try to savor this rest. But you make it really fun with that. And I think that that is something that people are craving more is connection to movement where it’s, I mean, it’s probably look, your workouts are not easy. They’re challenging right there, you’re not playing down your give, I love how you scale it, but you’re not saying like, okay, we’re gonna just like make it the easiest for everybody. It makes me I’m like sweating, you know? And, like, out of breath, and my husband’s looking at me because he’s just working, you know, over there, and what are you doing? But um, but I love how you really bring that aspect of enjoying movement, even if it’s challenging. Is that something that you’ve that you’ve, you’ve just sort of developed naturally, or you saw a gap in the kind of workouts that you were doing? Like, how did that come about?

Kanoa Greene
It really just evolved and evolved through a through just this time, which is kind of crazy. Because if you came to my class at the Y, there were no dance breaks, I maybe a few like at the beginning, because I love music. I just it’s something that gets me energized. It’s one of those things when I don’t feel like moving for myself, I’ll put on great music and then I’m like, Okay, I’m ready to move. And it’s one of those things that has just in I’ve recognized for me it It helps it keep it fun and joyful. Because I want to move for joy. But I also want to move with intentionality. burpees are not fun for me. I just, I’ve got to say just I don’t love burpees. But for me and the types of activities that I love to do, I love to paddleboard I love to hike, I love to surf, I want to snowboard. And I realized there is strength in doing a burpee and mastering that that I want to do. So I can do more of the things that I love. So, no, I don’t love burpees. But I know that I want to master them. And so having a dance break, having fun and joy interjected into a workout helps me get closer to doing that, that thing instead of focusing on I don’t want to do this.

Kanoa Greene
And it just it I literally organically happened because I know that some people don’t want to move I get I totally get that. And especially in the climate we’re in and there’s so much but there’s such a need for it just to move for your mental health for your emotional health. And so how can I help kind of bridge the gap, even if you come to my workouts and you only do the dance breaks. I’m your biggest cheerleader.

Kanoa Greene
You don’t have to do the other stuff. If you just want to shimmy and shake the whole time. I am there for it. But anything just to help encourage people like just you know, move for yourself like

Steph Gaudreau
Yeah, yeah. I love that. One of the things I know that you’re really passionate about is creating opportunities for and I love how you wrote you write fitness for everybody and every body. Right seems to be something that’s so core and central to your mission and being someone who is on social media, doing fitness, somebody who’s creating fitness experiences for people, you’re coaching in different apps now. How important is that to you to create that place that container, that safe space for people to be able to move their bodies even if they don’t see themselves oftentimes represented in fitness.

Kanoa Greene
That is everything, like everything because I didn’t have that. And a lot of my journey, I didn’t feel comfortable. Oh Steph you’re going to make me cry and we’re just getting started this time. It is always like, it’s so weird to cry in front of strangers but you’re not a stranger. Um, but it’s something that I didn’t have and I felt uncomfortable and I showed up anyway but there was such a weight of, I don’t belong here, but I’m gonna do it anyway. So for me, if I can show up and help ease that for someone else, if I can create that safe space, and she can look at me and say, if she can do that hard thing, I can do one little step, right, if she can take a big ol leap, I have the courage and competence with her to take even a small step. That’s why it’s important for me to show up in as many places as I need to, especially when there is not that representation there. Right? Like, that’s, for me, it’s if an opportunity comes. And I see that there is there’s a need there. I’m like, okay, like, what do we need to do? Like, do I need to jump out of an airplane, bungee jump from like I’m in.

Kanoa Greene
So that’s why, you know, in the fitness space, for sure. You there’s still we’ve come a long way. But there’s still so much more ground to cover. And it’s good to see that there are now apps out there that are inviting all bodies to be a part of this conversation and be a part of this industry and help make it a place for every body.

Steph Gaudreau
Hmm. Has there been anything that’s come up along this way? And I can, first of all, thank you for sharing that and know how important it is to you. Because it does make you emotional. And that’s how you know it’s, it’s true. I always say, you know, when when you have that bubbling up of emotions, that’s just something that’s so resonant. So thank you for being transparent. Is there ever any point along the way where you think, you know, being the being a woman of color, being a woman in a larger body, like this mission is really important to me, but also, sometimes it’s hard to be that person that’s out there? Is there ever any time where you just think, oh, give me the strength to get through this? I mean, what are those moments like for you?

Kanoa Greene
I mean, it’s weird, because I’m gonna say no, just because the importance and the impact far outweighs whatever it is, I’m feeling like that is not even relevant. I could be tired, I could be sore. That is irrelevant to the big picture of what is happening. So I would say in that aspect, no, but to say that it’s there are aspects of hard Of course, there are. Um, and it’s interesting, because I never It’s not that I actually intentionally signed up for I never even thought I was going to pursue a career in fitness. I thought it was going to be a hobby. I like wearing cute, active wear, like, love you wear the cute stuff of actually going to work, you know, I don’t know. So I never set out to say, Okay, I’m going to change the road, I’m going to make this my mission. It just happened. And it continues to keep happening. Two years ago, if you would have told me I would have been doing a fitness app and the funny thing is, is I actually said no, cuz I was like, That’s ridiculous, like, that makes no sense. And then today to be at a place where there’s gonna, there’s two apps that I’ll be at. I mean, that is just again, so the opportunity has come and then it’s you assess, and you’re like it has to be done. And if I don’t do it, who’s gonna do it? You know, I cannot wait. Another are going to be other people for sure. But if not now, when, if not me, then who and so I have to step up to the plate and then hopefully, open the door for other people to join me so that we can all be part of this movement.

Steph Gaudreau
I love it. It’s so powerful. You know, in this space now, especially on Instagram, where obviously it’s very image focused, we’re seeing pictures and videos, right? That’s just the play or writing different than a podcast or something like that. So we’re very image focused platform. There is an interesting conversation that happens a lot, especially when you start to weave in concepts like body neutrality, body positivity. We’re seeing people in in a more diverse range of body sizes that are engaging in things like fitness on one hand, we have people that say things like, You’re so brave, or you’re so courageous. And then on the other hand, we have people who are like, you know, when you say things like that, it makes me feel a certain way. It makes me feel others or something of that nature, right? And yet at the same time, we live in a world where the reality is experiences for people in certain kinds of bodies are not the same. So how do you? How do you approach that? Like, if somebody were to say, You’re so brave, you’re so courageous for for being out there? How would you respond to that?

Kanoa Greene
I say, thank you. I mean I don’t get offended and for me, I really don’t sweat the small stuff. Like my, I’m so focused on what the big thing is that all and and they get it, there’s a lot of conversations going on. And I honestly don’t find myself really being a part of any of them. Because me contributing to a specific conversation energy towards that takes away from the energy that needs to be focused towards changing something. So for me, if someone’s like, you’re brave and courageous, like, yes girl so are you! Hi-Five! We are good. Like, let’s throw confetti I’m here. So I’m not gonna get offended by I just, I don’t.

Steph Gaudreau
Yeah, I love that and thanks for sharing that I think it is, you know, there’s so many ways to look at the the conversation and what I see and hear you saying is, you know, what, I’m going to show up in my full self and my full joy. You I’m like, laser focused on that mission and that’s what I have my eyes on, and I’m not going to hate.

Kanoa Greene
And that’s not to say that those people in those conversations aren’t focused on the big thing but again, like you said, it’s we all have different experiences. We’re all different human beings. And as long as you’re living your authentic self, then you do you, boo.

Steph Gaudreau
Right, exactly. Um, if you could go back well, okay, if you can kind of look out into the world, you know, there’s somebody coming to one of your classes, and or they’re interested, and they’re kind of like, where you were when you first decided I’ll try it, you know, but you weren’t really sure. Someone who’s reluctant, maybe they feel like they’re, they don’t quite belong, what would you say to encourage that person?

Kanoa Greene
It’s everything I do, because that person shows up in my life every day, right? Like, every day, she’s, you know, coming into my life in some way. Um, and for me, it’s Oh, just let them know that I’m on this journey, too. I think that’s something that we don’t always get from people, fitness professionals, people, leading instructors, trainers, it’s, it’s not that we have everything figured out. And now we’re just looking at you. And I’ve worked with some people like that, where it’s you work with a trainer, and they’re like, you know, do this, that of that, and just go do your thing. I’m on this journey to I still want to grow as a person in my own journey. And so I think that in itself, just lets them know, okay, like, she’s not here to talk down at me or talk at me like she’s in this with me. And that’s why it’s important for me to communicate that even in my classes, no matter what it is that I’m doing, it’s, I’m struggling to, I am a hot mess on a lot of those workouts.

Kanoa Greene
Like, I sweating, I dying and it just, I’m not, I’m working to I’m struggling to I’m in this right alongside with you. And when they can see you really own that and be vulnerable and that, then they’re like, okay, like, I’m doing better than she is pleased to be better than I think that helps tremendously.

Steph Gaudreau
Absolutely. And I love that, that concept of sharing really authentically where you’re at, because it people do have the tendency to think, well, there’s so much there’s so advanced, or there’s so much better, right? Or I could never live up to that and be really authentic and truthful. And just saying, Hey, I don’t have it all figured out or today’s message.

Kanoa Greene
I had to pretend that I was perfect and could do all of the reps in there. I would not be doing this. Like, not at all. So like he’s a hot mess express. I own it. I love it.

Steph Gaudreau
Talk to me about plus size retreats. You’re organization, you’re this other venture that you have so many amazing things going on. But what was the what was the genesis of that? What was the catalyst? Yeah, that was

Kanoa Greene
I mean, it’s, yeah, I mean, it’s the same thing again, if you would have told me two years ago, I’d be launching anything one outdoors and retreats because I’m such a city girl, like lived in New York City, that is my heart. I’m such like that I’m that girl. So, you know, the idea of like, Oh, I’m gonna do these retreats. Um, but it was kind of in 2018, I made the decision that I wanted to really dedicate myself to surfing. It’s a dream that I had had. It’s one of those things where you don’t really have the dream, because you’re like, I don’t see people like me. I had looked for software for people. There was nothing even close I had called designers. They’re like, yeah, now this, we’re not making it, we’re not thinking of making it. So I thought, Okay, this is really not a space for me, like, they just exit me out of this. But in 2018, I said, You know what, I’m just gonna do it. Like I’ve been doing everything else and showing up. It’s like, what’s the worst that could happen? It really isn’t for me, and then that’s it. But at least I tried. So in the course of sharing the journey of, I’m going to gain strength, and I’m going to condition my body to do this thing. I was invited to Costa Rica to be a model for really one of the very first size inclusive surfwear lives, which was like huge. So being out in Costa Rica with women of different sizes. Just going through the experience of learning how to start, it was amazing. And I got to share that experience. Through the end, obviously, coming back to the States, like continuing my surf journey. So many women were just the light bulb went off of, Oh, this is something I want. I’ve been wanting to kind of dabble in, but now I can actually live in, in this dream that I have. And this desire. And so they had asked me, you know, are there places that I could recommend some surf camps that were size inclusive, that were plus size friendly retreats, anything? And I was like, Okay, can you give me a couple days? Let me get the list together. Let me do the Googles and I’m just searched the interwebs. And I’ll be right back.

Kanoa Greene
Well, it’s so weird, because obviously, I had been looking for this for years and hadn’t seen anything. In my mind. Somehow I thought, okay, I had this experience, and the world has changed. In that time, I really did not realize there wouldn’t be anything. But that’s exactly what happened. I was searching, I was looking and nothing was coming up. And I felt like if I go back to them, and I tell them, there’s nothing like, I feel like I’m a jerk. Like, I feel like I let them down. Not and it’s wasn’t my fault. But I just felt this sense of responsibility of there isn’t anything. So I literally have like little this is within moments. It’s like, okay, there’s nothing. What do I say? Why don’t you text a friend and see if it’s not weird that if I do my own retreat, we literally just like a quick message. And she’s like, do it. And so I literally told her, I was like, You know what, I’m just gonna create one. I never did it. So know what’s gonna happen, but I’ll figure it out. No, we’ll do it. And so that just started the process of creating the world’s first surf event period of any kind, that is meant to support and encourage plus sized women. And so the launch was supposed to happen this past June, which was fantastic because I honestly did it. People had said they were interested, I didn’t know, you know, you’re like, I want to do the things and then they really don’t want to do the things. But the retreat sold out in two days.

Kanoa Greene
It was crazy. I thought, there really are women who want to do this and women really covering the plus side spectrum, because in my mind, I thought it might be people like better the size 14 or 16, you know, who just have maybe a little bit more confidence who don’t feel so vulnerable about putting themselves out there but it wasn’t it was like women all across the board. I was like, Yes, this is amazing. But it was supposed to be set in June and we cancelled it because of COVID, it was the right thing to do. But it gave us the opportunity then to really think about what does this experience what have you because when I created it, it was in reaction to oh my gosh, I have to create something so these women have something to go to. Whereas then it became I get to create the experience that they deserve to have so we moved it from, you know, Cocoa Beach, Florida to Hawaii and I was like Hello.

Steph Gaudreau
Just I just got full body chills.

Kanoa Greene
I just needs to be this really big experience that they absolutely deserve to have. So I’m so excited because there hasn’t been this space for them for us to have. And it honestly it took me a while to even get to calling it a plus size or for a treat because it took friends and people kind of getting me there. So it’s like no, I wanted all the bodies like I don’t want to isolate it and make it just for that I didn’t have a plus size, anything can you grew up with, you had to figure it out with everyone.

Kanoa Greene
And I, that’s kind of what I really felt my heart It had to be, but they spoke wisdom into my heart. And just you know, they don’t have that. For someone who is essentially street sized. They have so many options, it’s a matter of where they want to go. What’s the price point how long they want to go plus size, women have zero options. So this is something that is really catered for them and for them to feel really special. And yeah, and supported.

Steph Gaudreau
This is absolutely beautiful. I think it’s so incredible. And no pun intended. You have this ability, it’s like called the Big Blue Ocean. The big blue ocean is this concept. Have you ever heard of it?

Kanoa Greene
No.

Steph Gaudreau
It’s like this concept where, you know, there’s lots of people do it. There’s lots of surf retreats around the world, right? Yeah. But you like you really came up with something based on something that was in need, that you saw, and that you felt right, something that you personally experienced. And you’ve now created this experience for people that they’re going to have that is so different from anything else. And you’re like, really going forward with that, which I think is just so incredible. So well done, and kudos to you for creating that thing that’s going to be specifically for, you know, people to have that feeling of support that feeling of space,

Kanoa Greene
Because I think people sometimes if you’re not even people who maybe haven’t grown up, plus, I’d like me, I’ve always been the big girl, right? Like, I remember essentially being a fat girl since I was in like second grade. So that’s kind of been the world that I’ve lived in. And sometimes when you’re not in that you don’t realize that everything you do, there’s that question of, am I too big? Am I gonna fit? Is it gonna support? Will they be able to help me? And if you don’t ever live in a body where you have those questions you don’t? It’s like you don’t know what you don’t know. So in this world, they may want to go to an essentially size inclusive surf camp. But does that person really know what it’s like to be in a pluses? But do they really understand what it’s like to maneuver in the ocean on a board at 230 pounds with a belly with size? You know, it’s just so at least they know coming in, I get it. I get it. And I just want you to come and know that I have you covered everything is like the clothes, the gear then struct like everything is good. You just have to come and be you and have fun.

Steph Gaudreau
I love it. So what what is the plan for the next camp? So it’s Hawaii, right?

Kanoa Greene
It is Hawaii. We doubled the time, everything’s bigger. Like, oh, we’re just gonna go loose and go big. Because the first retreat was, like I said, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 10. Women, I think it was like three nights, four days, and now it’s Hawaii, 20 women. Five days, six hours, six days, five nights. I mean, it’s a lot of different things. Not only just surfing, which obviously, that’s why women are primarily coming. But I also lead hiking tracks in Hawaii when I’m there because I live part time there as well. So I’m going to take them on some of my favorite hikes like we’re going to do snorkeling, you’re the first person who is knowing and hear all the goodies. Um, but it’s really just going to be an experience where they get to experience adventure in their bodies with no limitations. None!

Steph Gaudreau
Love it. That’s like a pure Mic drop moment. Oh, gosh, so Oh, all right, fill us in. If somebody wants to learn more about your retreats, they’re going to follow you on Instagram they better I find out somebody has listened to this podcast and they have not gone to follow you on Instagram, we’re going to have some words, so where can folks follow along with you and learn more about your retreats and everything that you’re doing?

Kanoa Greene
Absolutely, like Instagram Kanoa Greene for sure. And then Plus Size Retreats also on Instagram.

Steph Gaudreau
Perfect. We’re going to make sure it’s linked up so they don’t have any excuse for not following along with you. kanoa Thank you so much for being on the podcast for sharing your light for really leaning into your energy, your own resilience, the things that you love to do and your mission. I think it’s incredibly inspirational for everybody listening if you have a fire in your heart, right, go follow it.

Kanoa Greene
Absolutely. Absolutely. It was put in your heart for a reason. So go after it.

Steph Gaudreau
I love it. Thanks again for being on the podcast.

Kanoa Greene
Thank you.

Unknown Speaker
There we go, that does it for our show with Kanoa Greene. Oh my goodness. She’s just such a ray of light and such a positive force and I appreciate so much what she’s doing in the world and her message and mission. I hope you also loved her and you go and follow her on social media. If you need any of those links, or you want to just visit the Show notes for this episode, get a transcript, whatever your little heart desires, you can do that at StephGaudreau.com and find the show notes for this and all of our episodes there. And remember from earlier, if you love this episode, share it out on social media, it really does mean a lot and it helps to spread the word about the podcast in a really authentic and organic way. Tag both of us, Kanoa Greene and myself. We’d love to see what you thought about this episode and be able to amplify what you said. All right, next week, I will be back with another episode. So until then, I really hope you have a wonderful week and be well.

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