February 28th to March 6th, 2018
"Pele’s Fire healed me in ways I didn’t know I needed healing and pushed my writing in ways I didn’t know I needed to be pushed." - Grace Burns
Leave behind a world of distractions for a week devoted to your own writing in an ecologically-conscious setting at Pele’s Fire—a writers’ retreat held in a secluded jungle on the Big Island of Hawaii. Now in its third year.
What makes our all-inclusive writing retreat unique? You can have it all: your own quiet writing time; small-group workshops with both of our teachers; generative inspiration and exercises; guided conversations on a variety of writing-related topics; your own one-on-one conference for manuscript feedback; group readings; and optional free time to explore the island. Volcano National Park, Lava Tree Forest, Kaimu black sand beach and volcanically-heated warm pools are all nearby. We will be integrating our surroundings into our writing, and using our bodies as well as our brains. We will be announcing a special virtual guest to guide the morning writing prompt, so check back for updates on that!
The home-base for the Pele’s Fire writing retreat is Kalani—a nonprofit educational retreat center and eco-community that honors Hawaii's heritage, and a living model for implementing best practices in permaculture, sustainability, and community development. Your registration fee includes six nights in a beautiful, spacious cottage (double occupancy), and all meals. Kalani also has a full schedule of yoga and movement classes you can attend, and many different wellness and healing offerings, including massage, reiki, etc. for additional fees. A pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and 120 acres of seaside rain forest beauty await.
Write and move. Retreat and explore. Find quiet and community. Generate new work and get feedback on your manuscript. Work in groups and one-on-one. Work with both of our teachers.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SPRING 2018. APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 4, 2017.
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This year, 2018, marks three significant occasions: It is the FINAL Pele's Fire retreat, and both Elena and Reiko are bring books into the world. Elena's story collection, The Immigrant's Refrigerator, will be published in February, and Reiko's novel, Shadow Child is coming out on May 8th. Here is... Read More
Dear Writers, I have been thinking a lot about community lately: what it means to be a community of writers. To hear each other, to hold each other up, to stand in each others’ darkness unafraid, to turn up the volume on each other’s voices. This year, perhaps because... Read More
Enjoy this video of our 2017 memories and imagine yourself escaping to Hawaii in the cold! 2018 dates are February 28-March 6th. Flights are discounted for the offseason, so the time to act is now! We invite you to poke around on the website and apply. Deadline December 4,... Read More
Do you need help grounding your writing? Want to know why you can’t focus, or what you should be focusing on? Maybe you want to know how to go forward. What’s next? Or, if you have come to a fork in the road, how do you choose? When I... Read More