March 21st – 27th, 2017


"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


Back by popular demand.  Our second year is your second chance to join us. 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.  

What makes our all-inclusive writing retreat unique? You can have it all: your own quiet writing time; small-group workshops with each of our teachers; generative inspiration and exercises; guided conversations on a variety of writing-related topics; a one-on-one conference for manuscript feedback; evening readings and celebrations; 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 near by.  We will be integrating our our surroundings into our writing. 

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 all of our teachers.

Join us.




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Want To Know What Happens At Our Writing Retreat?

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On the Art of Waiting for Writing
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Recently, Beth Kephart asked me to talk about my writing process and rituals, and writer’s block. She shared my answers in her Junctures newsletter. Reading over them now, I find myself wishing to be in that other country: writing. To capture what is coming through in the dark.  And... Read More

Pele’s Fire. Join Us.
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Now more than ever, we need creative community, safe spaces. We need to raise our voices. Enjoy this video slide show of our 2016 experience.  Join us in March 2017.   Read More

Pele’s Fire Memories
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“Honestly, I was surprised at just how amazing this retreat was. I expected it to be great, of course, but there is something about this place that opened all of us to possibility, new ideas and joy.  Of course, Hawaii is my home, and working with writers is my... Read More

To Whet Your Appetite
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Many thanks to Rose Sabangan who took out her phone to photograph her breakfast! Here’s what the morning looks like at Pele’s Fire:     Read More