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 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 Pele’s Fire 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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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

Elena, Bhanu and Reiko: A Conversation
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by Heather Leah Huddleston “…for me, the word ‘core’ feels like I am in partnership with my work…” ~ Elena Georgiou Pele’s Fire was birthed from the very core—hearts, minds, passions, and desires—of three women: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Elena Georgiou and Bhanu Kapil.  Joined by Black Belt Nia instructor... Read More

The Three (21st Century) Rs
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by Elena Georgiou Every year, I take a week off. Ostensibly, it’s a vacation in Cape Cod, but it always turns into a mini writing retreat. I unplug; and once I’ve done so, what happens? I Read. I wRite. I Relax. Why is it that relaxation in the 21st... Read More