WOW! An Adriatic Adventure in Croatia

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June 8-15, 2019 Duće, Croatia Framed as a “creative cultural sojourn,” this amazing retreat gives equal time to writing, relaxing and sightseeing. Rahna Reiko Rizzuto will be your guest artist. All writers, aspiring, emerging and established, are welcome. Enjoy the view from your room in one of two luxury villas in Duće, where the foothills of the Mosor Mountains meet the Adriatic Sea. Walk along white sand beaches, or walk into town; take an afternoon swim, immerse in Balkan culture—and … Read More

ALOHA AND STAY TUNED….

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After three amazing retreats at Kalani Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii, Pele’s Fire will be looking for a new home. The center is closed after being surrounded by lava in the eruption that began just weeks after our last retreat. Our next gathering will likely happen in 2020, and may begin to travel to different locations. If you are interested in finding out more, please subscribe for updates. Meanwhile, in 2019, Reiko will be teaching at TWO amazing … Read More

VORTEXT 2019

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VORTEXT is an extraordinary weekend salon for women at the famed Whidbey Institute, led by renowned women writers. Join our workshop leaders, Ruth Ozeki, Karen Joy Fowler, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Natalie Baszile, Shobha Rao, Elmaz Abinader and Dylan Landis, to share writing, meals, conversation and community in a stunningly beautiful setting. (Reiko’s workshop description included below. For all others, please check out Hedgebrook’s site!) The program, now in its eighth year, gives writers the opportunity to connect in diverse and powerful … Read More

Celebrate With Us

This year, 2018, marks three significant occasions: It is the FINAL Pele’s Fire retreat held at Kalani Honua, 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 a sneak peek at both jackets, and a final reminder.  Today is the last day to apply for the last Pele’s Fire.  So if you want to … Read More

Dear Writers

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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 I lost my father this summer, and I am breaking my ties to my childhood and my first home, I am thinking about the families we choose. The ones we create. … Read More

Join us in 2018

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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, 2017.   (With thanks to our photographer extraordinaire, Micael Storm Blue)

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 you?  It’s been a hard post-election year for the country, and a hard 2016 for many of us.  What does your 2017 look like?  How will you find a way to … 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 intellectual home – a calling that feeds my soul.  But I did not expect to be dancing in the line for dinner or sleeping so deeply to the sounds of the … 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 Susan Tate, who will incorporate daily creative movement classes, including Nia, these mentors make Pele’s Fire the retreat to access, to transmute, to move and write from the core of the body, … 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 century feels like a luxury? In my childhood, adults didn’t have to decide to relax. They just did it; exhaustion forced relaxation on them. My family didn’t need to go to … Read More

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