"A haven of good energy in a place of strong energy,
thank you for inviting us into your home. Love it!"
Naomi and Jonathan
Aloha! Looking forward to sharing sacred time/space together! :D
There have been some changes in our focus over the years,
so please read what our intentions are now...
even if you've been here before.
WHO WE ARE: We consider the spot on planet earth we are stewarding meant for unconventional, nature-based & magical experiences, rather than any kind of typical 'home,' 'accommodations,' or 'retreat'...with a focus on individuals enjoying their best self & lives around a kindred spirit or two. :)This environment is womyn-centric with a growing focus on welcoming Goddess Girl energy during this time of the Divine Feminine rising on Planet Earth...& at times can be specifically women-only space; other times we happily welcome men friends & couples.We are diverse by race, age, artistic medium, spirituality, affectional preference, (etc!)...& in the interest of fostering sweet one-on-one interactions that resonate with conscious depth, we expect visitors to be respectfully substance-use (smoke/alcohol/drug) free. Everyone here agrees to be 100% self-responsible for their own needs, safety, and belongings while they are at this tropical, shared, work-in-progress, located within rustic rainforest on an active volcano.Our creative, country-quirky cabins, rooms, camping, & beautiful shared main house with its kitchen, library/art/music room, bathrooms, banana tree forest, mediation areas, etc. are all kept sacredly simple. Meals & adventures are shared as mutually desired.WHERE WE ARE: An easy drive from local farmer's markets, art galleries & art centers, Volcano National Park hiking & molten lava crater viewing, Hilo Airport, grocery & health food stores, waterfalls, and several black sand sea turtle beaches, we're also within country-walking distance of the island-style Hele-On bus between Hilo/Keauu and Kau/Volcano. (Though please note: if you want to come & go as you please, having a car is generally more convenient than this island's wonderful-yet-not-frequent bus system which operates Monday - Saturday; no service nights, Sundays, or holidays.)HOW SUPPORTING US WORKS: Generous expressions of appreciation from friends far & wide -- from those who stay with us & those who don't; and from those who participate in day studies/magic with the Founder & those who don't -- are always sincerely appreciated!
It's why, even with the economic ups & downs going on in the world, we are still here! :) Thank you sooooooo much for being glad we exist! :)When we are open to welcoming visitors for day studies &/or overnights, there are two ways of prearranging that time: 1) with a minimum, mutually agreed upon, prepaid, nonrefundable/nontransferable 'expression of appreciation' via our Paypal donations button, where we schedule specific days you intend to enjoy exclusively immersing in whatever experience (day studies or an overnight stay, for example) we are agreeing to...or 2) as a partial work trade, with significantly lower monetary support plus 1.5 - 2 hours helping out around here per day beyond whatever other experience you have come for.
In some years, we have welcomed many new & old friends in various day & overnight ways. Other years, we do not.PARTIAL WORK TRADE OPTION: If you're interested in helping out, Partial Work Trade projects are assigned from our current priorities & the things we generally do around here, including: Hawaiian-style hand-clearing/maintaining of jungle trails/grounds; weather-protect staining/painting of structures (artistic creativity encouraged!); spring cleaning & organizing; laundry; planting or weeding; building/fixing/maintaining things like food planter boxes, gates woven from rainforest materials, & tarped storage jungleows; the getting & bringing away of materials like plant matter, household supplies, kitchen recycling, propane, rescue kitty & gardening supplies, etc.; &/or whatever would be most helpful for this environment during the time you are here.
No experience necessary, just a willing & happy-to-learn attitude! :) (Though if you happen to have specific skills you would like to share, or any particular bodily limitations, do let us know.)Note: Those sharing time/space here via a Partial Work Trade will most LIKELY have a room/cabin to themselves (since we have been keeping things quieter around here these days)...but it is possible, at times, that helpers in spaces with more than 1 bed may get to room with another visiting goddess gal or 2, just fyi.PLANNING A VISIT: When reaching out to plan some time here, please say a bit about yourself...your intentions for sharing time together...when you'd like to do that...& we'll take it from there. :) (Note: as a private home, we're happy to welcome folks for prearranged stays with a mutually agreed upon check-in time set up in advance. We aren't open to any kind of drop-ins or folks stopping by to just see what we're up to.)FOCUS ON NATURE: What we're up to these days is cherishing peace, quiet, & timelessness as our little neck of the woods becomes more & more wild-nature-focused, and diving into our own creative projects & spiritual practices, in between watching native birds feast on grasses & Hawaiian medicinals now allowed to grow tall enough to seed.But what does it mean to become more eco-friendly while having less human impact on an environment? To be with & in nature more, rather than admiring it from afar?In this volcanic rainforest, the sun-rain-sun-rain weather can sometimes feel louder & more present than people. We enjoy working with these rhythms, and we prioritize protecting & respecting nature in its natural state. For those used to bustling cities & more cultivated/controlled/'happening' environments, this can be an adjustment. You WILL be touched by plant life, and by the elements (sun & moon shine, air, dewdrops, rain)! :)
Our environment ebbs & flows with iridescent skink lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, chameleons, singing tree frogs, outdoor kitties, and also, from time to time, roaming families of wild pigs with spotted piglets come out of the forest, and if you're still, they may hang around awhile to graze & root. (So far, things like mosquitoes have remained blessedly rare.)Organic food can still be grown by those who are here for awhile as we have always treated the land with as much good (non-toxic) care as possible.SERVICES: We do have electricity for lights, refrigeration, cooking...and we also now have free internet WIFI......but in general we're in the process of transitioning towards more & more collaboration with the Spirit of the Land (rather than trying to conquer it) by enjoying things like solar showers, for example, and making it a point to learn to inventively recycle, repair, reuse -- fixing & fashioning things with natural materials whenever possible -- rather than discarding to consume. (All this can be quite the adventure! A desire & ability to slow down & be mindful is necessary.)WHAT TO KNOW & BRING:
- a flashlight (stars are gorgeous when skies are clear because night is quite dark without city lights around!),
- sturdy shoes & easy slip on/off shoes (like most places in Hawaii, we're a "no shoes inside" household),
- warm & cool weather clothing (days tend to be mild year-round; nights can sometimes be chilly; & if you're planning to head up Mauna Kea, at that elevation there can even be snow!),
- whatever you like to eat (there's a "food-to-share shelf" anyone is welcome to take from & add to; sometimes there's lots of yummy stuff there, other times not, just depends whose been here & what they've contributed),
LONGER STAYS, PRIVATE RETREATS + TELE-CONSULTATIONS: Arranging longer stays, custom-designed professional, creative, &/or spiritual study with Kulana's Founder, &/or tele-conferencing is sometimes possible.
- your Spirit of Adventure! :)
Want to dive deep? Inquire about:
* Private Tailored Nurturing retreats (3-7 days),
* Creative Living retreats (3-12 days),
* Women's Ancient Mystery School intensives (3 to 9 days)
* and long distance consulting with the Founder.Looking forward to whatever adventures we are meant to explore...!
FOR SHARING YOUR BEST SELF
WHILE YOU ARE HERE! :D
If you'd like to hear from others who have been here relaxing & transforming over the years, please check out the "Quotes" page of this site!
"I came looking for an understanding of you
and came out understanding myself.
Thank you so much for the conversation,
the spaces wide open and all that lies in between.
(You) gave me a sense of timelessness,
and with that a precious glimpse
into the person I forgot I was
and have always been."
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