Poetry on the Big Island: a Poetry and Nature Adventure Workshop

Ray McGinnis

Malama Ki

Come play with words and discover poetry as a pathway connecting your heart and soul. 

At this retreat you’ll encounter the landscape of the Big Island as a prompt for your expressing yourself on paper. You’ll experience the power of lava to shape the land. You’ll visit ocean shores and tide pools with their splendid sea creatures, flora and fauna. You’ll ponder the trail of ancient volcanic eruptions and walk on some of the newest land on earth. You’ll listen to the sounds of nature, enjoy lush tropical vegetation and write down what the Big Island offers you. Each day you’ll have adventures in nature, breathe in the experience and breathe out poetry. From visits to Volcanoes National Park to the Waipi'o Valley, you'll emerge with poems and journal entries to record your adventures on your trip to the Big Island.

This retreat is for anyone who is curious to explore and express themselves through poem-making. No previous writing experience is necessary.        

Easy to moderate nature adventures will be taken at an relaxed pace to encompass a range of fitness levels. Each day will include poetry sessions, nature adventures and free time.                                                     

Kalani offers an extensive range of options, including yoga and massage sessions, for you to pamper yourself with during free time. Relax, let go and feel the healing, loving spirit of Hawaii and the Big Island.


About the Facilitator(s)

Ray McGinnis

Ray McGinnis

Ray is a poet and workshop facilitator. Since 1999 he has taught over 900 workshops in settings across North America. He has had poetry published in a variety of chapbooks and journals. A member of the Advisory Board of The Institute For Poetic Medicine, based in Mountain View, California, Ray has hiked extensively across North America and enjoys leading poetry and nature adventure retreats. He has also taught journal writing workshops. Ray enjoys creating community and a spacious setting for people to gather and rediscover how to express their own truth and authentic voice through writing. Ray lives in Vancouver, Canada.


Workshop Fees

Included in this 6-day/5-night retreat are: daily poetry sessions, 5 nature adventure excursions, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s facilities including Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Registration requires a $100 non-refundable deposit.  

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage n/a n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room $ 1095 $ 1395
3 - Bungalow Room $ 995 $ 1295
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 895 $ 1195
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 795 $ 995

*** Airfare, car rental and incidental ground travel expenses are not included in the price of this retreat. If you decide to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the place of your choice with the staff at Kalani. 1 800 800 6886.
CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations include a $30 fee. 
Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth. This retreat setting is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. 

Prices subject to change without notice.