Pele's Fire: Write to the Core

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Bhanu Kapil, Elena Georgiou

March 21, 2017 - March 27, 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. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something so life changing!"

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 breathtaking tropical jungle oasis 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.

Your registration fee includes six nights in a beautiful, spacious cottage 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!

"This retreat was unbelievable. Beyond my expectations!"

About the Facilitator(s)

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Reiko is interested in truth-telling, and the transformative power of writing. "We are the stories we well," she says, "and in telling our truths, we can literally change the world." She is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, and the novel, Why She Left Us.  She has received an American Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, and the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. She is the Associate Editor of  The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City.

Reiko has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View, among others, and her articles have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project. She teaches at Goddard College, and is the advisor of the national literary journal, Clockhouse.  She is a Hedgebrook alumna, where she has taught master classes and at the Vortext Salon. Reiko was raised on the Big Island.

Web Address:
Twitter: @r3reiko

Bhanu Kapil
Bhanu Kapil is a writer interested in how to make fragments attract. Bhanu believes the classroom "is an incubator and laboratory for spiritual and practical experiements, philosophies and becomings of all kinds. I think of it as a place where the 'tender broken heart of everything' becomes the thing that's at stake." She teaches at Naropa University and at Goddard College, and also in retreat settings, such as A Room of Her Own Foundation at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. Bhanu is the author of five books, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (2001), Incubation: A Space for Monsters (2006), Humanimal [ a project for future children] (2009), Schizophrene (2011) and Ban en Banlieue (2015.)

Born and brought up in the UK by Indian parents, Bhanu now makes her home in Colorado. She travels widely to read from her work and perform at the invitation of different communities.

Twitter: @thisbhanu

Elena Georgiou
Elena Georgiou is a writer, teacher, editor, and lover of islands. She will encourage you to mine the details of the world you are exploring, to deepen your work by creating vibrant imagery and by delving into the places where risk bubbles up to the surface of the page. She has published two poetry collections: mercy mercy me, and Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrant, and is coeditor of the anthology The World Within Us. Her forthcoming book is a collection of short stories, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator.

Elena has received a Lambda Literary Award, an Astraea Emerging Writer Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship, and her work has appeared in BOMB, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle, Lumina, MiPoesia, and Spoon River Review, among others. Elena is the Director of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing Program.



Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Your stay here supports education, community arts programming, and Hawaiian culture preservation within the District of Puna. Kalani has grown to become the largest provider of services in Puna – thanks to the support from guests like you!

Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to all instruction and course activities, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna.

Rolling admission until December 15th or until full. Apply today!

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 2295 $ 2925
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) n/a n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a

Triple Occupancy Available:
Cottage (private bath): $1995

Kamaʻāina Commuter: $1299
Kamaʻāina rates are all-inclusive and provide access to Kalani campus for all instruction and course activities, three meals per day, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.

Extend Your Stay at a Discount!
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates for retreat attendees. There is so much to explore on this incredible island - from the volcano and the astronomy centers on Mauna Kea to the tide pools, beaches, and hikes along the coast.  Kalani is always brimming with activity, with 50 classes a week, as well as special events.
If you require airport shuttle service, please contact Kalani Guest Services at 800-800-6886 or [email protected], at least one week in advance.

For registration and cancellation policies, please refer to Pele's Fire website.

Because of the structure of our retreat packages, we are unable to pro-rate retreat fees for shortened stays.

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