Programs-2018 2018-02-14T23:39:07+00:00

2018 Workshops

For further information or to enroll in a class, please contact the instructor listed with each individual retreat. Many classes have discounted rates for early registration. Fees are mailed to the instructor. Dates indicate the arrival and departure days.

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JANUARY 7-14, 2018

Karin White
P.O. Box 1063
East Sandwich, MA 02537
508 241-7773

Web site:

Offering a unique invitation to join Dick Schwartz in the healing, tranquil, and magical environment of Hui Ho’olana.  In this seven day retreat we will explore the spiritual side of IFS through extended meditation designed to access high levels of Self-energy, inviting guidance regarding a vision for your life, and further unburdening your parts as a way to remove obstacles to accessing Self.

At Hui Ho’olana you will be welcomed to experience the peace and inspiration that can come to light in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and support. Through Dick’s guidance and the IFS model you will be offered the practice of ho’oponopono (the Hawaiian concept “to make things right”) by using the evolving conceptual spiritual framework of IFS to deeply heal exiles.

The inspiring and nurturing environment, superb natural food, small and intimate venue of 15 – 17 participants, and Dick’s humble but expert guidance, offer a unique and unmatched opportunity to further your IFS journey.

This advanced retreat is being offered to participants with a minimum of Level 1 IFS training.

Dick Schwartz is the founding developer of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy offering a clear, non-pathologizing, and empowering method of understanding human problems, as well as an innovative and enriching philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur. Over the past 30 years IFS has gained global recognition and is being used in many venues other than psychotherapy, where it had it’s roots.  Recently Dick was asked to present the Internal Family System model to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

7 days

JANUARY 20-27, 2018
Nicholas Wilton
480 Gate 5 Road, Suite 300W
Sausalito, CA 94954
415 533 8102
Web site:

This workshop is a playful exploration of the creative image-making process. We will be utilizing imagery inspired from our own personal stories, life experiences and the tropical surroundings of Molokai. There will be hands-on exploration of fundamental painting principles as well as gaining an understanding of how to sustain our own creative momentum.

Throughout the week, we will work on a series of small paintings on wood panels, often working on several pieces simultaneously, leaving little time to worry about success or failure. We will also explore how themes of change and spontaneity enable us to create our own unique artwork, and illuminate life lessons inherent in the creative process. We seek to engage both sides of the brain, inviting mistakes, intuition, and spontaneity, along with our knowledge of the six Art2Life Creativity Principles: value, design, color, texture, risk, and soul.  

Generous time will be given for experimentation with new tools, mediums, and techniques. Join us as we celebrate a process of inspiration, reclamation, and the journey of self-discovery through painting. This workshop is designed for people from a wide variety of disciplines. All skill levels are welcome. No artistic experience is necessary, only a willingness to play.

Nicholas Wilton is the founder of the Art2Life Creativity workshops and has been involved in teaching art and helping people re-find their creativity for 25 years. His work has been used on the covers of the national bestsellers The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Nicholas also has established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business and creative coaching to artists. He speaks and writes extensively on the subjects of purpose and inspiration.

“The workshop was really beyond my wildest imagination. It was a complete experience, truly the best of everything – Nick’s instruction, the environment, people at the Hui, the food, the workshop participants. I will never forget all that happened and how hard and diligently everyone worked. Nick has a very special gift that allows each person to find their own personal expression.”

7 days

FEBRUARY 2-12, 2018
Hui Ho’olana Staff
PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757
(808) 567-6430

This week of community building, education and family fun is dedicated to enjoying each other’s company as we playfully work, learn and mindfully create together. There will be carpentry, planting and maintenance. Teams will work together in the garden, on the land and on building projects while forming relationships and learning from each other. We will divide into teams and make a schedule (working about 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon) with a day and a half off for beach and play.

This camp fills quickly, so please register soon. Camp is open to our Board of Directors, Advisors, former staff members, teachers and people who have attended 3 or more camps.

Call, write or email for an application to attend.

10 days

FEBRUARY 18-25, 2018
A workshop about fully engaging body, heart and mind in the practice of photography
Flint Sparks & John Barclay
(215) 822-0872
website: John Barclay Photography

Seeing Deeply is a learned discipline and takes practice. Our intent is to encourage you to enter the embodied practices of contemplative photography throughout the week during which we will learn to deepen our capacity for intimacy with our subjects, with our equipment and technique, and with each other. Seeing Deeply is an invitation to show up more fully in each moment, to be captured by the beauty of the world, and to become more skillful in the art of photography. We might be so bold as to say that this is an invitation to photography as spiritual practice.

Flint Sparks is a meditation teacher, Zen priest, and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people on the unending path to growing up and waking up. He is an experienced therapist and master teacher who assists people in softening barriers to love, both inside and oitside. He is a clear an caring resource with nearly four decades of experience exploring the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering. This experince is now extending to the creative world of contemplative photography.

John Barclay is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. He is also an inspirational speaker, presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the world. John’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines and is treasured by a number of private collectors. Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine and chosen by Dewitt Jones to participate in his program. You can see his work and view his workshop schedule at

7 days

MARCH 3-13, 2018
The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley
PO Box 309
Fairfax, CA 94978-0309
Phone: 415-488-6880
Web site: Process Arts

Join Stewart Cubley for the 22nd year of his workshops at Hui Ho’olana. This retreat fills up quickly, so make sure to register early! This Moloka’i Intensive gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless presence of process painting, beyond the pace and pressures of a busy life. You will dive into ten uninterrupted days of deep relaxation and creative awakening with a small community in the pristine setting of the Hui Ho’olana.

The foundation of this intensive is personal attention in the painting process, in the nurturing environment, and in the small group interactions. This is Stewart’s longest and most personalized group program, and the opportunity to make a lasting investment in yourself and your life. It has proven to be a powerful catalyst for change by all who’ve experienced it.

For over four decades, Stewart Cubley has pioneered a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. Stewart travels throughout the world, teaching his unique approach to thousands of people at personal growth centers such as the Esalen and Omega, multinational corporations, programs in prisons and countless other public forums. Stewart is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Life, Paint & Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression (Tarcher/Putnam). He and his wife, Shae Irving, live in Fairfax, California and part of the year on their homestead near Denali Park, Alaska.

“Last week was one of the deepest and most meaningful experiences of my life. I’m still feeling the shifts coming … hardly detectable on the surface but huge on an interior, sensory level. It is very exciting, trying to stay in the quiet softness so that I can understand all that is transforming.” – student

10 days

MARCH 24 – 31, 2018
Cultivating Peace and Harmony in Yourself

Jon Bernie
Web site:
email: To Register

Peace and Harmony begin within. Your mind, body and heart are the vehicles and pathway to healing and transformation. When you learn to trust and follow the natural healing process of the personal self, the vast heart of unconditional love opens and the spirit fully awakens. Join Jon for an intimate week-long gathering, where we will have time for silent sitting, dialog, exploring the island, and just hanging out. This will be a unique opportunity to explore the space of openness, and allow unconditional love to deepen, expand and flourish.

Jon Bernie, author of Ordinary Freedom, is a contemporary spiritual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to awakening. His teaching focuses on returning the attention to the already enlightened state that lies at the core of human experience. He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist and Advaita traditions, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002. Jon is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment, trained in the Alexander Technique, Zero Balancing, and the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi. He works closely and intimately with individuals to facilitate consciousness development and deep emotional healing.

7 days

APRIL 7-14, 2018
A fundraiser for the Hui
Rik Cooke, Theresa Airey, Jonathan Kingston
Guest Speaker: Dewitt Jones
PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757
(808) 567-6430
websites: Rikki CookeDewitt JonesJonathan Kingston

This workshop is a collaboration between four outstanding technical and inspirational photographers and teachers; Rik Cooke, Theresa Airey, Jonathan Kingston and guest speaker Dewitt Jones. Rik will take students on photographic excursions discovering the unlimited beauty of Molokai and exploring the creative process. Theresa and Jonathan will help you turn your files into unique images through Lightroom 5 and other software. Dewitt will lecture on creativity and ‘the inner self’; Rikki speaks about ‘seeing simply’; Theresa teaches about ‘interpreting the subject creatively’; and Jonathan will help us to polish our digital techniques. Together they will show you new possibilities in the art of photography. There will be time to reflect, relax and rejuvenate your inner spirit in the calming lovely atmosphere surrounding the Hui.

Prerequisites: The workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced digital photographers. You must have a good working knowledge of Photoshop. Bring a digital or film camera you know well and come with a laptop computer that you are proficient in your navigational skills. This workshop is primarily for MacIntosh users. If you are bringing a PC, we will not be able to answer your computer navigation questions.

Both Rik and Dewitt have shot extensively for National Geographic Magazine and their book division. Theresa Airey is an author and international fine art photographer. Jonathan Kingston is a documentary photographer and competent teacher with high technical skills. See their websites above for more information.

For more workshop information, see April Photo Workshop.

7 days

APRIL 21-28, 2018
A Yoga Retreat
Denise Benitez & Karen Sprute-Francovich
Seattle Yoga Arts, 109 15th Ave E.
Seattle WA 98112

Our lives are a continual flow of doing into being and being into doing, of form into flow and flow into form. Robert Frost says “The heart can think of no devotion greater than being shore to the ocean, holding the curve of one position, counting an endless repetition.” The nature of the body is fluid, multiple, and complex and can’t be reduced to method. In this workshop, we will explore the similarity of our body and soul to shore and ocean and the different movements that articulate each. You will come away from this retreat feeling both more steady and more fluid.

Each day of the workshop includes two yoga classes. We will follow our theme through the week, and include pranayama, meditation, restorative yoga, chanting, and other surprises. Meditation instruction will be offered in the mornings. You will have one totally open day to explore the island.

Denise Benitez loves books, dogs, water, movement, dancing, poetry, and the tropics. You’ll find her classes informed by anything from her latest movement fascination to Jungian psychology, all of it anchored by her passion for kinesthetic discovery and wise movement that is sound and effective. Yoga has provided a soul purpose to her life for five decades.

Karen Sprute-Francovich is most influenced by Iyengar and Anusara yoga. She is a writer and a lover of poetry and prose. Karen is a dedicated meditator and thrives on stories, nearness to water, swimming and hiking. She is supported, inspired and renewed by her husband, her 2 grown sons and her cat, all of whom are Yoga practitioners (the cat especially).

7 days

MAY 5-12, 2018
A Women’s Retreat

Karen Wilhelm Buckley & Dianne Morrison

A connected, powerful, intimate relationship with our self is the most exquisite journey we can experience in life. This retreat invites us into a transformative awakening where we discover more trust and strength in our innate wisdom. We will develop our ability to bring our selves and others out of fear, and into love. As we discover the spacious presence below our personality, a place of grace, we powerfully and joyfully express our love in committed action. In the magic of the Hui Ho’olana Living Sanctuary we will enjoy caring conversations and silence, creativity, delicious food, island music and dance, and bubble baths under the sun and stars. There will be time for walks, swimming and exploring the island.

Led by Karen Wilhelm Buckley and Dianne Morrison, pioneers in executive coaching and business consulting. Karen is committed to authentic leaders who create wisdom and love, who generate significant results in their organizations. Dianne has clients invent themselves as inspiring leaders, who produce breakthrough results while maintaining a work life balance.

Building on shared commitments and their friendship, Karen and Dianne invite you to join them in a transformational journey.

7 days

MAY 19-26, 2018
Georgia Marvin & Donna Martin
Georgia Marvin (604) 485-2436 BC
Email Georgia:

Donna – (250) 319-7709 BC Canada
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Donna Martin and Georgia Marvin are two of Ron Kurtz’ senior trainers and legacy holders. Donna and Georgia hold this honor and responsibility very dear in their hearts and minds. Last year, they spent a week in Mexico with an international group of Hakomi students, teachers, and trainers including people from all over Mexico, Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

In this retreat at Hui Ho’olana they invite participants into a deep exploration of this powerful way of practicing and teaching Hakomi in the spirit and style of Hakomi Education Network. The setting is remote, quiet, beautiful and inspiring… perfect for this work. Space limited to 18 participants.

 Georgia Marvin studied and worked closely with Ron Kurtz for 10 years until his death in 2011 and was named in Ron Kurtz’ will as one of seven “legacy holders” of his work. An international trainer, Georgia contributes to the development of Hakomi trainings and trainers in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Norway, Argentina and Japan as well as having an active private practice, including an online practice.

Donna Martin worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for the last twenty years of his life and was also named in his will as a “legacy holder”. She has recently retired after many years of experience as an international trainer, and a teacher of yoga (psoma yoga) and meditation. She actively mentors new teachers and trainers and writes extensively about the method. Donna has written several books, including Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes, with Paul Brenner MD, the Practice of Loving Presence, with Ron Kurtz, and a soon-to-be-published book (in English and Spanish) called Embodied Mindfulness: the Hakomi Way.

7 Days

JUNE 2-9, 2018
BE.ING TRANSFORMATION: place.spirit.embodied life

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams Sensei
Contact Elaine Margarita Williams to register:
(415) 891-9684

The design of this week-long retreat fulfills a dream in which every aspect of the conditions required for transformation is considered. Environment and timing. Healing through modalities of body, breath and embodied practices that dislodge limiting beliefs embedded in our stories, language, body and movements. Face-to-face ZenChange sessions offer precise individual assessment and follow-up.

From cellular memory to our innermost narratives to internal and structural alignment, unwanted habit patterns and unresolved internal conflict undermine our most dedicated efforts to shift, keeping the next levels of healing, equanimity and increased capacity to dynamically self-evolve, just beyond our reach. Most of us have enough information, this retreat empowers us toward transformation.

“The part of me that did not want to live is now healed, and present – no more plexiglass shield separating me from the world. What a feeling.”—2017 Participant

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, renowned master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a Zen teacher. Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Rev. angel has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace and set off a movement of breaking down racial barriers with Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

7 days

JUNE 16-23, 2018

Flint Sparks & Donna Martin
Flint – (512) 633-5560 Texas
website: Flint Sparks
email Flint:
Donna – (250) 374-2514 – BC, Canada
website: Donna Martin
email Donna:

Enter the very heart of meditation. To create an integrated experience, we’ll offer a variety of practices including mindfulness, yoga, zazen, silence, and the Hakomi Practice of Loving Presence. Amid the peaceful beauty of Molokai, the island known as the “heart” of Hawaii, we’ll weave these practices into the tapestry of our lives.

Flint Sparks is a Zen Buddhist teacher at Appamada, a center for Zen practice and inquiry in Austin, Texas. He is a former Clinical Psychologist and Hakomi Trainer. He leads retreats internationally with an emphasis on the interface between psychology and spiritual practices in personal transformation.

Donna Martin has been a student and teacher of yoga and meditation for thirty-five years. An international Hakomi trainer, Donna teaches Hakomi and the Practice of Loving Presence (psychotherapy as spiritual practice) at various centers internationally. Together, Donna and Flint offer an integral approach combining physical, emotional, and spiritual health practices.

7 days

JULY 1- SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Hui Ho’olana Staff
PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757
(808) 567-6430

Opening camp is a sweet treat for returning friends and family who come to help us prepare for the workshop season. This is a smaller camp than the one next February (which is already full). It is a time dedicated to enjoying each other’s company as we playfully work and mindfully create together. There will be carpentry, planting and maintenance projects as well as cooking opportunities as we open the Hui.

We will divide into teams and make a schedule (working about 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon) with a day off for beach and play.

This retreat fills quickly, so please register soon. The camp is open to people who have participated in a camp or workshop at the Hui in the past. We look forward to music and singing so please bring musical instruments!

Call, write or email for an application to attend.

9 days

OCT 27 – NOV 3, 2018
Tania Carriere, Dewitt Jones & Lynette Shepard

Join us for this mini-sabbatical; take a breath, drop into yourself and give yourself the energy, time and courage to tend to the questions that you’ve been asking yourself. Explore authenticity, happiness, and personal power and Re-Imagine who you are now by honouring the wisdom of your life lived, breaking the rules that no longer fit and claiming the gifts that that are uniquely yours. This experience will be the basis for a new reflection on how you see yourself; what stories you tell yourself about who you should be and what exhausting standards you live up to. Transformation occurs as you connect to the wisdom that you hold and you intentionally choose to redefine beauty-power-womanhood and lean into what’s next. If not now, then when?

For women only – Applications at

TANIA CARRIERE, MPA, PCC With over 20 years designing unique, bespoke transformation experiences for individuals and groups, Tania Carriere leans on her background in psychology, leadership and life coaching, personal transformation, theatre, travel and dance to create unique experiences that will engage your intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual being in a journey of wonderment, discovery and ultimately change. She blogs at Celebrate What’s Right and AdvivumJourneys and is always contemplating the next adventure. More about Tania

DEWITT JONES, ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. He leads the Celebrate What’s Right movement, inviting all to see from a place of abundance and joy. Dewitt will capture your essence in a photojounalistic style, which will be the basis for a new reflection on how you see yourself.

LYNETTE SHEPPARD, RN Author of “Becoming a Menopause Goddess”, Lynette Sheppard has hosted the popular Menopause Goddess Blog for the past 15 years. This virtual community brings women together to share wisdom, humor and heart about Menopause, Ageing Gracefully and Second Adulthood. Lynette will be teaching Hula as a movement form to acknowledge and embody the feminine.

7 days

DECEMBER 18, 2018 – JANUARY 3, 2019

Hands-on Therapy
Hui Ho’olana offers opportunities for massage and bodywork by highly skilled massage therapists.

Introduce A Teacher
Hui Ho’olana enjoys sponsoring new and innovative teachers, especially from Hawaii. If you know of a teacher you would like to have us support, please have them contact us.

Introduce A Friend
Do you have a friend who might be interested in our teaching and reforestation projects? Give us their name and email address and we will gladly send them an application.