2020 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.

For accommodations before or after a workshop, please look in the Visitors Center on visitmolokai.com


JANUARY 5-12, 2020
Karin White
P.O. Box 1063
East Sandwich, MA 02537
508 241-7773

Web site: selfleadership.org
email: karinwhite@comcast.net

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  meditation & exercises 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 Self led 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.

7 days

JANUARY 18 – 25, 2020
Tania Carriere, Dewitt Jones & Lynette Shepard
email: tania@advivum.ca
website: www.advivumjourneys.ca

A mini-sabbatical; take a breath and gift yourself the energy, time and courage to answer one of life’s biggest questions, “Who do I want to be now?” Explore authenticity, happiness, and personal power; Re-Imagine yourself into who you were always meant to be by honouring the wisdom of your life lived, breaking the rules that no longer fit and claiming the gifts that are uniquely yours. This highly creative and experiential experience will be the beginning of a new way of seeing yourself; without the stories you tell yourself about who you should be and the exhausting standards (yours and societies’) you live up to. Intentionally choose to redefine beauty-power-womanhood and lean into what’s next. If not now, then when?

This retreat includes 3 months of workbooks and coaching prior to and following the retreat. Registration closes October 2019.

For women only – Applications at www.advivumjourneys.ca/retreats/

TANIA CARRIERE, MPA, PCC With over 20 years designing unique, celebratory 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, integrated  experiences that will engage your intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual being in a journey of wonderment, discovery and transformation.   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 inspire us by sharing his beliefs about beauty and 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 sharing wisdom, humor and heart about Ageing Gracefully and Second Adulthood. Lynette will be teaching Hula as a movement form to engage and embody the feminine.

7 days

JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Hui Ho’olana Staff
PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757
(808) 567-6430
email: hui@huiho.org
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 16-23, 2020

A workshop about fully engaging body, heart and mind in the practice of photography
Flint Sparks & John Barclay
(215) 822-0872
email: johnbarclayphoto@me.com
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 outside. He is a clear an caring resource with nearly four decades of experience exploring the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering. This experience 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 healingimages.org program. You can see his work and view his workshop schedule at johnbarclayphotography.com
7 days

MARCH 1-11, 2020
The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley
PO Box 309
Fairfax, CA 94978-0309
Phone: 415-488-6880
Web site: Process Arts
email: info@processarts.com

Join Stewart Cubley for the 24th 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.

“I have to tell you that process painting has opened me up to something wild and true in my life that has more or less catapulted me beyond the confines I was feeling. And in turn my life is getting wilder and freer and better.  I mean in  very, very substantial ways. THANK YOU.”  ~ Ted L.

10 days

MARCH 21 – 28, 2020
Cultivating Peace and Harmony in Yourself

Jon Bernie
Web site: jonbernie.org
email: clearwatersangha@gmail.com 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 and The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is—Beyond Belief to Love, Fulfillment and Spiritual Awakening, 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 4-11, 2020
A fundraiser for the Hui
Rik Cooke, Theresa Airey, Jonathan Kingston, Arthur Van Dover
Guest Speaker: Dewitt Jones
PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757
(808) 567-6430
email: hui@huiho.org
websites: Rikki CookeDewitt JonesJonathan Kingston

This workshop is a collaboration between five outstanding teachers and inspirational photographers: Rik Cooke, Theresa Airey, Jonathan Kingston, Arthur Van Dover and guest speaker Dewitt Jones. Rik will take students on photographic excursions discovering the hidden beauty of Molokai. He speaks about ‘seeing simply’ and ‘rekindling the creative spirit’. Theresa teaches about taking your images into the realm of fine art. Jonathan will help you to polish your digital techniques and demonstrate how to effectively combine story telling with your images. Dewitt will lecture on creativity and ‘the inner self’. Arthur will teach you how to print your best work and to manage your printing workflow while maintaining true color from capture to print.

Together they will help you turn your files into unique images through Lightroom and other programs, showing you new possibilities in the art of photography.

There will be time to reflect, relax and rejuvenate in the lovely atmosphere of this Living Sanctuary. The workshop is intended for enthusiastic digital photographers. Bring a digital or film camera you know well and come with a laptop computer that you are comfortable using and can easily navigate. Teachers primarily use Apple products. If you are bringing a PC, we may not be able to answer your 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 National Geographic Creative Photographer who regularly leads photo expeditions for National Geographic Expeditions. He is a skilled photographer with outstanding technical expertise. Arthur Van Dover, a representative for Canon, is among the top printers in the US. He offers a new realm of creative opportunity to print your best work on site.

For more workshop information, see April Photo Workshop.

7 days

APRIL 18-25, 2020
A Yoga Retreat
Denise Benitez & Karen Sprute-Francovich
Seattle Yoga Arts, 109 15th Ave E.
Seattle WA 98112
email: yogaarts@comcast.net

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 2-9, 2020
A Movement & Mindfulness Retreat
Peter Shmock
To book, please visit www.lifeathlete.com/molokai-retreat/
website: www.lifeathlete.com

Realizing your potential the Life Athlete Way is about being connected to your body allowing for your fullest energy, expression, and enthusiasm for joyful living to flow through you. The week will guide you along a journey to know yourself more intimately, powerfully, and intuitively and to transform the way you move through life. Each day begins with daily guided meditations, dynamic breathing exercises, and a movement workshop to experience and learn the various tenants of being in your extraordinary body. These physical and mental practices and rituals which Peter developed during his time preparing for making an Olympic team are shared in a fun and light hearted way.

Together we will play with translating the most common signals of your body’s energy through a judgement free, accessible, and mindful approach. You’ll become more sensitive and able to recognize the signals and needs of your body and learn how to honor them. From better performance to living life well on all levels, you’ll learn to move more economically with improved structural integrity resulting in moving with greater efficiency, less pain, and more energy. You’ll learn breathing exercises which when coupled with movements of varying intensities will elevate your coordination, physical and mental control, and develop your internal strength.

Along the way you’ll learn to move with greater ease while finding you have more power, grace and confidence than you ever thought possible. You’ll be supported by the sacred lands of Molokai and our beautiful retreat property, time to reflect, nourishing meals, and a celebration of community to rediscover a realm of energy, inner power, self-awareness, and possibility you may have long forgotten. And you will have a full day to yourself to explore the island or renew as desired.

Over the past three decades, Peter Shmock, a two-time Olympian and author of The Way of the Life Athlete, has been helping people reclaim and reach their optimal mental and physical potential with a sustainable, Do less – Be More approach called Life Athlete. Peter’s training principles and life philosophy were developed and refined as he made the Olympic team twice. Today he shares these invaluable lessons about vitality, longevity, energy, joy, movement, and the power of mind with the Seattle Mariners, Pacific Northwest Ballet, elite athletes, executives, aspiring youth, and his global community of Life Athletes. Peter is passionate about surfing, connecting and teaching, and is inspired to share his mission of the Way of the Life Athlete.

7 days

MAY 16-23, 2020
A Women’s Retreat

Karen Wilhelm Buckley & Dianne Morrison
email: karenbuckley@thewisdomconnection.com
website: communicore.biz/wisdom-retreat

Love doesn’t require us to change who we are; it invites us to be who we are. Love connects us with others and elevates our state of being so that the choices we make create the future we most want for ourselves and the community of all life.

Love is a natural state. Being Love, we belong. Our hearts and minds open, we remember what really matters. As we step beyond feeling unloved, indifferent or separate, our innate gifts of intelligence, passion, affection, and creativity are powerfully unleashed.

In the magic of the Hui Ho’olana Living Sanctuary we will enjoy in-depth explorations, creativity, silence, 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.

Together we will;

  • Strengthen the practice of Being Love.
  • Learn to face challenging situations with equanimity, kindling voices of love, devotion and compassion.
  • Wake up to when we sacrifice our deepest knowing or express our authentic truth.
  • Experience love as “being with” ourselves and others as we suspend judgment, listen without fear, and step outside our stories.
  • Activate our wisdom to be instrumental in creating and sustaining a saner, more compassionate world.

Led by Karen Wilhelm Buckley and Dianne Morrison, pioneers in executive coaching and business consulting. Karen is committed to authentic leaders who generate substantive results while amplifying wisdom and love, in themselves and 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 30 – JUNE 6, 2020
BE.ING TRANSFORMATION: place.spirit.embodied life

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams Sensei
Contact Elaine Margarita Williams to register:
(415) 891-9684
website: www.zenchangeangel.com/being-transformation-molokai-2019

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 be.ing transformation.

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.

“I have been attending and facilitating workshops and retreats for decades and be.ing transformation is one of the most holistic, powerful, integrative & brilliant retreats I have ever participated in. One of the most amazing leaders, guides I have ever encountered”. – 2018, participant Rev. D. Johnson

7 days

JUNE 13-20, 2020
The Hakomi Way As Spiritual Practice
Flint Sparks & Donna Martin

Donna – (250) 689-7709 – BC, Canada
website: Donna Martin
email Donna: psomadonna@gmail.com
Flint – (512) 633-5560
website: Flint Sparks
email Flint: flint@flintsparks.org
For more information about registration and payment please contact Shelley Winton at wintonshelley@gmail.com

We invite you to a collaborative journey of self discovery and spiritual unfolding towards maturity and real connection with others and your environment.

Donna and Flint are leaders in the evolution of the Hakomi Method. Trusted by Ron Kurtz, its creator, as legacy holders and impeccably loyal to his vision, they present the Hakomi Method at its best in depth and multidimensional potential. Having led retreats for more than 20 years, and sharing a background as therapists and teachers, they masterly hold a space for self exploration and growth in the  land of Molokai, at Hui Ho’olana Retreat Center, which, from magnificent skies and natural landscape to attentive service and wonderful meals,  provides a perfect container for this special experience.

Flint Sparks is a Zen Buddhist teacher and Spiritual Director who leads retreats internationally with an emphasis on the interface between psychology and spiritual practices in personal transformation. He is a guiding teacher at both Appamada, a center for Zen practice and inquiry in Austin, Texas and Open Door Zen Community in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a guiding teacher in several Zen informed sanghas in the UK and Switzerland. Flint is a former Clinical Psychologist who specialized in working with people with life threatening physical illnesses.

Donna Martin has been a student and teacher of yoga and meditation for almost fifty years. An international Hakomi trainer, Donna has taught Hakomi and the Practice of Loving Presence (psychotherapy as spiritual practice) at various centers all over the world. Together, Donna and Flint offer an integral approach combining physical, emotional, and spiritual health practices.

7 days

JULY 1- SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

DECEMBER 18, 2020- JANUARY 3, 2021

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.