This retreat is about learning and exploring how we can regenerate health and abundance through the practice of self-refinement and stewardship.
About This Retreat
This retreat is about learning and exploring how we can regenerate health and abundance through the practice of self-refinement and stewardship. When we make this practice an integral part of our lives we benefit all living beings – including the Earth, ourselves and all our relations. Cultivating self-refinement facilitates inner growth and active stewardship facilitates healthy and sustainable growth of ecosystems, gardens and communities. Living this vision daily brings humanity and the environment we live in closer to its highest potential. This exploration will be the central thread woven throughout the entire retreat. Instruction and counsel will be provided for everyone – regardless of skill level – on the nuances of self-cultivation and stewardship, both in a group setting and individually.
We will work in five landscapes for four hours at each site. Work sites will
likely include a small scale organic farm, an ecosystem restoration project/invasive
species control, a taro patch and a community garden. At each site we will experience a unique garden and ecosystem. Each project will be contextualized with information such as overview, design techniques, cultural relevance, plant and horticultural knowledge, to name a few. There will be a focus on how to work effectively and quickly while staying healthy and mindful.
In addition to working on these five projects we will also spend time exploring the local landscape and its beautiful forests, waterfalls, beaches and sacred sites. Everyday there will be time to explore Kauai’s North Shore under the expert guidance of Owen and Chris. Throughout the retreat we will be tending to the group and individual process, offering opportunities for hiking, swimming, ceremony, free time and more. While meals, meditation/yoga and morning work will occur at set times, the retreat facilitators will guide the rest of the schedule and activities based on the flow and feel of the group and the weather.
[Qualifying students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and University of California at Davis can receive 2 credits for successfully completing this retreat]
Tools we’ll use
--Guided hikes and walks
--Free time/contemplative time
--Delicious, nourishing, local food
--Unique and magical locations in the landscape