Big Island Poetry & Nature Adventure Retreat

Ray McGinnis

Malama Ki

Come encounter the wild landscape of the Big Island. Experience the power of lava to shape the land. Visit ocean shores and tide pools with their splendid sea creatures, flora and fauna. Ponder the trail of ancient volcanic eruptions and walk on some of the newest land on earth. Listen to the sounds of nature, enjoy lush tropical vegetation and write down what the Big Island teaches you, as it offers similes and metaphors for life. Enjoy adventures in nature, breathe in the experience and breathe out poetry. 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.    

About the Facilitator(s)

Ray McGinnisRay McGinnis 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. Author of Writing the Sacred, Ray is also 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 also teaches journal writing workshops and poetry workshops in health care settings, libraries, college, retreat and spiritual settings. He 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.


To Register:

Ray McGinnis
(604) 408-4457

Workshop Fees

Included in this 5-day big island retreat are: daily poetry sessions, a nature adventure excursion to see Waipi'o Valley, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s facilities including Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Plans for additional nature adventures may be arranged based on feasibility of car pooling to sites or arranging additional guided trips through Kalani. To reserve your space enclose $100 deposit payable to Ray McGinnis, #403-2095 Beach Ave, Vancouver, B.C, Canada V6G 1Z3. 

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

Triple Occupancy rates available upon request.  

*** 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. 
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.