Retreats can be mountain top experiences devised to carry us through some tough times. Because I am a substance abuse counselor, among other roles, I often serve as a retreat leader for women who are working in the substance abuse field.
I seek out peaceful, relaxing and interesting settings for these retreats, and one of the most unusual and peaceful is right here in Ocean View at the South End of our Big Island – Honua La`a, which means “Sacred Land.”
Just a bit over one mile off the main highway, a driver suddenly comes across a village of large teepees (don’t ever call them tents)! Each teepee features a different color with a painted flower on the outside . . .and matching décor on the inside.
If you have ever dreamed of camping out “in style,” this would be it! The teepees include a concrete floor covered with carpeting, a king-sized bed, dressers – total luxury in an island setting.
The owner, Debbie “Alohapuanani” Roberts and her husband make this village their home year-round.
They have one special pavilion next to their own teepee that serves as their living room, dining area, and kitchen, complete with a large fire pit.
Debbie offers retreats at her village throughout the year, as well as renting it out to groups like my own. You can get more information and more pictures here, or on the website listed above.
Even though even though the retreats I lead have a primary focus on women who work with those in recovery, other groups also contact me from time to time with a special need or interest. I design each retreat around whatever the group wants to accomplish. Contact me if you want to schedule a retreat.
A hui ho (I’ll see you later)!