Where We Began
In 2015, we fanned a spark into a flame to launch Pele’s Fire–an annual writing retreat at Kalani Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii. Writers came from all parts of the U.S. to fire up their imaginations to fuel their words. After three amazing retreats, however, the Mount Kilauea volcano erupted, closing our Big Island home. We took our time looking for a new site that would nourish and nurture creative writers in a similar environment, but before we could settle on a new physical location, a global pandemic shut down the traveling world.
The universe was speaking; we stopped to listen. We asked our questions: How would we find a way to keep nurturing the writing community we had inspired? How would we continue to provide writers with ways to develop and connect? What was the best way to move us forward? The answer came to us in two ways: 1. The Alchemy of Transformation and 2. A Shining Tribe Tarot Reading.
By using the alchemy of transformation, and guided by the Shining Tribe Tarot reading, we have launched the Two Trees Writers Collaborative—a community that offers its participants an ongoing connection to other writers in both the virtual and the physical world; a community that has a writer’s process and development at its root.
Over the course of the week, Pele’s Fire facilitators, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Bhanu Kapil, and Elena Georgiou, will offer small-group workshops structured to offer inspiration to all writers regardless of discipline. Workshops will rotate so that every participant will have an opportunity to work with Elena, Bhanu, and Reiko at least once during the retreat. These workshops will be generative, and suitable for starting something new, or diving in to deepen or problem-solve work that you are already engaged in.
Your retreat will include:
- Mornings for your own quiet writing time.
- Small workshops with Elena, Bhanu and Reiko.
- Talks and guided conversations on a variety of writing-related topics.
- One-on-one meetings for manuscript feedback and brainstorming.
- Evening readings.
- Optional free time to explore the island.
- Towards the end of the week, we will also make a pilgrimage to Volcano National Park, the traditional home of the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, for a ritual of transformation and writing.
Kalani also has a full schedule of yoga, meditation and movement classes you can attend, and many different wellness and healing offerings, including massage, reiki, etc. You can find out more about these on their website, kalani.com.
Pele’s Fire is capped 18 writers, ensuring you an intimate community and new friendships.
Pele’s Fire Blog Archive
Delicious images too good to let go of…
Dear Writers, I have been thinking a lot about community lately: what it means to be a community of writers. To hear each other, to hold each other up, to stand in each others' darkness unafraid, to turn up the volume on each other's voices. This year, perhaps because I lost my father this summer, and I am breaking my ties to my childhood and my first home, I am thinking about the families we choose. The ones we create. And I am grateful. For my families - all of them. And my writer friends, who never cease to amaze me with their fresh perspectives, their soaring optimism; who remind me that what I have always thought was axiomatic is actually just someone else's opinion. ...
Enjoy this video of our 2017 memories and imagine yourself escaping to Hawaii in the cold! 2018 dates are February 28-March 6th. Flights are discounted for the offseason, so the time to act is now! We invite you to poke around on the website and apply. Deadline December 4, 2017. (With thanks to our photographer extraordinaire, Micael Storm Blue)
Now more than ever, we need creative community, safe spaces. We need to raise our voices. Enjoy this video slide show of our 2016 experience. Join us in March 2017.
"Honestly, I was surprised at just how amazing this retreat was. I expected it to be great, of course, but there is something about this place that opened all of us to possibility, new ideas and joy. Of course, Hawaii is my home, and working with writers is my intellectual home - a calling that feeds my soul. But I did not expect to be dancing in the line for dinner or sleeping so deeply to the sounds of the night. It was a privilege to be a part of this retreat, and when the community of writers insisted that it should happen again in 2017, well, there was no argument from us. Here's a video of what it was like for us through the images of Rose Sabangan (with the addition of an image...
Many thanks to Rose Sabangan who took out her phone to photograph her breakfast! Here's what the morning looks like at Pele's Fire: