We are delighted the next Holistic Centers Gathering will be hosted by Hawaii Island Retreat along Hawaii Island’s North Kohala coast, 7 – 12 May 2017.
Connect with your peers
This is a unique opportunity to connect with your peers from other centers and share wisdom and experience in an open and creative way.
We invite you to join us for this valuable experience of learning and support, the practical exchange of ideas, insights and information, and bonding through shared values and intentions.
Each year the Gathering is hosted by a different centre, in 2016 we enjoyed the UNESCO World Heritage treasure and elegance of Old Québec City. In 2017 we’ll be immersed in the myth and magic of the Hawaiian culture. Step away from the demands of running your holistic centre, enjoy professional learning combined with natural wellbeing, living in harmony and balance with nature.
Hawaii Island Retreat is becoming a leader in sustainable travel and green living. From building construction to garden design, the 50-acre retreat models ways in which we can live both in luxury and in balance with the earth. Experience the range of green living features and trend setting eco spa practices as we sit in a sacred circle and explore what it means to serve the emerging holistic world view.
Hawaii Island Retreat is staffed by the very best of Hawaii’s spa therapists, healers, cultural experts, and outdoor guides to make your Hawaii vacation authentic and transformative.
Designed as a model of sustainability and elegant earth-friendly living, the 50-acre retreat is owned and operated by Jeanne Sunderland and Robert Watkins.
Jeanne Sunderland is Hawaii Island Retreat’s innkeeper and lead therapist. Respected in the Hawaiian community for her healing energy skills, she has studied with noted Hawaiian healers both la‘au lapa‘au, the traditional Hawaiian art of healing with plants, and lomilomi, traditional Hawaiian massage. She has lived with her family in North Kohala for more than 30 years.
Robert Watkins incorporates complementary medicine into his work, such as la‘au lapa‘au (the Hawaiian art of healing with plants), lomilomi (massage), applied kinesiology and homeopathy. Also a passionate gardener, he is especially proud of his extensive avocado and lychee orchards as well as his healing and other organic gardens around the lodge and Spa.
Cuisine and Accommodation
Enjoy spa cuisine featuring fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables. Relax in the eco-boutique hotel offering thirty elegant suites and yurt bungalows.
All suites have private balconies and chairs, overlooking the fragrant garden as well as ocean. The yurt bungalows have valley or garden views.
The special package for the Gathering includes:
- 5 nights accommodation in a yurt, lodge suite or private bungalow
- Ultra-comfortable bamboo bedding and towels
- Three meals daily
Back to Nature Yurts
Listen to the birds in this soft sided, soft top round structure with hardwood floors. There are seven yurts available.
- Intimate room with bed configuration of King or 2 extra-long Single beds
- Small private WC with toilet and sink
- Shower house steps away with private indoor and outdoor shower rooms
- Large windows overlooking our sacred valley
- Fans to enhance our cooling Kohala breezes
$900 per person single occupancy
$635 per person double or occupancy
Lodge Suites and Private Bungalows
Enjoy the elegance of old Hawaii in our spacious, luxury suites and bungalows.
There are ten suites and three bungalows available.
- Spacious room with either two Queen beds or one King bed and one Twin bed
- Private bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower
- Turn-of-the-century Antique furnishings
- Large windows, ceiling fans, and beautiful views
- No air-conditioning available, cooling Kohala breezes instead
$1275 per person in single occupancy
$800 per person in double occupancy
$675 per person in triple occupancy
There are three lodge rooms that can accommodate triple occupancy. We encourage each participant to arrange for their own roommates.
Please note: All rates quotes above are subject to applicable taxes –
Accommodation Tax (9.25%) & Sales Tax(4.16%).
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Details of pre and post Gathering options will be available soon.
To register your interest please complete the form below
For more details please contact
Christine Lines via firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie Sunderland via email@example.com
To preserve the quality and depth of our dialogue this is an intimate gathering with accommodation for up to forty people. To encourage diversity we offer places for a maximum of two people from each organization. It is recommended that you book your place early.
If your centre is located outside North America and Europe and you would like financial support to enable you to attend, please contact us to enquire about our bursary fund.
We hope your center can be represented at our 2017 Gathering and look forward to meeting you in person.
Christine and Jeanne