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Laguna Writers in Hawaii

  • A new Laguna Writers retreat in Hawaii is already in the planning stages for late May 2018. If you're interested, read about our 2017 retreat below to get a feel for what it's like, then check back soon for more details.

    The Island of Hawaii, also known as The Big Island, offers a wide range of natural beauty: active vocanoes in the southern part of the island, lush tropical rainforests in the north, and sheer cliffs at the water's edge in the east. The small city of Kona, on the west side, is known for its relaxed, friendly charm, and white sandy beaches, some of the only sandy beaches on the entire island. And Kona is easy to access, since it has its own major airport.

    The House

    Tradewinds, our retreat house, is just 250 meters from the beach, just a short drive into the town of Kona. The house has two floors, six bedrooms, five baths, two living room areas, and several outdoor seating areas. Ocean views are plenitful from the second story of the house. There is a pool and a hottub, and a large garden.

    We're lucky to have a local Laguna Writers connection in Kona; she'll help us get oriented to the area, and show us the best places to shop and snorkel. We'll also enjoy local foods with catered meals in the house, a picnic lunch on the beach, and dinner in town. Otherwise, we'll eat our meals together at the large dining room table on the upstairs lanai, and write in the airy living room space. There's also plenty of space to write outside.

    The daily writing workshops will run for three hours every morning (10 am –1 pm). We'll have lunch together at 1:00. I want this to feel like a vacation, so I allow plenty of time after lunch for everyone to read, nap, write on his or her own, or go exploring (we have six hours of free time between lunch and dinner). The best retreats leave plenty of time for relaxing, so after the morning workshop, the day is yours.

    There are three types of rooms: two singles with large beds and private baths, two singles with shared beds, and two shared rooms with two twin beds and a shared bath. The six-day/six-night retreat is limited to ten people, and the fees for the rooms are $2900 for a single room with a private bath, $2550 for a single room with a shared bath, $2250 for a shared room with a shared bath on the upper level, and $2000 for a shared room with a shared bath on the lower level. The fee includes your room at the house, the daily workshops, and three meals a day.

    A non-refundable $600 deposit is necessary to hold your place, and full payment must be received by February 1st. Before you make a deposit, I'd like to speak with you on the phone. After that, you may make a deposit or pay your balance anytime using the PayPal option on the Fees and Deposits page (or by sending me a check).

    I’ve included a link to the official web site for the house below.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or give me a call: 415-206-9771

    See the house on the VRBO website: https://www.vrbo.com/102182






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