August 12 - 18, 2018, Sunday - Saturday



Discover new depths in your writing as you spend 7 days / 6 nights of writing, creating, and outdoor adventures on Kauai’s breathtaking North Shore with

Master Storytellers

Ann Randolph + Karin Gutman

A perfect retreat for those seeking to go beyond the superficial and connect deeply to your personal power and voice as a writer and storyteller.

Designed for anyone who has ever wanted to expand their range, write a memoir, speak their truth, let go of an old story, do a TED Talk, create a solo performance, play big, find their own voice and unlock the story that needs to be told.



In life, as in writing, one must go to the depths of a feeling or experience in order to know it thoroughly and discover what matters to you. Diving deep and being willing to stand in the intensity can allow a new self, a new voice to emerge.

Ann Randolph & Karin Gutman create a sacred environment that awakens and emboldens the creative force within you, offering a safe space to explore your story and inhabit it fully. You will be completely supported in the process through writing and embodied expression. In this intimate, immersive setting, your creative flow will be unlocked as you move through and beyond the edges of your Self and your story.

Kauai Retreats invites you to experience the transformation that comes from being surrounded by others who believe your story matters. It is a supportive, fun, and dynamic space in which to create as we embrace the Hawaiian spirit of 'Ohana' and 'Aloha'.


About the Instructors


Ann Randolph

Ann is considered one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the U.S. Her Ovation Award-winning solo show, Squeeze Box, was produced Off Broadway by Mel Brooks. Ann received “Best Solo Performer” by the LA Weekly and SF Weekly for her show, LOVELAND. Her personal essays have been featured on NPR, BBC, and PBS. She is a regular on the faculty at Esalen, Kripalu, 1440 Multiversity, Hollyhock, and theaters throughout the country with her current show Inappropriate In All the Right Ways and her Write Your Life workshops, where everyone is invited to discover the transformation possible when you bring your story to life from the page to the stage.



Karin gutman

Karin Gutman, MFA, is a story coach who has been guiding writers for over 15 years towards discovering and writing their personal, life-based stories. Her clients have sold books to HarperCollins, Hay House and St. Martin’s Press. During her long tenure as co-executive producer of Spark Off Rose, the popular spoken word series in Los Angeles, she cultivated fresh, new voices and often worked with deeply personal material. A former story analyst for Creative Artists Agency and 20th Century Fox, she is a published author and has written and developed projects for Nickelodeon, the Jim Henson Company and National Geographic Kids. She has taught at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and UCLA Arts and Healing, and currently offers workshops and one-on-one coaching to writers under her Spirit of Story banner. For more details, visit:


10 Beautiful Benefits of Coming to a Kauai Retreat

1. Get a jump-start on your memoir, solo show and generate new material.

2. Hike the world-famous Na Pali coastline.

3. Discover new ways to create spontaneously.

4. Swim in Hanalei Bay, named “Best Beach in America” by The Huffington Post and National Geographic.

5. Expand your range of self-expression and discover your uniquely powerful voice.

6. Experience the healing energy of the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands.

7. Transform your “inner critic” into material.

8. Eat delicious locally-grown food.

9. Learn to craft your narrative in a compelling way.

10. Spend a week with the coolest people on the planet.



Included in your Retreat:

30 Hours Group Class Time with Master Teachers Ann Randolph & Karin Gutman.

In addition to class time, there also will be time for focused One -to -One's with both Ann & Karin.

Delicious teas and fruits, all day.

Healthy Lunch with ample satisfying options for every diet and sensitive to all allergies.

Intimate setting limited to 12 participants.

Guided Nature Exploration: Opportunities to hike and swim together, spend time in nature and write and/or meditate surrounded by the beauty of Kauai's beaches and mountains.

Planning Information: Resource list of all pertinent locations and helpful contacts suggested for ease of enjoyment in planning your time here in Kauai will be provided upon receipt of payment.

Group Dinner: One night of feasting and festivity celebrating amongst ourselves, hosted by local community members or in a favorite local hot spot.  

Performance Opportunity (optional): One works-in-progress show at the end of the week, advertised to the entire Kauai community, where you have the chance to read, perform, practice your stage presence, and simply have fun reveling in your new found comfort and pride being in your own skin.

Continued Support: Invitation to the private Facebook group of Ann Randolph's students where events, writings, current projects, and opportunities for collaboration are posted; as well as writing prompts to keep your creative mojo flowing. 

Not included:

Travel Expenses: Flights to and from the island of Kauai (all flights come into the Lihue Airport, approximately 40 minutes from Princeville) & On-island transportation such as airport transfers and car rentals.

Housing: Accommodations for the time you are here for the retreat, as well as any extra time you choose to stay and enjoy the island.  A list of local accommodations is found at the bottom of this page, and once you have registered for the retreat online we will happily email you a list of personally recommended AirBnB and VRBO locations.

Personal Meals: Breakfast, dinner, snacks.   

Travel Insurance: Not required, but recommended.


6-9pm Welcome + Workshop session

9am-12:30pm morning session
5-7pm evening session

9am-12:30pm morning session
4:30-6:30pm evening session
Cookout on the beach (significant others welcome)

One-on-one meetings in the morning
Free Day
6-9pm evening session

9am-12:30pm morning session
3-5:30pm hike to the waterfalls + write

9am-12:30pm morning session
3-5pm afternoon session
7pm reading for the community (optional)
After party at Tiki Iniki

10:30am-12:30pm Lunch at the St. Regis Hotel *
One-on-one sessions
Beach + Swim celebration
* lunch not included


The retreat is limited to 12 participants, so it is recommended that you register early. If you need a payment plan, you can reserve a spot with a $300 non-refundable deposit. The full tuition is due 30 days in advance of the retreat.





Airport transfer by shuttle, Uber, and Taxi service are all available on Kauai, however it is a small island with service that can be intermittent and must be planned in advance.  

There are many rental car companies available on the island. Car rental is highly encouraged so you can explore and enjoy your stay with maximum freedom to see the island on your own time; but it is not necessary or a requirement.  

Private airport pick-up and drop-off transfers can be arranged for an additional fee if you will not be renting a personal car and do not wish to reserve a public shuttle or Uber, or if these services are not available at the time of your flight arrival/departure.  

All additional information and contacts will be provided in the Kauai Resource Sheet sent via email once we receive your online registration.  


Please be assured there are a range of accommodations ranging from tent sites to condos, cottages, and 5-star hotels.  

Rent a House through AirBnB or VRBO.  Ann and many of her students have stayed in numerous rooms and houses throughout the North Shore area using these sites.  We have compiled a list of local spots and hosts with whom we have personal experience and connection that we can email you once we receive your online registration.  As well, our on-island Destination Manager can look into any site you find and are interested in renting that is not already on our personal list.  

**Often two or more students rent a condo or larger home to share as a way to lessen costs while enjoying the benefits of a bigger space and amenities of a home. We encourage you to gather together a group of friends for the retreat and share a beautiful island house, OR you are welcome to register for just yourself and we can connect you with others also looking to share.  Just send us an email that you would like to be connected with other retreat participants similarly interested in a shared rental and we can make the introductions for you. We always have great success in connecting retreat participants who enjoy sharing a home rental that becomes their "retreat house" for the week - a space where they can continue the discussions, respect for writing, and generally maintain the flow of energy created during the retreat workshops.   

Hotels & Hostels can be found all over the island and are a viable option whether you are looking for a luxurious vacation or spa-like stay, or are opting for a more budget solo vacation. Listed below are hotels with which we have personal experience and are located here on the North Shore nearest to the retreat workshops. If you are curious about accommodations located in other towns around the island, you would be particularly encouraged to rent a car, and simply ask us for advice before making any non-refundable reservations.

Luxury Hotels
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The St. Regis Princeville Resort
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Grand Hyatt Kauai Hotel & Spa

Mid-Range Hotels
Hanalei Bay Resort
The Cliffs at Princeville – Oceanfront Realty
Wyndham Bali Hai Villas

Tent Camping
Anini Beach County Park
Haena Beach Park
Na Pali Coast State Park
YMCA of Kauai – Camp Naue