February 17-23, 2019, Sunday - Saturday
Join award-winning writer & performer Ann Randolph for 7 days / 6 nights of writing, creating, and outdoor adventures on Kauai’s breathtaking North Shore. A perfect retreat for those seeking to explore memoir, personal essay, solo performance, and self-expression in a spectacular setting.
Write Your Life Retreats are an invitation for you to discover your unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when you speak it out loud.
You'll learn how to trust your creative impulses, thus embracing all of who you are. By becoming the author of your own life and learning how to tell your own story, you will not only learn to craft your experience into a compelling narrative, but you will also unleash a sense of purpose in your life that you never thought possible. Ann Randolph creates a supportive, fun, and dynamic space in which to create- writing exercises, improvisation and experiential exercises serve as the foundation for us to expand our artistry and dive deep.
Any person who has ever wanted to expand their range, write a memoir, speak their truth, let go of an old story, do a TED Talk, have a solo performance, play big, find their own voice and tell a new tale - Kauai Retreats was created for you. Kauai Retreats embraces the Hawaiian spirit of 'Ohana' and 'Aloha' by cultivating a supportive, loving community of like-minded souls, all of us building compassion toward ourselves and each other.
Our vision is for full integration of body + mind + spirit + story.
Give to yourself the gift of creative expression.• Have permission to speak the unspeakable.• Overcome resistance, anxiety, and the inner critic.• Expand your creative range by exploring new mediums.• Discover where you and/or your character is stuck and create a new narrative.• Gain confidence and trust in your creative impulses.• Learn to let go of outcome and create in the moment. • Tap into the limitless power of play and expand your imagination.• Discover the joy of creating with unbridled freedom and spontaneity.
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 Hanalai 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 with Ann
30 Hours Group Class Time with Master Teacher Ann Randolph
In addition to class time, there also will be time for focused One -to -One's with Ann
Delicious teas, fruits, and snacks served all day.
Opportunity to make new friends and explore local eateries for lunch-time outings.
Performance Opportunity - 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.
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.
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.
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. Limited rooms are available in the Kauai Retreat House for students interested in sharing accommodations. Please let us know of your interest in these shared housing options by email before registering to be sure if rooms are still open for the retreat of your choice. If all rooms are full we will reply with additional options for local accommodations, and also offer the list of recommendations at the end of this page.
Personal Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks… anything outside of the provided group event meals.
Travel Insurance - Not required, but recommended.
There are many rental car companies available on the island. Car rental is highly encouraged but not necessary.
Airport transfers, Uber and Taxi service are available, however it is a small island with service that can be intermittent and must be planned in advance.
Additional specific contacts and information will be provided in the Resource Sheet sent via email upon registration.
Please be assured there are a range of accommodations ranging from tent sites to 5 star hotels.
Stay at the Kauai Retreat House We are fortunate to be able to offer several rooms at different price points for students to stay and enjoy the peace of being all in one location for both work and rest during the week-long retreat. These rooms usually do fill very early, so let us know if this is your preferred accommodation and we can let you know which rooms are still available.
Rent a House If you’re looking for an inexpensive room, please check into AirBnB or VRBO. Ann has stayed in numerous rooms and houses through this site and our Destination Manager can look into any site that you might be interested in. Consider getting friends together and sharing a house.
Hotels & Hostels All over the island are many options for a more luxe stay or a budget vacation. Listed here are the hotels with which we have personal experience located on the North Shore and nearest to the retreat house. If you are curious about accommodations in other towns around the island, just ask and we can give you advice on reputation and convenience to the retreat site.