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Come join Holos director, Jan Edl Stein, in an extraordinary experience on the Big Island of Hawaii in this 6 night/7 day excursion into the wild and sensual “old” Hawaii.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 through Tuesday, April 17, 2018

This will be a very small group (14 max) experience of nature based contemplations, meditations, elemental journeys, excursions to wild parts of the island, secret beaches and a special intimate swim with dolphins.  We are also hoping to provide some very special connections to native Hawaiian people who express their intimate connection with the land and spirit in a most loving way. We will stay at an exquisite and unique turn of the century real Hawaiian working ranch that has been transformed into a rustic/elegant and most comfortable lodge with swimming pools, organic gardens.  This is a working farm on 35 acres with hiking trails overlooking the north coast (and beyond to Maui – as seen in the main photo here).  This gracious and gentle ranch will be our home base for meditation, inner journeys, nature based contemplative practices and group sharing while we enjoy guided expeditions to extraordinary landmarks of original Hawaiian tradition, hidden beaches (the best of the island), local culture and a special excursion that offers a most respectful encounter with the magnificent dolphins.

The week is intended to explore the creative edge where the structures of our human experience gives way to encounter non-human sentience as we let our body-minds open to connection with elements such as wind, sea, the plant world as well as non-human beings such as dolphin, bird, insect, reptile and sea turtle.  In a sense, the experience invites you to “re-wild” your being in an extraordinarily beautiful place.

We will gather as a group at a large open-air pavilion for most daily meditations, journeys and later day meals with many off-site excursions to encounter the deep nature of Hawaii.

As a group we will have several off-site excursions (all will be optional)  that include a dolphin swim/boat ride, hike at Pololu Valley (northern most valley), visit to local Hawi town, beach time at a secret local beach, possible trip to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau and some other options.

Tentatively planned is a guided excursion into a traditional Hawaiian medicinal garden, evening visits with a local native Hawaiian story-teller and Hula spiritual guide and a local island bird watching/listening experience.


Accommodations are shared in 4 houses scattered on the property, each with 2 – 3 bedrooms.  All of the spaces are in graciously updated turn-of-the-century or early century (1900) buildings. Rooms are either shared with 2 twin beds, single with one queen bed, or couples sharing a queen bed.

Each house has a beautiful, very spacious  and well appointed shared bathroom, livingroom and kitchen.
There are several swimming pools, cold plunge and hot tubs on the property to be shared.
We will do our best to place you in your preferred room.


Speak with Jan about rooming details if you are uncertain.

Meals include Wednesday arrival with a hearty snack through Tuesday morning breakfast.  Breakfasts will be self-serve at each house with well stocked options.  Lunch and dinner will be catered WITH THE EXCEPTION of one lunch and one dinner to be shared at a local restaurant and are not included in the fee.  Each house will be stocked for snack foods.

A wonderful local chef will cater most of our meals. We will accommodate basic special dietary needs such as gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian.  The registration process includes all of these food preference questions.  If you have special needs beyond this please do let us know.  We will try our best to accommodate but may need your help in assuring that meals satisfy your needs and may ask that you cover exceptional meal requirements.

Please plan your flight to arrive late-morning or early afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  PLEASE speak with Jan BEFORE booking your airfare so we can coordinate the best possible option for you.

There are non-stops flights from the mainland via United Airlines leaving SFO at either 8:40 am or 10:40 am, arriving KOA (Kona) at 1:21 or 11.31 pm.
Either flight works just fine if we know your schedule ahead of time.  We recommend the 10:40 flight out of SFO.
Alternatively, Hawaiian Airlines offer 2 flights with stops in Oahu. From SFO leaving 10:00 am  or 9:09 am and arriving 2:15 pm or 2:05 pm.

You will be met upon arrival at the airport ( IF you arrive during the recommended time frames) and transported to the ranch where we will be staying. If you prefer to have your own rental kindly let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.

Our time together on the island will be a mix of gentle explorations and meditations both on the ranch land as well as under a canopy of an open-air pavilion.
We will also take excursions that will require a moderate amount of physical exertion but with options for selecting your comfort level.  There will be hikes of 1.5 to 5 miles, time on a beach and an excursion by boat.  The intent is to “take it easy” and relax so there will be no pressure to exert yourself beyond your comfort level.

You will be sent a planning and packing list well before the retreat.  It will also be listed here.

If you would like to extend your stay on the island, Jan is happy to offer recommendations.  The Big Island of Hawaii is a favorite place of Jan’s and she has discovered some special spots over the 20+ years she has been visiting the island.


Part of the time at the retreat is eligible for continuing education units as there are didactic components on applied eco-therapy.

The retreat meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  (CEPA #90905) to sponsor continuing education for the licenses listed above.  Holos Institute maintains responsibility for its programs and content.

(pending approval) 10 CEs for psychologists and nurses are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.  The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  For questions about CE for PhD and RN’s visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com

At the end of this retreat/workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental position of ecopsychology
  • Describe a sensory-imaginative engagement with nature
  • Lead a specific mindfulness practice in nature
  • Develop a somatic dialogue with a nature ally for personal support
  • List at least 5 ways that eco-therapy processes contribute to psychological healing
  • Describe a deep sensory/intuitive nature encounter and how that promotes positive change
  • Discuss ways in which an eco-therapy experience can promote social changeA CEU certificate incurs an additional $30 fee and may be paid for at the time of registration or on-site.  You will need to provide your professional license number in advance.

Jan Edl Stein, MFT 

is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County and also the director of Holos Institute,  (www.holosinstitute.net) an educational and counseling center grounded in ecopsychology. Jan leads workshops and retreats that interweave meditation, active imagining, shamanic journeying and earth based contemplations.  She has taught/presented at Sonoma State University, Grof Transpersonal Training Program, The Bioneers Conference, Esalen Institute, IONs, and numerous private venues. Jan is currently adjunct faculty in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). For over 30 years she has maintained has a private practice which includes consultation, individual and couples psychotherapy. Her depth approach utilizes active imagination, EMDR, Brainspotting, shamanic journeying, nature therapy and somatic focusing as appropriate.  All of her work draws upon a lifelong study of spiritual traditions and healing practices of earth-based cultures and a deep love of the natural world. 

In retreats, Jan brings a sense of relaxation, contemplation and reflection along with humor and playfulness.

More information may be found at www.janedl.com.


REGISTRATION  fee includes:

  • 6 nights lodging
  • all meals from arrival hearty snack/ dinner April 11 through Breakfast April 17
    This includes substantial self-serve breakfast stocked in each house & snacks WITH THE EXCEPTION OF one lunch and one dinner “on the road”
  • transportation to planned retreat excursions
  • airport pick up/drop off – IF YOU ARRIVE IN RECOMMENDED WINDOW  (see details below)
  • fee for dolphin swim boat
  • admission fees to public venues that are part of the scheduled activities
  • tuition and guide fees


  • transportation (airfare)  to Hawaii (Big Island)
  •  one group lunch and dinner while touring
  • incidentals, snacks, extras bought while on excursions
  • special food needs outside of accomodations for gluten and dairy free or vegetarian diets
  • gratuities
  • car rental fee if you elect to have your own vehicle for transportation during the week
  • Any extra excursions you might elect to  include
  • on-site massage or non-program excursions

Room options:                                     early registration                          regular:                                    Late registration
                                    ( all fees completed before Jan 1, 2018)     (on or after March 15, 2018)  (after March 15, 2018)

shared room with twin bed            $2200                                        $2350                                        $2500
These are simple but elegant rooms in a shared house with twin beds
There is a large bathroom and kitchen shared with 1 – 3 other people
There are common spaces shared such as a spacious livingroom, porch and possibly pool or hot tub


single room with shared bath             $2550                                 $2700                                       $2850
Rustic/elegant private room in a shared house with a queen bed
There is a large bathroom and kitchen shared with 1 – 3 other people
There are common spaces shared such as a spacious livingroom, porch and possibly pool or hot tub.  ONLY ONE ROOM LEFT

single room with private bath          $2650                                    $2800                                      $2950
Simple but private room with queen bed and en-suite rustic bathroom with claw foot tub
This room shares a long porch and can access shared spacious livingroom and kitchen area along with hot tub
There is only one of these available (in Cowboy House).  NO LONGER AVAILABLE

shared queen room (couple) with shared bath ( 2 people) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

                                                                  $4050                                      $4200                                          $4400
These are private rooms with a queen bed that share a bathroom with 1 – 3 other people
There is also a large livingroom and kitchen that is shared my housemates along with either
a hot tub or swimming pool.  The pricing is for both people of a couple.  List both names in registration form. ONLY ONE ROOM LEFT

This retreat is anticipated to fill by winter 2017 and hence your early commitment to participate is highly encouraged.

Any of the above accommodations may be reserved with a $500 deposit.
To get the early registration discount, the full balance will be due on January 1, 2018.
All other balances will be due by March 15 for the regular fee.

A DEPOSIT will hold your reservation in this retreat with a preference for room type but your requested room type is NOT confirmed nor garanteed until the fee is paid in full.
If we receive a request for your preferred room assignment while we await your full balance, you will be notified and given the chance to secure your preferred room if you can pay the fee balance within 5 days of us contacting you.

Refunds/Cancellation Policy  (please read carefully)

The deposit or fee in full is refundable – minus a $100 processing fee – with a cancellation notice in writing ON OR BEFORE January 30, 2018

The deposit or fee in full is 50% refundable with a cancellation notice in writing AFTER January 30, 2018 and BEFORE March 1, 2018.
ON or AFTER March 1, 2018, any deposit or fee paid is NON-REFUNDABLE.
UNLESS your spot can be filled in which case any fee paid will be refunded minus a $200 processing fee.

(either email to events@holosinstitute.net or received via postal mail to : HOLOS EVENTS, 312 3rd Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118).







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