Volcano Rainforest Retreat
Bed & Breakfast
Kathleen and Peter Golden have created the retreat in this primal and sacred place and invite you to share in their aloha`aina, love of the land. More information below.
Picture taken by: Susanne Sims: Healing Vacations in Hawaii (c)On one and a half acres, guests are warmly greeted and treated like ohana (family) by Kathleen and Peter Golden, the retreat's visionary proprietors. The original half-acre near the Kilauea Volcano was purchased in 1981. However, land preparation didn't begin until 1988, when Peter and his son Joshua used machetes to carve the original path into the dense Hawaiian rainforest.
Like their visitors, the Goldens also made a pilgrimage to the land of Aloha "once upon a time" in search of peace and beauty. Little did they know, when they left San Francisco in 1989 for the Big Island of Hawaii, that what was originally envisioned as their dream home location would evolve into a must-stay destination.
In 1995, the Goldens initially opened their first cottage to people traveling to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The decision to become a bed and breakfast retreat was made, offering solace for artists, romantics and world-weary travelers seeking a place of refuge and intimate contact with the living volcanic earth. The four private guest cottages gracefully evolved over 18 years, building and weaving each structure into the landscape, as Peter and Kathleen refined their designs and conveyed their vision to local builders and craftsmen.
The trademark of the Volcano Rainforest Retreat is the seamless connection between the inside, outside, the structures and nature. People are inspired by the respectful way the Goldens have created this collection of rainforest hideaways--with elegant simplicity, in harmony and balance with the native surroundings and interconnected by paths that wind their way through the misty, mossy, volcanic landscape.
In addition to the natural beauty of the accommodations, Kathleen offers personal growth gatherings including meditation retreats, Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication) trainings and support groups as well as psychological/spiritual counseling sessions for individuals and couples.
The spirit of the Volcano Rainforest Retreat is expressed simply, "We hope people will take with them a sense of 'Aloha aina' (love of the land). We'd be touched if people deepened their respect and sensitivity to nature -- and were inspired to do their part in preserving and sustaining the natural life on our beautiful and fragile planet Earth. We also hope that people will take quality time to nurture themselves and cultivate a compassionate understanding for one another in their intimate human relationships."
Excerpts from "Soul Architects" by Loni Reader, Hawaiian Style Magazine
Volcano Rainforest Retreat donates part of their proceeds to organizations that work toward the preservation of the natural environment.
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