Well, It’s been just over three years since we set our hearts on starting an eco-sanctuary and retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island. It wasn’t without trial and tribulations that we find ourselves here today. We have endured two hurricanes, a lava flow and a total of six moves to finally make it through to the other side! Several times we thought we found “the place” only to have it suddenly fall through at the last minute. Perhaps we needed to go through those trials and refine and develop our skills, so we would be ready… perhaps Pele was testing us?
We are very pleased to announce the island has opened her arms to us and we are taking our next big step on our journey! Our new home is called “Earthsong” (Na Mele O Ka Aina)! “Our Big Dream” is coming to fruition and it is with Big Hearts and Gratitude we humbly do our Great Work in Stewardship of Earthsong and Dream her back into Being!
Earthsong was originally formed in 1985, and for almost 20 years ran as a dharmic retreat center for spiritual seekers, in the care of Rashani Rea. Over those years, many seekers on and off the island found their way to Earthsong. Oddly enough some of those people became our friends before we even moved here. It seems serendipity is playing a key role on our journey. In 2004 care for Earthsong changed hands and the name was nearly forgotten. It has been over 10 years since Earthsong has been held in dharmic intent. We feel very strongly that she wants be cared for in that way again and maybe that has played a part in calling us to be here now. There is a lot of work needed to restore Earthsong back to her former glory and beyond, but it is very good work, and we are holding space for the right people to come here and be a part of the restoration process. We recognize we can’t do it all ourselves.
We have been living at Earthsong for only a few short months and already so much has happened. We’ve had six helping hands come and stay so far. They each played a special part in bringing the land to life once again. It’s been inspiring and expansive to see and feel how the aina responds to visitors, and the intense energy and connection to the spirit of this land within us. Our guests experience great shifts while visiting and we have been refining our role within that movement of energy each time it occurs. We have already learned so much about ourselves and can only imagine what’s in store!
The space is already starting to transform and open up. The overgrowth of trees, vines and weeds that once seemed insurmountable are starting to look less intimidating. When we first arrived we could only comfortably house ourselves and now we already have simple, clean and rustic accommodations for up to 15 people! The more we work, the more energy we receive and the more blessed we feel!
Our hearts are beaming with joy that we’ve found a new home for our family on the island. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work on the restoration of Earthsong and we are holding space for our extended family and friends to come and share in the joy, abundance and deep transformation this land has to offer. Thank you to all of you who have been with us on our journey and for your continued support, and welcome to those who have found your way here now!
Much more to follow…stay tuned!
In Deep Gratitude and Warmest Aloha,
Michael * Jillian * Cedar * Rupert * Lyra, the Peacocks and the Kitties