Goddess Retreat

Kona Coast, Hawaii | January 21-28, 2023

The Experience

We will gather in our own sacred space for a powerful week of renewal, creative calling and celebration.  Feel the embrace of Sanctuary, where the earth kisses the stars, and the sky meets the sea.

This extraordinary landscape holds the soul of the ancients and elements. Join us and explore the energies, honor the spirit of the place and make inspired art. Expand your stories and rise in this all inclusive retreat!


The Place

Feel yourself wrapped in the warmth of Hawaii on the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Experience the luscious space awaiting you. It is full of Mana, spirit, life force energy and healing power that permeates the universe.

Our retreat space is all ours, divinely designed in the style of a earth friendly Balinese compound with main house, cottages, lush outdoor areas for fun and contemplation, with stunning views of tropical gardens and the ocean.

The Season

We will celebrate the beginning of a new year, from January 21-28, 2023. Durning a New Moon and Crescent Cycle - this is a perfect time for renewal with creative visioning, art, ritual, sacred play and pure pleasure.

Gather and discover the deep and gentle power held in this place. We will be creating personal connections with elemental earth energies and you will be enlivened and refreshed for the new year.

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Trip Details


  • Beautiful Big Private Sanctuary Compound with Main Homes, Studio Space, Cottages, with a view of the Sea.
  • Choose a beautiful room, with option of shared or single accommodations for eight days!
  • Large gathering areas inside and out
  • Dedicated creative space and private walking trails


  • Divine chef prepared and catered afternoon and evening meals on site, with a few shared meals out!
  • Well appointed kitchen with breakfast foods and snacks provided

Day Trips

  • We will play in these spaces: Manini Beach, various Nature Reserves and Ocean Sanctuary - swimming everyday with the probability of meeting sea turtles and dolphins, is a must!
  • We will work with art, movement, ritual, ceremony and sound healing.
  • We will enjoy wandering - with small towns, rainforests, waterfalls, lava fields and living labyrinth as some of our pleasure and play.
  • Two long day trips across the Island, will offer tons of fun!
  • Free Days to enjoy the space...


  • All art and process supplies included!
  • Ample creative time, free days, with lots of flex time to make art, circle and rest, in the onsite studio space, nearby beaches and surrounds
  • Special guest artist(s) will come to us and expand the experience, with ritual and sound healing.
  • Body work and massages can be arranged.
  • Rental car is suggested if you want flexibility and we have vans to share and provide all day trip travel!
  • WhaleSpirit Sanctuary is about 45 minutes from Kona Airport and 30 minutes from Kona, so you may arrive by car or taxi.

Air travel to and from the retreat is not included, you will arrive at various times and may take a taxi, uber or arrange for a rental car. We can also assist with early arrival and stay over locations. this includes extended stay or island hopping - we have a great Expedia travel agent who can further assist our trip participants, at no charge, with extra hotel or travel plans, if that might interest to you.

See our Retreat Policy at the bottom of this page.

As we explore the deep mystery and magic of this land, you will connect to elemental, energetic and mythic resonance. As you create based on inspiration, exploring art as process in our own studio space, you will discover you own energy rising.

This journey is a powerful choice for warmth and renewal in winter, at the first New Moon of 2023.

There is a special resonance in the islands and one can feel the power of love and lore held here. This is Aloha.

Before I was 11, I traveled to the Islands several times, and over my child and teen years I spent time on each of the five accessible islands, learning that each has its own personality. When I was 12 years old, I moved to Hawaii with my parents for a few formative years...and I have been back many times since spending extended time in various places - some of my favorite places are hidden jewels, "up country", intentionally protected sanctuary or off the beaten track.

This is a wonderful opportunity for me to bring a circle of sisters to Hawai'i, to experience these extraordinary places...

This is a spiritual, mythic and experiential creative retreat. You will be creating within a sacred circle, deepening your inner wisdom with art as process using mixed media, collage and more! Perfect to expand your art journaling, SoulCollage® or JourneyCircles™ practice as we offer depth, process, narrative storytelling and many ways to expand in your own soul's journey.


You are invited to:

  • have fun with like minded creative women in a wonderful, warm environment and deeply experience this special place
  • co-create sacred space, guided through meditations and inner journeys, you will be in a rich place of discovery
  • participate in art as ritual and visit local places. all bringing new insights back to the creative process
  • experience spaciousness, fun and flow; with ample opportunities for quiet and contemplation on our property
  • Connect with the land and the spirit of the place 
  • We will be creating with ancestral wisdom, symbol and myths

What Women Are Saying


"Traveling with Cat was easily one of the highlights of my life! Her offering is like no other...it weaves together creative and self-care time at a sumptuous home base with day trips that fed my imagination and steeped me in the sweet nectar of the Goddess of the Land and Nature, a feast for all of my senses. The other women who surrounded me served as comfort, support, and inspiration. It was a magical blend of history, "her-story", and my story...a way to claim where I am on my journey of life and tools and support for the next stages as well as memories and connections that will last a lifetime. The Goddess Retreat was a daily serving of wonder and wander, feasting and hot tubbing, and dancing with butterfly wings watching the moon rise and dawn arriving. In a word, it was priceless!"

"My Goddess Retreat with Cat Caracelo wildly surpassed my expectations. Travelling to historic and natural locations of breathtaking beauty and mythic power, engaging potent creative process and ritual energized and activated by Cat's remarkable ability to hold transformative space, I experienced the most profound and expansive spiritual awakening of my life. Coming home to my Sacred Self during this journey has had exponentially positive reverberations in all areas of my life in the 8 months since. I am deeply grateful to Cat for her brilliant guidance and highly recommend her Goddess Retreats to those who are seeking soulful, fun adventure and/or radical healing and life change."

"I have been on three of these glorious retreats and each and every one was utterly unique, rich with content and process, in a word life-changing. I felt held and tended by Cat on each of these journeys. Once I arrived I had nothing to worry about. No arrangements, planning, itineraries or art supplies. This support left me free to enjoy my own deep and soulful creative experience as well as commune with the sacred elements of the landscape, explore ancient and hidden mystery and take in the local art and culture. On each trip I was soothed, held and ultimately transformed."

"I enjoyed journeying with the woman who circled in to this retreat, kindred spirits all! I have come home with so many creative ideas, deep embodied inspiration, wonderful activating memories and new friends. Cat is a guidess who brings an amazing blend of expertise to these retreats. She has a warm and welcoming approach offering so much richness with lots of creative, self-care and choice on this retreat. It was a powerful experience!"

"Cat's Retreats always bring me to a deeper understanding of where I connect, belong and expand. Always held in wonderful places and spaces, she offers guidance and process useful to illuminate the mythic levels of my personal stories and then grounds that work in ways that influence and inform my everyday life. I come home to myself with strong insights and powerful memories that impact and linger."

"Working with Cat has brought greater awareness and consciousness to how I am living my life—I feel seen, acknowledged and deeply inspired by her."

"Cat stands like Hecate at the crossroads pointing out the different road signs and allowing us the freedom to wander and choose what resonates and matters the most."  

Refund policy

With such a rich offering and details being arranged 12-18 months in advance I will make all efforts to honor emergency needs that arise. This is a non-transferable retreat and a refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency, with clear communication, less a $400 administrative fee, before April 15th, 2022. After April 16th, 2022 refund cannot be offered.

Cancellation due to Force Majeure, such as global pandemic, is beyond my control. These agreements are outlined for you with initial reservation for you to review. The retreat outline is sent with your welcome packet when you sign up and you will be updated periodically with additional details. As you know, travel plans are easing and please note that vaccine documentation is outlined with air travel according to destination.

Your first payment authorizes that you understand this refund policy, commit to payment in full and take full responsibility for your personal choices and safety before and during travel.

Travel insurance is highly recommended and can include medical coverage domestically and overseas, it is available to suit your needs. I have a wonderful travel agent who can help you with any flights and additional travel needs - her information is provided with welcome packet.

Trip is offered by Cat Caracelo and Blue Door Arts LLC, leading expressive arts, mythos journey and goddess travel retreats since 2010.