The Windward Retreat Center is a place to gather and seek insights, experiences, and renewal. It is sponsored and operated by an independent religious and educational non-profit. We welcome all who share Friends’ values of peace, equality, and social justice.
We are a self-service retreat center located on four acres of tropical rainforest near the small beach village of Kaaawa, which in turn is surrounded by 10,000 acres of mountains and valleys along the windward (north-east) coast of the island of Oahu. It is an area of amazing sunrises and beaches, breathtaking beauty, and surroundings conducive to reflection and renewal.
As part of our mission we share our facility with Friends' and families looking to hold family retreats, forums, workshops, meetings, celebrations, small conferences, or a place to reflect and renew. We have welcomed non-profits, social service, educational, faith-based, and family and personal retreats. We've hosted everything from three-hour meditation sessions, to one-day workshops, to week-long family retreats, to 28-day yoga retreats. The grounds provide a contemplative environment for groups or individuals. We can host overnight groups up to ten and workshops up to forty. Each group has exclusive use of the center and it’s grounds for their stay.
Our center is newly built with wood floors, high ceilings, and tropical touches. The central meeting room has a 13-foot-high wall of glass with sliding doors that open to the lush jungle, bird songs, and the rhythm of the near-by ocean. Art on the walls includes contributions from artists that have stayed at the center. The large deck is where folks seem to gather in the evenings.
The retreat center is smoke-free. It is also wheelchair friendly with a ramp, large accessible doorways, hallways, and restrooms. Photos and reviews from our guests tell our story best.
HI, I'm Brett, the on-site manager of the Windward Retreat. Thirty years ago, I moved to Hawaii, from Chicago, with my amazing wife Stacy and have never looked back. We love it here in the islands, outside of the obvious natural beauty, it is the warmth of the people that makes Hawaii so special. I work at the retreat as a volunteer, a job I love. When I'm not cutting, trimming, and hammering, my day-job is a magazine publisher. My passions are spending time with Stacy, sailing on Kaneohe bay, and restoring old British sports cars.
“Our retreat center is a valuable resource for spiritual enrichment and psychological insight through our own programs and through providing retreat facilities for religious groups, educators, community groups, families, and individuals who come to refresh and recharge. The Center is sponsored and operated by an independent religious and educational non-profit in a manner consistent with the traditions, testimonies, faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers).Our dream was to create a place of retreat and learning for our members, their families, and friends from around the world. When the center is not booked with our events, we open it up to friends looking for a peaceful stay in our unique spot of paradise. To learn more about WRC please visit our website.”
Ocean activities in and around Kaaawa are boundless. The ocean can be everything from a playground for water sports to magical spot of healing and rejuvenation
Just a two-minute walk from the house gets you to Swanzy Beach Park. Swanzy is a beach park with a white sand beach and a large grass area for picnics. It also has restroom facilities and a basketball/volleyball court.
A short stroll down the road gets you to Kaaawa Beach Park. It is a ribbon of white sand that is perfect for sunrise walks, as it runs for about a mile. All of the beaches in Kaaawa have turquoise waters and palm trees.
If you want to take four-minute car ride you can go to Kahana State park. Kahana is an eight square mile park that ranges from sea level up to mountains over 2,500 feet high. The wide crescent shaped beach, ringed by Ironwood trees that provide lots of shade, is a perfect beach to spend the day. Kahana is also a cultural park with pleasant hiking trails and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond along the ocean. Hawaiian legends speak of Kahana to the immediate north of the retreat center, and the Kualoa area to the south, as having rich histories and being associated with the gods.
The Koolau Mountains, which run for over 30 miles along the coast of this part of the island of O'ahu, are the remains of a dormant volcano that collapsed and slid into the ocean hundreds of thousands of years ago. Waterfalls, rain, and wind have formed the deep crevasses in the slopes and cliffs. Today the mountains provide outdoor enthusiasts an amazing environment for hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV (all terrain vehicle) and Jeep rides along with endless exploring of nature’s beauty. The Koolau Mountains are also a native forest bird habitat. Recently, large portions of the southern and central Koolau Mountains were established as a critical habitat for the endangered Oahu Elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis) Flycatcher.
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5 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Half the total amount is due within one week of contract sent. Total balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Credit card number held for damage deposit.
“We are here for you! Although you may see very little of me (Brett) after check-in, I will be there for you in case you need anything or for some local advice on the best places to visit.”