SpeakingQuest - Journey to Your Authentic Voice in Hidden Hawaii


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Discover the art of listening and speaking from your heart.

Learn how to be fully present and confident in each moment.

Experience the healing power of complete self-acceptance.

Express your personal passion and reveal your deep wisdom.



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Hui Ho'olana
Healing Arts

Retreat Center
Island of Molokai

With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby islands, the Hui Ho'olana Center is surrounded by trees, fragrant flowers, luscious ferns, spacious open lawns, and scenic hiking trails.

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Cost: TBD


Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D.
Voice: 510-524-4055

Fax: 415-924-0278


Katherine Mapes-Resnik, M.S.
Voice: 415-454-2674

Fax: 510-236-7076


Katherine and Doreen

1700 Solano Avenue, Suite F

Berkeley, Ca 94707


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The Week Includes

  • Daily Speaking Circles.
  • Creative arts activities.
  • Ancient Hawaiian Huna teachings.
  • Ample free time for relaxation.
  • Participant QuestGuide Journal.
  • Shared lodging, and all meals, featuring local fruit, produce, homemade breads and desserts.
  • Videotapes of your Speaking Circles.
  • 31 CEUs, MFTs & LCSWs (PCE 1526), Acupuncturists (561)



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On a SpeakingQuest retreat, the colorful Hawaiian landscape is the setting for the journey to your authentic self.

The process we use for exploring your inner landscape is the Speaking Circle, originated by Lee Glickstein, author of Be Heard Now: Tap into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate with Ease.

A vehicle for self-discovery and transformation, the Speaking Circle process deepens your authentic connection to yourself and others. The result is that each moment of your life is enhanced. You can be more fully present and more confident to express yourself naturally.

The SpeakingQuest program integrates Speaking Circles, creative arts activities, and ancient Hawaiian Huna wisdom.  The program offers ample free time for self-reflection, exploration, and integration. In addition to daily Speaking Circles, the schedule includes writing, art, and storytelling.  Each morning, there is a Circle to reflect on the Hawaiian Huna Teachings.  QuestGuide processes are used throughout the week to help you create your intentions, deepen your retreat experience, and prepare you for returning home.

The mutual giving and receiving of positive attention throughout the week is the mirror that allows you to see and creatively express your genuine self. Because the unknown can create vulnerability, a supportive group presence to witness your exploration provides the safe and nurturing environment that allows you to freely express your deep and powerful essence.

The Speaking Circle Process

Speaking Circles were originally created to help people overcome a fear of public speaking. Participants in the initial Speaking Circles quickly experienced profound, life changing benefits beyond this purpose and continued to participate long after they had overcome their fears.

Now, many people come to Circles to discover more of their authentic self and find that it benefits all areas of their lives. Participants take turns being supportive of each other, listening deeply, and speaking spontaneously in the moment. The person may speak or be silent, tell a story, share a personal experience.

While being a listener, participants keep their positive, undivided attention on the one who is receiving this attention and afterwards give brief feedback that is appreciative and empowering.

You are given a videotape of your time in the group with the group's positive feedback. The videotape can be used as another positive mirror for self-discovery.



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The following is a general format for the week. As we listen to you and you listen to each other, we may alter a time or location, a theme, or a group size for a particular circle.

Mid week we have incorporated a free day after breakfast for activities of your choice, e.g. rest, integration or island exploration. 

Our intent is to balance Speaking Circles with meals, free time, and activities to optimize the benefits of your week at the SpeakingQuest retreat. 



Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Schedule: 

Each day begins with Breakfast at 8am; Lunch will be served at 1, and Dinner will be at 6:30pm. Herbal tea will be available throughout the day on the lodge deck. 

Saturday Arrivals...
2pm: Check in at the Hui Ho'olana Healing Arts and Retreat Center

4pm: Retreat Begins. Opening Welcome Circle: Orientation and Introductions

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teaching; Speaking Circle

Afternoon: QuestGuides, Intentions for the Week

Evening: Story Play Circle

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teaching; Speaking Circle

Afternoon: Art Play 

Evening: Writing Play Circle 

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teaching,
Speaking Circle QuestGuides: Encountering
Until Dinner: Free time to read, hike, relax at the Hui, rent a car to go to the beach and explore the island, or book an island tour. Bag lunch provided by Hui.
Evening: Play Circle, music, hula, improve

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teaching, Speaking Circle
Afternoon: Nature Circle, Writing
Evening: Play Circle  

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teaching; Speaking Circle  

Afternoon: QuestGuides:  Returning

Evening: Celebration Circle 

Morning: Hawaiian Huna Teachings, Closing Circle
12:30pm - Shuttle pickup at Hui to drive you to airport or Molokai Hotel.







Travel to Molokai

Getting to Molokai:  There are no non-stop, direct flights to Molokai airport, Hoolehua (MKK).  Connecting flights can be made from Honolulu or Maui.  Most major airlines fly to Honolulu.  Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air are the carriers that connect to Molokai.  It is a 20 minute flight. 


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SpeakingQuest Retreats are based on Speaking Circles, originated by Lee Glickstein, author of "Be Heard Now, Tap Into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate With Ease."

SpeakingQuest - Journey to Your Authentic Self in Hidden Hawaii