HIP Tropical Farm Retreat Summer Program

February 8, 2017, 9:46 AM HST
* Updated February 8, 9:49 AM
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The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture is offering a week-long immersive experience in conscious agriculture, plant medicine, nutrition and healthful living this summer.

This tropical farm retreat will take place June 5 to 10 in Kohala.

Daily offerings include morning yoga; hands-on gardening and permaculture workshops; three organic, farm-fresh meals; and eco-adventures, while integrating cultural ceremonies.


Participants will have the option of camping or staying in newly constructed yurts overlooking coastal views of Maui on the historic coast of North Kohala.


This will be the first year HIP Agriculture offers a summer immersion program. The intention of the course is to bring gardening, nutrition and conscious agriculture to individuals who may not be able to devote six weeks of study to the internship course.

It is an opportunity to refresh, recharge and get inspired about gardening, getting back in touch with nature and developing skills to uplift and energize one’s spirit and one’s community.

Full details can be found at


Enrollment is now open online at

Founded in 2011, HIP Agriculture, an educational nonprofit in Kohala on the Big Island, offers a bi-annual six-week farm internship, hosts field trips for local youth, conducts workshops on health, food and gardening at local schools.

Additionally, the organization hosts the annual Kohala ʻAina Festival, an event celebrating local harvest and mobilizing individuals to become a part of the growing food movement in Hawai’i.

With a focus on permaculture and regenerative agriculture, HIP Ag is a burgeoning force for youth empowerment and activation of young adults who will serve as the next generation of land stewards, farmers and activists. With a growing interest in farming and permaculture in Hawai‘i, and nationwide, people are returning to the land for transformative experiences of learning, growing and healing.

HIP Ag is dedicated to supporting such growth to create a more conscious and activated society, starting with getting people reconnected to Earth and the source of their food.


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