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BIG ISLAND Farm Sanctuary Volunteer Retreat

August 23rd-30th, 2024

Come play, volunteer, and relax on the Big Island of Hawaii with the animal residents of Big Island Farm Sanctuary on this 6-day, 7-night adventure.
Hosted by Big Island Farm Sanctuary Founder, Paula Buck, with special guest, Allison Luci aka @allieforthesoul, this retreat is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and fulfilled. Spacing is very limited, so check out the details below and reserve your spot today!


Welcome to Glamping at The Sanctuary!


You'll be staying at Big Island Farm Sanctuary in our brand new 10x20 ft ohanas (guest houses). Each ohana sleeps up to four (queen bed and sofa sleeper) and shares a common outdoor area, kitchen and bathroom with the other guest houses. (Pictures coming soon)


Fall asleep to the sounds of nature and wake to the sounds of rescued animals ready to start their day. Sunrise yoga is available every morning for those who would like a calm, focused start to their day.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided with the exception of one dinner on arrival day. Breakfast will be continental style with plenty of fresh fruits, bagels, waffles, coffee and more. Lunch will be packable so that we can enjoy it on the go, and for dinner we'll be cookin' up some good ol' campfire/BBQ favorites- vegan style!  If you have any allergies just let us know.

At night, we'll sit around the fire (wind permitting), gazing at the stars, making s'mores, and talking story. We can even head over to South Point for a gorgeous view of the sunset. One of the evenings, we'll head into Kona for a sunset Manta Ray swim.

Make new friendships that will last a lifetime all while helping the animals of Big Island Farm Sanctuary!





  • We are so excited to welcome Allison Luci to this year's retreat. For a long time, Allie's dream has been to be able to travel to different sanctuaries and paint for them. Her dream is coming true, as she's painted for Arthur's Acres in New York, and Odd Man Inn in Tennessee, and now she's headed here to put her special touch on Hawaii.

  • Big Island Farm Sanctuary- We'll spend the first part of each day working on projects that need to be done from building to painting and more. There is something for all physical abilities. 


  • Free Time- After a hard day's work, you'll have the option to head over to a local beach and snorkel, play in the water, or just relax. And, of course, you'll have plenty of time to spend with the animals, so bring a book or your favorite instrument to share with them.

  • Coffee Farm Tour- While Hawaii is known for its world class coffee due to its unique island microclimate and extra care taken by generation after generation of coffee farmers, Ka'u coffee is considered the best of Hawaii coffee. We'll tour a local farm and see how the magic happens.

  • Lei Making- One of the highlights of our 2022 retreat, Brittany, from Wild Blooms Hawaii has been making leis since she was a child. She’ll be sharing the culture of lei making as well as her talent as she guides us in making our very own leis.

  • Sip ‘n Paint- Back by popular demand! Spend the evening sipping bubbly (non-alcoholic available upon request) and painting with the beautiful and talented Allison Luci, aka @allieforthesoul.


Reserve your spot!


  • 6 nights accommodations at Big Island Farm Sanctuary

  • All meals except for night of arrival (We'll plan a restaurant visit for that night.) All food is animal friendly- no meat, no eggs, no dairy. Have an allergy? Let us know!

  • Transportation from Kona Airport to sanctuary on day of arrival, transportation on the island for scheduled events, and drop off at Kona Airport on last day

  • Coffee farm tour

  • Lei making workshop

  • Sip 'n Paint with Allie

  • Souvenir Volunteer t-shirt

  • Lots of opportunities to cuddle with the animals

  • Friendship and comradery 



  • Airfare to and from Hawaii

  • Meal(s) on evening of arrival

  • Sunset Manta Ray Cruise (approx $175 per person)


TOTAL COST (minus flights to and from Hawaii and Manta Ray Tour)

  • SHARED OHANA (4 people, queen size bed and sofa sleeper)
    $1950 per person

    • If you request to share your ohana with specific people, please let us know when registering. Deposits from all 4 attendees must be made before the room will be held.

    • If you’re coming alone but paying the 4 per ohana price, we will assign you as best fits as we make room arrangements.

    • Who gets the bed and who gets the sofa sleeper will be determined by you and your roomies upon arrival.

  • TRIO PRIVATE OHANA (3 people max, queen size bed and sofa sleeper)
    $2170 per person

    • Must include the names of the people you will be rooming with and each of them must pay the initial deposit before the room can be reserved. If your group drops to less than three people, we will fill the empty spot with a single attendee of our choice.

    • Who gets the bed and who gets the sofa sleeper will be determined by you and your roomies upon arrival.

  • COUPLE PRIVATE OHANA (2 people max, queen size bed and sofa sleeper)
    $2370 per person

    • Yes, significant others are welcome! This room arrangement is also perfect for siblings, a parent and (adult) child, besties, etc.

    • Deposit for each person must be received before reservation can be made. In the event one of you cancels, the remaining attendee will be given the option to pay the single person private ohana rate or open their ohana up to 1-3 more attendees for a reduced amount.

  • PRIVATE OHANA (1 person max, queen size bed and sofa sleeper)

    • You’ve got the ohana all to yourself! Enjoy, but be sure to come out and spend time with your new friends (animal and human).

Retreat Dates: August 23rd-30th, 2024

Please email with any questions.
This popular retreat will fill quickly, so don't wait!



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