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Ecotourism is:

"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the
environment and improves the well-being of local people."



Bamboo Farm
We are specialized in structural bamboo, the lumber of the future.  Most of our houses are green buildings, built with bamboo, recycled lumber and environmentally conscious materials.



At Maui Retreat, we have a bee hive with one queen bee and about 10,000 worker bees. They pollinate all the fruit trees on the property. 


All our extra office paper is shredded and put into a vermiculture system where it is fed to worms, which convert it into extremely rich worm castings, perfect for fertilizing the gardens.

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We have eight wonderful chickens. They give us blue and red eggs. They love to be held and we invite you to meditate with them. Yes, they are very very friendly!



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I am proud to announce that I am a certified Permaculture Designer. I can support and educate our young students in a sustainable way of living.
P.S. Mochi, my little Tibetan Spaniel took the training as well and helps in the gardens. Mostly playing! 



World Wide Organisation of Organic Farming.
If you would like to know more about our 3 to 6 month student  program - volunteer work exchange, please submit an application. Space limited.
Welcome Purple Roof to
Maui Retreat 2012!

We are very delighted to officially welcome you to our spiritual artistic community and Maui Retreat family!

   You all have participated in the raffle of winning a  stay at our Maui Eco Retreat in Hawaii. Congratulations to Ed Reggi. He won a 5 night stay at our Maui Retreat.
We are sorry you have not been selected, but maybe you can gift yourself to an amazing journey in 2012.

We would like to introduce ourselves:

    I (Kutira) have been and environmental spiritual activist since my mother has introduced me with 6 years old to recycle our garbage and compost our left overs to nurture our earth. Being the steward of a magical piece of land in Maui has given my the opportunity to co-create with nature in harmony and awaken my Eco Soul in applying the growing edge of human consciousness and evolutionary technologies to life-affirming goals into an life style Embodied Spirituality and Sustainability practices.

  My husband Raphael, is a composer and artist and teaches Chi Kung, a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.

   If you would like to find out more of what we have to offer, we invite you to visit our website

   We are also so very excited to announce that civil unions in our Rainbow State stars now Jan. 1, 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to permit civil unions or similar legal recognitions for gay couples. 

Our Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said at a signing ceremony: "This bill represents equal rights for everyone in Hawaii, everyone who comes here. This is to me the essence of the aloha spirit. With its signing, I want to say 'welcome' to the world, come to paradise."


   I would be honored to officiate your sacred union a beautiful romantic marriage ceremony. I have been an ordained minister for over 15 years in the State of Hawaii and have officiated ceremonies in many traditions. 


With deep love and gratitude and thank you for supporting in staying with us at our Maui Eco Retreat.

Kutira and Raphael 
the Kahua Community of Students,
Wwoofers, Guests, dogs, cats, ducks and earth worms.

   If you would like to find out "What makes us an eco-retreat center"? please click here

Special Purple Roof Packages 
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Explore living sustainably and off the grid, with solar, natural alkaline well water and organic edible gardens.  Experience our luxurious bamboo housing, the new lumber of the future.  Perfect for singles, couples/ honeymooners, and small groups. Our sacred land provides amazing hiking trails to waterfalls, natural pools, and the ocean. Meditate, explore yoga, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi/ hot stone body work. This is truly a place to connect with nature and your own inner vision.We are a five star certified green retreat and voted 'The Greenest Spot on Maui'.  Take the time to visit our website and feel free to give us a call so that we can make sure your needs are met. Congratulations, in choosing a green spot like us to offset your carbon footprint.

Special Discount for June if you mention the Special Purple Roof Invitation from this Welcome Letter!

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Take a moment and check out where you can be in 2012 and enjoy the Bamboo Temple...
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or our lovely Thai Hale...
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What People Have to Say About Us
waterfallWe had a wonderful week at the Bamboo Temple. It was the perfect tropical fantasy - coconut palms, starry nights, the ocean view. We loved the bamboo construction, pyramid skylight and huge window... the outdoor shower was like a piece of artwork, really great! What a fantastic place to get away from the fake Hawaii and experience the real North Shore jungle.
All the best...   - Jeff Guido & Dean Taylor, Artists 

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Looking for paradise? Look no further than Maui Eco Retreat--an ecosensual Garden of Eden where you can be all that you are-including two Adams, or two Eves, or even three or four. I had the great honor and pleasure of staying in the bamboo hut with my transgender lover for a timeless vacation and it was nothing short of magical and pure ecstasy. The exquisite beauty of the environment cleansed and refreshed us to our core. Kutira and Raphael are wise, inspiring leaders in sustainable living practices so we learned a lot just seeing how they do things. If you are looking to have a queer wedding ritual, they have all you could possibly need and want to make it the best wedding ever. You'll feel the aloha, and the mana, at Maui Eco Retreat.
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. 
Sexologist, Ecosex Activist, Author

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If you enjoyed reading about our Eco-Retreat we would be very happy to welcome you. If you know of any friends that are considering a vacation in Hawaii, please support our green vision for the future and so that they can make a difference and set off their carbon footprint in staying with us. Please enjoy our musical you-tube video of the land click here.

Warmest Mahalo

Kutira & Raphael
Maui Retreat
Kutira, Raphael, and Mochi

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Our Movie!
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Twenty years in the making, "The Dance of Earth & Spirit" chronicles the life of Kutira and Raphael, and their quest for true sustainability.  With a mélange of both historical and new footage, a remote part of Maui transforms into an ecological paradise by merging ancient traditions with cutting edge science, driven by the power of Spiritual Embodiment. Discovering the ecological miracle of bamboo, they built the first permitted bamboo house on U.S. soil, leading their modest lives to the Himalayas and the Kingdom of Bhutan. In sharing their story, they give us practical steps to start our journey to true sustainability. "The Dance of Earth & Spirit" honors Mother Earth in creating a sustainable blueprint for generations searching for their Eco-Soul.

(C) Kahua Institute 2008