During this season of giving Thanks, we wish you great happiness and peace.
As you may know, this spring, Vipassana Hawai‘i made the difficult decision to let go of the Hawai‘i Insight Meditation Center project on the Big Island land and put our land on the market for sale. We spent years laying the meticulous groundwork for the project to succeed, including working through long periods in land court, getting county approval for a Special Use Permit, developing public access, exploring conservation easements, working with architects and foresters, and holding tent retreats for adults and teens – all amid oceans of other tasks and responsibilities. Unfortunately, the finances to actually build the center never came together and we realized that we were beyond our capacity for the final stretch of this monumental task.
We are at once deeply humbled by this conclusion and very excited. On a beautiful November full moon, we recently sold 140 acres of our North Kohala land to amazing buyers whose own vision is a beautiful extension and fulfillment of our own. Patrick and Mindy Meiering of Durango, Colorado direct an organization called Inhabit and they plan to use the land and the Special Use Permit we secured to build a retreat center for meditation, yoga, and healing arts of all kinds. Read more