Hawaii Retreat
Hawaii Retreat

If you’re a high achieving woman, who’s also a natural caretaker to everyone and everything, putting your own dreams on hold, now ready to say a sounding guilt free Yes! to yourself, then join us on this journey to paradise for an all-inclusive experience that will lift you out of frustrations and limitations, into new realms of deliciousness and delight.

October 12-17, 2023

Walking along the beach your eyes squint slightly as you take in the expansiveness of the ocean glistening with sun sparkles, making this moment magical, filled with promise for what’s to come next.

Your mind wanders to the fact that you’re on a tiny little island in the vast Pacific Ocean, on a planet that’s a speck of dust in our galaxy. You revel in the magnificence of it all, feeling humbled and empowered at the same time.

Slowly you can feel your body and mind relax, as layers upon layers of responsibilities, tension and stories start to fall away. You realize you haven’t felt this at relaxed, yet excited, in a very very long time.

Chatting with new or old friends, it’s clear that all that matters is the present moment, the connection and sisterhood between you, and how wonderful you feel to be loved and supported.

A knowing of being home, home with yourself, begins to emerge and you think to yourself ‘how could I have forgotten THIS?’

Spontaneously a deep sigh of relief moves through you, and you smile. Suddenly your life, how it has been and where it is going, feels so perfectly aligned.

All is well in your Universe. Let me tell you what’s next…

“This ME-treat included having a connection with other powerful women and knowing that you can be open and free to talk. The intimate bonding because the number of women that was there. Structure more greeting! This was a wonderful experience.”

Expand & Align Your Life with the vastness & harmony of the Pacific Ocean!

By the end of this adventure, you’ll have reconnected with the you that loves all aspects of life, knowing that you are enough and that it’s ok to get what you want, so you can once again feel inspired to create all that your heart desires.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to move beyond that which no longer serves you, leaving you feeling bubblier and more YOU than you’ve felt in years, while finding new lifelong friends in a tribe of empowering like-minded women.

We’re in this life together. In coming together on this Me-treat, a We-ness is arising.

As we support each other through our individual experiences, wisdom, and reflections, a deeper understanding and connection is formed. Like they say… “you become like the 5 people you hang around the most”.

It’s time to open your heart wide open. Are you ready for the new gifts’ life has to offer YOU?

Amazing. Tell me the tuition and...

Can you imagine the effect of five extraordinary days and nights in the exclusive company of successful, motivated and inspired women… women just like you?

Together, you’ll be sharing not only your collective wisdom and insights, but also having a clear intention of helping each other break free of limiting beliefs and patterns, so you can all awaken – and realize – your hearts desires.

Coming together on retreat is magical, a true meeting of hearts and minds, digging deep into the depth of your being, revealing forgotten desires, skills and strengths.

YOU are needed in this world, in your full power, bringing awareness, hope and inspiration, simply by being here, alive.

There’s no time to waste… let’s take you to the next level.

First… tell me, is this you?

  • You know, even with all your achievements and successes, that there’s so much more you can do, be, have and give.
  • You love the care-taking side of your personality, and yearn to have her serve YOU just as well as she serves others.
  • You’re bursting with a desire to inspire and empower others even more.
  • You crave an alignment between your responsibilities and desires.
  • You know life has more to offer, and you’re ready to receive, expand and thrive.
  • You desire freedom and time to just be… to rewind, relax and recharge.
  • You long for a space to connect with other like-minded, high achieving leaders, to exchange experiences, wisdom and possibilities.

If this resonates with you, a Me-treat is just what your heart desires! The time is now! Claim your bigger life!

“My biggest take away is to be ready to fulfill your wholeness even when you may not know the full agenda. Be ready to go with the flow and be intentional about showing up for yourself. I was free to share in a safe environment with others that are working towards some of the same goals in LIFE. It’s okay to get HELP for the total woman.”

Listen to the voice of your true self and make the leap. It’s time to put yourself at the center of your own life. Only from there can you live an inspired and enriching life, while still being able to support and serve others.

* Can’t do this alone?
* Do you feel lost at where to even begin?
* This retreat is made just for you!

Our beautiful safe haven was designed to cradle you, as you embark on a journey of self-discovery, to recreate a life that is aligned with all that you have become – and aspire to grow into, no longer based on an older version of you.

There’s no better place than the sacred island of Kauai to shed the old and blossom into the new.

Get ready, you are about to grow new wings!

I’m ready to grow new wings...

The Location

Hawaii. Need I say more?

This is where the laid-back spirit and unbelievable natural beauty will meet your search for tranquility and relaxation.

The “Garden Island” of Kauai is a place where worries vanish in the trade winds and your inner beauty comes alive. She has kept herself charmed, mysterious and unconquered… and will show you how, as well, as YOUR inner garden begins to sprouts new life.

These dramatic cliffs and coastline have served as a backdrop for major motion pictures, including Jurassic Park. Can you imagine walking in the footsteps of the movie characters, facing your very own “inner dinosaur”.

For you, maybe that means becoming aware of aspects of yourself that have become “prehistoric; an old way of thinking, doing things, or even an old belief system that you have outgrown… all while taking in the breathtaking views.

Maybe it means embracing your own most primal, raw, untamed nature, as you walk the land created by an erupting volcano more than 5 million years ago. Can it be that your “eruptions” of an inner fire has the power to create something beautiful as well?

It could be a journey of discovering resilience and facing hardships, realizing that you always have what it takes to deal with whatever life throws at you. The birth, survival and thriving nature of Kauai will reflect it all back to you.

And, of course, you’ll enjoy soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach, seeking out a scenic waterfall, or grabbing a board and hitting the waves, along with soul stirring conversations with your like hearted sisters, and surprising excursions that stretch your courage and imagination; this is, after all, Hawaii.

Get ready to face your own, possibly extinct, dinosaur. E Komo Mai…

“The entire experience has been enlightening and empowering.”

It’s time to just be...


Your home away from home is a sophisticated resort located on the south shore of Kauai in the town of Koloa.

Our group will share several large condos inside a quaint complex with comfortable, inviting and inspiring décor and furniture, right by world class beaches and a shopping village.

Most rooms are singles, with king or queen size beds, and there are plenty of bathrooms, and you will have ample space and the opportunity to be both social engaged and have some private time.

The condos are equipped with all the comforts of home including a full-sized gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, washer/dryer, walk-in travertine tile showers… and last but not least, jetted tubs.

Welcome to your most luxurious setting, perfectly fitting for your vacation in paradise.

In Girl, Arise! fashion, you will not want for anything. As always, you will feel pampered and spoiled… like you so often do for others without hesitation.

This is your time to freely give back to You!

As you relax and start to truly know how to receive, you’ll be inspired to broaden your concept of a self-care lifestyle, and know at the depth of your being that this… this is possible for you, even at home.

Take a moment to make a vow to yourself to return home different. The new You is arising.

From beginning to end, this ME-treat has been a wonderful adventure. Our boat ride was absolutely beautiful. Our accommodations were wonderful. We had everything we needed. All meals were catered and delicious! The women were open and receptive in every workshop. We all meshed together so well! I feel so empowered, so ready, so equipped to step into my next. Best experience ever! Can’t wait until next year!”

The Cuisine

Life on an island brings luscious ingredients for some of this world’s most delicious dishes. Add to those influences both from the east and the west, and you get an extraordinary unique cuisine.

We will have our pick of the most delectable flavors of Hawaii with our personal chef, White Ginger Catering, who will prepare our meals on site.

Can you imagine walking up to a buffet of Island Luau– style spread, brimming with deliciousness such as Ahi poke nachos, Hawaiian green papaya salad, Forbidden rice, Teriyaki local steak, Cajun Ahi, Macadamia nut kale salad and Chocolate coconut macaroons?

Let all your senses and tastebuds dance with excitement as you explore dishes like haupia, a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert or Poi, a thick paste of either taro root, pounded bananas or pineapples mixed with coconut cream.

Indulge in the freshness of sweet potatoes, yams, taro, coconuts and pineapples, grown from the special soil of a volcanic island, or turn to the sea for clean and fresh seafood experiences like Tako poke, Lomi salmon, and Squid Luau.

You will learn how to wake up your palate in a savory and healthy way, that also keeps your body happy and functioning at its best, throughout the day.

The variety that 5 star chef Ginger will prepare will be sure to satisfy everyone’s tastes, and special diets will be taken into consideration, as well as health goals.

Our Journey

Please be aware that this is a tentative itinerary, subject to change. While the content will remain, the order and timing might be different, as we work in the flow of the moment.

Ah, the time has finally come. You have arrived to Kauai and it’s time settle in, pause, release and recreate a new dream.

You’ll immediately feel cradled as you’re greeted by the crew, make your spot like home and prepare for your ‘climb’.

There’s nothing like a welcome reception and scrumptious dinner to break the ice and kick start new relationships. Let’s get those connections and conversations going.

Then the fun begins! Our special Within-troduction and cleansing ritual will kick-start your journey and transformation in a profound way.

Before bringing this day to an end, bring your intentions, needs and desires for the weekend to our circle time, a place for transparent  heart-to-heart reflection.

Each day you’ll greet the day with movement and meditation, setting the stage for a day of enjoyment and transformation. 

After a savory breakfast, the journey of self-discovery begins. In honor of mental health awareness month, Dr. Josephine Harris, affectionately called ‘Dr. Jo’ will open our minds and encourage us to tap into our unlimited potential.

You’ll start exploring your mind and its power, while experiencing the power of surrender, faith, and beginning the process of transforming into the greater version of you!

It’s time for a delicious light lunch before you head out on your first outdoor activity. A surrender is the theme of the day, first to go is your ‘need to know’ what we’ll be doing.

After the exhilarating adventure, you will have time to rest and unwind before dinner, enjoying this paradise.

As the evening winds down, your self-awareness expands through reflection and sharing in the circle you’ve come to cherish.

Your morning practice of movement and meditation feel wonderful in your body as it softens and is releasing held stress and tension, allowing space to create the new. Exhale!

As you discover your strengths and weaknesses, you start to find a healthier balance. Today the theme is healthy habits and you’ll dive even deeper into selfcare and love.

For your inner little girl, everything is possible and dreams do come true… so let’s bring her out to play as you set out on the outdoor activity of the day. It’s another surprise that will take your surrender to yet another level.

With a heart full from today’s experiences, awakenings and insights, nature’s natural beauty and bliss during the sunset circle, will bring everything full circle. You are home… home with yourself.

Your body and mind are adjusting, letting go of old patterns and releasing held tensions. Little by little you feel yourself opening up and expanding in ways you haven’t felt in years.

Today is a spa day, where different aspects of your being will be nurtured… skin and body care and who knows what else we have in store for you. After another mouthwatering lunch, everyone will have a chance to receive a blissful massage and skin care session.

Soak up the aha moments of the week, the things you learned or the things that were confirmed, and imagine how you will implement this new way of being in your life when you return home.

Do you have new strategies? New techniques? New skills to remind you to respond in a way that honors who you are becoming and the life you want to create? Take this time today for self reflection or to stroll to the beach. Be intentionally simple.

The daily movement and meditation is now starting to become a treasured new habit, one you look forward to and easily surrender into. What a joy it is to self-care.

You’re beginning to realize how your new insights and habits can and will impact your life, and today we’ll start to explore what that might look like for you.

After breakfast Dr Jo will take everything that has been unfolding this week and bring it together as a whole. You’ll go on a journey of recognizing your unlimited capabilities and innate capacity to live your live to the fullest, with joy, abundance and love.

You’ll enjoy some free time and in the after none it’s time to explore this magical island of Kauai. Get ready for some extra ordinary experiences.

Now what would a visit to Hawaii be with out a Luau? Now worries, we have you covered!

Waking up, you can’t believe this is the last day… you simply don’t want this to be over yet! Good news… it isn’t quite yet!

Your morning will bring the cherry to the pie, with a deep spiritual connection and like hearted new friends who will expand your circle of support for many years to come.

After breakfast and our closing circle it’s time to head back home, refreshed, renewed and utterly inspired.

Bring on something new...

The Benefits

On this retreat, you’ll have space to pause and reflect, so you can move past whatever holds the old you in place and soar into a new way of expressing, living and experiencing life.

But more so, you’ll receive tools and strategies for slowing down, giving yourself permission to say no to what does no longer serve you, and yes more often to what YOU need to feel whole.

In essence, you’ll both take a break and get a breakthrough!

You’ll return home enlightened and equipped with practices you can apply in your everyday life, no matter your circumstances!

Girl, Arise! is not a religious event, but it is God led. Women of all backgrounds are welcome. There is 100% acceptance for authenticity and zero tolerance for judgement and negativity. This experience is fertile: it is for those who are ready to birth something new in their life, even if you aren’t clear what that “something” is….

If you are at that point in your life where the rubber has met the road and you are open to go where your “greater” is waiting, the Girl, Arise! experience will lift you into the next level of YOU!

“My biggest take away is – It’s okay to be authentically you. It is totally necessary to take care of you and show up for yourself 100%. What can be improved – Can’t think about anything to improve that would impact the quality of the experience. My overall feedback is absolutely positive. Sharing without fear of judgement and being free to be my authentic self was a totally freeing experience. I am excited about our next event and what He will continue to do in us individually and collectively. 12 is considered a perfect number, as it symbolizes God’s power and authority.”


To get ready for a transformation that lasts, you’ll enjoy at least three Zoom calls before the retreat begins. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the other amazing women that will be joining you.

Once the in-person journey is concluded, you’ll be able to stay connected with your new-found friends via a private Facebook and chat group. Finding support and bringing back memories have never been so easy.

Share your progress and new life on our post-retreat call, and get inspired to take even more steps into your most mind-blowing future.

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What’s Included

  • Five incredible days all-inclusive, you won’t need to take care of anything
  • Welcome reception to set the stage and start the ascension
  • Lodging at one of our spacious beautiful condos for five nights
  • A breakfast spread each morning that will awaken your taste buds and jump-start your day
  • Scrumptious and nutritional lunches and dinners, made from the freshest ingredients Kaua’i has to offer, will satisfy not only your body but also your senses
  • At least two outdoor excursions and one onsite treat, where all fees are included
  • Daily teachings and materials provided
  • Your body will love the in-house massage available for you
  • A beautiful customized gift
  • Professional pictures for magical memories
  • Transportation to and from Lihue airport to the venue plus transportation while at the retreat
  • Dedicated secure parking in case you’re driving a rental car
  • Who knows what other gifts and surprises will show up for you!

What’s Not Included

  • Your roundtrip transportation from home
  • Personal extra expenses, like shopping
  • Extra tips beyond gratuities charged for our group
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary
  • Additional treatments
  • Refunds for activities you choose not to participate in

What you’ll walk away with…

On this retreat, you will set in motion a re-aligning of your daily habits, and the beliefs behind them, through our shared experiences of self-care, awareness, and transformation, so that you can tap into your creative self-expression, and show up fully empowered feeling more centered and in flow, no matter where you are.

  • You’ll no longer make yourself an option
  • Create a new story where YOU’re the main character
  • Set strategies in place for non-negotialbe self care
  • Awaken your creativity and sense of clarity about what’s next
  • Take the opportunity to re-calibrate

The Girl, Arise! culture is for the high achieving woman to have a safe, loving, supportive and encouraging place to simply be herself, so that she can discover and awaken even more levels of herself that the hustle and bustle of life does not typically give her permission to.

For me it was a 10. I came and received more than I even expected. I’m already on board for the next ME-treat. I’ve been inviting others. This was a life changing experience. It was God ordained. So much clarity, confirmation. I feel encouraged, uplifted and evolved. I have arisen and will show up differently for myself and others.”

Trip Leaders

Hi there,

I’m Valerie Oakley, a child of God and your hostess/facilitator. Health and wellness have been my passion for many years. For me, it is so deeply fulfilling to help others create wins in every aspect of their life! People who get to know me notice my patience, calmness, and witty sense of humor.

I’m often told that I’m easy to talk to. I believe it comes from being an empath, my upbringing, and from raising a special needs son. I believe wholeness is life’s most worthwhile pursuit. To practice self-care and personal development, and then share with others is a way of honoring our Creator! I love traveling, reading, learning and enJOYing life, especially with my two sons!

Girl, Arise! Me-treats was born because I believe there is beauty, power and healing in live group interaction. I believe a person who feels seen and heard is an empowered person, and every participant at this retreat deserves to be authentically seen.

I can’t wait for this vision to unfold with you! I am the founder of Greater Works Health & Wellness Coaching, your one stop space for all things health and wellness, personally and professionally

A California native with a love for travel and creating lifelong memories, I can’t wait to share this soul stirring experience and I can’t wait to meet YOU!

I’m Dr. Josephine Harris (“Dr. Jo”), a mental health expert, who empowers and inspires women, particularly military spouses.

It’s my honor to equip you will the tools you need to navigate through life challenges with self-direction, which includes the principles of recovery, independence, self-sufficiency, and promotes personal choice and control.

I’m the CEO/Founder of Calming Minds LLC, a Certified Green Heart Mental Health Coach and Advocate, a Board Certified Telehealth Professional Level I, a Credentialed Victim Advocate(I) and a Psychologist at Seoul Counseling Center.

I am Cassandra Gamblin, your friendly Mary Kay lady!

I specialize in skin care education and makeup application as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

I help the everyday woman feel good, by pampering herself with my complimentary skincare and makeup consultations.

I am passionate about enriching women’s lives, living by the Golden Rule, and operating my business on the life principles of Faith First, Family Second and Career Third.

I’m Daphne Rodrigues, born on the beautiful island of Oahu & raised in the SF Bay area – I spent every summer on the Garden Isle of Kauai visiting my grandparents for many, many years. Without a doubt, Kauai is where my heart and soul live! I am the Founder and President of Abundance WellSpa, a center for healing & detoxing your physical, mental, emotional & energy body in a holistic, non-medicinal & non-invasive way. I am a Master level Reiki Practitioner & Teacher with a passion for healing your mind, body & spirit.

It is my pleasure to lead everyone on our daily morning practice of movement and meditation emphasizing the spirit of aloha – being in the presence of and sharing the essence of life. Learn basic hula movements, expressions and gestures that carry specific meanings, from representing plants, animals, and the elements to listening, searching, sailing and so much more, while reaching a level of calmness, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. I’m excited to meet and share my culture with an amazing group of women!

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I can’t wait to join you in Hawaii...

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot afford this?

This is not your regular trip…. It is an investment in YOU. A more important question would be… How can I afford to not do this?

The training alone is worth the price of this retreat, and it’ll make a tremendous difference in how you navigate your life moving forward.

Please know payment plans are available, and we’ll do what we can to accommodate your needs.

How can I take time for this?

I understand – busy women are busy getting things done. You are already very good at getting multiple things done, all the time.

That is exactly the reason to take time and focus off all the THINGS and pour into YOU.

This is an opportunity to interrupt the norm, restore what serves and replenishes your soul, and simply BE.

The inner stillness you find will guide and support you, as you return to the business of life.

Can I stay longer?

Now we’re talking! I’d love for you to enjoy this beautiful island for as long as possible!

The retreat is officially adjourned at 10am Hawaii time on May 2, but there are options.

The next retreat date will be announced, and you will have the option to join us again!

If you are looking to extend your stay on either end of your trip, we are happy to offer suggestions and recommendations!

Can you accommodate my dietary needs?

Yes, we’re happy to!

Let us know your needs and preferences, and we’ll take care of you.

Please make sure to clearly state any actual allergies.

I’m unsure about traveling with people I don’t know.

Oh… no need to worry about this, at all! Your Me-treat starts as soon as you register.

You’ll get to know everyone through the private Facebook group with all retreat participants.

You will have plenty of time to connect with other women, start building relationships, and share dreams and excitement about the upcoming trip!

On top of that, there will be at least two meet and greet sessions via Zoom to allow you time to break the ice and get to know who will be joining you.

You may also join the private Facebook group.

The group is small and intimate and the space is private. Rest assured, this is a safe space for you to be YOU.

Do I have to participate in everything?

Of course not! You are always in control of your own choices.

Every aspect of this journey has been selected and arranged with a greater purpose and mission in mind, assisting you in the transformation you desire.

However, we all are masters of our journey, and you can opt-out of any experience.

Please note, that there will not be any monetary credits made for opting out of scheduled activities.

You always have the choice to use your time as you feel fit.

Can I bring my partner, kids, or pets?

This special experience is created with 14 extraordinary women in mind. Women like YOU, who are ready to take a break from obligations and say YES to taking time just for themselves.

Your partner, kids, and pets will be better, when you return a better, replenished YOU.

Do you offer transportation from the airport?

Once you arrive at the airport, everything is included. Your MEtreat begins.

When you make your flight arrangements, share your itinerary with the host, your driver will pick you up at Lihue Airport and drive you safely to the venue where your adventure awaits.

When you are ready to return to the airport after your retreat, you will be driven back to Lihue, a new You!

Should you miss the opportunity to make arrangements with the host, there are a variety of services at your fingertips; Airport shuttles, taxis, Uber or Lyft, etc.

If you rent a vehicle, parking arrangements will be made for you.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

We do recommend vaccination, but it is not a requirement for domestic passengers.

If you are not vaccinated, please request a private room, or share with someone else who is not. You will also need to wear a mask.

We will all have masks available, and a few rapid tests on hand.

Additionally, as of June 12, 2022, the U.S. federal government no longer requires a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19 documentation.

Dear high achieving, nurturing, gracious and multi-talented woman, this trip was designed especially for you. You need and deserve a time out. I see you. I WAS you for many years.

You’ve perhaps been on vacation and treated yourself occasionally with the usual feel-goods, but you’re ready for more, ready to grow.

Your life outside of what you’re used to, is waiting for you! It’s time to go to the next level: Your next level of fulfillment, joy, and love, a new sense of health, well-being, and purpose. Your next level of YOU…

You are busy, and busy is great for getting things done. But even though you know you have even more to get, you’re also – at times – running on empty or on anything but full.

Sometimes less is the more you are seeking… sometimes surrendering is the most powerful and productive thing you can do, to discover YOU. Girl, Arise! Me-Treat is the experience that your soul has been waiting for!

My take away as the host and producer of Girl, Arise! is complete and utter head over heels GRATITUDE !!  I am so grateful to be a vessel for such an amazing experience, GLAD to do it again in 2023 in Hawaii, and ready to keep GROWING into the woman that God is molding me to be for the plans He has.

There are limited slots, so reserve your spot today, make your travel arrangements, and get ready to meet YOU, as you’ve never met yourself before! It’s time to say yes to more!

Contact Us

Registration Coordinator: Valerie Oakley

Phone: 925-206-8274 (leave message)

Website: Greater Works Health & Wellness Coaching, LLC

Email: girlariseretreat@gmail.com

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