Scholarships offered for ‘Unleashing the Wellness Within’ retreat

HANALEI — Education author Ami Chen and global trainer Gabriella Maldonado-Montano will host a four-day retreat called “Unleashing the Wellness Within” Aug. 2-5 in Hanalei.

The retreat will teach innate resiliency psychology, and focus on innate resiliency, well-being and the spiritual connection to life.

“We’re all our better selves when we learn to stay more often in a relaxed mind,” Chen said. “One of the myths is that people think a relaxed mind means doing nothing, but actually a relaxed mind is energized, more compassionate than a mind that is bound up in stressful thinking.”

Chen is the author of “The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth” and “State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning,” and has worked with children, families, schools and communities to provide positive mental health and learning.

The retreat costs $345. Five full scholarships are being offered to Kauai residents who are low income or who work for a community service agency that works with families and/or children.

For more information or to register, go to or call 650-424-8984.


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