Hedonisia defines itself as an eco-feminist community; we emphasize that living in the jungle and learning self reliance and stoicism can be very empowering for women who realize they can do a lot for themselves without having to rely on men.
However, despite our emphasis on female empowerment and equality we noticed that many women who come from urban areas are often a little afraid of nature! Urban females will sometimes squeal if they see a spider! Shudder if they hear a strange sound and treat the jungle like it's a teen age horror movie!
This page is about how our community promotes female empowerment so we have not talked about men yet! However, we have had 'Prissy Princes'; men who couldn't handle living in the jungle!
We are not being gender specific! Just describing a real issue; the fact that many urban dwellers are challenged with living harmoniously in nature.
We want to help you rediscover your inner Jane or Tarzan! Anyone can be a 'Jungle Queen' or 'King of the Jungle' rather than a complaining 'Prissy Prince(ss)'!
The natural exposure you have while living in the Hawaiian rain forest will help you sharpen many skills, including some you may not even know you possess!
And it so much more of an empowering feeling for women rather than feeling dependent on a man to protect them from nature!
With tongue firmly in cheek, here are some of the main differences:
Complaining Prissy Prince(ss)!
Empowered Jungle Queen!
|• Does not see at all the work we have already done. Only that we are not like a 'normal' hotel. And then complains accordingly!
• Comes to a rain forest located in the rainforest and then complains about the rain!
• Complains to anyone and everyone to make 'allies' for their 'cause' creating negativity for the entire community.
• Did not read the website thoroughly to understand the program, community, surroundings, transport etc.
• Instead, blames us for not being the fantasy community that they created in their head.
• Is terrified of and resistant to, using a machete!
• Sees an insect or hears a jungle sound and 'freaks out'!
• Wants everything to be exact and predictable.
|Ψ Sees the 'big picture' and appreciates that it took a lot of work to get this community to the place it is at.
Ψ Finds it challenging and rewarding to 'work in the land' and is okay with a little dirt and mud!
Ψ Knows that a woman can be strong and still feminine
Ψ Feels empowered in nature when she does not feel that she needs a man to 'scare away the spiders'!
Ψ Willing to work on solutions rather than just being a complainer.
Ψ Proud of the scratches that come from living in the rain forest!
Ψ Understands that living in a rain forest in a lava zone requires flexibility and adaptability and ENJOYS a little unpredictability!
Ψ Wants to learn and grow physically, emotionally and intellectually. Appreciates the rain forest as a great place to do so!
We try our best to accommodate the sensitivities of all of our visitors. However, it only takes one complaining prince(ss) to bring down the energy of everyone in the community!
It's totally fine to come to Hedonisia as a Prissy Princess! We understand that many women (and men!) at our community have delicate sensibilities. Many have known only soft urban living.
However, even the most urban 'prissy princess' female can adapt to rainforest living if they arrive with an open mind! Life begins outside of your comfort zone! You're a lot less fragile than you think! We hope to inspire you to be a Jungle Queen!
Hedonisia Community Jungle Queen Alumni!
These are women who for the most part, have never lived in a jungle but who adapted well to their rain forest home at Hedonisia! There are many more but to save space, we are only listing 3 Jungle Queens per year. So please don't be offended if you are not listed!
Heather: Eco-Feminist Focus Intern!
Kate - Anchor Intern