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 often 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 natural and physical empowerment so we have not talked about men yet! However, we have had 'Prissy Princes'; males 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 exposures you have while living in the Hawaiian rain forest will help you sharpen many skills, including some you may not even know you possess!
|Complaining Prissy Princess!||Empowered Jungle Queen!|
Even the most urban females can adapt here if they arrive with an open mind! Many Jungle Queens would agree that life begins outside of your comfort zone, and you're a lot less fragile than you think!
At Hedonisia, we believe that the best method of learning is through doing, and you get the chance to do a whole lot! You'd be surprised at how multifaceted and handy you are. Identifying your strengths is one of the most empowering things you can do.
Although we try our best to accommodate all of our visitors, it only takes one complaining prince(ss) to bring down the energy of everyone in the community.
However, it's okay to come here as a princess! Many women (and men!) have arrived at our community with the delicate sensibilities of those who have known mostly urban life. What we hope is to inspire you to be a Jungle Queen!
It is not feminist to ‘coddle’ a female with only gentle feedback. We help you with feedback as you settle into your volunteer or intern life. With our Jungle Queen approach, women are stronger when allowed the opportunity to be challenged by real jungle and honest feedback!
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!