Over the years we noticed that, despite our focus on female empowerment and equality, many women who arrived here were a little afraid of being in nature. Urban females can sometimes be terrified if they see a spider or other 'creepy crawlies'. They will shudder if they hear a strange sound and treat the jungle like it's a horror movie.
We are not being gender-specific. However, we describe a real issue; the fact that many urban dwellers of any gender, are challenged by living harmoniously in nature.
We help you rediscover your inner Jane or Tarzan to be a 'Jungle Queen' or 'King of the Jungle' rather than a complaining 'Prissy Prince(ss)'. It is a more empowering feeling for women rather than feeling dependent on a man to protect them from nature.
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 fine to come to Hedonisia as a Prissy Princess! We have accepted many urban female applicants who have delicate sensibilities when it comes to living in a jungle. However, they all want to be Jungle Queens! 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.
As part of their Heart work, many women have created inspirational murals on the property depicting strong warrior jungle queens.
Hedonisia Community Jungle Queen Alumni
Here is a small fraction of women who for the most part, have never lived in a jungle but who adapted well to their rainforest home at Hedonisia up to when the volcano hit our property. There will be no more photos until we can return.
We only list 3 Jungle Queens per year. For returning visitors, please don't be offended if you are not listed!
Kate - Anchor Intern
With tongue firmly in cheek, we have created a list of the main differences. We absolutely welcome you as a Prissy Princess. We hope that you will leave a Jungle Queen!
Empowered Jungle Queen or King
|• Does not appreciate the work we are doing. Only complain that we are not like a 'normal' hotel.
• Comes to a rainforest and then complains about the rain!
• Complaints 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 blame us for not being the fantasy community that they created in their head.
• Wants to sanitize, bleach, and kill all the germs and mold in the jungle.
• 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 rainforest.
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 rainforest as a great place to do so.