Courage. Connection. Community.
Hanai is an inclusive, creative gathering space built to cultivate an authentic connection.
At Hanai, we invite the curious, the seekers of wellbeing, and those looking to make meaningful connections to join us in reimagining what it is to be a part of the Central Oregon community.
It is our vision to become a community hub where individuals and groups can consciously connect, be nurtured, and learn and grow together.
Hanai: A Community Building for Central Oregon
Currently, under construction on a 9-acre site located at the corner of Eagle Road and Neff Road in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Hanai is made possible by The Hanai Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013.
Hanai’s uniquely inspiring, individual indoor and outdoor spaces will be home to a wide variety of workshops, classes, and personal-development seminars offered in partnership with individuals, businesses, and other nonprofits in the community. The facility and site will also be available for rent for both large and small events.
Anyone who is curious and willing to reimagine what it is to be in the Central Oregon community can find support in the Hanai Foundation. It is our Kuleana (responsibility) to let go of that which does not serve us and embrace life with courage and fearlessness.
Our peers and partners at the Hanai Foundation are individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that care deeply about creating universal bonds and encouraging non-ideological togetherness and interconnection.
We feel that the best way for us to serve our community is to keep a fluid concept of our workshops, events, seminars, and community spaces. For the moment, we are focused on offering the following services to Central Oregon organizations and individuals.
Workshops & Classes
If you are interested in hosting anything from yoga classes to self-development classes, a retreat to a monthly community meeting, we’re open to hosting it with you! We just ask that your event or workshop be focused on spiritual, personal, or community development.
If you are interested in creating a community garden, communal meditation space, botanical garden, or any other shared space that can be hosted on the Hanai Foundation property, we’re interested in talking with you about your vision.
Roots of the Hanai Foundation
The Hanai Foundation was formed to provide a shared grounding space for the community – one that inspires empowerment, independence, courage, kindness, innovation, and understanding. The foundation’s focus is community sustainability, courageous connection, and the breaking of barriers. Our peers and partners are individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that care deeply about creating universal bonds and encouraging non-ideological togetherness and interconnection. Hanai is a Hawaiian word which means “to nurture”.
We believe that it is our Kuleana (responsibility) to let go of that which does not serve us and embrace life with courage and fearlessness.
Meet our Founder
If you have met Kimberly, or Kim, as her close friends and family call her, you know she is introspective, curious, spiritually connected, and someone who believes that as a community, we can do better, be better and know better. Kimberly grew up in a military family that moved every two years until they finally settled in Hawaii in 1972 when she was twelve. Kimberly met her husband Tim in Hawaii, where they married in 1982, and while living in Hawaii raised their three children.
The Smythe family relocated to the mainland in 1998 in order to grow their business, Structus Building Technologies (originally Drywall Systems International). It was Structus that taught them the power of connection, of working together, and sharing ideas for a common goal. After nearly twenty years, and with a heavy heart, they sold their company in 2015.
Personally, Kimberly is someone who has worked to become more aware and at peace with her past. In 1977, at barely 17 years of age, she gave up her first child to adoption. In an uncharacteristic move, Kimberly decided to write about her struggles with the experience of adoption and reunion in an award-winning book “Letting Go Again.” It was, at the time, critical for her to find her voice, to lay claim to a story few had written about.
It was during the publishing process of “Letting Go Again” that Kimberly realized another calling: to build a place, and space where people can come to remember that we are all more alike than different; a multi-generational, non-denominational center that reminds us we are all connected and should never have to feel alone. The Hanai Foundation was born of this inspiration.
Kimberly and her husband of 38 years love living in the Great Northwest. When Kimberly is not out connecting with the community, you will find her roaming the trails around Central Oregon, on her bike with her husband Tim, or with their wonderful extended family and friends. Learn more about Kimberly’s journey by reading her blog on the experiences that have shaped her, and lead her today.
Learn more about the Hanai Foundation, local resources, current events and learnings on the Hanai Foundation blog.
Founder of the Hanai Foundation, Kimberly Smythe, knows what it means to be lost. She knows what it feels like to experience trauma, and then transformation. Hanai is a place created with the purpose of giving individuals, and the Central Oregon community a center where they can find connection, and…...
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