About Us


“Sacred Circle Journeys” is our love offering to old and new friends consciously walking their spiritual path. To the local guides and cultural practitioners who share their wisdom, hearts, and love of the mountains, oceans, forests, valleys, and ancient sacred sites. To the animals, plants, and intangible supportive forces and energies always around us. 

Whether you join us on a group journey or private tour, your Sacred Circle Journey experience will include caring for your precious, hard-working physical body. Growing your spiritual practices. Making space for emotional expression, inspiration, and curiosity. Resting your mind. Expanding your comfort zone. Activating your remembrances. Integrating. Having fun. Sharing. Celebrating.   


Michelle Pillen, Founder

Michelle is a product of her upbringing in Hawai’i, where she was born and raised during the 1960s-70s. She is biracial, 4th generation of Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i and 4th/5th generation of French Canadian immigrants to New England. Attending public schools afforded Michelle many opportunities to experience and work with/through differences among friends and classmates in terms of SES, race, cultural and religious beliefs. In the 80s, she moved to Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology. While never acclimating to the Midwest winters, she learned a lot from living in Chicago. After a clinical internship, Michelle and her husband moved to downstate Illinois where she served in multiple positions as a program evaluator. In 2002, Michelle, her husband, and their two children moved to Hawai’i to be closer to family. She continued serving as a program evaluator and began traveling internationally.  

After co-leading a group journey in 2016 to Perú, Michelle was inspired to start Sacred Circle Journeys. She led private tours in Hawai’i in 2018 and 2019, led a group journey to Perú in 2019, and scouted places in Japan in early 2020. Plans to lead journeys to Hawai’i in 2020 and Perú in 2021 were sidelined by Covid-19. Michelle is currently contemplating what future responsible group travel could look like.  

I participated in Michelle’s Fall 2019 Sacred Circle Journey and it was amazing. I feel like I am still in my post-journey glow two weeks after returning home. Michelle’s intuitive sense of what to share about the islands and how to share it, along with her ability to sense what I needed during our time together made this journey very special. Traveling with Michelle was easy, fun and relaxing. I had so many amazing experiences which really left an impact on me. From visiting the areas affected by the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea, to spending time with a local weaver, to swimming with the dolphins, each experience was unique. This journey is perfect for anyone who desires to be unplugged from your “everyday” life yet fully engaged with nature and the island’s incredible energy, messages, and love. It was so nice to be on a trip where I could just go with the flow and allow each experience to unfold before me. Michelle is a one-of-a-kind person and journey leader, and I highly recommend her Hawaii journey.


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