What Kind of Harpist Do you Dream of Becoming?

Imagine having a whole week where nothing was pulling you away from playing the harp, and you could learn, practice, and explore techniques that  push you to your limits creatively and spiritually, without outside obligations pulling you away.

Imagine experiencing all this in the peaceful surroundings of a retreat designed especially for harpists, by a harpist, in the company of seven fellow harp explorers, learning, sharing and growing.

Just imagine what you could do!

What's in your Heart?


Are you struggling with a goal or purpose for your harping? 

Are you losing sight of why you began to play harp? 

Are you wishing you could find your voice and truly share what's in your heart, through your harp?

Then join us - for Six Days of Harping, Writing and Creating in a nurturing retreat by the sea...

.... Where everything is designed to bring out the Harpist you are Meant to Be!

Immerse Yourself in the Harp

The 2018 Hands and Hearts Harp Retreat is all about making your music YOUR OWN...

... and defining yourself as the amazing harpist you are. 

For six glorious days and seven nights, you will be immersed in a uniquely creative atmosphere with activities designed to nurture heart and soul and nourish your muse. Kate will encourage you to break free of the page, improvise, experiment and confidently explore the music you were meant to create.

In addition to having harp instruction and plenty of personal time with any one of the 8 harps here in Casa de Música, we will also do some painting, writing and even create mandalas in the sand on the beach. 

You will walk the labyrinth, and play for others as they do the same. Contemplate life in our Zen garden, do gentle yoga, swim in our sparkling pool, or just sit under one of the almond trees and think. Or write. Or play. 

We're restricting registration to 8 harpists so that everyone's unique strengths are nurtured - you will have plenty of opportunities for personal instruction with Kate.

Play with Joy and Confidence

Explore All that You Can (and Should) Be!

In the peaceful atmosphere of Casas Pacíficos, you will have the time and space to get in touch with your creative self and wean yourself from those black notes on white pages. You will come away with new tools to give you the confidence and inspiration to make your music truly your own.

You will come away with a clear image of the type of harpist you want to be, so that you can let loose and PLAY WITH JOY! 

You ARE an amazing, creative harpist. This retreat will help you remember!

What's Included in your Magical Week of Harping?

Harps, Healthy Meals and Hospitality

Your week of magical immersion in the harp includes all meals except the two that we will take during our excursions to La Chocolatera and a surprise location nearby Casas Pacificos. These fun and unique-to-Ecuador excursions are included in your retreat and designed to complement the immersion experience.

Lodging in one of the four cozy casitas at Casas Pacíficos is shared - two harpists per casita, and all of the amenities including pool, bar, palapa, Zen garden, labyrinth and peaceful places to contemplate and practice are yours to enjoy.

Of course plenty of harp instruction and other creative exercises are included but we also make sure you have personal time to integrate the teachings. 

It also includes transfers by drivers we know and trust, to and from Guayaquil airport. 

What's Not Included?

Alcohol is not included in the retreat, although beer, wine and mixed drinks are available at the bar for a minimal fee. You will also have the opportunity to go into the local market to purchase your own, which you can keep in your casita.


You are also responsible for your own airfare - your destination airport is Guayaquil. (GYE) Since we've arranged many trips of our own to GYE, we can help you if you have any questions about flights. Happy to help any way we can!

Casas Pacificos

Casitas for your Stay

The accomodations at Casas Pacificos vary from a hotel-like casita to a two storey, one-bedroom house.  Retreat prices vary depending on accomodation you choose.


Delicious, Healthy Meals

Local, fresh, delicious food prepared on site by our Ecuadorian staff. Because we are on the coast, fresh seafood is a specialty but we can also accomodate vegetarian and other special diets.

Oceans and Rivers

The beautiful Pacific Ocean is steps away, and the property is adjacent to a nature preserve where spoon-billed flamingoes, pelicans and herons fish and roost.  It's truly magical!

Accommodation Choices

Casa Azul

Casa Azul is a bungalow with one queen bed and one single bed in the bedroom.  It has a kitchen, bathroom and living room.

Price for Retreat:

Queen Bed: $1150

Single Bed: $1050

Casa Verde

Casa Verde has one double bed and one single bed in the bedroom. It also has a kitchen, bathroom and living room.

Price for Retreat:

Double Bed: $1100

Single Bed: $1050

Casa Morada

Casa Morada is a two storey casita, with a bedroom with queen bed on the second floor. The kitchen, bathroom, living room, and sleeping nook with a single bed are all on the ground floor.

Price for Retreat:

Private Room and Queen Bed: $1200

Single Bed: $1000

Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca is more similar to a hotel room - with two double beds and a bathroom.  There are no kitchen or living room facilities. 

Price for Retreat:

Double Bed: $950

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration is Now Open!

All prices are based on double occupancy. If you wish to have single occupancy, contact Kate at KateL.Kunkel@gmail.com for availability and pricing. 

Choose your Accommodation from the listing above and let Kate know which you prefer. 

Send your non-refundable deposit of $300 USD once Kate has confirmed your choice. Then you will receive an invoice with a link for secure payment of the balance, which is due by July 1, 2018. 

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $300 USD deposit. Any cancellation made between: July 1st and August 15th will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price. Any cancellation made between: August 15th, 2018 and the trip departure will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full). Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. 

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One Week of Magical Harp Immersion

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