Hands and Hearts Harp Retreat

Our first Harp Retreat will be held at Casas Pacificos in Punta Carnero, Ecuador, May 7 to 13, 2018.

Improv Immersion

Six Glorious Days to Play with your Muse

The 2018 Hands and Hearts Harp Improv Retreat is all about breaking free of the page, meeting your muse and making your music YOUR OWN.  

For six glorious days, you will be immersed in a creative, nurturing atmosphere to explore improvising and writing, with activities designed to bring your muse out to play. 

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. 

Everything is designed to nurture your creative soul so that you can let loose and just PLAY.     

You will also be able to walk the labyrinth, 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 sleep.  

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

You will come away with a totally new approach to making music.

Our Location

At Casas Pacificos, everything is designed for tranquility and nurturing the creative soul.

Accomodation is in one of our four casitas; each casita can accomodate two people in clean and spacious comfort. Three of the casitas have full kitchens and living rooms, the fourth is similar to a hotel room. 

All meals will be provided during the retreat, with delicious, fresh local fruit and vegetables. Because we are on the coast, seafood is a specialty, but we can accomodate most any dietary needs.

Your experience also includes exploration of the beautiful Salinas  Peninsula on the coast of Ecuador, with included excursions to La Chocolatera, "el mercado" in La Libertad, and an opportunity to enjoy the healing mud baths of San Vicente. 

You will also have the opportunity to extend your stay at Casas Pacificos to explore more of Ecuador, or for intensive coaching sessions with Kate at the end of the retreat.  

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!


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