Hands and Hearts Harp Retreat

Our first Harp Retreat will be held at Casas Pacificos in Punta Carnero, Ecuador, October 15 to 22, 2018.

Harpist Immersion

You CAN be the harpist you want to be - break free of the page and confidently create and play. 

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, you will be immersed in a creative, nurturing atmosphere to explore improvising and writing, with activities designed to nurture heart and soul and nourish your muse.

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 define the type of harpist you want to be, to let loose and PLAY WITH JOY AND CONFIDENCE!     

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

Write to KATE at KateL.Kunkel@gmail.com for more info and to be notified as soon as registration opens early in April. 

What's Included?

One week of magical harping includes all meals, excursions, lodging and of course harp instruction and time to integrate the teachings. It also includes transfers to and from Guayaquil airport. 

All accommodations are shared - with two harpists per house. 

Prices range from $1050 for the week for single bed to $1250 for the week for a queen bed in private room.  Please write to Kate for options available.

What's Not Included?

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from Guayaquil airport. (GYE)

All meals include fresh juice, coffee, tea, water, etc., but not alcohol.  Beer, wine and mixed drinks are available at the bar for a minimal fee, but you will also have the opportunity to go into the local market to purchase your own, which you can keep in your casita.

Extra services like massages are available from local providers.  Ask if there is something you'd like - we can probably arrange for it! 

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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