Color Outside the Lines has been Postponed

Due to a serious illness in my family, I will not be able to hold Color Outside the Lines this May. Hopefully I will be able to conduct it in 2020.

In the meantime, if you would like personal coaching to help you break free of the page, please write to me and we can discuss ways you can take the next steps before our retreat next year. 

Color Outside the Lines

Attention Intermediate Harpists

Are you tired of coloring inside the lines....  You know - following those black marks on the white page? 

Imagine the music you could create if you could break free from the page, to improvise, to compose - to Color Outside the Lines.

You can do it!

Join us for 7 full days of communing with the harp and the creative process. Nothing to detract you from playing with your muse... everything we do is designed to  help you break free of the page and create music that is yours and yours alone.

Kate Kunkel is your guide, but your muse will be your constant companion as we learn the skills and apply foolproof methods to improvise in different keys.  You will come away ready to color your music with joy and confidence.  

Attendance at this retreat will require a short online audition to ensure all attendees have the basic skills to allow everyone to progress.


What Previous Attendees Have to Say

Words of love for the 2018 Hands and Hearts Live Retreat


"I will always treasure the memories of this harp retreat💓"

"This experience was truly beyond the exciting expectations that I originally had. To return home with skills that fuelled my self confidence to create a new passion in my life... is simply stellar and my heart is filled with gratitude."

 "Words cannot express my gratitude for all the harp retreat has added to my Life! I feel sooo blessed for this experience, harp instruction and your kindness. Meeting new friends and a new sisterhood. Kate, you are a loving, patient, WONDERFUL teacher.
Your heaven on earth, Casas Pacificos.
Lots of Love"

 “It is a memorable experience to share a retreat with Kate and Lynn, and harping with Kate adds new dimensions to harp playing and just the sheer enjoyment of making music!” Robin McCarthy 


What's Included in your Magical Week of Harping?


Harps, Healthy Meals and Hospitality

Your improv adventure at Casas Pacificos includes eight nights' shared accommodation in one of the four cozy casitas on the property.

There will be two harpists per casita, and everyone will be able to enjoy all of the amenities including pool, bar, palapa, Zen garden, labyrinth and peaceful places to contemplate and practice.

It also includes all meals (please see more info below) except the two that we will take during our excursions. These fun and unique-to-Ecuador excursions are included in your retreat and designed to complement the creative experience.

Once the date for our retreat has been set, know that you will have a full 7 days for harping and exploring the creative side of you that will inspire your music.

Of course plenty of harp instruction and other creative exercises are included in this transformative retreat, but we also make sure you have personal time to integrate the teachings. You are welcome to use one of the 9 harps here at Casas Pacificos, or you can bring your own travel harp. Everything that we  will do can be done on a 26 string harp.

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

What's Not Included?

You are responsible for your own airfare; your destination airport is Guayaquil. (GYE) Since we've arranged many trips to and from GYE, we can help you if you have any questions about flights. 

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.


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 the accomodation you choose and is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Delicious, Healthy Meals


Local, fresh, delicious food is prepared on site by our Ecuadorian staff, and fresh seafood is a specialty. 

Many of the diet-specific foods North Americans are used to are not available in Ecuador, so if you have special dietary requirements, please write to ask for the menu before booking.  Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to tailor the menu to individual tastes so if you have restrictions, please check the menu carefully before booking.

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: $1395

Single Bed: $1195

Casa Verde


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

Price for Retreat:

Double Bed: $1300

Single Bed: $1195

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: $1495

Single Bed: $1195

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: $1195

Registration and Cancellation Policy


Registration will open 5 months before the Date

All prices are based on double occupancy. Contact Kate at for availability and pricing. It is first come, first served for the accomodation of choice.

At that time we will discuss your level of harping, and pick a date for your online audition. Don't worry - it's not too difficult. We just want to be sure you do have the technical skills that will allow you to improvise. 

Once we've done the audition and chosen your accomodation, you can send your non-refundable deposit of $300 USD. Then you will receive an invoice with a link for secure payment of the balance.