Are You Ready to Get It Done?

Do you have a writing project that you keep putting off because you "don't have the time"? 

Is something always taking your attention away, making it difficult or impossible to focus and write the way you know you can?

Could you use some direction and inspiration to keep your mind on your project, and your hands on the keyboard?

What Could You Accomplish

If all you had to do for 10 days was....MINDFULLY write?

You could outline your next novel.

Or... you could finish the one you've been working on for two years.

You could map out your memoire and write the first chapters.

Or you could create the entire marketing plan for your first book launch. 

YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN.... the 2018 Hands and Hearts Writers' Retreat

October 1 to 10

At Casas Pacificos, Salinas, Ecuador

You will stay in one of the four cozy casitas on this peaceful, intimate resort property on the coast of Ecuador. 


All of your meals are provided, prepared fresh from local ingredients and served in our outdoor dining area, so you can enjoy the beautiful October weather on the coast.


Kate will offer optional classes each morning - creative writing, marketing and artistic and mindfulness exercises that will inspire you for a day of productive, joyful writing.


With plenty of places to get away to write - in your casita, at the bar, on the palapa or on the beach, you can choose the space that inspires you to be your productive best.


But we all know it's important to take frequent breaks to keep your mind fresh and the creative juices flowing, so we also have a beautiful labyrinth, a ZEN garden, sparkling pool, bocci ball court and even musical instruments to play. With the beach a mere 60 second walk away, you can also enjoy the surf and sand of Punta Carnero Beach, one of the most beautiful places in Ecuador to stroll and work out the kinks in your story.

In the evenings, there will be opportunities to share your writing with your colleagues in the retreat, or walk on the beach, have a swim, or enjoy a drink at the bar. 

You Deserve This!

What's Included?

Nine Nights Accomodations

In one of the four cozy casitas. All prices are based on double occupancy.  

Delicious, Nutritious Meals

With fresh, wholesome, local ingredients. We can easily accomodate vegetarian diets.

Writing and Creative Exercises

With Kate Kunkel. These are optional - if you wish to simply be here to write, we honor your time!

Classes and Coaching

In addition to the writing classes and creative exercises, Kate will be available throughout the retreat for one-on-one coaching. Since there will be only 4 attndees staying on the property for the retreat, Kate will be able to spend plenty of time helping in any way she can to make your project a success. 

What's Not Included


However, if you would like to visit different locations nearby, we are happy to help make arrangements, and make suggestions.  It's good to get a fresh perspective - helps the creative juices flow even more freely!

Alcoholic Beverages

There is a beautiful bar at Casas Pacificos, but the drinks are not included in your package. 


 You are responsible for your own transportation. If you're flying, 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.  

Our Accomodations

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 with Queen Bed: $1050

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: $950

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: $900

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: $750

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration is Now Open!

All prices are based on single occupancy. To keep the retreat as intimate and productive as possible, there will be only one person per casita.  

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 August 15, 2018. 

Cancellation Policy

 Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $300 USD deposit. Any cancellation made between: August 15th and August 30th will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price. Any cancellation made between: August 30th, 2018 and the retreat start date will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the retreat 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.  

I'm In! Here's my deposit!


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

This is your deposit for the October 1 to 15 Writers' Retreat.   

Payments are accepted by "Editor" and you will receive a receipt from via PaPal

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