Dates
Tuesday-Friday, February 2-5, 2021

Location
Kantara Retreat Center near San José, Costa Rica

Registration Fee
The fee for this immersion program includes:

  • 4-day full-program immersion experience at Kantara with Alan and Karen, limited to 6 participants to ensure a high level of individual attention
  • An intake session with Alan in the weeks before the program, and then a wrap-up session with him in the weeks after
  • 4 mid-day gourmet buffet lunches (the main meal of the day in Costa Rica) and two light suppers (This allows for participants to have some evenings of dinner and time on their own in the hotel, and for us to have supper together on two evenings.)
  • The Kantara experience—time for inspiration and reflection, as well as time with the horses for those who wish, and spontaneous interactions with other wildlife that may appear, such as monkeys, iguanas, and toucans, and with the energy and power of the giant Guanacaste trees, the land, and the nature all around you.
  • daily transportation between our program hotel and Kantara

The fee for this complete program is €2300 or $2500 USD. Payment may be in full, or in six installments of $435 each. Payment in full may be made via credit card in US dollars or through TransferWise in euros. Installment payments may be made via credit card only.

Apply via email with short statement about what attracts you to this program at this time in your life.

Registration closes September 15, 2020.

The program fee does not include air travel or hotel. However, a hotel package is arranged for our group at Hotel Villa Los Candiles in nearby Santa Ana. There will be several room types available at reasonable group prices. Room prices will include breakfast. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations. Tell the reservation clerk that you are with Karen Montealegre’s group—Transformational Presence. Daily shuttle service between the program hotel and Kantara is included in your program fee.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation before June 30, 2020—full refund less 10%

Cancellation between July 1 and September 30, 2020—full refund less 50%. If your place is filled by a waiting list participant, full refund less 10%.

Cancellation after October 1, 2020—no refund. If your place is filled by a waiting list participant, full refund less 10%.

 

Alan SealeAlan Seale
Alan Seale is the founder and director of the Center for Transformational Presence, author of 7 books, including Transformational Presence: How To Make a Difference in a Rapidly Changing World, and the creator of the Transformational Presence work. He is recognized around the world as a master teacher, facilitator, and transformation catalyst, both in working with individuals as well as with organizations and teams. His greatest passion is personal transformation through expanding or awakening awareness. He currently supports individual and organizational clients from five continents. He has been a keynote presenter at two ICF Global conferences; at the ICF Latin America Leadership Congress in Santiago, Chile; and at regional conferences in the U.K., Sweden, Spain, and Romania.

Karen Montealegre
Karen Montealegre is a certified EFL (Equine Facilitated Learning) Practitioner with Eponaquest International. Since 2013, she owns and runs her own EFL Center, Alter Equus, in Costa Rica. Alter Equus offers EFL workshops and individual sessions for both corporate and private clients. Karen is a graduate of the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coaching program. In her work, she includes concepts, tools and exercises from both EFL and Transformational Presence approaches to yield a much more profound and integrative experience for her clients.

Enter the Silence

Hear the Wisdom of Your Soul
Rest in the Embrace of the Earth

 

Alan Seale, Mentor, Coach, Guide

Karen Montealegre, Equine-Facilitated Discovery

4-Day Immersion Experience at Kantara Retreat Center near San José, Costa Rica
Tuesday-Friday, February 2-5, 2021

 

 

Life is full and fast. Many of us live in a whirlwind of responsibilities, opportunities, challenges, and relationships. We do the best we can to keep up, yet sometimes we just need a break. There is a longing deep inside for stillness and quiet, for time and space, for serenity and peace. Perhaps you can relate.

Join Alan Seale for four days in the magical tropical paradise known as Kantara. Kantara is an Arabic word meaning “bridge.” As a child, Karen Montealegre, creator of this paradise, dreamed of that word, Kantara, having no idea what it meant. Yet she knew that someday she would have a place by that name.

Karen opens Kantara to Alan for the work of Transformational  Presence. She is our host for this four-day immersion experience, Enter the Silence: Hear the Wisdom of Your Soul, Rest in the Embrace of the Earth. Along with the horses and donkeys of Kantara, Karen also co-facilitates a part of your experience.

The view across the canyon from the Rancho, our open-air workshop space at Kantara

The view across the canyon from the Rancho, our open-air workshop space at Kantara

 

Kantara in Costa Rica

The main house at Kantara

 

About Kantara

Rancho at Kantara

The Rancho, our open-air working space at Kantara

Kantara rests on the edge of a cliff overlooking a 120-meter waterfall and the Virilla River Canyon. It is near the town of Ciudad Colón and about 25 minutes west of the city of San José.  Within its six acres you will find the main house, a warm and welcoming open-plan timber frame structure; the Rancho, a round open-air workshop and gathering place; the Studio, a smaller workshop and meeting space; the horse stables; a large covered arena as well as an open corral; the labyrinth; a lookout point with impressive views of the river canyon and waterfall; and several acres of beautiful gardens.

Because Kantara is surrounded by protected rainforest areas, abundant wildlife—white-faced monkeys, coatis, ignuanas, several kinds of toucans, hummingbirds, and many other species of birds and mammals—can often be seen on the property. Kantara is also home to several horses, donkeys, dogs and cats.

Toucans at Kantara

Toucans at Kantara

Program Description

The Enter the Silence immersion experience lis limited to six participants in order to ensure a sense of intimacy, stillness, quiet, and reflection, with ourselves and with one another. Our time together will alternate between exercises for discovery, extended periods of intentional silence, time with the land and the nature, and one-on-one time with Alan, Karen, and the horses.

Each period of intentional silence will be guided by a question, concept, discovery, or emerging insight. While Alan has loosely designed a structure for this program, the topics and questions that we work with will emerge from our group and personal exploration. In this way, our time together is somewhat customized for your individual journey as well as for the collective journey the collective journey that will unfold for us together.

Kantara has a way of bringing you the insights, awakening, healing and illumination you need for the next part of your work in the world. The intentional periods of silence are time for you to be on your own, or to have some one-on-one time with Alan, or to have a personal session with Karen and the horses. Each period of silence will be followed by time together as a group to share what is being discovered, what is shifting and transforming, and what new doors of possibility are opening.

Each participant will also have the opportunity for a personal session with Karen and the horses if desired. The horses of Kantara are amazing coaches, healers, and shamans. These one-on-one sessions with Karen and the horses are included in your registration fee.

Coaching session with Promotheo, one of the 8 horses at Kantara

Coaching session with Prometheo, one of the 8 horses at Kantara

Daily Schedule

Day 0 (Monday)—A 5:00 pm gathering at the hotel for a glass of wine or beverage of your choice so that we can begin getting to know one another.

Day 1 (Tuesday)—Car service pickup at 8:30 am at the hotel; retreat from 9 am until 6 pm followed by a light supper; return to the hotel about 7:30 pm.

Day 2—Car service pickup at 8:30 am at the hotel; retreat from 9 am until 6 pm; return to the hotel for the evening on your own

Day 3—Car service pickup at 8:30 am at the hotel; retreat from 9 am until 6 pm followed by a light supper; return to the hotel about 7:30 pm.

Day 4—Car service pickup at 8:30 am at the hotel; retreat from 9 am until approximately 3 pm, including a closing lunch. Car service back to the hotel is included in your registration fee. Participants departing for the airport or on to another venue can make their own arrangements. Karen is happy to assist.

Kantara Labyrinth

The labyrinth at Kantara is always available for a reflective pilgrimage walk.

Limited to 6 Participants

The Enter the Silence retreat is limited to six participants in order to ensure a sense of intimacy, stillness, quiet, and reflection, with ourselves and with one another.

Accommodations and Air Travel

Because Kantara is not a hotel, participants will stay at the Hotel Villa Los Candiles, a charming, small, locally run hotel about 20 minutes from Kantara in nearby Santa Ana. We have negotiated a reasonably-priced group rate for our participants with several room types available to choose from. Breakfast each morning is included in your hotel stay. Car service is provided each morning and evening to take you back and forth to Kantara. The warm and welcoming hotel staff are also very happy to help you in planning adventures to explore Costa Rica on your own before and/or after our days together.  

Please note that the program fee does not include air travel or hotel. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Tell the reservation clerk that you are with Karen Montealegre’s group—Transformational Presence. Again, daily car service between the hotel and Kantara is included in your program fee.

Your air travel destination is San José International Airport. Taxis are available at the airport for transport to the hotel approximately 30 minutes away, depending on traffic at your time of arrival. Hotel Villa Los Candiles also offers an airport shuttle for your convenience.

Early morning meditation under the giant Guanacaste tree

Early morning meditation under the giant Guanacaste tree (the listening tree)

Registration

Your registration fee includes:

  • 4-day immersion experience led by Alan with assistance from Karen and the horses of Kantara
  • A 45-minute personal session with Karen and the horses
  • 4 healthy, fresh, gourmet mid-day meals plus 2 light suppers especially prepared to support our journey together
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks throughout the day
  • The Kantara Experience—time for inspiration and reflection; time with the horses and donkeys for those who wish; spontaneous interactions with other wildlife that may appear, such as monkeys, iguanas, and toucans, and with the energy and power of the giant Guanacaste trees (listening trees), the land, and the nature all around you.
  • Car service between Hotel Villa Los Candiles each morning and evening of the program.

The fee for this complete program is €2300 or $2500 USDPayment may be in full, or in six installments of $435 each. Payment in full may be made via credit card in US dollars or through TransferWise in euros. Installment payments may be made via credit card only.

Apply via email with short statement about what attracts you to this program at this time in your life.

Registration closes September 15, 2020.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation before June 30, 2020—full refund less 10%

Cancellation between July 1 and September 30, 2020—full refund less 50%. If your place is filled by a waiting list participant, full refund less 10%.

Cancellation after October 1, 2020—no refund. If your place is filled by a waiting list participant, full refund less 10%.

Rancho rocking chairs at Kantara

Rocking chairs on the Rancho deck–a place for peaceful contemplation

 

 

 

 

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