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Bring Forth the Leader Within
2nd Annual Retreat

Evolving our presence,  transforming our passion into action

June 20-26 2019 in Grand Canary Island

Join us as we Re-treat into our authentic selves and
Re-fresh our journey of growth, leadership and vibrant living.

Limited-Time Bonus Offer

Sign-up before March 31st and receive two additional bonus coaching sessions
one before and one after the retreat. Take advantage of this incredible $300 in additional value
by investing in your personal growth today!

Together, we will explore how to recognize, name, and support the leader within, and identify ways to live differently, love fully, and profoundly impact our communities and the world.

Isn’t it true, that as women we’re very busy caring for others, so we don’t always
give ourselves permission to take time to do deep personal work?

But there are times when we feel the call to slow down, even stop,
and reconnect to our inner self.

This is the time to tap into our inner wisdom and bring it forth into the world.

Transformation is embodied, intentional and requires consistency.

Leaders are never content with the status quo; they’re committed to growth. The truth is who you are today isn’t who you were last year, nor does it have to be who you will be tomorrow. On this retreat, you can develop the leader you want to be. By the end of our time together, you will have:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Clarity of values and purpose
  • Commitment to new action
  • Embodied practices to support your commitment
  • A new community to share in your journey

Are you an aspiring leader who wants to abandon the status quo and start making a real difference? Join us on this journey to…

  • Connect to your deep inner wisdom and rediscover your voice that you may have unknowingly silenced over the years.
  • Identify ways to live differently, love fully, and finally be who you are meant to be.
  • Create grounding practices that will help you sustain well-being beyond this retreat, so your mind, body, and spirit are aligned day in and day out.
  • Tap into your purpose, your mission and your leader within, so you lead yourself and others in the world with intention.

Who is Leading this Retreat?

Allow us to introduce ourselves….

Maria Connolly, somatic coach, psychotherapist and master NLP practitionerMaria Connolly.  I’m a Somatic psychotherapist and coach. I coach with the body in mind, which means understanding the way we have embodied ways of being, the way we move, walk, operate, and respond to others and events based on our earlier experiences. I also weave my Feldenkrais – “Awareness Through Movement” - training to support the mind-body connection, to move and perform more deliberately and resourcefully. I’m also an NLP master practitioner, integrating these skills and tools to help people achieve profound and lasting transformation. I’ve co-led women’s retreats in Europe and South America and am excited to continue adding new locations around the world to support women on the journey of self-leadership.

Louise Santiago, award-winning leader, university professor, Reiki masterLouise Santiago.  I’m a leadership coach and the founder the Center for Learning Leaders, where leadership is intentional. I believe that leadership is innate in all people so I work to purposefully develop exceptional leaders. I’ve found many people simply need a little support to bring forward their internal leader. I love leading purpose-centered leadership events for both emerging and experienced leaders. I’m also a Reiki Master, integrating the belief that we have the tools to care for ourselves and others, we simply need to identify them and intentionally integrate them into our lives. I co-led the first annual Women: Wisdom, Presence and Flow with Maria in South America and am thrilled about our next adventures!

Louise & Maria met in 2016 at a coach development event – Coaches Rising, Power of Embodied Transformation. We were inspired by the quality of the program, excellence of the presenters, and depth of emotional intelligence. After this transformational experience, we continued our connection with each other and became great personal and professional friends. We came to realize, that in collaboration, we have a lot to offer. In fact, that is true of most women.

This retreat allows us to bring our collective experience and wisdom forward and give you the space to explore ways of being, your inner leader, and how you can show up more powerfully in the world. It’s been carefully designed to empower women to move forward both individually and collectively. For 2019, we are partnering with Niina Gullsten, a certified intuitive coach who, like us, is passionate about supporting leaders and developing each person from a strengths-based model.  

Niina Gullsten, positive psychology coachGuest Facilitator, Niina Gullsten. I’m a marketing intelligence consultant and positive psychology coach. As a coach, I specialize in supporting my clients as they tap into the wealth of information, peace, and clarity available within their own intuition. I have intuitive practitioner certification from Sonia Choquette, as well as Reiki level II certification. With a background in engineering, I also like to base my work in science so I follow closely what is being discovered in positive psychology and intuition research. I help my clients connect to a deeper appreciation and understanding of their intuition through coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats. I am very happy to have the opportunity to co-host the Grand Canary retreat for women with Louise and Maria on this beautiful, sunny island!

How Can I Determine if this is the Right Experience for Me Now?

This experience is for you if you are …

A Learner…

  • Continuously growing personally and professionally.
  • Committed to sharing your learning with family, friends, colleagues, and others.
  • Curious about the current place that women occupy in the world.


  • Interested in defining your own path from a place of passion, mission, and connectedness.
  • Ready to make a different impact away from hierarchical and towards inclusive.
  • Wise from life-experience and ready to share your voice in the social and political collective conversation.

Comfortable with a Growth Mindset…

  • Want to push past limits in your current setting, work, or life place.
  • Curious about how to grow and then sustain that growth.
  • Interested in challenging and transforming yourself and your work.


  • Willing to practice your own vulnerability through open communication.
  • Open to leadership as a place to live from, not a title to hold or job to have.
  • Ready to invest time and money in your personal development.
happy women at women's leadership retreat

What Will I Experience During this Retreat?

This retreat gives you the freedom to experience five days of exploration, clarification, commitment, and embodiment. We will explore what got us here, what calls us to growth, and how we can commit to change in our daily lives.

Using the practice of somatic skills, which opens the door to a deeper awareness of your mind, body, and spirit, you will...

  • fortify your own present awareness,
  • update your beliefs,
  • identify your values,
  • cultivate a sense of community, and
  • create alignment to support your development.

Our practices will be highly experiential and transform your lived experience into an embodied commitment so you’re in a position to create an actionable vision of the future. You will benefit from gathering activities to help your focus your journey of discovering solutions or next steps toward your goals. You will also be empowered by centering, journaling, and hands-on activities that will deepen your sense of presence, wisdom, and flow. Ultimately, you’ll walk away with life-long tools to help you tap into your wisdom and develop both self and professional identity.


This year the retreat will be held at the peaceful Canary Wave Villa in Maspalomas, Grand Canary Island. This estate is located on the sunny southern coast of the island one hour from the vibrant city of Las Palmas. This hillside villa with nearby orchards is the ideal location for people who enjoy the tranquility of nature while being a few minutes away from shopping, restaurants, and sandy beaches.


Included in the cost of the retreat is your ground transportation (you are responsible for airfare), delicious meals, and 6 nights of lodging at the charming Canary Wave Villa in the city of Mas Palomas on Grand Canary Island.


Most of our group activities will take place during the day. In the evenings, or if you choose to extend your stay, you can enjoy a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating experiences in the local area:

women hiking Grand Canary IslandOptions in the area include:

  • Massages
  • Yoga/pilates/other personal training
  • Group activities such as lessons in dancing, cooking, singing, or Spanish
  • Beauty treatments such as facials
  • Reiki and other alternative treatments
  • Outdoor activities: hiking, bicycling trips, horseback riding, windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, etc.
  • Visits to vineyards, rum distillery, aloe vera plantations, restaurants, shopping  


June 20 - Arrival date. Our time together will begin that evening so if possible, we recommend that you arrive before 3:00 pm.

June 23 - We will be attending the annual Solstice Festival of San Juan. This will be an amazing opportunity to participate in an annual ritual of joy, hope, and purification that has been celebrated for centuries!

June 26 - Departure date.

How Do I Register for the 2nd Annual "Bring Forth the Leader Within" Retreat?

There are only a few spots available for our 2019 retreat, so if this speaks to you please reserve your spot now. It’s easy, simply pay your deposit online using our online registration form. We’ve made the cost of this retreat affordable so it isn’t an obstacle to women who are truly committed to a life-changing experience.


$2,199 which includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, and workshop materials. (Participants are responsible for their own airfare.)

All rooms are double occupancy, twin beds. Single occupancy rates are available upon inquiry.

Limited to 12 Participants — Hold your spot now with a deposit of $699 with three additional payments of $500 you can. Balance must be paid no later than May 1, 2019. 


We will issue a refund for cancellation as follows:

  • 30 days prior to the event: cost of event, minus the deposit amount of $699.
  • Up to 15 days prior to the event: 50% refund of event cost.
  • 14 days or less before the event: no refund is available.

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Imagine coming together to form a new way of being present in the world, because…

“… the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.”
~ Margaret Wheatley

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