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Bring Forth the Leader Within
3rd Annual Retreat

Fuel your evolution into becoming the leader you were meant to be

Rescheduled for Fall 2021
Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

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!

Too often our dreams remain just dreams. We push them into a drawer and try to forget them. It’s time to bring your big dream to life!
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 and second annual Women: Wisdom, Presence and Flow with Maria in South America and Grand Canary Island, respectively, 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.  

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.
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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.

"Louise and Maria offer a very diverse and rewarding retreat program. They have included exercises, meditation and bodywork, all based on many years of varied professional experience, and are guaranteed to help the participant forward in their personal growth. The retreat experience and results can be as diverse or focused as one wants, depending on individual goals. All in all, highly recommendable and a lovely experience."  

~ Niina Gullsten, Positive Psychology Coach

“I had the good fortune of going on the Bring Forth the Leader Within retreat and from the beginning to the end I had total enjoyment.  The location was beautiful and the field trips were divine and most importantly the education I received was spectacular.  The entire experience was deepening and enriching and the three educators (leaders) were dynamic, informative and each offered their own gifts.  This was a lovely educational experience and I highly recommend anyone else to attend their seminars.” 

~ Molly


Nicoya Peninsula of Costa RicaIt’s hard to imagine a more inviting location for our retreat. Hacienda del Sol is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the five blue zones in the world. It is nestled in the jungle of Costa Rica, yet only 5 minutes away from the beach. At this eco-friendly resort, you’ll enjoy sustainable, locally-sourced meals as well as access to the beach, exciting excursions, and spa treatments.


Your payment includes your training, workshop materials, 7 nights of 5-star lodging, delicious meals, and transportation to the beach. (Participants are responsible for their own airfare and ground transportation to and from the Liberia airport.)


Most of our group activities will take place during the day so in the evenings you can take advantage of this beautiful Wellness Center to rest and rejuvenate. One day will be left open so you can relax at the spa, explore the local beaches, or choose one of Hacienda del Sol’s amazing off-site excursions.


Arrival Day
6:00pm: Dinner
7:45pm: Opening Circle

Tentative Daily Schedule (subject to change)
7am: Optional Sunrise Activities
8:00-9:00: Breakfast
9:30am-10am: Gathering Circle
10am-12:30pm: Newave Leaders Class
1pm-2:30pm: Lunch and time to rest
3pm-6pm: Afternoon Workshop and Closing Circle
6:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner and Optional Sunset Activities
Restorative Evenings on your own to Reflect, Retreat, or Connect

Closing Day
7am - 8am: Gathering Circle
8am - 10am: Breakfast
10:30am-11am: Closing Circle

How Do I Register for the 3rd Annual "Bring Forth the Leader Within" Retreat?

Registration is not available until we've finalized the dates. To be notified when registration is open, and to get on our Early Bird VIP list, please enter your email in the box below. We will also be sharing new online events and networking opportunities to help us strengthen our leadership. Because right now, we need strong, centered leaders!

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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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