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Bring Forth the Leader Within
3rd Annual Retreat

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

January 15-22, 2022
Blue Spirit Costa Rica

Benefit now by beginning a 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!

professional woman envisioning bright future possibilities

A retreat in 2022… you may be thinking how can I plan for 2022 when I don’t even know what tomorrow will bring?

We hear you! Things are uncertain, but we decided to be optimistic and plan for our retreat because…

We need this NOW 
to help us cope with the current uncertainty 
and foster hope, optimism, and restore our motivation.

We’ll need this THEN 
to help us find new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving
if we’re to navigate to a better future, for ourselves and the communities we serve.

And this retreat is currently 100% refundable, so there’s no risk if travel is still deemed to be unsafe as we approach January of 2022. (Please see our generous cancellation policy below.) We’re planning far ahead enough to when our current reality should be over and our new normal will be present. 

We’ve been asked, why don’t you just do these trainings online? While we do plan on offering online classes in the future, we won’t give up on our in-person annual retreat. Postpone it, yes, but abandon it, no way!

The synergy we create when we’re together is greater than any connection we can have online. Sharing space, sharing energies, what happens between sessions while having a communal experience is so powerful. Some of our past participants have made lifelong new friends and they are still connecting. Personally, we shared our first trip to Italy and we still refer to that experience as the one that deepened our friendship and our commitment to support women’s transformation into self-leadership.

Start Today By Future Pacing Your Experience 

During these uncertain times, it is really helpful to “future pace” — this is where you go into the future and visualize something tangible and positive. In this case, we’re visualizing a retreat in beautiful Costa Rica. 

The setting is a world-class yoga and meditation retreat center, providing an extraordinary setting for you to dedicate to your personal growth. Can you see yourself there? (Click this link for Blue Spirit, to help you fill in the picture in your mind of what you’ll experience.)

Imagine yourself there… 

  • You’re going outside the box (that either society, your family, or you yourself made) and shifting what you believe about yourself. 
  • You’re expanding into what’s possible and how you (yes, you!) can make a greater impact in the world as an empowered leader.
  • You’re feeling lighter than you have in years (especially after the tough year we’ve just had), more inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose.
  • You’re learning how to embody your new beliefs so you’re less tense and conflicted, and more at peace with yourself and who you are.
  • You’re developing your own doable self-care routine to stick to after the retreat that will keep your body and mind ignited. 
  • You’re learning new tools on how to approach even the toughest challenges waiting for you back home with confidence and inspiration. 
  • You’re making new lifelong friends who share common goals and your deep commitment to empowered leadership for women.

By visualizing yourself there, you’re already experiencing the benefits of this retreat.

What Dream Will You Bring With You?

We’ll have travel details down below, but the other part of preparation is thinking about what dream you’ll be bringing with you to Costa Rica?

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!

As women we’re very busy caring for others, so we don’t always give ourselves permission to take time to do the deep personal work necessary to bring our dream to life.

This is your chance to do that. To take that dream and make it a reality by…

  • Connecting to your deep inner wisdom and rediscovering your voice that you may have unknowingly silenced over the years.
  • Identifying ways to live differently, love fully, and finally be who you are meant to be.
  • Creating 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.
  • Tapping into your purpose, your mission and your leader within, so you lead yourself and others in the world with intention.

On this retreat, you can develop the leader you want to be. By the end of our time together, you will have begun to make your dream a reality.

Who is Leading this Retreat?

Allow us to introduce ourselves….

Maria Connolly, somatic coach, psychotherapist and master NLP practitionerMaria Connolly, somatic coach, psychotherapist and master NLP practitioner.  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, award-winning leader, university professor, Reiki master.  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 seven 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 you 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


Blue Spirit Costa Rica retreat centerThe Blue Spirit yoga and meditation retreat center is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the community create the ideal environment for a deeply nurturing experience. We recommend flying into Liberia International Airport (LIR), you can learn about Blue Spirit’s transportation arrangements here.


Your payment includes your training, workshop materials, 7 nights of 5-star lodging, and delicious meals.


Most of our group activities will take place during the day so in the evenings you can take advantage of this beautiful retreat to rest and rejuvenate. One day will be left open so you can relax at the spa, explore the local beaches, or choose an 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

Do You Have Questions For Us?

We’d be happy to answer your questions to ensure this retreat is the right fit for you.
Email your questions to Maria at

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

Blue Spirit Costa Rica poolThere are only 10 spots available for our upcoming 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.


We have these two rooms to choose from:

Mountain View with A/C – king or twin beds (only two of these units available!)
$2,699 per person double occupancy 
$3,299 single occupancy

Nature Suites with A/C – king or twin beds (four of these units available)
$2,599 per person double occupancy 
$3,099 single occupancy

Or save 20%, that’s over $500, with Super Early Bird Pricing if you place your deposit of $599 by July 31, 2021 and pay the balance by October 31, 2021 (in two equal installments).

Regular pay option, pay your $599 deposit by July 31, 2021 with four equal payments due in September, October, November, and December of 2021.


  • We will issue a 100% refund for cancellations made 60 days or more prior to the event.
  • Cancellations made 30 – 60 days prior to the retreat will be refundable, less the deposit.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to the retreat are non-refundable.


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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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