Deepening Presence
5-Day Retreat in Costa Rica with
Eckhart Tolle & Kim Eng
October 23 – 28, 2016   |  
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng warmly invite you to join them in beautiful Costa Rica for Deepening Presence, a five-day retreat beginning October 23, 2016.

Eckhart has said that being in nature is the most conducive environment for meditation because it helps us resonate with the stillness that surrounds us. The paradise country of Costa Rica—with its 20,000 square miles of pristine forest, volcanic beaches, and uniquely rich biodiversity—is at once a prime destination for rest and relaxation and a compelling “portal to presence.”

Over the course of five full days at the stunning, all-inclusive Westin Playa Conchal resort, you will accompany Eckhart, Kim, and fellow participants from around the world for teachings on the arising and the deepening of presence—plus plenty of opportunities to practice “walking the talk” in the optimal setting of a retreat.

This event will sell out! We encourage you to purchase your ticket early.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.

Highlights
  • Insightful daily teachings from Eckhart to inspire and guide your realization of our essential “Being” nature

  • Body-based “Presence through Movement” practices with Kim, suitable for everyone

  • Guided meditations and question and answer sessions with Eckhart and Kim

  • The practice of presence in the support of a welcoming community of likeminded individuals

  • Ample time for personal reflection and stillness as well as connection with others

  • Optional guided activities including kayaking, zip-lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, sailing, and more

 
The Venue

Whether you're enjoying a solitary walk along the beach or gathered for a special meal with friends, everything about the Westin Playa Conchal makes it an ideal venue for a spiritual retreat—especially one centered on becoming more present and reconnecting with the deepest part of ourselves.

Lush forests and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean offer a doorway to stillness like no other. Free from the usual distractions at home, here you will be at liberty to take things at a slower pace, and make “being” your top priority.

The Westin Playa Conchal also offers a lagoon‑style pool, gardens, the Westin Kids Club®, exquisite fine dining, workout facilities, a world-class spa, and much more. All-inclusive room rates start at $169 per person per night for double occupancy.

The all-inclusive experience puts everything right at your fingertips so you can focus on deepening your practice and connecting with community. The daily rate encompasses all meals and beverages, as well as government taxes, gratuities, and service charges. The following amenities are included in the rate:

    Included Amenities:
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Use of the tennis courts (until 6 pm)
  • Bellboy and wait staff gratuity
    Food & Beverage (all included in your room rate):
  • Unlimited meals (at resort restaurants)
  • Non-alcoholic and select alcoholic beverages
  • Refreshment center (stocked once daily, second refill for a fee)
  • 24-hour room service

The Westin Playa Conchal is conveniently located 45 minutes (60 km) from Liberia International Airport, and 15 minutes from the Tamarindo local airport. See travel details below.

All-inclusive room rates start at $169 per person per night for double occupancy.
Lodging must be booked directly through the Westin Playa Conchal and is not included in your retreat registration.

Flights should be booked to and from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (Liberia International Airport - LIR). The retreat is scheduled from 7:30pm on Sunday, October 23 – 12:00pm on Friday, October 28. Please plan your flights accordingly.

We recommend that you fly in to Costa Rica the morning of Sunday, October 23 and depart the afternoon of Friday, October 28 or Saturday, October 29. Should you wish to arrive early, please note that the Westin Resort is sold out the night of Saturday, October 22. For nearby lodging options within a 40 minute drive, the night of October 22, we recommend JW Marriott Guanacaste, Best Western Camino a Tamarindo, and Hotel Barcelo Langosta Beach.

Need a roommate? Visit our MeetUp forum to connect with other participants

Dining

All meals at all restaurants are included in your stay at the Westin Playa Conchal. Indulge in the flavors of the world at the contemporary eateries. From Latin fare to Asian fusion, Continental buffets to Northern Italian specialties, a diverse range of world-class dining experiences are included in your stay.

Bamboo Restaurant - Asian Fusion
Caracola - Poolside
Catalinas - Mediterranean
Cauri Lobby Bar & Bistro - French
Faisanela - Continental for Breakfast and Lunch / Italian for Dinner
Las Candelas - Latin Fusion
Mitra - International
Spirula Restaurant and Pizza Bar

Travel

Important Information About Flights

Flights should be booked to and from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (Liberia International Airport - LIR). The retreat is scheduled from 7:30pm on Sunday, October 23 – 12:00pm on Friday, October 28. Please plan your flights accordingly.

We recommend that you fly in to Costa Rica the morning of Sunday, October 23 and depart the afternoon of Friday, October 28 or Saturday, October 29. Should you wish to arrive early, please note that the Westin Resort is sold out the night of Saturday, October 22. For nearby lodging options within a 40 minute drive, the night of October 22, we recommend JW Marriott Guanacaste, Best Western Camino a Tamarindo, and Hotel Barcelo Langosta Beach.

Shuttles to the Westin Playa Conchal

Transportation to and from the airport will be provided by our partner, TAM Travel Corporation.

    Group Shuttles will be offered on the following days:
  • Saturday, October 22
  • Sunday, October 23
  • Friday, October 28
  • Saturday, October 29

Shuttles on other days can be reserved on a custom, private basis.

One-Way Group Shuttle: $31 USD per person
One-Way Private Shuttle: $195 USD for 1–4 people in a private van

 
Optional Activities

We invite you to sign up to participate in one or more optional activities to explore Costa Rica during your retreat. All activities are produced by our destination management partner, TAM Travel, and are in private groups led by highly qualified, bilingual guides. Activities are paid for and scheduled directly through TAM. All activities are scheduled in the mornings and will NOT conflict with any of Eckhart’s presentations. Each participant will be given the option to participate in a movement workshop with Kim Eng on one morning of the retreat, and the activities can be booked on the alternate mornings.

Boat Tour of Hacienda El Viejo, Palo Verde National Park & Sugar Cane Hacienda

Enjoy a morning boat trip down a calm river to view a working sugar cane hacienda and a private national refuge, located in front of Palo Verde National Park.

The national park protects a portion of what is called the Río Tempisque lowlands, an amazingly diverse patchwork of habitats, including freshwater and saltwater marshes, and deciduous, riparian, and evergreen forests. The marshes are an extremely important stopover point for migratory animals. Be on the lookout to spot birds, monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles.

Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Trip

During this half-day sail, enjoy the exciting performance of a catamaran and the comfort and safety provided by the professional crew. This spectacular journey along the Costa Rican coast is one you'll be sure to remember. Lounge in the sun while spotting dolphins, rays, and an abundance of tropical fish. There will be a chance to swim in the clear ocean while snorkeling for a closer view of these sea creatures if you wish. Snorkeling is optional, and all gear is provided.

Kayak Tour to Tamarindo Estuary

This is the perfect trip for nature lovers. You will row through the calm waters of the estuary found between Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande. If you are lucky, on sunny days you will be able to observe a variety of bird species, crocodiles, iguanas, and other animals.

Surfing Lessons

Tamarindo or Avellanas are perfect beaches for beginning or intermediate surfers. Waves at these beaches are typically small to medium with a good break. Your surfboard will be chosen accordingly to your weight and height. During our surf lessons, most people are able to reach a skill level where they can stand up, and they obtain the skills and knowledge to continue on their own once they leave Costa Rica.

Hacienda El Roble Zip Line Tour

As you zip from mountaintop to mountaintop, you pass through a dry forest of big beautiful old trees. Enjoy the view of the lowlands down below and see a variety of birds, families of howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, iguanas, and other wildlife. There are 10 cables suspended up to 395 feet high and up to 6233 feet long between the 20 platforms. A basic level of fitness is required—to get to the first platform you need to walk 165 feet and climb 30 steps. During the rest of the activity, you will walk in some places but no more than 60 feet.

Horseback Riding: Santana

Horseback riding along the beach is a romantic and popular dream of many. Ride along the jungles and rivers, enjoy nature, and find monkeys, butterflies, lizards, and other fascinating flora and fauna. In one short trip, you’ll be able to ride on the beach and alongside the forest.

 
Schedule
12:00pm – 7:00pm Registration
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Doors Open
7:30pm – 8:30pm Eckhart Tolle
7:00am – 2:00pm Registration
7:00am – 1:00pm Optional Activities
10:30am – 12:00pm Kim Eng — "Presence through Movement" GROUP 1
12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Doors Open
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eckhart Tolle
4:00pm – 4:30pm Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm Kim Eng
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Eckhart Tolle
7:00am – 2:00pm Registration
7:00am – 1:00pm Optional Activities
10:30am – 12:00pm Kim Eng — "Presence through Movement" GROUP 2
12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Doors Open
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eckhart Tolle
4:00pm – 4:30pm Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm Kim Eng
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Eckhart Tolle
7:00am – 2:00pm Registration
10:30am – 12:00pm Kim Eng — "Presence through Movement" GROUP 3
7:00am – 5:30pm Optional Activities
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Eckhart Tolle
7:00am – 2:00pm Registration
7:00am – 1:00pm Optional Activities
10:30am – 12:00pm Kim Eng — "Presence through Movement" GROUP 4
12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Doors Open
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eckhart Tolle
4:00pm – 4:30pm Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm Kim Eng
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Spiritual Entertainment Evening
9:30am Doors Open
10:00am – 12:00pm Eckhart Tolle
12:00pm – 2:00pm Departure Desk
Register
$1297