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Cantando La Vida
February 18, 2016 - February 21, 2016
February 18 – 21st, 2016
A sharing and teaching gathering for ceremonial/devotional singing circles. We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of light, love, peace on earth, and goodwill to all beings!
Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica, is member of the family of Singing Alive events (currently happening in Cascadia, Appalachia, and Hawaii). Such gatherings are part of a growing global ‘song culture’, one which is knitting itself, and the world, together, thru the harmonics of communion with our common spiritual heritage. This culture has been fragmented by the various scatterings of sacred traditions, neglected as community rituals have secularized, atrophied as singing got professionalized, and devitalized as songs became disposable consumer items. However, it appears the innate urge to sing to, with, and as, the glories, and often terrible beauties of this world, is something that may be suppressed, but is never forgotten!
Cantando la Vida exists to encourage the remembrance of this deep desire to sing from the heart. It provides resources in the form of 1) songs, 2) the community to sing them, and 3) support for those of us who want to live the teachings, the sadhana, of the songs. We therefore invite all who wish to activate and nurture their spiritual life in this way. Cantando la Vida offers itself as a ceremonial space in the vibrant magic of the tropical rain forest, a chrysalis in which participants can rebirth, grow, enliven, and enlighten themselves in attuning with the Garden of the Divine family of Creation. Please join us there, at Finca Amrta.
Finca Amrta ~ is a wonderfully majestic river-side land of forests and fields, with organically cultivated fruits, flowers, and vegetables. And a secret the land loves to reveal to those who listen! There we will spend 4 nights and 3 days in various circles around fires & altars.
Schedule ~ Arrive Thursday the 18th for a Potluck dinner followed by an Opening Ceremony, and then singing into the evening and thru the weekend. Bring a prepared dish to share as we call in the ancient energies to create a blessed singing container! Imagine circling with songs, stories, prayers, invocations, intention settings, blessings, mantras, and ommmmm. Themed circles are scheduled thru out the day, and each facilitated, recorded, and offered as a teaching venue.
Community offerings will comprise other activities during the days; a plant walk, yoga sessions, learning the ways of an organic farm, and . . swimming in the river! What would you like to offer? Departure is after dinner on Sunday or, for those who feel the need, choose to stay Sunday night, leaving Monday morning…the farm does have to get back into its swing!
Food ~ We will nourish our bodies, as we nourish our souls, with wholesome, vegetarian food. Three meals a day of yummilicious delectable. (*Except Thursday evening which is potluck style*) Food includes: rice, beans, lentils, pasta, local cheese, oats, vegetables, and Amrta fruits; oranges and bananas, cob oven baked bread, and yogurt. Please bring your own special treats and snacks or items to share in the snack area.
How does this work?
This is a participatory gathering. We ask all participants to volunteer, to the extent you are able, to help things run smoothly, to do the practical work to create this ceremonial village.
Participants should bring ~ Tent with rain fly and camping accessories; flashlight; your own dish and utensil; snack food; water bottle; bathing suit; Deet-free insect repellent; sunscreen; biodegradable soap; musical instruments; altar items; smudging herbs; candles; songbooks; and if you wish items for barter or trade. Recording devices are also useful.
The weather ~ San Isidro del General is in February is usually dry, in the mid 80′s, though check weather reports before you pack.
Cost ~ Register in Advance! Help the organizers to know you’re coming!!!
Contact [email protected] for registration and information.
Event Options: full weekend / day rate / full weekend + Thursday Evening.
3 Registration rates:
- Now – New Years = Early Bird @ $8/15 camping/day rate
- New Years – Feb 17 = Advanced @ $10/20 camping/day rate
- Feb 18th (Thursday) on ward = Gate Price @ $12/25 camping/day rate
Thursday Opening Ceremony is an additional $10 for camping
Teens 13 – 18 = 1/2 price. Children (12 and under) are free (parents are in charge of their children. Let us know if you would like to run a children’s activity)
|Early Bird, Now – New Year’s Eve @ $8/15 camping/day rate|
Directions to Cantando la Vida ~ When you land in San Jose (airport is SJO code online), Costa Rica you can take a cab from the airport to the Musoc Bus station. All cab drivers know where to go. Buses from this station go ONLY to San Isidro, so don’t worry that you will get on the wrong bus. You should pay about $30 for the taxi ride. Buses leave every hour (8:30, 9:30 etc., with 5:30 being the last bus.) And the cost is around 2500 colones. Make sure that you keep track of your belongings in San Jose.
**Always keep your money, passport and plane ticket on your body.**
From San Isidro to the farm: you have three options: 1) Taxi: Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the entrance to Arizona neighborhood on the road to San Ramon Sur: “Me gustaria ir a la entrada de Bario Arizona entre Pedregoso y Pedregosito.” Cost should be around 3000 colones. 2) Bus: Buses leave San Isidro from the Mercado Central – (Central market) for San Ramon Sur/Pedregoso for the farm at the following times: 8:00 (sat-sun); 11:00; 2:30; 4:45 (there are more times, frequently during the daylight hours.) Get off at the Arizona stop. Don’t worry; the bus usually makes this stop, so be sure and tell the bus driver,” la entrada de Arizona, por favor”. Los Chofferes (bus drivers) are usually very helpful. At the San Isidro Mercado Central you will see many buses. The destination is written above the driver outside of the bus. Our bus says: San Ramon, Pedregoso and is blue and white. Cost is: 300 colones. Across from the entrance to Arizona is a wooden gate with a sign that says Amrta. This is the way to our farm. On the left hand side of the driveway, on the first large tree you will see a sign that says AMRTA. Go down the hill. Follow the road all the way to the end and you will find the volunteer house, and . . . Welcome to Finca Amrta! 3) Walk: its about 45 – 60 minutes from downtown San Isidro PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in San Isidro at dark (around 5:30-6:00) plan on taking a room a hotel (Hotel Chirripo, across from the central park, is a good place to go) and come to the farm in the daylight hours.
Email Cantando La Vida for more info
We hope to Sing you there!!
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