Costa Rica

Cantando La Vida ~ Finca Amrta, CR

February 9 – 12, 2017

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!

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Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica,
 is a member of the family of Singing Alive events (also 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 harmonics of communion with the underlying unity of diverse spiritual traditions. This culture has been 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 days and 4 nights in various circles around fires & altars.

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Schedule ~  Arrive Thursday the 9th 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!  We will circle with songs, stories, prayers, invocations, intention settings, blessings, mantras, and ommmmm.  Themed circles are scheduled throughout the days, each facilitated, recorded and offered as a teaching venue. Community offerings will comprise other activities during the days; morning wake up singing, a plant walk, yoga sessions, learning the ways of an organic farm and swimming in the river! What would you like to offer? Closing Ceremony is Sunday afternoon, though singers can stay for dinner, one final fire circle to squeeze all the singing from the weekend as possible and a last night sleeping under the stars! We do ask all departing Monday morning to participate in the farm’s clean up. 

Food ~ We will nourish our bodies, as we nourish our souls, with wholesome, vegetarian food. Three meals a day of yummilicious delectables. (*Except Thursday evening which is potluck style*) Food includes: tortillas, rice, beans, lentils, 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.


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How does a Song Village work?
Participation is the word of the weekend! In more than singing, but in practical ways. We ask all attendees to volunteer, to the extent you are able, to do the work to create this ceremonial village. Participation extends into seeing everyone there as part of a one big family, that we take care of each others’ (and the land’s) well-being, some pro-active awareness for how we are all getting along.
Want to help activate Finca Amrta as an early arrival? Come as early as Sunday! You will be asked to pay the $20/night camping fee and provide your own fruits and vegetables.
Note: We will be offering a few Need Based work trade positions and scholarships. please contact ClV with your request.

Participants should bring ~ Tent with rain fly and camping accessories; sun hat; clothing layers; good walking footwear; flashlight; your own dish and utensil; snack food; water bottle; bathing suit; Deet-free insect repellent; sunscreen; bio-compatible 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 ~ Look for 3 event options and 3 event rates. Register in Advance!
Help the organizers to know you’re coming!!! CantandolaVida@gmail.com for live person contact. 

Now – New Years Eve ~ Early Bird $100 = Whole Event with Camping.
New Years – Feb. 8th ~ Advanced $150 = Whole Event with Camping.
Feb 9th (Thursday) on ward ~ Gate Price $200 = Whole Event with Camping
Teens 13 – 18 yrs of age = 1/2 price.
Children (12 and under) are free. Include youth’s information in the ‘Explain Here’ section of your registration process.
NOTES
*Parents are in charge of their children.
*Let us know if you would like to run a children’s activity.
* Thursday is 1/4 other day’s price. Check the drop down menu for Event Options: Day Passes and Day Passes with Camping.
*Cancellation Policy – if you discover that you cannot join the ceremony there are a few options 1. you can transfer your entrance to another 2. receive a full or partial refund (minus paypal’s small processing fee) if you tell us by Sunday Feb 5th. that you would like the refund.
*Processing Fee – Help the song community avoid this fee!!! If you would like all of your money to go towards ClV (paypal has a processing fee) please send me a message and we can work that out! THANK YOU!

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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. The ride is 3 hours hours. If you land at 12 or later, plan on spending the night in San Jose or San Isidro. 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 Barrio 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. The bus usually makes this stop, 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 black 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 60 – 70 minutes from downtown San Isidro.   Make your way to the little town of Pedregoso, take a right on the main road, and Finca Amrta will be on your left after a couple miles.  

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. Check out ClV’s Facebook Event for Updates and Post something about yourself, let others know you are coming!

We hope to Sing you there!!

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