• Private Room (Single) – $2,400.00
  • Shared Room – $1,550.00

Create your Dream Life by experiencing Love & Connection with your Relationships

With Ale Gicqueau

June 30 - July 7, 2018

This retreat will be hosted by Philia’s co-owner, Teal Swan’s husband Ale Gicqueau. Ale has been on the spiritual path for over 25 years. After 20 years as a successful software and medical entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, he is now expressing his passion for spirituality and self-development to help others to live an authentic, meaningful and fulfilling life. He has been the most direct recipient of Teal’s leading edge spiritual teaching over the past 3 years and wants to share with others how to practically apply it to one’s life.

Create your Dream Life by experiencing Love & Connection with your Relationships

If you are reading this workshop synopsis, you childhood has probably been difficult and your life has reflected these traumas. You may have been abused but most likely, you simply did not receive the love, nurturing or mirroring every child need to develop into a fully emotionally available adult. We were hurt, we fragmented as a result and we have struggled with the feeling that something is missing from our life.

relationshipretreat3We have become spiritual to escape this void. We looked for God, Self-Love and Enlightenment because ultimately we gave up on relationships out of recurring disappointments. We have learned a lot through our spiritual journey, experienced mystical states of consciousness and deeper connection to our soul. We realized that this life, our life was much bigger than society and our family ever told us.

When Jesus was asked to summarize his teaching in a few words, he answered to love God with all one’s heart, soul and mind. He then said to love others as oneself, and he implied this was the same.  The first sentence refers to the inner integration of our body, mind and spirit. The second refers to the healing of our relationships.  [Note: this is not a Christian workshop and we appreciate the wisdom of many of the world teachers.]

The truth is that ultimate healing will come through relationships, and real integration will be reflected by supportive and loving relationships. Our passage on earth will be judged by the quality of our relationships alone, and this also includes our relationship with animals, plants, Untitled-1our environment and everything we come into contact with.

This workshop is for anyone, man or woman, single or attached, that have relationships to heal and believes in the power of healing through soul retrieval, intimacy and authenticity.

The program will be adjusted to the needs of the group and the individuals present as the week progresses, but will follow this basic format:

The Program


  • Arrivals and chilling out
  • Movie night

Sunday & Monday: workshop – uncovering your shadows in relationships

  • Introduction of each participant and sharing
  • Display work to become aware of your main negative pattern in relationship (Teal’s unique adaptation of family constellation)
  • Parts work
  • Expression exercise
  • Games or dance in the evening

relationshipretreat2Tuesday: Touring Costa Rica

  • Excursion to Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hot Springs

Wednesday & Thursday: workshop – healing the exposed traumas through relationships

  • Fulfilling the missing needs with each other
  • Holotropic breathwork
  • The Completion Process
  • Positive relationship exercises
  • The love languages
  • Ho’Oponopono meditation and release

relationshipretreat1Friday: Touring Costa Rica

  • Horseback riding on the Pacific beach (or regular beach day)
  • Closing cacao ceremony in the evening


  • Good byes and leaving Philia

Why should you go?

  • You are struggling with some of your existing relationships and are looking for answers
  • You have childhood traumas that are limiting your present life
  • You are single and want to attract a special person into your life
  • You want to connect with life-minded, vulnerable and spiritually aware people
  • You are looking forward to tasty and healthy vegan food
  • You would like to explore the warmth of Costa Rica, including the beaches and the lavish rainforests

Get ready for a week of transformation, fun, learning and emotional intimacy at Philia!

  • You buy your own flight to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • $2400 for a private room
  • $1550 for a shared room with a person of the same gender
  • This is an all-inclusive retreat. Food, accommodation and activities are all included


Testimonials About Ale’s Last Retreats

“One week at Philia, was truly a transformative experience. Not only did I leave with an amazing new girlfriend, but the tools to live a happier life. Teal and Ale took me by the hand and facilitated my reconnection to people, animals, source, and myself. The experiences and relationships from one week at philia will last me a life time.”

_S1A5110“This was a my first trip to Costa Rica & Philia Center. A Gorgeous & Wonderful place for Inner work, guided by Beautiful, Warm, and Heartfelt Teacher, Facilitators, and Staff. Beautifully Designed Course, where days of intense processing were followed by Magical bathing moments under Waterfalls surrounded by elemental spirits/orbs. Magnificent swimming delight in WARM azur blue ocean. This Magnificent location on Earth is To BE Experienced by Everyone!!! “

“Philia is a place of healing and real connection. Expect to connect with people and to yourself in ways most people never do in their lifetime. Being part of the Philia group was a humbling experience and it taught me how to be more vulnerable and human around people and be more confident and powerful while staying authentic. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to exercise deeper spiritual practices and connect with other people who are like minded and willing to do the same. Very few people on this planet have the courage to go beyond themselves and if you’re a match to Philia you are definitely a match to greater changes in your life.”
– Sid

excursion“The Philia singles retreat was an EPIC adventure and the most exciting, awesome way to kick off the new year.!  I can say with confidence that if you are willing to be vulnerable and open you will return from this retreat energetically cleansed and ready to attract your new partner as I was. (or you may be among the lucky to find their partner at the retreat.) Either way you will walk away with a variety of insights into yourself and how to attract the person you really want in your life. Your facilitator, Ale is one of the kindest, gentlest, grounded, compassionate men I have ever met in my life and made everyone who spent time with him feel comfortable, supported and loved and was always there for any of us at anytime we needed him especially if he noticed someone was triggered. You are in for a very special treat. I wish I could wipe my memory and do it all over again and again. Awesome times I will remember forever! 🙂 “

“Ale is an incredible facilitator and teacher. He is kind, patient and caring. He has outstanding intuition and he dives so deep with each person. He reads the group so well too. I had fundamental shifts in myself and my soul from his facilitations. He is just so insightful and did I mention patient? I am forever changed and forever grateful. If you have a chance to go to his retreat, and you’re ready to go deep, I highly recommend it, best gift I gave myself!”


“Philia is an incredible experience, Beautiful resort in a beautiful country. The facilities add to the immersive experience of whatever one comes here for. I’ve been to Philia for two workshops now. I’ve learned a lot, identified and transformed crucial issues within myself, and met new friends, Both Workshops delivered far more than I expected in terms of personal development. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for spiritual growth and like minded connections.”

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 4.04.58 PM“Coming to Philia was a life changing experience to say the least. I came in completely broken and left with a renewed sense of identity and confidence. Everyone at the retreat center was very kind to me and helped me to feel comfortable whenever I may have been a bit nervous. I’m always trying to get my friends and family to go because I know it would benefit them to do some self-discovery work. It may be challenging to face yourself as it takes courage but the happiness that is available to you when you do is worth it. I would recommend Philia to anyone who wants to increase their happiness level and bring joy and love back into their life.” 

“I am envious of the people who will be participating in the next retreat. For Philia to really work its magic one has to have the emotional maturity to engage in radical honesty and follow the path of love. If you do so the results will be amazing. The retreat is beautiful and the whole team is remarkable. I lost physical and emotional baggage as I connected with some great vegan food and the other wonderful retreat members. It was a smashing experience.”

“Philia center is a place for true heart connection. Beautiful things happens and people open up and dare to be vulnerable and loving. That made me feel so free for the first time. I was able to truly be myself in a loving and accepting surrounding.
I also dived deep in myself and got to know what’s holding me back from finding the love of my life. I started to be my own best friend and creating my own reality. I left Philia center with new friends that were more like a loving family. Even though we only spend one week together, it feels like I know them better than friends I known my whole life. You don’t have to feel lonely anymore, this is your chance!”


“Ale’s retreat at Philia was an awakening experience for me and a brought conscious change in my life. I was very nervous and insecure when I arrived but after I put my first step into the property, my state changed and it felt amazing. I learned how to love myself and let other people again touch my heart. The energy of the land and the team are unique and magnificent. Actually I just told my friends today that I am happy that my old girlfriend dumped me so I could attend Philia singles retreat and experience this unforgettable experience:) It brought me to a spiritual life what I have always been yearning for. I found my path. It was one of the most intense and awakening week of my life. Thank you again for showing me all these techniques and tools.

Much love”

“I’m extremely grateful for my stay at Philia and Ale. I’ve grown so much spiritually since then, I can only conclude, this was indeed a divine intervention. I went with an open mind & heart, in the hopes of finding, either love with a life partner or love within myself… I thought The Devine was going to introduce me to a woman. Well, The Devine certainly did just that, But not the woman I was expecting… Thank you Teal, for the practice of putting myself back together again, it’s wonderful! My Boy is SAFE! I have since started a meditation group for spiritually minded people, which is broadening my circle of friends… Thank you Philia & Ale. I’m am forever grateful for the magical transformation Philia has provided me…”

IMG_20180218_125400902“Visiting Philia was truly one of the most amazing experiences in my life, if not the most amazing. Teal and Ale created a magical place, which feels completely detached from every-day reality, from any problems and stress. It is run by fantastic group of people who are gentle, accepting and understanding. People who live in harmony with nature and with each other. People who made me feel safe and allowed me to open, learn and experience a way of living I will never stop dreaming of.
This place accelerates manifesting. I have manifested pretty much everything I thought about – little and big. I am so happy and grateful I went there! Oh and the vegan food was also great!”

“I had an amazing week at the retreat. I loved the parts work that Ale introduced to us. It was very helpful to see what’s holding me back in my life and how the parts in me can come together and form a positive outcome. I used the parts work many times after the retreat and found out so many helpful things about myself.
Ale was amazing to guide us and he really was there for us and it felt very safe to have Ale as a teacher. He was present and he made me feel seened, understood and important.
He has the best qualities as a leader in my opinion. I liked that we were a smaller group and it felt very relaxed and you got close to the participants and was able to start a lasting bound with them as friends, that was really nice.
Thank you very much Ale, I will never forget this retreat, it was magical in so many ways.”
“Trust in the unknown, trust in our one soul and the unseen faces, trust in God. I am understanding and realizing we are a part of each other on a physical and spiritual level of existence. Through connection we love each other and hate each other, heal ourselves and hurt ourselves to both levels of extreme.  Ale’s teaching felt non judgmental like I could be as dark as possible through shadow work and see aspects of myself that would have never been looked into if it wasn’t for the light of love and Ale’s connection to God.”
“The singles retreat was by far the best heart warming choice I have done this year to expedite my healing and experience leaps of growth. Although there was some moments that where tough, once I made the choice to stay with the unconformably what came, it then blew me out of the water. Instantaneously my reality started shifting. I felt different, I was different and I became stronger and braver. I still want to find a soulmate but I no longer long for it like I did before. That feeling of desperate impatience has dissolved and was replaced with utter tranquility and peace. The kind of tranquility you get when you go through a transformation. This retreat brought a lot of awareness and understanding and it has left me with tools I’ll continue to use for a long time to come. More than anything it brought me healing and desire for a bright future. This was made possible because of you Ale and your team. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My favorite memory was when you caught me off guard and did the “who do you admire exercise” that lead to all of us, as a group playing charades. You are a genuine gifted individual who is great at holding space while at the same time multi-tasking, strategizing for the best way to get through the person with extraordinary intuition. Thank you and wish you the best of success in your future retreats.”


Ale Gicqueau
Ale was born in France, the country of Love. He started his spiritual journey when he was 19 after experiencing a full body mystical state of consciousness that made him realize that there was much more to life than the reality visible to the naked eye. His spiritual quest brought him to the USA when he was 22. He settled in Silicon Valley where he worked for 20 years as a successful entrepreneur in the software industry. Applying his knowledge about how to attract his ideal partner into his life, he attracted and manifested the love of his life, Teal Swan into his reality and it has been an exhilarating rollercoaster ever since.
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