Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is a magical Caribbean costal town where the jungle meets the sea. From black sand beaches to jungle walks and local shops, there is so much to explore- all accessible by foot and bicycle.
OM at Cashew Hill Yoga & Retreat Center is tucked away from the hustle and bustle while still being an easy walk from the heart of town and the beach. Surrounded by lush jungle vegetation, you can hear the sound of the waves from your room. Toucans frequent the açaí trees in the OM gardens, and sloth sightings are not uncommon. Blue Morhpo butterflies flutter through the campus, and some mornings you'll awake to the sound of howler monkeys traipsing through the trees.
Home to a yoga training center, OM offers comfortable accommodations in a beautiful near-to-nature setting. Amenities include: Yoga platforms with ocean views | Organic vegetarian and wonderfully satisfying meals | An onsite pool | Massage services, and more.
Reiki is a simple, ancient Japanese energy healing modality practiced throughout the world today. Using gentle touch, Reiki promotes a state of deep relaxation that supports a body's innate ability to heal itself. It is simple, effective, and accessible to absolutely everyone. Throughout the retreat you will learn how to share this healing art with yourself and with others.
Your Reiki learning sessions will be balanced with plenty of free time to rest, relax and explore.
You will see that every person connects with Reiki in their own way, which is the beauty of the practice... it invites you to embrace your uniqueness and see it as a gift you have to share with yourself and with the world.
In this retreat setting you will have time and space to observe and connect with your own gifts while being nourished by the jungle, the salt water, the magic of Costa Rica.
If you are just beginning your Reiki journey or want to revisit the foundations of the practice, join us for the Reiki Level I & II training. If you are attuned to Reiki Level II and ready to deepen your practice, the Reiki Master training may be for you. Below is information on what each level entrails. For more details, contact us!
Reiki is taught in three levels
Level I introduces the simple practice of Reiki: its history, how it works, and how to offer a full Reiki session to yourself and to other people. You will also receive your first "attunement" to the Reiki, which is an essential element of the modality.
Level II expands your connection to Reiki: you learn simple tools for practicing and sharing Reiki, including how to send "distance" Reiki to both people and situations. You will also receive your second attunement.
Level III (Master) teaches you how to pass Reiki on to others: you with gain additional tools for the practice of Reiki, and learn how to attune others to Reiki (which is such a joy!). You will also receive your third attunement.
Learning Reiki in a retreat setting allows for deep integration of the modality without the distractions of daily life, as well as ample time to practice. Learning in an open air environment in Costa Rica means you will be close to nature 24/7 which will enhance your connection to Reiki in a powerful way.
Lindsay Erickson is the founder of Awakened Wellness, a holistic health practice dedicated to helping people heal through the power of connection to self, nature and community.
Lindsay's own journey with Reiki began during a time of personal exploration rooted in healing her own body. She received her Reiki Level I & II certifications under Reiki Master and RYT, Linda de Wildt, at Yoga Farm Italy. Lindsay completed her Reiki Master training under the guidance of Reiki Master and MSW, Libby Barnett, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Lindsay opened her private practice, which led her to be called to teach Reiki to others. Working one-on-one with her clients, she realized the importance of empowering individuals with tools to care for their own wellbeing & the wellbeing of their loved ones. She believes that if every person in the world received Reiki on a regular basis, we'd heal much of suffering and dis-ease we see today. Since becoming a Reiki Master teacher Lindsay has led more than 18 Reiki trainings in both the United States and Costa Rica.
In addition to her certifications in Reiki, Lindsay is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and continues to study energy healing practices through Healing Beyond Borders, Soul Song Institute and A Common Awakening. She considers herself a lifelong student of the healing arts and is committed to sharing her learnings and experiences with those she has the honor to teach.
The Location, Dates & Cost
Location: OM at Cashew Hill Retreat Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Intro to Reiki Level I & II Retreat:
Monday, February 3, 2020 - Saturday, February 8, 2020
(3 PM Check-in, 11 AM Check-out)
Reiki Master (Level III) Retreat:
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - Friday, February 14, 2020
(3 PM Check-in, 11 AM Check-out)
Cost per Retreat:
$1,250 per person*
(Inclusive of all retreat experiences. Excludes cost of transportation to and from retreat)
*Sign up with a friend and you both receive $100 off the total cost! ($1,150)*
5 nights shared accommodation at OM at Cashew Hill Yoga & Retreat Center
All meals from arrival day dinner through departure day breakfast
Comprehensive Reiki Training and Reiki certificate(s)
Training materials and equipment (manuals, yoga mats, bolsters
Daily morning yoga class
Guided group waterfall excursion
Cacao Ceremony paying homage to the indigenous culture of the region
What's Not Included:
Travel to and from OM at Cashew Hill (shuttle service from San Jose to Puerto Viejo can be arranged for you)
Travel Insurance (recommended)
Cost of Free Time activities (once registered you will receive information about options and scheduling!)
6:45 - 8:00 AM Begin the day with a gentle guided morning yoga practice to open your body and mind
8:00 - 9:00 AM Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, coffee, juices and tea overlooking the OM gardens
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Gather in the open air learning platform (with Caribbean view!) for a morning of Reiki training
12:30 PM Lunch is served, linger as long as you'd like!
Relax/Explore Til 5:30 PM walk down to the beach, browse the shops in town, take a chocolate tour, or rent a bike
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Meet at the beach for a sunset Reiki training session, and draw on the magic of the sea & sun
6:45 - 7:30 PM Enjoy good music and conversation over a creative and healthy dinner prepared by OM
7:30 - 9:00 PM End the day with a nighttime unwind session (guided meditation, gentle yoga, Reiki, etc.)
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.
Remainder of payment is due by December 15, 2019. Payment plans are available. You will receive an invoice via email after submitting the form below.
Please complete the following registration form and submit your deposit payment below. You will then begin to receive email updates with details on your retreat!
Your $250 non-refundable deposit can be paid via Paypal using a Credit or Debit Card or a Paypal account. If you prefer to pay via check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a mailing address.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the water at OM at Cashew Hill safe to drink?
Yes! On site all water is double filtered to ensure drinkability. We recommend NOT drinking tap water in town (be mindful to avoid ice cubes and water-based smoothies).
Where should I fly in to?
We recommend flying into San Jose (SJO) or Limon (LIO). Shuttle transfers are available from both airports/cities. It is a 4 to 5 hour shuttle ride from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. It is approxmiately 1 hour from Limon to Puerto Viejo.
What is the currency in Costa Rica/ how much money should I bring?
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colón (CRC). Note that both USD and CRC are accepted at OM and most establishments in town. There are ATMs in town where you can withdraw either currency, though the lines can be long. Please let your bank and credit card company know you will be traveling outside of the country so they do not freeze your accounts.
Do I need any immunizations for Costa Rica?
Please notify your doctor of your travel plans to receive their guidance and consult the CDC for any additional advice.
Is there Wi-Fi?
The reception area at OM does have wi-fi, but remember you will be in the jungle (meaning slow speed and interruptions to connection) and on a retreat :-)
Is there A/C?
No! :-) And that's the beauty of this destination: everyting is open air. Your rooms have screens on all windows to help keep out critters while still allowing for the fresh jungle breeze and ocean air to flow through! Each room is also equipped with fans for nights when the breeze isn't blowing!
What's the weather like in Puerto Viejo?
Puerto Viejo is located on the Carribean coast of Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the sea. Living in a tropical jungle means warm days and cooler nights. It also means that rain occassionally passes through, which allows the enviornment to remain lush and vibrant. You'll receive a packing list once registered to help you determine what to bring.
What happens if I get sick?
There is a medical clinic one block away from the retreat center and several pharmacies in town. All take walk-ins.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please read our Terms & Conditions in full to understand the cancellation policies.
What is the size of each retreat?
Each retreat must have a minimum of 10 participants to take place. The maximum is 22.
What types of accommodations are available?
OM at Cashew Hill offers cottage-style accommodations nestled into the hillside jungle. While each cottage is charmingly unique, they all include a shared sleeping area (2 to 4 beds), private shared bath and kitchenette.
Don't see your question here? Please Contact us and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.