Costa Rica Retreats

February 2020

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Take time to relax & rejuvenate in the heart of the Costa Rican Caribbean, and bring home a new self-care practice.


These 5-night all-inclusive retreats offer the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. All of your needs will be taken care of while staying at the peaceful OM at Cashew Hill Yoga & Retreat Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.


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The Destination

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. 

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)*

Reserve your spot today! Just a few spaces left in each retreat and registration closes January 20!

The Details

What's Included:

  • 5 nights shared accommodation at OM at Cashew Hill Yoga & Retreat Center  
  • All meals from arrival day dinner through departure day breakfast
  • Yoga & Reiki materials and equipment (manuals, yoga mats, bolsters, etc.)
  • Daily Reiki class (optional)
  • Daily morning yoga class (optional)
  • 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!)

Sample Schedule:

(*please note that all activities are optional- this is your experience to make your own)

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 join for a guided group outing, or spend the time as you wish: 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 self-care 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.)

The Self- Care Practice: Reiki

Originating from Japan, Reiki (Ray- Key) is a simple and effective way to offer your self and loved ones a sense of peace and relaxation. Through gentle touch, Reiki helps your body, mind and heart return to a feeling of harmony, balance and flow. 


During the retreat you will have the option to learn Reiki and how to share this healing art with yourself and with others. The Reiki learning sessions will be balanced with plenty of time to rest, relax and explore. If you choose not to participate in the Reiki sessions, you will have the gift of additional free time.  


Either way, this retreat setting will offer you the time and space to slow down, rest, and be nourished by the jungle, the salt water, the magic of Costa Rica so you go home feeling refreshed. 

Reiki Offerings

If you are interested in the Reiki portion of the retreat, please read this section for more information!


If you are just beginning to explore Reiki or want to revisit the foundations of the practice, join us for the Intro to Reiki Retreat (Level I & II).

If you are attuned to Reiki Level II and ready to deepen your practice, the Reiki Master Retreat may be for you. Below is information on what each level entails. 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.

The Facilitator

Lindsay Erickson is the founder of Awakened Wellness, a holistic health practice dedicated to creating more peace, connection and flow for individuals and our world as a whole. 

At the heart of Awakened Wellness is an emphasis on empowering individuals with tools to support their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of their loved ones. Reiki is one of those tools- Lindsay believes that if every person received Reiki on a regular basis, we'd heal much of suffering and dis-ease in the world today. Since becoming a Reiki Master Teacher Lindsay has led more than 20 Reiki trainings in both the US and Costa Rica.


Lindsay's own journey with Reiki began during a time of personal exploration rooted in a need to take better care for her own body and mind. 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.

In addition to her certifications in Reiki, Lindsay is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She continues to study energy work, Human Design, yoga, meditation, breathwork, and other practices that promote peace and contentment. Lindsay 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. 


Registration is now closed. Please feel free to sign up for my Mailing List to stay updated on future offerings, and follow along with us on Instagram: @_fully_nourished_

A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Remainder of payment is due 14 days after registration form is submitted. 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!

Registration Form
Retreat Selection:
Special Dietary Requests:

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 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) the day before your retreat start date. Awakened Wellness can make hotel recommendations with free shuttles from the airport. From San Jose, you can choose a private shuttle or taxi to take you directly to OM at Cashew Hill. Travel time can range from 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on traffic. Awakened Wellness is happy to help schedule your shuttle or taxi. Another option is flying from SJO to Limon via Sansa airline. From Limon it is a 45 min to 1 hour shuttle or taxi ride. Awakened Wellness is happy to offer advice on the travel plans you are considering.

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. While your retreat accommodations and meals are covered, you will want to consider the following: * A final tip for housekeeping (suggested at $2 per night) * Free time activities you choose to partake in (~$30 - $40 per acitivity) * Spa services (there is an onsite spa offering a range of massage and body work options) * Bicycle rentals ($5 - $6 per day) * Smoothies/snacks in town (~$5 per) * OM gift shop and in town shopping (prices similar to in the U.S.) * Laundry ($8 per load) OM will allow you to keep a tab of any expenses incurred on site. You will be able to pay your tab at the end of your stay via cash, Paypal, or credit card (there is a 13% service charge).

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 :-) If you are in need of a strong wi-fi connection, it is within walking distance at Puerto & Co- an internet cafe that offers high speed fiber internet for purchase, along with delicious vegan food and beverages!

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. And...don't trust what you see on it doesn't reflect what is acctually happening in Puerto Viejo! ;-)

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. A Peek Inside :-)While each cottage is charmingly unique, they all include a shared sleeping area (2 to 4 beds), private shared bath and kitchenette. If you are traveling solo, we can ensure you will room with those who identify as the same gender. Your cottage will be pre-assigned though bed selections will be left to those sharing the space. If you are traveling with a friend or a partner please email us about roommate preferences or to inquire about special accommodations. We will do our best to meet your needs on a first-come, first-served basis.

What Documents are Required for Travel?

A valid Passport from your country of citizenship is required for entry into Costa Rica. The customs process will take place at SJO upon arrival.

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