Bodywork RETREAT

You’ve got magic, a plentitude of love inside you. Beyond your skills, your learned expertise, your experiences in life, and your traumas, there is a well of magic inside of you just waiting to be explored.


This Shamanic Bodywork Training Retreat is designed for bodywork practitioners, massage therapists or holistic health practitioners wanting to deepen their understanding and practice of shamanic bodywork.


Participants will receive 36 hands-on continuing education credits (CEs) and 12 distance learning credits for their participation in this workshop.


During this training we will not only learn shamanic bodywork techniques to offer to clients, we will be connecting to our own divine magic in a sacred and safe environment. Through various healing modalities we will be exploring and releasing what holds us back from manifesting what we want in life and how this may affect our life, business and our clients’ experiences. As we confront these limitations, we realize how our work with clients becomes more effective and authentic.

for massage therapists and bodywork professionals

What you will receive:


  • New knowledge and skills underpinning Shamanic Bodywork to enhance massage and bodywork styles

  • Wholesome meals, (organic when available), including trips to some local restaurants. All meals are included EXCEPT 3 meals at local restaurants, typically around $15 US per meal, per person)

  • Comfortable, clean accommodations surrounded by nature and a mountain stream

  • Clothing optional areas and experiences throughout the workshop

  • The opportunity to experience some Plant medicines you are already familiar with, in conjunction with Shamanic Bodywork

  • Ample time and space for solitude, reflection, processing, socializing, discussion

  • An opportunity to experience local attractions centered around Arenal Volcano, hot springs, the lake, nature and the beautiful natural biodiversity of the area.

Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Shamanic bodywork techniques

  • Holding space-creating safety

  • Breath work techniques

  • Trauma and healing from trauma

  • How to support intimacy with your client

  • Creating healthy boundaries with clients

  • The importance of mindfulness and consciousness in supporting transcendent bodywork experiences.

  • Self care

Continuing Education Credits

36 hands on/in class CEs

12 Distance Learning CEs for assigned Readings

  • Florida Board of Massage(LMT) # 50-15947

  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work(LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists(LMFT), Mental Health Counseling(LMFC) # 50-2119

A Typical Day in the Retreat 


5:30- 7:30: Private practice time (exercise, meditate, walk in nature, etc)


7:30: Breakfast with the group


8:30-9:00: Group practice (Meditation, Eye Gazing, Breath Work, Ecstatic Dance, Yoga, or other practice)


9:00-12:30: Shamanic Bodywork Instruction and first half of trade, journalling and sharing


12:30-2:00: Lunch and discussion regarding the morning/personal time


2:00-5:30: Instruction Second half of Shamanic Bodywork Trade, journalling and sharing


5:30-6:30: Dinner (may be here, or out a local restaurant with the group)


6:30: (Individual sessions may be scheduled during this time to receive Trauma work, to receive Shamanic Bodywork, to receive TCM sessions) Time for Bonfire, reading, catching up or touching base with family or work to the extent necessary for your peace of mind. 


Mid week, one day will consist of a group trip to La Fortuna, to the volcano, and hot springs (Extra charges apply). Other activities are available including zip lining, canopy tours, and various other attractions.


“An amazing gathering of people and an amazing teacher. The experience enabled me to grow mentally and allowed me to physically let go of all shame and energies that served no good to myself or others attending. There was also a spiritual growth and a deeper connection to other inhabitants of earth from my end was gained. There will definitely be a following gained by those opened to Michael’s beautiful energy.”

-Andre, Student and LMT

Registration, Cost and Travel Info

Steps and Planning​

  1. Register: Pay workshop registration $1,495 or $1,545 (Depending on lodging preference)... or Pay a $500 non-refundable deposit

  2. Book flights: Arrive in SJO by morning August 17th, Depart SJO after 1:00 pm August 24th.

    1. Download ​​Transportation PDF (with ground transport options)

  3. Read assigned and/or recommended readings before the workshop (PDF sent by e-mail upon registration.

  4. Participate in videoconferences prior to Arrival

Transportation From Airports:

San Jose or Liberia

Bus, Shuttle, Rental Car, Taxi

(Recommend Coordinating with Other Students) Download PDF Click Here

Shamanic Bodywork 

(August 17 - August 24, 2019)

$ 1,495 (4 person max per room)

$ 1,545 (2 person Max per room)

Lodging and Meals at Living Forest:

Package 7 night Accommodation and Meals at Living Forest Retreat Center: 

- Living Forest Lodge  (4 person max per room)

- River View Casita  (2 person max per room)

Arrival Dinner Friday the August 17th at 6.30pm

Departure August 24th after breakfast. 


We'll also explore local restaurants, we will go out for dinner Three times during the retreat, these are not included in the package. (Meals are usually around US$ 15)

Arrive August 17 by 6:30 PM!


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