“What I have come to learn is that depression and anxiety isn’t a fixed ‘hard-wire’ problem but an indication that something has gone deeply wrong. When I was growing up the science we were taught in school was that the brain was a fixed electrical system but now science shows us that the brain has the beautiful capacity to change through neuroplasticity. This gives me incredible hope for those who are struggling to find their way back into balance.”
Tracey J. Moon, LMBT (co-facilitator – Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety training)
Dates: November 2-8, 2019
Location: Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Alejuela, Costa Rica
Price: Pricing begins $1299 per person – see all-inclusive package details below
CE’s: Open to everyone interested and massage therapists receive 21 NCBTMB CE’s
Facilitators: Tracey J. Moon, LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA
“Wonderful, enlightening, soul searching and so needed.” 2017 participant
About the retreat:
Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic in our society with more people than ever seeking relief through both conventional and alternative methods. Trauma, loss, and the everyday challenges of daily life can create constriction and loss of connection in the physical and emotional body. From these big and small traumas, our body begins to form in a way that sets in fatigue, exhaustion, distress, difficulty focusing, irritability and physical pain.
The physical toll of depression and anxiety reveals itself in the body through tension, pain, misalignment and discomfort. In this course you will learn specific hands-on massage techniques that unwind targeted areas of the body that have been contracted, bringing more flow and movement into the structure. We will look at the science behind depression and anxiety, what is happening in the brain as well as the importance of understanding conventional treatments. We will explore emotional anatomy, including how the body is shaped by our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and discuss how mindfulness practices can help free us from negative thought patterns. We will incorporate movement and grounding body-centered practices can help support a distressed emotional body system.
You will learn simple body-centered practices to help people feel more alive, connected and embodied through breath, bioenergetics, massage and compassionate presence. Through these embodied practices you will discover the body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset and restore to its natural flow, beyond depression and anxiety.
This hands-on and highly experiential class is intended for the bodywork practitioner to support clients in the healing of depression and anxiety however, this training is open to everyone interested in empowering massage and bodywork tools to help feel more vital in everyday life.
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is on a lush 6-acre mountainside tucked in the clouds at 5000 feet above sea-level in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province. Pura Vida’s climate is spring-like year round with temperatures between 70° to 80° F during the day and mild nights in the 60’s. Costa Rica is known for it’s stunning environmental beauty, volcanic mountains that are a source of powerful natural healing and of course, coffee plantations. There is a mountainside hot tub, outdoor pool, smoothie bar and gift shop as well as a Wellness Center with Ayurveda, massage, skin care, Watsu, reflexology and more!
“Extraordinary facilitation each step. I feel lighter, stronger and peaceful with more insight into my wellbeing.” Linda C., Levittown, PA
The retreat center is located only 20 minutes from the San Jose (SJO) International Airport and 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. For more information on Pura Vida Retreat & Spa you can visit their website.
All-inclusive package details:
- 7 day / 6 night retreat with your choice of accommodations and healthy meals
- All-inclusive training and retreat begins at $1299 per person with reduced companion pricing available
- Delicious health-minded buffet style meals all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients with vegetarian, chicken and fish options. Meal plans start with dinner on the night of arrival and end with breakfast on the day of departure.
- Seasonal local fruit available throughout the day. Juice bar with items for purchase such as fresh wheatgrass shots, custom blended chai, ginger tea, chocolate and fruit smoothies.
- Daily Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety sessions and movement classes with downtime built in to the schedule for excursions, rest and spa services!
- Onsite Wellness Center with Ayurveda, massage, skin care, Watsu, reflexology and more!
- Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
- Coffee plantation hike included and choose from optional eco-tours such as waterfall tour, hot springs, white water rafting and more!
- Round-trip airport shuttle transfer is included to Pura Vida Spa from SJO International airport
- Availability of experienced retreat facilitators with global travel experience
- Massage therapists receive 21 NCBTMB continuing education hours
What are the accommodations choices and pricing?
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa offers a variety of enchanting accommodations scattered across meticulously landscaped grounds, each designed to delight with views of lush gardens and majestic mountains. There are 7 accommodations types ranging from $1299 for a tentalow to a suite at $1699, double accommodations, per person.
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Please note that there are limited amount of accommodations available in each category. Register early to ensure your first choice. Double accommodation prices noted below are per person.
- Tentalow $1299 double, per person • single $1569 (1 available)
- A-Frame double, $1449 per person • single $1849 (1 available)
- Vista $1499 double, per person • $1899 single (1 available)
Upper Kiva $1549 double, per person • $1949 singleSOLD OUT
- Tri-Level $1599 double, per person • $1999 single (1 available)
Prana Suite $1699 double, per person • $2199 singleSOLD OUT
Can I room with my partner or friend? Will you match me with a roommate if I register for double accommodations?
Yes, please let us know who you would like to share a room with when you register. If you would like double accommodations and are coming alone, we will be happy to match you with someone on a space availability basis. Pura Vida’s policy is that if you are registered for double accommodations and we are not able to match you with a roommate, you will be charged the single accommodations rate. Please register early to ensure a match!
Can I bring someone who is not attending the retreat?
The non-attendee “companion” rate is for someone who is sharing a room with you but not attending the training portion. Their fee includes round trip ground transportation from SJO to Pura Vida, all meals, shared accommodations with you, hotel taxes and the coffee plantation hike. Pricing for a companion is below.
- Tentalow $899 (1 available)
- A-Frame $1099 (1 available)
- Vista $1099 (1 available)
Upper Kiva $1099SOLD OUT
- Tri-Level $1149 (1 available)
Prana Suite $1199 (only one Prana Suite available)SOLD OUT
Are spa services available?
The Pura Vida Wellness Center offers a wide selection of services including Ayurveda, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, scrubs, stone therapy, skin care, reflexology, Watsu, and more. All sessions must be scheduled once you are on-site at the resort. You can read more information about the Wellness Center here.
Can I add on days if I want to extend my stay?
Yes. To add additional days AFTER you have registered with us, please be in touch with Pura Vida directly by calling 1-888-767-7375 x 233. As a group participant, you receive a 10% discount off of the low-season nightly rates. Rates include accommodations and three meals daily.
How do I get to Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Pura Vida is located only 20 minutes from the SJO International airport in Costa Rica and 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. Most major airlines fly to SJO including Southwest, United, American Airlines, Delta and Avianca. Shuttle transfer to and from SJO International airport is included in your group package. The Pura Vida driver will meet you outside the exit door at International baggage claim with a sign that reads, “Pura Vida Retreat & Spa” and your last name. Please note that you must have a valid passport to fly to Costa Rica and it cannot expire within 6 months of your return date.
Yes, we have deliberately created a schedule that allows ample time to rest or to enjoy other excursions or services. All tours and wellness services are scheduled once you arrive at Pura Vida. Click here to view the optional eco-tours and excursions.
Is there electricity?
All accommodations at Pura Vida have electricity (including Tentalows). Outlets are the same as the United States.
You will receive a detailed welcome email from the facilitators after registering with a downloadable PDF document of recommended items to bring, passport information, air travel recommendations and more.
I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this retreat?
Yes. Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety is NCBMTB Approved and massage therapists will receive 21 CE hours. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the retreat to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB.
I am ready to register, how do I hold my spot?
We are happy to hear that you are joining us! Simply click on the blue “Register Now” button below to confirm your place in the retreat. As soon as we receive your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with more details about the retreat and planning your travel. Please review our International cancellation policy prior to registering.
Feel free to preview our 2019 Costa Rica information packet, which we send to all participants upon registration. You can be in touch with your questions via email by contacting Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon at email@example.com. You can also contact us by phone at 919-907-0579. We will be delighted to talk with you!