Gateway to CranioSacral Therapy - Monteverde, Costa Rica

  • Finca Camino Nuevo Finca Camino Nuevo
  • Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Jun 20 - 24, 2018 (5 days)
  • $795

About us

Visit the majestic mountains of Monteverde and transform your healing arts practice with an integrative approach to CranioSacral Therapy! Connect and practice with other skilled therapists from around the world in Costa Rica during June's Summer Equinox, and emerge inspired and renewed.

Specifically designed for bodywork professionals, yoga teachers & yoga therapists, the CranioSacral therapy (CST) techniques you'll learn during this 3.5-day learning retreat will add a powerful dimension to your existing skill set, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of your hands-on work. This Gateway to CST course is purposely practical in nature, so that you are able to integrate CST techniques directly into your current hands-on sessions as soon as you step back into your own studio / office / healing space.

During our time together, you can count on plenty of guided hands-on learning, and plenty of receiving time too. Your practice sessions will include navigating new hands-on skills, awakening subtle layers of tactile awareness, and receiving valuable feedback from other seasoned and sensitive professionals. All of our practice sessions will be conducted as if you were working with your clients or students at home - on the table or on a mat. Consider your adventure to Monteverde not only as professional development opportunity but also as a healing retreat for you, too!

Our learning habitat is spectacular Finca Camino Nuevo, an intimate retreat center tucked the San Luis valley at the base of the Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve. Four nights lodging + nourishing meals are included in this professional learning retreat!

When: Wednesday June 20 - Sunday 24

=> Learn more about Karen as instructor and guide here.

Investment: $795 USD = tuition, room & board

Traditional CST courses around the world are typically tuition-priced at $800+ due to high overhead from covering instructor travel expenses, lodging, etc. However, I am pleased to offer this Gateway to CST course in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world - my backyard! Your investment of $795 remains in our local economy AND includes meals & lodging at locally-owned and managed Finca Camino Nuevo - a simply stunning learning habitat. (#fincacaminonuevo on Instagram).

What other students have said about my CST courses:

"Karen comes to her teaching with passion, sensitivity, patience and enthusiasm. I recently had the good fortune of attending Karen’s craniosacral long weekend course in Monteverde. A true professional, she is articulate, compassionate, intuitive, knowledgeable, focused and organized – an excellent combination for a stellar teacher! But it’s clear the reason for this is because she LOVES what she does and she wants to share it ALL. She doesn’t hold back. Even though there were many other students in the room, I never once felt like I was lacking in attention. And, her enthusiasm is contagious – you fall in love with the work, too.

SO… if any of you out there is even considering a craniosacral course, I cannot emphasize this enough: you will not regret being under the tutelage of this fine and accomplished teacher and healer. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend Karen’s comprehensive CST courses."
- Karen Heil / owner, Ahki Retreat Center, Nosara Costa Rica

"What a pleasure to dive in deep into the basics of CST - I felt I was truly able to get my feet wet in a practice that was always mysterious to me. Karen was very clear in her teaching and she provided plenty of time for hands on work throughout the course so the material taught was truly able to settle into our minds and bodies. Her passion for her healing work shines through in her teaching in a poetic way - just listening to her describe the CST process was beautiful. I am so excited for her next training!"
- Mary F.S. / Yoga Instructor, Illinois, USA

Accepting registration until May 30 - our 10 spaces will fill fast!
Please inquire for an information packet at:

Frequently Asked Questions ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Q: Will I be a certified CranioSacral therapist after this course?

A: You are likely not a  student/professional who makes a habit of collecting certifications, but your question is valid. This IS an introductory course in CranioSacral therapy which will provide you with practical skills that WILL change the way you approach and work hands-on with clients, and will increase your effectiveness in creating positive change in their bodies.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to not only give but RECEIVE plenty of CST – which makes it both a learning and a healing retreat for you as professional bodywork practitioner. After this course, you will fully be able to declare that you integrate and practice CranioSacral therapy techniques within the scope of your work (massage, yoga, etc.) And, you will have a much better idea if you are drawn to pursue CST certification in the future.

This is NOT a certification course, as most respected CST certification programs are 1-2 years in length. However, if you are interested in entering a CST certification program after this introductory course, I would be happy to guide you to a quality program.

Q: Do I need to be a manual therapist or yoga teacher to participate in this course?

A;  Because a key part of practicing CST involves cultivating very fine hands-on listening skills, this course is appropriate for those who have working knowledge of anatomy and hundreds to thousands of hours of touch already in their toolbox. This course has been designed to be practical in nature, specifically for manual and yoga therapists. We will be focusing our practice sessions as if we were working with our clients from home, on the table or on a mat. The best part – the students in this class are also the clients during our practice sessions– win-win!

“There is a natural order and harmony to this world, which we can discover. But we have to feel it – in our bones, in our hearts, in our minds.” – Chogyam Tringpa Rinpoche

Event Highlights

  • My offering to you includes:
  • 22+ course contact hours
  • Small student : teacher ratio – this course will have a maximum of 10 students for close mentoring purposes
  • Meaningful course content & plenty of time to practice AND receive! This is a truly nourishing learning retreat for bodywork professionals
  • Image & content-rich guidebook to take home
  • 45-minute course follow-up session for Q & A within one month of course via group Zoom
  • Double-occupancy for 4 nights at the delightful Finca Camino Nuevo retreat center in San Luis de Monteverde, at the base of the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve
  • All meals from dinner on Wednesday June 20 through lunch, Sunday June 24. Finca Camino Nuevo is known for their delicious, nourishing vegan & vegetarian fare - most of which is sourced locally from organic farmers!

Venue Highlights

Finca Camino Nuevo, designed and stewarded by our hosts Kelly Lange and Keith McDaniel, offers a
sanctuary for groups and healing retreats next to the world-famous reserves of the
Monteverde Cloud Forest. Finca Camino Nuevo is hugged by the mountains and offers breathtaking, open views down the San Luis valley and out to the Gulf of Nicoya. This special learning habitat houses a magical maloca for meditation or ceremonial healing work, a yoga shala with spectacular mountain and Gulf views, private rooms with balconies and private bathrooms, and a large dining area where healthy vegetarian and vegan goodness is served, supported by local organic farmers and cooks. Finca Camino Nuevo’s property includes secondary growth forest perfect for bird-watching, connecting with the trees and the mountains, and visits from white-faced monkeys. Images from Finca Camino Nuevo can be found on Instagram at #fincacaminonuevo


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping


Course outline:
Wednesday June 20 ~
* Check into Finca Camino Nuevo, 3 - 5pm
* Summer Solstice sunset dinner, 6pm
* Yoga nidra & sound healing in Maloca 7:30pm

Thursday June 21 ~
* Breakfast available 7:15 - 8am
* Morning session : Sacred Stillness and Neutrality , 8:45 - 12noon
* History of CST
* Components / Mechanism of CranioSacral system
* Cultivating Therapeutic Neutrality & Cranio-touch
* Accessing & working with CranioSacral tides and rhythms
* 12:15 Lunch
* Afternoon session: Diving into Deep Quiet: Still Points, 2-5pm
* 6pm Dinner

Friday June 22 ~
* Breakfast available 7:15 - 8am
* Morning session: Go With the Flow - Unwinding , 8:45am - 12noon
- Fascial Restrictions (locate, assess)
- Fascial Diaphragm Releases (pelvic, respiratory, thoracic, hyoid)
* 12:15 Lunch
* Afternoon session: Cranial Vault techniques, 2-5pm
- Occipital base release
- Temporomandibular joint decompression
* 6pm Dinner

Saturday June 23 ~
* Breakfast available 7:15 - 8am
* Morning session: Ride the Tide
- Reduce "noise" in the central nervous system
- Biodynamic CST: enhancing wellness
* 12:15 Lunch
* Afternoon session: Full body evaluation, 2 - 5pm
* 6pm Dinner

Sunday June 24
* Breakfast available 7:15 - 8am
* Morning session: Your Integrated Therapeutic treatment, 8:45 - 12noon
* 12 noon - Lunch & gratitude
* 1pm - check out

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Finca Camino Nuevo provides retreat participants with fresh, locally sourced and often organic Vegan and Vegetarian meals - crafted with love!


Double-occupancy lodging at Finca Camino Nuevo. Every room has unique, custom designed furniture, a private bathroom + balcony with spectacular view of the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve & Children’s Eternal Rainforest + the San Luis Valley and Gulf of Nicoya.


Monteverde is in the Tilaran mountains and is easily accessed from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO - Alajuela / San Jose) or the Liberia International Airport (LIR) by shuttle (3.5 - 4 hours from either airport)

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