Advanced Coursework with a Tropical Twist

Imagine finishing up your Master’s program while getting a chance to practice yoga, meditate and relax in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, surrounded by the sweet smells and sounds of a tropical rainforest with an array of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths and toucans. Then, in between classes and yoga sessions, imagine exploring the laid-back surf town of Dominical, home of some of the best riding waves in the world, while enjoying the beach, the warm water, breathtaking views, and the transformative wonders of Costa Rica.

This Practicum course focuses upon group and dyadic work using current case presentations, discussions, and explorations based in the theories and techniques learned in the program. This practicum will synthesize elements of somatic psychotherapy with assessment, treatment planning, differential diagnoses and work with multiple diagnoses, course of treatment, choice of modalities, cultural sensitivity, transference and countertransference, clinical intuition and the art and science of psychotherapy.

Blending psychology and environmental studies, while building on the centrality of body awareness in all contexts, the field study experience invites students to heighten sensory awareness in application to vignettes and case examples inclusive of place, space and connectedness to the environment and all sentient beings.

Meditation, breath-work, and mindfulness practices within the context of group exploration of rich Costa Rican geography, topography, wildlife, and culture will deepen attunement to self and other as integrated with foundational knowledge and skills for somatically grounded therapeutic practice.

Course meets requirements for 3-unit practicum course.

For questions about the program or course please contact:

Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD., LCSW

Core Faculty, Master's in Clinical Psychology Program

Antioch University Santa Barbara

805-962-8179 x 5155

Package Price

Private Room (1 Queen Bed): $2850 (student); $1650 (partner)

Shared Room (2 Twin Beds): $2450 (per person, double occupancy)

Shared Room (3 Twin Beds): $1950 (per person, triple occupancy)

Beautiful Costa Rica

Where Pura Vida is a way of life.

Costa Rica is world-renowned as a place that is not only beautiful, but is actually good for your well-being.

You’ll find some of the world’s best beaches, tropical rainforests and national parks overflowing with a diversity of flora and fauna that would astound any nature lover. The country is famous for its eco-tourism, which leads the world in efforts to protect the environment.

The shoreline encompasses a number of beautiful beaches, serving up unspoiled beauty and a natural charm that gives a unique character to the region and makes it a hot spot for surfers, nature lovers, conservationists and eco- adventurers alike.

Celebrated for its incredible biodiversity, look inland and you encounter verdant green mountains and jungles inhabited by toucans and macaws, three-toed sloths and howler monkeys.

Complete your coursework in this incredible corner of the world, flanked by a warm ocean, a lush jungle teeming with wildlife and new-found friends. There’s simply no better place to learn, relax, and celebrate a major turning point of your life. Are you ready?

What’s Included

•Round-trip ground transportation from SJO International Airport. 

•8 days/7 nights accommodations in a lush and luxurious eco-lodge steps from the beach.

•30 hours/3 units of class instruction.

•3 meals a day.

•Fresh healthy meals prepared by a local chef, and 3 dinners (included) on your own in town.

•Daily yoga sessions (morning or evening).

•Group excursions to Costa Rica’s local favorites with transportation.

•Admission to national parks and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

Your Classroom for the Day…

•Day 1 – Welcome and Introductions

•Day 2 – Playa Dominical and Dominical Town

•Day 3 – Marino Ballena National Park (The Whale’s Tail)/Playa Ventanas

•Day 4 – Nauyaca Falls

•Day 5 – Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

•Day 6 – Manuel Antonio National Park

•Day 7 – Free Day

•Day 8 – Gratitudes and Goodbyes

Daily Schedule

Schedule illustrates a typical day, and varies depending on activities and excursions.

•7:30 — Morning Meditation

•8:00 - !0:00 — Breakfast to Order

•10:00 — Morning Yoga

•9:00 – 5:00 — Daily Excursion with Coursework

•12:00 — Lunch

•6:30 — Evening Yoga

•7:30 — Dinner

More Cool Things To Do (optional)


•Private Surf Lesson

•Whale Watching 

•ATV Jungle/Waterfall Tour

•Zip-Line Adventure

•White Water Rafting

•Book a Massage

Package Price

Private Room (1 Queen Bed): $2850 (student); $1650 (partner)

Shared Room (2 Twin Beds): $2450 (per person, double occupancy)

Shared Room (3 Twin Beds): $1950 (per person, triple occupancy)


Danyasa Eco-Retreat

Danyasa Eco-Retreat is a boutique yoga retreat center that offers world-class movement arts experiences in a world-class setting. Located at the base of rainforested mountains on the bank of the Baru River, Danyasa provides a sanctuary for living artfully in nature.

Danyasa’s unique up-cycled shipping container rooms provide a perfect blend of luxurious comfort and eco-friendly sustainability. All rooms have real mattresses, top quality sheets and bedding, air conditioning, WiFi, in-room safes. Also included: free filtered water, coffee, tea and daily organic breakfast.


• Deposit to hold your spot: 25% of package price due at booking.

• Balance of trip package price due by 10/1/19.


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