Leaves and Lizards Retreat/lēvz and lizərds rəˈtrēt/
Lodging & Rates
We offer 10 unique private deluxe cabins spread out on 30 acres of rolling hills ALL OPTIONS offer amazing views of the Arenal Volcano.
We can streamline your vacation planning by creating customized experiences for individuals, couples, groups or families.
Tours & Activities
There’s so much to do in Costa Rica! At Leaves and Lizards, your activities and tours are personalized and can be customized to meet your needs.
Escape from the ordinary at Leaves and Lizards…
We’re not just another Costa Rica rain forest hotel. Choose one of our unique cabins and immerse yourself in the local Tico culture. Take in breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano as you watch toucans from your private porch. Collect eggs, milk a cow, or brush a horse on our working farm. Enjoy fresh farm to table food and delicious Costa Rican coffee. Experience the best horseback riding in Costa Rica, let us plan a zip-line or rafting adventure for you, or simply relax by the pool and enjoy a signature cocktail.
Leaves and Lizards Retreat
“We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more.”
Feeling called to Awaken your Divine Self?
Come and join us in Costa Rica for this enlivened adventure of living our questions, as we illuminate our unique, intrinsic wisdom (spiritual intuition) with horses as our guides
In communion with our sentient, four-legged guides, both on the ground and mounted, our time together will extend an open-hearted invitation to: ★spiritually ground ★meditate and pray ★cultivate awareness of signs and symbols ★differentiate intuitive guidance from emotions and projections ★identify obstacles and opportunities ★explore ambivalence to embrace knowing and learn how to listen when our soul is speaking.
We ask that you be open to the possibility that whenever horses are serving as guides our Divine guest, Mystery, is invited. When she arrives, we simply never know what she will offer to each of us; however from experience, we do know that it will be exactly what we need….
“The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn how to live so as to awaken the eternal within you.” ~ John O’Donohue
Join Eponicity and Mike Bodkin of Rites of Passage in Costa Rica for this soul filling retreat of connection and introspection. The Native American Medicine Wheel lays a path for us to follow, through cycles of birth and rebirth. If you are ready to go deep into this exploration, this journey into what lies ahead and what is in this moment and what must be healed and let go of…then let your horse take you on this journey.
Introduction to Sand Play Training Course for Healing Arts Professionals
Presented by Gretchen Morgan, LCSW
Lighthouse Counseling Services, New Jersey
Gretchen Morgan has been using in her practice and teaching Sand Play for over 20 years and is offering this 3 day, 18 hour course, for persons in the healing arts community. Health care professionals will earn 18 CEU’s for the course.
Details (4 nights)
Participants arrive on or before October 28th, 2018.
Arriving flights should come into SJO or LIR airports by 2 pm on October 28th. Airport transportation is not included but will be organized by Leaves and Lizards.
Includes: Sand Play Training Tuition, Lodging, all on site meals.
Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, soda pop, alcohol and tips.
This can be an add on to the Heal the Healers Retreat starting on November 1st.
You the Healer….
As a Healer your soul has been called to give, to heal, to provide comfort to others during difficult times; with selflessness and compassion. Your needs are often set aside and life consists only of giving and can you may find it hard to receive. Eventually the giving becomes a strain, both physically and emotionally. The depleted healer becomes vulnerable to burn-out, and can begin to perceive their healing gift as a burden. Recognizing it is essential to take time for self-care, to renew and to learn to receive can restore light and energy back into the soul of the healer.
Full brochure please click here: Healing the Healers 2018
The Lighthouse Sand Play Therapy Technique
Intermediate Sand Play Therapy Training Series
Presenter: Gretchen Morgan, LCSW
For those who have completed our three-part Introduction to Sand Play Therapy Series, we offer an Intermediate Level of Sand Play Therapy Training. The format is small group and highly experiential. Some topics that will be covered include: Complex Trauma, Defense Mechanisms, Resource Development, Somatics and Symbolism. All intermediate trainings are approved for CE for 18 CE’s by NJ CE Collaborative, APT and NBCC .
$1500/person double occupancy (guaranteed single occupancy is $700 extra)
- Arrival to Leaves and Lizards is on or before November 8th. Class is on Nov. 9,10,11th, 2018.
- Departure is on or after November 12th (departing flights should leave after 2 pm).
Additional nights at Leaves and Lizards are offered at $180/night plus tax*
Includes: Food and lodging, tuition
Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, tips, soda pop, or alcohol
Consider this as an add on to our Healing the Healers Retreat Nov. 1st to the 8th.
*extra charge for the Tree House, Butterfly or Hummingbird
The retreat will be centered around the 5 kosha bodies and have experiences designed to bring balance, regain strength, renew spirit and rediscover our power. Through a framework of an ancient system designed to look at levels of consciousness, we can become more of our most authentic selves. We will be using this system as a tool kit to check in and see where we are coming from and areas that we can focus on to improve our life. This will provide the framework of the each day’s activities.
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It will include the following days:
- Annamaya “Food or Physical”
- Pranamaya “Energy”
- Manomaya “Mind”
- Vijnanamaya “Wisdom”
- Anandamaya “Bliss”
Travel can heighten our senses and inspire us to pay closer attention to what’s going on around us. When we allow ourselves to slow down and be present, we can begin to explore our own story. We can engage our creativity and decide what it is we want to say. Yoga can teach us how to tune in to our stories. Photography can be the language we use to share those stories. This Creative Immersion retreat provides the opportunity and the guidance to explore your own inspiration, style, and vision with like-minded travelers in a unique environment.
A creative journey…
You’ll explore concepts such as visual storytelling, mindful photography, and photographic intent. Use Costa Rica as a backdrop to engage your creative side while you explore your unique viewpoint. This tour is not just about philosophy though. This is also a Costa Rica photography workshop. Rob and Kelly will provide hands-on instruction, presentations, and demonstrations throughout the week to help you unlock your creativity and create your own compelling images.
~ Horse selection (your horse picks you for the week) ~
~ Follow trails through the rainforest with your horse to swim in our private waterfall ~
~ Gallop along rolling hills in the shadow of the Arenal volcano ~
~ Join a “Cabalgata” (community ride with 100s of local horses through wild, natural countryside) ~
~ Discover what your horse can teach you about yourself ~
~ Build trust with your horse partner on a full moon night ride (weather permitting) ~
~ Play team rodeo games with local “Tico” cowboys ~
~ Swim and play with your horse in the Arenal river ~
~ Watch the sun set over the Arenal volcano each night from our infinity pool or Tiki bar ~