Harness your energy for powerful healing and growth

Reiki, Chinese Meridian System, Astrology + Daily Yoga

7 nights • Costa Rica • September 21-28 2019

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The course

Learn a whole new approach to your self-care and client practice.

"Sometimes the only way to move forward is to retreat."

Are you “chi/ki” (get it?) This course is for all current and aspiring energy and wellness practitioners. We will cover the Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Level 1 training and placement (attunement), to ensure all can participate in an inclusive environment. But what’s really the big deal?! Well, we will be incorporating new cutting-edge information around utilizing the Chinese meridian system and the Zodiac when practicing Reiki on self or others.

No previous Reiki experience is required to take this course. This training is open to all those wishing to learn how they can access their Chi/Ki (energy), and improve their health and mental well-being.

Hey seasoned vets! Don’t fret! It’s never a bad thing to upgrade and boost your old attunement with the shiny new Holy Fire (Level 1) placement. Our extensive program is guaranteed to amp your Reiki practice when blending the Chinese meridians knowledge with the fundamentals of the Zodiac.

You'll learn how to:
  • Reiki Level 1- how to do Reiki on self and others or boost your current Reiki channel
  • The 12 main Chinese meridians as well as the extraordinary meridians and how to incorporate them into your Reiki practice
  • How the planets, astrological signs and energies align with the body, Chakras, and karmic patterns
Added Bonus:
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Meditation
  • Amazing dialogue, sacred insights, and inner reflection
  • Time for R&R (ahhh)

The Reiki training is a prerequisite for those wanting to take their Usui/Holy Fire III Level 2 degree. We will be offering Usui/Holy Fire III Level 2 at upcoming retreats.

The place

Surround yourself with natural beauty in Costa Rica

Every traveler will have their own reasons to fall in love with Costa Rica. Whether it’s the people, natural wonders, sublime beaches, fantastic climate, or the Pura Vida lifestyle. We have found our slice of heaven. In Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, lies a little stretch of paradise. Pristine beaches, miles of quiet coastline, a virtually untouched landscape for you to discover. Nautilus Boutique Hotel is just steps away from this utopia. In Santa Teresa, the waves are constant, the food is delicious, and the locals are friendly. At the retreat, you can leave the bubble, and relax in the sun and surf during any downtime, by visiting the gorgeous Santa Teresa Beach. Mid-week, take an optional nature excursion or opt for a nap- you choose.

The daily schedule

Move, learn, awaken.

Wake Up and Connect: yoga & meditation
Breakfast: nourish at Olam
Class time: in the Shala
Lunch: nourish at Olam
Break: nap time, pool time, beach time- you’ve got options
Class time: in the Shala
Dinner: nourish at Olam
Free time: check out the nightlife, meet the locals, hit the sack early, again you’ve got options
*occasional optional meditation or discussion
The curriculum

Expand your knowledge.
Ultimately deepen your self-care practice.


This reiki training retreat includes lecture, class discussion, demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on time with Reiki. For newbies, you will be introduced to Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki 1, and for those experienced peeps, you’ll re-fresh and enhance your current Reiki practice. During the week you will receive Reiki “experiences” (meditations) and a placement (attunement) that will initiate you to Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki 1 or boost up your current fabulous channel.

  • The origin and history of Usui Reiki and Holy Fire
  • The Reiki Principles and how we apply them
  • Suggested hand placement system, how Reiki energy works and how we can use it
  • The Reiki Ideals
  • Byosen scanning-enables you to detect where Reiki is needed
  • The three pillars of Reiki: Gassho, Reiji-ho and Chiryo
  • Kenyoku (dry bathing)
  • The chakra system and integrating this wisdom in a Reiki session
  • Daily hands-on practice and guidance on giving treatments to self and others
  • A detailed review of the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Comprehensive Reiki manual
  • Completion certificate

Chinese Meridian System

This portion of the program includes learning the ancient traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system. You will study focused content on common health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and hormones, to integrate into your own wellness or client practice. On top of this, you will learn how to use this knowledge with your Reiki training.

  • Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Five Elements
  • 12 Chinese Meridians
  • 2 Extraordinary Meridians


Our astrological birth chart can be viewed as a kind of user manual (vroom, vroom!). There is a wealth of information from the universe in our chart, including our strengths, challenges, emotional patterns, karmic work, and potential paths. Understanding the fundamentals of the chart can assist you in aligning to your own path and power, while also giving you more tools and frequencies to tap into when channelling Reiki to yourself or others. During the retreat, we will cover the attributes, themes, and energies of the astrological signs and planets, connect to our personal planets through guided meditation (what have they been trying to tell you?!), and discuss how to apply the energies of the astrological symbols into your treatments.

  • The concept of the natal chart imprinting on our subtle anatomy at birth
  • The celestial map of the signs, houses, and planets
  • The skillful and unskillful applications of the qualities of the signs
  • Utilizing the energies of the zodiac in a Reiki treatment
  • Yin and Yang signs
  • Elements of signs
  • Modalities (movement orientation) of the signs
  • Planets and their association with the energy centres (chakras)
  • Understanding the importance of your Moon in your natal chart for better emotional wellness
  • Where to look for karmic narratives in the natal chart and how to use this knowledge in a Reiki treatment
  • Journey into personal planets through meditations to connect deeper to your soul path
The venue

Learn in the treetops. Relax by the pool. Sink your toes in the sand. You’ve arrived in paradise.

Who doesn’t love an intimate family-owned and operated Boutique Hotel? By immersing ourselves in our surroundings we can begin to let go of the external disturbances that occupy our minds and impact our health. Nautilus Boutique Hotel and Olam Pure Food will nurture your spirit and feed your soul. Olam Pure Food offers solely vegetarian & vegan organic meals. Many of their recipes are gluten-free and sugar-free. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated -let’s talk!

The beautiful villas feature fully equipped kitchens, bedrooms with top of the line orthopedic mattresses, living area, modern furniture and amenities, cable TV, wifi, AC, and lounge areas outdoors. Have the best sleep of your life and wake up in paradise.

Room share

Most of our “chi/ki” retreaters are traveling solo, and are open to making lifelong friends. From your questionnaire, we will be assigning you to your room (based on an occupancy of three), unless you are traveling with a couple of dear friends and wish to bunk together.

Getting there,

We recommend you arrive in SJO 1 night prior to the start of the Training Retreat (Registration opens at 4pm Sept 21) so that you have plenty of time to catch your shuttle or flight to Santa Teresa Beach and get settled in. Plan to arrive at Juan Santa Maria International airport (SJO) in San Jose so you have 2 main transportation options to the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area:

1. Shuttle/Ferry from SJO to the hotel . Once we have our group list finalized, we can arrange a group mini bus transport for those requiring it (paid directly to the hotel) Transfer at $65 each way approx. 5 ½ hours.

2. Fly to Santa Teresa The quickest and easiest way to get into Santa Teresa/Mal Pais is to take a quick 25 minute domestic flight from San Jose to Tambor (reservation and payment on own) then arrange a private taxi/shuttle from Tambor into town. Once you have reserved your air itinerary, arrangements via shuttle (45 min.) need to be made in advance and we will be happy to connect you with the hotel directly to do so (payment made directly with hotel).

The teachers

Over 35 years practicing Reiki and natural wellness.

Learn and explore with supportive, approachable, and experienced facilitators

Kelli Taylor

Kelli Taylor, is an award winning Registered Acupuncturist and graduate of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program in Vancouver, BC. She has over 20 years experience in the natural health and wellness field. Kelli, first started her wellness journey in her early twenties when she discovered she has a rare heart disease. She gives acupuncture all the credit for helping her heal and recover after having open-heart surgery. Over the years she has added on other modalities to her tool belt including Nutrition, Reiki, Craniosacral therapy, NIS, and NAET to name a few. Kelli, first learned Reiki from Stacey Simpson in 2011 and since then has created her own unique technique to integrate the ancient healing art of Chinese medicine and the Chinese meridians with Reiki. Kelli is the owner of the award-winning Elements Wellness Centre and sees patients in her private practice there. She also puts on workshops using Yin yoga, Meditation and group Acupuncture to help with hormonal balancing, stress, anxiety and depression as well as cancer care. When Kelli is not working she loves to travel, find new vegetarian or vegan recipes and hang out hiking or walking the beach with her Bernese Mountain dog named Tuco (Daisy Mae’s boyfriend).

Stacey Simpson

Stacey Simpson, born and raised on Vancouver Island, is a globetrotting, intuitive healer with a Gemini midheaven (and hence a lot of nicknames and interests!), plenty of Virgo energy, and a dash of Leo for fun. She is on an alchemical journey to conjure up cosmic magic where she can- especially in sessions and classes with her clients. Stacey feels blessed to have studied under some of the great leaders and thinkers of mind-body-spirit therapies the last 20 years, such as Dr. Roger Woolger, William Lee Rand, Patricia Walsh, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Hillary Hitt, and Anodea Judith. She is a certified Deep Memory Process (past and current life regression) therapist, an Usui/Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki teacher and practitioner, a soul path astrologer with a passion to integrate the cosmos with the body, and a student of fasting based on the principles of dharma. Stacey has lived in Japan and Colombia, and has travelled through more than 45 countries. With her anthropologist eye and zeal for life, she has a great appreciation for culture, art, architecture, food, and fashion. She also enjoys a good laugh and a well placed bon mot.

Ozzie Kipnes

Ozzie Kipnes, born in Israel, but a long time Vancouverite (Canada) fell in love with alternative therapy when she experienced her first acupuncture session back in 2007. At that time, she was dealing with ongoing health issues and had such a profound experience (feeling her own energy) that she soon preferred eastern medicine over western medicine whenever possible. In 2011, determined to learn the fundamentals about Reiki in order to work on herself, and occasionally on her family and dogs, she started this path under the guidance of Stacey Simpson. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that she’d be a Usui /Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki Teacher and Practitioner teaching Reiki at retreats and working as a practitioner in Vancouver. Early on in her practice, she saw first-hand how physical healing helped her rescue dog Charlie and became motivated to be certified as a Reiki Animal Practitioner and offers her services to cats, dogs, and horses in person or distance. To relax, she loves meditation, yoga, and cooking. Travel and interior design fuel her love for people, places and beautiful things. She can often be spotted on trails with her Bernese Mountain dog Daisy Mae.

The details

Book your retreat today.

Total Cost: $2800 USD
  • 7 nights accommodations *shared
  • 3 Vegetarian/Vegan meals per day
  • Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Level 1 Certification + Fundamentals of Chinese Meridian System + Astrology
  • Daily Meditation and Yoga
Let's do this together

Join us. Transform your Reiki practice.

Book your journey today, or get in touch with any questions you have. A member of our team will be in touch within 24 hours!