Continuing Education Retreat for Massage Therapists

Oncology Massage by the Sea Continuing Education Retreat

Journey back to yourself, in a weeklong Oncology Massage and Caregivers’ Retreat, that’s waiting for you here, in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. What could be better than a ceu vacation in Costa Rica? As a bodyworker, you can enhance your skills and expand your knowledge in how and when to compassionately touch persons experiencing cancer and other life-altering health conditions. As a family caregiver you will learn simple integrative touch therapies that you can use with confidence and ease for your loved ones and yourself.

We know and honor that both bodyworkers and family caregivers provide ongoing care to others. This adventure retreat allows you to celebrate who you are; with grounding exercises, rejuvenating self-care tips, transformative quests into the core of your soul, quiet moments of deep solitude, as well as thrilling Costa Rican escapades into the beauty of this tropical wonderland.

  • 25 Hours NCBTMB Approved CEU (including 4 hours of ethics)
  • 20 Hours are approved for license renewal in the state of New York
  • No Prerequisites
  • Retreat is open to all – no massage experience is required, but licensed massage therapists may use 25 CEU hours for license renewal
Vickie Torrey- licensed massage and bodywork therapist

Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 30 years experience in therapeutic massage and 40 years experience as a Counselor/Certified Social Worker. Ms. Torrey has previously served as Director of Education for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), taught massage and movement for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, and wrote for the Charlotte Post a monthly newspaper column entitled “Hands On Health,” that focused on massage, bodywork and mind-body psychology. In 2018, Vickie was nominated for the AARP Purpose Prize Award for her innovative work with caregivers. She teaches classes in Hot Stone, Intuitive, and Oncology Massage in Brazil, Costa Rica, and the US. Vickie spent 10 years as a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she taught Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for continuing education in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica


$1,100 = Tuition + Shared Room
$1,370 = Tuition + Single Room

$350 Deposit to reserve your space, with remainder due 30 days prior to start of class.

2022 DATES

July 16th – 23rd, 2022

Dates include 1 day at each end for arrival and departure.

Space is limited, please enroll to reserve your space.


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

What’s Included

  • 25 Hours NCBTMB Approved CEU (including 4 hours of ethics)
  • 20 Hours are approved for license renewal in the state of New York
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • 7 nights lodging in our Oasis Bungalows- fully appointed cabins with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Day trip to the stunning Waterfalls of Belen and Lunch in the local favorite La Roca Restaurant overlooking the Verde Valley
  • Typical Costa Rican Food Cooking Class with local Chef Xinia who has 15+ years experience teaching cooking classes
  • Yoga Class with Alignment Based Yoga Instructor Tess McGrath and Breakfast at the hidden gem Soda La Perla
  • Group Barbecue
  • Adventure Tour of your choice: Ocean Kayak, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Surf Lesson

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Any meals not listed above – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes


  • Be good to yourself. For five days, enchant yourself with the beauty of Playa Samara of the Nicoya peninsula.
  • In our open air classroom, listen to the sounds of monkeys in the mango trees as you learn cancer pathology, current research and how to unravel and find peace with the emotions of providing care.
  • Melt into the soothing, soul-enriching power of light compassionate touch as you experience integrative touch therapies through partner exchange.
  • Feel the joy of the healing power of Color Therapy. Sink your feet into the sand and learn grounding exercises to the rhythm of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Free yourself of old stories that no longer serve you while experiencing quiet, serene moments during your Walking Meditations on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.
  • Uplift the community as a volunteer by offering Oncology Massage to cancer patients from Samara, Nicoya or others.
  • Escape on a Costa Rican adventure like the zipline canopy tour, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking and more!

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