Find a place inside where there’s joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain.
-Joseph Campbell-


International Training in collaboration with Leaves and Lizards Volcano Cabin Retreat:

Joy & Play: Exploring the Blocks with
Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
February 12th-16th, 2018


Set in the northern jungle of Costa Rica, overlooking Arenal Volcano, participants in this workshop will partner with horses to understand how their sensory capacity can help us to see our emotions as information. Through lecture, readings and experiential exercises, we will explore blocks to Joy and Play in our clients (and ourselves), discuss applications of Equine Facilitated Learning principles to traditional Psychotherapy and Play Therapy approaches and deepen our understanding of horse symbolism in Play Therapy and Dream Work.
Cost: $1997 per person double occupancy ($500 additional for single)
Food and lodging for 4 nights
Tuition and materials
Horse Activities
Not Included:
Airport transfers
(although we will try to combine trips to/from the airport to save on costs)
Soda & Alcohol

*Extra nights outside of the workshop are offered at a discounted rate of $190/night/cabin/double plus 13% tax (normally it is $230/night plus tax). We will beginning this training the morning of the February 12th so, if you are not already in Costa Rica, it is strongly recommended that you arrive at Leaves and Lizards at least one day before (the 11th).

** Leaves and Lizards is one of Costa Rica’s highest rated resorts on Trip Advisor and winner of the 2017 Traveler’s Choice Award for Families.  For those of you who would like to bring family/friends with you the cost is an additional $800 per person to share a cabin with a paid participant.  The $800 fee will cover lodging for 4 nights, breakfast and lunch, yoga, free activities on the resort (new infinity pool, morning barn chores, guided walks on property).  The cost does not include tuition for workshop, airfare, ground transportation, dinner, soda, alcohol and optional excursions and/or horse activities.
For detailed information about Leaves and Lizards and to register please click here. For reviews about the resort on Trip Advisor please click here.
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For detailed training brochure, please click Joy and Play Discovering the Blocks Feb. 2018(2)
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations greater than 60 days before dates of stay will receive a refund less a 20% processing fee. Cancellations 60 days or less will not receive a refund. A deposit is required to secure your place. Payment in full is required 60 days before the event. Travel insurance is required to attend all workshops. Travel insurance should cover changes in plans and emergency medical care and evacuation.


Continuing Education Credits

For those interested in receiving Continuing Education Credits, 20 CE’s will be awarded for this training in Costa Rica by NBCC (ACEP #6253) and APT (Provider # 06-175).

*** This course, Joy & Play: Exploring the Blocks with Equine Experiential Learning, Approval #160108-1025, provided by Lighthouse Counseling & Sand Play Training Center, LLC, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ.  CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 26, 2016 through August 31, 2018.

Social workers will receive twenty (20) clinical/social and cultural competence continuing education hours for participating in this course.***