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Sámara, Costa Rica

We offer the most unique study abroad experience for massage therapy in the world. We offer a full massage therapy certification as well as abundant continuing education opportunities for licensed massage therapists. Our residential campus lies in the remote jungles of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.

Reach within yourself as you practice a broad range of massage therapy techniques. Interface with like minded members of your community as you journey together in this wild paradise. Commune with nature on hikes to secret beaches. 



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for massage 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.


Program Offerings

Massage Program

We offer a 600 to 750 Hour COMTA Endorsed curriculum. 

CEU Retreat


Oncology Massage Retreat


60 Hours of NCBTMB CEU in Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Zero Balancing

50 NCBTMB approved CEU credits for ZB I&II or 25 for either ZB I or II

Thai Massage

40 Hours of NCBTMB CEU

in Thai Massage

Active Isolated Stretching

29 Hours NCBTMB Approved Massage Therapy CEU

Asian Modalities

100 Hours of NCBTMB CEU

Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Thai Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage

 45 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits – Manual Lymph Drainage Certification

Massage Offerings



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.

Oasis Bungalows

Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Campus

Our campus is the home of the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga. The campus encompasses 2 acres of private gardens in the heart of downtown Sámara. The 12 bungalows and apartments on the grounds can accommodate up to 40 students and instructors. In addition to the two open air classrooms, our facilities include the Sámara Massage Center. The massage center includes 8 air conditioned and fully equipped, private treatment rooms.

Our Classrooms

Open air and close to nature...

The center has two open-air classrooms with ceiling fans, restrooms and hand washing sinks. We provide massage tables, linens, lubricant, Thai mats, and any other necessary equipment for the courses we offer.

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