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Jul 17

Discovering the Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether – for Practitioners

July 17, 2022 - July 30, 2022

This course presents an opportunity to spend two weeks immersing yourself into the five elements while living close to nature in the unique and beautiful jungle of Costa Rica.  You will acquire a set of practical and ready-to-use skills, being prepared to help balance the energy of both yourself and others.

Together, we will focus on body work by learning to combine our intuition with step-by-step processes of using our hands to balance the bodies’ subtle energy systems. The body work can be thought of as whole-body reflexology, with its roots in Polarity Therapy – an approach based on traditional healing modalities such as Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

 Our days will focus on each element and will incorporate not only body work but also ceremony, herbalism, food choices, yoga & movement, and deepening our intuition through connection to spirit.

 Through both the detailed course material and living at the beautiful and wild Rancho Mastatal, you will leave with a different perspective, heightened intuition, new hands-on skills, and deeper connection to nature.

Who is this class for?

 This Discovering the Elements course is open to anyone.  Both experienced bodywork practitioners, yogis, herbalists, masseuses, and people who have just begun their journey, can all deepen their healing paths and understanding of the elements. We all have the ability to learn to tune in to the elements and the subtle energy of others.

 This class is NOT for anyone who is mentally ill or otherwise seriously sick. There will be healing that goes on, but it is not the main purpose of our time together. We will not be in isolation, we will be sharing energy and forming a close-knit group. This will be an intense class; you should be as balanced as possible before you come. If you would like a private healing session with Kealy, at a distance, before the class or afterwards, please contact her directly.

Daily Agenda

 During the course, after our introduction we will oscillate between educational days and experiential days.

 On our educational days, we will focus on one element at a time, allowing you to connect more deeply with each element.  We will:

  • practice element-based yoga and movement;

  • discover how to help balance the element through food and herbs;

  • take small walks amongst the working farm and jungle to observe how the element expresses itself in the form of plants;

  • develop grounding practices, using our beautiful natural surroundings as our guide;

  • learn how to recognize elemental imbalance in ourselves and in others and how to rebalance;

  • connect to spirit and our guides;

  • learn and practice body work on partners.

On our experiential days, we will have relaxing, fun days, filled with locally-led activities which will help to embody each element. All activities will be set up for the group ahead of time, based on the element we are studying. For example, the group might:

  • learn how to cook with local foods while taking in breath taking views of the mountains;

  • forest bathe in the wild as you walk to a pristine water hole;

  • take a delicious and educational chocolate tour from a local family;

  • learn about incorporating fermented foods into your diet;

  • go on a medicinal plant walk with a local indigenous man;

  • paint as you taste different chocolates and tropical flavors;

  • or, observe tropical birds in their natural setting, with a local guide.

What should I expect at Rancho Mastatal during the course?

At the beautiful, rustic Rancho Mastatal, you will be able to profoundly immerse yourself in the elements and witness them in the natural environment.  Both during and outside of class time, you will be surrounded by nature 24-7, with very, very limited internet access, in a remote village with the nearest supermarket an hour away.

 You will be coming in the green (or rainy!) season, and the almost daily rains can last a few minutes to several hours, but always offering the opportunity to slow down and refresh.

You will experience rain, kissing your skin as you walk to dinner, or as it downpours and provides music on the tin roofs.

 Expect to spend your time in simple and beautiful natural structures. Course participants are scheduled to stay in the dorm bunk house. For an upgrade, you are able to stay in one of the many gorgeous earthen-made structures or in an open air bamboo structure.

 You will use a cob and timber-framed compost toilet, feeding the trees and plants as they have fed you, remembering our connection to Mother Earth.

 At each turn, you will have breath-taking views of the tropical jungle, and in the mornings, you will feel the power of the sun.

 You will have free time to journal in the hammock and slow down to reflect.

 Expect to see fire ants and experience our mosquitos, but also (hopefully!) see a toucan fly by and hear a sloth call for its mate.

 Expect to delight in simple, but delicious, local and nutritious food. Don’t expect all super foods, beans and rice are typically on the menu, as are fresh pineapples, made-in-house ferments, sweet-as-can-be bananas, and freshly dug up tubers.

 This will be a step above glamping, do not expect to have all your creature comforts.

 This experience in the wild jungle, living in earthen homes, with the intention of learning to balance energy, has the potential to genuinely change your life.


There are up to three partial scholarships available. The goal of these scholarships is to offer the opportunity to support students facing significant hardships and limited financial means.  It is intended for people in underserved populations who face undue barriers as a result of an unbalanced social structure which discriminates based on a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Scholarships will be reserved for Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, and / or those who can demonstrate a current financial hardship or show that they plan to use this knowledge to help under-served communities.  Please contact Kealy directly to apply for a scholarship. If you would like to help contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Kealy directly.    kealyrudersdorf@gmail.com

Please only apply for this scholarship if you are in genuine need of financial support to ensure that this scholarship fund goes to those who need it most.


Kealy’s path has twisted and turned, from structural engineering to elementary school garden science teacher to energy medicine and herbalism. She has been studying traditional energy medicine since 2013, and now helps run a small herbalism company with her husband, teaches courses on herbalism, energy medicine, and gardening with kids, and provides private energy sessions. She is passionate about teaching, connecting people to nature, working with kids, and spreading joy in everything she does. Kealy has studied Reiki, Shamanism, Soul Retrieval, Chord cutting, de-posessions, and Polarity Therapy (a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Traditional Cherokee body massage).  Her path as a light worker fills her with joy and purpose.

“Kealy is an incredible teacher. Her patience, love of what she does, and depth of knowledge is evident during every minute of her class.  Her classes are like being wrapped in a big hug because she fills them with ceremony, knowledge, and joy! She continues to be my mentor in energy medicine and am so grateful I found her.”

“I am a yoga teacher and have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Kealy’s element course has profoundly affected my practice. She had a beautiful way of weaving movement with herbalism, art and body work. Her knowledge is both deep and wide. Her classes are detailed and well-paced to fully understand each element.  I feel like a will return to my class notes for a long time to come.”

“I 100 % recommend Kealy’s element course.  She is an incredibly gifted healer and teacher. I am so lucky to have her work with me and help me though some really rough times as well as now as a teacher.  Her intuition is unmatched, she knows exactly what I need and how to push me towards healing myself. Her connection to spirit is evident and I love how she introduced me to my guides during the course. I can’t wait for our next session together!”

If you would like to read other testimonials on Kealy’s energy work, please read: kealypathtoharmony.wixsite.com/home/testimonials


July 17, 2022
July 30, 2022
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Rancho Mastatal
Rancho Mastatal is 100 metros NO del Centro de Acopio
Mastatal, Puriscal Costa Rica
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