OM at Cashew Hill- The Magical Experience
Imagine you are overlooking the clear blue Caribbean ocean, the sun is setting behind the mountains that encircle the coastline. You have an amazing view because luckily you are on a jungle hillside. As you watch the coast turn from that light shimmering yellow to a deep cerebral purple, all around you is a cacophony of birds, chirping insects and howler monkeys calling in the now dimly lit treetops. Perhaps, you are at an evening yoga class at OM at Cashew Hill.
I’ve just started working here and in my opinion, the location of OM is one of its most unique qualities. It is just a few minutes walk to town and the ocean, yet the elevated hillside microclimate provides a sense of seclusion and fresh, boisterous air. You’ll notice that OM is not just in the jungle, it is intentionally amongst the jungle. Every corner of OM is padded with foliage. Draped over the walkways you’ll see ferns, and palm leaves, tall or short coconut, banana and moringa trees, climbing and hanging vines, aloe vera and a selection of budding jungle flowers. Many of the edible plants are part of OM’s organic garden and permaculture initiative.
Over the past three years OM co-owner Andrew Denley and resident green thumb Matt Bottrell have worked towards realizing their dream of a food forest flourishing on the property. The main garden is comprised of different native and tropical plant species including lemons, cinnamon, Thai cilantro, mint, basil, bell peppers, Sissoo spinach, hibiscus, and other flavorful and nutritious plants you may have never heard of. If you venture around the property you’ll notice the dense backyard jungle is also spotted with towering fruit trees such as zapote, Mamon chino, mango, guanabana, and guayaba. In the shaded herbarium, Matt is beginning to experiment with kale, mustard greens, and arugula.
All this wonderful vegetation is put to use at the on-site conscious cafe, which you can experience in full swing during any of the teacher training or retreats hosted by OM. (Learn more about the chef https://omatcashewhill.com/2019/07/a-little-chat-with-our-head-chef-blas-claria/)
OM offers a comprehensive array of courses for anyone looking to start or continue their yogic education and practice. 200 and 300-hour foundational teacher training are available as well as continuing education workshops. (https://omatcashewhill.com/attend-retreat-costa-rica/)
As for their regular classes, OM is dedicated to offering a consistent schedule for local yogis and visitors. Weekly classes range from Yin and myofascial release, sound healing and restorative to a variety of flow classes happening in the sacred Maha Shala. All are taught by Certified Yoga Allegiance instructors from all over the world who have taken up residence on the majestic Caribbean coast. In addition to group classes, OM offers consultations and private bookings with massage therapists, nutritionists, sound and Reiki healers, and other wellness practitioners.
OM seems to be quickly burgeoning into a yoga establishment whose professionalism is highlighted by continuous engagement in the global yoga and wellness community. Their emphasis on sustainability and native food sources is an extremely impressive initiative that exemplifies their awareness and dedication to yoga as a multifaceted way of life. This… is the OM experience. “Yoga with a view,” and so much more awaits you atop of Cashew Hill.