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8 Days Horseback Riding & Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • Finca Austria Villa, 200m north of the school, Nosara, Guancaste, Costa Rica


Cowgirl Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Join fellow cowgirls for yoga and fun in Costa Rica! Explore the link between yoga and riding and improve not only your saddle skills, but also your overall well-being. Through yoga poses and breathing techniques, learn how to improve balance and body alignment and experience how the horse-human connection deepens as you practice yoga. We'll take that off the mat and onto the horse and ride with new friends both human and equine, immersing ourselves in nature and the cowgirl yoga spirit.

A week filled with learning

This retreat offers a week filled with learning natural horsemanship techniques, trail riding on the beach and through the jungle, practicing yoga, enjoying delicious meals, and meeting new like-minded friends, while experiencing the slower pace of life in the tropics. This yoga and horseback riding retreat is a fun and safe way to explore yoga and riding, whether you are an experienced cowgirl or you have always admired horses from afar, with the extra perk of discovering and enjoying the beauty and allure of Costa Rica.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Riding sessions and bonding time
  • Meditation, intention-setting, and journaling
  • Beach, jungle, and waterfall trail rides and swimming with your horse
  • Transfer to and from Liberia Airport
  • Daily delicious and healthy meals
  • 7 nights luxury accommodations
  • 60-minute holistic massage
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Casa Colibri

This home has breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains and the river below. A stunning thirty-meter infinity pool, expansive common areas with day-beds, and three bedrooms, each with A/C.

  • Family suite (1 king, 2 single): Ocean-view room, private terrace and bath. Triple occupancy.
  • Downstairs bedroom 1 (2 single): Beautiful room with private bath. Double occupancy.
  • Downstairs bedroom 2 (1 king): Beautiful room with private bath. Single occupancy.

Villa Mariposa

This villa has beautiful views of the ocean, mountains and river. Infinity pool, beautiful common areas with day-beds, roof-top terrace, and four bedrooms, each with A/C.

  • Master bedroom (1 king, 1 single): Large room with private bath. Double occupancy.
  • Bedroom 1 (1 king): Private room with shared bath. Single occupancy.
  • Bedroom 2 (1double): Private room with shared bath. Single occupancy.
  • Bedroom 3 (1double): Smaller private room with shared bath. Single occupancy.
  • Bedroom 4 (1 single): Smaller private room with shared bath. Single occupancy.

Imagine a week of yoga and horses - a cowgirl yogini's dream come true. Explore how both can put you in touch with your potential and teach you a lot about yourself. We'll practice yoga, spend time with horses, and kick up our heels in cowgirl-friendly Costa Rica. Luxe cowgirl yoga is like it sounds - think laid-back luxury, Costa Rican style! Yoga with a view of the Pacific Ocean. An ongoing symphony of howler monkeys. Fresh tropical fare prepared by your personal chef and Costa Rican coffee to welcome each day. Swimming with a horse and riding through jungle and mountain trails.

Basic retreat schedule

  • Sunday: Check in, dip in the pool, yoga at 17:00 followed by dinner
  • Monday: Horses, yoga, enjoying the sunset at the beach
  • Tuesday: More horses and yoga, relaxing massage, dinner out
  • Wednesday: Trail ride to the beach
  • Thursday: Trail ride in the mountains to visit coffee farm or waterfall
  • Friday: Free day to enjoy one of the many activities available
  • Saturday: Swim with your horse in the river, dinner out on the beach
  • Sunday: Pack up and farewell

A trail ride to the beach, which include beverages, and a trail ride in the mountains to visit a coffee farm or a waterfall. Please note that the visit to the waterfall will depend on weather conditions.

Nosara is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Its a small town with limited paved roads, so please be prepared if you get motion sickness. The town has two main beach communities, Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada, and the main town of Nosara which is more inland. The retreat location, Finca Austria, is a beautiful, private 150 acre ranch in the hills of Nosara. The villas are situated on a hillside with breathtaking views of the ocean and sunset, river and jungle below. The stables, pastures, arena, and horses are just down the hill. The property features endless riding trails, a river to bathe in, waterfalls, and a peace that can only be found in the depths of nature.

Nearby places

  • Playa Pelada -15 minutes by car
  • Playa Guiones (for surfing) - 20 minutes by car
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Paddle boarding nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Child care
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Free Wi-Fi

Enjoy delicious and healthy meals prepared by the chef, as well as fresh fruit cocktails or refreshments and 2 dinner outings to great local restaurants, with beer or wine available with dinner. Please note that on the arrival date only dinner will be served and on the departure date only breakfast is served.

Relax under the stars on the outdoor lounge decks overlooking infinity pools and the ocean and jungle below. Located directly at the Nosara river, Finca Austria is ideal for travelers who want to get away from it all and relax: swim, play tennis, maybe just grab a book and hang out in a hammock. Or you can get more active playing tennis, soccer, basketball, or just exploring the beautiful finca and its surroundings. The tropical warmth of the region and the easy access to cultural excursions and sports, give you an array of options to get the most out of your stay.

Additional activities

These additional activities are available and can be arranged directly with the concierge at your own expense:

  • Kayaking in the nature
  • Quad off-road
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Surfing and kite surfing
  • Zip lining

Optional tours

$Optional booking of outside activities such as a monkey sanctuary visit, boat tours, and more is available can be arranged directly at the hotel on the guests own expense.

Rejuvenate with a 60-minute holistic massage with an amazing massage therapist, included in the price.

  • 7 nights of luxury accommodations
  • 6 yoga classes focused on fostering an openness of body and mind, and targeting common trouble spots for riders, paying special attention to cultivating core strength
  • A 60-minute holistic massage
  • All meals are included, as well as fresh fruit cocktails or refreshments and 2 dinner outings to local restaurants (wine, beer or fresh fruit cocktails available with dinner). Please note that on the arrival date only dinner will be served and on the departure date only breakfast is served.
  • Beach, jungle and waterfall trail rides and swimming with your horse. Please note that waterfall rides will depend on weather conditions.
  • Health and wellness discussions, meditation, intention-setting, and journaling
  • Learning groundwork and riding skills that build body awareness and balance
  • Pairing with one horse for the week for riding sessions and bonding (English / western tack, helmet not included)
  • Transportation to / from the Liberia airport and in-town shuttling
  • - Exclusions
  • Lunch on your free day is not included in the price.

Arrival by airplane

Book your flights arriving and departing from Liberia airport (LRI) to take advantage of the shuttle service.


  • Liberia airport (LRI) - 90 minutes
  • City of San Jose - 6 hours
  • San Jose airport (SJO) - 6 hours
For information about the booking conditions, please send Big Sky Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Laura A. from Ottawa, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Heidi and Carrie are wonderful people who bring together horses and yoga for an enriching experience that is both relaxing and exciting, and wonderful for personal growth."

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  • Review by traveler from Charlotte, North Carolina
    9 out of 10

    "This was a well needed vacation. Heidi and Carrie have a wonderful retreat. Heidi is a really good yoga teacher and Carrie's horses are great to ride. The food at Finca Austria was so delicious and healthy. They were very good about making sure that there wasn't any avocado due to my food allergy. Everyone was helpful and wanted to make sure it was a week to remember."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by K. Flores from Healdsburg, California
    9 out of 10

    "I just returned from my first Equisol retreat in conjunction with Big Sky Yoga Retreats. What can I say, this is a must visit retreat. If you love horses, yoga and meeting incredible people then I would highly recommend this trip. Heidi and Carrie are wonderful hosts and each bring unique talent and spirit to their retreats. Carrie is simply amazing and you will learn so much about horses, starting with how to "think like a horse." The riding and scenery is pure magic. If you like pristine beaches and jungle reserves well you are in luck! The Austria Finca is equally incredible with incredible views, a world class chef and friendly staff! Heidi is so accommodating and can help with all logistics - oh and did I mention she is an awesome yoga teacher - get ready to sweat! If you want to visit the magical Costa Rica, than you should absolutely check out Equisol - Pura Vida!"

    Equisol website, edited

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Arrival: Sunday November 6, 2016
Departure: Sunday November 13, 2016

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