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6 Days of Yoga with Horses Riding Holiday in Costa Rica

Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Limón Province, Costa Rica

Yoga in Harmony with Horses Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Yoga in Harmony with Horses is a transformational journey to develop awareness and strength in your body, mind, and soul. The practice of meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), and asanas (postures) heightens your self awareness creating a deeper connection to your horse, to the nature around you and to your inner self. It is a path of healing, of knowing yourself and knowing the orse. Whether you are an advanced or a beginner, this equine yoga retreat will enhance your way of living and bring harmony and balance to your body. Connect your body, mind, and soul with the power of the breath to create a deeper connection and true partnership from the heart. Through guided meditations and sharing space with the herd, you will be able to better quieten the chatter in your mind, lower your stress levels and reconnect with your inner self.

Meet the instructors

Terry
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and guided meditations
  • Yoga practice with horses and mounted yoga poses
  • Fresh juices and herbal teas
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$250 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

During this retreat you will be accommodated for seven nights, with six days of activities. The little jungle cottages nestled under the canopy of giant trees and surrounded by monkeys, parrots, toucans and an abundance of tropical plants, are very comfortable with beautiful views and open air terraces looking out into the jungle and tropical gardens.

Kindred Spirits is situated two kilometers in the hills just above the Caribbean beaches. A 30 minute walk along the jungle road, or 15 minute bicycle ride or 7 minute car drive takes you to the most beautiful stunning beaches of Cocles.

One cottage has two double bedrooms with a shared bathroom and the other cottage has one double room with private bathroom and a room with four bunk beds and a shared bathroom. All have their own kitchens, living areas, and outside open air terraces.

Program

Losing track of time and place, the hum and sounds of the jungle, the whiskers of a horse’s muzzle and his breath on the nape of your neck. Not asking anything of the horse, nor yourself. Just being in the moment. Whether you are an advanced or a beginner, this equine yoga retreat will enhance your way of living and bring harmony and balance to your body. Connect your body, mind, and soul with the power of the breath to create a deeper connection and true partnership from the heart.

Through guided meditations and sharing space with the herd, you will be able to better quieten the chatter in your mind, lower your stress levels, and reconnect with your inner self. During the yoga classes, you will create mantras to set our intention for the week and practice pranayama, breathing techniques to bring subtle awareness and balance the energies within your bodies. During the asana or yoga poses, you will incorporate energy healing work to unblock old issues of pain or emotional trauma.

Equine yoga exercises will strengthen your core, which help you to be more balanced as you ride and interfere less with your horse’s balance, creating more fluid and harmonious movement for both horse and rider. Thus preparing you for yoga practice with horses and riding on the treks.

Walk out to meet the herd in their tropical pasture by the sea. As you enter their space, you will respect and acknowledge their presence without creating any physical contact. Sharing sacred space with the herd is a time to reconnect with your root Chakra, ground yourself and expand and open your heart Chakra.

Quieting the mind, having no expectations or goals, you will follow the moment. This quiet being attracts the horses to you, but again you should ask nothing of the horse. You will start this retreat by practicing the Art of Faniente or art of doing nothing. In a relaxed meditative state, you will share territory with the horses. By "doing nothing", you are letting the horses just be and giving them their free will and freedom to interact with you naturally. By letting them smell you, breathe you, and connect with you, you are creating an energetic connection.

The horses come and go at their own will. After that, you can introduce yourself by saying hello, staying in the moment, and asking nothing more. You will practice your awareness by observing herd behavior, as they graze, the horse remains always aware of their surroundings, the noises, the changes, and the energy. By being aware of a soft focus, they keep themselves safe at all times, ready to flee if necessary. You will watch their reactions and mirror them. With this, they start to no longer see you as a predator, but as part of the herd. You will spend the time, in a quiet peaceful mindset, letting the energies, the sounds, the life roll over and around at one with nature.

During your 7 days with here you'll discover many of the cultural and natural secrets of this Latin Caribbean coast.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Walk to the beach for a swim in the Caribbean sea to release the stress of traveling, cleansing the body, mind and soul in the warm tropical waters
  • 18:00 Opening ceremony
  • 19:00 Evening dinner

Day 2

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha yoga class
  • 10:00 -12:00 Sharing sacred space with horses, Pranayama (breathwork) and mindful meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Energy healing session (clearing the energetic field and chakras)
  • 18:00 Yoga Nidra class
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:30 Sunrise yoga on the beach
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Art with horses, mandalas, Pranayama, and meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Ground and mounted breath work with horses
  • 18:00 Restorative yoga and meditation

Day 4

  • 09:30 - 11:30 Jaguar Rescue Center tour
  • 17:30 Sunset yoga on the beach
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Ashtanga yoga class
  • 10:30 - 15:30 Horse trek to Punta Uva and picnic and swim with the horses in the sea
  • 18:00 Restorative yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Day 6:
  • 07:30 - 009:00 Kundalini yoga class
  • 09:00 - 15:00 Personal time for you to explore the area, local cuisine, and beaches
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Yoga with Horses
  • 18:00 Jin Shin Jyutsu (the art of Japanese healing) session
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 7:

07:30 - 09:00 Equestrian core strengthening yoga class

10:00 - 12:00 Yoga with horses

13:00 Lunch

15:00- 17:00 Beach ride with possible swimming with horses.

18:00 Closing ceremony

19:00 Dinner

The combination of yoga and natural horsemanship helps to develop strength in your physical body, your mind, and your inner self and enhances the physical and emotional bond between you and your horse.

Bring clearer communication and connection to your riding, training, the time spent with your horse, and into your daily life with the world and people around you.

Awareness, presence, and intention become powerful influences in the energetic field we share with others. This gives you strong skills in your working area with employees or employers and in your daily family life.

Discover the peace of living in the moment as horses naturally do by sharing sacred space together, you will discover your inner self and have a better understanding of who you are and what you truly need in your life. Yoga and horses are the perfect combination to bring harmony and balance into our lives, which are often filled with stress, big decisions, life traumas, and illnesses. Being in the presence of horses releases the oxytocin hormone, the “happy hormone” making you feel more content and positive. Often a natural healing process begins, through the gift of the horse.

Asanas, yoga poses, help you to develop physical strength and body awareness. While pranayama, breathing techniques, help you to focus, concentrate and become still in your mind, opening the space for deeper understanding and intuition.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Medicinal plant walks
  • Horse treks along the beach and in the jungle

Instructors

Terry Newton

Retreat location

Your yoga retreat is located along the Caribbean Coast, off the beautiful white beaches and turquoise waters of Cocles. It is nestled in the jungle mountains under the giant coniferous trees. These 300-year-old trees hug and hold the land, bringing health and life to their surroundings.

There are 2 big natural reserves and permaculture farms surround this place on each side. There are also wild animals, living safely and abound in their natural habitat. Here, you will awake to the sound of howler monkeys and chattering parrots. At night, you can listen to the owls and margays as they roam.

Macaws and ocelots can also be sighted. The gentle Caribbean breeze and warm waters can lull one into a feeling of completeness, or total relaxation. With the beaches and sea on one side, the Talamancan mountains on the other with a wide variety of animals and vegetation, make this area a magical experience.

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Laundry
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During your stay you will receive a breakfast basket for you stay in your jungle cottage. Lunches and dinners will be served at the Kindred Spirits Lodge.

The meals are vegetarian and we also cater to vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets. Nutritional balance is the key to a healthy vibrant body and our chefs are inspired and passionate about creating dishes to please the eyes, delight the palette and nourish the body.

Breakfast baskets are an assortment of fresh organic local fruit such as mango, pineapple, fresh bread, cereal, eggs, yogurt, muesli, organic coffee, teas and chocolate.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your stay, you may enjoy interesting and fun local tours to do. From permaculture farms, organic chocolate farms, snorkeling on the coral reef, surf lessons, zip lining, Macaw Release Center, botanical gardens, bikes for rent, kayaks, and paddle boats and night turtle tours during nesting season.

Spa treatments

During your stay, you will enjoy one healing session. You can also enjoy additional massage treatments, energy healing sessions, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and massages on the beach. Please send an inquiry to Kindred Spirits for more information.

What's included

  • 1 healing session
  • 7 nights’ lodging
  • Daily classes of yoga
  • Horse swim in the lagoon and sea (weather permitting)
  • Horse treks
  • Jaguar Rescue Center tour
  • Medicinal plant walks through the jungle
  • Meditations sessions
  • Use of the yoga deck and mediation huts
  • Vegetarian meals for 6 days

What's not included

  • Air flights
  • All extra tours, massages, and healing sessions
  • Extra beverages and food
  • Laundry
  • Surf lessons
  • Transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) located in San José. Kindred Spirits can arrange a private transfer by microbus from the airport to your accommodation for approximately 250 USD.

Arrival by bus

From the airport you can take a bus to Los Continentes Hotel in Cocles, Puerto Viejo. Kindred Spirits will pick you up here and bring you to your lodge. Local bus leaving bus terminal Barrio Mexico or San Jose to Puerto Viejo usually at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00. It will take you 5 hours to arrive at Puerto Viejo. The cost is approximately 12 USD.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$250 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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