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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.
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.
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.
07:30 - 09:00 Equestrian core strengthening yoga class
10:00 - 12:00 Yoga with horses
15:00- 17:00 Beach ride with possible swimming with horses.
18:00 Closing ceremony
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.
Terry is an E-RYT 200 yoga certified instructor, a certified Yoga Therapist, and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. As a Certified Metaphysical Energy Healer and Natural Horsemanship trainer at liberty, she'll also show you ways to connect with horses through their energy systems and yours.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$250 per person
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.
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.
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