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Costa Rica Horseback and Yoga Holiday

Ride horses in the most beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica, in the lush jungle and pristine beaches of Nosara and Ostional where you will encounter an abundance of birds and animals. Practice yoga and breathwork daily with an introduction to the chakras and energy work through the practice of Kundalini yoga as originally taught in India, Hatha yoga, and Soma breathwork. Enjoy delicious, vegetarian, and nutritive meals while staying a few steps to the Pacific Ocean.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 250 pounds / 114 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 1.3 to 1.6 meters
  • Horse Breed: Criollo and Costa Rican Paso

Meet the instructors

Isabelle
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Highlights

  • 6 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Soma breathwork sessions
  • Meditation and spiritual kungfu lessons
  • 4 2-hour horse riding trips along the beach, river, and through the plantation
  • Beach trip and sunrise turtle sightseeing tour
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$45 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$80 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

During this holiday, you can choose to stay in Mandala casita, Harmonia casita, or Turtle lodge. While staying in the Turtle lodge, you can enjoy all the facilities of the retreat center. The turtle lodge has a jungle feel yet two minutes walk to the beach. It is located a short walk away in front of the retreat center and you will enjoy meals and classes at Shambala. There are private and shared rooms. If desired, you can choose to share your room with one other participant.

Mandala casita

  • Oceanview cabin with air-conditioner
  • Private terrace with a large table
  • Queen-size bed with a high-quality new mattress
  • En-suite bathroom with hot water shower
  • Large desk
  • Fridge, coffee and tea maker
  • Wi-Fi

Harmonia casita

  • Oceanview cabin with fan
  • Private terrace with a large table
  • Double-size bed with a high-quality new mattress
  • En-suite bathroom with hot water shower
  • Fridge, coffee and tea maker
  • Wi-Fi

Turtle lodge

  • Private and shared jungle view accommodations
  • Air-conditioning rooms
  • High-quality mattresses
  • Private bathroom with hot water
  • Fridge
  • Wi-Fi

Yoga shala

Enjoy daily classes and access to a large ocean view training space.

Outdoor garden

A large outdoor area with hammocks and hanging chairs.

Jungle kitchen

Fully equipped kitchen with an oven and everything you need to cook.

Private parking

Park your car in the outdoor parking. It is free.

Program

There are four horseriding trips including beach trips, a river trip, and a horse trip through a mango plantation. Each two-hour horse ride will take a different route. You will ride on different beaches, discover the trails of the Costa Rican Jungle, and explore the river of Rio Montaña and through a local mango plantation. This retreat is suitable for beginner and advanced riders. When you are not riding, you will have yoga sessions and enjoy trips to the beaches of Nosara’s area. You will participate in daily Kundalini and Hatha yoga classes from beginner to advanced levels in Shambala’s oceanview shala.

A typical day

  • 07:15 - 08:30 Pranayama and Kundalini yoga
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Horse riding session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Prana booster drink
  • 10:45 - 12:00 Free time
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Afternoon activity
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Sunset on the beach
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Bonfire or free time

Horses

There are 25 horses in the ranch who live in pastures and drink directly in the river that flows through the ranch. They are beautiful Criollo and Costa Rican Paso horses. The sizes vary between tall pony (one meter and 30 centimeters) and steady medium-height horse (one meter and 60 centimeters), most of them are between one meter and 45 centimeters and one meter and 60 centimeters.

This river is home to many species of waterbirds and animals. The ranch is four kilometers from the property and the rides will take place whether from there or from the beaches of Nosara. The maximum weight authorized to ride the horses is 250 pounds. The saddles are traditional Costa Rican, they feel like a mix between Western and Iberian saddles. They have a Western saddle and an English saddle on request.

Included excursions

  • Excursion to Playa Guiones in Nosara with the possibility of renting surfboards
  • Excursion to Playa Pelada in Nosara and dinner at La Luna Restaurant on the beach, a local's favorite
  • Snorkeling excursion in San Juanillo in a beautiful white sanded beach
  • Turtle sightseeing tour (if turtle arrivals announced) in Playa Ostional

Instructors

Isabelle Geniet

Retreat location

Shambala Retreats is located on a mountain, a two-minute walk from Playa Ostional, a beach dedicated to the protection of Sea Turtles and famous for its monthly turtle arrivals. It is a vibrant beach with a wide variety of birds and wildlife where you can swim, meditate, walk, and even surf if you like. Ostional is an authentic Costa Rican village, seven kilometers from the renowned beach-town Nosara. There is a mini-market, a restaurant, and a bar, five minutes walk from the center.

Distance

  • Playa Ostional - 2 minutes
  • Nosara, 7 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Zip lining

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this holiday, you will be served three delicious freshly-cooked vegetarian and nutritious meals per day included in the price. There is yogic tea at the disposition. The water on site is fresh and clean. Shambala Retreats can accommodate gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan diets. Please tell them before your stay if you have any special needs or food allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Shambala Retreats can help you set to arrange the below.

  • Acupuncture
  • Canopy ziplining with Miss Sky Canopy
  • Energetic, deep tissue, relaxing massage
  • Facial treatments and spa treatments
  • Four hours of coffee plantation ATV tour in the mountains
  • Nosara Nomads Surf School classes
  • Tarot consultations

Spa treatments

All treatments are extra

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Facial Treatment
  • Massage

What's included

  • Daily Kundalini and Hatha yoga classes
  • 4 two-hour horse riding trips
  • Soma breathwork and guided meditation sessions
  • Spiritual kungfu class
  • Fire blessing and purifying ceremony
  • Beach trip to Guiones and San Juanillo
  • Sunrise turtle sightseeing tour in Playa Ostional
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 1 night out at the Restaurant La Luna
  • Tea and prana drinks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Covid test
  • Shuttle from the airport or taxi to Shambala Retreats
  • Soda, alcoholic, and extra drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Nosara

  • Turn left at the Rindo Mas supermarket on the dirt road.
  • Pass the Rasta Bridge of Rio Nosara.
  • Turn right after the bridge and follow the road.
  • At the end of the road, turn left and continue to follow the road for 4 kilometers.
  • Find Ostional Turtle Lodge.
  • From there, in front of the lodge, there is a road that goes up to where you will see a very small construction with a sombrero-like roof.
  • Go up that road and you have arrived.

Arrival by bus

There are daily buses from Terminal 7 to 9 San Jose from San Jose to Nosara. It costs approximately 10 USD per ticket. If you plan on taking the bus, please tell Shambala Retreats so they can coordinate your arrival.

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttle service from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Nosara will cost 85 USD. Daily shuttle service from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) to Nosara at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. will cost 45 USD or 95 USD at a custom time.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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