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Balance & Flow
MINI RETREAT

In this 3 day mindfulness training, Sally Nilsson, Eric Kolesar and the rest of the Tula Vida horse and human team will support you in rediscovering and reconnecting with yourself (the first step in feeling in balance and connecting with others). 

 

Dip your toe into mindful self-discovery with a wise, gentle, healing herd of horses in the middle of the tropical, vibrant jungle – let nature, horses and experience be your teachers, and let your own intuition be your guide.  We are here to support you.

Renew your mind, body and spirit!

With sophisticated nervous systems, horses are very efficient at moving through stress and back into peace and contentment – “going back to grazing” and being in the moment again and again.

 

They respond to their environment in each moment, without getting stuck in the past or the future like we can.  They use tools developed over their 56 million years of evolution to use emotions and stress as information, take appropriate action, and then let it go (e.g. fear tells them there is danger, they will run until they feel safe, then they will release the stress so they can let it go).  

 

Their tools for processing stress are ones we can learn from and practice: simple actions of movement (you see horses shaking, rolling, running, tossing head or swishing tail etc), breathing (they consciously increase and decrease breath and heart rate), connection (horses find support in herd members) and environment (they seek a safe place in the natural world, where eating, playing or resting can be enjoyed freely).  

 

This peace and ability to self-regulate their stress is contagious – they spread it through the herd and we feel it too (this is called co-regulation, where those around you affect how you feel and be a calming presence).  

 

We will support you in learning to find peace in the present moment (like a horse) using principles grounded in neuroscience and Heartmath Institute techniques, Mindful Movement, breathing and meditation exercises, energy-based interaction with the horses and other wellness and balance practices.

 

So not only will you learn tools on the art of being present and what it offers you, you will experience how it feels to be in that state with the horses.

Our mission is to provide a deeper connection with self, through horses, nature and experience.

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

1 - 3 JULY 2022
9am - 11am each day

What’s included:

  • 3 mornings of Tula Vida horse experiences – includes all facilitation, materials & equipment

  • Take-home mindfulness tools

 

Special Offer: $75 Community Members, $100 for Visitors

 

No prior horse experience required.

What They Say

“I connected with deep parts of myself that needed addressing and processing, with the true assistance and guidance of my horse. The experience was life-changing.”

Valeria

Recover, Restore and Renew

In these reflective experiences, you will join our extraordinary horses in their home - the vibrant green fields, rivers and rainforest near the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica – and experience becoming part of the herd, tuned in to your own senses, safe and free to be yourself, connected to the great wisdom of Mother Earth for healing, balance and growth.

Let the horses show and teach you how to just “be” rather than doing or thinking.  Take a dive into your own consciousness through the transformative modality of Equine Facilitated Sand Play Therapy and find healing at the deepest levels.  Allow yourself to play in the bubbling, carefree streams.  Cherish and nourish your body with healthy food, gentle movement designed to get your energy flowing, beautiful natural surroundings and healing massage.  Feel held and supported by the natural world.

About Your Facilitators

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Sally Nilsson 

Sally Nilsson is an expert facilitator, certified executive coach, experienced mentor and certified advanced instructor in Eponaquest Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Sand Play Therapy.  

 

In 2019, Sally co-founded Tula Vida together with her partner Eric Kolesar to offer transformational experiences with the talented Tula Vida horse herd.  Read more about Sally and the Tula Vida Team.

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Eric Kolesar

Eric Kolesar is a certified instructor in Eponaquest Equine Faciliated Learning and Equine Facilitated Sand Play Therapy, a 500 hour certified yoga instructor and expert in a multitude of energy modalities.  In 2019, Eric co-founded Tula Vida together with his partner Sally Nilsson to offer transformational experiences with the talented Tula Vida horse herd. Read more about Eric and the Tula Vida Team.