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Mindfulness with the Masters!

Learn the secrets

from nature & horses in Costa Rica

Step back in time in this magical place, 

where nature lights up all your sense

and feel everything settle back into balance

EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER

Backed by science, psychology and client testimonials, Tula Vida’s unique approach to mindfulness and self-discovery is deeply experiential and engages all of your senses.

Horses are true zen masters.

TRAIN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

Feeling stuck or lost in the day-to-day? Many of us are!

Did you know that a flexible & resilient nervous system can not only handle the stress but uses it as energy & still relax and “go back to grazing” – like the horses do.

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One hour with the horses is like a month in the classroom!

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STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

 

Sometimes the greatest wisdom comes from animals, who see the world more simply and purely. And the lush, vibrant green valleys of Costa Rica are the best classrooms in the world.

You are in the right place.

STEP BACK IN TIME

Tula Vida Ranch is 100% off-the-grid with 72 acres of rolling green pastures, volcanos & forest. The sights & sounds are all from the natural world so your busy brain can rest here, as your senses absorb the goodness. 

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Relaxing, Nourishing, Energizing

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." Lao Tzu 

Tula Vida Horses are Wise, Generous and Compassionate Guides

What Is Included

Nature-based Experiences

Scientific studies prove being in nature is good for wellbeing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Delicious home-cooked meals made with love

Restorative Massage

Soothe out the tension & let the energy flow through your body again

Tula Vida Ranch Accommodation

Stunning location, beautiful rooms, peaceful retreat

Transformational Horse Experiences

Mindfulness secrets from those who truly live it

Sunset Meditations

Watch the sun paint the sky as it sets over 3 volcanos in the valley

Mindfulness

Tools & Practices

Tune-in to what works best for you & create your own toolkit

Mindful

Movement

Movement & yoga to rebalance everything

Self-Discovery

Adventures

Coaching & reflections. May include other activities - see retreat 

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

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WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

Sally Nilsson and Eric Kolesar are experts in self-discovery, cultivating presence and practicing mindfulness with the magic of horses, nature and experience as teachers.

From their vibrant, enchanting corner of Costa Rica and with a wise herd of rescue horses, they offer the practices, tools and support you are looking for to find a deeper connection with yourself, which is where it all starts…

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What is a Horse Experience?

Imagine standing in a valley, surrounded by green fields, with a horse in the distance.

 

You start to approach and the horse looks up, very aware of your presence. She starts to move towards you and your heart starts to race with fear, thoughts clouding your brain – the horse immediately stops. It seems like she knows what’s going on with you even before you do.

 

With support from Eric and Sally, you continue your approach but this time more mindfully and staying really present, pausing each time any fear or thoughts come up. It seems like your horse is sending you calming signals, welcoming your approach. You start to recognise the state you are looking for, both relaxed and alert, mirroring her presence.

 

You feel the moment of connection deeply and it is something you will remember for a long time.

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What Happens
on Mindfulness and Self-Discovery Retreats?

What We Do:

There is so much talk about mindfulness these days, but what does it really mean? For us it's about learning to live more like horses. In simple terms, we facilitate experiences where you will be out in nature, with a horse or horses, either as a group or individually, exploring how to find and maintain a state of true presence and develop a deeper connection with yourself. We will often include mindful movement or yoga into the day.

 

We Listen to You:

Our schedule is flexible depending on the needs and focus of each group. We have a whole tool-bag of ideas to play with. 

Why it is Powerful: 

The kind of horse experience illustrated above teaches us things that books and talks cannot (which is why it is hard to explain in words). It stays with us at a deeper level than just the brain, as the body doesn’t forget – and once you have felt something, you know what you are looking to recreate. 

Horses live in a state of relaxed alertness, both peaceful and powerful, with strong herd connections. Together we look at the world through the horses’ eyes to see, learn and feel this kind of mindfulness and nervous system co-regulation.

You can read a lot more about how horses can help us on the WHY HORSES page on our website.

Tula Vida Horses

We also have a 501c3 charity registered in the US - all of our rescue horses came from difficult situations or backgrounds and yet are now offering their unique gifts, deep wisdom, support and encouragement to us humans as we each navigate our own path.

 

What you Take Home:

You will learn tools, practices and have experiences carefully designed to allow you to access your own internal wisdom and learn to regulate and co-regulate nervous systems based on Polyvagal principles (the idea that feeling safe and connected is the key starting point for everything). 

 

That’s not all…

The horses live in the valleys all around us and there are miles of beautiful trails, abundant with wildlife, so even in-between facilitated sessions you have more opportunities for your own mindfulness and self-discovery adventures.

Some of our retreats also include other offsite excursions such as soaking in natural hot springs, paddleboarding, visiting a 500-year old Avatar tree or horseback-riding.

Testimonials

“My experience at Tula Vida has been mind-blowing, healing and very connecting to my inner self.  

 

The work with the horses is more powerful than I ever imagined. The work and space here is so grounding which makes the connection to the self so impactful." 

Keren

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YOUR NEXT STEPS

BOOK YOUR MINDFULNESS RETREAT

Give yourself a Mindfulness Retreat or see below to find out about our other retreats and experiences.

SEE ALL OUR RETREATS

We offer a range of different adventures at Tula Vida. Check out our other retreats and experiences here or see below to design your own.

 

DESIGN YOUR OWN!

Where else can you design your very own custom retreat for you or your group?  Send us a message to receive our sample itineraries & group hosting ideas.

START RIGHT NOW!

You don’t need to wait until you come - we have a FREE MINDFULNESS GIFT for you that will start your nervous system settling immediately.

 

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“Horses embody the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.

Experience is the best teacher.

Combine the two and magic happens.”

Sally