top of page
IMG_5332.jpg

Worn out by the stress and distractions? 

Seeking some peace and a recharge? 

Tune In!

Step back in time in this magical place,

where nature lights up all your senses, 

and find the freedom, nourishment and support

to really tune back into yourself

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.

They live in a state of relaxed alertness, able to tune in to their surroundings and stay connected to the rest of the herd while still grazing peacefully. Together we enter and explore the world through the horses' eyes so you can see, feel and learn the secrets of mindfulness from nature itself.

TRAIN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day, yearning for more positive energy, peace and joy, searching for a sense of wellness or getting back to nature – but not really knowing what to do about it. The system feels stuck.

img_2375 2.jpg

You are in the right place.

With the horses as guides, you will get to know your own unique nervous system better and explore how to work with it (rather than against it) to create the state, feeling or energy that you want more of. The goal is not to control everything (control is an illusion). The practice is to build a flexible and resilient nervous system that can handle it all - like the horses...

Eric_Galan_round.png

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.

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

Horses are incredibly sensitive to our emotions, to how present we are and to our whole state of being. They communicate with non-verbal language, energy and presence – and actually so do humans (90% of our communication is non-verbal). Where else can you go to become aware of and practice at this level? 

STEP BACK IN TIME

Tula Vida Ranch is 70 acres of rolling green pasture and forest, filled with wildlife and surrounded by national park. The sights and sounds are all from the natural world. We are completely off the grid, with solar power & our own spring water, living in harmony with our surroundings.

IMG_5217.jpg

Peaceful Paradise

Removed from reminders of technology or the hustle and bustle of life, here it is easier for the nervous system to recalibrate and the busy brain to quieten, as you fine tune your own mindfulness practice.

IMG_5220.jpg

RELAXING, NOURISHING, ENERGIZING

Just like horses, when we feel safe, supported and part of a herd then things like connection, positive energy and growth come easily.  

Food for mind, body and soul

Our rooms are designed as a retreat from the wilds of nature - calming, comfortable spaces where you can relax and rest well as you process your insights and connect deeper with yourself. Meals are healthy, delicious and made with love so your whole body feels nourished along the way. The ranch is surrounded by 3 volcanos and the sun sets over the whole valley, a perfect end to each day 

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

THE TULA VIDA HORSES ARE WISE, GENEROUS AND COMPASSIONATE GUIDES

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

IMG_2325.jpg

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…

IMG_9345.jpg

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.

What Happens on Our Mindfulness & Self-Discovery Retreats?

What We Do:

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. 

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

 

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 the nervous system. 

 

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.

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 

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

SIGN UP NOW

YOUR NEXT STEPS

BOOK YOUR MINDFULNESS RETREAT

Choose the Mindfulness Retreat that works for you 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!

Perhaps you have something in mind for your own experience or dates or group?  Send us a message and we can create something ideal together.

STAY IN TOUCH

Join our mailing list to receive your FREE GIFT of a guided self tune-in tool, to get our regular Mindful Pauses and to hear about all our upcoming offers and events. Follow us on social media (bottom of page) to get to know us better and enjoy the fun from afar!

richard-austin-OxE7y50wZJE-unsplash.jpg

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

Experience is the best teacher.

Combine the two and magic happens.”

Sally