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RETREAT TO RECHARGE
LAKE ARENAL

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Sally Nilsson, Eric Kolesar and the rest of the Tula Vida horse and human team are partnering with Nora Kenney to offer this special retreat of rest, restoration and rejuvenation to recover from the stresses of the last months and create space for, and feel ready for, what we want to come next.

 

Immerse yourself in nature.  Experience authentic connection.  Discover what horses can teach us about how to tap into our own energy so that we can be the best version of ourselves…

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Renew your mind, body and spirit!

Many of us have spent the last year surviving rather than thriving.  Nature continues to grow and flourish in its magnificence and is the ideal place for us to calm our spirits and soothe our bodies and minds. 

In this reflective workshop, 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, fully connected to yourself, the horses and the natural world. 

  • Explore creating relationship and connection with a sensitive being who has 56 million years of wisdom living together in harmony with his herd, his environment and the constantly changing world.

  • Learn tangible take-home tools to balance your nervous system and restore your sense of energy and peace, and fine-tune these with the horses.

  • Let the horses support you in uncovering any blocks to feeling more joy, purpose or fulfilment.

  • Cherish and nourish your body with healthy food, gentle movement designed to get your energy flowing, beautiful natural surroundings, restorative wood-fire sauna and healing massage. 

  • Feel your life force return little by little…

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

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RETREAT DETAILS

Date: Arrival on 1 August, departure on 7 August 2021

(ask us if you would like to extend your stay or go to the beach afterwards)

  • Limited to 8 Participants to ensure a personal experience for each of you.

 

What’s included:

 

We want to look after you during your stay so you don’t have to worry about any of the details or extra costs – it’s all included and arranged for you, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy a multi-sensory experience, with the following highlights:

 

  • 6 nights at magical Living Forest Retreat hotel, Lake Arenal (see below for details)

  • All meals – delicious homecooked, farm fresh meals or meals out in stunning lake view restaurants

  • Airport transportation (at set times) to/from Liberia Airport (LIR) and all transportation during the retreat

  • Daily mindful movement on the peaceful yoga deck overlooking the river (see below for details)

  • Daily Tula Vida horse experiences – includes all facilitation, materials & equipment

  • Offsite adventure either paddleboarding on Lake Arenal or horseback riding to a private waterfall – visit a 500 year-old Ceiba Tree (the inspiration for the Avatar movie) on your way

  • Visit and soak in beautiful, natural local hot springs

  • Wood-fire sauna next to a jungle river – enjoy hot and cold therapy as you heat your body in the sauna then wade into the cool, refreshing water

  • 90-minute relaxing massage

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE is $2,495

If you would like to guarantee a single room, $500 supplement

 

Excluded: flights, tips, alcohol & soda

No prior horse experience required.

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What They Say

“Astonishing. Exhilarating. Revealing. Transformational.”

Julie

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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.

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About Your Facilitators

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Co-Host – Nora Kenney 

 

Nora enjoyed a career at Under Armour for over 10 years, spearheading the global expansion program and growing the retail store count exponentially.  She most recently led the customer experience strategy for new concept stores. However, it started to feel like the life she built was running her, with little time or energy for other activities.  She decided to take a sabbatical to recharge, and headed to Costa Rica to participate in a horse retreat.  During the program she connected with a horse and it felt like having a mirror that showed who she was at a deeper level.  Nora was so inspired by her experience that she left Under Armour and embarked on a journey to learn more in order to share with others.  She started exploring connections between herd culture and leadership, and received a certification in Equine Experiential Education with E3A.  Now she facilitates horse experiences that support people to discover their own inner wisdom through pausing in “the space between”.

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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.

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These Special Horses will:

  • Magnify the parts of you that are hidden inside, the tender and true parts. Through their innate horse communication skills and non-judgemental presence, they show us humans what is buried in our unconscious, beyond the mind chatter and busy brain: the non-verbal part, the intuition, the senses – our true authentic selves.

  • Sense and respond to subtle changes in our body language and energy.  As highly sensitive animals, horses provide immediate, powerful and visual feedback on our presence in that moment so we get to practice and modulate how we want to come across, and how to find true internal peace and balance of the nervous system (self and co-regulation).

  • Welcome you as part of the herd.  Horses are wired for connection and will actively work with you to allow your real and best self to be seen and accepted without words.

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What They Say

“I feel so empowered to make choices with what I have learnt here this week.”

Asia

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Stay at beautiful Living Forest Retreat Center

Living Forest is a small retreat hotel in a tranquil and beautiful corner of the Costa Rican rainforest, where you will enjoy comfortable down-time, meals and sleep.  Spend some time in the hammock breathing in the pure air, watching the toucans and monkeys in the trees above you, perhaps after a wood-fired sauna and a dip in the sparkling river or a chat with your warm and friendly host, Johanna and her dog, Nela and cat, Tigre. 

 

This natural and tranquil experience has plenty of Pura Vida (the locally used expression for pretty much everything good, which translates as Pure Life!)

ENJOY DAILY Mindful Movement

We take a holistic approach in all our retreats, supporting mind, body and soul to feel nourished and restored.  The pace of modern life, as well as the challenges of living through the pandemic, can be hard on our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 
 

You will enjoy daily Mindful Movement with Eric Kolesar to rebalance your whole being and give you take-away tools manage life stress and live more mindfully – the essential ingredients in adapting to change and uncertainty, as well as keeping your own energy topped up.


“I feel more grounded and connected to myself, through mindful movement and interaction with the horses.” Angela, Therapist


What is Mindful Movement?

Eric started his movement expertise in martial arts, going on to become a 500 hour certified yoga instructor and energy practitioner.  Through his lens as a life coach and equine facilitated learning facilitator, and hearing about intimidating experiences some people have had with “yoga”, Eric has combined the neuroscience, flow of energy, physical benefits of movement and natural rhythms to create what he calls “Mindful Movement”, a powerful and gentle blend of stretches and movements designed to calm and rebalance your body so the energy can flow freely again. 

 

Imagine standing in a lush green space, birds singing in the background, horses grazing in the distance.  Tune in to the rhythm of nature and breathe out.  Let the tension melt away and experience feeling part of something whole.  Start mindfully and gently moving with the rest of the group, in ways designed to get the energy flowing again through your whole body.  You feel balanced, relaxed, alive.

 

“The mindful movement with Eric was by far the best yoga experience I have encountered as it was a spiritual and soul replenishing moving meditation not just a work out.” Jennifer, Real Estate Agent Owner

Additional Activities and Excursions

As well as sharing Sand Play experiences and exploring the natural world with your horse, you will have the opportunity to see some of the local area and eat out at some local restaurants.  Tula Vida and Living Forest Retreat are located next to the stunning Lake Arenal in the shadow of the Arenal volcano.

 

You will have the opportunity to either go paddleboarding with Eric on Lake Arenal itself, or go horseriding with Sally and our friend and expert naturalist guide, Enrique Molina, to a private waterfall near the Arenal volcano.  Stand in the shadow of a giant 500 year old Ceiba Tree, the inspiration behind the Avatar movie and finish the day at paradise natural hot springs where you can soak your body and relax in the warm, healing waters.

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