& Trainings

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Find the Experience you Need

Now more than ever it is essential to find experiences that will restore and re-energise us, to allow time and space to heal from the challenges and re-find our own sense of balance, to explore and harness our new insights or ideas, to support and empower ourselves through the next phase of our own growth or journey.

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Let the Experience Find You

Tula Vida horses are wise and experienced teachers of mindfulness, natural balance, energy management and self-discovery.  The vibrant, joyful magic of this corner of Costa Rica enables the natural world to soothe, nourish and restore you as only nature can. 
Join one of our organised retreats (or design your own) to find a supportive, beautiful and fun environment to go a little deeper into healing and self-discovery with transformational results.

Upcoming Retreats 2021/22

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Heal the Healers
Lake Arenal Retreat


Special offer to

choose your price point!​​

7 - 13 November 2021 

6 Nights

  • Equine Facilitated Sand Play Therapy - CE credits

  • Daily Tula Vida horse experiences

  • Daily mindful movement

  • Horse-riding, massage, sauna, all meals

  • Choose from 2 accommodation options (budget or luxury)

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Equine Training 
Craniosacral Therapy

December 2021

4 Days

  • Hands-on, practical training in cranial sacral techniques with horses

  • Learn to scan for blocks and unwind restrictions

  • With Equine Osteopath Sidsel Sommer

  • Hosted by Tula Vida

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Retreat to Recharge
Lake Arenal Retreat

Ask us for dates! 

 6 Nights

  • 6 nights at magical Living Forest Retreat hotel, Lake Arenal

  • Daily mindful movement

  • Daily Tula Vida horse experiences

  • Hot springs, massage, sauna

  • 2 Excursions, all meals, transportation


Sand Play Training 
Female Archetypes

19 - 26 February 2022 

7 Days

  • Advanced Sand Play Therapy Training in Female Archetypes - CE credits

  • Includes Tula Vida Equine Facilitated Sand Play

  • Daily mindful movement

  • All meals with private professional chef

  • Luxury Lake View accommodation 


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Forest & Beach Retreat

Ask us for dates!

 7 Nights

  • 3 nights at magical Living Forest Retreat hotel, Lake Arenal

  • 3 nights at tropical beach hotel, Guanacaste

  • 2 days at Tula Vida

  • 3 days beach horse-riding

  • Massage, sauna, transportation, meals

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EFL Training 

March, June, Oct 2022

8 Day Modules

  • Equine Facilitated Learning Apprenticeship - get your Eponaquest / My Horses My Healers certification as an EFL instructor

  • Led by Shelley Rosenberg

  • Hosted by Tula Vida

Or....Design Your Own Retreat to fit your plans!

2 days


5 days


10 days


1 month


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

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Switch Off and Switch On Again

Everyone experiences stress or challenge differently and, during this unprecedented period of social isolation, economic change and global health fears, for many it feels like riding an emotional rollercoaster.  This obviously has an impact on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and - just like when a computer starts to freeze or overload – if you consciously “switch off and switch on again” you create a reset for yourself, and go home ready for the next phase.


Sally Nilsson, Eric Kolesar and the Tula Vida horses are offering private retreats for rest, healing and rejuvenation for those affected by the recent COVID-19 and other societal events. 


Come alone or with some of your “social bubble” and, supported by Eric and Sally, let nature and the horses work their magic.

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Change your relationship with stress

It is accepted wisdom that being in nature is one of the best ways to calm your nervous system and get out of the survival mode “fight, flight, freeze” reaction we have been experiencing for many months.  When you feel safe, relaxed and connected to nature all your healthy and positive energy can flow.  This is your optimum state for learning - and through experiential activities with the horses and with us, you will find the tools that work for you to keep recreating your own natural balance after you leave.

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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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What They Say

“Working with horses taught me so much about myself, they make excellent teachers.  It was a wonderful and insightful experience.”

Dave, Executive Coach

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Create extraordinary shifts within by:

  • Examining your own reactions to equine behaviour, which leads to powerful new insights into your own natural abilities and talents.

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone while feeling accepted and not judged by a large, powerful being, growing your confidence and self-trust.

  • Working with self-reflection and discovery to enhance and promote personal and professional growth.

  • Working deeply with horse activities like:

    • Learning how horses use clear non-verbal communication – and practicing your own

    • Understanding how your own “energy” and vibe impacts others, and learning to modulate it

    • Asking your horse to follow you freely without a lead rope (through energy connections and natural leadership models)

    • Achieving a personal set goal with your horse

    • Practicing setting and responding to effective boundaries, both energetic and physical, and see how this creates mutual trust


(Activities will be mainly on the ground – no need to worry if you don’t have any horse experience!)

Explore our other options...

There are different options here at Tula Vida, tailored to suit your needs. We offer individual, group and family experiences with the horses. Perhaps you are looking to design your own experience, or would love an internship...we can help with that too. Take a look at the options below, and if you don't see what you are looking for just get in touch.

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Custom Experiences
& Internships


Design your own experience, our little slice of paradise in Costa Rica is the ideal place to reboot your internal system with whatever it needs.

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Groups & Families

We love families at Tula Vida and offer family experiences so you can unwind, connect and really enjoy your time together.

Share something different and fun with your group of friends or work team.



Need some time to rest or

re-energise - or want to work from abroad - in a beautiful natural setting, surrounded by bird song?


This is the place for you.

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