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Retreats 
& 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.

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Upcoming Retreats 2022/2023

COVID-19 Doubt – Flexibility


As travel opens up (albeit slowly), we are happy to be offering our retreat schedule for 2022. As the world continues to find its new normal, we need ways to find balance and restoration more than ever.  It is easy to escape from all the stresses of Covid and society in Costa Rica, where nature carries on blooming and the vibe remains peaceful and positive.   


We appreciate that travel will continue to involve an element of uncertainty in 2022 and we do our level best to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible for you, while staying flexible on changes.  


We invite you to sign up and give yourself something to look forward to, even if it is not 100% certain to go ahead.  Any deposit or booking you make with us that you cannot attend due to a Covid-related situation will be transferable to another group or private retreat or, if no other dates work, refundable minus a small booking fee.  


We are looking forward to welcoming you onto a retreat soon.

Restore & Revitalize

5 - 11 March 2023

Benefits = Peace, Positivity, Balance, Energy…


Stress is a word we use to describe many things but overall, whatever the cause, it doesn’t feel good and is actually toxic for our body systems. A powerful and scientifically proven way to reduce the impact of stress is to be in nature in a mindful way. This retreat, where you interact intentionally with horses in green, vibrant environments, will resettle your nervous system and shift you back into your natural rhythm, plus give you the tools you need to re-create this state for yourself.

 

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Swimming with Horses

20 - 24 March 2023

Back by popular request!

A magical 4 night, 5 day experience riding horses along the stunning Costa Rica Pacific coast, with plenty of time to swim in the ocean and play in the sand with your horse, or share some hammock time as they munch their hay on the beach.  

Limited places so book now!

Fun & Freedom

4 - 10 June 2023

Come and Play!

Shake off any stagnation, disconnection or struggle with some FUN and feelings of pure FREEDOM. Horses and other animals are masters at this and do it all the time. Vibrant Costa Rica is truly nature’s playground with lots to see, do and experience that is not only enjoyable but also liberating (and healthy) – come and breathe fresh oxygen in wide, open spaces with no responsibilities and rediscover your childlike sense of wonder and joy at playing in the outside world…
 

 

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The Art of Presence

8 & 9 July 2023

Feeling stressed or out of balance? 

 

In this 2 day "taster" experience, Sally Nilsson, Eric Kolesar and the rest of the Tula Vida horse and human team will introduce you to the world of horse-led self-discovery and support you in rediscovering and reconnecting with yourself to be truly present with what is around you.

Self-Connection & Compassion

2 - 8 September 2023

What if you are already enough, exactly as you are? Let the horses guide you to feel good about yourself.

The greatest connection that we have, and the foundation for all our other relationships, is our connection with ourselves. In this retreat we will support you to go a little deeper into mindful self-discovery and give your intuition a voice.

 

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Equine Craniosacral Training

Date to be announced - 2023

Hands-on, experiential training in bodywork for horses 

 

Experienced practitioner and teacher, Sidsel Sommer, is a master at both explaining the science and demonstrating / supporting practical application of her energy-based techniques. You will learn how to scan for blocks and direct your hands to the area of greatest restriction on the horse, and then you will learn how to unwind the block and notice the horse’s release and reaction. Not to be missed!
 

EFL Apprenticeship

Mod I: 13-22 May 2023

Mod II: 12-20 August 2023

Mod III: 28 Nov-7 Dec 2023

 

Become a certified Eponaquest / My Horses My Healers
Equine Facilitated Learning Instrucor

This apprenticeship is led by Shelley Rosenberg, renowned horse-woman with over 20 years experience in EFL, one of the original team at Eponaquest with Linda Kohanov and founder of My Horses My Healers sanctuary. It consists of 3 x 8-day modules at Tula Vida in Costa Rica and a final 8 day module with Linda Kohanov in Arizona.  
 

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Swimming with Horses

Dates on request

Back by popular request!

A magical 4 night, 5 day experience riding horses along the stunning Costa Rica Pacific coast, with plenty of time to swim in the ocean and play in the sand with your horse, or share some hammock time as they munch their hay on the beach.  

Limited places so book now!

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International Equine Summit 2023

10 - 12 November 2023

In Tucson, Arizona

Join Sally Nilsson, Co-Founder of Tula Vida, and other leading voices in the Equine Experiential Learning field at this annual gathering of horse enthusiasts, experts & professionals.

Join this community for connecting, supporting and enjoying each others' company while sharing new insights and modalities in the field.

The Art of Presence

4 & 5 November 2023

Feeling stressed or out of balance? 

 

In this 2 day experience, Sally Nilsson, Eric Kolesar and the rest of the Tula Vida horse and human team will support you in rediscovering and reconnecting with yourself and being truly present with what is around you.

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Retreat to Recharge

21 - 26 January 2024

Recharge the battery and get back into balance

Nature, horse connections and gentle self-care in a beautiful place is the ideal way to do it. This classic 6-night Tula Vida retreat offers daily mindful movement, self-discovery horse experiences & practical take-home tools as well as healing massage, natural hot & cold therapies, excursions and more...

 

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

2 days

RESET YOURSELF

5 days

TAKE A DEEPER DIVE

10 days

JOURNEY WITH US

1 month

IMMERSION

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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.