SWIMMING WITH HORSES
Haven’t you always wanted to ride your horse along deserted white sand beaches? Us too!
Join us for this fantastic horse-riding journey on the gorgeous Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica and the surrounding national parks.
Experience authentic connection. Swim with your horse in the ocean. Play together in the sand. Hang out in the hammock on the beach as your horse munches hay. Let your horse guide you on a sensory adventure in his natural world.
Watch this video of our trip in April 2022 to see what it's really like...
Renew your mind, body and spirit!
About this Horse Journey
In this fun-filled ride, you will join us, together with Enrique Molina and his extraordinary horses, and head to the expansive coast to enjoy sun-soaked rides and views with the horses. One of a kind!
Feel the wind in your hair as you ride along white sand beaches and wander through the forest trails.
Connect and play with your horse, as you learn how breathing is the language of the horse.
Spot monkeys with your warm and funny naturalist guide, Enrique Molina, as you enjoy a delicious beach picnic as your horse relaxes and rolls in the sand nearby.
Splash in the waves together then enjoy some hammock time together under the shade of a giant tree.
Rest, relax, recharge and find joy on this sensory adventure of horses!
Our mission is to provide a deeper connection with self, through horses, nature and experience.
Date 1: Arrival on 23 October, departure on 27 October 2022
Date 2: Arrival on 20 March, departure on 24 March 2022
Ideas: You can add on a visit to other parts of Costa Rica, or come and join us at Tula Vida in the rainforest for a few days afterwards to meet our fabulous herd too (many of whom are related to Enrique’s horses who you will ride at the beach!)
Limited Participants to ensure a personal experience for each of you.
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:
4 nights at a cute, rustic and remote beach hotel (note this is a beachhouse style local place and is not luxurious but has AC and is clean/comfortable)
All meals – delicious homecooked meals, picnics or BBQ on the beach
A sunset boat trip with snorkelling & a chance to see whales or dolphins!
3 days of horse-riding and playing with horses on the North Western coast of Costa Rica at Playa El Jobo and surrounding beaches, with naturalist guide Enrique Molina
Transportation to/from Liberia Airport (LIR) and all transportation during the retreat
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE is $1,395 (includes 20% tax)
Excluded: flights, tips & alcohol
No prior horse experience required
What They Say
The most magical experience I have every had with horses! Such beautiful riding and then getting to hang out and play with Rosa (my horse) at the beach was simply perfect. Thank you!
About Your Facilitators
A great friend of Tula Vida, Enrique brings an instant smile to your face and wonder into your heart with his warm sense of humour and vast knowledge of the natural world. A pleasure to spend the day with and an excellent horseman, he creates whatever kind of experience you are looking for and adds his own touches of magic so you can feel the real meaning of the Costa Rica expression “Pura Vida” (pure life). His family are often part of the team helping out too!
Enrique has a wonderful herd of horses, many of whom are related to Tula Vida horses and each with their own unique personalities – suitable for all levels of riding and gentle to interact with.
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.
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
What They Say
The entire experience is exhilarating in physical, emotional and spiritual ways, making it difficult to explain in words. Much better to be experienced by oneself."
Additional Activities and Excursions
You will enjoy some of the unspoilt, stunning Costa Rica coastline - with your horse! In this non-touristy area we will take a boat trip, plan BBQs on the beach, go swimming in the pool and finish each day with fabulous sunsets over the ocean.
Add on a few days to explore the natural world with your horse and have the opportunity to visit Tula Vida's home, see some of the local rainforest area and eat out at some local restaurants. Tula Vida is located next to the stunning Lake Arenal in the shadow of the Arenal volcano.
One not to miss!
What Will This Retreat REALLY Be Like?
Each day you will experience horse time, beach time and horse-riding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be home-cooked meals, picnics or BBQs at the beach or at a local restaurant.
The vibrant colours and sounds of the rainforest as the sun rises and sets, the clean, fresh oxygen and water and the rise and fall of the ocean all support your body to get back in tune with its natural rhythm and find balance at a deep level.
Who is it for?
Anyone who loves horses, who wants to do some beautiful and easy riding, who wants to be with a horse on a paradise beach should take the plunge and give themselves this retreat! It is going to be fun, fun, fun….
All levels of horse experience welcome (we will be riding every day but rides are optional).
What is so exciting about this experience?
Enrique, the Tula Vida team and horses are excited and ready to welcome you to this paradise retreat at the beach!
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Cancellation Policy and Insurance
Cancellations more than 60 days before the start of retreat will receive a refund less a 20% processing fee. Cancellations 60 days or less before the start of retreat will not receive a refund. A deposit is required to secure your place. Payment in full is required 60 days before the event.
Travel insurance is required to attend all workshops and retreats. Travel insurance should cover changes in plans and emergency medical care and evacuation. Retreat organisers will not be liable for any injuries or illness.
Medical or Mobility Questions
We will do our best to accommodate all ADA or accommodation requests. However, participants should know that the retreat is located in a jungle in the northern part of Costa Rica. Please inform retreat organisers of any medical issues which may affect your participation in the retreat so that necessary adjustments can be made where possible. If you have medical/mobility concerns, please contact Sally to discuss modifications.
We have at-home testing kits which everyone will take upon arrival to reduce any concerns of transmission (although most people may already be vaccinated in any event). If tests are required to re-enter your home country, there are many testing facilities nearby (including at the airport) and we can help you arrange this.
For other questions, terms & conditions see Frequently Asked Questions in our FAQs