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The Art of Presence

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.


Dip your toe into mindful self-discovery and learn powerful and practical tools to calm and de-stress yourself – let nature, horses and experience be your teachers, and let your own intuition be your guide.  We are here to support you.

“Now is all there ever is.” Eckhart Tolle

Horses don’t spend their time worrying about what other people think, or pretending to be something they are not.  They are comfortable to be themselves in an ever-changing world.


With sophisticated nervous systems, horses are very efficient at moving through stress and back into peace and contentment – “going back to grazing” and being in the moment again and again.  


They respond to their environment in each moment, without getting stuck in the past or the future like we can.  They use tools developed over their 56 million years of evolution to use emotions and stress as information, take appropriate action, and then let it go (e.g. fear tells them there is danger, they will run until they feel safe, then they will release the stress so they can let it go).  


Their tools for processing stress are ones we can learn from and practice: simple actions of movement (you see horses shaking, rolling, running, tossing head or swishing tail etc), breathing (they consciously increase and decrease breath and heart rate), connection (horses find support in herd members) and environment (they seek a safe place in the natural world, where eating, playing or resting can be enjoyed freely).  


This peace and ability to self-regulate their stress is contagious – they spread it through the herd and we feel it too (this is called co-regulation, where those around you affect how you feel and be a calming presence).  


We will support you in learning to find peace in the present moment (like a horse) using principles grounded in neuroscience and Heartmath Institute techniques, Mindful Movement, breathing and meditation exercises, energy-based interaction with the horses and other wellness and balance practices.


So not only will you learn tools on the art of being present and what it offers you, you will experience how it feels to be in that state with the horses.

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


5 - 6 November 2022


28 - 29 January 2023

(ask us for accommodation options in the area and/or the beach afterwards)

What’s included:

We want you to be able to relax and be fully present for this retreat so we are including therapies and tools for mind, body & soul:


  • Morning mindful movement or mindfulness practice with the horses

  • Lunch each day – delicious homecooked, farm fresh meals at Tula Vida

  • 2 days of Tula Vida horse experiences – includes all facilitation, materials & equipment

  • Breathing tools & natural therapies

Whilst not included, we can arrange transport and can also recommend some great places to stay nearby if you need them.

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE is $350 per person (min. 3 people, max. 8)

No prior horse experience required.

What They Say

“I connected with deep parts of myself that needed addressing and processing, with the true assistance and guidance of my horse. The experience was life-changing.”