Balance in Motion: Yoga & Horseback Riding Retreat
Time & Location
About the Event
Join Equisol's co-founders, Heidi Blackman and Carrie Anderson, for five blissful days immersed in horses, yoga and nature in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica! July 11-15, 2021. This retreat is a bit different from our previous offerings - it includes the entire horse/yoga program that we normally offer but at our home stables and yoga studio. This retreat does not include accommodations or transportation so each guest can choose where they prefer to stay (we can provide a list of nearby recommendations) based on budget and comfort. Each day will be filled with yoga, riding lessons, trail rides, group discussions and cultural activities.
Enjoy daily all-levels smartflow yoga classes with Heidi in her private open-air, treetop studio in Playa Pelada. The physical and often philosophical theme of each yoga class will then be carried into what is taught in that day's riding lesson with Carrie (e.g., finding a neutral pelvis, how much IS too much?). Daily activities will include group discussions on the topics to be covered while riding, activities to practice these ideas on the ground, group riding lessons with Carrie and then bringing all we have learned onto the trail! We plan on at least four riding lessons and four trail rides exploring mangroves, beach and jungle (if we get lucky with the environmental conditions, maybe even a waterfall ride!).
There will be a delicious traditional breakfast prepared daily in the open-air rancho as well as plated healthy and scrumptious lunches prepared by our amazing chef Sarah. You will also get a taste of Costa Rican culture with a class on how to prepare traditional bread or tortillas and cafe choreado. We will also enjoy dinner one night out at our favorite beachfront restaurant and on our final day a little fiesta at the rancho with traditional marimba music and drinks. And no retreat with Equisol would be complete without a chance to take the horses down to the river to roll and play!
Come join us so we can share our love of this slice of paradise, the amazing horses and yoga!
We recommend arriving at least the day prior to the retreat and leaving the day after so you can enjoy everything we have to offer. The closest airport is the Liberia (LIR) airport. As mentioned, we are also happy to recommend places to stay nearby (we have a few rooms available adjacent to the barn for those that act quickly) as well as suggestions on where to travel to extend your stay in Costa Rica. We are always available to help make this your dream vacation.
Heidi and Carrie's love for horses, yoga and nature led them to create Equisol Retreats in 2013 here in Nosara, Costa Rica. They continue to find physical and philosophical parallels in riding and yoga and love to explore those with guests.
Carrie has over 20 years of riding experience with a background in western, dressage and hunter/jumpers. She has been training horses and riders for over ten years. Her focus in training is integrating natural horsemanship techniques with classical dressage and hunter/jumper/eventer training and improving the connection and communication shared between horse and rider. Carrie has studied Centered Riding with Heidi Potter and found her silver slipper with the Murdoch Method and training with Callie Rae King. Carrie and her husband, Eder (Neno), are also the owners of our sister company, Playa Ponies, which offers horseback riding tours in Nosara.
Heidi has been regularly practicing yoga since 2003 and is a 500-hr RYT (200 hours of yoga teacher's training through YogaWorks with Kia Miller and 350+ hours of SmartFlow training with Annie Carpenter). Heidi is a certified SmartFlow yoga instructor. Heidi continues to study yoga and teaches regular yoga classes at her studio in Nosara, on retreats and via her online program, Yoga for Riders (yogaforriders.com) - a partnership with Callie Rae King. She also has a blog that covers many of the topics that inspire her - horses, yoga and living mindfully - www.heidibyoga.com.
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