Heidi Potter Centered Riding©/Horse Speak® Retreat January 24-29, 2022

Heidi Potter Centered Riding©/Horse Speak® Retreat January 24-29, 2022

Join Centered Riding© Clinician and Horse Speak® Senior Instructor Heidi Potter for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica. Horse Speak and Centered Riding come together to create a magical, enriching retreat!

Time & Location

Jan 24, 2022, 7:30 AM CST – Jan 29, 2022, 5:30 PM CST
Equisol / Playa Ponies, 300 m norte del acueducto proyecto americano Guanacaste Nosara, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica

About the Event

Join Centered Riding© Clinician and Horse Speak® Senior Instructor Heidi Potter for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica. Horse Speak and Centered Riding come together to create a magical, enriching retreat for riders of all disciplines and levels.  

Through observation, interaction, and self-awareness exercises participants will deepen their understanding of the truly natural, kinesthetic language of the horse through Horse Speak. Horse’s communication system is made up of gestures, postures and signals that can be replicated by humans. Learning Horse Speak will bring your horsemanship to the next level by deepening understanding, building rapport and creating safer, more enjoyable interactions with all equines.  For more information on learning Horse Speak with Heidi Potter please visit: https://heidipotter.com/horse-speak/.

Retreat guests will also have a chance to improve comfort, confidence, communication, and overall balance in the saddle with Centered Riding workshops and mounted lessons. These skills will come in handy on the guided trail rides through the jungle, to the beach and beyond. For more information on Centered Riding with Heidi Potter please visit: https://heidipotter.com/learn/centered-riding/.

This retreat will be hosted at Equisol's home stables and yoga studio in Playa Pelada, Nosara. This retreat does not include accommodations or transportation which allows guests to choose their hotel or Air BnB based on budget and amenities (we have a list of nearby recommendations in our FAQs) and also keeps all of our group activities in an open-air environment. Generally our days start around 7:30am and go until 5:00pm, so these will be full days filled with Centered Riding lessons,  lecture and unmounted workshops, trail rides, yoga, cultural activities, eating delicious food and relaxation! 

There will be delicious and nutritious breakfasts and lunches prepared daily in the open-air rancho by our amazing chefs Sarah and Patricia. You will also get a taste of Costa Rican culture with a class on how to prepare traditional Costa Rican bread and enjoy cafe choreado. We will also enjoy dinner one night out at our favorite restaurant and on our final day a little fiesta in the rancho with festive drinks. And no retreat with Equisol would be complete without a chance to take the horses down to the river and/or beach to roll and play!

The following will be included:

-  3 Centered Riding lessons with Heidi Potter

-  3 Trail rides (1 waterfall ride, 2 beach/jungle rides) 

-  5 Unmounted Workshops (to include Horse Speak & Centered Riding theory, observation & activities)

-  1 River or Beach Plunge with the Horses (depending on the tides/weather conditions) 

-  3 Yoga Classes with Heidi Blackman (Equisol's co-founder)

-  Traditional Breadmaking & Cafecito with Patricia

-  6 Breakfasts at Rancho / 6 Lunches at Rancho / 1 Dinner out at restaurant

-  An Experience of a Lifetime! 

Come join us so we can share our love of this slice of paradise, the amazing horses, yoga and the best guide - Heidi Potter! Usually guests come together as strangers and leave as close friends united by a bond of adventure, horses, laughter, self-exploration and expansion!


Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected Trainer, Clinician, and Author, sharing over 50 years of horse experience. She is a Centered Riding© Clinician, CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Master & Clinic Certifier, an Accredited Horse Agility Trainer and Senior Horse Speak® Instructor. 

Heidi learned Centered Riding directly from her neighbor, friend and mentor, the late Ms. Sally Swift. Her Holistic Horsemanship practice skillfully combines the Centered Riding Basics, Eastern Philosophies derived from her training in Traditional Martial Arts and her knowledge of the kinesthetic language of the horse through her many years of studying with Horse Speak founder Sharon Wilsie. The result is the creation of calmer, safer, more enriching relationships where the horse’s needs and well-being are addressed first in every interaction.    

Heidi enjoys trail riding, competing in Western Dressage with her Cheval Canadian horse Riley and spending time with family and friends at her Southern Vermont farm, The New England Center for Horsemanship. For more information about Heidi and her work visit www.heidipotter.com.


Partners who do not ride but would like to participate in meals and/or yoga and cultural activities are welcome to join as well! Please inquire about pricing and details: info@equisolretreats.com.

All participants will be required to show proof of full covid vaccination prior to the start date of the retreat OR a negative covid test taken no more than 3 days before the start date of the retreat. 

If our retreat is cancelled due to covid regulations which do not allow travel to/from Costa Rica, you will receive a full refund. Please review the full cancellation policy details on our Retreats page. 

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 which is about 2 1/2 hours driving from us. You can take a shuttle (we recommend CR Terra Tours) or rent a vehicle and drive from Liberia. There is also a larger airport in San Jose (SJO) which is about 5 hours driving from us. There are short commuter flights available from Sansa Airlines (www.flysansa.com) from SJO or LIR to the tiny Nosara airport (i.e., must be comfortable with little airplanes :-). 

As mentioned, we have a list of recommendations on places to stay nearby and Carrie also has a few rooms available via Air BnB at the barn for those that act quickly. We recommend looking at Trip Advisor and Air BnB for help in choosing your accommodations and please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions on our Retreats page for great tips and info on travel. We are always available to help make this your dream vacation. 

Even more detailed info will be sent to you once you sign up!

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