Luxe Cowgirl Yoga Retreat (Rescheduling due to covid)
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About the Event
Join Big Sky Yoga Retreats’ boss mare, Margaret Burns Vap, and Equisol's leading ladies, Carrie Anderson and Heidi Blackman, for an unforgettable yoga and horseback riding experience in Nosara, Costa Rica. This is a Luxe Cowgirl Yoga retreat that includes 6-nights accommodations at an equally luxe private resort that has its own private path to Playa Pelada beach in Nosara. The resort features ten private bungalows with private baths and AC, two beautiful pools, a macaw sanctuary, beautiful tropical landscaping and all the amazing amenities you can expect on a Luxe retreat. There is also an outdoor rancho with a yoga studio and a fully equipped kitchen which will be taken over by our amazing chef Sarah.
This isn’t Cowgirl Yoga’s first rodeo in Costa Rica - it will be the 5th retreat collaboration between CY and Equisol! Yeehaw & Namaste to that.
The horse activities will take place at Equisol's home stables and transportation to/from the barn is included. Our days at the barn will be filled with exploring ways to improve confidence, balance and connection in the saddle. This will consist of unmounted workshops and small group riding lessons with Equisol founder, Carrie Anderson. Margaret will also lead groundwork activities to deepen our connection with our horse partners.
We will then take what we have learned in the arena onto the trail to explore the beach, jungle and mountain trails with our horse partners. This will include opportunities to ride on the beach, through mangroves, in the mountains and to a beautiful waterfall. And no retreat with Equisol would be complete without a chance to take the horses down to the river and/or beach to swim, roll and play!
You will get a taste of Costa Rican culture with a class on how to prepare traditional Costa Rican bread, and enjoy cafe choreada with Patricia. One of our rides will also take us to a local farm for a traditional lunch and tour of the farm.
There will be daily yoga with Margaret and a couple of guest teaching appearances by Heidi. We will explore mindfulness, alignment and yoga themes that also can be applied in the saddle, and to life in general. There will be plenty of time for journaling, meditation and down time to nap, relax by the pool or take a walk to the beach for a fresh pipa (coconut).
We will enjoy delicious and nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners prepared daily in the open-air rancho by our amazing chef Sarah. Sarah’s culinary creations are sure to nourish you on retreat and inspire you in your own kitchen when you return home. She specializes is preparing seafood, and takes advantage of the availability of fresh and organic fruit and vegetables and sustainably harvested local fish. We will also enjoy two dinners out at our favorite (and quite spectacular) restaurants in town - one beachside and the other in the mountains overlooking the valleys and ocean below.
Nosara is within one of only seven “Blue Zones” in the world, where people live the longest, healthiest lives due in part to eating healthy, staying active and being part of a close-knit community. Come experience what it is like to live in a Blue Zone!
The following will be included on this retreat:
- 6 nights accommodations in a private bungalow with private bath, patio, AC, fans & hot water
- Resort features 2 pools, beach access, laundry facilities, open air yoga studio & macaw sanctuary
- Transportation to/from the Liberia airport
- Transportation during the retreat
- 3 Riding lessons with Carrie
- 3 Unmounted Workshops with Carrie & Heidi
- Groundwork session with Margaret
- 4 Trail rides
- River or Beach Plunge with the Horses
- 4 Yoga Classes with Margaret
- 2 Yoga Classes with Heidi
- Traditional Bread making & Cafecito with Patricia
- 6 Breakfasts / 5 Lunches / 6 Dinners including wine/beer/cocktails
- An Experience of a Lifetime and a new group of amazing women & equine friends!
Total Price $5495 ($1000 deposit required to make reservation; remainder due May 25, 2022)
Come join us so we can share our love of this slice of paradise, our amazing horses, and a like-minded group of women. Usually guests come together as strangers and leave as close friends, united by a bond of adventure, horses, yoga, laughter, self-exploration and expansion!
ABOUT MARGARET BURNS VAP
Margaret is the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats and creator of Cowgirl Yoga™. Her relationship with yoga began more than two decades ago, when she began attending Jivamukti Yoga and took up the practice in an attempt to balance her hectic New York City lifestyle and corporate career with cosmetics giant L’Oréal. A few years and several hundred down dogs later, she traded in her designer duds for yoga pants – and moved to Washington DC to open her own studio. She combined her business background and passion for mindful movement to create Georgetown Yoga, which soon became one of DC’s most popular studios.
She practiced at Jivamukti London when her family relocated to the UK for a short time, and studied Ashtanga Yoga under Richard Freeman, David Swenson, and Dave Oliver. Margaret also completed a training program with renowned California/New York-based Yoga Works, and traveled to Hawaii for Baron Baptiste’s Teacher Training Bootcamp.
Margaret’s students have included celebrities and DC luminaries to wheelchair-bound seniors, beginner to more experienced yogis – and everyone in between.
Her belief that yoga can benefit anyone, anytime was part of what inspired Margaret when her family relocated to Bozeman, Montana in early 2007. Alongside her husband David and daughter Morgane, she quickly embraced the laid-back-yet-vibrant town, its outdoor fitness focus, and breathtaking 360-degree mountain views. It wasn’t long before Margaret felt called to combine her love of yoga with her new-found love for Montana. Her authentic approach to teaching and natural gift for creating nurturing, safe spaces for people to practice yoga inspired the creation of Big Sky Yoga Retreats. With the help of her close-knit team, Margaret developed a one-of-a-kind retreat experience that welcomes women to enjoy yoga with an unforgettable Montana backdrop.
Big Sky Yoga Retreats has been featured in numerous publications and has received impressive press coverage since its inception. In addition to Montana, Margaret leads retreats in Argentina, California, France, and Italy. The retreat experience Margaret designed and her vision for the trips is constantly evolving and changing. She and her team are driven to find as many ways as possible to incorporate the connection to yoga and horses, and yoga and nature. The signature retreat experiences include Cowgirl Yoga and yoga and hiking. Most recently, Margaret has pursued training in equine coaching to guide her retreaters on an even deeper journey into the mind-body-horse connection. And just for fun…she offers an occasional retreat or two combining yoga and wine.
Her yoga retreat philosophy is Authenticity. The goal is to provide something truly unique that wouldn’t otherwise be discovered on one’s own - whether it’s a deep understanding of how to move in and out of a certain yoga pose, or riding off the beaten path across the wilds of Patagonia.
Margaret earned her B.S. from Georgetown University and her MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. She can get by in French and Spanish, and throws out un po d’Italiano when needed. She has traveled extensively, especially when horseback riding and hiking have been involved.
She and David make the most of Montana’s endless outdoor activities and have loved watching their daughter Morgane grow up on the ski slope and on horseback - Morgane is now an accomplished ski racer and horse whisperer, and you can often find her assisting with Cowgirl Yoga. Margaret is also proud ‘mom’ to English Mastiff Lili, Maine Coon cat Leo, barn cats Leia, Thor and Loki, and her equine herd – Tennessee Walking Horses Java, and Skywalker, Paint horse Apollo, and Paso Fino Dulce.
Read I’m Margaret Burns Vap, and this is my Dharma on the Sivana Spirit blog.
ABOUT CARRIE & HEIDI
Heidi and Carrie's love for horses, yoga and nature led them to create Equisol Retreats in 2013 here in Nosara, Costa Rica. They are both avid equestrians and yoginis, and have spent the last 8 years exploring how these two disciplines complement one another so beautifully. They continue to find physical and philosophical parallels in riding and yoga, and love to share those with guests in their favorite place - Costa Rica!
Carrie has over 20 years of riding experience and focuses on dressage and three-day eventing. She has been training horses and riders for over ten years. Her focus in training is helping students find good alignment and balance in their riding position so they can find a sense of ease, confidence and joy in their riding. She excels at improving the connection and communication shared between horse and rider. Carrie has studied Centered Riding with Heidi Potter, the Murdoch Method with Wendy Murdoch and has trained with Callie Rae King and various three-day eventing trainers in Costa Rica. Carrie and her husband, Eder (Neno), are also the owners of Playa Ponies, which has been offering horseback riding tours in Nosara for over 10 years.
Carrie is the boss mare of her herd of 20+ horses, 8 dogs, 4 cats, 2 goats, 2 calves, chickens and a partridge in a pear tree. Her house and barn are usually brimming with students, family, friends and animals. Neno and Carrie are also the proud parents of two beautiful daughters who are well on their way to becoming professional equestrians.
Heidi has been regularly practicing yoga for over 18 years and is a 500-hr ERYT (200 hours of yoga teacher's training through YogaWorks with Kia Miller and 350+ hours of SmartFlow training with Annie Carpenter). Heidi is also a certified SmartFlow yoga instructor.
Heidi continues to study yoga and teaches regular yoga classes at her private studio in Nosara, on retreats and via her popular online program, Yoga for Riders, 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.
Heidi has two horse-kids that rule her life (and her bank account). She has trained in Centered Riding, the Murdoch Method, and with several clinicians in Costa Rica. She now competes in three-day eventing and never misses an opportunity to go on a beach ride. She is also mom to two amazing kids, Nash and Leela, two dogs, a cat, and a flock of chickens.
This is a ladies only event!
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. Upon entry into Costa Rica, you will be required to show proof of full covid vaccination OR medical insurance that covers you in the case of covid infection while in Costa Rica. Details of what proof is needed is available in our FAQs and will be sent out via email upon booking.
Check-in at the retreat center is no earlier than 2pm; check-out is no later than 11am.
The closest airport is the Liberia (LIR) airport which is about 2 1/2 hours from Nosara. Shuttle transportation to/from the airport is included. If flights don't line up we recommend staying at the Hilton Hotel in Liberia, and we can also pick up or drop off from there. There is also a larger airport in San Jose (SJO) which is about 5 hours driving from us; shuttles from SJO are not included, but we can help you book one if needed. There are also 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 :-)) - this is not included, but we can arrange for pickup or drop off from the Nosara (NOS) airport.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions on our Retreats page for great tips and info on travel, packing, and more. We are always available for questions and to do what we can to make this your dream vacation.
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