Ride The Wave: Yoga & Horseback Riding Retreat November 15-19, 2021
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! 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 provide a list of nearby recommendations in our FAQs) based on budget and comfort. Each day will be filled with yoga, riding lessons, trail rides, group discussions and cultural activities. Generally our days start around 7:30am and go until 5:00pm, so these are full days filled with riding, yoga, group activities and relaxation.
Enjoy daily all-levels smartflow yoga classes with Heidi in her private open-air, treetop studio in Playa Pelada. The physical and philosophical theme of each yoga class will then be carried into what is taught in that day's riding lesson with Carrie; for example, how to find a neutral pelvis, fold from the hips and move from center, and asking yourself questions like 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 and/or private 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, beaches, jungle and a beautiful waterfall.
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 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!
Come join us so we can share our love of this slice of paradise, the amazing horses and yoga! Usually guests come together as strangers and leave as close friends united by a bond of adventure, horses, laughter, self-exploration and expansion!
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 and now focuses on dressage and 3-day eventing. 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 Wendy Murdoch and Callie Rae King. Carrie and her husband, Eder (Neno), are also the owners of our sister company, Playa Ponies, which has been offering horseback riding tours in Nosara for over 10 years.
Heidi has been regularly practicing yoga for over 18 years 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.
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: email@example.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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