Horse Connection, Liberty and Yoga

Tucurrique, Provincia de Cartago, Jiménez, Costa Rica

FS
6 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 8
Horse Connection, Liberty and Yoga
Tucurrique, Provincia de Cartago, Jiménez, Costa Rica

6 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 8

About this trip

 Feel the flow...

Join us for our unique and carefully designed retreat to connect with horses, nature and your inner strength. This retreat combines the daily practice of yoga, guided meditation and the study of Natural Horsemanship in order to improve your body language, focus and leadership. Be present and in the now. Breath in the fresh air and peace of our cosy mountain farm. Practice mindfulness and go in contact with yourself through your equine partner and while meditating. Feel yourself and your horse moving together in harmony and during your yoga class. Soak in the life and peace of our jungle surroundings. 

Start your day with a yoga class held by a professional and strong yogi who will guide you through your class in flow and with ease. Yoga helps you to improve your strength and balance, mental as well as physical. After a hearty breakfast including fresh and local ingredients you will be with your horse in a natural horsemanship groundwork or riding class. The study of Natural Horsemanship will not only bring you closer to the majestic and high spiritual being of the horse but also improve your self confidence, awareness, consciousness and focus. Becoming the leader of your equine partner can teach you to also become your own leader and not have others influence your decisions and ideas without your consent.   After your horse class you can stay with the herd on our stunning mountain pasture, take time to just be and breath.  The afternoons include a mix of activities making every day special and different. After a healthy and delicious dinner we will be falling asleep to the sound of the jungle. 

Horse Connection & Liberty

 Immerse into the learning of the horses language.

Give yourself the time you like to fully immerse into the horse world together with our passionate horsewoman isa and her precious herd at Finca Soley. Learn how to communicate with horses using your energy, intentions and body language. After being partnered up with your equine partner you can learn with him together what it means to become a friend with a horse. Improve your timing, mental strength and leadership while having the best teacher in the world: a horse. Become one with your horse riding with only one or even without a rein and on only a bareback pad. Test your creativity and precision while playing with your horse in liberty. Once you make friends with a horse there are no more limits. 

This course is for people who want to learn what really counts for horses. No matter if you finally follow your dream and start getting in contact with horses or if you even own your own horses back home and want to bring new inspirations with you, we will pick you up where you are and make sure you will get the best out of this course. 

Besides the horses you can enjoy Finca Soley surroundings on the included nature and culture tours within this program. Visit hot springs to relax, hike and jump into the wild waterfalls in our area. 

Each program will be carefully and individually adjusted to your wishes and needs. At Finca Soley we work on a private scale with one on one attention to our guests. 

Terms & Conditions

A 25% depositis required for your booking.

The booking system requires to pay add ons at booking. Nevertheless the add ons are refundable at 75% till the arrival day as well as the whole programm fee. 

Payment plans can be offered. 

The remaining 75% is due at your arrival day. Since we need long-term planning your registration for the booked time is binding. The fee for the entire period specified by you is due upon your arrival at the farm. In case of early departure, no refund of the fee project is possible. This is true even if we have to exclude you because of a violation of our house and community rules on the further project work. If you wish to terminate your participation.

If you cannot arrive we are happy to find an alternative date for your stay with us within one year.

The second part of the payment can also be made in cash at arrival.

Packing List

ž Riding pants

ž Yoga clothes (looking for the perfect yoga wear? Check out www.Budevi.com and receive your handmade in Germany yoga wear with a special discount for our guests. Discount code: FincaSoley24 ) 

ž Comfortable clothes for the evenings (It can get cold)

ž A pretty dress/ clothes for the ceremony, dinners 

ž Clothes for trips

ž Closed shoes for riding

ž Sneakers or hiking boots for hiking

ž Flip Flops, Sandals or something similar

ž Light longs-leave shirts to protect against sun and insects

ž Cap or sunhat

ž Riding helmet (We have plenty on the farm too)

ž Swimsuit

ž Sunscreen and repellent 

ž Flash light

ž Water bottle with carabiner 

ž Toiletries (shampoo bar & soap bar, organic and bio gradable products as our water maintains in our gardens we cannot use silicone or plastic in our soaps, we also recommend you the moon cup instead of commercial tampons for your trip)

ž Small backpack

ž Booklet and pen to make notes (For Theory lessons and personal writings)

ž Maybe bum bag 

ž Your personal first aid kid (Plaster, ointment, charcoal tablets, etc.)

ž Our number: 00506 83694339 (= 

If you have room in your suitcase and fell like bringing something for the horses or people please contact us. 

Arrival Info

Check for the Finca Soley sign at the airport. It would be great if you can arrive in the morning-midday time. If you come from overseas your might consider arriving one day before the retreat start. You can book extra nights with us or stay in a place in San Jose/ close to the airport.  

Extra Dates

 Please contact s if you wish to book the retreat on a different date. 

What’s included

  • 6 nights accomodation
    private option available
  • Airport Transfers
  • fresh made meals
  • 6 Horsemanship Lessons
    Groundwork, Liberty and Riding
  • 3 Theory Lessons
    Learn about horse psychology
  • 6 Yoga Classes
  • Tea Circle
  • Hor Springs & Coffeetour
  • Hike with your equine
  • trail ride
    30 mins mindfulness trail
  • fire ceremony

What’s not included

  • airfare costs
  • personal items
  • tips

Available Packages

Liberty & Yoga Retreat at Finca Soley

Horse Connection, Liberty & Yoga

$2,100
Deposit: $525
Horse Connection & Liberty
$1,800
Deposit: $525
Couple - Friends price - 2 people
$4,100
Deposit: $750

Available options



Itinerary

Day 1
Farm Tour & Tea Circle

Day 1

3pm: Farm Tour

We take you on a walk through our tropical mountain farm and you will learn about eatable and medicinal plants we grow here.

4.30pm: Tea Circle

Pick a leave from our medicinal garden to prepare your herbal tea. We will sit together to meet and set goals, discuss wishes for the retreat.

5:30 pm: Yoga

6:30 pm: Dinner

Your Organizer


FS
Finca Soley
6 reviews
Educational horse vacation on organic horse farm in beautiful mountain setting.

Reviews

I had a wonderful time at Finca Soley. Got to meet great volunteers and made some good friends. The food was just very fresh and Anna the cook a real sweetheart. The horses were well cared for and loved. The only reason for the one missing star was access to a more private bathroom. 😀
By Nelleke V for Nelleke - Horse Volunteer (Tripaneer) on Feb 15, 2024
I spent amazing three weeks at Finca Soley. Everything was not just as described, but even better. Isa and her family and the other volunteers made me feel welcome from the first second. There is a very positive atmosphere at the finca which allows you to learn a lot about horsecare, horsemanship and riding. The horses are well trained and carefully looked after. The vegetarian food was delicious, rooms spacious and the view over the pastures amazing. Isa even organized fantastic yoga lessons for us. I recommend using their shuttle (approx. 2 hours) from the airport, at least If you arrive in the afternoon, as there are not so many busses a day going to Tucurrique. I would love to come back one day! :-)
By Anne M for Anne - Horse Volunteer (semi private room) on Feb 01, 2024
KK
I had such a wonderful time there. Isa and Milton did everything for me to experience everything that was included in the package; from picking me up from the airport, to taking me to some destinations for half day tours. I'm very grateful for their making various arrangements to accomodate me. Food was A+ 🤩, the guesthouse was very clean and pleasant. Isa's lessons on Natural Horsemanship were superb 👌 I highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves horses and wants to experience Costa Rica! 💓Pura vida 🇨🇷
By Kaz K for Kazumi horse vacation on Jan 27, 2024
OD
Short Version: If you're reading this review, it's because you're already curious. Go ahead and pull the trigger, because this is nothing like anything you've ever done, and you will absolutely love it. Jungle oasis, organic farm, gentle horses, yoga, nature adventures and cultural experiences in the afternoon... FInca Soley is worth the trip. Longer Version: I found Finca Soley while looking for longer-term equestrian experiences. I used to ride when I was a kid and had basically forgotten everything but I've always wanted to take lessons again. Add to that wanting to escape the NYC winter but not wanting an elaborate itinerary driving around all over Costa Rica, and this seemed like the perfect fit. Well, it was so, so much more than I expected and incredibly serene and relaxing! The Farm and the People: With its rolling pasture for horses, free-roaming dairy cows, meandering chickens, ripe fruit trees, hummingbirds, blossoms, and lush vegetation, it really felt like I was waking up everyday in paradise. In the morning I would drink my traditional Costa Rican coffee laid out on the terrace or swinging in the hammock, then pop over to the other guest house for a delicious communal breakfast. Isa is the equestrian, teacher, and horse whisperer, and her husband Milton is a woodworker, carpenter, fabricator and built the beautiful casitas on the property. Their three children are very sweet and if you want to get them talking they'll love to tell you about riding their pony or doing gymnastics. The Food: Fresh juices, fruits and veggies right off the farm, delicious organic diet with traditional Costa Rican foods...the cook knows what she's doing. What's cool about this place is that it has a volunteer program for people to live and work with horses longer term. Breakfast and lunch are communal with everyone at a big table in one of the large, bright houses. Eating breakfast and lunch with the volunteers, the other guests, and even Isa and Milton if they stopped by, felt like being part of a family and I learned more about horses and riding just from talking and enjoying the community of like-minded people. Dinner for the guests is served restaurant style in the primary guest house, and the meals are more elaborate, incorporating fresh local fish and meat, special recipes, wine or beer, and homemade dessert. I should note here: I have a very specific, somewhat restrictive diet that I need to follow. I was really anxious that it would be hard to eat the way I need to because everytime I go to something where the food is included, a resort or what have you, it's just a headache to get my dietary needs met. Well, I explained very carefully to Isa my limitations and she catered the meals to ensure that it was always appropriate for me, amending my dinner as needed (ie: I don't eat flour, so if there was something made with flour she would make me my own version without flour too!!) She happily went above-and-beyond, in a situation where people are normally just annoyed at me. It was a huge relief to know that I was being taken care of in that realm. The Horses: Whether you're a seasoned equestrian or a total beginner, there is something here for you. I'm like one notch up from a total beginner, and I rode and interacted with these horses in ways that I didn't even know were things that people do. I could literally tell my horse Luki to stop just by breathing out and sinking my weight back. There were women there that had been riding their whole lives and even they were doing things with the horses that they have never experienced before. If you know how to ride, but you aren't familiar with "natural horsemanship," parelli style, liberty work, etc- this horse holiday will take you to the next level with your riding. Lessons were a mix of riding (with bit, without bit, with reins, without reins,) theory and practical lessons, and training the horse to follow your directions on the ground (groundwork, or Liberty.) I specifically wanted more lessons than are included in the Horsemanship Holiday, so Isa made time to have extra lessons with me for what would be the local price. When the horses are in the pasture you can just wander out there and meander about with them, pet them, meditate with them or just look out across the mountains. I liked to go up there around sunset to let my horse Luki get to know me better, and to watch them play and gallop together. Absolutely magical. Off the Farm: The guest holiday includes half day and a full day trip or adventure. There's a bunch to choose from, and you can craft your own holiday based on what most interests you. For my full day trip I did rafting which I *HIGHLY RECOMMEND.* I also HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the "Waterfall Adventure" where you hike through the jungle upon along waterfalls, stopping to swim around, jump off, or even slide down them! There was one in particular that you can swim *behind* into a secret little cave and then swim *underneath* and pop out the other side!! I also liked the "Orso Hot Springs" and the Horse Meditation with Hike. You can see on their website some of the different offerings. Accommodations: I chose a communal room and it was perfect for me while traveling on a budget. I stayed upstairs in a high loft room, with plenty of space for my belongings. There was one other guest in the lofted room and we were both very respectful and just super easy going. With all the living space, couches, dining tables, large terrace, the entire farm at my disposal, it was definitely the right choice for me to go communal with the actual bedroom and save some money. They do have private rooms though, which I know has its own little side patio. Whether you found Finca Soley looking for a horsemanship experience, a yoga retreat with horses, a equestrian retreat that includes tours and adventures, or just a relaxing farm oasis to unwind for a week or two, Finca Soley is truly a very, very special experience and I cannot recommend it enough!!
By Omega D for Educational Horse Vacation (14 days/ 13 nights) Omega Dale on Jan 20, 2024
I volunteered at Finca Soley for 4 weeks. Isa is a fantastic woman with a big ❤️ both for her volunteers, guests and not least for her wonderful horses and her lovely family. I had a life-time experience and strongly recommend Finca Soley to future guests and volunteers. I feel I got a new family and I learned so much how to approach and ride horses in a respectul manner, Thank you so much Isa 🙏🙏
By Hanne A for Hanne payment link on Jan 15, 2024
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