Mindfulness with Masters in Costa Rica

Arenal, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tilarán, Costa Rica

Tula Vida
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 2 - 12
Mindfulness with Masters in Costa Rica
Arenal, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tilarán, Costa Rica

Tula Vida
  • Email address verified

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 2 - 12

About this trip

Mindfulness is for Everyone

There are many ways and many reasons to practice mindfulness and/or meditation.

Whether you already have a mindfulness practice and want to deepen your experience or you are new to the idea and want to discover and experience it, you are in the right place.

Mindfulness Masters

The wisdom of nature, the incredible sensing capacity of horses and the power of experience will enlighten and support you to tune in, discover or refine your own mindfulness practice, deepen your self-connection and create a sense of balance at a mind, body and spirit level. 

What makes this so unique?

Tula Vida is off-the-grid and surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see - like stepping back in time, everything feels simpler, nourishing and restorative, the ideal place to retreat.

And the horses are our zen masters. Read on to find out more...

Why do we need this kind of retreat?

Sometimes we feel worn out, overwhelmed or stuck amidst all the stress and distractions. Being mindful, more present or really relaxing can feel challenging. The routine or disconnection can take its toll and we get out of balance. 

Looking at it from a nervous system perspective, it makes sense as we are constantly operating on fight, flight or freeze, the busy brain takes over and we barely have a chance to rest, digest and let our body and mind recharge in peace. This is not sustainable.

Experience and Nature are the Best Teachers

The good news is that the horses and the natural world have the secrets of “going back to grazing” or “growing through” whatever comes up, living fully present, relaxed, alert and connected. And Costa Rica - with its vibrant, abundant delights for the senses all around - is the ideal place to learn.

Tula Vida Magic

Tula Vida is a 72-acre natural oasis, designed to bring everything back into balance just by being here. Expansive views, solid retreat spaces, vibrant nature, pure air and water, rainforest soundtracks, natural light and the presence of the horse herd all speak at a deep level to your whole system – supporting you to feel truly present, supported and alive. 

Horse and Nature Experiences

Sally Nilsson and Eric Kolesar have many years of experience facilitating experiences based on principles of mindfulness and connection, which offers both a deeply felt sense of what you are looking for, as well as the knowledge and tools to take home with you and recreate it.  

We include guided nature and horse experiences, breathing tools, mindful movement, coaching, play and fun, as well as space and support for your own reflection or practice time in beautiful spaces. 

With the Tula Vida horses as guides, you will get to know your own unique nervous system better and explore how to work with it (rather than against it) to create the state, feeling or energy that you want more of. The goal is not to control everything (control is an illusion). The practice is to build a flexible and resilient nervous system that can handle whatever happens - like the horses.

Other things the horses model and teach us:

-  Being rather than just Doing

-  Becoming truly present and mindful amidst distractions

-  Noticing and processing stress and discomfort

-  Emotional and social intelligence

-  Non-verbal communication

-  Cultivating presence and positive, inspiring energy

-  Belonging in the herd, connected and supported

Discover it for yourself - it is hard to put into words but when you feel it, it is transformational! 

A Sense of Home

Our guests often comment how quickly they feel like they belong here, with welcoming humans, animals and the land itself. 

Our rooms are designed as a retreat from the wilds of nature - calming, comfortable spaces where you can relax and rest well as you process your insights and connect deeper with yourself. Meals are healthy, delicious and made with love so your whole body feels nourished along the way.

We are here to support you.

The Place - Tula Vida Ranch

Away from the sights and sounds of busy human life, we have created an oasis for both humans and horses. Every time we step onto the land we feel the power of the natural world to soothe, nourish and restore us. 

Tula Vida Ranch

Tula Vida Ranch is surrounded by 3 volcanos, an expansive sunset view and pristine rainforest, with rivers, springs and ponds - the horses roam freely in this stunning environment where you will find you can breathe more deeply and re-discover your flow.


Our rooms are beautiful and comfortable with a terrace and individual bathrooms.  

The Villas are double rooms with private bathrooms and a stunning terrace. The Horse Manor has private rooms with a shared kitchen/living area and a stunning terrace where the horses may come and join you for your morning coffee. 

Our communal lodge is where we share meals, practice yoga and is a safe, comfortable space to rest. 


Meals are home-cooked with love, using fresh local ingredients.  Our water comes from our abundant natural springs and we have air fresh from the trees to breathe - everything is designed to be in harmony with the surroundings and support your mind, body and spirit to rest, re-energise and renew.

Environment and Herd

We are 100% off-the-grid with our own solar power and fresh spring water living in harmony with nature while remaining a safe, comfortable human retreat. We even have good internet!

We have planted 1000s of trees and plants already, including a food forest and a nursery for endangered trees, to encourage the forest to regenerate and give wildlife corridors to pass through the neighbouring national parks.  It is a true sanctuary for all visitors, which includes shy tapirs, rare bell-birds and plenty of toucans, sloths and monkeys.

We spend a lot of time out on the stunning 72 acre property - with trails, rivers, waterfalls, valleys, primary rainforest and abundant wildlife - truly accessible nature.  

Tula Vida Foundation is a 501c charity registered in the US with a mission to rescue horses in Costa Rica and sponsor people to come for transformational horse experiences and retreats.

A visit to us supports not just yourself but also the natural environment, the rescue horses, the local community who work with us and people without the means to have these kind of experiences.

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Roundtrip group transportation between Liberia International Airport (LIR) and Tula Vida at set times on Retreat Arrival/Departure Dates
  • Accommodation
    6 nights at Tula Vida Ranch with full access to miles of trails, surrounding horses, spring-fed pond and more
  • Meals
    3 meals per day, starting with arrival dinner on Day 1 and ending with departure breakfast on final day
  • Daily Horse Experiences
    Transformational equine experiential learning with the Tula Vida herd, facilitated by Eric & Sally - create a connection with a horse, become part of the herd, and see where connection can take you...
  • Yoga
    Daily mindful movement with Eric Kolesar
  • Restorative Massage
    Enjoy a 1 hour intuitive massage
  • Offsite adventure
    Visit a 500-year old Avatar tree or soak in local natural hot springs
  • Nature-based Experiences
    Plenty of coaching and self-guided time in nature - science shows that being in nature is good for wellbeing
  • Mindfulness Tools
    Take-home tools and ideas for living more mindfully
  • Sunset Meditations
    Gather for spectacular sunsets to savour the moment and practice gratitude together
  • Integration
    Relax in the hammock, journal by the lake, meditate with the monkeys - free time to reflect, enjoy & integrate experiences

What’s not included

  • Airfare
    You arrange your own travel to/from Liberia airport (LIR) in Costa Rica on retreat arrival/departure dates.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    We recommend not drinking alcohol during the retreat so as to be full present and connected.
  • Trip insurance
    We require that travel insurance is purchased in case of any need to cancel, travel disruption or medical emergencies.
  • Tips
    This is optional but often people want to leave tips for staff and drivers

Available Packages

The Villas - shared room
Available until 2 days before departure

Sharing one of our beautiful rooms in the Villas, with a giant terrace and stunning views, located right next to the Lodge (for dining and yoga). 

Each room has 2 double beds, private bathroom, kitchenette, table and chairs.

$2,999 + 13% service tax

Deposit: $1,500
The Villas - private king room with bath
Available until 2 days before departure

Our master room in the Villas, with a giant terrace and stunning views, located right next to the Lodge (for dining and yoga). 

This room has a King bed, private bathroom with both bathtub and shower, kitchenette, table and chairs.

$3199 + 13% service tax

Deposit: $1,500
The Horse Manor - private rooms
Available until 2 days before departure

The Horse Manor is designed to share half of its beautiful terrace with the horses, so you can enjoy morning coffee with your new friends while looking out over the volcano valley.

It is located a little way into the ranch, down a gentle slope below the Lodge (for dining and yoga) and the Villas, with some of the best views in the place!

Each room has a private bathroom and an adjoining lounge/kitchen, as well as the outside terrace.

$3,299 + 13% service tax

Deposit: $1,800

Available options

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Tula Vida
With stunning, vibrant and accessible nature all around, Tula Vida offers transformational horse experiences and other retreats in Costa Rica aimed at supporting your whole system to settle back into balance, allowing the stress to melt away so you can (re)find your positive energy, self-connection and sense of harmony.