Yoga in Harmony with Horses: holistic retreats 2015 and 2016

Yoga & Horses 7 Day Retreats Schedule 2015

June 29th – July 6th, 2015

September  12 -19, 2015

new dates throughout 2016! Please contact us for more information.

$2100 per person: lodging, meals & yoga clinic with horses all included

(for a private room single person a $200 suppl.)

Yoga in Harmony 2 Day 3 Night Retreat

Please ask for scheduled dates throughout the year.

$565

(for a private room single person a $150 suppl.)

For private Yoga Horse Retreat Dates: if you would like to have a private Yoga Horse Retreat at different dates, please contact us.

Day 1

Arrive at the Magellan Inn in Cahuita. Elegant and comfortable rooms await you in this tropical paradise. Aromas of ylang-ylang, frangipane and jasmine linger in the air.  The sound of waves on the beach nearby and the light breeze from the sea add to this exotic and tropical setting. Magellan Inn is a haven for all Beings, from the tiniest black and green dart frog, colorful humming birds, chattering parrots, ponderous iguanas and slow sloths to playful monkeys. There is a quiet yet powerful energy that lies beneath these coral rocks of 10,000 years, where this little sanctuary is built upon. Without disturbing the surrounding nature “Magellan Inn” mingles with the wild tropical plants, trees and medicinal plants of the area.

Magellan Inn pool set in ancient coral reef & jungle

Magellan Inn pool set in ancient coral reef & jungle

After you have relaxed and settled into your accommodations, dinner will be served on the open  air terrace over-looking the gardens. Meet Corinne Aulakh, a RYT 200 Yoga Certified Therapist Instructor. Corinne trained in Santa Barbara, California at the “Let It Go Yoga School” and in Chennai, India at the Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre. Visit Corinne’s webpage to find out more about her http://yogawithcorinnerosita.com/  

Yoga with Corinne

Yoga with Corinne

Terry, your host, is also a RYT 200 Yoga Certified Therapist Instructor, and she will be giving many of the classes also during the Retreat. As a Certified Metaphysical Energy Healer, Terry will also show you ways to connect with your horse through their energy systems and yours as well as possible healing treatments.

Warrior Horse Pose

Warrior Horse Pose

*If you would like to order a massage for any of these days, please let us know in advance (not included in rates)

6pm Opening Ceremony in the Yoga Sanctuary.

7pm dinner

Day 2

7 am Wake up in the morning to the chattering of parrots. The sounds of life awakening in the jungle. Each sound a message of life & timelessness.

overlooking the tropical gardens

overlooking the tropical gardens

The perfect moment to meditate is in this hour, when the day just begins.

Under the branches of a sea almond tree, where a visiting sloth loves to come for her breakfast of fresh baby leaves, sit in quiet peace, in mindlessness, relaxing the body completely, opening your Chakras for inner healing of body, mind & soul. Be guided by nature to find your inner peace.

Mother Sloth and her baby , Sue & Betty

Mother Sloth and her baby , Sue & Betty

7:00 Join  Yoga class in the Yoga Sanctuary of the gardens of Magellan Inn.

– Mantras to set our intentions for the week.

-Pranayama

-Equine Yoga core strengthening exercizes

-Asanas

-if all participants are physically able to do so we will learn the individual asanas of the Sun Salutation.

Yoga Practice in the Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Practice in the Yoga Sanctuary

8:00 am. Breakfast is served on the open air terrace over looking the tropical gardens.

Magellan Inn lodging Cahuita, Costa Rica

On most mornings the little green & black dart frogs hop by on their days journey to the bromeliads.

Little dart frog coming out to play!

Little dart frog coming out to play!

Sansa, the Blue Macaw demonstrates her Yoga positions as she puts on a real Cirque du Soleil show for any admirers that might be looking!

Hangin' out!

For breakfast, fresh organic fruit juice from our gardens, a plate of fresh tropical fruit, homemade bread rolls, butter, organic Costa Rican coffee or hot chocolate and an assortment of black, green & herbal teas. Our free range & very happy healthy chickens provide us with the most delicious eggs. Yogurt & organic honey & Muesli cereal.

After a very healthy breakfast, full of energy we are prepared to start our adventure of the day!

10 am.

Our 1st class of “Yoga & Horse Connection” 

We will start by first sharing territory with the horses.  Relaxing in a meditative state, letting the horse come to you and visit, by not forcing our selves on the horse, we are giving them their freedom. Let him smell you, breathe you and connect with you. Let the horse be free to come and go at their own will. Then we will introduce ourselves by saying hello, staying in the moment and asking nothing more.

Asha and Natasha "Being"

Asha and Natasha “Being”

We will practice our awareness by observing herd behaviour. As they graze the horse remains always aware of their surroundings, the noises, the changes, the energy. By being aware with a soft focus they keep themselves safe at all times, ready to flee if necessary. We watch their reactions and mirror them. With this, they start to no longer see us as predators, but as part of the herd. We spend the time, in a quiet peaceful mind set, letting the energies, the sounds, the life roll over us and around us, at one with nature.

As they begin to accept our presence, we can then start a connection by initiating the next step, which is to greet them. You will learn to do this like horses do. Respecting their space, as you ask them to respect your space.

Erin, Anya & Shad greetin one another

Erin, Anya & Shad greetin one another

After the too have greeted us, we can them have physical contact with them. Rubbing them on their itchy spots, mimicking the grooming they give to eachother. We stay in the moment, no expectations, just peace & quiet. You will learn how to open your Heart Chakra and connect with that of the horses. Your energies mixing together. This is very peaceful to the horse, they are very open to this. Here the magic can happen, as you let the horse see your true self, no facades. They feel this naturally at all times, we can never lie to them, but now we learn to not lie to ourselves. The horse helps us to reconnect to our inner self.

As we have Chakras so does the horse and you will learn where they are and how to connect with these energy channels when in contact with your horse and during unmounted and mounted Yoga poses with the horse.

Energy Healing

Energy Healing

With everything we do, be it as simple as eating an apple, grooming our horse, practicing Yoga, riding, swimming, gardening, we will try and do it with presence of mind, focusing on what we are doing, in the moment, that it becomes part of who we are. When we rush through life, through doing things because we have other things to do, somewhere esle to go, we bring chaos into our life energy, into the Prana around us and this creates dis- ease in the body. This chaos or negative energy begin in our energetic field around us, then enters through our Chakras, into our physical body bringing dis-ease into our organs.

Doing this also causes stress in our horses. We owe it to them and to ourselves to be in their lives, without stress in ours. When we let go, they let us in, and this is magical, this is the moment we all want and search for. So difficult to attain, but so simple and rewarding!

We will spend the rest of the morning learning Yoga stretches for horses to release tension in their muscles, lubricate their joints and undo stress, blockages and tension using Jun Shin Jyutsu techniques.

Peaceful Bliss

Peaceful Bliss

 

Shiloh and Terry connecting

Shiloh and Terry connecting

Lunch. A moment where we will enjoy the food. Fresh organic salads & dishes. Now, organic, salads, vegetable, fruit, don’t think all boring, no flavour!  You will experience flavours & spices popping in your mouth! Dressings with organic virgin olive oil, Balsamic vinegars, herbs, spices, a variety of salads, lentil croquettes, spicy patties, Taboules, pizzas, burritos, red bean, avocado & sprout wraps, these and more will be part of our lunches.

Veggie Wonders

Veggie Wonders

Afternoon

After lunch, you will head out into the National Park of Cahuita for a guided hike along its sandy paths following the turquoise waters of these beautiful beaches. Little coves and inlets to stop and bathe in the blue waters, all amidst the vibrant jungle which is alive in chattering monkeys, raccoons, opossums and other animals.

White Face Monkey Cahuita

Then to Cahuita center where you can enjoy a cool fresh fruit smoothie and check out the local artisanal shops along the main strand of Cahuita.

National Park of Cahuita "Playa Blanca"

National Park of Cahuita “Playa Blanca”

6pm Evening Restorative Yoga class & Guided Meditation

Evening

7 pm Divine dinners such as fresh Caribbean Shrimp Martiniquaise, spiced rice and mixed green leaves with melted goat cheese toasts & Balsamic dressing will be served on the open-air terrace. Try one of the frosty cocktails a Pina Colada or frozen Margarita or a chilled glass of white wine!

A choice of desserts from French Profiterolles, to Ice creams with toppings with wild names like Jungle Ginger, Rasta Rum or White Magic!

Organic gourmet meals

Organic gourmet meals

As the night’s darkness settles, lie in your hammock and listen to the sounds of the jungle.

On a Midsummers night, a Caribbean full moon!

On a Midsummers night, a Caribbean full moon!

Day 3

Sunrise Yoga on the beach. Let your body awaken with the warm tropical rays of the sun and the energizing sea. Practice of Sun Salutations!

Greeting the sunrise

Greeting the sunrise

Awakening

Awakening

8:00 am Breakfast

10 am Yoga with Horses & Meditating.

After doing a few Yoga movements to relax our bodies we will enter into the stillness of the horse. Taking chairs or our yoga mats we will open  “Sacred Space” with the horse. In quiet meditation we will enter the Alpha state. This is where the magical connection can happen. Loosing track of time and place, just the feel of a light breath of air touching the skin, the hum & sounds of the jungle, the whiskers of a horse’s muzzle and his breath on the nape of your neck. Not asking anything of the horse, nor yourself. Just be……. in the moment……

Easy Seated Pose, freeing the mind of all thoughts, stress and worries.

Easy Seated Pose, freeing the mind of all thoughts, stress and worries.

Practicing asanas near the horses and observing their and our reactions. Asanas open up all the Chakras,allowing prana/life energy to enter and flow creating balance and health in our bodies. By creating peace in our bodies, we bring peace & harmony to our horses, which relaxes them so completely they often seem to dose off!

Downward Facing Horse Poses

Downward Facing Horse Poses

1 pm Lunch

3 pm. After lunch and relaxing in the pool or a small siesta, we will head out on our 1st horse-riding trek. 2 hours of wild beach & jungle adventure. Following the winding Tuba Creek, as it leads us deep into the jungle, we will see monkeys, iguanas, maybe a crocodile, Herons, storks, parrots and toucans. The giant coniferous trees leaning over us, as we pass under their branches heavily laden with orchids and vines.

giant coniferous tree in the junlge

giant coniferous tree in the junlge

Ancient Caribbean Tree Roots

Ancient Caribbean Tree Roots

As the day settles and dusk begins, the colours change, softening into a quiet stillness, as we head back home along the beach, wading through the warm tropical waters.

To Be Alive!

To Be Alive!

6pm Evening  Restorative Yoga

Evening inverted poses

Day 4

7:00 am. Equine Yoga Core Strenthening exercizes

-emphasis on Pranayama and awareness as that will be very important when we are snorkeling in the waters!

8:30 Breakfast

9:30 Today we will go to the little natural harbor of Cahuita where we will embark on a boat for the trip to the coral reefs off the National Park of Cahuita. Here we will jump into the waters and snorkel amongst the multitudes of colourful tropical fish, blowfish, angelfish, swordfish, manta rays, nurse sharks, barracudas and dolphins as they swim and hunt through an amazing variety of live coral, one of its kind on the whole coast! Sea urchins that are zebra striped, or purple and pink, arms of coral that are colours of blue, pink & purple. Seahorses & octopus, all in this amazing underworld of the Caribbean Sea.

Coral reef In National Park of Cahuita, Costa Rica

Coral reef In National Park of Cahuita, Costa Rica

Lunch in town (not included)

5:30 Sunset Scarf Dance on the Beach

Sunset Scarf Dance

Sunset Scarf Dance

7pm. Dinner

Day 5

Sunrise Morning Yoga with Pranayama, Sun Salutations & meditation.

Sunrise Beach Yoga

Sunrise Beach Yoga

8:00 am Breakfast

10 am Yoga Connection with Horse

-pranayama

-connecting Chakras

-asana practice beside the horse & mounted

-riding class with and without stirrups, directing the horse through posture & breath then with closed eyes.

yoga on horseback Costa Rica

Happy Horse Yogis

1pm Lunch

Afternoon leisurely relaxation by the pool or on the beach.

6pm  Evening Restirative Yoga

Parsvakonasana

Parsvakonasana

Massage for those who have signed up or a dip in the pool with cocktails!

7pm Dinner at the Magellan Inn

 

Day 6

7 am Morning Yoga

-review of pranayama, asanas, 8 limbs and how to practice yoga on and off the mat

8:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am Waterfall Trek & Picnic. We will saddle up for  a 6 hour  horse trek into the Talamancan mountains, up to the waterfalls. Starting on the beach, we will then cross up into the mountains following a dirt road. After 1 hour, we will leave the horses at a farm and continue on foot to hike through the jungle.

Along these small trodden paths in this very dense jungle growth, we will discover the tiny red dart frogs, bright yellow snakes, spider monkeys, sloths and maybe the tracks of a jaguar or maraguay.
Happy Sloth

Happy Sloth

Arriving at the waterfalls its time to dive into that cool mountain water , crystal clear and cleansing. Picnic on the rocks and banks of the pool .

Waterfalls in the Rainforest

Waterfalls in the Rainforest

Along the river, among the giant boulders , stands a majestic  and ancient tree. Here in this Sacred Space we meditate and invite the ageless wisdom & knowledge of this ancient tree to enter our souls and bring us inner peace.

Meditating in a Sacred Space

Meditating in a Sacred Space

On the way back feel the freedom of galloping along the beach, splashing through the waves in pure ecstasy!

The joy of freedom, galloping thru the waves!

The joy of freedom, galloping thru the waves!

6pm Evening Restorative Yoga or a Massage (reserve in advance) & relaxation

7 pm Dinner

Day 7

7 am Morning Yoga & review of all we have learned and practiced

1pm Lunch

3pm Beach Yoga with the Horses! Practice of pranayama & asanas on ground by horse & mounted.

Yoga, Horses and Friendships

Yoga, Horses and Friendships

Then riding bareback into the waves & swimming with the horses! Lets try out our balance & equilibrium on the horses bareback! Don’t worry, if you fall, it’s a free fall into the clear waters of the Caribbean or on soft warm sand!

This last day we release any tension left and let our hearts fill with joy & laughter.

YogaWithHorses-21

The energy of the sea washing us, cleansing us. Playful, fun, laughing and enjoying one another, horses, humans, life, the blue of the sea and sky, all energies mingling, joining, then following their own paths. So is LIFE!

The final opening of the heart and receiving the light.

The final opening of the heart and receiving of love and light.

6pm  Evening Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

7pm Dinner at the Magellan Inn

Day 8

Today is the end of this journey and the beginning of your next. Namaste!

A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart

Yoga in Harmony Retreat with Horses 7 Days

Scheduled Dates 2015:

June 29th – July 6th

September 12 -19th

$2000 per person 

(for a private room single person a $250 suppl.)

Yoga in Harmony 2 Day 3 Night Retreat

Please ask for our scheduled dates throughout the year.

$565 per person

(for a private room single person a $150 suppl.)

includes lodging, food and fruit juices with meals ( except 1 lunch) all yoga classes & talks, riding & treks and tours.

Does not include transportation or extra drinks or alcoholic beverages and massages.

Maximum weight 176lbs (80 k.)

Previous experience with yoga is not necessary.

Riding, beginner & experienced. Please let us know your level or prior experiences and we can let you know if this is fitted for you.

To bring:

Yoga or comfortable clothes

Long pants for riding and good shoes or short riding boots if you have

Swimming suit, shorts, tops, a light dress for evenings if you feel so!, sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat.

We serve vegetarian meals with shrimp or fish, lots of fresh organic fruit, salads and vegetables,  healthy fruit smoothies and desserts!

We sell all natural insect repellents, herbs, essential oils, Jungle Flower essences (similar to Bach Flowers but coming from the rich Caribbean tropical flora)

We offer excellent professional massages given on Pavillion hidden in the tropical gardens.

A unique experience combining total relaxation, peace for body, mind & soul, connection with horses, riding and adventure & healthy gourmet dishes, all set in an enchanted tropical setting in the comforts of a small private elegant hotel.

For more information, answers to your questions and reservations please contact us at

kindredspiritscr@gmail.com

www.kindredspiritscr.com

tel: 506 27 55 00 35 /  cel: 506 88 58 11 40

Skype @ terrylnewton

Clients comments:

Linda Betts “So, to my ladies from Costa Rica, I thank you. I was recently told that since my return I have touched and changed a life in a multitude of ways.”

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