Yoga in Harmony with Horses

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founded in 2010
Horse & Yoga Wellness Academy
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Coordinator | Terry
Coordinator | Terry
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High­lights

Connect with horses and nature, live the jungle life and enjoy the Caribbean Sea
Learn horse herd behavior and how to listen and talk to horses in their language
Learn how the practice of yoga asanas, pranayama & meditation bring a deeper sense of connection with horses helping to heal you body, mind & spirit.
Swim in the Caribbean sea with the horses
Practice Yoga and meditation with horses at liberty
Learn to connect with horses through Spiritual Horsemanship, a practice built on trust that forges a deep bond. Connect with your mind & body and the spirit of horse
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

🦋 Soak up the peaceful jungle farm energy, slow your racing thoughts and discover the stillness within. Kindred Spirits is a safe place to unpack your burdens, so you can learn to let go of what holds you back and just be yourself, in a moment to moment basis. The heat, the nature, the animals and of course the yoga, all contribute to becoming a calmer, more confident you.

🦋 Begin the journey by learning the way of the horse; the herd dynamics, their social codes, the ways they affect the human spirit and how they live in the present. 

🦋 Learn to connect with yourself and horses with the power of breath (Pranayama). Watch the impact of breathing techniques unfold before you as you interact with the herd.

🦋 Develop yogic tools to regain control over your own mind, turning it into your strength, instead of letting it run the show without you.

Spiritual Horsemanship is a practice built on trust & respect, to forge a deep bond and relationship with horses, to enhance theirs and our own well- being.  We focus on the holistic care of both horse and human. 

Developing the qualities in the Yogic tradition of ahimsa/non- hurting, Satya/ truthfulness/ Brahmacharya/ right use of energy, Santosha/ contentment, Tapas/ discipline, Svadhiyaya/ self study and Ishwara Pranidhana/ surrendering to the moment…


INTERNSHIP

  • Practice Spiritual Natural Horsemanship training methods.
  • Learn how to balance your chakras and those of the horses. Use essential oils and practice other holistic methods used here for healing and making our horses happier.
  • 5 Yoga classes a week.
  • One riding lesson with horses per week 
  • One Liberty work lesson with horses per week. 
  • One Yoga with Horses class per week.
  • practice meditating and Sharing Sacred Space with horses
  • Swim with the horses in the Caribbean Sea! depending on weather or learn archery with horses!
  • access to a large library of horse and yoga books


RESPONSIBILITIES

5 Days a week, you will have your 2 hours of work with the horses, mucking out the stalls, brushing and washing horses, cleaning tack, tack room, painting & gardening, arena

Typical day

  • a typical day begins with yoga class at 8am in the Yoga Shala, situated in the jungle under the giant trees, surrounded by monkeys & parrots.
  • enjoy making your breakfast in the wide open air terrace with kitchen of the Lodge.
  • horse classes are either in the mornings at 10:30 or afternoon at 3pm depending on weather and schedule
  • work hours are either in morning or afternoon depending on classes
  • you have 2 free days a week, Saturdays and Sundays, to explore the area with all its wide variety of things to do. 

Free-time activities

There are many great things to do during your free time, from hanging out and meditation with the horses, swimming and surfing in the sea, hikes into the National Parks and Reserves, visits to local Protection projects, Permaculture farms, and Botanical Gardens with Medicinal Plants hikes. 

At Kindred Spirits you can also ask for a Energy Healing Session to clear and balance Chakras and meridians or a Jin Shin Juytsu session to remove energy blocks. Healing Massages on the beach or at Caribbeans Chocolate House. 
For adrenalin there is zip lining through the jungle tops, kayaking and diving and river rafting.
Throughout the year Puerto Viejo has many different Festivals happening. Music, Chocolate, Art to name a few.
Surfing, snorkeling, hikes to water fall, Cacao Ceremonies....

You will have 2 free days per week to go and explore the local area and everything it has to offer from surfing, snorkeling, hikes through the reserves, local Rescue Projects and Organic farms and more! 
Free hours during the day can be a walk to the beach for a swim in the warm Caribbean waters and a siesta under the shade of a coconut tree or sharing time together with the herd of horses, reading a book or writing in your journal. These quiet times spent with the horses are often magical and healing and always give a feeling of well-being and contentment.

Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Riding
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30

What's Included

Services by Horse & Yoga Wellness Academy

5 morning classes of Yoga in the Yoga Shala immersed in the jungle, its energy and vibrations.

5 classes with our horses per week : Meditation with Horses, Liberty Connection with Horses, where you will learn how to connect, create the bond, the trust and respect with the horse at Liberty. Yoga in Harmony with Horses to reinforce our connection and create harmony and balance through ground poses and mounted poses with our horses. Riding with Breath Awareness, learn how to use your breath to influence your horse as you ride.  Swimming with horses in the sea when weather permits or Archery with Horses, Chakra Balancing with Horses.

Free time for practice with horses, connecting, meditation in pastures.

accommodation is included during stay.

Accommodation

Your lodging  is in the beautiful open air spacious Kindred Spirits Lodge, with terraces overlooking the gardens and jungle.

There are 2 double rooms with shared bathroom and a large spacious triple room for 3 people with bathroom.

Shared kitchen, living room, terraces and large tables, comfy couches.

Surrounded by the jungle, don't be surprised to be awaken by howler monkeys overhead, swinging from the branches or parrots chattering and gossiping about the rising sun!
We live in harmony with nature, trying to show compassion and letting things be just as they are.
You will see an array of amazing insects, butterflies, birds, wild animals, plants of all varieties just on the farm of Kindred Spirits and as you walk the little road down to the beach.

High speed Internet is available and free.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

We recommend if you are arriving from the International Airport of San Jose or a hotel or hostel in San Jose to use the shuttle service and asked to be dropped off at the Hotel Los Continentes in Cocles of Puerto Viejo, Caribbean of Costa Rica. 




Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$700
2 weeks
$1,350
3 weeks
$1,950
4 weeks
$2,550
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,000
Average fees
$642 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Horse & Yoga Wellness Academy will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Horse & Yoga Wellness Academy during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Yoga in Harmony with Horses

Learn to connect with horses through Spiritual Horsemanship, a practice built on trust that forges a deep bond. Connect with your mind & body and the spirit of horse

$642/week

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