7 Day Horse and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica 

5 Elements Yoga 

SUP Yoga , Sail and Surf 

Yoga and Meditation 

Horse and Yoga 

Horse and yoga Self empowerment retreat

Self Empowerment  with the Horse Program

Leaves and Lizards Eco Retreat La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Please note this event is limited to just 8 people, so secure your spot ASAP.  


Who:    You and whoever you want to bring

What:   Horse and Yoga Retreat - Rediscovering Your Most Authentic Self

When:  Dec 10th - Dec 16th

Where: Leaves and Lizards eco retreat center Costa Rica.

Why:    Take time to rest and relax, plugging into an experience that has                   the potential to be a life empowering.

Imagine yourself aligning with your most Authentic Self and connecting with your Divine purpose.

What would it feel like to empower yourself with a unforgettable trip to beautiful Costa Rica?  Join us at the Leaves and Lizards Retreat Center in La Fortuna, Costa Rica for a life-changing week of yoga, self-discovery and partnership with your own horse. There’s no need to be a horse lover or have prior riding experience. Just bring your curiosity, and an open mind and heart. Equine-facilitated experiential learning is a method of connecting with these special horses to ultimately connect better with yourself and harness your inner strength, balance and power.

"You won’t want to miss a chance to attend one of Eric’s retreats. He brings so much knowledge, compassion and commitment to his work it’s contagious! He gets to know every participant and really focuses on the needs of individuals and the group." Michelle E

When was the last time you did something just for yourself?


You’ll wake up each morning in a comfortable bungalow with the sun illuminating the stunning Arenal Volcano. Immerse yourself in nature with daily guided yoga practice, soak in a mineral hot springs, enjoy delicious healthy meals, and of course bond with your own personal horse partner. Through specially designed exercises and coaching sessions, you’ll leave feeling more grounded, rejuvenated and empowered to live life at a higher vibration as your authentic self.

What would it feel like to empower yourself with an unforgettable trip to beautiful Costa Rica?

Equine Program Attendee Experience

"Astonishing. Exhilarating. Revealing. Transformational.  All words that accurately describe my experience in the Eponicity workshop.  In our every day lives, we hope to learn about ourselves in bits and pieces.  We try to grow in small ways hoping they’ll add up, eventually, to something bigger, something meaningful.  But imagine doing all this in one week.

Enter Eponicity.  I arrived afraid –  what if I couldn’t keep up with the “horsey stuff”?  I hadn’t ridden since I was 12 when I was told I was awkward and untalented. What if I held the group back or worse…

….What is the process?  It’s hard to describe because it’s an evolution, different for each person.  It starts with sitting blind-folded in a circle and waiting for a horse – your horse – to choose you. From there a friendship evolves through exercises, rides, coaching, and social experiences.  Your horse lovingly gives you what you need and, in turn, requires that you shed what you do not.  Today, I describe myself as arriving in Costa Rica a garden snake and shedding so many skins, I left as a python.

It’s not just the horses.  It’s also the people – the brilliant trio of Danielle MacKinnon, Debbie Legg, and Sally Nilsson.  They are more than a team, rather a seamless interweave of talents able to work with each of us to tease out our raw, beautiful humanness and, from there, dip our toes into the pool of our authentic selves.

I am home now, a different person.  No one around me can quite name it. Some say I’m gentler, others prefer ‘more directed’ or ‘better grounded’.  The words don’t matter because the truth is I’m more me.  And becoming me is a never-ending process that I’m honored to have begun with Eponicity at Leaves and Lizards."

Julie Davidson, CEO, U.S. (May 2017)

Could you see yourself attending a retreat in Costa Rica?

Theme of the Retreat

The retreat will be centered around the 5 kosha bodies and have experiences designed to bring balance, regain strength, renew spirit and rediscover our power. Through a framework of an ancient system designed to look at levels of consciousness, we can  become more of our most authentic selves. We will be using this system as a tool kit to check in and see where we are coming from and areas that we can focus on to improve our life. This will provide the framework of the each day's activities.  It will include the following days:

 5 Kosha 

Annamaya  "Food or Physical" 

Pranamaya "Energy" 

Manomaya "Mind" 

Vijnanamaya "Wisdom" 

Anandamaya "Bliss" 

How often do you choose to do what needs to get done instead of what you truly want and need?

The Experience 

Experience Costa Rica like never before on a rejuvenating Horse and Yoga retreat. Practice yoga, have multiple horse breakthrough sessions all while experience stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Wake up watching the sun light up the volcano from your comfortable bungalow. Practice yoga surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Discover a deeper understanding of yourself and your interpersonal relationships through yoga, nature and horses. Horses teach us to be authentic with ourselves and within our communities. The special horses will lead you to a place of peace and understanding. No riding or horse experience is necessary.

You’ll walk away rejuvenated, with a usable set of tools you can use every day to live with greater purpose and presence. As with all HLN retreats we use a blend of ancient teachings and modern science to raise our consciousness to live at a higher vibration.

Equine Facilitated Learning encourages us to look within ourselves to find balance, regain strength, renew spirit and rediscover our power. . No need to be a horse lover to open the door to connection, just bring your curiosity!

"I have had the pleasure of spending time with Eric 2 time abroad, both times in costa rica. 1 for yoga training for a month, the second time for a week long yoga retreat. Eric is passionate, knowledgeable, and always provides a new dimension and depth to topics that are adressed. He is an awesome person!!"

Nina Y

Change requires action. 

Your Guides 

Eric Kolesar will be guiding the yoga, meditation and workshops along with co-facilitating the horse portion.

"When I had my first experiential session with a horse at Leaves and Lizards, I was blown away by how quickly my horse sized up my strengths and weaknesses, and how much she gracefully taught me about myself in the span of just a few hours. She was tuned into me and as a mirror to learn and grow from, unlike any other thing I have experienced."

Eric K

Sally Nilsson made the move from corporate attorney in London to a new life in Costa Rica. As a certified professional IPEC coach and Eponaquest Riding Focused and Power of the Herd Instructor, Sally partners with Deborah in designing and facilitating Eponicity retreats.

Deborah Draves Legg and her husband Steve Legg left their life in the USA in 2006 and created Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Retreat in Costa Rica. A 25 year career as a registered nurse prepared Deborah for the challenge of creating this healing retreat in Central America. Horses found their way into her life serendipitously after the move. Deborah is an Advanced Eponaquest Riding Focused and Power of the Herd Instructor


What's Included:

Transportation between Leaf and Lizards and Airport (choose SJO or LIR) 

7 nights of accommodations

3 Delicious Healthy Meals Daily

6 Days of Yoga

3 Horse Learning Sessions

1 Hot Springs Experience

5 Higher Living Now Workshops


"Last year I attended my first Yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Eric Is amazing He is also very knowledgeable about the country and culture. I came away from this retreat with so much knowledge, wonderful experiences and lots of new friends . This was an Amazing Life altering experience. I hope to attend more retreats in the near future. I highly recommend choosing Eric as a Yoga and retreat guide."Namaste Holly H

What is not included:


Spa Services


Optional excursions



What level of yoga do I have to have?

All levels are welcome, modifications will be provided as needed.

I am already on the path of self discovery and done some work on myself, not sure what I will get out of this?

I believe you are right where you are supposed to be, I believe we are all growing.  This is a process that we are evolving into living life at a higher vibration. This provides a useable set of tools to empower you on your journey.

I have no experience with horses or being around them.  Will this work for me?

Yes, these horses are well trained and you do not need to have experience with horses to attend, just an open mind and heart!

This sounds like a lot of work and that we will be busy. I want to have some down time. Will we be able to?

I believe in balance. We will have a good balance of planned activities and down time - personal time for pool, hikes, journaling, and hammocking .

Expected Results   

Unplug from the day to day.  Take a break to go within and truly be connected.

Get past the “stuck” or sticky points in your life.

Be fully present and have transformational experiences

Experience a connection with self, others and animals that can facilitate a deeper self-realization and healing.    

Be a part of a group that is developing a deeper connection to self through yoga, energy work, breathwork, meditation, workshops, rest and relaxation.

Have a usable set of tools that you can return home with to start Higher Living Now.

Why might I consider this?

You feel like you are stuck in a pattern of working on yourself and you need Breakthrough experience.

You are stressed with the daily routine and need to Rest, Recharge and Reset.

Looking to be more grounded in your “regular life”

You are ready to start higher living.

You are ready to empower yourself to become the best version of yourself you can be.

A Day a the Hot Springs 

Taking steps to the person you want to be, is the only way we change. 

Eco Termales Hot Springs

Clear, clean hot springs heated by the volcano.

Eco Termales Hot Springs is a sanctuary. The smallest of the Arenal area hot springs, Eco Termales is geared toward privacy and relaxation and does not accept more than 100 visitors at a time. The 5 pools vary in temperature, the coolest one is 91F degrees and the hottest one is 105 F degrees and there is a cold pool as well.

Yes, Sign Me Up!

You will be redirected to wetravel.com.  You can set up payment option or just put a down payment to hold you spot.  Upon sign up you will receive a welcome email, and instruction for travel arrangements

Daily Itinerary 

Dec 10th Arrival 

Welcome Dinner 

Facility Tour     

Light Movement (Kosha Body Experience)


Overview of week


Opening circle ( setting intention for week)


Dec 11th Food Body Day 

Farm activities/ hiking  



Plant tour 

Free Time 


Explore property


Kosha Body Experience Workshop


Dec 12th  Energy Body Day 



Light Movement

Horse Breakthrough Session 


Dec 13th  Mind Body Day 

Yoga 7:30 to 8:30

Breakfast 9-10

Horse Breakthrough Session 


 Kosha Body Experience Workshop


Dec 14th Wisdom Body Day 

Yoga 7:30 to 8:30

Breakfast 9-10

Horse Breakthrough Session 


Kosha Body Experience Workshop


Dec 15th Bliss Body Day 



Hot Springs 

Farewell Dinner 

Kosha Body Experience Workshop

Dec 16th Departure Day 



If not now, when? 

"I was blessed to attend a retreat with Eric in Costa Rica over the summer. He exuded a calm, powerful presence through his teaching and yoga instruction, creating a safe space to learn and explore. His willingness to share his knowledge, insights and healing gifts with each person there was beautiful to experience and to witness." Karen R.

If not now, when? 

"Words cannot begin to describe how amazing Eric is, especially when it comes to yoga retreats. I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend one of his retreats this past summer and it was literally an unforgettable experience. There are people in this world that just attract goodness and light, and are able to radiate that goodness and light into others. Eric is definitely one of those people. He has such a calming presence, yet is keenly aware of others and their needs. I have attended yoga classes internationally, and Eric is, by far, one of the best instructors I have ever had. He always made sure that the attendees had what they needed, and went above and beyond to ensure we had an unique and amazing experience. If you have a chance to attend a retreat with Eric - don't think about it for another second - just do it. As Eric would say, "The Universe is Talking to You" - now it is up to you to listen. I promise you won't regret it!"

Valerie W