Trekking Season 2017-2018

I have just updated the website with this season’s trekking schedule. Our December trek is already filled but our trek in January still has two spaces available and the schedule is open for February and March if you would like to schedule your own dates for either of the three treks that we offer.  Please visit our main website pages for all the details.

Jungle River Trek: 

nights lodging, 4 full days of riding.  

P1010649Follow the Tulin River from its headwaters high in the mountains, as it passes through a variety of different ecosystems, through the Scarlet Macaw Corridor, to finally arrive at the beautiful and pristine beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. This trek includes some exciting techinical riding in the mountains and, as the river assimilates its many tributaries and widens, plenty of chances to ride all gaits. At the beach you will enjoy galloping along the uninhabited beaches and swimming with your horse in the ocean. Lodging is with rural, farming families along the trek route (3 nights) and at an upscale beach front hotel (2 nights). For a detailed trek itinerary with schedules and pricing, please visit our Jungle River Trek page.

January 19-24, 2018 (only two spaces left)
$2,000 USD

Rain Forest Trek: 

nights lodging, 5 full days of riding, 1 rest/touring day.

March fotos 015Begin your vacation in rustic luxury at Barking Horse Farm with a night in our“Dream Catcher Tree House”. Then travel through the high mountains of Puriscal to the Rain Forests of Mastatal.  Tour Iguana Chocolate, an authentic chocolate farm, and learn first hand how chocolate is made. Hike the well groomed trails of La Cangreja National Park and swim in a jungle waterfall, or tour the inovative structures and systems at the Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center. Dare to thrill to the excitement of the longest zip line in Costa Rica at Sky Mountain Canopy Tour, then ride through plantations of Papaya and Banana, and swim with your horse in the ocean. Lodging is at Barking Horse Farm (1 night), with a rural farming family (1 night), at local guest houses (3 nights) and at an upscale beachfront hotel (1 night).  For a detailed itinerary  with schedules and pricing please visit our Rain Forest Trek Page.         

December 5-13, 2017(no spaces left)
$2,500 USD

February and March: The schedule is open for your own dates.

This season we are bringing back the Nicoya Trek that we have run a few seasons back. Jorge Sauma has added a large riding arena to his ranch and he is hosting several Natural Horsemanship Instructors there. The Natural Horsemanship clinics will be followed by the Sabanero Nicoya Trek which starts at the his La Gama Ranch and takes you through the mountains and along the Pacific Coast Beaches. The beautifully renovated hacienda provides you with comfortable lodging during the clinics and the trek routes are established and well organized with excelent lodging.

Sabanero Nicoya Trek 

7 nights, 5 full days of riding, 1 beach rest day 

DSC07609We have joined up with our good friend Jorge at Sabanero Horseventures in Nicoya to offer you the following trek.  The Sabanero Trek takes you on a spectacular journey full of the natural beauty unique to the Nicoya Peninsula. Ride through jungles, swim with your horse in estuaries, see howler monkeys, dive into lagoons & waterfalls, enjoy fresh Pina Coladas and soak up the sun & surf at the beaches. The trip will feature a variety of first rate accommodations, including a mountain eco lodge with restaurant and pool, a beach front house, and two 5 star resorts plus one night in the rustic homes of local villagers.  Your luggage will be waiting to meet you at each destination.

Clasic Sabanero Trek Schedule

December 9-16, 2017 with Cal Middleton Clinic 
$2950 USD

January 20-30, 2018 with Glenn Stewart Clinic
$2950 USD

February 10-17, 2018  Original Sabanero
$2400 USD

February 24- March 03, 2018 with Micaela Love Clinic
$2950 USD

March 17-24, 2018 Original Sabanero
$2400 USD

April 07-14, 2018  Original Sabanero
$2400 USD

Click on the instructors name  for more information about them. Click on the trek name for a detailed itinerary. 

We hope you can join us for some wonderfull riding this winter, escape the cold and see some of the beautiful country we call home.

I hope to hear from you,

Liz

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Photos from this seasons trail rides

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Vinyasa Yoga and Natural Horsemanship

Join Elizabeth Hawkins of Barking Horse Farm for a special retreat with CYT Ariel Marcoux (https://www.facebook.com/ariel.marcoux.3?fref=ts). Ariel’s Vinyasa flow will deepen your practice and strengthen your body while Elizabeth teaches you how to connect with your horse through natural horsemanship techniques.

ariel yoga horseAriel is a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience. She is an animal lover and experienced horseback rider. Ariel offers athletic, flowing vinyasa classes with elements of creative core work and corrective exercise. She will guide you in a practice custom-tailored for equestrians. Appropriate for all levels.

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Elizabeth Hawkins is the owner of Barking Horse Farm. She has been training horses using natural horsemanship techniques for over 10 years. She delights in the communication created by natural horsemanship. She will teach you techiniques to truly connect with your horse as you ride the Barking Horse Farm Rain Forest Trek.

 

 

 

The Rain Forest Trek will take you from Barking Horse Farm, located high in the mountains, through the rain forests of Mastatal and the lowland plains of banana, papaya and palm plantations to finally arrive at the beautiful natural beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Enjoy a week of riding through a variety of ecosystems ending with a gallop along pristine beaches and a swim with your horse in the warm Pacific Ocean.cropped-img_9493.jpg

For more information about this 9 day event, please visit our website:www.barkinghorsefarm.com

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Combined with the Jungle River Trek, February 7th – 16th, 2016
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“It was an amazingly wonderful experience! Liz and her staff were so open and generous with their hospitality, the students were game for just about anything, and being out on a trek again for the first time in years was truly fun, rich, and gratifying. My trail riding savvy, from working as a wrangler and from riding with Pat Parelli in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, returned instantly. Riding the trail, whether through a town or over rugged terrain, felt as natural and comfortable–and relaxing–as if I’d been doing it with Liz for years!”  Nita Jo Rush

Horses had captured Nita Jo’s heart by the time she was three years old. She spent her childhood riding and playing (riding like a “banshee” with her best friend) in Boulder, Colorado. She temporarily left horses behind when she went away to college, but combined her love for them and for the mountains during several summers when she worked at Sanborn Western Camps, west of Pikes Peak, as the Head Wrangler. That experience of leading groups of kids on horseback into the mountains on 4 and 5-day camping and riding trips (treks, even then!) proved invaluable. It was also tons of fun!

Later, Parelli captured her heart after she had returned to horses and after spending a few years competing in NRHA reining in Minnesota. The combination of horses and a natural, empowering way to develop partnership with them proved intoxicating! Nita Jo entered the Parelli instructors’ program in 1997, left her “real” job as a psychologist in 2000, and hasn’t looked back since. She is currently a 4* Senior Instructor and a Horse Development Specialist with Parelli and travels all over the world as well as teaching at her own place in Minnesota. She also spends several weeks each year studying either with Pat or Linda Parelli and has learned directly from Pat many of his trail riding tips.

Nita Jo will be teaching a two day workshop combined with the

Jungle River Trek,

February 7-16, 2016

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Vinyasa Yoga and Natural Horsemanship

Join Elizabeth Hawkins of Barking Horse Farm for a special retreat with CYT Ariel Marcoux. Ariel’s Vinyasa flow will deepen your practice and strengthen your body while Elizabeth teaches you how to connect with your horse through natural horsemanship techniques.

banner shortAriel is a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience. She is an animal lover and experienced horseback rider. Ariel offers athletic, flowing vinyasa classes with elements of creative core work and corrective exercise. She will guide you in a practice custom-tailored for equestrians. Appropriate for all levels.

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Elizabeth Hawkins is the owner of Barking Horse Farm. She has been training horses using natural horsemanship techniques for over 10 years. She delights in the communication created by natural horsemanship. She will teach you techiniques to truly connect with your horse as you ride the Barking Horse Farm Rain Forest Trek.

The Rain Forest Trek will take you from Barking Horse Farm, located high in the mountains, through the rain forests of Mastatal and the lowland plains of banana, papaya and palm plantations to finally arrive at the beautiful natural beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Enjoy a week of riding through a variety of ecosystems ending with a gallop along pristine beaches and a swim with your horse in the warm Pacific Ocean.cropped-img_9493.jpg

For more information about this 9 day event including a complete day by day itinerary, please visit our website at this link

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Natural Building Workshop in Costa Rica, November 19 – December 7, 2015

Natural Building Workshop November 19 – December 7, 2015

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November 19 – December 3: Natural Building 

  • Mix and build with Cob
  • Build a variety of different wall systems
  • Create relief sculpture with earth
  • Create and apply earthen plasters
  • Find and mix natural coloring and paints

Mail-Attachment-6December 4 – 7, 2015: Lime Plasters and the Ancient Art of Tadelact Finishes.

Tadelakt is a plaster finishing technique historically used in north Africa to protect earthen structures.  It is specifically valued for its function of providing a water proof seal. It involves using a particularly high lime-to-aggregate ratio which is applied in multiple thin coats to a substrate, such as an earthen wall surface. It is then polished with a trowel and burnished with precious stones. Finally, it is rubbed down with soap; traditionally black olive oil soap. Its primary use was emphasized in areas that often get wet. This is an exciting tool for all natural builders.

ryan-5Study with Ryan Chivers

Ryan is a North American artisan who is passionate about lime and the ancient techinique of  Tadelakt. Ryan spends time researching, formulating, testing, and re-learning the old ways using materials that are abundant almost everywhere on earth. He has travelled to Morocco to expand his knowledge of tadelakt, and is well connected and respected in the natural building and traditional plastering fields. We are happy to have Ryan as our guest for 4 days while he teaches his art.

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Join us at Barking Horse Farm where we live in comunity, eat healthy local produce prepared with love in the farm kitchen, swim in nearby waterfalls and rivers, and discover the joys of building with the elements of our mother earth.

$200 per week for the two week Natural Building workshop and $150 for the 4 day Lime Plaster workshop, covers all instruction, all your meals and lodging PLUS (for those who are interested) some horseback riding on the beautiful trails surrounding the farm.

Contact us
at
barkinghorsefarm@gmail.com
for more information and to reserve you space.

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Parelli Horseback Treks in Costa Rica

We are the original Parelli Natural Horsemanship trekking company in Costa Rica, offering multi-day treks since 2005 and hosting Parelli Professionals since 2008.

Check our choice of three Treks!

Rainforest Trek          Jungle River Trek                            Eco Beach Trek

“Liz was one of the first to bring Parelli to Costa Rica.  The word is spreading because of her.  If you are looking for a trail adventure in paradise – take the 8 day ride from the mountains all the way down to the beach.” 5* Parelli instructor David Lichman

Our progressive, multi-day horseback riding treks bring you into the heart of rural Costa Rican culture where you will experience the life of the Ticos up close and in a way that most tourists never get to see.

“If you love horses, adventure, learning, and being more than a tourist–this is a trip for you.” Patricia L. visited March 2013

On our treks, you travel day by day on horseback for a week. We have three different treks to choose from. On the Rainforest Trek you visit working farms, National Parks and a Canopy Zip Line. On the Jungle River Trek, you experience true wilderness areas as you follow the Rio Tulin from its headwaters to the ocean. On the Nicoya Eco Beach Trek you will  see monkeys and sleep in the comfort of 3*-5* hotels.  With all the three of these treks,  each day is different from the last as you travel through a variety of ecosystems, from the mountains down to the beach.

“This is the best vacation a Parelli person could have. Wish we could have stayed I was sad to say goodbye to my new partner. It was amazing how attached you became to your horse in such a short time. Having all the like (Parelli) minded people around you during the entire experience was so amazing and really made the whole trek fantastic. I will always remember this as the greatest vacation ever!!!”John and Jody Bain, visited June 2012

Your companions are your horse, your instructor(s) and the other students in your group (and your guides). You share all the experiences together and deep bonds and friendships are made. We have seen riders cry when they say goodbye to their horse at the end of the week and many riders have maintained long friendships with their fellow trekkers.

There is a rich cultural exchange that occurs with the Costa Rican people who you  meet along the way which gives you the chance to experience another way of life. The people you meet invite you into their homes and into their lives. Bilingual guides help to facilitate this special cultural exchange. People in rural Costa Rica live a simple life, farming and raising cattle. They live a slower pace and family life is the center of it all. Our visit helps them maintain their lifestyle and support their families.

Our friendly, trusting, strong, athletic and happy horses will fill your week-long adventure with wonderful moments. Sharing the adventure with like-minded horsemen and women who share your interest in Natural Horsemanship and understand the intelligence of horses and how to relate to them adds to the beauty of the experience. On the trek, you will be riding out on trails and handling your horse in a variety of situations. Your horsemanship skills will grow as you leave the artificial environment of the arena and head into the real world with the support of your fellow trekkers and/or your instructor.

Along the way to the beach we stop for some hiking in the rainforest, a swim in a waterfall,  a visit to a chocolate farm, and a chance to experience a zip-line canopy tour, and have lots of fun.

“Liz Hawkins delivers a unique, up close and personal trek through Costa Rica experienced on solid, well cared for trail horses. Nice long days in the saddle take you to remote areas of Costa Rica where you are introduced to, and immersed in, the local culture. Riding takes you through mountains, rainforests, towns, farms, all the way to the beach. It is a rugged excursion, not for the faint of heart, but for those with riding skills and a sense of adventure it is the trip of a lifetime. You are not just viewing Costa Rican scenery from a distance, you are in the scenery. Liz provides quality accommodations along the trek, added attractions, and the food is fantastic! Liz and company’s kind and genuine nature puts anyone at ease and their sincerity in sharing this experience with others is the real deal.”

Donna H, visited February 2012

Join us for what trekkers have called

“A life changing experience” and “The trip of a lifetime”

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Learn Natural Building and Natural Horsemanship in Costa Rica, November 2015

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During the month of November we will be  refurbishing our feed room and our and tack room using natural building techiniques.  This is a great opportunity for hands on learning of natural building and natural horsemanship. We will be doing both every day while you live in comunity, eat healthy local produce, and swim in nearby waterfalls and rivers.

We will be using a variety of building techiniques.
You will learn:

  • How to mix and build with Cob
  • How to build a variety of different wall systems
  • How to finish walls with Earthen and Lyme Plasters
  • How to do relief sculpture with earth
  • How to find and mix natural coloring and paints

Learn the basics of horse care, natural horsemanship and riding:

  • The theory behind natural horsemanship
  • The Parelli 7 games
  • Basic horseback riding techniques

$200 per week covers all your meals, lodging, natural horsemanship lessons, horseback riding and instruction in natural building.

Contact us at barkinghorsefarm@gmail.com for more information and to reserve you space.

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2016 Trekking Schedule is ready!!

2016 Multi Day Trek Schedule

SIGN UP HERE!

Parelli Jungle River Trek
January 15-24, 2016
includes two day workshop with 4* Teri Sprague
$2,300 USD Sign up now!

Jungle River Trek (without Parelli workshop)
January 17-24, 2016
$2,000 USD Sign up Now!

Parelli Jungle River Trek 
February 7-16,2016
includes 2 day workshop with 4* Nita Jo Rush
$2,300 USD Sign Up Now!

Jungle River Trek (without Parelli workshop)
February 9-16,2016
$2,000 USD

Yoga and Horsemanship Rain Forest  Trek
February 25 – March 5, 2016
including 2 day workshop with Christina Savitsky and Christell Thomas
$2,350 Sign Up Now!

Parelli Trek to be announced
April 16-25, 2016

*Parelli workshops are not mandatory to attend a trek.

Prices include airport pickup, all lodging, all meals (except for one or two depending on which trek) during the workshop and while on the trek, and of course horses, tack and bilingual guides.

 

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Yoga and Horsemanship Retreat, February 25 – March 2, 2015

Barking Horse Farm is happy to be hosting this special horseback riding retreat with

Christina Savitsky from Buckaroo Balance
and
Christell Thomas from Body Dynamics Studio.

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  • Experience the magic that combining Yoga with Horsemanship can bring.
  • Let these two experienced practitioners  guide you as you rejoice in the beautiful, tropical environment of the Costa Rican countryside.
  • Enjoy partnering with the Barking Horse Farm horses who are loved and cared for like family members and trained with the gentle techniques of Natural Horsemanship.
  • Discover amazing trails to rivers and waterfalls.
  • Ride along ridges with 360 degree views of the rugged mountains and deep valleys.
  • Ride right through small rural villages and enjoy lunch in a local cafe.
  • Visit local rural farms and experience a way of life long since lost in our own fast paced lifestyles.
  • Bring your horsemanship skills to a new level.
  • Return home with renewed energy and self awareness.
  • And new friends and great memories too!!

This 5 night and six day vacation includes transport to and from the airport, all meals and lodging, horseback rides and yoga classes.

The cost per person is only $1,250

Register Now

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