Space is limited to 18 Veterinarians and 2 Veterinary Technicians
The 6th Equitarian Workshop will be based in the Osa Peninsula in the southeastern part of Costa Rica. This mountainous area is home to the Corcovado National Park, with lush jungle, tropical wildlife, and beautiful beaches.
Lodging by the airport outside San Jose will be in a simple Bed & Breakfast run by Margarita who is beloved by the many Equitarians that have been her guests. Some of the team will stay at a neighboring B&B just up the street.
Travel to the Osa Peninsula will be via vans or a bus. The route is along the Pacific coast of southern Costa Rica, and takes 6-8 hours. A lunch stop is planned.
The small town of Puerto Jimenez will be home base. Lodging will be dormitory style in a very simple community church retreat center. Internet access is expected. Meals will also be very simple and prepared by local cooks. Vegetarian accommodations are planned.
The first two days in Puerto Jimenez will be spent in the classroom, providing the knowledge base and perspective needed for effective work in the rural communities that follow. The instructors are leaders of Equitarian projects and have many years of experience in equine practice for the underserved.
Four communities with working horses, donkeys and mules have been identified within an hour’s drive of Puerto Jimenez. Travel to the communities is by local cattle truck, as the farmers have offered to transport us, our equipment, and supplies.
Participants should expect to work hard in tropical conditions, and live very simply as do the local people. There will likely be some down time with the opportunity to swim at local beaches.
The registration fee includes all workshop meals, lodging, and transportation during the workshop. Alcoholic beverages are NOT included.
Participants will need to arrive in San Jose by the evening of Friday, January 22nd. Transportation to the B&B will be via van or taxi. The B&B is just 10 minutes from the airport. If other travel is planned before the workshop, participants will need to meet up with the group at Margarita’s by 8 AM on Saturday, January 23rd.
On Saturday, January 30th, Workshop participants will return to the B&B by the airport. Depending on destination, flights leaving Saturday evening may be feasible, however, it is safer to plan to stay over Saturday night and leave on Sunday.
Continuing education credit approval will be sought from RACE. The preceding workshop was RACE approved, so the 6th Workshop is a good candidate for approval. Individual state CE approval is an option as well. The total CE credits will be between 20 and 24, and determined once the instructors are finalized.
Scholarship available for veterinary students: