Touched by a Horse one-day Workshops

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Several of our friends here in France have suggested that we do a non-residential one-day retreat so that they can find out exactly what it is that we do with our horses! Always eager to please, we have created our Touch by a Horse Day Workshops as an introduction to the most popular features of our residential retreats: Equine-assisted Personal Development and Equine-guided Mindfulness Meditation.

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Program:

The day starts at 10h00 with a quick cup of coffee or tea before we set off on foot in the company of the horses for a walking mindfulness meditation through the surrounding vineyards, woods, sunflower fields and meadows.

Our walk is followed by an introduction to equine-assisted personal development and empowerment. It is important to take two things on board here:

  1. No experience of horses is necessary to benefit from these sessions
  2. No riding is involved during this one-day retreat.

You can find out more about equine-assisted personal empowerment by clicking here. The session consists of an active interaction phase followed by a debriefing phase.

At 13h00 we break for a light lunch and usually a very animated discussion of the day’s events so far.

At 14h00 we reconvene for an equine guided meditation session. Click on the link to find out more about this meditation method.

At 16h00 we meet again under Merlin, our 200+-year old oak tree for a questions-and-answer opportunity and a cup of tea.

The retreat formally ends at 17h00, but participants are welcome to spend some more time with the horses – they always appreciate a goodbye cuddle from their visitors at the end of the day.

I spent a few agonising hours trying to decide what to charge for our one-day retreats including lunch. My individual equine-assisted personal development sessions are priced at 75 euro and an individual equine-guided meditation session at 50 euro, which brings us to 125 euro before we have added the cost of lunch… This seemed a bit steep, we do not after all want to lose all our friends! so we decided to settle on 75 euro per person for the whole day, including the tea/coffee, the walk with the horses, the equine-assisted personal development session, the lunch, the equine guided mindfulness meditation and the tea with question and answer session. Alternatively, a half-day retreat can be booked, either for the morning (as described above) or for the afternoon (also as described above), both without lunch, for 50 euro per person.

All participants will receive an e-mail the day beforehand, clarifying what to expect, what to bring, how to dress, how to remain safe around the horses and with links to informative articles about equine-assisted interventions. For those who can’t wait, I have written a couple of books – just click on the picture below to find out more.

If you would like to know more or if you would like to attend a day or half-day retreat, please email me at welcome2gascony{at]gmail.com. If you would like to be informed of scheduled day retreats, early-bird or last-minute discounts on workshops and the publication of new books and blog posts, please subscribe to my mailing list by clicking here or at the left side of this page.