Yoga & Equine Retreat

Take some time just for you over the weekend with this three-night retreat at a beautiful venue in Herefordshire. We’ll practise yoga, try a hand at natural horsemanship, and enjoy delicious food cooked by our very own in-house chef.

THE RETREAT IS ...

Open to people of all ages. You don’t need any experience of yoga etc and you certainly don’t need to stay away because you think you are not fit, mobile or feeling cheery or calm enough. Our practice will be deeply self-reverent and fluidly accessible to all.

The perfect getaway if you are simply looking for some revitalising time to nurture yourself.

Also ideal if you are struggling with any general health issues.

 

It’s your weekend – you can take from it what you need and practise as much or as little as you wish.

“Peace can’t be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside.” - Goldie Hawn

Why Yoga and Equine?

Yoga is great for your mental health and physical health it:

  • increases body awareness

  • relieves stress

  • reduces muscle tension strain, and inflammation

  • it sharpens attention and concentration

  • and calms and centers the nervous system.

Horses are also great for ones mental health.

They can help to sooth our system by reducing anxiety and helping us to feel more settled. Stroking a horse, and feeling their warmth and the texture of their fur, can really help to soothe and settle us.

Sometimes we can feel really out of it, or disconnected from the world. Stroking or connecting with a horse can really help to ground us and reconnect us with the world around us.

Horses are majestic animals that are wonderful simply to be with. Horses are gentle and honest; they do not have the ability to manipulate or lie. One common treatment technique for those who were abused as children is to put the (now adult) individual in with a large horse and allow them to interact. Very often, the person will break down in tears and say something like, “I’ve never been treated this kindly by anything so big.” This is an experience the client can then take into the human world.

Benefits of horse work:
• Minimize stress and feel more peaceful
• Realize your unique gifts and talents
• Live in the present moment and respond appropriately
• Explore new avenues of creativity
• Discover their innate resources
• Become more connected with your authentic self
• Improve your communications

Through the physical practice of certain yoga postures, we learn how to relax and become more aware of our bodies and how we move them. Because horses are masters at reading body language, being more attuned with our own bodies will greatly improve communication with them.

On another, more subtle level, through the practice of yogic breathing, we become more aware of our breathing and learn how to use it as another communication tool with the horses. Yogic breathing also increases concentration, and with better focus, communication with the horses becomes clearer and easier.

“Some horses will test you. Some will teach you. And some will bring out the best in you.” - Unknown

During this retreat, you can do as little or as much as you like. The schedule below are all optional and may be subject to slight variation.

Rough daily yoga retreat schedule (subject to change)

Friday

  • 11am onwards - Arrive any time to settle in, relax, enjoy your own lunch or take a trip to the nearby castle

  • 1.30-4pm - 1-2-1s available

  • 4pm - Welcome tea and greetings

  • 4.45-7pm - Introductions and opening Yoga practice

  • 7.30pm - Dinner

Saturday

  • 8am - Morning Yoga practice

  • 9.30am - Breakfast

  • 10-12pm - Horsemanship workshop

  • 12.30pm - Lunch

  • 1.30-4.30pm - Time for you/1-2-1s available

  • 3.30pm - Join me (if you like) for tea and chatting on the theme

  • 5-7pm - Restorative Hatha yoga, calm, relaxing and meditation

  • 7.30pm - Dinner

Sunday

  • 8.00am - Morning Yoga practice

  • 9.30am - Breakfast

  • 10-11.30am - Horsemanship workshop

  • 11.45-12.30am - Gathering and sharing

  • 1.00pm - Lunch

  • 2.30pm - Closing Yoga practice

  • 4pm - Retreat closes - but feel free to stay to relax

 

Everything is optional. And non-practice times are totally free for you to relax or book a private treatment.

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down.” - Jigar Gor

SKILL LEVEL

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Food

Two healthy buffet breakfasts and lunches and two three-course dinners - intolerances catered for - will be provided for you during this retreat as well as daily morning detox juices and super food nutritional wheat grass shots.

THE FOLLOWING MEALS ARE INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

 

THE FOLLOWING DIETARY REQUIREMENT(S) ARE SERVED AND/OR CATERED FOR:

  • Vegetarian

  • Vegan

  • Gluten Free

 

If you have special dietary requirements please let me know when making a reservation otherwise I cannot guarantee that you will be catered for.

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