Connecting with horses: mindfulness, yoga and horsemanship retreat
12 May - 17 May€720
On this unique 5 day retreat, we look at how to can use mindfulness of body, breath and mind to communicate effectively with horses. This course is suitable for people with no previous experience with horses as well as those who are more comfortable in relating to these wonderfully sensitive animals.
This is an intensive retreat which involves 5 hours of yoga and mindfulness practice every day, as well as a lot of time spent outdoors with the horses, and for this reason, a good level of physical fitness is recommended.
The course starts on in the evening of Saturday 12th of May with dinner followed by an introductory talk and a short meditation and finishes in the morning of Thursday 17th of May.
Each day will start with a two hour yoga class focusing on mindful movement and breath awareness.
In the early afternoon, we will do some practical work with the farm’s horses. In these afternoon sessions, we will look at how horses communicate with one another, and learn how to use yoga and mindfulness techniques to communicate with them more effectively.
In the late afternoon, we meet for another yoga session which introduces a unique approach to breathwork drawing from both the Buddhist perspective exposed in the anapanasati suta and from classical pranayama (yogic breathing), and shows how this approach can be used to connect with horses.
You may be also be interested in the Wisdom in Nature retreat starting on the 29th of June, which also involves working with horses.
- 5 nights accommodation (sharing in twin rooms)
- All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, most vegetables grown on our farm)
- Eight yoga classes
- Five meditation sessions
- Four afternoon sessions with the horses
- Return ferry from Roonagh quay (normally 17 euros) and transport to the farm from the harbour
5.15 pm Leave Roonagh pier*
around 6.00 pm Arrive at the farm
6.30 pm Dinner followed by introductory talk
8.30 am Introduction to sitting meditation
Sunday to Wednesday
8.30 am Meditation / breath awareness
9.00 am Morning asana class
11.00 pm Brunch
12.00 pm Karma yoga or free time for hill walking, reading, relaxing
2.30 pm Afternoon session with the horses
4.30 pm Walking meditation
5.00 pm Afternoon yoga class
6.30 pm Dinner
8.30 am Sitting meditation
8.30 am Breakfast
9.30 Depart centre for 10.00 am ferry*
*times of ferries may change as they are weather dependent