Connecting with horses: mindfulness, yoga and horsemanship retreat – July
25 July - 29 July€680
On this unique 4 day retreat, we look at how we can use mindfulness of body, breath and mind to communicate effectively with horses and how connecting to horses can help with gaining a deeper understanding of our own body, breath and emotions, moment to moment.
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.
For more information see our Yoga and Horses page.
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 Thursday 25h of July with dinner followed by an introductory talk and a short meditation and finishes in the morning of Monday 29th of July.
Each day will start with sitting meditation followed by 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.
“I attended the yoga retreat with horses last year and absolutely loved it. Ciara and Christophe have an amazing space, which follows all the way through from feeling so welcome, the amazing food (we need a Macalla Farm Cookbook!!), gentle meditation and yoga practices. When it came to working with the horses it was just mind blowing at times and I can’t thank them both enough for sending me off on my equine journey.” Janice
- 4 nights accommodation (sharing in twin rooms) Single rooms limited availability (€20 supplement per night)
- All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, most vegetables grown on our farm)
- Tuition in yoga and meditation
- Three 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
Friday to Sunday
8.30 am Meditation / breath awareness
9.00 am Mindful movement 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
5.00 pm Walking meditation and mindful breathing class
7.00 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