Connecting with horses: mindfulness, yoga and horsemanship retreat
21 June - 26 June€720
More and more people are realizing their need to connect to things that matter in the midst of a world characterized by political uncertainty, increasing inequality, impending ecological collapse. Some of us have a sense that finding ways to connect to nature, to other living creatures as a means of re-connecting to ourselves, can be profoundly beneficial.
On this unique 5 day retreat we explore this theme with animals that have been evolving for 55 million years, our companions for the last 4000 years, the horse. Through the cultivation of mindfulness of body, breath and mind, our interaction with the horses at Macalla Farm engenders deep insight into our own nature and bodily reality as much as gaining an understanding of these wonderfully sensitive creatures. This course is suitable for people with no previous experience with horses as well as those with experience who wish to deepen their relationship with them.
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. Note that this course isn’t about and does not involve horse riding.
The course starts on in the evening of Friday 21st of June with dinner followed by an introductory talk and a short meditation and finishes in the morning of Wednesday 26th of June after breakfast.
Each day starts with two hours of breath awareness and mindful movement, followed by a healthy brunch.
In the early afternoon, we spend sometimes outdoors with the farm’s horses. In these afternoon sessions, we look at how horses communicate with each another, and learn how to use yoga and mindfulness techniques to connect with them more effectively.
In the late afternoon, we meet for another indoor session in which we explore the Sati yoga approach to breathwork, which combines mindfulness of breathing practices from the Buddhist tradition and classical pranayama (yogic breathing) techniques, and we look at how this approach can be used to communicate more effectively with horses.
- 5 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)
- Eight yoga classes
- Five meditation sessions
- Four afternoon sessions with the horses
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
Saturday to Tuesday
8.30 am Meditation / breath awareness
9.00 am Mindful movement
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 breathwork 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