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Tools for Living Well - Equine Workshop Series

Supported by horses as healers and teachers, these three experiential days of healing and learning in a small group will leave you nourished and inspired to move forward with fresh energy and new tools to live life more fully. Interaction with the horses is on the ground, not on horseback, and requires no previous experience with horses.

Part 1: Boundaries

Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships and a healthy life. Boundaries give us agency over our physical space, body, and feelings. Setting and sustaining effective boundaries is a skill. Unfortunately, it’s a skill that many of us have never been taught. We might pick up pointers here and there from experience or others, but for many of us, boundary-setting is a relatively new concept and a challenging one. Supported by horses as teachers, you will learn grounding, energy awareness, and setting healthy boundaries through interactive exercises with the horses.

The Boundaries workshop is a pre-requisite for taking the other two on Assertiveness and Self-Care.

Offered once a month on a Saturday 11am-4pm:

Max 4 people
$195 per person
early bird: $180, if paid one month in advance


Part 2: Assertivenessassertiveness

Part 1 Boundaries is required or The Equine Medicine Wheel.

Assertiveness is about confidence and self-acceptance. Assertiveness means standing up for our personal rights and expressing thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in direct, honest, and appropriate ways. It is about maintaining healthy boundaries, which includes discernment - the ability to decide when a situation is healthy and supports our well-being, and when it is not - and to take appropriate action. Horses are amazing at teaching us all that and more through interactive exercises in a small group.

Offered once a month on a Saturday 11am-4pm:

Max 4 people
$195 per person
early bird: $180, if paid one month in advance

 

Part 3: Self-Care

Part 1 Boundaries is required or The Equine Medicine Wheel.

Self-care is an important part of effective boundaries, which also involves giving ourselves permission to put ourselves first. Self-care also means recognizing the importance of our feelings and honoring them. Self-care is anything that we do to take care of our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to a good relationship with oneself and others. Supported by horses as healers and teachers, you will learn important life-skills while at the same time recharging your depleted energy resources and receiving gentle healing from Mother Nature and the horses.

Offered once a month on a Saturday 11am-4pm:

Max 4 people
$195 per person
early bird: $180, if paid one month in advance



Tools for Living Well - 3-Day Retreat

You can experience the three daylong workshops above on Boundaries, Assertiveness, and Self-Care rolled together into a 3-day retreat with the herd on the Labour Day long weekend. Perfect for those who are travelling and would like to stay for the weekend. Hope is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquilhalla Rivers, nestled between the Coastal Mountains and the Cascade Mountain Range surrounded by some of the most beautiful and dramatic wilderness BC has to offer.

Saturday-Monday, September 5-7
$580 per person
early bird: $540 if paid one month in advance


The Equine Medicine Wheel - 3-Day Retreatwheel

Explore the four cardinal directions and the four classical elements with the herd while learning critical life skills. Enjoy three fun-filled days in nature and let the horses teach you how to:

Friday 12 to 4 pm (Earth)
Saturday 11 am to 4 pm (Water | Fire)
Sunday 11 am to 1 pm (Air)

Offered once a month through the summer:

Max 4 people
$525 per person

early bird: $485 if paid one month in advance

(Accommodation or food are not included.)


Personal Retreats

Transformation and empowerment through shamanic healing with horses

This offering is a daylong immersion into shamanic healing supported by horses and surrounded by mountains, rivers, forests, and lakes.

Shamanism is based in Animism, the ancient tradition of our Ancestors who looked to Nature as their spiritual teacher. It is a living wisdom without doctrine that allows us to build inner resources and access sacred guidance. Shamanic healing is a means to reach the source of an issue in spirit and to release the pattern of pain and suffering. It is a path for reclaiming your power and for restoring joy and meaning to your life.

In Equine Guided Personal Growth, horses join the healing process. They are amazing teachers in human development, emotional healing, and spiritual growth. They teach us critical life skills, including managing emotions, navigating change, setting boundaries, and speaking our truth.

Your personal retreat is from 11am until 5pm and the package is completely customizable. Here is an example of what your day could look like:

We meet at the horse farm at 11am to sit with the horses during our initial conversation, then move into a shamanic healing ceremony supported by the horses, followed by an equine guided session during which you interact one-on-one with one of the horses for further insight.

We break for lunch from about 1-2 pm so you have time to process the experience, write some notes, and nourish your body.

In the afternoon, we go on an easy, 10-minute hike to one of the most stunning yet remote waterfalls for a Water ritual of surrender & forgiveness, an Earth ritual of grounding & planting seeds, or an Air ritual of breath & connection. For a Fire ritual of releasing & transformation, we would meet in Ulrike’s backyard.

We conclude the day with an embodiment practice and you can choose either a therapeutic Yoga session, a Reiki treatment, or a soothing massage.

Fees

Bundled into a personal retreat package your investment is only $420 for a full day of healing, transformation, and empowerment. Or come with a friend or your spouse and pay only $385 per person.

Availability

Personal retreats can be scheduled most days with sufficient notice and are offered on a private horse farm just outside Hope, BC.

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