Equine Guided Learning

Into the Heart of the World: A Nature Retreat With Horses

September 16 - 19, 2018

How long has it been since you felt kinship with life beyond your own? What does it mean to truly learn from another species? Come journey into the heart of the natural world, and back, with horses as our wayfinders.

Horses, by nature, attune moment-by-moment to changes in each other and in their environment. Being in their presence rebalances humans, too, by bringing the energy fields of our hearts and brains into a state of coherence––that’s why being around them feels so good. A herd teaches us the practice of equanimity––equine-imity––“to stand in the middle of all; to look over without being caught by what we see.” Within a community of horses, we learn how to strengthen our resilience, love and wise action in response to the challenges of our life and the world today.

Our field days–– on a beautiful Cortes Island farm––include breath and body meditations, joyful play with the horses on the ground, quiet reflection with the herd and a journey ride on horseback. Everyone welcome.

Limited to 12 participants.

Oriane Lee Johnston brings natural horsemanship, spiritual guidance and her years as former program director for Hollyhock to her work as educator and mentor. Horse journeys have taken her riding in the sacred mountains of Ecuador and volunteering with horses in Africa. orianelee.com

Kera Willis is founder and teacher at Mountain Horse School in Pemberton BC, where she creates transformative encounters between horses, humans and the natural world. mountainhorseschool.com

“I remember the bond between us––that magnificent horse who accepted my company of his own accord. That such a proud and powerful being would make that choice was humbling beyond words. As we walked at liberty together side by side, I was profoundly aware of the physicality of our bodies in harmony. This is the way things were meant to be between animals and humans.” -past participant

“I felt a strong desire to connect with horses, despite my fear. Interacting with them I became aware of my courage and strengths, in a gentle and profound way. I also saw my impatience and tendency to live in the future. Now I am more present, confident, and compassionate with myself, and others.” -past participant