Feel the Connection ...
TRAINING FOR CONNECTION RETREAT
Spend a few hours shadowing our head trainer as she works on her rehabilitation cases. You will learn about equine behavior, cognitive development for horses, energetic dialogue, and how to build high functioning relationships with horses. These retreats prep you for working with the horses yourself under the direct supervision and guidance of a highly experienced equine behavior specialist.
"I am very new to the world of horses, and when I started taking riding lessons, I knew there was a LOT more going on that I wanted to understand about connection and communication with horses before I tried riding again. So much of what I found, even here in California, were pressure-based forms of interaction based on dominance that did not feel good to me.
Through a google search, I landed on Heather's page all about relationship-based horsemanship, and reading her blog posts was really clicking and making so much sense to me. When we spoke on the phone and she said "the horse's back is a sacred space that has to be earned through respect", I knew this was the teacher I was looking for. We talked about the options of creating a personalized retreat to learn more of this style of attunement and energetic dialogue, and I booked my trip out to upstate New York!
I loved beginning with the Mindfulness Horse Whispering mini retreat, and then I had 4 days of private one-on-one lessons with Heather. Heather met me right where I was at in terms of my level of experience, knowledge, and confidence with horses and horsemanship. I learned so much from her and the horses, and my confidence really grew!
I look forward to returning again next year and building on everything I learned in this first private retreat, and I feel more clear and confident about my next steps to put as much of what I learned while with Heather into practice here at a local horse rescue and with friends' horses. This was a wonderful experience that I highly recommend to anyone! Especially if your desire is to learn how to build meaningful connections of respect with horses."
- Danielle S.