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HORSE WHISPERING MINDFULNESS MINI RETREATS

Imagine how it would feel to experience profound connection with one of Nature’s most majestic creatures. Horses are known to be powerful catalysts for personal growth and transformation. They respond to energy, intention, and even visualization. When unrestrained they reflect our energetic body and can provide us with instantaneous feedback from what we subconsciously project out into the world.

Join us for an immersive opportunity to experience the art of horse whispering at our home farm in Poughquag, NY. We have found our methods of rehabilitating destressed horses to be powerfully transformational to not only the horses, but to their human companions as well, and we invite you to come learn more about what we do. 

What is Horse Whispering?

Horse whispering is the art of generating connection and comradery with horses using gentle, resistance-free methods. We use an intricate understanding of equine psychology and behavior to develop deep energetic connections with them that cultivate their desire to interact with us. Although the term "horse whisperer" dates back to the ninetieth century, the practice of horse gentling and building rapport with horses is ancient. 

 

Reimagine Horsemanship Equine Healing Center

Reimagine Horsemanship is a rehabilitation center for troubled horses. We use the art of horse whispering to reset how horses feel about humans, and then re-educate them so they can stay safe and healthy in the human world. The fact of the matter is that in order to build HEALTHY, working relationships with horses, we need to communicate with them in a way that makes sense to them. And to be capable of doing that, we MUST practice mindfulness. 

 

Equine Assisted Mindfulness

Meditation is known to be a highly effective means of managing our physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness. Meditation is also notorious for being very difficult for most people to practice. The human mind tends to drift and our river of thought pulls our consciousness into its raging current. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of holding our awareness on a sensory stimulus rather than being lost in thought.

 

Horses give us a practical reason to remain mindful. They are large, sensitive flight and prey animals that are acutely aware of their surroundings. In order to work with them safely, and without desensitizing them, we remain connected to what they connect to. This means we need to generate higher levels of awareness than is typically necessary for modern human survival.

 

Relationship-based horsemanship requires us to become attuned to what horses are attuned to. We need to learn how to read them and develop the ability to synchronize with them. And then to initiate effective communication with them, we need to BECOME WHAT they are attuned to.

The mindfulness state that one must sustain when practicing the art of horse whispering can help us develop control of our compulsions, regulate our emotions, and learn how to monitor and manage the effects we have on the world around us. In order to communicate effectively with horses without causing them fear, we must remain receptive to our senses and in control of our energy. This level awareness draws us into a mindfulness state. Check out our blog for more information on how horses can help us with our own personal development and growth.

Our Retreats

Join us for an afternoon of peace, mindfulness, and rejuvenation while learning about the art of horse whispering right here in the Hudson Valley.

 

Arrive around 2-3pm, settle in and soak up the serene energy of the farm. Our head trainer will be working quietly on her rehabilitation cases throughout the afternoon and you are welcome to sit in and watch the process as much as you like during your visit.

 

Continue to enjoy the atmosphere, visit with our resident horses, or walk our bridle paths at your own pace until we join up at 3pm for some equine-related mindfulness activities that introduce the key concepts we use to generate connection with horses.

 

At around 4pm, we’ll begin an instructional horse whispering demonstration in our round pen. Then stay past sunset and sit around the bonfire with us for refreshments, star gazing, and some great conversation.

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Introductory Retreat at Reimagine - (Level 1)

Attunement

 

Our Introductory Level 1 Retreat introduces key mindfulness concepts used in horse whispering. Participants will focus on observational skills and heightening awareness through their visual and auditory senses to become more attuned to what the horse is perceiving. Our demo will focus specifically on the use of subtle energetic applications and releases to draw the horse's attention to the handler. For more information on this concept, view our blog post on The Reflective Tendencies of Horses

Return to Reimagine Retreat - (Level 2)

Developing Feel

 

The Level 2 Retreat involves hands-on activities with the horses, and concentrates on the concept of "Feel".  Participants will focus on mindfulness activities involving their sense of touch and will learn how to combine acute levels of awareness with touch and release to connect with a horse during grooming. Our demo will focus on the energetic connection that can be established with a horse by "feeling" our way through the interaction. For further information on the concept of Feel, view our blog post What is Feel?

Return to Reimagine Retreat - (Level 3)

Energy: The Natural Language of the Horse

 

Our Level 3 Retreat helps participants understand how to use varying degrees of energy to move a horse. Participants will be guided through mindfulness exercises that illustrate the idea of how to move energy within your body though visualization and Tai Chi movement meditations. Our demo will show how skilled control of energetic projections can influence the horse's movement. Energy is the natural language of the horse. To learn more, view our blog post on Building Language with Horses Through Binary Code.

 

DETAILS

Mini Retreats are booked on Saturday afternoons. Small groups only. Space is very limited. $120 per person per retreat. For further details and booking, contact Kelly Kirby, LCSW-R, at (917) 887-5315 or kellyjkirby@gmail.com