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Connecting Mind, Body & Spirit Holistic Horsemanship Retreat-EVENT POSTPONED/NEW DATE TBD

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - October 4 @ 11:00 am

Learn, laugh and love your way into a horse’s heart! Clinician Heidi Potter combines the principals of Horse Speak® and Centered Riding© to bring you a unique opportunity in this non-riding retreat. Deepen your understanding of horses, hone your observation and interpretation skills of the equine language, discover how to communicate in a way that creates enrichment, deepens rapport and builds trust, even improve your riding ability, all without riding? The days are filled with interactive workshops, herd observation and interaction at liberty and in-hand. Lessons in self-awareness and mindfulness offer guests a chance to find balance, peace and presence in all they do with and without horses. To be put on a wait list for the rescheduled event contact host Suzanne Vullers 585-374-5056 or info@mountainhorsefarm.com


This amazing, all-inclusive retreat includes​​​ 5 overnight stays with a range of accommodation options from comfy rooms to glamping in tipis. All meals starting with dinner on the first evening and ending with breakfast on the last morning, snacks & non-alcoholic drinks. (Guests are free to bring their own spirits.)

​About the retreat:

The retreat is held at the beautiful  Mountain Horse Farm in the Naples New York nestled in the Finger Lakes region. It begins on Tuesday evening with an introduction that will prepare us for the full and fun days ahead. The days are filled with interactive workshops and skill building on the following topics:

  • Horse Speak® — Begin learning the Fundamentals of Equus through herd observation, interpretation and conversation.
  • Horse Psychology & Physiology – Go deeper in understanding why horses do what they do and how to improve relations in an enriching manner.
  • Centered Riding© — Discover how the CR basics of Soft Eyes, Centering, Breathing and Balance will help lead you to improved comfort, confidence, communication and balance in the saddle, along with enhancing your everyday life. Although we won’t be riding in this retreat the discoveries you will make come from exercises practice on devices such as the Balance Rider© (www.balancerider.com) Mini-trampoline and Yoga Balls. Learning off the horse is where it all starts!
  • Self-Awareness & Mindfulness – It all begins with you 😊 Learn techniques to help you bring a more relaxed, grounded, centered and mindful presence to the horse in every situation.

This curriculum is designed to help deepen your understanding of horses, their behavior, how you affect them and how to improve your overall communication with them. The clinic goal is to provide retreat guests with tools to help create safer, more enjoyable and trusting relationships that support horses, emotionally, mentally and physically. If you seek an opportunity to connect with horses in a purely natural, holistic way then this retreat is for you. We welcome everyone from experienced horse people to horse lovers with no riding or hands-on experience. Whether you show horses, own horses, volunteer at rescues or are involved in the equine therapy world, this non-riding retreat will inspire you and teach you how to offer enrichment to horses.

Retreat guests will be working with the Mountain Horse Farm, Sanctuary and Wellness Retreat center’s herd of horses. They have a well-established herd of 6, all different breeds & sizes who live a life as natural as possible with lots of freedom & choices. Bringing your own horses is not possible. The clinic does not involve riding but if you are a rider you will find that what you have learned, will positively influences the way you ride. ​​We welcome 6-8 hands-on participants (no auditors).

Self-Care Day:

To give your brain a body a break from learning we have reserved time for self-care. On Friday each guest will enjoy a one-on-one session with Heidi on a topic of their choosing. The balance of the day could include a winery or brewery tour, a visit to the nearby lakes and waterfalls, or a zip lining experience at the nearby Bristol Mountain. There are also options to simply relax at the farm and indulge in a massage or sauna session, a walk on the beautiful surrounding trails, a cow cuddling session or just enjoying a good book by the fireplace. The Mountain Horse Farm folks will happily help you plan your perfect day.

For more details and pricing visit Mountain Horse Farm. To be put on a wait list for the rescheduled event contact host Suzanne Vullers 585-374-5056 or info@mountainhorsefarm.com


September 29 @ 4:00 pm
October 4 @ 11:00 am
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