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Write with the Herd Writer's Workshop

Napa, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Wendee

2 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is your call to adventure! Our ranch is nestled in the mountains above Napa Valley, dappled with oaks and redwoods. As you drive up the winding narrow roads, take in the fragrance of trees and notice the terraced vineyards along your journey.

When you arrive, we’ll have light refreshments on the deck and you can tell me about your expectations, emotions, goals, or fears in regards to horses and writing. This conversation will help me choose the writing prompts. We will walk down to meet the horses, let them come to us (which they will!) and begin our writers workshop.

I call this writing with the herd experience, "Meet me at the Gate" because you will be inspired to write while here, and what you take away on your own may be your call to new adventures. Science has proven that the physical act of writing with pen and paper exercises different learning pathways in the brain than writing on your laptop. I will guide you through at least 3 writing prompts as well as equine guided activities from the ground.

Would you like to halter and lead the horse, bathe, walk through obstacles together, or practice activities at liberty? These are all possible! To close our session we will return the horse to his paddock or pasture, then relax with more refreshments and a final writing prompt, focusing on the peaceful heart-to-heart connection that was established today.
Other things to note
The energy here is safe, supportive. All are welcome in this writing space. If you do not have your own favorite journal to bring along, I'll provide some composition booklets, pens, and pencils. If you feel you'd prefer to write on your laptop or tablet, that's just fine too. Wifi is limited.
This is your call to adventure! Our ranch is nestled in the mountains above Napa Valley, dappled with oaks and redwoods. As you drive up the winding narrow roads, take in the fragrance of trees and notice the terraced vineyards along your journey.

When you arrive, we’ll have light refreshments on the deck and you can tell me about your expectations, emotions, goals, or fears in regards to horses and writing. This conversation will hel…

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What's included

  • Food
    Organic fruit, nuts, and bakery treats will be set out. Notify me in advanc...
  • Drinks
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Meet your host, Wendee

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I have taught kindergarten through high school and my favorite subjects to teach are the Language Arts and Mindfulness.
I taught High School English for over two decades! I’m a member of Napa Valley Writers and participate in workshops and writers groups. I’m trained in Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki Source method of Reiki with Animals, and also teach the Mindful Schools Curriculum.

Mustang Yogi, adopted from the BLM in 2003 is now twenty years old, and has helped me earn my US Dressage Federation Bronze Medal. He’s my heart horse and dance partner in showing Musical Freestyles at competitions as well as exhibitions. I have taken clinics from Linda Tellington Jones, Manolo Mendez, and mentees of the late classical dressage master Miguel Tavora.

Welcome to the sanctuary of the stable and pasture.
I have taught kindergarten through high school and my favorite subjects to teach are the Language Arts and Mindfulness.
I taught High School English for over two decades! I’m a member of Napa Valley Writers and participate in workshops and writers groups. I’m trained in Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki Source method of Reiki with Animals, and also teach the Mindful Schools Curriculum.

Mustang Yogi, adopted from the BLM in 2003 is now twenty years old, and has he…
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Where you'll be

Join me at Brioso Vineyard Stables on Mount Veeder. We are located off of a steep, winding road, at 2,680 feet. Our area is known for grapes grown on volcanic hillsides. All three of our horses have faced and overcome emotional and physical challenges. Meet gorgeous black Pura Raza Espanola Andalusian (PRE) youngster Brioso, Bay Mustang Yogi, our wise leader, and welcome the newcomer buckskin Lusitano, Arteiro.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Janet
March 2021
Our time writing with Wendee's horses was magical. We took a risk and booked our visit for March - which can be cold in Napa. But it turned out to be a sparkling day. When we rounded the bend into Wendee's ranch, and saw the green Napa valley below us we couldn't believe our good luck. Wendee came out to greet us, and graciously offered us tea and scones on her beautiful deck, with a view of the valley and her 3 horses grazing peacefully in the pasture below. Wendee read a short story about one of the horses, then led us into the pasture. As we settled into our writing places, Wendee offered writing prompts designed to help us enjoy the experience with all our senses. The gentle horses encouraged calm and creativity. Wendee clearly loves her horses, writing, and sharing her slice of heaven with us. We were grateful for this opportunity! If you enjoy horses, nature, and reflection you'll love Writing with the Herd.
Our time writing with Wendee's horses was magical. We took a risk and booked our visit for March - which can be cold in Napa. But it turned out to be a sparkling day. When we ro…
Melanie
March 2020
I took my father on this experience as a Christmas gift. We thought the location was spectacular and had beautiful views. Wendee was welcoming and warm. We felt at home right away. We had a wonderful time meeting the horses. We did some great writing with thoughtful prompts. It was a special night! Thanks wendee :)
I took my father on this experience as a Christmas gift. We thought the location was spectacular and had beautiful views. Wendee was welcoming and warm. We felt at home right away.…
Yonat
November 2019
This is a wonderful, special, once-in-a-lifetime experience...hard to describe but worthy of simply trying it for yourselves. Wendee is a most wonderful host in every way. The horses are so inviting and special as well. I recommend this for small groups of friends and also for intimate partner connections. We were a mom-daughter pair, which was great, yet this could also be a wonderful opportunity for couples, etc.
This is a wonderful, special, once-in-a-lifetime experience...hard to describe but worthy of simply trying it for yourselves. Wendee is a most wonderful host in every way. The hor…
James
October 2019
Wendee is awesome and the method fun and thoughtful. I am so glad I found this experience and had the instincts to work it in. I am not one to give testimonials but I highly recommend this experience.
Miri
January 2020
Beautiful setting. Amazing to be with the animals.....
Noa
November 2019
It was a super special experience!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

Guests should come prepared with favorite pens, journal, closed toed shoes, comfortable practical clothing for outdoor activities, hat, sunglasses, allergy meds, sunscreen, favorite essential oils

Your favorite journal and writing tools are the most important:)