What you'll do
You will first be introduced to the horses & I will share with you how to learn their language, then demonstrate how that is achieved. From birth, horses have an innate way of knowing that following a leader (their mother) represents a safe, secure and nurturing environment. This human/horse interaction is achieved with ‘horseplay’. Respect plays a big part in this, as the horse 'plays’ with your energy & you learn to ‘play’ with the horse's energy. Everyone then joins me in the arena. The intention is to create a learning opportunity with the horses. I will offer an activity whereby you & your ‘team’ explore ways in which to have it happen. Time is then given for everyone to evaluate their own experience. This is interesting as the same experience is often perceived in many different ways. Many discover insights into themselves that they were completely unaware of before the experience happened. A previous guest says "This brief encounter with your horse gave me a great lesson. I learned to fully engage in life, with all my heart, body & soul - all at the same time." Pizza, coffee, hot chocolate or 'gumboot' tea will be offered after saying goodbye to the horses.
Coffee, Chocolate, Tea
A life-long horsewoman, my training includes an EAGALA Facilitator (Equine Specialist), an EPONAQUEST Riding Focused Instructor, a Natural Horse-Friendship Coach, and a Holistic Horse and Hoof-care Clinician. Alongside my herd of 19 horses, I study the dynamics and relational development of the horse/human connection. I utilise the concepts and psychology of herd behaviour to provide powerful life-learning experiences in the arena that transform clients lives at home, at school and in their communities as they develop a real sense of self and a feeling of well-being.
About the organization
Equine Pathfinders Foundation
Equine Pathfinders Foundation is a registered charity, whose mission is to make equine assisted growth & learning accessible to all. Equine Pathfinders Foundation exists to improve the well-being & success of individual children, youth, adults & families, and the larger community as a whole. Equine Pathfinders Foundation operates safe, productive & growthful Equine Assisted Learning Programmes.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Equine Pathfinders Foundation.
Where you'll be
Dune Lakes Retreat and Horse Inspired Learning Centre is a spiritual and educational centre uniting all sentient beings together in love, peace and harmony. Nestled in ancient sand hills on the South Kaipara Head Penisula, with breath-taking views of the wild west coast of Muriwai Beach, the vastness of Woodhill Forest and next to the dune lakes system of Lake Kereta. A perfect place to relax and rejevenate.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
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.
No previous horse experience is necessary or required. Your safety and the safety of the horses are of paramount importance.
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