Yoga and healing with horses - a one-day mini retreat in Oxfordshire No riding involved, just healing and therapeutic work

This day retreat will combine the beautiful, transformative powers of yoga and the gentle, healing energy of horses 

Date

Next date to be confirmed

About the Day

Join us for a 1 day mini retreat in Oxfordshire surrounded by luscious English countryside. We will spend the day doing yoga and group introductory equine therapy with a herd of gentle horses and enjoy relaxation time, a picnic lunch, beautiful, peaceful surroundings and the company of gentle, animal loving, like-minded people.

 

The Horses

Light Yoga Space in partnership with Hopethruhorses

The Horses

Hopethruhorses is an established Equine Involvement Therapy facility in Garsington, Oxfordshire, founded and run by experienced equine therapist Jo Corfield.

NO RIDING INVOLVED

This is about working with the horses on an emotional and energetic level to overcome the fears that entrap us, for personal transformation and healing. Think the healing potential of swimming with dolphins, only in a luscious field in the English countryside meditating and connecting with equine energy and a gentle herd of therapy horses

Jo set up and runs Hopethruhorses entirely on her own and has a deeply beautiful, intimate and trusting relationship with each member of her herd of 19 beloved horses. She knows each horse inside out and her story, and theirs, are utterly inspirational. You can find out more about Jo and working with horses in this therapeutic way by exploring her website

 

The Yoga

The yoga will be led by Janice Kate Fisher proprietor of Light Yoga Space. We will practice 2x classical Hatha yoga sessions led in the beautiful and authentic Sivananda tradition. We will practice in the field with the horses, weather permitting.

Janice has been studying Sivananda classical hatha yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for 15. She is passionate about supporting herself and others on the journey towards a healthy body, a healthy body-image, mental health, well-being and self-acceptance. She very much believes that every-'body' can  benefit from the transformative power of yoga.  She is dedicated to Sivananda yoga and believes wholeheartedly in it as a practical force for good in the world.

You can find out more about Janice and about Sivananda yoga by exploring our website here 

I am working more and more with exploring the healing potential of practicing yoga in the presence of animals. Animals seem to be very drawn to the gentle, healing energy of yoga and meditation, and gentle people seem to be drawn to the healing energy of animals.

I believe animals can help us evolve emotionally, energetically and spiritually with much to give us and teach us on their terms, and we are there to love and support them and certainly in this human centred society take care of them and protect them from harm.
— a word from Janice

Day Schedule

Note there might be some changes to this proposed schedule.

10:00 a.m. arrival time

10:15 a.m. Opening circle

10:30. Yoga session 1 in the pen

11:30. Talk and intro from Jo, health and safety, horse body language, trust, about equine therapy, about herd behaviour,
Introductions to some of the individual horses going round the
horses as a group, meeting them and hearing their
stories and learning about their behaviour

12:30. Packed lunch in the pen

1:30. Guided exercises with the horses plus free time with the herd, which will include 10-15 minute
one-to- one’s with Jo and individual horses

3:30. Yoga session 2 in the field, with breathing and
meditation with the horses

5:30. Closing circle

6:00. Departure time 

Please not all activities are weather dependent. If the day is rainy we will have  gazebo style covering for both yoga sessions. You will need to bring warm and waterproof clothing