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5 Days Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Horses in the South of France

Laleugue, 32400 Sarragachies, France

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in France

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Is your lack of self-confidence ruining your ability to live a long, happy, healthy and fulfilling life, full of purpose and meaning? Have you always been fascinated by horses, and longed to connect with them on a deeper level but have always been intimidated by their size?

This Connect with Horses retreat, based on equine-facilitated mindfulness, equine-guided meditation, and yogic breathing exercises (pranayama) with horses will firstly enable you to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. Secondly, it will dramatically increase your self-confidence and self-compassion by spiritually connecting with our horses in an enriching, compelling and transformational way. Retreats available for booking from May to November.

Meet the instructors

Dr Margaretha

Highlights

  • Meditation and mindfulness sessions with horses
  • Learn to find a simpler and more direct path to inner peace
  • Discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations
  • Learn how to communicate more efficiently and assertively
  • Brunch and dinner included
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Airport transfer available:
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (US$77 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

You have the option to stay in single and double bedrooms with comfortable beds and views of meadows, woods and the horses' paddocks. Each room has a door that opens directly onto the garden. There is ample, safe, off-road parking. You will also have free access to high-speed internet.

Program

Equine-facilitated mindfulness and equine-guided meditation and breathing can empower you to

  • Find a simpler and more direct path to inner peace,
  • Compassionately accept yourself and appreciate your unique talents and abilities,
  • Free yourself from immobilizing fear and substantially increase your self-confidence,
  • Communicate more efficiently and assertively,
  • Eradicate limiting beliefs and replace them with inspiring beliefs,
  • Develop more successful problem-solving skills,
  • Believe in yourself so that you can make the changes you want to make in your life,
  • Build strong, long-lasting relationships,
  • Create a solid and reliable support network so that you can ask for help before you feel totally overwhelmed,
  • Set firm boundaries and say NO without feeling guilty or needing to explain and
  • Discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations.

Sample daily schedule

  • 09:00 Yogic breathing with the horses
  • 09:30 Walking meditation with the horses
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Equine-facilitated Mindfulness training
  • 12:30 - 16:00 Free time to spend with the horses
  • 16:00 Tea
  • 16:30 Equine-guided meditation
  • 17:30 Journalling
  • 19:30 Dinner

Note

  • Non-participating partners are very welcome, there is a lot for them to discover and do in the immediate vicinity.
  • To facilitate transport arrangements, or to explore the region, you are welcome to arrive a day or two early or leave a day or two after the workshop.
  • SemperEquus offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation on a day-to-day basis, at 55 GBP per room per night, but only to the workshop guests.

To ensure everyone gets individual, quality attention and the time to ask questions, the retreat limits the groups to a maximum of four guests - which means you will need to reserve early to be one of the fortunate guests who come here each year.

So seize this exceptional opportunity to spend a few nights with SemperEquus NOW. To help you make your trip a special one, please let them know you are coming by making a reservation. A warm welcome awaits you amidst the Armagnac, Cotes de Gascogne, Saint Mont, and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed south-west of France.

Location

The house, deep in the heart of Gascony, 90 minutes' drive south-east of Bordeaux, near a small town called Eauze, is located on nine acres of lush, green meadows and is surrounded by vineyards, woods, orchards, and sunflower fields.

Secluded but not isolated, this 200-year-old farmhouse is only 15 minutes by car from Eauze, a typical local town, with all amenities.​ Here, the small herd of horses lives outside, year-round. They are not stabled, although they do have access to shelter, especially needed in the hot summer months when they can often be found dozing in the woods or in one of the field shelters.

There is varied terrain for them to explore, mimicking the prairies they would have roamed before horses became domesticated. Free-range horses, and eco-friendly! In only a few other places you will find all the ingredients of a perfect holiday combined with such abundance as in Gascony: fabulous food, outstanding wine, generous people and the breathtaking beauty of mountains, rivers, lakes and medieval villages perched on hilltops.

Food

The food is simple but delicious and the team aims to give your digestive tract as much of a rest as the rest of you while feeding your body as well and as generously as your mind. This is most definitely not a detox retreat, but rather a celebration of the wonderful variety of fresh local produce available from our garden as well as from the local weekly fresh food markets.

This region is known for its abundant gourmet cuisine and we would not dream of depriving our guests of the pleasure and benefits that can be had. Even the wine of the region is reputed to have healing and anti-aging properties (see Prof Roger Corder's book The Red Wine Diet) and the people of the region live some of the longest and healthiest lives in Europe.

If you have any intolerances, allergies or dislike some ingredient or food, please let SemperEquus know during your booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your stay, you may want to enjoy some activities to enhance your holiday experience:

  • Add a day to walk part of the possibly life-changing Way of St James, following in the footsteps of pilgrims who have passed this way for a thousand years on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain
  • Guided wine tasting trip to the medieval village of Saint Mont

What's included

  • 3 equine-facilitated mindfulness training sessions
  • 3 equine-guided meditation sessions
  • 3 yogic breathing sessions
  • 3 walking meditation with the horses sessions
  • 3 journaling sessions
  • Free e-book Mindfulness and Meditation Options (the workbook for the retreat)
  • Brunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transport from Eauze to the venue

What's not included

  • Transport costs to local airports and train stations
  • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
  • Transport from local train stations to Eauze
  • Personal health insurance and/or travel insurance (SemperEquus highly recommends insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
  • Guided wine tasting trip to a local cellar
  • Day-visit to Lourdes
  • An extra day walking part of the Way of St James / Santiago de Compostella

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

There are five airports - Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS), Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), Biarritz Airport (BIQ), Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE), and Pau-Pyrenees Airport (PUF) less than two hours drive from the retreat location. For more information on how to reach the house from the airport, please send an inquiry.

Airport: Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport Airport transfer available: Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (US$77 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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