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Yoga & Meditation: Connection & Coaching with Horsesviv paard

6 - 13 June  2020

24 - 31 October 2020

This week is meant for those who love Yoga and Nature and who would like to connect on a deeper level with horses and to learn from their qualities.

In this retreat we intend to connect and to communicate with horses on a subtle level. Our yoga and meditation sessions will be designed around this theme with the emphasis on body awareness and will be beneficial for horse riders.

There will be 2 yoga & meditation sessions a day, in which we’ll practice our alignment and attunement and become aware of our subtle energy within our bodies and our fields. This way we'll prepare our bodies and minds for the session with the horses. You don't need to have experience with horses, but if you have, you'll also be able to deepen your experience.The rest of the morning we'll spend with the horses:

We 'll have a practical group coaching session outside with our herd, where individual themes can be brought in. On some days the session with our horses will be combined with other activities with our herd. And this week we'll share the care for the herd.

Dates : 6-13 June 2020 and 17-24 October 2020.

Costs: € 975,-

*This includes 7 nights in a spacious double room, with bathroom en suite, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day and coffee and tea breaks and snacks.

*There is an extra fee of € 150,- for a single room making € 1125,-

Hosts & Facilitators: Pieter Hiemstra & Elleke van Kraalingen & Nynke Groenewegen

Yoga Teacher: Elleke van Kraalingen.

Equine assisted Coach: Nynke Groenewegen

Maximum group: 8


We begin and end the days with yoga and meditation, in which the awareness and alignment of body, mind and soul will be central, so that we'll become aware of our subtle energy.

No experience with yoga or meditation is required, but when you are experienced, there will be plenty of opportunity to deepen your practice. The sessions will be adjusted to meet your needs.

When you are a rider, both your body and that of your horse will benefit from these sessions.

Then we'll have breakfast and prepare for our horse session, concluded by a gathering and sharing round. After lunch there is a free afternoon, followed by a second yoga session and dinner. In the evening there is another meditation.

Daily Schedule

8.00 Herbal tea and Fruit

8.30 Yoga Asana + Relaxation

9.30 Meditation

10.00 Breakfast in Silence

10.30 Coaching session with horses

13.00 LunchSiestaAfternoon free & possibility of a private coaching session with or without horses*

18.00 Dinner

19.30 Yoga Asana + Meditation

21.00 Closing

About Equine Assisted Coaching


"Your horse is your companion and riding animal, but it's also your personal coach. Perhaps you already understand its body language and can interpret its signals, so that you can optimally take care of its well-being and also form a great team together. However, your contact can continue to deepen and thereby stimulate your personal growth process.

During my training as a spiritual / energetic therapist (2003-2005) I became aware that my horses flawlessly mirror how I deal with my energy. By this I mean the subtle life energy: the field that connects body-emotions-mind-soul. Through their guidance, I became aware of imbalances within myself. My training provided me with tools to create more balance. This principle has since become the basis of my working method as an equine assisted coach.

What should you give more attention/energy to? What more can you feel? Simple energetic exercises provide more flow in what is stuck, an awareness of what is in the shadows. Then you will see the horse reacting differently to you. This continuous interaction is an enriching process. Horses show you, without judgment and purely from their sensitivity, where you can grow and where you can free yourself. In the morning sessions with the horses we'll work on this and thereby help you make your life, your relationships (including those with your horse) and the world a little more beautiful."

All activities are optional.

* In the afternoons there is the possibility to have a private coaching session with Nynke and the horses. A private session may take about one up to one and a half hour and costs €50,-There is also the possibility of having a private session with Pieter or Elleke for coaching, healing or physical, manual therapy. These sessions are on basis of donation.

We look forward to welcome you!

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