Horse Honesty’s mission is workshops and retreats with the horse in mind. But on a deeper level we want to serve you, allow you to expand your mind and de-stress. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy world and relax. We intend to expand our horizons in the future. Future workshop ideas in the making are art, photography, writing, food and health.
Happiness Health and Horses (aka HHH)
May 5-7 and Oct 6-8 2017
Our first workshop HHH was originally designed for “non horse people” who were drawn to learn from the spirit of the horse or just be near horses in a safe environment. But we found horse people wanted to attend this retreat too. So horse people are welcome. We tailor the experience so anybody can benefit from the retreat.
The mission of HHH is to learn through the eyes and heart of a horse to become mindful of your individual energy. Find out how horses react to your emotions which may or may not be hidden, your body language, your tone and attitude.
Develop awareness of patterns and emotions you may have that may prevent you from finding happiness or your finding the “true you”.
If you are a non horse person who desires to get near horses but has a FEAR of the horse because of its gigantic size and power then this retreat is a great start to conquering that fear.
How can horses help you?
Horses are amazing, sensitive animals. As a means of survival developed over thousands of years horses are acutely aware of their surroundings. As prey animals they make quick and accurate decisions to avoid danger. That is why horses can read you like a book before you ever get near them. Horses are authentic and react honestly to whatever real or hidden emotions, energy or behavior you may display to them. The horses can in turn help you “think like a horse” channeling your energy to become more authentic and honest.
During the workshop there will be (2 ) 2 hour horse therapy sessions on Saturday and (1) 2 hour session on Sunday.
You are also free to visit with the horses during “free” time.
Practice Yoga with the Horses
Start your day by finding your balance mentally and physically with yoga near the horses overlooking stunning views of the canyon. Being outside in harmony with nature allows you to reawaken, forming a deeper connection with yourself.
We will practice “Sunrise Yoga” on both mornings of the clinic before breakfast. You won’t want to miss this.
Friday night experience Jo’s wild horse slide show and presentation. Jo has traveled all over the west photographing America’s wild horses, most recently in Oregon’s Steens Mountain Wilderness and Montana’s Pryor Mountains. See Jo’s new photography from those trips. You may be moved to tears and or you may have many questions regarding the controversies surrounding America’s wild horses. Jo can most likely answer any questions you have and if not she can find you answers. The subject of wild horses prompts excellent discussion on how horses live and communicate as well. Giving you better understanding of horse behavior, wild or domestic.
Saturday night we will have a camp fire near the barn overlooking the expansive valley, twinkling lights and sparkling stars overhead. If you want to break from the “healthy” food to melt a smore we won’t stop you.
Of course the hot tub beckons a visit after entertainment. Soak in the warm water with a glass of wine while you gaze overhead at the canopy of twinkling stars.
Nurture your body with organic farm to table nourishing food. The 3 meals a day will not only delight your taste buds they will strengthen your insides. Non alcoholic beverages and fine wine will be available for your refreshment pleasure.
If you have any specific dietary concerns such as allergies, gluten intolerance, vegetarian, vegan please let us know! We will cater to every request.
Free Mini Photoshoot by Danehy Photography
With your consent Jo will photograph you with any horse or animal you may have fallen in love with or maybe a new friendship you have forged. We will also do a group portrait. After the workshop Jo will ship the 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 prints to your home.
What to bring? Climate etc.
Sundog Ranch is a fully equipped Bed and Breakfast. All bed linens, towels, shampoo etc. are provided. The weather in May can be a toss-up. Average temps are in the low 80’s. But of course there is a possibility for a cool spell or heat spell. Check forecasts and come prepared. In any case bring your swim suit as you won’t want to miss a dip in the hot tub, rain or shine. In October the chance of rain is slim. Definitely bring sun protection and your swimsuit to cool off in between sessions.
Start and End Times
Check in is between 3-5 pm Friday afternoon. We will start the retreat with happy hour at 6 pm Friday. Dinner at 7 Slideshow around 8:30. Exact schedules and meal menus for Sat. and Sun. will be posted both mornings if not before.
Since this is a two-day workshop Jo is offering the chance to extend your stay an extra 24 hours. Arrive Thursday after 3pm and have Thursday afternoon and evening, and all day Friday at Sundog. Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast provided by Jo. Great for those who want more time to relax and de-stress. This would be a great time to get your mini photo shoot. See Registration page for more info.
WAKE UP YOUR SPIRIT! GET THAT COWGIRL SPIRIT!
Have Fun Eat Delicious Gourmet Delights Drink Wine Do Yoga Relax De-Stress!!
BRING A FRIEND, YOUR DAUGHTER, OR SISTER
No riding experience is required. You will have contact with the horses if you choose but you will not ride horses in the workshop.