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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in France

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 and equine-guided meditation with horses will firstly enable you to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. Secondly, it can dramatically increase your self-confidence and self-compassion by spiritually connecting with our horses in an enriching, compelling and transformational way.

Meet the instructors

Dr M

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
  • Transport from Nogaro to the venue
  • Brunch and dinner included
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

You have the option to stay in a single and double bedroom 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,
  • Discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations.

Sample daily schedule (may be adjusted according to the weather)

  • 09:30 Walking meditation with/without the horses
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Equine-facilitated Mindfulness exercises
  • 12:30 - 16:00 Free time to spend with the horses
  • 16:00 Tea
  • 16:30 Equine-guided meditation
  • 17:30 Feeding the horses
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Writing meditation - if appropriate

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, starting at 69 EUR 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 is located on several 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 5 minutes by car from Nogaro, 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 the field shelter.

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, generous people and the breathtaking beauty of mountains, rivers, lakes and medieval villages perched on hilltops. Also available as a 7/14-day retreat.

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

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
  • Russian/Swedish back massage

What's included

  • Equine-facilitated mindfulness exercises
  • Equine-guided meditation sessions
  • Writing meditation sessions
  • Free e-book Mindfulness and Meditation Options (the workbook for the retreat)
  • Brunch, dinner, snacks, and (non-alcoholic) drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transport from Nogaro 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 Nogaro
  • Personal health insurance and/or travel insurance (SemperEquus highly recommends insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
  • An extra day walking part of the Way of St James / Santiago de Compostella
  • 30 min Swedish/Russian Back massage

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, don't hesitate to send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Available from March to November as 5, 7 or 14 day retreats

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