Yoga and natural horsemanship retreat; it was all about connecting
Being in the beautifull woods of western Ireland with its fairylike lights and shadows is so special.
Explored during a walk with Tracie as a guide from Slieve Aughty centre. She let us see it through different eyes by telling about the history of the woods and about the plants and the trees.
Also explored from horseback during the rides, which gave us another view, sitting high and feeling one with the horse.
You can only feel deep respect for nature!
Natural horsemanship is not about putting a saddle on a horse and just go.
It is about really looking at the horse, connecting. It’s about trust and respect. The horse is like a mirror, so it is all about you!
I am very thankful to the horses from Slieve Aughty centre. They are all so different and each had its own lesson for me. Many thanks for Dave who so professionally and patiently translated the horse language when we did not understand.
- Connecting with the body by food
During the retreat there were three meals a day. They were prepared by a cook who works with love and passion. Using organic ingredients Miguel prepared the most delightful dishes and served them in a buffet. It is sad that he does not have his own book with the recipes yet. I would love to prepare the meals at home.
- Connecting with the body by yoga
Slieve aughty centre has a beautiful and peaceful room for yoga. It was a joy to be there. The lovely and very professional yoga teacher Erika let us connect with our body during yoga sessions before breakfast and dinner. Our body was prepared for a day working with the horses and got reset and relaxed after that same day. Erika, I miss your sessions!
Very special was the yoga on horses. It was all about feeling your body, the horses body and trusting. Thanks for that experience Tracie.
- Connecting with the people
Slieve aughty centre has beautiful rooms for the guests. The missing thing is the possibility to make tea or coffee on your room.
But that is with a reason: they want you to come to the common room to make it easier to connect with the other guests.
Also the meals are served on a buffet. Long tables are laid so you can sit next to another person during every meal if you want to. You can make friends from all over the world.
Doing all the things above you can hardly be without emotions. These five days were also about exploring me.
Thanks Esther, that you created such a great and warm place and share it with your guests.