Festival Postponed

It's been a challenging few days here at Dune Lakes Lodge, with the last 24 hours in particular being very stressful for the team.

The COVID 19 situation is evolving so quickly, it's hard for us to have any kind of certainty about what the next few weeks might look like. The latest travel restrictions announced yesterday mean it will be impossible for our international presenters to present as scheduled. And with NZ coming into winter now & the regular flu season about to kick off, it is inevitable that this situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

On top of that, we have a few presenters, volunteers & family members who are in the demographics that are considered "high risk" for this virus, who are understandably nervous about traveling & gathering in a large group at this time. And we need to ensure we are being as responsible as we can with their health & safety, as well as the well being of everyone who attends the Festival.

So with all that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the Festival until later in the year.

At this stage, we are yet to confirm a new date, but we are aiming for Labour Weekend - the 24th/25th/26th of October 2020.

All tickets sold so far will be valid for the new dates once they are confirmed.

For all those who have bought tickets, thank you! We really hope you will hang onto them as they will still be valid for the new dates once they are confirmed. If this is not possible, please contact us & we can arrange a refund.

We appreciate that many of you will also have confirmed travel & accommodation plans & we sincerely hope you are able to re-coup or defer your costs from that.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. And thanks again for all your support, patience & understanding. We're in this together & we'll get through this together.

Arohanui.

- Rosemary & the Spirit Horse Festival Team x

27-29 March 2020

Come to a festival where people inspired by horses
 meet, share ideas, experience, and celebrate!


Horses have been a faithful companion in human evolution for thousands of years. Only in recent years have we embraced their power to lead us back to our true selves. In a world of busy-ness they provide a powerful path to living mindfully and in harmony with all that is.

Join leading presenters in the field of horse-human experiential learning and explore the many aspects of the horse–human relationship for three days of inspiration, education, healing, and spiritual enrichment!

Equine Pathfinders Foundation is proud to present the International Spirit Horse Festival to connect people from all over the world to celebrate and learn more about the gift and the magic that horses bring to our lives and the lives of others.

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Register now for tickets to all events and on-site camping.  Wake up, leisurely breakfast, and wander to your next inspiring session.

Inspiring Presenters

Eighteen world-class presenters on equine inspired learning and holistic horse care will host workshops, discussion panels, seminars, and breakout sessions assisted by the Dune Lakes herd.

Festive Programme

Arts, Entertainment, Yoga, Music,  Meditation, and Home-cooked Vegetarian/Vegan Fare. Combine all that with horses and a spectacular setting for an enriching and spiritual experience.

Gorgeous Venue

Dune Lakes Lodge Equine Inspired Learning and Retreat Centre is a fully-equipped and tasteful retreat facility set in 37 acres of horse-heaven, nestling in ancient sand hills, beside lakes, forests, and beaches.

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