PRESENTERS

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 & spiritual enrichment!  

Rosemary Wyndham-Jones

Session 1: Leadership with Horses

Come with Rosemary into the rolling hills and paddocks of Dune Lakes Lodge to be with the herd. See and experience the essence of leadership in body, mind, and spirit. Learn of your connection to self and others, its movement within you and between you and the beings around you.

As the gate opens for the herd and horses move, open the gate of your own understanding. Follow and be followed. Guide and be guided. Experience and practice what leadership is as it exists from moment to moment, from in front, from behind, and in coming alongside. Find the intimate and personal nature of leadership in connection, and how it translates in the paddock, arena, or round pen. Opportunities for both observation and hands on experiences with the horses will be highlighted.

Session 2: Inducing a Peaceful State and Creating Sacred Space with Horses 

This is a practice shared between a human and his/her animals to induce a peaceful state and help develop trust. This level of connection builds a core bond and confidence in each other, which can then develop and extend to other areas.

When the relationship shifts from fear to trust, we can help our horses become more relaxed, reduce tension, and become more in tune with their needs. In this session you will learn some of the keys to entering into a sacred space in order to connect with your horse and build a foundation for mutual trust and learning.

About Rosemary

Suze Kenington

 Connecting with Horses via Animal Communication
This is an interactive session where you will be guided to connect with a horse - past or present. You will get a glimpse into the breath of subjects that horses can provide insight into and begin to discern what's coming from them and what's coming from your own imagination. We will discuss how to recognise your preferred intuitive senses, how to be open to learn what they are actually saying rather than what you want them to say and how to formulate a question that will get the insights you are seeking plus much more. We will also discuss how 'real-time' communication can assist during a therapeutic connection and help us get past the limitations of our 'humanness'. No experience with horses or communication required.

Reciprocal Healing between Horses & Humans
This is an interactive session where you will be guided to offer and receive healing with an individual horse. We will discuss root cause and symptoms of discomfort, along with how both our ego and powerlessness can get in the way and how to bring ourselves into a state of humility, connectedness and receptivity. We will also look at energy in its many forms and learn how being grounded is important from both a science and spirituality standpoint. No experience with horses, healing or communication required.

Hear more about what the horses have to say on Suze's post for the festival blog.

About Suze

​​​Gary Cook

Gary Cook

The Amazing World of Plants and Trees

Plants understand us, but do we understand them? The true value of plants and the health and well-being of all living things on the planet is little understood by so many, and yet the impact that plants have is the gifting of food and life as nurture to all living beings. Most humans suffer from Plant Blindness, a condition that relegates trees to a pleasing background that we take very much for granted. Trees listen, trees can see and respond to human connection. I will take you on a journey, using PlantMusic, that will share the latest in scientific research into plant awareness and consciousness. We live on a Plant Planet.

The Ancient Art of Divining and Dowsing

Explore the ancient art of divining and dowsing. Experience your own ability to connect with animals and plants, water and below surface phenomenon.
We all have the ability to dowse. Have you explored your potential and what this could mean in your everyday life?

About Gary

Maria Hayes

Maria Hayes

Magic Moments

I am deeply grateful to be able to bring together all of my passions to provide people of all ages with opportunities to shift their way of thinking about themselves and the way they respond to the world around them.

In a collaborative session while Rosemary demonstrates the activity of join-up, I will explain the types of deep transformative learning that occur for participants and observers when the horse becomes the facilitator.

About Maria

Angela Shaw

Social Dreaming With Humans & Horses

The invitation is to come together early in the morning in a matrix consisting of both humans and horses. The individual human's night-time dream can be shared into the human/horse matrix.

Once a dream is voiced it is no longer subjective personal property belonging to the dreamer, but an object in its own right with intellectual and spiritual qualities belonging to the unconscious infinite, and now owned by the matrix. The task of the matrix is to free associate and play with the dream, including the horses.

The starting assumption is that there is cultural knowledge in the dream. In the social dreaming process the matrix makes possible and can tolerate a multiverse of meaning. The potential is for new thinking and divergent thought, an illumination of the existential life of the matrix and access to the unthought known.

What might the horses bring? What new thoughts might the humans have?

About Angela

Alistair Wait

Session 1: Dreams to Reality

Whilst the idea of making a difference in the world by sharing your love of horses can be inspiring and rewarding, getting the ideas out of our head and into practice can be challenging. While most of us don't do this work for money, it does take money to do it.

This session is for people who own a small business or aspire to start a purpose-driven venture at some point in the near future. Alistair will host a conversation on what it takes to survive and thrive running a conscious equine enterprise.

Session 1 details

About Alistair

Geraldine Keith

Equine therapy and post traumatic growth. Part1 Saturday Part 2 Sunday.

Concepts case presentations and calibrations. Two experienced clinicians (Geraldine & Rob Pliskin) contemplate the gifts the horses give as expert companions to our clients and our practice.

Geraldine is a clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 35 years. In this session Geraldine will explore ways working with horses can help people to grow beyond post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  She will also address issues practitioners should be mindful of when dealing with trauma.

Geraldine's own personal journey included a special horse called ‘Rueben’ who helped her come to a place of wellbeing through her relationship with him, as well as manage the grief she felt when he left.

More on post-traumatic growth in the festival blog.

About Geraldine

Jane Crosbie

Painting Horses in Black and White
In painting demos internationally acclaimed equine artist Jane Crosbie will cover the principles of equine art, drawing horses and developing a painting through to completion. Class is open to beginners or more advanced students. Session 1 will give you the skills to paint a horse using charcoal.

Painting Horses in Colour
Following on from session 1 where we painted the horse in black and white we now paint the horse in colour using pastels. There will be demos showing different painting techniques from traditional to contemporary styles. You will learn how to develop a painting through from start to completion and learn how to develop your individual style with confidence.

About Jane

Sol Petersen & Eros Alegra Suarez Clarke

Sol Petersen

Tai Ji – The ‘Horse Stance’ And It's Value For The Human Animal
Tai Ji is a way of cultivating our true nature – the harmony of body, heart, mind and spirit. An ancient Chinese martial art and moving meditation, the correct practice of Tai Ji over time leads to deep mental and physical relaxation, profound coordination of mind and body, and the liberation of the flow of energy (Qi).

In our high stress world, it is one of the most direct and easily embodied approaches to bring peace, alertness and creativity to the mind, and health and longevity to the body. Sol will offer a daily class of Tai Ji and meditation. 

Cultivating Body-Mindfulness with Structural Integration
In Centred Riding, Sally Swift’s seminal book on embodiment for riders, Swift emphasizes the importance of mindful intent in the areas of perception, breathing, structural and functional balance and the art of centring in movement and stillness. Structural Integration is an innovative approach to well-being developed by Ida Rolf during the same period as Swift.

Specific myofascial techniques, movement repatterning and guided awareness are some of the tools the SI practitioner uses to guide a client to a new imbalance. Sol will present how SI can assist riders and other human animals to achieve their embodiment potential. During the lunch break Sol and his colleague, Eros Alegra Suarez Clarke will offer mini sessions of Si to festival participants.

About Sol & Eros

Guenther Andraschko

Guenther Andraschko

Introduction to Permaculture

Have you ever wondered what Permaculture is? Here's an opportunity to find out what it's all about. Permaculture is a design approach for sustainable living and land use that works with, rather than against nature. It can be used for designing your backyard, lifestyle property, business or personal life and is a great methodology to help navigate the environmental challenges we are presently facing.

In this presentation we will introduce the twelve principles of Permaculture, including ways that you can bring them into your life - and have some fun along the way!

Equine Permaculture: Property Design for Healthy Horses

Equine permaculture is becoming popular overseas, because in loving your horse, it's also important to love your land and pasture - holistically. In this workshop we will look at how utilising permaculture principles on your property helps to keep your horses and your land healthy. We Introduce ideas and design elements that can help horse owners improve their properties, making them more resilient and sustainable to climate extremes. This talk will be valuable for anyone who owns or wants to own land where they will be keeping horses - both small and large acreage properties.

Topics covered will include:
- Equine Permaculture Property Design
- Regenerative and Holistic Pasture Management and Planning
- Improving Feeding options and reducing the need to buy in feed

About Guenther

Rob Pliskin

Session coming soon

About Rob

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

Creating a viable, ethical and sustainable client base

How to identify and capture clients for your EAL/EFL business. Unfortunately horses and people cannot live on air and love alone. So how do we create a viable, ethical, and sustainable client base? Jane will show you ways to create a step-by-step business plan.


About Jane

Candida Baker

Channeling Your Creative Dream Horse
How do you ‘imagine’ a horse? What if you love horses, but don’t own one? Or own horses, but can’t ride – or even love horses but don’t want to ride? Or perhaps you ride, but would like to go deeper into a relationship with the horse... What is it that horses mean to you? Conjure up your magical inner unicorn, and take an exhilarating gallop into the deepest realms of your imagination. Learn to ‘listen’ to your inner horse - write, paint, photograph or visualize its messages. ‘Playing’ with your inner horse can be as joyful as any ‘real’ horse experience in this physical world.

Essential Oils
There is an energetic space Candida has discovered in her work with horses, which is the topic of her next book, The Secret Language of Animals. In this space, there is a psychic communication, beyond time and place, which can occur when people are shown how to drop their 'stuff', and join, through energy work, the horse in a symbiotic session which allows for magic to occur. Candida will also discuss the benefits of oils such as Marjoram for trauma, grief and loss, moving through to oils such as Rose for peace and joy.

About Candida

Penny Gifford

A Natural Holistic Approach to Caring For Your Horse
Penny will explain the importance of a natural environment and holistic approach to horse care and management, to best work with horse owners to achieve a healthy sound horse able to perform in any discipline barefoot. During Penny’s seminar, she will cover the requirements for healthy and happy horses in a domestic situation including movement, hoofcare, nutrition, herdlife, shelter, and comfortable equipment that does not cause physical pain as pillars of holistic horse care.

Preventing Laminitis and Other Debilitating Conditions
Penny’s training is to understand the functions of a healthy hoof. She has specific skills and training for remedial hoofcare, Laminitis and Navicular syndrome. In this session she will share her experience in these areas to help people understand the causes and how to prevent these debilitating conditions.

Penny's story on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

About Penny

Birgit Baader

Silent Voice

​oung ones often grow up in a disconnected environment which can lead to all kinds of challenges later in life – disconnection from the natural life-giving Source within each living being, disconnection from the all-encompassing web of life that binds all life forms together. This lack of connection can show in a range of symptoms, from behavioural, mental & emotional struggles to physical disorders & illnesses. In this course, Birgit gives you some insights into her work with young ones. Bringing horses and young ones together and holding space for connection to happen naturally allows them to hear the “Silent Voice” inside, thus connecting them to their Inner Source of Peace and Balance.

Spirit Horse 

Mental Health problems are affecting a fast growing number of the human population - many of which can be signs of a disconnection from vital energies. In indigenous cultures the horse has been revered as a companion and “connector”, reflecting our strength and weaknesses to allow us to find balance within ourselves. In this workshop you will experience some possibilities to recalibrate your systems and find physical, mental and spiritual balance, both for yourself when holding space for others and as tools to share with your clients.

About Birgit

April Love

April Love

Identifying & Healing Body Issues in a Horse with Behavioural Problems
The majority of training and behavioral problems are caused by pain issues in the horse’s body, which are easily corrected. Pain results in a horse that is unwilling to switch leads, girthy, unable to engage its hind end and more! Our goal and program is to bring the horse’s body back to proper form and function where it can effectively heal itself. There are several elements that are factored into healing and balancing a horse: conformation, soft tissue, emotional, muscle memory, nutrition, and toxicity. Join April and learn how you can help your horse regain their natural posture and gait.


Mysterious Lameness - Finding the Root Cause

We are often told that if a horse is unwilling or does not want to do something it is a weakness or behavior we need to train out of them. When in reality it is body parts that cannot move correctly and our asking the horse to do things over and over that makes them compensate in other areas of the body. This can create 'Mysterious Lameness' as well as other hoof and body issues. It is much better for the horse, and easier and cheaper for us, to address the whole musculoskeletal system than simply treating lameness and buying new gear. In this session April will help indentify and treat the root cause of the problem.

About April

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