JOIN US NEXT YEAR FEB 8-10, 2019
The International Spirt Horse Festival is a sacred space to come together as a human herd and co-create with the horses to uplift and inspire, to network, and engage in meaningful collaboration with like-hearted people who are passionate about transforming the world through the healing powers of the horse-human relationship.
The Spirit Horse Festival draws together people from all around the world in a unique and holistic format to honour the horse and help develop competency and provide exchange among committed individuals.
Join us in exploring the many aspects of the horse–human relationship for three inspiring and fun-filled days of:
See the 2018 festival program below to get an idea of what's in store
Equine Inspired Learning and Holistic Horse Care
Join world-class presenters for interactive and hands-on seminars, breakout sessions, master-classes, and films on:
Post traumatic growth through working with horses
Equine assisted learning training and certification
How to help horses be effective teachers and healers
Making your dream job with horses a reality
Walking meditation with horses
Practical application of holistic horse care
Bodywork and healing trauma in horses and humans
Praise-based liberty work with horses
Connecting human head, heart, and gut intelligence
Yoga, spirituality, breathing, and meditation with horses
Animal communication and energy healing
Protecting wild horse heritage
and much, much more...
Presenters will convene to discuss getting started in equine-assisted learning and how to make business sense
Equine-assisted Learning and Psychotherapy:
What is it and how to get started?
EAL, EAP, EAT, EALP, HAE, AAT - What does it all mean? So many acronyms and model - even industry leaders can't agree!
These questions and more will be addressed by practitioners of the leading models in the field: EAGALA, Eponaquest, EAL Certification Training, Equine Psychotherapy Institute, Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, European Association for Horse Assisted Education (HorseDream), and others.
Horse Sense for Business:
Horses as models of collaboration and social responsibility
How can we bring the lessons horses teach us into the corporate world and our own businesses?
Practitioners of equine-assisted learning experienced in working with businesses and ex-corporate executives will convene for a lively discussion and Q&A on how working with horses can both make our own businesses more effective, and create better relations and communication in the corporate sector at large.
Arts, Spirituality, and Entertainment
Music, dance, mediation, and yoga will make for a festive program for uplifting spirits and promoting wellbeing
Opening and Closing Ceremony
Shamanic practitioner Elisabeth von Madarasz will hold space for the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival.
Elisabeth founded the Academy of Shamanic Studies in 1998.
The Heart of Yoga
A simple form of yoga for everybody that shows us how to be intimate with life, with our body, and breath.
To the ancient masters, a powerful physical practice was not merely a form of exercise meant to increase
flexibility or fitness. It was a spiritual way of life based on the intuitive understanding that everything is
arising from one nurturing source. It is direct embrace of that power. The key to the power of their practice
was, and continues to be, the breath.
Karen Hunter takes her audience on a sublime musical journey with evocative melodies that draw from a fusion of world music and rootsy grooves. Karen loops her voice, guitar and mandolin to create heart charged soundscapes blending her many influences in an entertaining and original fashion.
Karen Hunter’s journey into songwriting traverses over 35 years and many styles and characters have emerged throughout her adventure. Hunter skywalks through uncharted territory, guided by her personal map of the cosmos, creating space to travel with her audience.
Connection, healing and presence…
A regular retreat facilitator at Dune Lakes Lodge, Franko Heke is on a mission to raise consciousness through his music and workshops. With years of touring rock music under his belt, Franko’s compass has drawn him north toward a movement, which brings people together, celebrating our unique gifts, our connection to one another and to mother earth. Sought after for yoga, meditation and transformational festival events, Franko’s boundless energy for the betterment of all beings.
The Flaming Mudcats
The Flaming Mudcats are a high energy guitar and harmonica Rhythm & Blues Band regarded to be one of New Zealand’s premier blues acts. Their energetic live blues sets blend original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences, a raw life potion of killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry. Butt-shakin belters to soulful grinders with everything in between … welcome to the Flaming Mudcats show. The band is fronted on vocals and harmonica by Craig Bracken with Doug Bygrave providing the six string firepower. Anchoring these two, is drummer Ian Thomson and “newbie” bassman Johnny Yu.
The Deadbeats bring you an acoustic blues band with a new edge to classic blues. Long time blues picker Neil Finlay and Tui award-winner Garry Trotman have teamed up with harmonica ace Craig Bracken and slide guitar wizard Glenn Ross Campbell to bring you blues songs from the 1920s to the 1960s that will soon have you smiling, swinging and swaying, singing along and dancing up a storm.
Magical World of Plants
Move into the magical world of plants and trees creating music with which all living creatures can become involved. Sing and dance with Gary Cook to the unique Music of the Plants. Relaxing and meditative, the wondrous sounds of nature will take you on an individual journey of wonder and delight.
Rhythm is the Pulse of Life
"If your heart is beating, you can drum." Join Jimi Dale to experience the power of rhythm and to connect in African-style drumming, song, and dance. Learn to play with and listen and create beautiful rhythms & songs in an ensemble.
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