Horses, Mindfulness and Yoga
April 29 – May 5, 2018
May 27 – June 2, 2018
September 16 – 22, 2018
Riders: €1399 - Non-riders: €1152
Selina Sasse is a communications expert, professional mindfulness coach and yoga teacher. She runs her own teaching business, Mind Body Dynamic, supporting those in stringent corporate environments, places of education, equestrian centres; as well as in studios, retreat centres and one to one learning.
She engages you to listen to yourself – your inner dialogue and body, as well as your interaction with others, to fully flourish. Mind and body work helps riders deepen the connection to these wonderful, sensitive animals, in order to transform their riding.
Develop a blissful sense of harmony on and off horseback, through a magical combination of Centered Riding® techniques with Johanna Beattie Batista, and mindfulness and yoga with Selina for a deepening connection.
You will experience a week of progressive learning to develop a greater sense of connection in relationships – human and equine. You will gain greater mental focus and emotional resilience, balance, openness and body alignment, during this week long intensive programme.
Each day (Monday to Friday) will combine yoga and mindfulness sessions to enhance your sensitivity and connection, on and off the horse; along with riding or interactive experiences with the horses, based on the Centered Riding techniques and equine guided mindfulness. Thursday morning is free giving you an opportunity to explore the historical and cultural sites nearby, e.g. Seville, Jerez, Doñana National Park. If you choose, you can go out hacking or even have an extra riding lesson (not included in the price).
Included are 3 semi-private riding lessons, 9 Yoga and Meditation sessions, 5 Mindfulness sessions, full board and 6 nights shared ensuite accommodation.
Hacienda Dos Olivos is a country house of special charm blending Moorish and Andalusian styles, surrounded by 35 acres of organic olive grove, giving a peaceful atmosphere. The main house has two double rooms set around an interior patio and two charming cottages adjacent to the main house. Wifi internet is available both inside and outside the buildings. Traditional Spanish food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is prepared with local produce and regional Andalusian flavours. Lunch is accompanied with Spanish beer and/or refreshments Dinners are served with good table wines in a fun, family atmosphere including reflections of the days events. Tea and coffee is available at all times. Our small number of guests (minimum 4, maximum 8) ensures your group has our personal attention and retains the intimacy of this private home.
You can spend your free time enjoying the warmth of the Andalusian climate in the gardens which offer shade under the palm trees, by the salt-water swimming pool, or taking a peaceful walk in the olive groves. All of these areas provide opportunities for self-study, practice and making new discoveries.
"In the past week, I have been working with my body, mind and spirit at different levels. I have had yoga and mindfulness sessions with Selina and I have been working with the horses with the help from Johanna. The yoga and mindfulness sessions have been focusing on my breathing, my mental state and concentration, my body awareness, my soft inner strength and how I can get my body to relax. These elements fit perfectly into the philosophy of Centered Riding that I have learned here at Dos Olivos. I find that after a session with Selina, I am ready for a riding lesson in both my head and my body.
~ N. Vigsø Ladefoged, Denmark