An Introduction to Horse Dance
Saturday 3rd October
We are offering an introductory day for anyone who might be considering Horse Dance but perhaps isn't quite ready to commit to a full workshop.
On this day you'll be able to observe a participant as they explore the theme of reflection through Horse Dance. Working with the horses reveals what may be hidden, what may need integration and can show us useful adjustments or completely new avenues to explore. Where we are whole and balanced will be strengthened and celebrated by the work we do. Where we are off-centre we will be guided back
What happens during a Horse Dance workshop?
We meet the Heartshore Herd and connect with the horses. Often, a horse will decide whom they wish to partner with.
The horses' background and his or her story will often resonate with the person they choose
We dance inside and on the land, working with earth connection, body articulation, grounding and spontaneity. These are all essential and useful practices when working with horses. Horses are already grounded, earth connected and spontaneous, and sometimes we have a bit of catching up to do! It is extremely freeing and enlivening to move outside on the land under the vast skies of Heartshore stables.
All levels of movement experience and abilities are welcome, you do not need experience of horses or movement to benefit hugely from this retreat. And if you are experienced we warmly welcome you.
We take time to prepare the horses for the ceremony; we paint them and weave flowers into their mane and tail. We sometimes apply paint to ourselves and prepare together. This is a very nourishing activity and brings with it an ancient, tribal and timeless quality.
It is rare that we ride the horses as part of the ritual, but sometimes it feels right. We endeavour to bring mindfulness, presence and respect to each and every interaction we have with the horses. Some of the work can take us into deep relaxation and a dream-like state with the horses.
As evening comes, we sit around the fire─drumming, singing and laughing together, as well as spending time reflecting on the day.
We endeavour to invite the sacred in─as part of our day to day presence on the land─with the horses, with ourselves and each other, as well as during the ceremony itself. Our work with the sacred is all inclusive and is spiritual rather than religious.
About Dawn Morgan: Dancing has always been a huge part of Dawn's life and with this love of movement, she went on to learn the 5 Rhythms method of dance, which she also teaches. Dawn has an MA in Dance, Somatic Movement & Well-being and she is also trained in Pre and Perinatal Psychology. You can find out more about Dawn Morgan here: www.shapeshift.co.uk
About Dawn Oakley-Smith: Dawn Oakley-Smith has spent a lifetime alongside horses. Her sensitive, therapeutic approach is the total opposite of traditional horsemanship methods which makes her an unusual horsewoman in the Gloucestershire landscape.
Dawn works with horses from a healing perspective, she takes into account the journey each and every horse may have been on before they reach her. Just as with people, this way of being allows Dawn's horses freedom to choose, something Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) would be so proud to witness. Dawn sees the soul connection in all things.
For both women bringing together horses and dance seemed like the perfect combination and something that will have been done centuries ago when horses were seen as creatures to worship, to seek guidance from and to respect above all things.
Full price: £120 or £90 for early bird bookings
Date: Saturday 3rd October 2020
Location: Avalon Priory, Chilton Polden, Priory Road, TA7 9AH
If you'd like to take part in this workshop, just click the button below to register your interest via email, or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dawn Oakley-Smith: +44 07918 687031
Dawn Morgan: +44 07894 711520