Rewild Your Heart – and Horse – A 2-Day Introduction to Rewild(ing) at ARC & Dartmoor, UK
Join us for an introductory weekend to a different Rewild(ing) concept, in Dartmoor, April 28-30, 2023.A
This is a weekend that both takes you, as the observer into account, as well as the horses and their environment.
We will be practicing and enhancing our ability "to see", our observational skills, observing both horses and their environment, as well as ourselves, meaning we will also practice self-awareness.
Day 1 evening, we will meet for introductions and to get familiarized with this new combined Rewild(ing) concept that invites you to look at yourself as well as the horses and their environment. It is an invitation to start thinking about how we can rewild ourselves, as well as our horses and where they live. We meet for 2 hours, and an evening snack is included in the price.
Day 2 we meet again in the morning at Ash Rescue Centre (ARC), we will practice self-awareness and thorough different experiential activities explore the concept of the observer/observed and the context we are in. We will also talk about what we see in the horses, their behaviors, communication and social dynamic. ARC is a different kind of rescue center where the horses live out in huge pastures, and where the pastures themselves have been skillfully and carefully restored and rewilded to fit horses. There will be room for plenty of important discussions about horses and their contexts - and how we humans fit into this their world (and not only how we make horses fit into ours). Lunch and snacks during the day is included in the price.
On day 3 we will be moving into the wilder and more rugged Dartmoor National Park, to look for the feral living Dartmoor ponies and the traces of them. We will continue to observe the horses behaviors, their social dynamics, their choices, their communication with each other, etc. We will discuss and reflect on the differences between the environments we keep horses in, what we have met on ARC and what we see out in the Dartmoor. And if we can find new learnings to bring home to implement for the horses we live with or have in our lives. And how we might shift our views on what equine welfare is. We will give you the location where we will meet. Food is not included this day, and we recommend you in good time organize/prepare snacks, lunch and beverages to bring for the day. Lunch packages can be ordered from ARC.
Possible questions that might arise:
- Through what lenses are you looking at horses and their environment?
- How do you see yourself – as the observer of horses and their behaviors?
- How does that effect how you see horses?
- What we see is always a question of individual perception. How can we become better aware of our own perceptions? As humans, and as the individuals we are?
This is a fabulous opportunity for a CPD weekend focusing on horse behavior, equine welfare, and self-awareness.We will also learn about and practice some nature assisted mindfulness tools as well as nature assisted experiential learning tools.
Earlybird price until April 1, 445 Euro, after that regular price, 495 Euro.
Educators & Facilitators
Katarina Lundgren from MiMer Centre and Debbie Reilly from Understanding Equus
Educator and Guide at the Dartmoor: Dru Butterfield from Equi Phoenix Ltd.
Dates and Time
April 28, 6-8pm, April 29, 10am-4pm, and April 30, 10am-3pm.
Place: Friday evening and Saturday at ARC and Sunday at the Dartmoor, location will be given closer to the event.
To add to the value of this in person course, there is also digital information included, on the Rewild(ing) topic, that you have online access to until December 31, 2023.
This is course is a collaboration between MiMer Centre, Understanding Equus and Equi Phoenix Ltd.