Learn mindfulness based practices supported by the grounding presence of horses. Reconnect with the natural world and your own inner wisdom, cultivate compassion for yourself and others, and build the courage to step fully into your life with power and authenticity.
Healing in Connection
Today’s world can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to become disconnected from ourselves, from nature, and from each other.
Spending time with horses can help us slow down and reconnect with our capacity for mindful awareness and personal power.
“Healing with Horses changed my life in the best way. Mindfulness made me more aware of my thoughts and how I am feeling. It also made me realize how to bring my wandering mind back to the present moment. I can’t thank Jenn, Omega, and 13 Hands enough for the lessons I learned and the connections I made in humans and equines alike.”
– Katie Reed, Trainer at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
Rest and Reset with Horses in Nature
Join Jennifer Harper for these very special opportunities to rest and reset in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Upcoming locations include 13 Hands Rescue in NY’s Hudson Valley, and Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming.
During Mindfulness with Horses retreats, you’ll settle in to the rhythm of the natural world and your own inner wisdom, cultivate compassion for yourself and others, and build the courage to step fully into your life with power and authenticity.
You’ll learn to connect and communicate using your body language, breath, energy and intention. Every retreat is a bit different, as the participants and the horses create their own relationships and take the lead.
Programs often include:
- Exchanging greetings and communicating your intentions
- Asking for space without creating fear or disconnection
- Supporting a horse that is uncomfortable or nervous
- Inviting a horse to walk and/or rest with you
- Grooming a horse to create comfort and connection
- Moving quietly through the herd without disturbing the horses
We’ll spend our time away from the herd expanding on our discoveries and setting intentions for the next day, through a combination of mindfulness practices, gentle movement, journaling and group discussion.
Together we’ll explore a way of being in the world that is deeply healing, that connects us to our own body and breath, and to each other. And we’ll be supporting the journey of the horses we work with as well.
Spring Retreat at 13 Hands Rescue
APRIL 13-16, 2023
Clinton Corners New York
Summer Retreat at 13 Hands Rescue
JUNE 29-JULY 2
Clinton Corners New York
Summer Retreat at Bitterroot Ranch
AUGUST 20-27, 2023
Fall Retreat at Omega Institute
OCTOBER 1-6, 2023
Rhinebeck New York
Thoughts from Participants
Family Retreat Day
July 8 in Clinton Corners NY
We’ll explore mindfulness practices with the horses, movement activities, art, journaling and more. This offering is best suited for children approximately 8-14 years old. All children will need one dedicated adult with them for the day.
Save the Date for this one day opportunity to connect as a family at 13 Hands Equine Rescue!
About Jennifer Cohen Harper
Hi. I’m Jenn. A lifelong student of horses, a mindfulness and yoga educator, an author, a mom of two young girls, a dog snuggler, an RV traveller, a book reader.
The driving force of my work is sharing practices and experiences that support healing, strengthen connection with ourselves and others, and help both children and adults joyfully embrace the full human experience.
Horses have been a source of healing, joy, and learning for me since childhood, and their presence as attuned companions has greatly enhanced my mindfulness practice.
Time with horses makes me feel fully alive, and I LOVE sharing that experience.
Follow the Journey
Connect with Jenn on IG for day to day thoughts, practices and life with horses
About 13 Hands Equine Rescue
13 Hands is a magical place in New York’s Hudson Valley, where horses and many other animals find safety, and a new purpose, after being abused, neglected or abandoned.
Founded in 2015, 13 Hands has rehabilitated and re-homed hundreds of horses, and others have become permanent residents, either working in therapy programs or enjoying well earned retirements.
Mindfulness with Horses is grateful to have this very special sanctuary as a home base, where our retreats can support the healing of these horses alongside our human participants.
Be in Touch
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