My name is Sandy and my partner at Windhorse Retreat is 1,400 pounds of sensitive and reactive horse.
Whether you're looking for personal change or want to solve team issues at work, Alaska and the rest of
our herd is here for you.
We transitioned from the urban to the rural lifestyle in December 2013 to pursue a dream.
Windhorse Retreat was born in early 2014.
'City girl' turns love of horses into farm-based business; Alberta Farmer Express; June 14, 2014
Windhorse Retreat offers safe haven; Rimbey Review; September 23, 2014
At our day retreat in central Alberta, horses and humans come together in deeply meaningful ways for
unique learning experiences. You'll have a day to remember - and have some fun!
In our pursuit of wellness for our horse partners,
we also offer craniosacral therapy for horses
and energy work (reiki) for horses and their people.
Check us out
Contact us for your own personal tour and demonstration.
Here at Windhorse Retreat, we're certified in a few different modalities in equine assisted learning.
We also carry certification for equine first aid, people first aid and mental health first aid.
We're backed by decades of work in communications and victim services, and have
the practical horse and farm knowledge on hand to keep it all going in a safe and fun environment.
That's the dry stuff... Come visit us for the wonderful horse stuff.
Horse-powered personal or team development
Equine-assisted learning is based on partnerships with horses to facilitate personal or team development. Horses act as active participants or co-facilitators in activities designed to help human participants understand more about themselves, their relationships and their communication styles.
Learning from equine partners
Horses are experts at non-verbal communication and are always honest in their reactions to us. They openly reflect back to us their sense of who we are and what we are truly presenting from our deepest selves.
If we are open to seeing these reflections, we can gain a deeper understanding of:
Trust and patience
We gain the trust of horses by showing that we are trying to communicate with honesty. Part of earning this trust is having patience and clarity with
the horses. Horses will show incredible patience for us as we try to learn about them. Throughout these interactions, kindness is fundamental.
Respect and boundaries
We earn the respect of horses through clarity in communication and consistency in actions. Earning respect requires boundaries, though, for
both humans and horses. Mutual respect of the others’ boundaries is important too. Once trust and respect is established, horses are willing to
consider being guided in relationships.
Impact and personal control
By understanding how our emotions and behaviors impact horses, we learn how our emotions and behaviors impact people in our lives. Being able to
work with and guide horses – sensitive, reactive and powerful beings – builds our feelings of positive personal control, self-worth and self-respect.
Research shows us that interacting with horses in a supportive and safe environment:
- is calming and lowers stress
- boosts self-esteem and self-confidence
- teaches healthy boundaries and self-control
- encourgages understanding of self and others
- enhances physical activity and improves sleep
- promotes recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder
- helps children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder
- eases the symptoms of dementia