Expanding Body, Mind & Spirit with Horses

The Mane Intent
June 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am – June 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Renegade Ridge Farm
2410 Cameron Line
Indian River
ON K0L 2B0
$400 plus HST -- Contact Jennifer Garland to register.
Jennifer Garland

Join us for 2 days of Embodied Equine Experiencing:

Learn and lean in with choreographer and movement artist Paula Josa-Jones, author of Our Horses, Our Selves — Discovering the Common Body. 

“The mind is like the wind, and the body is like the sand; if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you have to look at the sand.”  — Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Horses mirror our physical and emotional expression and show us when we are “out of sync” — when our inside feelings and outside behaviours are not in harmony.

Horses are prey animals and they are always congruent: their outward behaviour matches their inner feeling. Humans (and other predators) on the other hand, are often wily and subversive.

The non-judgemental presence of a horse can help us calm and ground ourselves physically and emotionally, and understand more clearly what we are communicating with our bodies and minds.

Being seen and felt by a horse helps us to see ourselves more clearly, and develop a more conscious and compassionate inner awareness.

This two-day workshop combines working with horses and somatic movement and touch practices that expand our awareness of what our bodies are feeling and expressing.

Grounding experience in the body gives us a clear and vibrant sense of our sensual connection to the earth, each other and ourselves. By cultivating an improvisational spirit of exploration and play, we gain access to greater expression and openness.

Moving mindfully restores qualities of connectivity and confidence by dissolving the separation between inner and outer experiencing. Both days will combine movement and touch exploration working in partnership with horses.

There will be no riding and no previous horse experience is required.


  • Learn how to track your body’s responses and  how to settle when your nervous system is activated
  • Build feelings of confidence, mindfulness and a spirit of improvisation
  • Connect with the horse using touch and movement practices that are intuitive and playful
  • Build trust in your ability to create emotional attunement with the horse
  • Learn how softness and listening create physical and emotional balance
  • Build resilience with the help of a horse
  • Discover a more authentic, conscious and compassionate relationship with your body
  • Find an inner sense of ease and flow for both you and the horse.

Your experience will include:

Horses: Participate in ground-based activities that explore themes that include connection, touch, play, presence and mind-body awareness.

Heritage: Explore the breathtaking scenic beauty of this century farm with pasture, fields, woodland walks, historic buildings, a stone labyrinth and the tranquil sights and sounds of nature.

Heart: Re-connect with your heart and other like-minded souls — both human and horse

About Paul Josa-Jones, CMA, RSMET, SEP:

Paula is a choreographer and movement artist, and brings improvisational perspective to all of her work with horses and humans. She believes that this approach helps deepen connection with others and ourselves by opening access to our innate, intuitive, and creative selves.

Paula is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T) accredited by ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She is a Guild certified Tellington TTEAM practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing© practitioner, trained in the trauma recovery work of Dr. Peter Levine. She has studied with Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and others for the past 30 years. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly, and she writes a blog called Ride Dance Write. Paula’s book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published by Trafalgar Square Books in 2017.

Your Investment: $400 per person plus HST for this two-day weekend workshop – a $50 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space. Gathering is exclusively offered to 8 participants. Your investment includes all horse activities, program materials and snacks. Participants to bring their own lunch and a water bottle.

To Register: Contact Jennifer Garland at 705-295-6618 or email jgarland@themaneintent.ca

All participants must pre-register prior to date of workshop.

Terms of payment: Cash, Cheque or E-transfer to jgarland@themaneintent.ca  or credit card

Cancellation Policy: due to limited spaces available for this unique experience, the $50 deposit is non-refundable. Also, a cancellation made 21 days before or less from the dates of this workshop are non-refundable. If you pay in full, for any cancellation made more than 21 days before the workshop, 50% of the investment will be refunded. If you need to cancel for any reason, every effort will be made to apply any non-refunded amount to a future experience offered by The Mane Intent.

All participants will be required to sign consent and waiver forms prior to working directly with our horses.