Equine Gestalt & Herbal Wisdom

with Kelly Dukarski & Jordan Stanton

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Zapata Ranch

October 19 – 22, 2022

Join us for a workshop exploring a simple yet profound teaching that allows for a deeper connection with our equine partners, building a solid foundation of trust in ourselves and our horses.

The Program

In this retreat you will explore the somatic experience of Equine Gestalt which offers transformational awareness and healing in addition to deepening your connection to nature, horses and community. Gestalt brings us into the present moment to explore how we show up in the world. Horses are the intuitive guides that help us to gain awareness and free ourselves from the feeling of being stuck, stressed out or unable to reach our true potential.  

Herbal healing offers us a renewed approach to connecting with our bodies while awakening an ancient wisdom that lives inside all of us. The creation and use of herbal teas, smudge bundles, balms and elixirs resets the nervous system and enlivens all the senses. 

Joining together Gestalt and Herbal Wisdom is a beautiful way to honor our mind, body & spirit. In addition, time spent with horses encourages us to become more connected to our bodies, the world around us and to nature. By fostering these relationships we learn to live in sync with nature and trust our wild instincts, intuition and resourcefulness. 

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About Kelly Dukarski

Founder: A Wild Omen

As an Equine Gestaltist, Kelly believes that the horse-human connection is a vital way of living, as well as healing. As a lifelong horsewoman, practicing herbalist and horticulturist,  Kelly has a deep understanding of how nature is a reflection of our innermost yearning to connect. Steeped in knowledge gained from over a decade of studying free liberty and natural horsemanship, Kelly combines her connection with horses together with the healing power of Equine Gestalt Coaching and the restorative beauty of nature to help women gain clarity around their values, heal past wounds and deepen their connection to all things Wild.

About Jordan Stanton

Founder: JS Horsemanship & Healing

Jordan is a lifelong horsewoman, herbalist and lover of all things wild and wise. She has been practicing the art of herbal healing since she was a child carrying forward the lineage of her great grandmother. Honing her craft as an herbal educator and circle leader for over 24 years, her work which is steeped in feminine wisdom and leadership has touched the lives of thousands of women and girls. She holds certifications in herbalism, aromatherapy, flower essences and energy psychology.In recent years Jordan has woven together her work as an herbalist and horsewoman by creating the Herbal Healing for Horses online education program.

The retreat includes

Morning inspiration circle and gestalt practice

Chef inspired farm-to-table breakfast.

Saddlebag-packed lunches for the daily ride.

Daily horseback riding at the Zapata, Medano, and Great Sand Dune National Park.

Equine gestalt coaching circle with horses in the round pen.

Reflective and grounding work with the horses.

Foraging for native herbs and creating your own smudge sticks and herbal remedies from plants you harvest.

Restorative herbal healing practices and beauty rituals. 

Dinner under the cottonwoods.

Evening bonfire.

Rates

$2895 per person includes all lodging, meals, and activities. Taxes and gratuities not included.

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Zapata Ranch

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home. The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

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