Harmony with horses

in collaboration with Daniele and Camille



This is a one-week residential retreat with horses  including a four-day workshop for everyone wishing to develop a deeper connection with their horses.

Camille and Daniele, our tutors, say:

Our goal is to help people find harmony with their horses and also with themselves.

Developing the relationship with our beloved equine friends is not always simple, and it’s easy to feel lost and frustrated in the process.  What’s my horse saying to me? Why can’t I get the response I want from my horse? Why do I feel my horse doesn’t listen to me or respect me?

These are questions that everyone  who has owned or worked with horses has had at some stage, and it’s nothing to feel ashamed about. We will share with you how we progressed from there, so you can do the same.

Driven by a passion for horses, we went looking for answers in many countries and with many masters, including Jean-Francois Pignon, Tristan Thucker, Giulia Gaibazzi, and Equestri.  After many enriching experiences we reached a simple conclusion: the answer to these questions is not to be found in a particular training method but more in a philosophy, in a new way of thinking when we approach our horses, in a state of mind, in a form of empathy that makes us understand them more deeply.

Not surprisingly, we discovered that all this is not only beneficial for our connection with our horses but also for our relationship with ourselves. Horses are a mirror of our emotions and thoughts: to understand them involves understanding ourselves and vice versa.

This is a profound lifetime journey, unique for each person.

We would like to share with you our discovery that:

…“in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything” and so is your horse. “And to understand is to transform what is.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

Workshop subjects

  • Observation of horses in a herd and learning horse language
  • Human and equine body language and emotional communication
  • Human and equine physical and emotional awareness
  • Communication with horses at liberty
  • Creating a connection and becoming a reference point for your horse
  • Education for a relationship of trust.

no amount of learning will help us relate to horses unless we can embody it

We will work in a small group of up to eight people in order to create the best learning conditions for you, and the retreat will be cancelled if less than four subscribe.

The remaining time at La Volee will be hosted by Erica, with opportunity to swim in the ponds, wander in the woods, picnic in the beautiful valley or meditate outside or under cover. She says: I will help with suggestions for local outings, and off-road walking and riding is available directly off the property. Any riding is discretionary and strictly at your own risk. We have a herd of pure and part-bred rare-breed gaited mountain horses,  who live free in a herd and are ridden barefoot and bitless in a relaxed, western trail style.


  • registration with stay in own tent or mattress in the group room: €600
  • group room: €650
  • double room: €675
  • private room: €725
  • private Gîte: €925
  • non-Residential: €300


  • Accommodation
  • Workshops
  • Catering: 3 courses, snacks, drinks


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