Horse Dance Ritual

co facilitated by Dawn Morgan, Dawn Oakley-Smith & Assisted by Anna Saqarra-Price

Often people are afraid of grief, their own or someone else's and generally western culture does not have a place for it. In fleeing from our many griefs small and large we miss something essential in what it is to live a full life, the wild beauty of what it is to be alive in this world and what it is to love.

Francis Weller in his book 'The Wild Edge of Sorrow' says that Grief is Love with nowhere to go. I love this explanation and I feel it makes so much sense as I sit with the griefs I have experienced.

Francis Weller also names 5 gateways of Grief. The first gateway is that everything we love, we will lose. The second is grief for the places in us that have not known love. The third is the sorrows of the world. The fourth is grief for what we expected and did not receive and finally the fifth is our ancestral grief.

In the upcoming Horse Dance - 'The Alchemy of Grief' 8th-12th September, we will be exploring our relationship with grief, personal collective and ancestral. Grief and love and joy are deeply connected. The dance between them is profound and sacred. The horses will be our support, inspiration and medicine on this journey. The horses bring a depth of presence to this work that is unique and deeply healing. During your time with us you will be introduced to the practice of self care and embodiment through Shapeshift dance and movement, you will be guided into connection and right relationship with the horses and you will be encouraged to go at your own pace in all that we do together. 

No grief  is too small or too big to bring.

Our intention is to offer a strong and flexible container to accommodate the transformational and alchemical nature of grief.

There will be laughter and there may well be tears. We warmly invite you to join us.

Grief and joy are bedfellows when something or someone really matters are really loved, both must be present, celebration and sorrow co exist. The heart is a wild mystery, opening, closing, numb, letting go, holding on, passionate, fearful, angry, joyful, sorrowful and of course loving. Come and make space in your heart for the dance of life to inhabit you, there will be laughter and tears, there will be beauty and presence. You are warmly invited to join us in the practice of the Horse Dance Ritual.

And to be clear my deepest sense is that this work is also for the horses. 

A recent article about the Horse Dance Ritual here, in the Sacred Hoop - ( you will need to buy the issue).


Prices: £675-£875

Food: £80 wholesome vegetarian lunches and evening meals (breakfast not included).

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For more information or for a booking form, please contact Dawn Morgan