An Introduction to Horse Dance - near Glastonbury

Dawn Morgan & Dawn Oakley-Smith with Anna-Saquara

We are offering an introductory day on the theme of Reflections, for anyone who might be considering Horse Dance but perhaps isn't quite ready to commit to a full workshop.

On this day you'll be able to observe a participant as they explore the theme of reflection through Horse Dance. You will be invited to learn from your own reflections upon this process as well as your personal connection to the horses.

Beloved, in the Mirror of you....what and who do I see?

Our intention as well as offering a memorable and nourishing day, is to awaken what may feel buried or lost, to enliven the connection to our life force and joy and to remind us of who we are on a soul level.

The horses support us to strengthen our sense of self and presence, they offer us a clear reflection that is rare to receive from our fellow humans. 

All are welcome, no experience is necessary, though some experience of personal growth and self reflection will be helpful. This is an introductory day in preparation for next years 5 day retreats.

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What happens during a Horse Dance workshop?

We meet the Heartshore Herd and connect with the horses. Often, a horse will decide whom they wish to partner with.

The horses' background and his or her story will often resonate with the person they choose

We dance inside and on the land, working with earth connection, body articulation, grounding and spontaneity. These are all essential and useful practices when working with horses. Horses are already grounded, earth connected and spontaneous, and sometimes we have a bit of catching up to do! It is extremely freeing and enlivening to move outside on the land under the vast skies of Heartshore stables.

All levels of movement experience and abilities are welcome, you do not need experience of horses or movement to benefit hugely from this retreat. And if you are experienced we warmly welcome you.

We take time to prepare the horses for the ceremony; we paint them and weave flowers into their mane and tail. We sometimes apply paint to ourselves and prepare together. This is a very nourishing activity and brings with it an ancient, tribal and timeless quality.

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It is rare that we ride the horses as part of the ritual, but sometimes it feels right. We endeavour to bring mindfulness, presence and respect to each and every interaction we have with the horses. Some of the work can take us into deep relaxation and a dream-like state with the horses.

As evening comes, we sit around the fire─drumming, singing and laughing together, as well as spending time reflecting on the day.

We endeavour to invite the sacred in─as part of our day to day presence on the land─with the horses, with ourselves and each other, as well as during the ceremony itself. Our work with the sacred is all inclusive and is spiritual rather than religious.

About Dawn Morgan

Dancing has always been a huge part of Dawn's life and with this love of movement, she went on to learn the 5 Rhythms method of dance, which she also teaches. Dawn has an MA in Dance, Somatic Movement & Well-being and she is also trained in Pre & Perinatal Psychology. You can find out more about Dawn Morgan here:

About Dawn Oakley-Smith

Dawn Oakley-Smith has spent a lifetime alongside horses. Her sensitive, therapeutic approach is the total opposite of traditional horsemanship methods which makes her an unusual horsewoman in the Gloucestershire landscape.

Dawn works with horses from a healing perspective, she takes into account the journey each and every horse may have been on before they reach her. Just as with people, this way of being allows Dawn's horses freedom to choose, something Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) would be so proud to witness. Dawn sees the soul connection in all things.

For both women bringing together horses and dance is the perfect combination and something that they imagine may have been done centuries ago. Perhaps there was a time when horses were seen as creatures to deeply respect and even worship, as beings from whom we could to seek guidance, respect and learning. When we enter the Horse Dance, there is sometimes a timeless ancient quality in the air, the unknown mystery is invited and embraced, a quality of soul is evoked.


​Full Price - £120 or £90 for early bird bookings


Saturday 3rd October 2020


Avalon Priory, Chilton Polden, Priory Road, TA7 9AH

If you'd like to take part in this workshop, just click use the booking form below, or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

​Dawn Oakley-Smith: +44 07918 687031

​Dawn Morgan: +44 07894 711520