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Words by Delilah Khomo
Story: Learning to reconnect through a diet of horse-whispering and hazy days in Spain’s Andalusia region.
In the last few years, there has been a dramatic shift in the world of wellbeing. While its sole focus used to be on resort spas or destination wellness clinics to pamper or detox our bodies, we are now also seeking out the retreats and real experiences that ease our wits and our emotions, steering us towards a desired “mindful” state of being that the lauded “living in the moment” inevitably brings. Whether it’s swimming in the wild, learning to ride a horse, climbing a mountain, reaching for a telescope to contemplate the size of the universe or even reconnecting with nature, these experiences are about finding a communality with others and rediscovering a childlike sense of self and joy.
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It’s in this spirit of rediscovery that I find myself at La Donaira, a pioneering organic farm and eco-retreat in Spain’s Andalusia region that promises unbridled freedom through its natural horsemanship programme – or as it’s more commonly known, horse whispering. This holistic approach is all about building a rapport with the horse, instilling discipline and respect through gentle training techniques that are grounded in understanding its behaviour and ultimately building a mystical, near-telepathic sense of being at one with the animal.
Read the full article in Volume 30: The Health Issue.
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