Spirit Horse

Equine Assisted Soul Experience 5-day retreat

Facilitated by Gabriella Angus, Ruthie Cooper, Lucia Birch, Anna Saqqara, Cher Langdon, Carol Ward and Dawn Oakley-Smith and the Heartshore Herd

Dates: Friday 9th – Tuesday 13th July 2021

We are very excited to announce something completely new for The Secret Space. A deep healing retreat made all the more powerful by the presence of horses.

The Equine Assisted Soul Experience (EASE) is a 5-day journey that will guide you towards an extraordinary and potent encounter with the deepest and most profound aspects of your being. It will offer real life-changing possibilities that will bring clarity, deep healing and the ability to step forward in the next stage of your life’s journey with purpose and self-confidence, courage and joy.

When the soul of a horse meets the soul of a human, magic unfolds! During numerous experiences observing horse/human soul connections, we have been amazed at the ability of the horse to acknowledge, cherish and sustain the life force of those who come to stand with them.

The Facilitators who will be supporting and guiding you on this experience have a wealth of experience. They have learned to honour horse wisdom and the capacity of the soul of the horse to open gateways for us.

“Horses give us an awareness of soul, of who we are in the deepest—where it matters; a consciousness and a sense of our connection to the divine spark within and without; a seeing and a knowing of our place in the stream of life; an ability to stand with courage in one’s centre, whatever happens.” Dawn Oakley Smith founder of Heartshore Horses

Our time will be shared between working directly with the horses and exercises, movement, meditations and journeying to deepen our connection to others and ourselves. In the process, things that have been held within, old hurts, grief and limiting beliefs can be gently released.

This work is truly life changing!


“Every day of the course is varied, enlightening and beneficial. I highly recommend this experience, one you will never forget.” Sandra C.

“A space of deep holding and healing and clearing…. being around the horses and the horse energy allows a depth of opening that otherwise would not be possible … it just happens without effort… one of the most opening things I have ever experienced.” Jacqueline S.

“A beautiful weekend of love, light and healing on many levels. We were ‘held’ every step of the way… Awesome experience.” Bridget

You can find out more about the horses we work with and Equine Assisted Learning here

Venue – Stroud, Gloucestershire UK

Investment – For anyone who would like to take part and finds themselves financially stretched we are offering a sliding scale exchange.

£825 full price
£750 low income
£675 concessions
£900 special, including donation (£75 will go towards a concessionary place for someone who needs it)

(Lunches and evening meal included)

Book Online 

Or for more information contact:

Anna-Saqqara: spirithorse@gmail.com or Ruthie: roobydoo@ymail.com

Equine Assisted Medicine Journey
Meditating with a Horse

Anna-Saqqara and Dawn have been developing this style of Equine Assisted Soul Experience together since 2012 inspired through training with Flo Aevia Magdalena and Soul Support Systems to facilitate Soul Recognition Healing Journeys, and the I.F.E.E.L institute in Equine Facilitated Human development with emotional intelligence and authentic presence sessions.
They developed Equine Assisted Soul Experience as a way to combine Soul development with Natural Horsemanship and Equine Facilitated Human Development techniques to provide deeply transformative and healing therapeutic experiences both for people and horses . These experiences are co created with Dawn’s therapy herd of horses they direct and guide us enabling a direct transmission of presence where human beings can receive the wisdom and guidance from the Spirit of Horse to empower their authentic presence.

Anna-Saqqara and Dawn

Offer 1:1 and group sessions @ The Avalon Priory

  • Equine Assisted Human Developement Session , &
    Equine Assisted Soul Experiences
    ( both are talking therapys combined with equine guided experiences/ sessions )
  • Equine Guided Healing Journeys ( where you lie on, or connect deeply with a horse to receive direct healing transmissions from them )
    1:1 90 minutes £90 approx (concessions payment plans and work exchange may be available on application)



Spirt Horse Soul Empowerment

A series of stand Alone 5 weekends of Soul empowerment which can be taken together or booked singly. It’s is held at Avalon Priory a Holistic & Spiritual retreat centre near Glastonbury, a Grade 2 listed building with castellations and tower, plus 40 acres of land.
We will work with the Heartshore natural herd of therapy horses to tap into the medicine and teachings of ‘The way of the Herd ‘ using Equine Assisted Soul Experiences to help you to learn how to listen within to gain the wisdom of the Spirit of Horse.

Combing this with Soul development & empowering exercises, ceremony, stories from the book Woman who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes to free up your wild selves and creative art/ writing These weekends are suitable for both men and women who wish to dive deep into their wild psyche, explore archetypes and the elemental natures of themselves, to gain a stronger relationship with their Inner wisdom, and be empowered to live Wildly Soulfully Present.

Soul Fire Wild Maiden Retreat

May 10, 11, 12

Join us full board at the Avalon Priory to explore and harness the power of your soul fire your true authentic wild nature that’s free unlimited and unfettered by societal restrictions/ Patriachy.

We will work with a natural herd of therapy horses to tap into the medicine and teachings of “The way of the herd” using Equine Assisted Soul Experiences to help you to learn how to harness your power to set safe boundaries, when & how to use your power your strength to focus your will to achieve your hearts desire.

We will journey with the Fire Horse and Maiden Goddess through sacred saunas, drum journeys, story’s and creative arts/writing tracking where, why, and when you shut down your wild Souls nature, or owning the anger and rage of a hurt wild maiden as we give the emotions to the fire.

We will co create a ceremony to Reclaim & honour your Soul Fire connection, balancing, tending and nurturing it so that you can step back into your lives more fully empowered and able to stay present with the fullness of your wild soul fire!

Booking Details

This runs from Friday 10th of May from 2PM until Sunday 12th at 4PM. Prices vary from full board (£280 including vegan meals and shared rooms at the Priory) to the event without accommodation (£200). Camping is also available for £220. Concessions are available on application. If you are interested in booking any of these options, require additional information or have any questions please contact Anna Saqqara on 07877247105, use the contact page or the form below.

Booking Form