Being - Landscape, Horses, Community - A Meditation Practice

Ellison, British Columbia

MB
Melissa Berry Appleton
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6 reviews
Dec 26, 2020
Group size: 1 - 32
Being - Landscape, Horses, Community - A Meditation Practice
Ellison, British Columbia

Melissa Berry Appleton
  • Facebook verified
6 reviews

Dec 26, 2020
Group size: 1 - 32

About this trip

Being - Landscape, Horses & Community

A Meditation Practice


Saturday, December 26th, 2020 Boxing Day


Outdoor Fireside Practice

Field walking & Groundwork with horses (not riding horses)

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

45.00

16 Spaces

No person shall be turned away for lack of funds.  This happens to all of us, so please do reach out.

If you have the financial means to sponsor someone to attend we welcome your support.


Location 

Light Bulb Coaching

6105 Fathers Place

Ellison British Columbia


Bring a thermos of hot drink or soup.

Hot shots for your boots and mittens.

Warm hearts.

Outhouse on site.

Physical distancing in effect.



For many, you've been practicing yoga and meditation in the company of studio communities.  Covid-19 has placed us at physical distances where the solo practice of ancient times has become quite real.  We're not used to being alone and deep down we might be feeling how connection is our biological imperative.


We want for all being to be safe, healthy, and free from harm.  We can see the many ways to help.  There are also creative ways to gather, to see and be with one another within safe covid protocols.  The great outdoors really helps!


Annika and I invite you to gather together out in the landscape, with her horses, a warm fire and each other in a round of practices.  It will most likely be a new experience for us!  And yet, as practitioners, we can resurrect practices into every space and time.  Annika Voeltz, Life-Coach and certified horse-assisted therapist, with her four, formerly wild horses invite us out to their barn for a morning of learning about mindfulness from a horse’s perspective.  


Horses in their natural environment are Masters of Mindfulness. They have been uniquely created to adapt to the most challenging circumstances without losing their very own identity. They have come to the human’s aid in many ways over past centuries and we believe that they have a role to play in our time that goes beyond a beloved hobby. 


Horses are known for their calming effects on people. Spending time interacting with horses can draw out some of the anxiety, stress, and mental strain we might be feeling.  They sense what is going on ‘underneath the surface’ and respond accordingly. Many of Annika's clients report feeling a deep sense of appreciation for how their emotions get accepted and acknowledged by the horses.  What can we learn from horses about how we want to be in this world? 


Annika Voeltz explains, “Whoever you are and whatever you are experiencing – being with horses offers you a new perspective to life. Horses communicate with your very core, so everything on the outside, whether it’s stress, distractions or the layers you are putting on to protect yourself from life, simply seem to disappear and let you focus on your priorities.”


Cancellation Policy


Full refunds will be provided up until 7 days prior to the event date.  If you should need to cancel, you may transfer your place to another person or donate your spot to someone.



Available Packages

Sat. December 26th - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Light Bulb Coaching

6105 Fathers Place

Ellison British Columbia


Melissa Berry Appleton

250-870-2101

C$45

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Melissa Berry Appleton
6 reviews
I am a Meditation, Yoga, Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teacher, and Buddhist Chaplain trained in the Soto Zen lineage by Joan Halifax. I work with healthcare professionals, parents, university students, women in addiction recovery, retirees, not-for-profit leaders, innovators, artists and activists. I am also a mother of three teens and deeply connected to my home community. My specialty is leading transformative retreats! Come to my website and read a little more. www.melissaberryappleton.com ​​

Reviews

This was a wonderful retreat in a beautiful place. The accommodations and food at Stowel Lake are always superb. I treasure both Melissa and Sofia as skillful and wise teachers and leaders.
By Naomi M for Spirit of Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat on 08 Jul, 2021
I have been very fortunate to attend 3 retreats with Melissa. Each of them have been an incredible source of wisdom, an opportunity to dive deep within myself and to pause from a busy life to find stillness. Her teaching and guidance of meditation (walking, sitting, standing) and movement practices (yoga, somatic work, sometimes dancing!) weave effortlessly and skillfully in a way that make me hungry for more in my own practice each time we close a retreat. The community that gathers together on these adventures is remarkable and it is such a joy to leave making new dharma friends. The location of the retreats are always breathtaking and healing with terrific food (Stowel Lake Farm, Costa Rica). She really knows how to pick em!
By Jaclyn G for Spirit of Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat on 08 Jul, 2021
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This was an extraordinary experience at an exquisite location. The meditation schedule was ideal for both first-time retreaters as well as seasoned practitioners looking for a gentle reset. Both instructors brought a different flavour to the teachings and balanced each other well as we worked with our own minds and bodies in movement and in stillness. The food was perfect- local, fresh, organic and vegetarian and the rooms at the farm were simple and charming. I highly recommend this retreat and these teachers to anyone looking to make contact with movement and meditation in an accessible way- but also push themselves to try something just a bit outside their comfort zone. I loved it and will surely return.
By Jill B for Spirit of Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat on 02 Jul, 2021
The yoga retreat was superb in all areas! The Akai retreat truly is a place of beauty and serenity and the food was beautifully prepared, healthy and delicious! Melissa and Andrea worked well together drawing on each other’s strengths to beautifully balance their unique teaching styles. The morning meditation and silent breakfast helped us to start our day centred and peaceful. The daily teaching was interesting and thought provoking, and the yoga practice was challenging and strengthening. I felt at peace with my life and strengthened physically and spiritually to deal with the many challenges that it brings.
By Deana H for Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Andrea and Melissa on 12 Feb, 2020
I first took a yoga class with Melissa in our home town Kelowna, she quickly became one of my favourite teachers. So when I heard she was putting on a retreat in Nosara I signed up without hesitation. It was a bonus to have Suniti co-host as they both have so much to offer each person. What beautiful women inside and out. The yoga/meditation took place in an outdoor studio surrounded with the sounds of the jungle and the ocean view in the distance. It was peaceful and breathtaking. I went solo but I shared my hut with two other women. Our room was large with a private bathroom and outdoor shower. Everything on the property was well-maintained and beautifully designed. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to participate in a retreat hosted by Melissa and Suniti.
By Linda B for Coming To Our Senses - Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Suniti & Melissa on 29 Dec, 2019
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I’m so grateful to Melissa for the thoughtful and powerful way she leads retreats, meditation, and movement practice. I particularly appreciate her trauma-informed approach to yoga. I’ve learned so much from her and I look forward to what the future will bring. I treasure Melissa as a wonderful and highly skilled teacher, chaplain, and leader.
By Naomi M on 08 Jul, 2021