Before I even started on this journey, I told Gita that it sounded amazing and terrifying.
Now that I’m on the other side, I can say without hesitation that it was, is, amazing and terrifying. I wasn’t ready, but I did it anyway. I was willing. And everyone that was there was willing with me.
I made the choice to show up, to be open, clear, honest, to soak in as much as possible.
What I didn’t know before going was how much I was going to set down, burn to the ground, and release back to the world.
And the most important part of it all: the horses. I’ve done so much “work” over the last few years, but it wasn’t until Nasim, Zip, and Chi looked me in the eyes and said, “Nope. Not yet. Try again.” There was absolutely no BS-ing them. I couldn’t BS myself…
I would choose Herd Spirit again in a heartbeat. For myself, my friends, for my husband (who’s going next month), for anybody that I care about. Anybody that I wish to live a little bit lighter…
Two full days of practice, reflection, and learning was extremely powerful and really helped me to make the big shifts in my life that I’d been looking for. Also the feedback from others was great because Gita and Ezra created a safe container for vulnerability and deep sharing that helped us quickly bond with each other on a deep level and trust the feedback we were getting as coming from a loving place rather than any judgement, which I didn’t feel at any point.
The two-day retreat was a memorable experience that was transformative on so many levels. I learned a lot about myself. I read through my retreat journal often, and continue to meditate on some of the themes that emerged. I’ve never been around horses, so I did not know what to expect. What I discovered was something magical – that horses are like a barometer of our inner world. They reflect back our energy, our moods, our strengths and our weaknesses. They mirror things without judgment, with kindness and compassion. I felt like Spirit was flowing through them, for the benefit of all involved – horses and people alike. Being in a group setting, I learned from others’ experiences with the horses as well and felt a sense of kinship with everyone. I felt supported and able to give support to others as they were going through their journey. Ezra’s wisdom and Gita’s enthusiasm kept the energy of the retreat uplifted and supportive. They are both amazing guides and I am so grateful to have been a part of this experience.
Herd Spirit retreats are unique because of Ezra and Gita. They are very good at intuiting and guiding the experience to pinpoint my core issues around receiving love and worthiness. But, so much more than that, the horse reflected whether or not I was making the desired shift in my heart and consciousness. No cheating. Then, I had a new experience in my body to reflect my new insight. I am grateful to het a shift that I can come back to.
Ananda Village, a spiritual community & place of pilgrimage in Northern California
The Herd Spirit equine center is located in the heart of Ananda Village, a thriving spiritual community for more than fifty years. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, Ananda Village is home to more than 200 residents who are deeply committed to their path of Kriya Yoga.
Each year, thousands of visitors come to train in yoga and meditation, enjoy personal retreats at one of Ananda's two retreat centers, or walk amongst the famous gardens of Crystal Hermitage. It's residents also run a yoga-based elementary school, small businesses, and local shops.