Animal Love

Live Your Gift (Level 1)

Spiritual Equine Retreat

July 30 &31 (1 spot left)

September 24 & 25 (2 spots left)

Ananda Village, Northern California

Your life is at a crossroads, but which path will you take?


You're ready to try something new.


You're looking to heal from the past.

You crave time in nature and with animals.


You're looking for a way to break old habit patterns once and for all.

You long to step out and create a fulfilling career.

Let the horse guide you now
Let the horse heal and empower you
Horses have long transported us to new worlds
Experience true partnership

The Gifts

  • Discover your gifts

  • Let go of what holds you back

  • Experience conscious partnership with the horse

  • Enliven your spiritual practice with the wisdom of the horse

  • Learn the language of nature

  • Immerse in spiritual community

  • Be empowered to Live your Gift

Why It Works

  • Horses mirror our inner state of being, bringing to life our intuition.

  • As prey animals who have thrived in cooperative community (the herd) for millennia, they have much to teach us about leadership, harmony, and communication.

  • This retreat offers a safe container to explore your self, what beliefs and values shape your world, and what to pay attention to.

  • You will experience the healing power of horses in body, mind, and spirit

How It Works

We combine the discipline of equine accelerated learning with yogic exercises to create an experiential journey of transformation. Through guided group and individual practices, insights, and reflections offered by horses, hosts, and participants, you will:​

  • Bring light to the unconscious thought patterns, habits, and beliefs that hold you back

  • Discover the right questions to ask

  • Experience alignment inside and out 

  • Transform your life through an embodied experience of truth, clarity, and love

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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.

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Accommodations & Transportation

Herd Spirit retreat guests are invited to stay in a private cabin, nestled amongst the trees and gardens of Ananda's serene meditation retreat. All cabins are equipped with modest kitchens and bathrooms. Guests will receive catered vegetarian lunches and dinners during the program. Breakfast is on your own in the quiet of your cabin.


The property is located 6 miles from Ananda's main campus, where Herd Spirit too is located, and offers lush meditation gardens, a main lodge, and access to several hiking trails.  


Ananda Village is located at 14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959. We are approximately 90 minutes northeast of the Sacramento International Airport. If flying, we recommend that you rent a car, but private transportation is available to/from the Sacramento airport for $150 total, roundtrip. Private rides can be arranged with Gita directly.


What's included

What's not included​

  • Accommodations

  • Breakfasts & dinners

  • Transportation to/from airports

Value: $2,500

Tuition Price: $500
Early bird rate: $375 (31 days in advance)

  • Two days of experiential learning facilitated by Ezra & Gita with horses (Value $2,400)

  • Healthful vegetarian lunches & snacks (Value $50)

  • Materials to take home and implement what you learn (Value $50)

How do I attend?

  1. Step One: Register with our online form

  2. Step Two: Pay $200 deposit or full tuition (if within 30 days)

  3. Step Three: Gita will call to arrange accommodations with you

Booking Terms

Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable under certain conditions. Please read full booking terms before registering.​

Register Now

To reserve your space, complete this form and send deposit or full payment to Herd Spirit (instructions to follow).

Register 31 days in advance to qualify for the Early Bird Special tuition rate of $375.
Registration 30 days or less from retreat start pays full tuition of $500. 


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."


Adam T.


The equine workshop that I attended has changed my life in so many ways! Layer by layer I was peeled to the core of my true being.  Freeing me of the blocks and barriers I had surrounded myself with for “protection”.  I realized that this protection had, for many years, been stopping my growth and lessons on my life’s journey.  Protection for me was a way of not failing!  I highly recommend that everyone attend one of these amazing, powerful workshops.  You will come away with a new perspective and understanding of who you really are.  You learn “tools” you can use to keep you present in the moment so that you are on a non-stop “learning” experience as you move forward in life.  Much gratitude to the teachers for their wonderful teachings!”

Cindi B.

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COVID-19 Guidelines

Herd Spirit Center is located in the heart of Ananda Village, a spiritual community with more than 200 full-time residents. Under normal conditions, Ananda Village is host to thousands of guests at its retreat centers, gardens, shops, and other facilities. All public facilities have been closed since March 2020.


Due to COVID-19, our retreats are limited to 10 participants and adhere to the following protocols:

  • Social-distancing 

  • Primarily outdoors

  • Masks required for unvaccinated when indoors  

  • Spirit of cooperation in keeping each other safe & healthy