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Yoga and Natural Horsemanship Retreat Indonesia

Havana Horses Yoga welcomes you to come and join us for a week-long, Empowering Yoga and Natural Horsemanship Retreat. Havana Horses has been practicing Natural Horsemanship for over 20 years and will bring to you the perfect combination of Natural Horsemanship with Yoga! Come and learn, play, love, and have fun on this unique retreat. You will be able to switch off from your daily life and submerge yourself in the blissful surroundings which are among the rice fields and green gardens. The central positioning in Java allows for some of the most breathtaking views of Volcano Merapi and Merbabu Mountain while walking and riding out in the villages and woods.

This is a very unique, empowering retreat for horse lovers who want to work on their body awareness as well as understand horse training better. This retreat will balance your mind, body, and soul as you immerse yourself in the healing powers of yoga, leadership and horse work. Horses are both powerful and gentle as they are magnificent creatures that tend to mirror your own state of being.

Therefore, working with horses is tremendously empowering and mind-opening. You do not have to be able to ride or have practiced yoga before. Havana Horses Yoga just wants you to have an open mind and a love of the outdoors to enjoy this beautiful empowering experience.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 166 pounds / 75 kilograms
  • Horse's height range: from 130 to 165 cm
  • Tack type: Bareback pad, English and treeless
  • Horse breed: Indonesian pony, crossed with thoroughbred and warmblood

Meet the instructors

Havedz & Anna
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Highlights

  • Work at liberty with your horse
  • Natural riding lessons and trail riding - bitless & barefoot
  • Groundwork sessions: yoga or straightness straining for your horse
  • Daily Iyengar yoga classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious healthy meals and drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Indonesian
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Adisucipto International Airport (US$ 50 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Achmad Yani International Airport (US$ 31 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Adisumarmo International Airport (US$ 31 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Yogyakarta International Airport (US$ 50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

You stay in the Havana Horses Lodge, built in one of the horse paddocks! This upcycled old Javanese house has a beautiful view; to the rear, there are vast coffee plantations, and to the front, there is a spacious horse paddock. From the verandahs, you can relax and watch birds and squirrels in the trees and the horses roaming about in the paddock.

There are two bedrooms which can accommodate four people at a time for overnight stays, with bed & breakfast, and also lunch and dinner can be catered. You have access to a private kitchen, and a spacious living and dining room. We have built a beautiful natural swimming pool to the front of the Lodge, perfect to unwind after a day with the horses. The Havana Horses Lodge is reserved for horse lovers throughout the year.

Program

At the location Havana Horses, we have created a unique retreat that combines human yoga with horse yoga (straightness training). You will enjoy yoga classes every day and an introduction into horse yoga, groundwork with the horses, learning the gentle approach with natural horsemanship. Natural riding, without the use of force - bitless and barefoot! Depending on your experience with horses and riding, you can also enjoy trail rides in the surrounding Javanese villages, plantations and rice fields.

Riding style

Riders often are just a passenger and the horse is following the horse in front. Instead, we want the rider to be with the horse with every step, and the horse should be with the rider with every step, not following the other horses, but focusing on what the rider asks of him. It requires good leadership skills, and this is exactly what we teach at Havana Horses; starting with liberty and groundwork, and those leadership qualities we take with us when we are in the saddle.

A typical day

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Natural Horsemanship
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Yoga Session
  • 17:00 Relax
  • 19:00 Dinner

Please note there is a weight restriction of 75 kilograms for people on this retreat.

Instructors

Havedz Nugroho

Anna van Rheeden

Location

Havana Horses is located in the authentic Javanese village Tegalwaton, close to Salatiga, which is a small bustling City in Central Java. The city is known for its university and the fresh air of the mountainous area. Havana Horses Yoga is 50 kilometers from Prambanan Temple Complex and 60 kilometers from the lovely city of Yogyakarta. To the west, they are 30 kilometers from Borobudur Temple Complex (the biggest Buddhist Temple in the world) and 15 kilometers to both Merapi and Merbabu where there are ample hiking or climbing paths and walkways for you to reach the Summit.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Hot spring
  • Mountain biking
  • Reiki

General

  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Food

Your package includes all food and drinks. In the kitchen of your Lodge supplies to make your own breakfast include cereals, bread, milk, eggs, fruits. You can make use of the toaster, pans and/or rice cooker. With the water from the dispenser/water cooker make your own tea or coffee. We serve beautiful home-cooked Indonesian lunches and dinners in the main family house. All water, tea, and coffee are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Havana Horses offers massage and spa sessions in a nearby resort for an additional charge.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • A two hour Iyengar yoga class every day
  • Yoga for the horse or straightness training
  • Introduction to natural horsemanship and or horses
  • Liberty and groundwork sessions with the horses
  • Natural riding, bitless and barefoot
  • Trail rides out depending on the experience of the rider

What's not included

  • A full day trip to the nearby Prambanan temple complex
  • A sunrise trip to the nearby world famous Borobudur Temple
  • A cycling tour of the area
  • Tours to the famous Merapi and Merbabu Volcanoes
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

There are 2 airports close to Havana Horses Yoga & Natural Horsemanship: Solo (SOC) which is a 1-hour drive from them, and Semarang Airport (SRG) which is around 1,5 hours drive (depending on traffic). Both airports are 1-hour transfers from Jakarta International (Soekarno-Hatta International) Airport. The international airport of Yogyakarta (JOG) is a bit further, around 3,5 hours drive.

Havana Horses Yoga & Natural Horsemanship can arrange an airport transfer for you in both directions; please let them know if this is required at the time of booking.

If you are driving they can send you a detailed map of the area at the time of booking.

Airport: Adisucipto International Airport Airport transfer available: Adisucipto International Airport (US$ 50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Achmad Yani International Airport Airport transfer available: Achmad Yani International Airport (US$ 31 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Adisumarmo International Airport Airport transfer available: Adisumarmo International Airport (US$ 31 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Yogyakarta International Airport Airport transfer available: Yogyakarta International Airport (US$ 50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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