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Cultivating Calm with Horse Wisdom and Heart Connections

It is scientifically proven that nature can enhance our mood. Nature opens our heart. It relaxes our body and it revitalizes us. This unique, nature-based experience invites you to find your Zen – in the moment – supported by the power and wisdom of horses.

Horses invite us to find peace in our hearts and to be in the moment as we release the chatter of our minds. They invite us to feel the warmth of their fur and the richness of their touch. They invite us to reclaim the present moment and take ownership for our life. In the revitalizing county air of this beautiful century farm just minutes away from Elmhirst’s Resort, you can find a renewed sense of self and a personally grounded connection with heritage, horses and heart.

Step into the embrace of Mother Nature and experience ‘heartfulness’, peace and your true presence of self.

Gently guided by a qualified facilitated equine experience facilitator, your experience will include:

Horses: Participate in a series of ground-based activities with horse guides exploring themes such as emotional and body awareness, healthy boundaries, the power of personal presence, breathe and healthy breathing, intuition, and self-reflection.

Personal Reflection: You are invited to view your life as a series of present moments as you spend time with our herd, take a reflective stroll through our stone labyrinth or a mindfulness hike through our woodland trail. Sit and listen to nature as you jot down your thoughts and prompted reflection in the personal journal provided. Take this time to explore your personal awareness – what bubbles up within you when you pay attention, on purpose in the present moment, non-judgementally.

Mindfulness: This is a memorable opportunity to find a grounded sense of self in the breathtaking scenic beauty of this historic farm while you build coping skills for our modern world and a willingness to come back to present, the here and now, even while challenged by the turmoil of modern life.

Zen Heart: Gift yourself the experience of inner peace and calm as you are invited to connect with heart in the therapeutic presence of our herd.

No previous horse experience is necessary. This experience is exclusively offer to four people per group.

About Your Host and Facilitator:

Jennifer Garland is the Owner and Program Director of The Mane Intent Inc. Jennifer is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology to complement her Certificate in Trauma Counselling from the University of Toronto, Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship training in Trauma-focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Professional Training, and her Certificate in Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning. To this work, Jennifer also brings 25 plus years of award-winning corporate experience in communications, change management and community investment. She has provided counsel and coaching support to people from all sectors to create opportunities to build relationships, facilitate learning, and embrace change. 


The Mane Intent is located at 2410 Cameron Line, Indian River, ON K0L 2B0 – just 15 minutes north east of Elmhirt’s Resort.

Group Session Dates and Times:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, September 23 from 9 – Noon
  • Session 2: Wednesday, September 23 from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Session 3: Thursday, September 24 from 9 – Noon
  • Session 4: Thursday, September 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Session 5: Friday, September 25 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Session Fee: $150 per person plus HST for the three hour session. Must book at least 24 hours in advance of session. A cancellation fee of $50 will be charged for session cancellations that occur less than 24 hours from experience booking.

To book, contact: Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent at jgarland@themaneintent.ca or call 705-295-6618/416-347-3235

What to Bring/Wear:

  • Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear (e.g. no sandals or open-toed shoes)
  • Bring a water bottle and a mind open for possibility
  • All participants must wear a mask and agree to sign a waiver form prior to working directly with the horses.

For more information – go to www.themaneintent.ca

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