Workshops & Retreats

Escape into nature and connect with the herd, whilst learning Mindfulness and a peaceful, soul-connection with animals that will live in your heart forever.


at Springwood Sanctuary, West Sussex

Would you love to have a peaceful, understanding and totally trusting relationship with your animal companions without the need to control them in any way? There’s a huge consciousness shift and more and more people are seeking this relationship. During an enjoyable practical workshop-retreat with a peaceful herd of horses, ponies and donkeys, immersed in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, you will be learning this beautiful way to connect with both your own intuitive knowing and with animals in the gentlest way which hugely benefits both yourself and the animals around you.


 All workshop-retreats are one-to-one or at most two-to-one … on your own or with a friend.  This ensures an ideal learning environment, tailored to exactly what you need. It also allows you the privacy to explore feelings that may surface when you delve into this peaceful state of Mindfulness.
Please email Jacqui for next available retreat dates : 

Full Day Introduction to




During this enjoyable full day workshop-retreat you will experience:

  • An introduction to Mindfulness, and why it’s so very effective at helping with anxiety, stress, depression and pain relief (to name just a few things!) for both us and other animals. How to practically experience a peaceful, present moment, mindful state easily
  • A guided meditation and a wonderful Mindful walk in our magical ancient woodland
  • A body scan and how to release your unwanted emotional feelings and physical discomfort or pain
  • How to be aware of boundaries – your own and those of other humans and non-human animals, and how to be effectively grounded
  • The afternoon will include practical experience with the herd:
  • How to respectfully and mindfully enter the herd so that you are invited to be at one with them, and how to connect with the herd with love and reverence.
  • How to mindfully regard all animals so that you can be aware of their very subtle ‘no’ or ‘yes’ and build a relationship based on trust and respect
  • How to share Mindfulness with animals so that they are able to be deeply peaceful and trusting around you, enabling you to connect peacefully
  • An introduction to inter-species communication – with a good foundation of Mindfulness, this is something we are all capable of doing
  • How to help animals release unwanted emotional and physical feelings
  • How to acknowledge and show gratitude to the animals we have shared this soul-connection during the day with
  • How to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily life so that you can benefit from this effective way of creating inner peacefulness and live your life with greater purpose and passion
  • How to share everything you have learned during the day with your own family – humans and animals alike –  when you are back at home, effectively helping them with any emotional and physical difficulties, and deepening your relationship with trust and unconditional love.

At the end of your one day workshop-retreat you will receive a certificate of completion.

Each day workshop will gain you six hours CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

£145 per person for a one-to-one workshop-retreat (£120 per person if two people booking together).

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Deepening the bond – MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ workshop-retreat – 1 day

18622265_10155472697957625_3252833349135374070_nThis can be taken as the second day of a two day retreat, or a follow on day from your introduction day at another time.  This enjoyable full day will be spent delving deeper into this way of being, exploring further healing, release, grounding, inter-species communication and re-connection with our essence and that of other beings.  This second day enables you to have lots of practical experience with the herd, deepening your intuitive abilities and your connection with them.

Transformational MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ workshop-retreat – 1 day

This transformative third day allows for a transitioning process – tailored to your specific needs. Whether that is:

  • developing a much deeper connection to your intuitive knowing (effective for everything in life, with or without animals);
  • letting go of deep seated emotions that could be affecting your animals and/or other areas of your life;
  • working with you to develop your tailored action plan to find specific answers to difficulties if you are at a crossroads in your life;
  • negotiating and feeling into the wise choices to live your life as abundantly and joyfully as possible;
  • and / or deepening you bond with animals, learning more about animal communication and healing.

At the end of each day of your workshop-retreat you will receive a certificate of completion.  Each day workshop will gain you six hours CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

£145 / person per day for a one-to-one workshop-retreat (£120 / person per day if two people booking together).

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 Most retreats are one-to-one, but will be maximum of two people if you come with a friend,  thereby ensuring an intimate and personalised learning experience. These days are specifically tailored to your requirements, your own level of confidence around horses and your experience with meditation / healing modalities.  


Workshop-retreats are led by experienced holistic animal practitioner and Mindfulness coach / teacher Jacqui Howe. Discover this wonderful way to connect with your natural intuitive state and leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and empowered. You will be able to take these valuable insights home to help both yourself and the animals in your life with rehabilitation, confidence and trust, taking all your relationships to a deeper, more meaningful level than ever before.

IMG_2334These workshop retreats are enjoyable and inspirational for people with all levels of experience – from complete beginners to those working professionally with animals. There is NO riding and all the animals have the freedom to choose to join us. Everyone can benefit from the wonderful sense of inner peacefulness and connection to unconditional love, whether you have animal companions in your life or not.


Workshop Retreats are by donation. We are a non-profit organisation – all donations are gratefully received and enable us: to offer voluntary healing work at other animal rescue centres / sanctuaries; to offer healing to people not able to pay for treatments due to their ill health at present; to continue our rescue and rehabilitation work at Springwood Sanctuary and the ongoing upkeep of the herd here.

£145 / person per day for a one-to-one workshop-retreat (£120 / person per day if two people booking together).

To reserve your place, please text Jacqui on 07946 869454 or email


“Practitioner Level MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ training”

For those wishing to start their own healing practice, sanctuary or rehabilitation centre. Also for those who are already working in a therapeutic setting but feeling that they wish to deepen the experience for the animals and people that they work with.

Practical advice on the model we have set up at Springwood Sanctuary, combining your existing healing modalities with this way of being, deepening your connection with yourself and the herd.

This is an inspiring and completely fulfilling way of working alongside animals, teaching people life changing skills to help themselves whilst also enabling the animals to receive all the support and healing they need. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to support rescue animals without ‘using’ them in any way.  This training is tailored to your personal experience and requirements.

Please note that this is a very different experience for the animals than Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Facilitated Therapy practices, as I strongly believe it is very important for the experience to be as beneficial and healing for the animals as it is for the humans that interact in this way.  I therefore teach everything whilst the animals are completely at liberty and with herd / pack members, able to choose to be with us at every step of the journey and interaction. Personally I feel this is the only way to have a truly authentic experience that helps us truly release old conditioned patterns, transform our lives and connect with ourselves and others with unconditional love.

Please contact Jacqui for further information and to discuss whether this is suitable for you.

 “Re-Wild Yourself!” Retreat Day in the Yurt and Woods

£55 per person.

Re-connect with nature and your own intuitive self. These retreats run throughout the year, and will vary as each one focusses on the particular moon phase and season. Includes a fire ceremony, sound healing, guided meditation, a mindful walk in the woods, sharing food and drink, stories and inspiration in the enchanted ancient woodlands, around a fire and in the yurt.

Come and celebrate a very special day with us!  For next retreat date and to reserve your place, please email Jacqui




 Enjoying receiving and learning LomiLomi Hawaiian healing massage, immersing in incredible nature, connecting with your intuitive knowing and enjoying the company of like-minded people. 

 If you would like further information about either of these, or to provisionally book your place, please email Jacqui :

“Hawaiian Healing Massage Retreats” 

This nourishing and nurturing retreat is just what every soul needs once in a while! You’ll be surrounded by incredible nature in West Sussex woodland, and immersed in the sacred Hawaiian healing arts. Experience Ho’oponopono – the Hawaiian clearing and forgiveness ritual which can transform your life, LauLima healing, a full body LomiLomi 2 hour transformational massage, Kahi Loa shamanic clothed massage, an hour Tandem Lomi Lomi massage (traditionally reserved for Hawaiian royalty!), select a head, neck & shoulder Hoku massage or really immerse yourself into this wonderful healing art with a combination of all of these treatments!

These wonderful 1-4 day retreats are available to book on your own or with a friend. Donation of £120 / person per day which includes two treatments, a light organic lunch and a guided mindful walk in our magical woodland.  You are welcome to explore the woods on your own and spend time watching our beautiful healing herd of horses living naturally on our land.  If you’re lucky you’ll also see the herd of wild deer and other incredible wildlife who live in the woods. Accommodation available £35 per person per night.

Please contact Jacqui to book, and for current available dates.

To reserve your place, please email

Testimonial from previous event:

“I was privileged and thrilled to be able to attend Jacqui’s retreat, with a mixed herd roaming freely behind us in their track field. The group was small and intimate and we all came from far and wide all so different, but all knowing that there is a kind and gentle way to communicate with animals. I sat in the beautiful morning sunshine, knowing a little from videos and online and itching to learn more. Jacqui is calm and warm spirited with a soothing voice that is relaxing and gentle. She explained clearly and simply that this is not a mystical art but something innate within each of us, that we are all capable of achieving – we have all just forgotten how as we go about being a human “doing” rather than a human “being”. Under her guidance we practiced bringing our energy down, emptying our minds and being in the present moment and most importantly releasing any expectations. We all discussed how we felt and things we struggled with… Jacqui calmly and without judgement gave us further guidance and practical help to maintain this tranquil state, before demonstrating the technique on one of the horses. It was beautiful to see – she explained that all animals react differently to start with, before accepting that it is ok and safe to relax and release. The horse took deep breaths, his eyes got heavier, head dropped, rested foot, weight shifting and yawning. We then got to practice what we had learnt and seen. I must admit I was nervous as to whether I was really achieving this feeling and doing it properly.  Respecting the herd boundaries we quietly stood or sat and became “present”. What can I say – all the horses approached us, curiously sniffing, blowing gently through their noses, heads dropped and all very gentle, just craving the sense of peace we were creating. I was obviously doing something right! We were all so peaceful. I felt honoured and it was quite emotional and very beautiful. The whole experience was amazing and I can’t recommend Jacqui more highly and will be calling on her knowledge, experience and gentle ways to help one of my horses release blockages and trauma of being saddled and ridden. We owe it to our animals and ourselves to have relationships with each other based on trust, respect and understanding, without fear, mistrust and pressure. I may sound evangelical, but I have tried this with my horse a few times myself, and I never thought such a difference would be possible. I’m very grateful. Thank you.”  Emma-Claire Pullen, Sussex. 

For more about this Retreat from some of the participants perspectives, please see my blog:   Why go on a ‘Mindfulness with Animals Retreat’?

12794419_1070812582975669_4371064303177996892_nCONTACT ME:

Jacqui Howe, Mindfulness with Animals Practitioner,

Tel:  07946 869454 / 01444 401895