Mindfulness with Animals

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

What if you could 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 herd of peaceful horses, immersed in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, you will be learning this beautiful way to connect with animals in the gentlest way which hugely benefits both humans and animals at the same time.

New! A Morning Introduction to MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™

On Saturday 24th June 10am – 12.30pm (2.5hrs)

cropped-18198302_10155396580277625_2447296138102200506_n.jpgCome and meet the herd, learning Mindfulness and enjoying a Mindful walk in the woods. Suitable for everyone, from beginners to Mindfulness teachers. No previous horse experience needed. As with all Mindfulness with Animals events, there will be no riding. This is an enjoyable, informative morning which will give you an introduction to what a workshop-retreat day or individual consultation entails. Places strictly limited to a small group, so it’s advised to book your place early.

To reserve your place, please call / email Jacqui on 07946 869454 or simply  click on this link to the event page , indicate “going” and pay via the paypal link.

£25 per person including refreshments.

Full Day Introduction to MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ workshop-retreat 

(see available dates listed below)



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 enter the herd space so that you are invited to be at one with the horses
  • How to mindfully regard animals so that you can be aware of their very subtle ‘no’ or ‘yes’
  • 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 – 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.

£145 per person.  Special offer of: £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, communication and re-connection with our essence and that of other beings; lots of practical experience with the herd, deepening your intuitive abilities and your connection with them.

This transformative second 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.

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

£145 per person.  Special offer of £120 per person if two people booking together.

Transformational MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ workshop-retreat – 2 days

IMG_20170507_202144 (1)Combining the two days described above consecutively, allowing a deep immersion into this way of being and a deeply peaceful, soul-connection with the herd. A healing massage and extra night’s B&B can also be included into this two day retreat.

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

Non-residential retreat: £290 per person. Special offer of £240 if two people booking together.

Residential retreat: from £335 per person including a light lunch on both days and one night’s B&B.  Special offer of £285 per person if two people booking together.

 Maximum of two people on all MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ workshop-retreats, 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. One and two day workshops are available from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 


This workshop retreat is led by experienced holistic animal practitioner and Mindfulness 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 per person.  Special offer of £120 per person if two people booking together.


 All workshop-retreats are one-to-one or at most two-to-one unless otherwise stated below. Where two consecutive dates are shown, you can either book a one or a two day retreat.

Wednesday 28th / Thursday 29th June

Thursday 6th July

Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd July

Wednesday 26th / Thursday 27th July

Saturday 29th July

Saturday 12th August

Sunday 13th August  : Wild Medicinals & Mindfulness with Animals™ Day (see below) in conjunction with Herbalist Amanda Howe, founder of Black Bear Herbs  SPECIAL OFFER £50 each (this is offered to a group of 8 people)

Wednesday 16th / Thursday 17th August

Saturday 19th August : MEDICINE MAKING WORKSHOP (see below)      SPECIAL OFFER OF £85 including all materials (this is offered to a group of 5 people)

Sunday 20th August

Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th September

Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th September

Please call Jacqui on 07946 869454 or 01444 401895 for further information, future dates and to secure your place.



Wild Medicinals & Mindfulness with Animals™ Day

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This wonderful Wild Medicinals walk and talk is offered by my sister Amanda Howe, Herbalist and founder of Black Bear Herbs based in Canada – www.blackbearherb.com Amanda will be visiting the UK in August and we very much look forward to sharing our passions of herbs, animals, healing and mindfulness with you.

thumbnail_Ladies Mantle with rainHerb Walks are a wonderful way of transforming your daily walk into a treasure hunt of medicinal herbs.  You will learn about the powerful medicine hiding in the plants at your feet as you walk along  and you will discover that your daily walk is transformed into a miracle of discovery and connection with ancient knowledge and stories that the plants carry with them.  Growing your knowledge and awareness of the plants will help you deepen your connection with the Spirit of the place you are walking through. Herb walks progress slowly as we move from patch to patch of healing herbs.


“Herbs for our Four-legged Friends

thumbnail_St Johns Wort Close UpHerb Walks are a great way to learn about the healing plants growing all around us whenwe are out walking. Have you ever wondered why your dog eats Couch Grass, or your horse snacks on Willow?  If you are an animal lover and you enjoy a gentle stroll in the gorgeous Sussex countryside, this Wild Medicinals Walk is for you.  Come and find out about the incredible healing medicines lining your path and learn how to share those herbs with your animals.

Date: Sunday 13th August  10am – 4pm

Cost: Special offer of £50 / person. Lunch will be a bring and share picnic.

thumbnail_Mullein Close Up 3This informative and enjoyable Wild Medicinals walk and talk will be part of a special Mindfulness with Animals™ day. This is open to a limited number of just eight spaces, so it’s advisable to book your place early if you’d like to attend. The Herb Walk will follow an introduction to Mindfulness and we will then be enjoying a peaceful connection with the herd.

Location: Handcross, West Sussex

Amanda Howe is a Herbalist with over thirty years experience.  She lives on Vancouver Island in Canada where she has a Herb Garden and Herb School called Black Bear Herbs

To register email: jacqui@jacquihowe.com

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

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Medicine Making Course

thumbnail_Medicine Making Photo-1This wonderful opportunity to partake in a Medicine Making Course is offered by my sister Amanda Howe, Herbalist of Black Bear Herbs based in Canada – www.blackbearherb.com  Amanda will be visiting the UK in August and we very much look forward to sharing our passions of herbs, animals, healing and mindfulness with you. This hands-on Medicine Making course teaches you how to make your own herbal remedies. You will learn how to make high quality remedies from herbs you have grown in your own garden, herbs you have wild-harvested, or herbs that you have purchased.

 The course is practical hands-on learning and lots of fun.   And you get to take home some of the remedies you make in the course!  You will learn how to make syrups – from scratch using fresh grated roots straight from the herb garden. You will make oils and healing salves for all those cuts, scrapes and bruises that we seem to encounter in life – fantastic for gardeners and Mums of adventurous children!  Lip balms with soothing ingredients.  You’ll also learn how to make poultices and fomentations which are healing and pain relieving for sprains and inflamed joints.  You make a tincture, and learn what goes into making high quality infusions and decoctions.

This workshop is limited to just five people, so it’s advisable to book your place soon.

Date: Saturday 19th August  – 10am – 4pm

Cost: £85 per person including all ingredients, materials and a light lunch.

Location: Handcross, West Sussex

Amanda Howe is a Herbalist with over thirty years experience.  She lives on Vancouver Island in Canada where she has a Herb Garden and Herb School called Black Bear Herbs

To register email: jacqui@jacquihowe.com

“Practitioner Level MINDFULNESS WITH ANIMALS™ training”

For those wishing to start their own healing practice, sanctuary or rehabilitation centre. 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. A beautiful way of working alongside horses, teaching people life changing skills to help themselves whilst also enabling the horses to receive all the support and healing they need. This is a wonderful opportunity to support rescue horses and ponies without ‘using’ them in any way.  This training is tailored to your experience and requirements.  Contact Jacqui to discuss whether this is suitable for you.

 “Women in the Wild Retreats” 

Re-connecting with nature and the divine feminine wisdom that lies within all women. These wonderful retreats are transformative!  They run throughout the year, and will vary as each one focusses on the particular moon phase and season. Includes guided meditation, fire ceremony, sound healing, shamanic massage (optional), sharing food and drink, stories and inspiration in the enchanted ancient woodlands, around a fire and in the yurt.


 Goddess Retreats in South Africa and Kenya are currently being planned.  Enjoying receiving and learning LomiLomi Hawaiian healing massage on the beach, immersing in incredible nature, connecting with your intuitive knowing and enjoying the company of like-minded women. 

 If you would like further information about either of these, or to provisionally book your place, please get in touch.

“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 a place on one of these retreats please phone 01444 401895, 07946 869454 or email jacqui@jacquihowe.com

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