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Crescent Moon Center - North Bay

Equine-Assisted Learning & Abstract Painting Weekend Retreat

Horses are teachers of basic life skills and they lift us up no matter the challenges we face. Expressive arts offer a way to connect to your authentic self and a range of emotions including joy, passion, anger, and sadness. No prior experience with horses or art is required.

Equine-Assisted Learning & Abstract Painting Weekend Retreat
Equine-Assisted Learning & Abstract Painting Weekend Retreat

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2024, 9:30 AM PDT – Sep 22, 2024, 4:30 PM PDT

Crescent Moon Center - North Bay, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA

About the event

In partnership with horses, you can learn about mindfulness, authenticity, and compassion. Science has shown that when humans offer their hearts to horses, their heartbeats synchronize. You develop a close and intimate connection with the horse based on trust and respect. Horses are teachers of life skills and they lift us up no matter the challenges we face. 

Expressive arts offer a way to connect to your authentic self and and a range of emotions including joy, passion, anger, and sadness. Experience a felt sense of freedom and emotional release in Splash, an abstract painting workshop that includes mindfulness and prompts to facilitate your creative expression.

Led by certified and experienced facilitators, our workshops are designed to integrate with one another, each providing a unique lens of self-discovery.

✨ Equine-Assisted Learning

✨ Abstract Painting

✨ Peer-Support

✨ Outdoors Activities

No prior experience with horses or art is required.

Our Facilitators:

Julie Bridge is the Founder of Mearas and a lifelong equestrian. She understands the power of the horse/human relationship, and the profound realizations people achieve through working with these majestic beings. She has had the honor of studying with the foremost thought leaders in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Guided Education and is an Advanced EponaQuest Instructor, Riding Instructor and Equine Guided Educator. Julie has been steeped in the exploration of purpose driven leadership, social and emotional intelligence, creating meaning in the workplace and organizational development for over 25 years. 

Hilary Maslon is an abstract painter with over 30 years of experience in painting and exhibiting. She attended college in San Francisco, ( S.F. A.I/ BA from New College, Mill Valley Independent Study Prog) and has a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College Flushing NY. After running a cattle ranch and retreat center in Mississippi, she returned to the Bay Area in 2014 and lives in Novato, with her ranch dog Scramble. As an entrepreneur, ecologist, and lover of animals she brings a holistic perspective of art and healing. She has taught art to diverse groups and venues in NYC, Mississippi, and California. 

Program Participant Testimonials:

“This program got me in touch 

with a part of myself 

that I was longing to get in touch with. 

It gave me a safe place to be creative, 

to access my depth through creativity.” 

“I learned so much from... the horses. 

That was one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced”.

“One way this program impacts 

my commitment to recovery 

is the intense feeling 

of community. 

I’ve been in touch with people 

after the program, 

and they’re all sober people, 

so it encourages me 

to stay sober.” 

Crescent Moon Center's North Bay Location: 

Tabula Rasa Ranch, Sebastopol, CA

Nestled in the hills of West Sonoma County, this ten acre ranch provides the exquisite balance of serene country landscape tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban and city life with close proximity to local restaurants, attractions and lodging. As it is a private ranch, the exact address and driving instructions will be provided in a follow-up email prior to the workshop.

Contribution:

$450 - Weekend Workshop Series

$350 - Early Bird: Register by July 1st

$225 - Partial Scholarship 

No one is turned away for lack of funds. Participants can receive scholarships based on financial need.  We offer a few full or partial scholarships for weekend workshops and ask those who receive scholarships to help with set up and/or clean-up if possible. Please let us know if you want to volunteer in exchange for participation in this workshop.

Interested? Questions? Email us at info@crescentmooncenter.org 

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