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Rejuvenating Yoga and Horse Riding Retreat in USA

Enchantment Equitreks is the destination for intrepid equestrians who are looking to be immersed in the restorative powers of equines and yoga. This retreat balances your mind, nourishes your body, and lightens your soul. Each yoga session is hand crafted by the co-owner, Justyn Vogel, to suit your experience and needs. Daily trail riding excursions challenge your adventurous nature through varied terrain. Essentially this week is about you and what you need to find peace and balance!

To thoroughly enjoy your stay we require that your riding ability be at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of our rides. However, no yoga experience is required!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 200 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Intermediate/Advanced riding ability
  • Daily riding 3-4 hours/ 10-15 miles
  • Rescue Horses. 14-16.2 hands. Various breeds. Mostly Quarter Horses and Paints.
  • Western or Australian Stock Saddles
  • Yoga Style - Vinyasa/Yin/EquiYoga 45-90 minute classes
  • Accommodate up to 5 riders at a time.
  • Solo female or male travelers, couples, and small groups welcome!

Meet the instructors

Justyn
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 5 days of horse riding activities
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and water on the trail
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Your lodgings will be at quaint AirBNB just a short walk from the ranch house. The two story house is nestled on a juniper and pine tree ridge overlooking the valley below. Decorated in a rustic and eclectic southwest style, it offers three bedrooms, two and a quarter bath, a shared kitchen and a common room. Free WiFi and access to laundry service.

Environmentally conscious

  • Composting toilets
  • Grey water systems
  • Solar

Landscaped for relaxation.

  • Wooded paths lead to reading nooks
  • Hammocks for naps
  • Quiet spaces for yoga
  • Mountain bikes available
  • Hot tub and pool available

Program

Equi-Yoga

Horses have carried people through history and have been your partners along the way. It's only natural that they accompany you in your journey of self-discovery. Equi-Yoga borrows asanas (poses) and breathing techniques from yoga and translates them into the saddle.

You begin this program on the mat creating a foundation of breath and learning the asanas. As you move to the saddle, your horses stand patiently, often breathing and stretching with you, as you begin to find a flow. When you are ready to advance, the horse walks out on a lounge line as you match your rhythm with the animal.

This unique technique highlights many trouble areas, such as the neck, shoulders, arms, seat, and legs. It brings awareness to your balance and strength, essentially because your mat is moving at its own pace. By adding the equine element to yoga, the equestrian will learn to adjust to new situations with breath and suppleness, reevaluate the body cues to keep clear communication, and build a deeper connection to your horse.

This discovery can be utilized to enhance your riding and your yoga practice. Marty Whittle, the founder of Equi-Yoga, explains that it helps you explore your body from the inside out.

Horse riding

Unlike many outfitters who ride in the same area, Enchantment Equitreks takes advantage of New Mexico's diverse landscapes and terrain by trailering out to a new trail each day. They load horses, tack, picnic, and clients and drive 20-45 minutes to the riding destination.

Some days, you will be galloping through the sandy arroyos of a painted desert. The next day, you will scale alpine forests and Enchantment Equitreks loves to splash through the waters of the Rio Grande river. You do not camp out in these places but return back to the ranch where a hot shower, a hearty meal, and a soft bed awaits.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival and settle into the ranch. Time permitting a short ride on the property.

Day 2

  • 7 am 45 min Morning Vinyasa
  • 8 am Breakfast at the main house.
  • 9 am Departure from ranch to ride.
  • 10 am In the saddle. Ride 2-3 hours, with snacks on trail.
  • 2 pm Lunch at the ranch.
  • 3 -5 Free time
  • 5-6:15 Unpack Your Bags Yin
  • 7 Dinner

Day 3

  • 7 am 45 min Seasonal Vinyasa
  • 8 am Departure from the ranch to ride.
  • 9 am In the saddle. Ride 3-4 hours. 30 min break for breakfast on trail.
  • 12 pm Lunch at the trailhead.
  • 1 pm Drive back to the ranch.
  • 2- 4pm Free time. Possible visit to Walking In Circles Rescue
  • 4- 5:15 Yin For A Deeper Seat in the Saddle
  • 6 pm Dinner

Day 4

  • 8 am Breakfast at main house
  • 10 - 12 EquiYoga
  • 12 pm Lunch at the main house.
  • 3 pm Departure from ranch to ride.
  • 4- 6 pm Ride with and hour of Riding Meditation
  • 7-7:45 Yummy Hips Yin
  • 8 pm Dinner at the Ranch

Day 5 - Breakfast and Departure.

Horse riding requirements

This program is for yogis of all levels and intermediate/advanced riders. Safety is our number one priority. We are not a nose to tail dude ranch but an equine adventure business. All of our horses have been trained in trail riding skills and manners; however, they do have a mind of their own.

To thoroughly enjoy your stay we require that your riding ability be at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of our rides. We ask all riders to be comfortable at a walk, posting trot, and strong canter on trail with in a group, as well as mount/dismount the horse unassisted. Riders do need to be physically fit enough to be in the saddle 3-4 hours, 10-15 miles a day.

If you do not feel that you meet this criteria or do not ride regularly, but are still interested, we strongly suggest riding lessons. This will help you to be more confident and comfortable in the saddle. We will give riding tips and suggestions on trail to keep you safe, however we do not give riding lessons.

Horses

While we are dedicated to providing you with an amazing experience, we are also committed to healing our horse community. All of our ranch horses are originally from a rescue and have been expertly re-trained as experienced trail horses. We continue our work with the rescues through our foster program.

We prescribe to a natural training method, a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse’s natural instincts and methods of communication, with the understanding that horses learn from pressure and the release of pressure. We believe that spending ample time with the horse to gain their trust is paramount in turning these animals around. Many of our horses come to the rescue not only with malnourished bodies but broken spirits. Our program concentrates on slowly rebuilding the horse physically and mentally through a relationship built on trust, respect, and understanding. Our core ranch horses have been through our training program and have blossomed into healthy and happy horses who love their job. The Foster Program allows us to reach even more animals who need a second chance, a little time, and a lot of compassion.

Our horses range from 14 -16.2 hands tall, 7-30 years old. The breeds range from Quarter Horse, Paints, Appaloosa, Thoroughbred, and grade.

Included excursions

  • Visit local artist
  • Shopping
  • Enjoy dinner or lunch in a local restaurant

Instructors

Justyn Vogel

Location

This program will take place at Enchantment Equitreks, New Mexico, USA. This small ranch is nestled in the pines at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains. New Mexico offers varied landscapes including desert, mountains and rivers. It's rich with cowboy culture, Spanish influence, Native American traditions, and outstanding cuisine.

Distances

  • Albuquerque - 40 minutes
  • Santa Fe - 1 hour

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • River
  • Patio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

Food

New Mexican cuisine is wholly unique, rich with local ingredients, slow-cooked meats, and spiced with roasted green and red chili. The meals not only showcase this local flavor, but the ingredients are plucked straight from Enchantment Equitreks' gardens, local farms, and ranches. Each morning, you will be greeted with a European-style breakfast set out in the guesthouse or patio. Lunches will often be picnics during the day's ride. The evenings will be filled with sit down, family-style dinners, relaxing next to a fire and gazing out at the stars. They are able to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

  • Hiking in the Sandia Mountains
  • Kayaking/SUP
  • Mountain biking

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 3 days of horse riding activities
  • Yoga equipment (mat, blocks, blankets, bolsters)
  • Equestrian equipment (helmet, chaps, gloves)
  • Use of basic toiletries, towels, and hairdryer
  • Access to the hot tub, pool, and laundry
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Snacks and water on trail
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers (Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ))
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Tax

What's not included

  • 10% gratuity

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Enchantment Equitreks will meet you at baggage claim at a predetermined time with a sign that has your name on it.

Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Special discount

Non-rider supplements are available for a 10%  discount.

Monday August 15, 2022
(5 days / 4 nights)

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