CORTIJO EL AGUILON
DANCE RETREAT WITH ANDALUSIAN HORSES
Horse Riding & Yoga retreat in May at Cortijo El Aguilon, one of the most magnificent houses in Andalusia.
3 nights, 4 days
Food & drink included
21st - 24th October
from €645 pp.
Horse riding and dance instructor: Nina Husmann
"A new world opened to me the moment I realised that horses are one of the best dance mates ever. As a passionate dancer, with training experience in diverse styles and professional schools, I am looking forward to inviting you to connect with one of the most elegant animals in the world." - Nina Hussmann
This October Nina will be organising a dance and horse riding retreat at Cortijo El Aguilon. Surrounded by stunning national park land, it is the perfect place to relax and spend time working with Andalusian horses. Cortijo El Aguilon has a swimming pool, tennis court, and tropical gardens that you are free to explore during your stay, it is a tranquil paradise in the heart of Andalusia.
On this retreat you'll experiment with different ways to communicate with horses, and be inspired by their gentle nature. Horses have a unique blend of strength and softness; they are elegant animals with a strong expression. Join Nina on this retreat to learn to be inspired by the horses and dance with them.
In this workshop Nina will guide you through the basic elements of free dressage, and introduce you to the movement patterns of a horse. Subtle communication, a smooth movement, and a lot of empathy are required to make the most of this workshop.
Everyday will start with a gentle warm up to give you flexibility in your body, and give you the confidence to get closer to the horses.
Different types of music will be used to create the right atmosphere to attain fluency in your movements and dance sequences. The workshop will guide you through elements of tango, contemporary dance, and improvisation dance, and will then help you adapt these movements to the patterns of the horse.
During the retreat, you will also have time to visit the nearby beaches. Some of the training and warm-up sessions will take place on the beach, and you are also free to go the beaches in your own time to relax, meditate, or explore.
With casual elegance and rustic charm,
Cortijo El Aguilon is one the most magnificent houses in Andalusia.
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Tropical gardens
- Orange orchard
- Fields with horses
- Silent and tranquil (no neighbours)
- Surrounded by natural park
- 10 mins drive to Bolonia beach
- Close to a fresh water spring
- Beautiful hikes from the property
- Living room with wood burning stove
The villa has a range of rooms to choose from:
- Luxury double room with private garden
- Double room with terrace
- Twin room with terrace
Everything will be organised for you to ensure you enjoy a stress free retreat.
- Warm-up sessions
- Dance sessions with horses
- Dance sessions without horses
- Horse Rental
- 3 x Brunch
- 3 x Dinner
- Unlimited herbal teas, coffee, water and fruit
- Included: we will collect from Tarifa and bring you to the retreat
- Not included: we ask you to organise your own flights and transport to Tarifa
The schedule is flexible, and can adapt to feeling and wishes of the group.
9.30: Tea, coffee, fruit salad
10.30: Warm up and dance training
11.30: Training sessions with & without horses
14.00: Free time
18.00: Training performance with horses
We will be dancing on grass and sand/gravel ground, so please bring long sports leggings/trousers and light sports shoes (soft sole / neoprene sole)
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Kitesurf & Windsurf
Shared twin room: €645 pp.
Double room: €705 pp.
Luxury double room (private garden): €795 pp.
Individual use double room: €885 pp.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
"During the last 20 years I worked intensely with all sorts of animals while I lived in Switzerland and Spain. Apart from my function as a trekking guide and riding teacher in different horse breeding centers in Switzerland and in the tourism section in Spain, I assisted horse veterinarians and general veterinarians in an animal clinic in routine treatments and operations.
Profoundly interested in the background of communication between animals and humans, I enrolled for studies of ethology and behavioural therapy. Upon completing my exams in Hamburg in 2007, I carried out first therapeutical treatments of animals displaying behavioural problems. To understand the complex animal behavioural theory it is inevitable and highly informative to study wildlife. I thus continued my career in South Africa - topics being the management of natural parks and ecologic coherences, followed by an internship in the botanic garden and wildlife park of Gibraltar, and the wildlife zoo Jimena in Spain
For my second passion aside the love for animals I assisted during many years numerous Dance-Workshops and I enjoyed diferent sorts of bodywork. As a youthful hobby dancer I got accepted at the professional Dance Academy Dance Factory Colombo Zurich and a few years later I danced in show groups and in the professional Dance Academy for Flamenco at Hermanos Lopez in Switzerland.
Dance played a considerable role throughout my childhood and youth until now. Only a bit later I discovered the Tango Argentino, which I experience at the moment in an adapted and acrobatic way with the horses."
WHAT TO BRING
- Comfortable clothing for Yoga & Meditation
- Good shoes & leggings for dance with horses
- Swimming costume
- Walking shoes if you wish to hike
- Warm clothing for the evenings
- Mosquito repellent
- A environmentally friendly water bottle
- Relaxed, stress-free atmosphere
- Group meals to make new friends, share ideas, and spread the love of horses and dance
- Cortijo El Aguilon, Km 68, 11380, Tarifa, Spain
Gibraltar airport (45 min drive)
- Car rental Gibraltar
- Bus Gibraltar to Tarifa
- Taxi Gibraltar to Tarifa
Jerez airport (1 hour drive)
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- Taxi Jerez to Tarifa
Malaga airport (1.5 hour drive)
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