Hi, lovely riders.
I love these trips to work with the riders up there. All these away from home trips have gifted me so many fantastic opportunities, friendships and adventures. I’m thrilled we managed to get the three trips in after our first one got cancelled at the last minute due to our constant struggles with Covid outbreaks. My first trip to NT ended up in quarantine at home for 14 days due to an episode breaking out in Darwin while I was there. Merlot loved me being in quarantine, the horses not so much because I got to ride every day!
I have missed travelling and long to see my students and friends on the East coast and NZ again. At this stage, those venues are too risky as we play this game of covid roulette in our crazy new world.
Meanwhile, I keep shapeshifting and re-inventing how to offer lessons, clinics, and, as most of you know, I have gone online to reach my students who can’t get to me. And now, I stepped into a whole new area by offering nurturing retreats for horses and riders. Our first one was last week, and it sold out in 18 hours. Due to so many contacting me disappointed that they did not get a place, I put on a second retreat in October, which also booked out very quickly. The idea was dreamt up when I was on a yoga retreat myself earlier in the year. I so enjoyed unwinding and allowing myself to STOP for a few days. On the way home in my brainstorming capsule ute, I had time to think and plan what I wanted to provide.
When I brainstormed this, three people immediately leapt into my head, and it was as if they were jumping up and down, saying pick me, pick me. Kaysa Wevel started the weekend with a beautiful meditation to set the intent for the weekend. Michelle Nord was gold by my side every step of the way, assisting and helping. Michelle was a big hit with the attendees and their horses as she delved into the mindset of the riders and horse communication. Diane Jones presented a thoughtful yoga class with chanting and mediation, and it sent us all into a magical zen space. I will be holding these again next year and will be planing them into my 2022 calendar.
Thank you for reading my long newsletter with lots of thoughts, ramblings all wrapped up in love and care.
Love and best wishes Ann Montgomery “The Mindful Rider”
September 2021 Newsletter