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Wise Horse, Wild Woman, February 2016, Quetrupillán Volcano
Wise Horse, Wild Woman, February 2016, Blue Lagoon, Quetrupillán
Chillán Volcano, Shangrilá Valley, February 2012
Astrid has developed a unique aproach to relating in deep presence with horses. This is a way of mutual healing and mutual support between the horse and the person. This are four areas for this work. Earth Bonding, Back Bonding, Movement Bonding and Integral Bonding.
Earth Bonding happens with feet on the ground, without riding or sitting on the horse. Earth Bonding can include meditative stillness by the horse, circular movements, embracing, streching and horse massage.
Back Bonding requires a previous relationship with the horse in order to ask permission to get on its back sattle free. This includes stillness sitting, back relaxing, full body embracement, knee rising, yoga postures, back massage to the horse and standing on the horse.
Movement Bonding includes the movement of the horse, whether it is walking, troting, or galoping. Becoming one with the horse through movement in total trust and unity. It is not about getting somewhere, but about being one in the movement.
Ritual Bonding involves a deeper connection with the horse both through group movements with many horses and participants and also with individual prayers. The most common ritual bonding is through making a necklace of prayers before a journey with the horse. We set our intentions and share them with our horse by allowing him to wear our prayers, giving us a stronger feeling of connection with the horse. There are also many ways of group rituals, the most common is having one participant laying down on a big table and allowing the horses to come close and interact with the participant in a unique way.
I was about eight years old the first time I rode a horse. I did it alone, sattle free, with my two dogs and filled of a joy I will never forget. Once we crossed the street from the house (the horse, the dogs and I) we entered the country side and then the forest. That day was the first of many adventures in nature… Since the beginning it was all about presence. I didn´t learn a technique, only to feel, to trust and inhale my own fears. The horse, the forest and nature did the rest.
Decades later, I feel the same joy when I am in nature with horses. We heal each other in such an amazing way… At the end of each journey, the feeling of gratitude is mutual. Many times I ride horses that have mostly been treated as an exotic transportation. When they feel seen and loved, they show their appreciation. So many times I have cried to witness their humble, honest and deep gratefulness. Their hearts are like an infinite ocean of emotional mastery.
Thank you horses for being my teachers all throughout my life. Gracias, Chaltumay!
It is a journey designed for women to connect with their wild essence allowing it to manifest with freedom and joy.
In the beautiful region of the Lakes in the South of Chile, we will travel through the landscapes of volcanoes, lakes and deep southern forest. We will combine the comfort of an amazing country house, the magic of hotsprings and a couple of nights in nature. We will visit an indigenous area on the way and try their amazing food.
We will also work through fears and inner limiting agreements as we go in the journey, diving into the inner truth beyond right and wrong allowing the wild heart of womanhood, the wisdom of the horse and the guidance of nature to support the process.
There will be enough time and a slow enough rhythm to connect with the horses, feel nature and dive in the personal journey, altogether in a dance of women.
March, 2018, Andes Mountains
Horses are amazing sentient beings. They have both the sweetness and strength manifested in such amazing coherence. The quality of relationship that humans and horses can establish is extraordinary. They listen, communicate, support, guide and they allow us to ride them.
Before riding a horse is fundamental to connect with them, introduce ourselves, take time to feel each other until we can ask them permission to do so, even more so if we are going on a long journey with them, and even more if that journey is through the Andes mountains.
Horse journeys include all, the inner journey, the horse relationship, the group dynamics and the deep dive into nature. These journeys can go from one to thirteen days depending on the purpose and the program.
The Surrender Quest is en empowering journey designed to surrender to all the fundamental forces. This surrender may be achieved by a direct and gentle experience in nature which allow us to reconnect with all the elements within and without.
There are three parts in the journey, the first; working as a group in preparation, the second; where each participant will dive into the musical silence of the forest at their own power place, keep their own fire alive, bathe in sacred waters daily and tune into the power of nature. The last part is a collective integration and closing ceremony.
The Quest is done in a very supporting and cozy enviroment where the rythm of each person is respected. There is a central guardian fire, a kitchen team preparing the most delicious juices and alive foods, and a supporting team that is available at all times.
The entire quest is guided by Astrid Brinck and supported by a team of facilitators. Astrid works with each participant individualy daily, either to share a moment of silence, to facilitate a surrender session or to offer guidance.
The Surrender Quest has been inspired by the ancient Vision Quest done for hundred of generations as a rite of passage by the northern natives of the Americas. It does not intend by any means to replace such sacred tradition. The Surrender Quest is a unique feminine way to offer modern people the possibility to access the depth of nature and the reconnection to their own ancestors and power in a way that suits them.