Spirit Horse was founded by Shivam O'Brien in 1990 to bring spiritual retreats and ritual gatherings out onto the land among waterfalls, wild woods and nature in the raw. From those early years an unprecedented spiralling adventure in rewilding, self inquiry and community creation manifested. A fresh yet ancient way of growing, learning, dreaming and remembering that is Spirit Horse.
Under his direction, ancient values, ritual, meditation, storytelling, tribal living, the performing arts, touching the earth and creative rebellion came to provide the backbone for an ongoing experiment in an anciently remembered way of being together. It became the remaking of culture: deeply rooted, emotionally authentic, earth loving and requiring spiritual precision both collectively and individually.
People come to remember who they are, where they came from and where they might be going. The ideas, challenges and tools they encounter are presented in a wild and natural way that questions the assumptions of the white man's world; the whole culture that is willing to destroy the earth for very short sighted ends.
Spirit Horse honours the wild, true, natural, often shy self, that has never really been happy with the mainstream madness. A welcome is given so that each can find the path towards their true contribution; to the world; to the people and in that find themselves in their deepest heartbeat, in the most intimate contact with their own true nature and find a place within where the adventure of life, with all its tears, failures and ecstasy has a true home and way to deepen, grow and make its offering.
Come and visit us and see what is here for you!
...one of our biggest village gatherings, "The Cauldron of Plenty" is over the August Bank Holiday. There is something for everyone here, whatever your age. This gathering is a cornucopia of tribal exuberance over 5 days! Everyone and anyone is welcome! It's easy going, welcoming with no major challenges. Kind of ...
...Sacred Man, Sacred Woman; an anciently rooted ritual for those who wish to explore a wild, profound, playful dance between Woman and Man!
...The famous Enlightenment Intensive retreat. Three full-on days of self inquiry, followed by extraordinary days of profound relaxation, integration and disintegration. The Intensive brings on enlightenment experiences beyond words.
And there is much much more to discover. Please see our calendar for details of all of our events!
We look forward to seeing all of your faces! You will be welcome. You have travelled far to get here. For centuries. Come sit by our fire. Find a little piece of the original home. Rest here. We knew you from long long ago.
Vision Quest Venue: Spirit Horse Mountain Retreat is also the premier vision quest site in the UK. See the Vision Quest Venuepage for more information.
Spirit Horse yn awyddus i gefnogi'r iaith Gymraeg yn eu digwyddiadiau, ac yn arbennig i barchu'r traddodiad cyfoethog o straeon, chwedlau, a barddoniaeth yng Nghymru.
A community sprung up around Shivam's work, and with everyone holding together, an impossible dream was realised. The Forest Of Dreams charity was set up to purchase the spectacular land where Spirit Horse has been holding events for over 26 years. The community lovingly raised nearly half a million pounds to let the land around the Spirit Horse Village return to its original face. 200 acres of mountain, streams, woods and meadows is now entirely wild land allowed to follow its own untameable direction in perpetuity. We call it the original face of the goddess.
Please visit the Forest Of Dreams website for information or to contribute to the further creation of wild land.
"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a green field. I'll meet you there. When you lie down in that grass, Life is too full to talk about"