Ellie's words, after her first visit in Summer 2018 Deep in the heart of Wales, there is a valley... 200 acres of wild land, twisting oak trees, fairy moss, lush ferns, huge cascading waterfalls, and crystal clear water... A valley of secrets, of mystical, magical energy... Ancient spirits live here, the trees talk to you... Mother nature cleanses you... Do you hear the call? ~ This is the Emerald Pool... I walked alone into the wilderness, naked, seeking it. And I was rewarded, with the most beautiful place to bathe I have ever seen. In awe of its beauty. ~ In this place, I was completely my natural form, not blocked by stimuli, internet and electricity. Completely in nature and disconnected from the outside world. And, as I was given this safe space, a lot of demons came up for me. I really struggled while I was here, and I wanted to run. Run from myself and my mind. Run from the valley and distract myself from my pain again. But, I waited. I stayed, and I took my space. Nature cleansed me, and allowed me to process. I fell in love with the valley. I have so much gratitude. Thank you Spirit Horse."
Josh, Spirit Horse Community "Spirit Horse is a home to anyone willing to bite the truth emanating from their hearts. An authentic communal project rooted in tradition and freedom which our world does not allow, has ignored, bastardized or forgotten. Spirit Horse extends the memory of the past, through the stories woven in the sound of the river flowing, through the strength of the trees rooted in the earth, and she snaps it into this present allowing us to be. Allowing us to be, to be in nature, to be with ourselves, the trees, the land and the people. Beings who share those same yearnings, those some pains in their heart for something true, for something helped together by a deeper truth, people willing to hold space endlessly without judgement or a need to be somewhere else, a authenticity exists here which honours the process, your process no matter what schematic shape it might take. And you are safe, supported and nurtured through it, warmly, tenderly, with aliveness and passion..."
Robin, Spirit Horse Elder "Spirit Horse has given me many things, but most of all a sense of connection. Before I went there, it was easy to float on the surface of life, with occasional excursions into reality. But at Spirit Horse I felt for the first time a much deeper connection, both horizontally and vertically. By horizontally, I mean across to my brothers and sisters, to animals, flowers, trees, water and the earth itself. By vertically, I mean up to my ancestors and the people of the old stories, maybe down too, to all who are to come. Barriers dissolved, understanding dawned, I started to listen to every rock and ripple. And to address them, in increasingly fine words. All this has given me a deep sense of gratitude, for the food the earth unstintingly offers me, for the sounds the winds carry to my ears, for the great dance of life all around me, in which I am given the chance to make my own wild or clumsy steps. Also, of course, gratitude to those who had the vision of this sort of awakening and took the risk of starting something that might lead to it. And persevered in an absurdly difficult task. Aside from that, there is a lot of human fun at Spirit Horse: singing and dancing and showing off in the finest (though not the most expensive) clothes. Also the special delight that comes from doing some task or meeting some challenge - however unnecessary it might look to a motorist at a service station - collectively. I first went to the valley so that my children would have the chance to mess about in streams and tents, as I did as a child. We have had plenty of that, but in this particular Welsh valley, I found so much more. I will love and serve her as long as I have the strength to do so."
David, upon his first visit to Spirit Horse "Answering the call of wilder ancient ways... A returning to myself and a returning home, welcomed by the beautiful land and people that is Spirit Horse. Blessings and thanks - my soul has yearned for such a space and is now full with the potential of what has and could be again; "The Welsh have a word, with no equivalent in english. Hiraeth, speaks of yearning a deep nostalgia for place. Layered with grief, rooted in the loss of those we have loved; composted and enriched with deposits of sadness; a deep and abiding melancholy, fed by a particular soil and its ancient, ever present dead" - William Ayot"
"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"