“Being Present” One Day Horse & Art Retreat

Being Present Horse and Art Retreat_CJ Shelton

Event Date:

June 22, 2024

Event Time:

9:30 am

Event Location:

Whispering Winds Horses

Calling all women seeking empowerment, connection, and creative renewal!

This summer, CJ Shelton, a seasoned artist and arts educator and Jane Finn, an equine-experiential learning facilitator are thrilled to offer two unique, immersive workshops where you can tap into the wisdom of horses and ignite your creative spirit through the magic of art.

Details for the first workshop “Being Present” (June 22) are below. For details on the second workshop “Face to Face” (August 24) click here.


“BEING PRESENT” One Day Retreat

DATE: Saturday, June 22, 2024

** REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 15, 2024 and we’ll pay the tax! ** Use coupon code SAVETHETAX2024 at checkout and save $35.

TIME: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Whispering Winds Horse Farm (East of Orangeville, near Mono Mills ON)
FEE:  $349 + HST (Includes professionally facilitated time with the horses, an expertly guided art activity, a light lunch and time to explore on your own)

In the tranquil setting of this one-day “being present” workshop, you’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery and experience:

Connect with Horse Wisdom: Step onto the soft earth, feel the rhythm of your heartbeat as Jane facilitates you in connecting with our gentle equine companions. These magnificent beings hold secrets and will mirror your emotions, your strength, and your unspoken desires. Through ground-based activities, they will help you rediscover your voice — the one that whispers truths and roars resilience.

Silent Conversations: Horses don’t judge; they listen. As you stand near them, you’ll learn to listen too. Their eyes reflect your vulnerability, your values, and your longings. In their presence, you’ll find the courage to express what’s been dormant within you.

Unleash your Creativity: Under CJ’s gentle guidance, you’ll translate these equine encounters into visual poetry – a mandala created out of leaves, twigs and other natural items found in the natural environment.

Based on this spontaneous and meaningful activity you will draw and paint another mandala using simple art materials, a take-away piece that will be a distillation of the wisdom learned from your horse encounter and a testament to your newfound “centredness”. It’s not about producing a masterpiece or perfection but a visual way of focusing on new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

Resilience: Horses know how to manage changing environments. As prey animals they possess an innate ability to swiftly recover from threats and challenges and go back to grazing. Likewise, every stroke of your pencil or brush will carry meaning. Perhaps your horse nudged you toward courage or inspired you to speak your truths out loud. Your art piece will capture these moments, serving as a reminder of the messages that were shared.

Nature’s Sanctuary: Our workshop will unfold amidst rolling hills, under open skies as the wind carries whispers, and the trees ground us. Here, you’re not just a participant; you’re part of nature’s grand canvas.

Nourishment for Body and Soul: Savor healthy snacks and a light lunch while sharing stories with like-hearted people. As you nourish your body, you will also nourish your spirit.

Your Art, Your North Star: Take your mandala home—a talisman of courage, authenticity, and self-expression. Hang it where morning light kisses its edges. Let it remind you: Your voice matters. Your art matters. You matter.


Your day includes: opening and closing ceremonies, safe and facilitated time with the horses, expert guidance throughout an artistic process, all the art materials you need for creating your mandala, healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day, a light lunch, and time to quietly enjoy the acreage of Whispering Winds on your own.

No previous experience with horses is required. All interactions with the horses take place on the ground (no riding involved) and are safely and professionally facilitated.

Join us for this day of whispers, hoofbeats, and brushstrokes.

Reclaim your voice. Visualize your truth.


To read more about your facilitators Jane and CJ and meet the horses of Whispering Winds, click here and read their bios

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact either Jane or CJ: 

If you have any special dietary needs please advise of any allergies or restrictions in the notes section at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate them. 



Save the tax by registering before June 15, 2024 and receive $35 off your total purchase price. Enter coupon code savethetax2024 at checkout.

Interested in both workshops or have a friend you would love to share this special day with? See the special discounts below that you can benefit from:

SAVE $100 when you register for both workshops “Being Present” (June 22) and “Face to Face” (August 24). To receive your discount, register for each workshop separately and add them to your shopping cart on a single order. Next, apply the coupon code lovehorsesx2 when prompted at checkout. NOTE: this discount cannot be combined with the “friends” discount or “save the tax” discount (only one discount per order).


SAVE $50 each when you register yourself and a friend for this workshop. Register 2 participants on the same order, then apply the discount coupon 2friends when prompted at checkout. NOTE: you must register two people at once to receive the discount. This discount cannot be combined with the “love horses” or “save the tax” discount (only one discount per order).


CANCELLATION POLICY. Please note that all workshops are non-refundable if you are a no-show, cancel or change your mind at the last minute. A raincheck for another workshop may be offered if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attending but this will be solely at the discretion of the instructors. In the event a class needs to be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen reasons it will be rescheduled or fully refunded.

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  • Whispering Winds Horses
  • 993275 Mono-Adjala Townline
  • Orangeville
  • Ontario
  • L9W 2Z2
  • Canada

Event Schedule Details

  • June 22, 2024 9:30 am   -   4:00 pm
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