The aspens are whispering in the wind, the warmth of the sun kisses your head gently, the smell of apple blossoms generously fills the air. You take that long, deep breath and realize that you have arrived. Prior to arrival at the farm, you may have been feeling overwhelmed, stuck, feeling unsupported and undervalued, struggling to find joy. Today you are going to let those thoughts and feelings rest, while you live in the present moment, surrounded in a circle of support. We invite you to become reenchanted with nature, immersing yourself in wonder, finding a renewed sense of connection. After a day of nurtured rest and reflection, you will leave feeling rejuvenated, valued, and heard. You will begin the journey in living your most authentic life, being true to yourself.
Marta Haynes, IBM Global
All Rainfall retreats are held at Gordon's Green Gables in Hugo, Minnesota, about 25 minutes outside of the Twin Cities. The center is located on the traditional land of the Dakota, Sioux, Anishinabe, Chippewa, and Ojibwa peoples. We are part of the Northern Great Lakes Forests bioregion, and the property features vast meadows, where the horses pasture in summer, as well as deciduous and coniferous trees.
Gordon's Green Gables is a space where we empower you embrace your authentic self in the full circle of creation, nurturing, connecting, and transforming. Here, you will find a renewed sense of self and a stronger sense of connectedness through the healing presence of nature. Let Mother Nature hold you during one of our equine retreats.
It is scientifically proven that spending only 20 minutes in nature daily helps to relieve depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns. Using our five senses, mindfulness, somatic body techniques, and engaging with our equine partners you will have the opportunity to relieve some of that built up stress. Join us for a few hours on the farm to rejuvenate yourself!
This retreat is for anyone in or supporting the burn survivor community. Moving from “burn victim” to “burn survivor” and thriving within, is our goal for this nature based and equine assisted retreat.
We will integrate new ways to reconnect with self, others, animals, and the nature surrounding you. Our time will be filled with somatic based body work, animals, nature, artistic activities, and group processing time. We will encourage and empower you on your personal journey in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Come and find a renewed sense of connection as we nurture our bodies and minds with nature and horses.
We often find ourselves pulled in different directions, feeling lost or not connected to who we strive to be.
This small intimate retreat setting is for those wanting to find a renewed sense of self; reconnect with themselves or others; gain an understanding about whole body wellness using nature and horses; and finding self awareness.
Saturday June 1st
Through somatic (body based) work, trauma informed care, and an attachment based lens, Cimena Gordon (MSW, LICSW) and TaNesha Saxon (MA, LPCC) provide a holistic, integrative approach to your well-being.
Tweed is a Quarter Horse born in 2007. Tweed is the epitome of true friendship and loyalty. He always shows up for both his horse and human herd. With nuzzles and full body embraces, Tweed is consistent and reliable.
Ginger is a Palomino Quarter Horse and gracefully aging at 23. Ginger brings a true sense of connectedness and peace to all who are willing to look inward. She is a wise elder with a heart of gold.
Domingo is a Tobiano Paint and is 19 years old. As a guide and a leader it has taken Domingo awhile to find his authentic self. Spending a few years overshadowed by flashier, stronger, and more outgoing horses, he has now found a genuine sense of belonging. Partnering with Domingo has led to an understanding of living authentically.
Be prepared for the weather: bring sunscreen and bug spray for warmer weather and appropriate outerwear during the colder months. A yoga mat and water bottle are encouraged. Please let us know if you do not have a yoga mat at registration so we can have one ready for you. Wear closed-toed shoes for working with the horses.
Most importantly, bring an open heart and an open mind.
Our retreats are fully outdoor events, however we will be requiring those who attend to be fully vaccinated and/or test negative for COVID-19 (within 48 hours) prior to the event due to the intimate nature of the event.
Although most of the ground is flat, there are natural dips and bumps, making wheelchair use limited to certain areas of the grounds. If there are mobility questions, please contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs so you can enjoy your experience with us.
Gordon's Green Gables is not able to accommodate overnight guests at this time. There are many lovely B&B's in the area that are the perfect complement to our day retreats.
No refunds will be issued unless the event is canceled by the organizer. In this case you would be refunded or the money could be applied towards the next scheduled retreat. If the weather is severe, you will be contacted by the organizer to determine the next steps.
If you miss the event, the cost of your ticket will be donated to a scholarship fund for those in financial need to attend the next retreat.
We reserve the right to cancel a retreat if less than 5 individuals are registered.
If you have a group of individuals (friends, colleagues, business associates, or others) that you know could benefit from a day retreat at Gordon's Green Gables, we can design a custom session for your group, on a day that works for you. Contact us for a quote.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question in our FAQ. We can't wait to hear from you!
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Gordon's Green Gables sits on the traditional land of the Dakota, Sioux, Anishinabe, Chippewa, and Ojibwe peoples. We acknowledge their ancestors who lived in the Hugo area and were forcibly removed from here. Hugo was the summer land of the Dakota people who harvested wild rice from the lakes in this area. Honoring the past, present, and future Indigenous stewards of this land is one small way that we are working to decolonize and spread awareness of historical truths.
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