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Windhorse Retreat

Bluffton, AB T0C 0MO


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Experience a full day of learning and discovery centred around horses and art.

We start the day with coffee and Cinnamon buns to ensure everyone has plenty of energy for the full schedule we have planned.

After brief introductions and some general safety instructions and completing the waiver forms we start the program.

Photography Basics 101 - Fine art photographer Linda Finstad will teach you the basics of digital photography. You will learn how to take “tack sharp” images of galloping horses. How to adjust your camera to give you the best chance of success and most importantly “How to see the Light”.

Guided Horse Walk and Body Language Challenge
Camera’s in hand everyone will head out to the pasture to meet the horses. The objective is to observe the horse’s natural behaviour and photograph their silent conversations. Now on first blush it may seem like nothing much is going on but as you quieten your spirit and hang out in their presence your powers of observation will begin to enhance. The challenge is to Photograph the horses interacting and communicating with each other.
Don’t worry if you are new to recognizing equine behaviour there is a cheat sheet.

Personality Test
This is a fun test that will reveal how your personality influences the type of horse or horses you are attracted to. The results may surprise you or give you an “aha” moment when you see the connection.

Art Project
We will start to prepare the canvass for our “Spirit Horse” painting.

Free Gift - You will receive a signed copy of Linda Finstad’s Latest book “How to Discover your own Personal Spirit Horse” perhaps some of the fine art featured in the book will act as inspiration.
Lunch break - Please bring a bag lunch

Social Skills and Interactions - Equine Experiment
The experiments are designed to test the problem solving abilities of horses, they were originally used to test dogs (one dog at a time). However we are interested in observing how the horses communicate, co-operate, collaborate and express their own unique personalities as they perform the tasks so we test several horses all at the same time ( which is way more fun).

Group Discussion
Because we all see and interpret events differently - we will head back to the classroom and have a friendly group discussion to compare notes. Even though we all watched exactly the same experiment it is very interesting to compare how each person perceived what took place.
This is not a test - there are no right or wrong answers - only your honest perception.

Step by Step guide to drawing horses
Many people think it’s hard to draw a horse after all there are lots of moving parts and joints. If you can draw simple shapes like circles, triangles and rectangles Linda Finstad will show you how to draw a horse and use this simple technique to draw horses standing, trotting, galloping, rearing well you get the picture. Once you learn this simple technique there is no limit to the variety of equine poses you will easily be able to draw.

Paint your Spirit Horse
You will spend the rest of the afternoon creating your own personal spirit horse - this is not like “Paint-Night” each painting will be your own original work of art. The horses we will be multi coloured and in abstract form so there is no pressure to get the conformation exactly right.

This is a time to just enjoy the process with some new friends.
Oh, and as a special treat for making it this far there will be cake!

Workshop Info:
The workshop starts at 9am and goes till around 4:30pm
We do take a lunch break so please bring a bag lunch
Bring your camera - this is a hands on course.
We will be outside shooting horses (photographically of course) so please wear suitable footwear, a hat and sun screen if it is sunny - and don’t forget the bug spray.
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Windhorse Retreat

Bluffton, AB T0C 0MO


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