"Balancing the Paths of Life": A Personal Growth and Development Retreat to Grow Life Balance Through Horse Wisdom and Labyrinth Journeys

Date and time:

October 25, Friday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

October 26, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost (includes all materials):

$275 by Sept. 15 and $300 thereafter.
*Horses will be provided for this workshop. 

Location: Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center, University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus. Download map and driving instructions.

Class size limited to 20     

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
~ Thomas Merton

Woman with Horse


Human service workers
Animal/horse trainers
Health-care professionals
Community organizers
Horse owners
Local government officials
Social service workers
Youth workers
Spiritual leaders
Integrative care workers

Horse Connections


To examine our own daily practice of cultivating balance, we are provided with a unique role model—horseanother  conscious being who demonstrates with wisdom and peace how to be in the present, how to let go of attachment and accept life as it is, and how to manage life with an ease and give-and-take, despite environmental, physical, or emotional conditions.

Also infused in our experience is the labyrinth—a symbol that holds ancient stories of equestrian trials within its paths and is being rediscovered as a valuable tool in contemporary spiritual practices that include meditative walking.

Interweaving horse wisdom with the powerful experiences found in these meandering paths has the potential to profoundly enhance our work as we explore our life journey and ways of being present to the world around us and our companions along the way.

This retreat will provide participants the opportunity to work with horses and walk a labyrinth.  Lessons from each of these powerful teachers will guide our time together and we will create an individual finger labyrinth and horse-totem guide to symbolize the transformation possible in all of us.

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Questions about registration?

Please contact the Arboretum Education Department at 612-301-1210 or arbedu@umn.edu

Download the workshop flyer

Watch a video of people and horses walking through a labyrinth


Join Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW, Lisa Moriarty, BFA, and equine partners for this personal growth and renewal event. Read bios.

Tanya Bailey, instructor  Lisa Moriarty
Tanya Bailey                       Lisa Moriarty

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