A journey of initiation to meet your personal power
An adventure in Morocco in connection with the desert horses.
An activity organized by the Ranch de Diabat, in Essaouira, Morocco, https://ranchdediabat.com/en
co-hosted by Sylvain Gillier Imbs, Claire LaB, Advanced Instructors Eponaquest © and
Erika, from Ranch de Diabat. organizer of horse treks.
Cost is 1850 EUR, including all meals, accomodation, shuttle to and from airport; a 6 days horse trek and Eponaquest facilitation and training by certified Eponaquest Instructors.
1650 EUR, for your earlybird registration before September 15th.
"Imagine that you have left your daily life, your office, the daily traffic jams, the appointments, routine, the daily grind. You decided offer yourself the opportunity to leave your usual benchmarks, to go to meet none other than yourself:
Take the time to meet the most important person in your life: yourself
Enter a community where the basic values are sharing and benevolence
Become aware of the depth and the intensity of what the horse can offer us
Develop another form of relationship with the horse, in full of respect for what it represents.
This immersion is reserved for a small group of people, ready to take this great inner journey.
It is made for you if :
You are attracted by adventure and have the deep desire to live an extraordinary experience
You are open to live a journey that is both physical and spiritual
You are passionate about horses and ready to be guided by their wisdom
You are open to other cultures and ways of thinking, even when they challenge your own beliefs
You feel the need to reconnect with your inner being
You like being in contact with nature and wilderness ...
For this trail, you need to be an experienced rider at ease at 3 gaits
You know what personal development is
You have subscribed to Travel and civil liability insurance and a Covid-19 cancellation insurance
You are in accordance with the administrative regulations for entry into the Kingdom of Morocco *.
*As of November 18, this regulation requires a full vaccination against COVID-19 and a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old.
The benefits of your workshop:
A moment of calm and mindfulness where everything is at the right place.
During the trek, you will benefit from the presence of 2 advanced Eponaquest instructors, certified by Linda Kohanov in the United States.
You will experience the main techniques of the Eponaquest approach.
You will open a special space in your life, in the calm and silence of the desert.
You will discover the unspoiled and wild desert around Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.
You will explore grandiose cliffs bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the region of Essaouira, where you can descend on small wild private beaches, then meditate at sunset over the sea.
In the evening, in a bivouac in the middle of nature, you will taste a typical Moroccan cuisine, freshly prepared by our cook, who will follow your wishes and possible food allergies. You can request a gluten-free or a vegetarian diet from the cook.
You will cross magnificent sand dunes, where in the background the Cap Sim lighthouse guides the ships as they approach the port of Essaouira. With this unique landscape, you will descend to the beach where you can gallop to the rhythm of the wind, admiring the island of Mogador as a backdrop and the magnificent Medina of Essaouira, a UNESCO heritage site.
You will pass through one of the largest argan tree forests in the world, with the possibility of visiting a women's cooperative who will show you the production of argan oil from harvest to finished product. If you want, you can buy their products, knowing that they are helping a real rural cooperative of women farmers.
Practical organization and information:
Insurance : you must have an individual travel insurance covering covid cancellation and your civil liability.
Airport shuttle : if you arrive at Marrakech airport, a collective shuttle will be waiting for you at the arrivals exit of the airport. Travel time is approximately 2h30 to get to the Ranch.
If you arrive at Essaouira airport, an individual taxi will be waiting for you at the airport and in about 15 minutes you will be at your destination.
The first and last night, you sleep in a typical hotel in the medina of Essaouira. And during the trek, the whole group sleeps in Tuareg tents for 4 or 5 people, or in a double tent for 2 people, with a small supplement.
Food and meals
From the second to the sixth day, meals are prepared by the cook, with typical Moroccan cuisine, for breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
You have breakfast at the hotel on the first and last day of the course.
On request, it is possible to prepare gluten-free or vegetarian meals.
In Morocco, we traditionally ride Arabian or Arabian Barb stallions. These are fiery and energetic horses. Working with powerful horses on a daily basis requires some inner alignment and congruence. Sometimes it can be intimidating.This workshop is designed for good riders, accustomed to the outdoors .
The Eponaquest approach
At eponaquest, we have fundamental values:
Congruence before conformity
Authenticity before perfection
Adaptability and curiosity before methodology
THIS EVENT OPENS CERTIFICATION as an ADVANCED EPONAQUEST WORKSHOP
The Approach Eponaquest®, founded by Linda Kohanov, a global pioneer in horse-facilitated support, is an innovative approach that highlights and develops emotional, relational intelligence and mature leadership. It emphasizes authenticity, collaboration and experimentation through the human-horse relationship.
The interactions, in a mutual respect between humans and horses, allow everyone to increase their level of consciousness and find their full potential thanks to advanced human skills: attention to non-verbal language and body information resulting from sensations and emotions supports effective, respectful and sustainable action.
Who are Erika and Omar, the hosts at the Diabat ranch:.
Omar and his brother Mohamed created the Diabat ranch in 1995 based on values of quality and reliability. In 2006, Érika, of Italian origin, joined the adventure to develop the ranch's offer internationally. Erika knows the ethological riding according to Pat Parelli,, which we will deepen with the horses of the ranch during the course.
How to be part of the adventure?
Your registration is validated after receipt of the registration fee of 150 €. Registration fees are non-refundable.
The terms of payment ?
The payment of 50% of the amount must be received by the organizers at least one month before the date of the course.
The totality of your participation must be received by the organizers at least 15 days before the date of the course.
The payment methods, and what happens after I have paid?
You can pay your participation by check, bank transfer, or by Paypal with your credit card.
After validation of your payment, you will receive a message with detailed information on the meeting points at Essaouira or Marrakech airport.
What are the payment and cancellation conditions
In the event of cancellation more than one month before the start date of the course, your participation will be fully refunded, with the exception of registration fees.
In the event of cancellation between 15 days and one month before the start date of the course, 50% of your participation will be refunded, with the exception of registration fees.
In the event of cancellation less than 15 days before the start of the course, your participation is not refunded.
Your registration fee of € 150 is non-refundable.
Who is it not for?
An internship that is not for you if you only want a horseback riding offer, If you are not interested in personal development, or if you do not intend to work on yourself.
Is it possible to arrive in Marrakech in advance to visit the city?
Yes, it is possible for you to arrive early in Marrakech and visit the city, at your own expense. We will then give you a meeting point to join the shuttle that brings the group to Essaouira.
Do I have to book my flight by plane myself? What are the cheapest airline tickets?
Yes, you need to book your plane flight by yourself.
The simplest way, from the US is to fly to Paris ( and to spend one or two days there to get accustomed to the jetlag)
There are direct flights from all airports in Paris to Marrakech. The cheapest return flights from Paris to Marrakech are from Paris Vatry, then Paris - Beauvais, and there are also flights with Air France promotions from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly.
If possible, please book a flight that arrives at Marrakech Airport until 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival so that other participants do not have to wait too long. If your flight arrives after 5 p.m., you will be charged a minimal charge for transport to Essaouira, which will then be carried out by bus instead of the course shuttle. In all cases, we ask you to specify your arrival time when registering.
What are the health regulations for entering the Kingdom of Morocco?
To enter the Kingdom of Morocco, according to the regulations as of November 15, you will need to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old.
What to get in my suitcase to go to Morocco and participate in the trek?
Take a soft suitcase with you, not a hard shell suitcase.
Take t-shirts, cotton clothes, long sleeve shirt against the sun, fleece against the wind, two / three riding pants, waterproof poncho.
Hiking boots or shoes, leggings, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.
Do not forget your sleeping bag, a lamp, and tissues, take a change of underwear. If you are sensitive to turista, take loperamide with you, available without a prescription in pharmacies in France.
Will I be taking things with me while on the horseback ride?
Each horse is equipped with a trekking saddle and bags which will allow you to carry your lunch and the personal effects necessary for your day on horseback. Sensitive people are advised to wear sheepskin as saddle protection, easily available in horse riding shops in Morocco or by mail order
For example on the site Kramer.fr or horze.fr
Do not forget to take with you a bottle of water.
Is it possible to request gluten-free or vegetarian meals?
In Essaouira, many restaurants offer vegetarian or gluten-free dishes.
During the hike, the cooks can prepare, at your request, vegetarian or gluten-free dishes. You will need to specify your diet when registering.
Will it be possible to charge my phone during the horseback ride?
Regarding the charging of your mobile phones and cameras, we recommend that you have a good Power Bank with a lot of battery, because electric charging via the truck will not be available every day.
How will we be accommodated? Do I have to book a hotel on site in Essaouira?
Accommodation for the first and last night is reserved for you by the Ranch de Diabat in a hotel in the medina of Essaouira. It is not necessary to book a hotel on site.
If you are traveling alone, and if we cannot find a second person to share your double room, we will charge you a supplement for a single room.
Accommodation from the second to the sixth day will be in collective tents for 6 people, or if you wish, in a 2 person igloo tent.
Your bivouac is equipped with a shower with lukewarm water.
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