Connemara Island Adventure...2018!
There is only one thing better than having an incredible adventure and that is sharing it with some awesome people from around the world. This year (2017) we had the most fantastic group of people join us, we had the best time sharing our training, love for the outdoors, my philosophy for approaching horses and life in general!
Here is what they had to say about their island adventure.....
"Hands down THE best week of my life, I've learnt so much, experienced things I never thought possible, met some truly great people and got to work with the most amazing team of ponies. Thank you everyone who made this possible." - Chrissy
"Thank you so much, firstly Emma for bringing your fabulous very polite ponies and for your patience, while we tried to speak the same language as you do to them, they were so giving with their tries for us. They are a complete credits to your methods of training
Thank you, the most amazing experience ever! "- Jen
"I just wanted to express my gratitude to Em for her generosity in dreaming up and executing her amazing idea, for sharing herself, her knowledge, experience and her wonderful ponies; to Jeremy for his cheerful unwavering support and always having our backs and Poppy who is not only a great cook but one of the most interesting and funny people I have had the pleasure of meeting. My fellow adventurers - what can I say - what a pleasure to spend time with you all. This has been a massively positive experience and I have learnt lots (including how to hold a sausage dog)!" - Nicky
"I feel freed up to be so much more expressive with Elle (my horse) and the others and to work in a much more gentle way. I have been heading that way and learning from you has helped me to see how the relationships can be and how much communication is possible. The ponies were fabulous and the challenges definitely something else! Before I came out to Connemara I was feeling that I was getting a bit old and stiff and weak, in my worse moments even feared I had MND too. Doing what we did has blown those thoughts, literally, out of the water! I now know I still have strength, energy and courage....I can't thank you enough for releasing that in me again. Thank you so much for sharing all that you did and giving me so much more to play with. I'll let you know how we get on!"- Karen
"What a truly inspiring week you, your team, the ponies gave me on Omey Island. I learnt so much. The adventure week allows you to teach the whole spectrum, it is a far more effective way of teaching than those hourly fixed sessions at booked venues. But it was still very brave of you and the ponies to take us on". - Shuna
Full of adventures, learning, perseverance and most of all great fun, with a super group of friends!
Emma Massingale - 'limited only by your imagination - but always for the love of horses' rocked it! Her horses say it all". - Larisa
For 2018 we have something a bit different and really exciting planned! I am looking to extend my Connemara Liberty Team so my 2018 islanders are going to start three new team members from scratch for me! These ponies will be completely untrained so during your week on the island you will get to learn how to start a young horse, teach him to work happily at Liberty and be part of my Liberty team!
Come and share Island life and work alongside me for an amazing week long adventure, working at Liberty on the beach for daily clinics while living on a stunning remote island off the west coast of Ireland in Connemara National Park.
The Island Project in 2015 undoubtedly changed my life for the better, getting to immerse myself in something all encompassing taught me a huge amount about myself, my life and about working in a more in depth way with my horses.
There is an old nomadic saying I once heard “To understand the wolf you must first put on the skin of the wolf and see the world through his eyes” after 30 days alone on the island with my Connemara’s I for the first time understood it's meaning.
Now, I am looking forward to being able to share this incredible experience with six adventurous horse loving souls!
Our week is going to be slightly dictated by the tide...the joys of living on an island! Every day we shall spend half the day working with the ponies, we shall work with the new untrained ponies everyday followed by a session with my Liberty Team. Some days I shall be working with my team, I will show and share with you how I introduce new moves at Liberty both ridden and from the ground. You can experience first hand the highs and lows and how to enjoy both!
The other half days are filled with activities that I believe help become a great partner for your horse, activities such as Wild Foraging, Kayaking, Coasteering, SUP Boarding and Fishing, I have loads of ideas so come on lets just go for it!
Available dates are 7th -14th September or the 14th to the 21st September. The cost of the holiday is £2650.00 per person for 7 nights. It is all inclusive, so all meals / drinks / snacks (catered at the house and meals out) all the activities, trips, car transport...everything! All you have to do is book your flights and the ponies and I shall take care of the rest!
If your interested in one of the six places available please fill in the form below to secure your place!
About our accommodation! While I love a bit of wild camping, it's not the most comfortable so we have a lovely remote secluded place to keep warm and have a few home comforts to balance out the rest of the wild adventure! (I can happily provide a leaky tent for anyone really keen to try it!!) The ponies are going to be just outside.
Outside: Detached bungalow in most attractive quiet and secluded location overlooking Lough Fahy and the intriguing coastline dotted with numerous islands. Omey Island is accessible across a sand causeway (nearly ½ mile) at neap tides, but not for about 4 hours around spring tides high water. Numerous fine safe sandy beaches (nearest 200 yards). Claddaghduff about 2 miles for nearest shop and pub.
Inside: Comfortably furnished with kitchen/dining room with (bottled) gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, freezer and microwave, sitting room with open fire, bathroom with W.C., lounge and four bedrooms, one with a double and en suite shower and W.C., one with a double and two with two single beds. Utility room, washing machine and dryer. Duvets. TV and DVD. CD/radio. Oil central heating. Hairdryer. No smoking.