The Mongol Derby 2018

My Go Fund Me Fund for the Mongol Derby 2018

I have had the absolute honour of being invited to a race, in August 2018.  This race, the world famous Mongolian Derby is an adventure of note, racing across 1,000km of wild ground, including grasslands, scrub, river crossing, salt pans and and and…  To be honest, the scariest part is that it is self-guided – the chances of me finding my self at the Great Wall of China cannot be ignored… Oh my, me, on a pony, with a GPS…  What could possibly go wrong?

What I love about this apart from the adventure, is that it again includes some charity along the way.  700 local Mongolian’s are employed in this venture, providing much needed income, advertising and tourism to a place that is underfunded and battles with harsh climates and poverty.  The Adventurists (who organise the race) also fund raise for Cool Earth.

This is where I need to ask for your help along the way.  Not only do I need to get fit enough to go, I need to beg and borrow sufficient horses in the meantime to help me, but I also have to conquer using a GPS and then there’s the small matter of raising $13,000 – which doesn’t include the $1k donation to Cool Earth.

So my Go Fund Me page is live now and I really need your help to make this possible, any contribution would be very welcome but there are some rather nice perks available too.

Tuscany Yoga and Riding Retreat

Benvenuti in the Tuscan Hills

Tuscany Yoga and Riding Retreat

This is going to be INCREDIBLE….  places are going fast so book now, very few spaces remain.

Villa Benvenuti in Tuscany
Villa Benvenuti in Tuscany

Welcome to Benvenuti, a beautiful estate nestled in the Tuscan hills. The estate is set amongst 28 hectares of gardens, vineyards, orchards, olive groves and natural woodlands. It is conveniently located 15 minutes drive from the medieval city of Lucca, 30 minutes from Pisa, and just 1.5 hours from Florence. The villa is a fully and lovingly restored 17th century home with spacious rooms and simple elegant furnishings. There is a swimming pool in the midst of the garden, grassy areas with stunning views, a secret garden, bubbling fountains and sheltered places wafting with the scent of jasmine where you can relax, read or meditate.

Swimming pool at Villa Benvenuti
Swimming pool at Villa Benvenuti
Bedroom at Villa Benvenuto
Bedroom at Villa Benvenuto
Yoga studio at Villa Benvenuto
Yoga studio at Villa Benvenuto

Wine, olive oil, herbs, fruit and vegetables are all produced on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for the deliciously fresh and organic vegetarian meals.

Peace and tranquility at Villa Benvenuti
Peace and tranquility at Villa Benvenuti

Everything is optional for the week. You can start your day with yoga, a sunrise hike, or sleep in and join the group for a leisurely breakfast after. Throughout the day there will be activities that you can partake in as you choose.

For anyone wanting to learn how to ride horses, or to work on their form, or to compare how yoga is to “riding with your mind” you can join Ashleigh Sanderson who will be offering sessions in biomechanics, body, and spatial awareness. The stables are a short drive away and the horses are magnificent.

For more information on what Ashleigh does, please visit her site at www.kudaguru.com

What’s included:

  • Daily yoga
  • 3 fresh organic vegetarian meals daily (excluding one dinner eaten out midweek and lunch during the day trip)
  • Fruit, water and herbal teas are available throughout the day
  • Yoga mats, blankets, blocks, belts, bolsters and towels
  • Pick up and drop off at Lucca bus or train station or Pisa airport on arrival and departure day (times to be confirmed)
  • Accommodations at Villa Benvenuti
  • Shower gel & soap by luxury brand Ortigia
  • Wine produced from the estate at dinner
  • use of swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the villa
  • Hiking trails around the property
  • One horse lesson with Ashleigh

What’s not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Excursions outside the villa or transportation for excursions other than those specified
  • Massages and Holistic treatments
  • Private yoga lessons with Angel

 

Group size:

Maximum 12 persons (2 single occupancy rooms with shared bath, 3 double rooms with ensuite bath, 2 double rooms with shared bath)

 

  • Double ensuite rooms –  € 2250.00 / $2560.00
  • Double w/shared Bath – € 1950.00 / $2225.00
  • Single w/ shared Bath – € 2150.00 / $2450.00

A € 700.00 non refundable deposit is required to reserve your room via paypal. The deposit will be applied to the total retreat cost and the remainder of the cost will be due no later than 60 days before the start date of the retreat.

Please send payment to www.paypal.me/rhmqs

Any questions email our retreat coordinator Raven at mustiquemanagement@gmail.com

Erlangen, Germany 1st to 7th May 2017

Erlangen, Germany

Erlangen, Germany 1st to 7th May 2017

Erlangen, Germany
Erlangen, Germany

A regular trip to Germany again – to the small town to Erlangen.  Lessons happen in various locations around the town.  As I only speak English, lessons as either taught in English or with a German / English translator, who also rides so understands the terminology.

Erlangen, Germany 28th September – 5th October 2017

Erlangen, Germany

Erlangen, Germany 28th September – 5th October 2017

Erlangen, Germany
Erlangen, Germany

A regular trip to Germany again – to the small town to Erlangen.  Lessons happen in various locations around the town.  As I only speak English, lessons as either taught in English or with a German / English translator, who also rides so understands the terminology.

Erlangen, Germany December 6th – 13th 2017

Erlangen, Germany

Erlangen, Germany

Erlangen, Germany
Erlangen, Germany

A regular trip to Germany again – to the small town to Erlangen.  Lessons happen in various locations around the town.  As I only speak English, lessons as either taught in English or with a German / English translator, who also rides so understands the terminology.