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Healing Balance
Equine Retreat

with Greetje Arends-Hakvoort

Join this exclusive training retreat with world-renowned instructor Greetje Arends-Hakvoort from the Human & Horse Academy in the magical surroundings of Joseph’s Dream Stud at our Sandwerf Retreat farm in Namibia! 

 2 weeks package hosting 10 days workshop with Greetje and our JD horses! 

Location: Joseph’s Dream Stud, Retreat Farm Sandwerf, Namibia 

Dates: 29 July - 12 August 2023

Price: € 3000.00


(Including Accomodation & Full Board at Sandwerf, Training Course daily from Mon-Fri)

Please contact us via email if you would like to add a Namibia Tour after this Course to your Journey. 

Workshop Details

'My passion is to let horses and humans flourish and transform through both training and care. The Human & Horse Training method is very diverse and suitable for people and horses of all shapes, sizes, and ages. It is a dressage training method based on communication, connection, trust, and love. A method through which you and the horse come into your own strength and can start your own training adventure with great pleasure and fun!

During this adventure it is important to keep yourself and the horse physically and mentally healthy, for this we have developed guasha therapy for humans & horses in a way it suits the soft approach we love to teach and share. Guasha helps the horse to relax, it activates and maintains the muscles by stimulating blood circulation, and most importantly; it strengthens the bond between you and your horse.

Because in the end there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a horse grow into the King or Queen that lurks in every horse and to see them shine together with its trainer connected by a magical, almost invisible, string.'

Greetje Arends-Hakvoort - Human & Horse Academy 

Daily Schedule:
8:00  Breakfast to the sound of our beautiful African birdlife 
9:00 - 13:00 Training sessions with Greetje
(with Tea-breaks)
13:00 -14:00 Lunch Break 
14:00 -16:00 Training sessions with Greetje
(Except Wednesday afternoon where there are outrides into the surrounding wild nature planned instead; to connect to our unique Namibian nature & wildlife.) 
16:00 Private time to enjoy your luxury chalet and the surrounding beauty at Sandwerf
18:30 Dinner to a stunning Afrian sunset (every night! :))
Saturdays & Sundays no sessions.
Study or relax time!
(Extra activities on offer, details see below.)

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Program Summary

Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Stud in the silence of the African bush! Learn and sharpen your horsemanship skills and your holistic view of a balanced horse. This training retreat elaborates on how we train horses in the four working methods: groundwork, lunging, work in hand, and riding. We also go deeper into health, care, liberty work, and riding with neckrope. Learn to truly treat and train horses with balance and respect and understand that with the horses, just like with us humans, health and wellbeing always comes first for the successful process of growing and learning together. 

Learn from Greetje how to best work and communicate with a relaxed and happy horse. Our natural living horses with their horse friendly herd life and upkeep here at JD are your perfect training partners for Greetje's training methods. 

You will learn how to read the horse as individual and how to approach this in a unique training way while using the ingredients of your newly gained insides & methods in the right dose and timing. 

We are taking it slow during this retreat and are respecting the horses as well as your personal pace and feelings and the nature around us. As always here at JD we can promise you will learn at least as much about yourself as you will learn about horses... 

Take your time and breathe in the stunning and intense African nature, colourful sunrises and sunsets everyday and let your soul be filled up by the incredible concert of nature in these magical hours of the day! View our free roaming game at our local waterhole at dusk or dig into a book at your private luxury terrace of your chalet. Enjoy a dip into your private sitting pool on your veranda with a glass of wine. Take a stroll amongst the paddocks and meet our affectionate JD foals & Alpacas or indulge in some sweet cuddles from our Mini Donkeys and Mini Horses... Take some free time to study your Human & Horse Training book of which a free copy is included into this retreat. 


Our peaceful and modern shaped green village provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of our brand-new chalets with private toilet and bathroom. Our limited number of maximum 10 participants for this special retreat ensures that the desired family character of the whole experience stays alive and provides the opportunity for personal attention and questions.

To book your stay with us for this special Healing Balance Equine Retreat please email: 

A 50% deposit is due with your reservation. We will email you all further booking info on your inquiry for this course. 

Get inspired!

Learn more about Greetje and the Human & Horse Academy!

Together we will take you on an unforgettable healing & heartfelt journey here in our little paradise on earth! 

Book your spot for your
here at Josephs's Dream Stud Namibia today!  
Additional Information

What's included:


  • 2 weeks accommodation in one of our stunning chalets at Sandwerf Namibia, kingsize bed & private bathroom & Mini Pool;  breakfast, lunch, supper and laundry service

  • Daily Training sessions with Greetje (Monday-Fridays) 

  • The Human & Horse Academy Training Book


During your stay at Sandwerf: 


Our peaceful and modern shaped green village provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of our unique and light chalets; each room single occupation and each room with private bathroom. Each chalet has a veranda with it's own mini pool. (See pictures below)



Three meals provided by our talented chef on side are included as well as water, juice, tea, coffee - extra drinks are not included and on your own account. 




Airport Shuttle from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Sandwerf Retreat Farm: € 35.00 per person 


Windhoek & Katutura Town-tour (Day Tour)  € 75.00 (lunch included)

Additional Day Tour Safaries at neighbouring private Conservation Park (Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, giraffes and cheetahs on side)  € 249.00

(Offered by Marula Conservation Park Namibia directly; prices are subject to change) 

Extra Week

You are welcome to book extra weeks within our volunteer program directly with us to deepen your training experience and practise (horsemanship and inner calmness methods) or to (re)learn horse riding the gentle way and to practise your newly gained Parelli skills with our huge variety of horses at stud. 

Price:  € 950.00 per week (learn more)



Good to know


You are entering Namibia on a Tourism Visa that you will get in form of a stamp at the airport when entering into the country

(Please note only Citizen of the People’s Republic of China will need to apply for an entry visa upfront).


Travel Vaccinations recommended for Namibia are Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhus; as recommended in general for the whole of Africa. Please note that we are located in a non-malaria area (90km from Windhoek). No malaria prophylaxes required.  

General Safety & Behaviour Rules and Regulations during your stay at Stud Farm apply.

Impressions of Sandwerf & JD Stud 

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