Intimate JD Retreat &
Wild Namibia Journey
with founders Annika & Leon
Join us on this first ever JD Exclusive Retreat with JD founder & JD Photographer Annika Funke-Barnard here in the magical surroundings of Joseph’s Dream Stud and the inspiring atmosphere of our Sandwerf Retreat!
2 weeks package hosting 5 days exclusive Photography Sessions and JD herd time with Annika & intensive 5 days Etosha Wildilfe Safari together with Annika & Leon plus 3 private JD horsemanship lessons included!
Location: Joseph’s Dream Stud, Retreat Farm Sandwerf, Namibia
Dates: 03 - 17 June 2023
Price: € 3500.00
(Including Accomodation & Full Board at Sandwerf, Daily Photography Sessions, exclusive JD herd access, private Horsemanship lessons, 5 days Etosha Lodge Safari)
This is a first ever and absolute exclusive retreat with only 6 spots available. Dig into the heart of Joseph's Dream and spend two weeks with the founder of Joseph's Dream to understand the concept of seeing horses as part of nature and true to their own nature...
Join us on this unique opportunity to learn from JD founder Annika how to learn peaceful and pressure-less communication with horses from the horses themselves. This is not about training, it's not about the goal of wanting to achieve a certain behaviour from a horse; this retreat is about observing and learning to appreciate, learning to quietly understand and to learn selfless love and approach towards horses as part of nature. Learn how and get unique and exclusive opportunity to create breath-taking images by seeing the soul of the animals; this applies to the JD horse family as well as to the wild souls we will encounter on the intensive Etosha Safari!
For the exclusive Etosha Wildlife Safari together with Annika & Leon you will leave Sandwerf for 5 nights and enjoy your stay in the stunning Etosha Safari Lodge (price includes single twin-room occupation, breakfast, dinner buffet and 3 full day game drives with snacks & park fees). Now the truly wild journey begins and we will explore Etosha to the fullest together with Leon & Annika to learn from their knowledge about the animals and the country but mostly how to capture the soul of the animal and create unique images and lasting memories. The Etosha wildlife scene is simply stunning and abundant! And everyday there is something new, precious and really exciting wildlife scenes to discover!
Make friends and memories for life in this exclusive offer for 2023 and don’t loose out on this super unique opportunity! We only take a very limited number of 6 participants for this special Retreat!
You can now book our WILD SOUL Retreat directly with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(50% deposit required with booking, 50% due 30 days prior to arrival. Cancelation policy via email on your booking request.)
Week 1 Sandwerf - Journey to the Equine Soul:
7:00 Waking up with the birds for a Coffee & Snack
7:30 Early Morning magical light exclusive photography sessions with Annika (Mon - Fri)
9:00-10:00 Relaxed hot Breakfast
10:00 -11:30 Mon & Wed & Sat: Horsemanship Demonstration with JD Trainer / Tue & Fri: Field studies with the herd with Annika / Thu: full day Windhoek Town Trip with Leon
12:00 - 13:00 Private Horsemanship lesson with JD Trainer on request or exclusive Q&A time with Annika on topics like animal communication, photography or the JD stud & project
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 - 16:00 Private Horsemanship lesson with JD Trainer on request
16:00 - 18:00 hours of the magical light... exclusive photography sessions with Annika or private time to find your own pictures...
Please note that no activities are obligatory and you can choose to join according to your own energy level and flow.
Week 2 Etosha - Journey into the wild heart:
Monday departure to Etosha Safari Lodge with Leon & Annika
Tuesday Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Wednesday Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Thursday Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Friday departure back to Sandwerf
Additional Program Information
Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Appaloosas in the silence of the African bush! Get inspired by our huge variety of colourful horses living natural in a herd environment in Namibia's untouched nature and get to know our philosophy how to live with horses and nature with respect and in harmony first-hand!
We will spend hours together in the field with the herd and you will get exclusive access to our horses in the best light of the day to take countless stunning pictures in our breath-taking Namibian winter setup!
Start to truly see and appreciate the horse as an individual and a free soul with wild roots... Learn with Annika to read, listen and understand the horses family dynamics, needs and way of talking to you before communicating back!
You will then get the opportunity to apply your newly gained understanding in your private horsemanship lessons with our JD horsemanship trainer while communicating in movement and also for training purposes if you wish to...
Choose from our different JD training methods your 3 private lessons included in your Retreat stay, to deepen your connection with horses and to expand your horizon... Basic Horsemanship, Clicker Training, Liberty, Trust exercises, Bodywork and co are on offer and our talented JD trainer will teach you how to truly connect force-free!
Our peaceful and modern shaped green village provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of our brand-new chalets with kingszise bed, private toilet and bathroom. Our limited number of maximum 6 participants for this exclusive retreat ensures that the desired family character of the whole experience stays alive and provides the opportunity for personal attention and questions.
Etosha truly is a wildlife kingdom and symbol for Namibia's raw and untouched nature and will ensure your real African experience and provide tons of unique photo opportunities! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to share this exclusive Etosha experience with two true wildlife and Namibian lovers and experienced and knowledgable Africa-travellers joining you! :)
What to bring along for your photography sessions:
Bring along your camera no matter what your favourite camera is / the one you feel familiar and comfortable with
We strongly advise on a good telephoto lense / minimum 200mm best 300mm / if you are not working with a SLR camera, make sure your camera has a good quality zoom option
as this is not a photography workshop where we will teach technicals or post editing you do not need to bring your laptop. However if you would like some tips for post editing in Lightroom from Annika in your private Q&A session or use your private time to start editing your photos please bring you laptop or tablet along
What to expect during the Photo sessions:
Please note that this is not a photography workshop. Annika will not teach the basics of photography or explain your camera to you. She will invite you to join her on the exclusive sets she creates to take our amazing JD photos and will guide you through how to sharpen your eye and see the pictures from within you.
At JD Annika will share the unique and usually only private photo opportunities of our stunning JD herd with you before sharing her decades of knowledge and experience of how to best put wildlife and the animals soul into capturing photos during the following Etosha Safari.
Every Equine Photo you find on our Social Media pages and this website is taken by Annika herself. Have a look at her wildlife photography to get a glimpse of the amazing opportunities waiting at Etosha Nationalpark for you...
Let us take you on this journey and into the heart of JD and show you a breathtaking part of 'our' Namibia...
Book your spot for your
WILD SOUL Retreat
here at Josephs's Dream Stud Namibia today!
9 nights accommodation (single room occupation) in one of our stunning chalets at Sandwerf Namibia, kingsize bed & private bathroom & Mini Pool; breakfast, lunch, supper and laundry service
3 Horsemanship Demo sessions & 3 exclusive Horsemanship lessons by our experienced Horse Trainer on side
Daily special Photography sessions with Annika & the opportunity for private Q&A sessions
Windhoek & Katutura Town-tour (Day Tour) with Leon (lunch included)
5 days Etosha Safari:
Day 1 departure to Etosha Safari Lodge
Day 2 Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Day 3 Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Day 4 Full Day Game Drive Etosha Nationalpark (9 hours)
Day 5 departure back to Sandwerf
Included during your tour: 5 nights Lodge Accommodation at Etosha Safari Lodge (private room/single room occupation of twin rooms) , Breakfast, Dinner Buffet, 3x full day game drives in Etosha National Park on an open safari vehicle and with experienced tour guide, Etosha National Park Entrance fees, shuttle from Farm Sandwerf to Etosha and back.
Impressions of your Lodge and room during Etosha Safari Stay:
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
Optional extra Activities for the weekends:
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)
Please take note that the retreat ends on the 17th June in Windhoek, please book your flight home either only in the evening of the 17th June, or stay one additional night in Windhoek and fly out on the 18th. We can assist you with finding suitable accommodation in Windhoek and shuttles from Windhoek to the airport.
You are welcome to book extra days as an exclusive guest as extension to this course to practise your newly gained artistic skills or to (re)learn horse riding the gentle way while booking additional horsemanship lessons with us.
Price: € 150.00 per night
Or you can join our volunteer program to get involved in the daily care and training dynamics at stud.
Price: € 700.00 per week
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.
General Safety & Behaviour Rules and Regulations during your stay at Stud Farm apply.