Calvert Stables launches mindfulness sessions with ponies

In a new initiative, Calvert Stables is harnessing the power of its ponies to launch a series of mindfulness sessions. The sessions will be delivered by qualified mindfulness teacher Fedella Marsden.

“We are excited to launch our new mindfulness programme with Fedella,” explained Henri Carew, Stables Manager at Calvert Stables. “Having run Calvert Stables for the past eighteen years I have seen the positive influence of horses and ponies time and time again – particularly the calming effect they can have on us and how it can improve our wellbeing. “Our mindfulness sessions will begin with a restful seated meditation, while the ponies interact.

“We will then slowly walk around them, gradually making a connection by beginning to touch, stroke and groom. This wonderfully relaxing experience will close with a soothing breathing meditation.  No previous horse experience is necessary and no horse riding is involved.”

Having incorporated mindfulness into her Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong practice, in 2015 Fedella Marsden began formal training with the Mindfulness Association. She followed a three-year programme of mindfulness, compassion and insight courses and also successfully completed their teacher training programme. She is an approved tutor for the Mindfulness Association’s 8-week Mindfulness Based Living and Compassion Based Living Courses and also runs meditation and relaxation retreat days. Fedella keeps a daily practice of mindfulness meditation and often attends training courses and meditation retreats. She has seen how mindfulness has made life changing benefits for herself and her students.

Continued Henri:

“It is well known that practising mindfulness is fantastic way to relieve stress and anxiety, encourage good quality sleep and unclutter our busy minds among a whole host of other benefits. “Practising mindfulness while connecting with ponies is an experience that can greatly enhance those benefits as their gentle, therapeutic presence promotes a feeling of peace and tranquillity.”

Having successfully trialled the initiative, Calvert Stables’ first mindfulness sessions will take place on 24 May and 7 June 2023.  Further sessions will follow depending on demand.  For further details please go to