Auckland's Horse Inspired Learning Centre

Meet Rosemary and her twelve horses located at Dune Lakes Lodge situated in the beautiful environs of South Kaipara Head, Nr Helensville, Auckland.

We offer horse training, home stay accommodation for up to 10 guests and an annual 3-day boutique festival based on the interaction and care of horses for up to 200 people.

Our ethics: to allow horses a free and natural herd-life.     No riding is involved or previous horse experience required. 

Horses innately know, even from birth, that to thrive, attachment and connection is paramount. They are grounded and embodied in themselves, they live in the now. Being in their presence naturally brings you into the same place. They are one of our greatest teachers. Their energy field enfolds you just by standing near them. Oxytocin floods your body reducing anxiety, stress, trauma, and depression. Heart coherence happens, your heart rate drops, as can your blood pressure.

Humans, like horses, are also neurobiologically hardwired for connection with each other and in the absence of connection, there is always suffering.

When we take a higher path and open up our awareness, we see the horse as a partner on the journey toward self-discovery. We can let go of the reins, realising we don’t need them to ride the horse. It changes the entire dynamic of the relationship, as there is more trust between the human and the horse, as the human has let go of the need for control, and has instead enlisted a willing partner using a different level of communication that has always been outside the mainstream. For horses it may not be that they are seeking a spiritual awareness, yet, I have no doubt, that the horse, if we are able to listen, can open us to that special soul space.

Horses can bring you to an internal journey to the multi-sensory being that you are - bringing the unconscious into conscious and finding your authentic self, where you discover more of your power, your resilience and your sovereignty.

Part of the solution about finding sanity in this world is with nature and animals. They help us remember that peace and freedom lies within us. In our own heart-beat, in our own breath and in our own deep knowing.  Horses are masters of effortless embodied awareness.

Discover Dune Lakes

Horse Training Workshops

I can’t thank Rosemary enough...the learning’s from spending time with horses translates into other areas of our lives. They have much to offer in teaching us about ourselves.


Prior to attending this course my horses walked all over me. I've had tonnes of lessons both here and in Australia and in a short number of hours I was taught the most valuable lessons. I felt safe and in control of the relationship with my horse, a first for me!"


Rosemary showed us are not a one-off fix but an on-going way of life for you and your horse to enjoy. You wouldn’t believe the change in my boy and ME! I was able to enjoy my baby again... I’m hooked!


My young horse, Praise, turned a big corner with her education and training during the Natural Horsemanship weekend at Dune Lakes Lodge. This was our first experience of riding 'bit less'. Praise seemed happy and relaxed without a bridle - and I certainly didn't have any difficulties with my communication with her.


Thank you for changing my life in such a gentle and receivable way.


Our weekend getaway was incredible….!!! We had fantastic friendly hosts, learnt amazing new skills, made new friends, all on a beautiful relaxed property.

Olwyn & Nadine

In 30 years of teaching I can honestly say that this is the most powerful learning outside of the classroom I have ever observed children engage with.


Contact us to discuss

470 Wilson Road
South Kaipara Head
Helensville 0874

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