Rosemary is the owner and founder of Dune Lakes Lodge, a Retreat and Horse Inspired Learning Centre on the North West Coast of Auckland, New Zealand. She co-founded Equine Pathfinders Foundation, a charitable organisation whose mission is to make equine assisted growth and learning accessible to everyone.
A life-long horsewoman, Rosemary Wyndham-Jones, is a natural horse-friendship trainer, an EAGALA Facilitator (Equine Specialist), an EPONAQUEST Riding Focused Instructor and an Holistic Horse and Hoof-care Professional. Alongside her fourteen strong herd of horses she studies the dynamics and relational development of the horse/human connection. Rosemary has a warm, accepting and welcoming presence, an encouraging, relaxed style of coaching and her intuitive understanding and knowledge of horses is impressive.
For over a decade Rosemary and the herd have trained international corporate companies, adults from all backgrounds, including at-risk women, adolescents, young offenders and troubled youth. Her main love is running five day residential Kids Camps for children from all walks of life. Rosemary utilises the concepts of human psychology and instinctual herd behaviour to provide powerful life-learning experiences that both heal and empower.
The physical and psychological ‘join-up’ between clients and horses enables the former to draw metaphors relating to everyday life outside the arena, and thus learn and develop a greater sense of self knowledge and well-being.
From long and fruitful experience Rosemary says that,
“horses are excellent teachers and have the unique ability to open up awareness to our own physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. My aim is to create a ‘sacred space of possibility’ for everyone who attends our Centre. My own life is ‘touched’ every time I witness the difference that horses make in another persons’ life. I am passionate about nourishing the feeling of interconnectedness of all life and the links to our own unique sources of power.”
Rosemary’s main fields of interest are interspecies communication and connection, conscious lifestyle, holistic animal and land care, a natural approach to life and learning, photography and painting. She is an all-round advocate of health and wellness: she has a First Dan in karate, practices yoga, and rides horse to maintain her own sense of balance and fitness. She loves her life with horses and creating opportunities for people to experience their magic and gain benefit from their wisdom.
JODIE - the horse who changed my life.
Born in a stable on the Isle of Wight, UK in 1990, Jodie was a spirited filly who grew to become unpredictable and with a lot of attitude. Despite a lifetime of experience with horses I was unable to understand how to deal with Jodie; sending her to conventional trainers only worsened her behaviour.
Thankfully, a serendipitous meeting with a lady named Mel Richards transformed my despair to hope. Mel’s natural horse womanship skills made a deep impression as she ‘danced’ with her horse at the Natural Horse Centre in Sussex. Leaving my ten acre farm (IOW) I drove Jodie and her mother, Mary to Mel’s establishment in Wales where I lived and breathed natural horseman-womanship for six months. Through this life changing experience I gained insight, not only into Jodie’s behaviour and needs but clarified my own future pathway towards achieving my true vocation and goals.
More About Jodie
A sad day!!
Jodie, my magnificent chestnut mare, the catalyst that changed my life, died of a heart attack on 28 January 2013 at 12.30 pm. I am so blessed I managed to get Jodie back home. Tom, my neighbour did a heroic job picking her up from Ana's home 15 km’s from here with the tractor and ever so gently put her on the trailer. I rode with her in the trailer on our last journey home together. We had a special time connecting as I lay down against her chest stroking her head. Her body was against my back and it felt like she was hugging and comforting me. I spent the afternoon in the paddock with Jodie, the herd who in twos and threes came up to the trailer in silent vigil sometimes 5 or 6 times during the hours I was there with Lara, Ana, Renee and John. Tom came back the next day to dig a hole and we buried her with the herd watching. I am blessed that I was with Mary when she was born at 5.25 on 13 April 1990. I am blessed that she shared her life with me. I am blessed for all the gifts of learning she bought to me. I am blessed that our journey together bought me to New Zealand. I am blessed I was able to bring her and Mary to New Zealand. I am blessed for all the many, many memories I have of her that had me smiling. I am blessed that I was able to bring her home to her last resting place. I am blessed she gave me the message (see below) on the night she passed. The deep, deep wisdom of her words shake my soul awake!!
Thank you Jodie and thank you for your thoughts and love. Rosemary x
The three horses in this photo are Jodie's offspring. From left to right: Soma (2 years), Jodie's last foal, Solo, (6 years) Jodie's first foal and the chestnut Spirit (3 years) her second foal. They came back to the trailer many times that afternoon, evening and night to sniff, lick her and stand in silent vigil.
The legacy is left
The chapter may be closing but the story is just beginning.
Look! Look around!
It begins with me but I am not the end.
My body needs to be buried.
My body may be missed but I am not leaving.
There is no need not to see me; just look.
I am there to be found.
I have achieved what I set to.
I am needed elsewhere
But that does not mean I will not return when I can.
You may not understand what I mean
Therefore you have no need to know.
It will mean what it needs to for the ones who need to understand it.
I would like to be buried in the heart, overlooking all.
Dancing on the breeze, soaring,
Flying amongst the clouds, on the sea air.
I can see the horizon.
I am elevated my front legs step out really high
My head tosses.
I am happy.
It was the best time to go.
There was so much love, in my own special way.
I love my babies immensely and am very proud.
I know I am strict with them and had them 'tow the line'
But it is just a front because underneath.
They could get away with almost anything.
I wish to talk of souls and connections.
Rosemary this is just for you.
Do not think that this is the first
Or the last time we will be together.
For what we have passes through time.
It is timeless and never ending.
At times we may need to be apart, separated.
The difficulties of differing bodies.
But now I am needed
My teaching complete here and more to be learnt elsewhere.
The lessons learnt, the joy felt.
Look! Look around!