NL – Retreat: Little Besa & Face Your Bull

Date(s) - June 9, 2023 - June 11, 2023
All Day

Tilburg, Netherlands



COST : 425eur

JUNE 9 TO 11, 2023

Imagine listening to the whispers of nature,
Imagine letting your soul’s spark of joy be touched and lit up by the campfire.
Imagine being in a space, knowing you can ask bigger and greater, that leads you to the wonders of the unknown, the wonders of you.
Imagine reconnecting with your gut-feeling and embracing your intuition.

How would the world be like then…?

Come and join us in the Long Ride Home retreat where we will explore two topics from this program: Little Besa & Face Your Bull facilitated by Rupert Isaacson.

About Little Besa & Face Your Bull:
Little Besa was the name that the Kalahari San Bushman shaman Besa gave to Rupert during the years that they worked together. Besa is also the middle name of Rowan – the Horse Boy – Rupert’s autistic son who was healed by old Besa in Namibia back in 2008. Old Besa taught Little Besa (Rupert) many things – things that help shape shift everyday life towards healing, towards joy. During the retreat Rupert will share some key points of what he was taught by his Kalahari mentor to help create joy, healing and every day miracles with this every day shaman’s eye.

Face Your Bull is neuroscience – the rational to Little Besa’s irrational. One’s bull is one’s own bullshit. One’s own ego and the challenges it brings. The ego is not a dragon or a monster to slay. Rather it is something that can serve one well – if one can learn to be happy dancing with it. Based on the idea of the Portuguese bullfight in which one doesn’t try to kill the bull, but instead dances with it on horseback, we discuss how to use neuroscience and body chemistry to learn to enjoy this dance of life – to dance with the bull, to ride the dragon.

At the end of the retreat we look at how to bring this shamanistic and this neuroscientific world view together into an integrative practice, with support and tips for how to take the discoveries home and begin to shapeshift one’s life, one’s mind, towards where our joy lies, always dancing us over the next mountain ridge, the next horizon…

About Rupert Isaacson:
As a human rights activist, Rupert lived with hunting & gathering tribes in the Kalahari Desert in South-Africa. He founded the indigenous Land Rights Fund, which helps hunting and gathering tribes gain legal title to their ancestral land and helped the Bushmen of Botswana win the largest land claim in African history in 2006 – which as a result of that he’s now banned from Botswana.

As a successful writer of The Healing Land, which tells the story of his family in Africa and his own story living with the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert; The Horse Boy, which tells the story of his journey across Mongolia on horseback with his autistic son Rowan; and The Long Ride Home, which tells the three subsequent healing journeys he and his son made to Africa, Australia and the Navajo Reservation and as a successful documentary filmmaker of The Horse Boy and Endangerous, Rupert found other ways of relating to nature and healing.

This combined with being a journalist, discovering how horses can help autism and special needs, running the Horse Boy Foundation and being a successful horse-trainer, his compassion & pureness, his great expertise and insights obtained by these cultures he will bring these gems into your world.


About the venue:
The venue will be in a forest between the village Alphen and the city Tilburg in the Netherlands. We chose to go with the luxury and the rawness of nature. Being outside in nature is getting us closer to our true nature and our true joy. Having easier access to the spirits, letting our souls be touched by the fire, creating that tribe-feel and sharing food will contribute to healing and having that joy.

We chose for a ‘basic nature’-style adventure. We’ll do basic cooking and leave the electricity and running water at home, to have a sense of the primitive richness nature has to offer for body and soul. Bring your own tent for staying overnight at the venue. The sleepover is part of the retreat and the experience we offer. Although we wholeheartedly recommend to stay onsite, you are welcome to stay offsite.

Food & drinks:
On the first evening (Friday) we’ll do a potluck. You can bring some of your favorites and we’ll share the yumminess with each other.

Breakfast will be provided on Saturday & Sunday.
Lunch & dinner will be provided on Saturday.
Tea, coffee, water and juice will be available for drinks.

Of course you are welcome to bring your own favorite snacks and drinks with you.
If you have any food intolerances or allergies, please let us know.

The workshop is from Friday June 9nd to Sunday June 11th .
Timeframe: Friday starts at 7.30 pm and we wrap up on Sunday at around noon.

Price: € 425,-
The workshop is limited to 10 people.

Basic English is desirable. Translation into Dutch is possible.
Information in Dutch can be found on:

Any questions about the workshop or you’d like to sign up?

You can contact our host Ellen Schuringa (Dutch & English)
gsm: 0031650906448 please send a whatsapp so she can be fully present while working with the people & horses and be fully present for you when contacting you back.
facebook messenger: Ellen Schuringa


Bookings are closed for this event.

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