Unbridle your true potential, and strive to be at peace as a person and as a leader!

In both Riversdale and George you experience who you truly are, without ego attachments and projections. This is reached through using nonverbal communication, and working side by side with Vanessa and the animals around in the environment. Riversdale is a country retreat for mid and long term exploring of self - break through intensives as well as apprenticeship are offered. George offers short term experiential learning. Long-distance mentoring and sessions offered for people who want to understand what their animals are communicating to them.

Having the Horses as your teachers, you learn how to be Yourself and how to be the Authentic Leader, who is worth being followed because coherent and therefor trustworthy. This also means you can experience how to be the leader who does not need to create followers, but other leaders.

Big Boy Session with Vanessa

What we offer:

All the following offers are inclusive of handouts and art material supporting the work. Snacks and lunch are provided with the workshops and sessions lasting for one or more days. Transport to and from the airport can be organised. We offer accommodation on site, which can be booked separately; accommodation and basic food included in the week-end workshops and apprenticeship. Due to the work we do, the days are mostly spent outdoor, and close to the horses. Please bring: a water bottle, hat, sun protection and sturdy closed shoes.
Vanessa speaks: Italian, French, English and German, and she offers her work in either of these languages. Sessions can be of one or two hours in length, whilst full day sessions as well as multiple days workshops include 6 hours of work and time for breaks and snacks.

Long distance and mentoring Sessions via Skype or Phone: R450/hour
Apprenticeship 30 days, on-site training (shared accommodation and basic food included on workshop days) - Riversdale only! If needed the time can be split in two, three or four: 2/15 days; 3/10 days; 4/7-8 days.
NB: the apprenticeship is available to people who have done a break through time with Vanessa and are ready and willing to prepare their herd/s for the work with people. At least 5 years of horse experience as well as own farm and horses are a prerequisite for attending this course of studies. The selection Vanessa does is very strict and it is done so to keep the standards of the work very high, in order to offer a professional and ethical service to whoever is ready for a drastic change in her/his life.

Break-through 10 days, on-site discovering of self. Cut through the illusion of drama and ego, and learn to be yourself again! Riversdale only! (shared accommodation and basic food included on workshop days)
One-on-One Sessions with or without the horses
Group Sessions for groups of 2 or more
Weekend One-on-One 2 or 3-day long intensive (one/two night shared accommodation and basic food included, when booking for two/three days)
Weekend Team Building Workshop for groups of at least 4 participants, (one/two night shared accommodation and basic food included, when booking for two/three days)

All day long workshops include 6 hours work with Vanessa and the Teachers who are meant to be working. Art material included as well. Single rooms available on request.
A substantial part of the income of the farms goes back to the local communities in form of work we provide to people and skills we teach them.
Prices are 15%VAT included. Accommodation on and off site can be organised. Airport pick-up possible.
Prices can be changed without prior notice. Due to the high fluctuation of the Rand in South Africa, we have established prices for ZA Residents and World Residents.
Payments: Bank transfer to be done in advance and in full in order to secure a space.


Where we are:
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
George, Western Cape, South Africa