Events & Courses



Equine Welfare in Equine-Assisted Interventions: The Sirona Approach

One day CPD course; Saturday 24th September 2022 10am to 4pm at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington.

An overview of Sirona’s model of welfare for horses in the field of EAI, for those involved in Equine-Assisted Interventions or similar work and for people with a general interest in equine welfare. Click here for information leaflet.

Booking: Please email  – Please reference ‘Sept Equine Welfare Course’ in the subject line.

Accommodation on the Dartington Estate.


Thursday 20th October 11am to 12pm

Visit Sirona and learn more about what we do and what we can offer to young people and adults with support needs. We will provide information about the various sessions we offer, including our new Supported Volunteering group for adults, which has recently re-started with the aid of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.  This will be an opportunity for you to have a tour of our facilities and to meet our herd of horses and other animals.

To book a free place email:  and specify which date. We will be limiting numbers due to Covid precautions.

Accommodation on the Dartington Estate


Introduction to Equine-Assisted Interventions: The Sirona Approach *


One day CPD course; Next date TBC
at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington. £155 per person.

An overview of Sirona’s approach to equine & animal-assisted activities, for practitioners wishing to develop their practice or for people wanting to learn more about equine and animal- assisted interventions.

“It was relevant for me to get such a coherent overview of ‘setting up’ a therapeutic centre. Excellent, v.informative, my brain is full!” – May 2022 participant.

Enquiries: Please email – Please reference ‘E-A interventions course’ in the subject line.


Tuesdays & Thursdays during August – 10am to 1pm

Groups for young people aged 8 – 18, with activities including; caring for the animals, arts & crafts, field and yard tasks and horticulture.

Suggested donation £10 – £20 but any amount accepted.

Booking is essential. For further details please email




SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2022 11am to 3pm

Come and join us! We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to Sirona again. Come and meet the horses and our dedicated team, see our new facilities and join in with lots of fun events.  Pony agility demonstration with some of our young people and horses (1pm), Shiatsu for Horses demonstrations with Dr Yuki Itaya (12pm & 2pm),  Bric-a-Brac and plant stalls,  Two Birds Pizza, Cakes, Tea & Coffee. Raffle with top prize of £250 for Toad Hall Cottages.

Parking at Foxhole or Cider Press – Disabled parking at Sirona. Sorry, no dogs. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Accommodation on the Dartington Estate.


An Introduction to Equine Assisted Learning – the Sirona Approach,  10th October 2020.- CANCELLED

Thank you to everyone who regisitered their interest in the course. We are endeavouring to contact all interested parties and to potentially run the course at a later date in a revised format. If you registered for the course please contact


We are disappointed and sorry to say that due to COVID-19 our open day this year has been cancelled. We do hope that we will be able to see you all next year.

Introduction to Environmental Arts Therapy with Susie Thompson – COURSE CANCELLED

Introductory Workshop; Saturday 21st March 2020 10am to 4pm
at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington. £110 per person.

An introductory workshop for anyone interested in developing a creative, therapeutic connection with the outside world.

Further information: please email or telephone 01803 868779

Foraging Course – Horse & Human with Chris Hope – COURSE CANCELLED

Saturday 25th April 2020 10am to 2pm
at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington. £55 per person.

Learn about identifying plants relevant to horses and humans with Chris Hope from Wild Plant Guide. Accompanied by some of the horses from the Sirona herd we will be taking a foraging walk and gathering a salad to have for lunch.


To book, send completed application form, or for further information please email or telephone 01803 868779

Mindfulness, Nature & Horses with Ollie Frame


One Day Workshop; Saturday 16th May 2020 10am to 4pm
at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington. £110 per person.

This one-day workshop combines the practice of mindfulness with nature connection and spending time around horses. With a whole variety of different practices and activities, the day will be experiential, informative, and suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.


To book, send completed application form or for further information please email or telephone 01803 868779


Soul of a Horse with Lucy Rees

Lecture day and demo; Saturday 9th November 2019
at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, Dartington    Tickets

Lucy Rees, the world renowned equine ethologist has devoted a lifetime to studying wild living horses across the world. Through this work she has become one of the leading experts on horse behaviour and will be sharing her insightful and comprehensive findings during the course of the day. She is also an accomplished horse trainer and author.

She says: “The study of feral horse behaviour is the basis for understanding why domestic horses behave as they do and whether we are treating them appropriately. We have a lot to learn, not just about them but from them. Inside every domestic horse is a feral one with the same certainty about how life should be lived.”

Lecture day and demo with spectator places only.
Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch.


18th May – Introduction to Equine Facilitated Interventions:
Details: Intro to EAI

Sirona’s first OPEN DAY at the new Dartington site
June 15th 2019  11-3pm:

23rd March – Sirona at the Totnes ‘Caring Town Fair’:


30th May Dartington Hall Estate Community Day
Come and meet the Sirona team at Dartington Hall Community Day in half term on Wednesday 30th May. Two of our ponies Lily and Mabel will be there to meet people and there will be horse shoe painting and our information stand giving info on our build and forthcoming move to Dartington. We look forward to meeting you there!

13th/14th JulyLucy Rees, author of The Horses’ Mind and Horses in Company and our fabulous patron at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship is coming to do a lecture and demo as a fundraiser for Sirona. Lucy will be talking about her lifetime of research into the behaviour of wild horses. If we understand horse behaviour of natural living herds, it will cast light on how to best work with our domestic horses, both in our training methods and in helping horses when they express stereotypical behaviours.
More details and buy tickets here
This will fill up fast so don’t miss out.

Wellbeing with Horses in pdf



Sirona Open Day: June 10th 11am to 3pm

Come and meet the team and horses at Sirona and learn more about what we do. Information on our equine-assisted therapy and learning sessions and courses, who we work with and more. Horse shoe painting, equine brick a brac stall and refreshments available. Entry by donation.

Past Events:

Mindfulness and the Healing Drum: Saturday 6th May 2017 – 9.30-4pm
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship will be hosting a unique experience – the combined effect of mindfulness and the healing beat of the shamanic drum, brought together by Graeme Green of the Mindful Horse, all in partnership with the beautiful Sirona herd.
£95 per person including home cooked lunch and refreshment.
For booking: / 07981 440977

November 28th 2016 – 10am-12pm
Intro to Therapeutic Horsemanship Workshop
Come along to Sirona for an information/taster morning for professionals to learn more about Therapeutic Horsemanship and how it can help those affected by DSVA.
(This is part of 16 Days of Action in Exeter 2016 a collection of local events in Exeter and Devon that raise awareness, express solidarity and stimulate action to end Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse)
Contact us to book

December 4th and 5th 2016:
Sirona demo and display stand at The Westcountry Equine Fair – please come along and support us!

March 1st 2016: Building Character and Resilience – opportunities for Youth Work in Schools and Colleges. Learning South West Conference, Taunton. Sirona presented on  ‘Building Resilience with Young People through Therapeutic Horsemanship’

April 16th 2016: Ben Hart team training day







July 2nd 2016:
Equine-Assisted and Facilitators Practitioners Network meeting to be hosted at Sirona for EAFPN members. See EAFPN facebook page for details.

23rd October 2016: Mindfulness and the Healing Drum workshop
with Graeme Green of The Mindful Horse.













sirona 2015