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Gratitude is confidence in life itself

Michelle van Ardennen With this blog I want to thank Stina who gave me all these wonderful lessons and made a lot of beautiful photos and videos.
My time at Richmond Vale Academy has come to an end. When I just arrived I was very proud at myself because I’m not a traveler at all. When I’m at home I rather stay close to the people and animals I love. I saw Stina’s videos on YouTube about two years ago. She was dancing and communicating with her horses in a way I really liked, she inspired me....
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Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world

Horse at RVA After 15 years with horses, I was about to learn how to say hello to a horse and how to lead a horse.
Seven months and two weeks. Traveling is always a big education and has the power to change you as a person if you let it, at least from what I have experienced. However, staying in a place together with people­ who want to change the world, learn about yourself through horses at the same time as you live a simple community life in nature with ever...
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Finding my Heart

One of the horses and me at RVA They have truly healed and opened my heart, led me back to myself.
When I came to RVA, I had no belief and no confidence in myself. Everything I did came with thoughts that said I wasn’t good enough, I’m doing it wrong, I’m not worthy and I can’t do it. I was stuck in a blame- guilt- pain cycle and couldn’t find my way out. I was trapped inside myself, in my trauma and fears. The walls I put up for protection had ...
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Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise Award

turism-social-enterprise-fb Richmond Vale Academy wins the Tourism Social Enterprise award
Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognizing an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has recognized eight tourism entities from CTO-member countries with its top awards f...
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People, Planet and Profits - RVA at The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference

stina-big Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development
Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development  as part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO's Strategy for Sustainable Tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes offering a regional forum fo...
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SVG's horse school welcomes local students

SVGs-horse-school-richmondvale The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which catered primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to sponsorship from Tus-T Water.
The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which caters primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to a sponsorship from Tus-T Water. With this sponsorship, RVA, whose curriculum focuses on sustainable livelihoods, has been able to recruit a Vincentian horse trainer as well as welcoming local ...
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Learn to Dive

jesper-diving-instructor-richmondvale-diving-center Jesper is a diving instructor at Richmond Vale Diving Center
When you join a program at Richmond Vale Academy it is possible to become a certified Diver. We started to engage in protection and conservation efforts in 2015 by investing in a Diving Center.  Shortly after we trained an instructor and the second instructor is in the process of being certified. We started to learn about the im...
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Anita will join the First EPONA Workshop in SVG!

Anita will join the First EPONA Workshop in SVG!
We are very happy to receive Anita in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; she will be part of the first EPONA: The Secrets of the Wild Horses , to be held at the Eco Center in February 2018. Anita is a certified Eponaquest Instructor, EAGALA Instructor, Yoga teacher, One Horse Life Teacher and a certified Health Coach. In her 47-year long life, she has...
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One Day out of My Life as a Horse Girl

one-day-blog With this blog I want to share one of my days with you. This way you get a look inside
Tuesday 14 February 2017: I woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning. Today is laundry day, which I started early because I need to dry my sheets before evening. There is a schedule and everybody has one day a week to do laundry. I planned to bring Jack and Spirit to the field below, near the beach. But when I got outside I saw a small yellow ...
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Why feed your horse Moringa?

Why feed your horse Moringa?
Moringa forest My daily task in taking care of the horses is to feed them moringa. Moringa, also called The Miracle Tree, really is a miracle. It's a very healthy plant that can be eaten by humans and animals alike and it's very easy to plant. Almost all of the parts of the tree are edible, raw or cooked. It contains an incredibly high dose of vita...
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Communication with horses

Communication with horses
Most of the time when people communicate with horses it's just one-way. People do speak but mostly fail to listen. When you want to accomplish something with your horse without force it's important that you understand each other. Communication is speaking and listening. Stina told me that it’s important to take time, wait and listen. Think about wh...
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Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic

Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic
The sea is an amazing place to explore. A space of the earth that, throughout  history, has caught the attention of the human being. Enigmatic, grandiose and dangerous in a way. And perhaps for that reason the ideal place for explorations of all kinds. In which the individual feels embraced by all its immensity. So, the best way to enjoy ...
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Awareness

Horse-night-web When I met the horses I saw something I had never seen before.
I came to St. Vincent horse school because I wanted to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much! I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I'm missing something. The first lesson with Stina was all about social behaviour and p...
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13 Benefits of Hiking that you should know! [INFOGRAPHIC]

13 Benefits of Hiking that you should know! [INFOGRAPHIC]
[Tweet "The practice of hiking is perhaps one of the activities of greater gratification for the human."] That's why, the direct contact with nature makes this practice one of the most popular worldwide. So, people of all ages can do different types of hiking routes and enjoy the differente benefits of hiking. So, the best of all is that the routes...
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7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent

7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Americas, located at the north of Venezuela and the island of Grenada, in the chain of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. The country has a British colonial history and is now part of the Commonwealth of Nations and Caribbean Community ( CARICOM ). Its capital and more populated ci...
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7 Beautiful reasons why you should go hiking

Nature-beau Walking through nature and breathing clean air helps us to relax and get away from the stress of the city.
Are you looking for a healthy sport that allows you to be in contact with nature and suitable for any type of person? Without a doubt, that sport is hiking . The frenetic pace of life, the work and the jungle of asphalt in which we live are passing the bill. It is not a purely physical matter, but a mental one. Depression is already a pandemic and ...
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Inspirational Hiking Quotes to get you out there

Birds-Sea You should take advantage of your next vacation to get in touch with nature.
Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Center Few recreation activities offer as much benefit in return for as little as hiking does. Hiking is a basic mountaineering modality, it does not need heavy backpacks with expensive equipment, nor climbing steep slopes nor knowing complicated techniques of knots or risky climbing maneuvers. Hiking allow...
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This is all the scuba gear you need!

skuba-web Learning to dive to observe all the mysteries that lures underwater can be a magical experience.
Scuba Diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. A relaxing hobby in which you will experience different experiences. In each dive you will observe and learn new things while having the opportunity to make new friends. So, the relaxing atmosph ere offered by the sea and the snorkeling activity itself are probably the main reasons fo...
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The Importance of Second Chances

Horses and visitors at RVA I decided to have a one on one class with them and Stina, from whom I had heard the special relationship and language she shares with them.
The first time I rode a horse was almost 10 years ago. It was in a very nice landscape in La Calera; a village in Colombia where people usually make horse rides with groups. Champagne was the name of the horse that was taking me. She was white and had a beautiful blondish hair. After a few minutes, Champagne started to run really fast, having me on...
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Learning the Language of Horses

Horseclass-web Learning the language of horses was very similar to learning any other language, like Portuguese or English
Johnny's Journey I want to thank you for the opportunity of learning the language of horses. My experience with horses was an amazing one. It was full of knowledge, patience, control and observation. It was thrilling from the start, because it is about connecting — in a deep and very spiritual way— with another form of life. Learning the language o...
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