The Farm and Facilities
Llwyna Farm is in the Usk Valley, about 20 minutes’ drive across country from Chepstow. The 16th-century farmhouse and whitewashed yard command amazing views and is surrounded by 10 acres where the horses graze all year round, sheltered by thick hedges and mature woodland. At the end of a rough lane, this is a wild, but utterly peaceful place – a place to immerse in nature, to relax and feel soothed.
While much interaction with the horses takes place in the fields, there is also a 20x40m fenced all-weather arena and a round pen for more intimate sessions. Workshops and individual counselling sessions are based in the yurt (complete with wood-burner) while the farmhouse kitchen is a comfortable place for workshop lunches.
Miranda’s happy herd comprises one vibrant male horse, a gelding, and four mares of varying ages and differing characters. They all have their own stories, but it’s best to hear about each of them as part of your experience.
We often find, for example, that horses and humans with similar backgrounds are drawn to each other. The dynamics of the herd can resonate with EFP clients in a number of key areas: masculine and feminine roles; sexuality and sexual behaviour; the bonds of friendship and family; leadership and teamwork; the setting of boundaries and assertiveness.
Sally Tottle - Alexander Technique teacher specialising in riders, author of Body Sense, sculptor, horse owner and the possessor of two very healing hands. Sally runs her own private Alexander Technique practice and clinics, and supports Miranda with workshops. Sally is particular good at encouraging body awareness.
Kate Edser - Horsewoman, qualified riding instructor and journalist, Kate helps organise and publicise workshops, and supports Miranda's EFP groups.
Rissa Ratcliffe - Artist, cake maker (for workshops!), mother, and a workshop supporter. Miranda says Rissa "can hold mountains". She is a friendly and solid person to have around and has considerable personal experience of autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Herbie - Bouncey and extra friendly lurcher who tags along when Miranda's riding, and makes himself a useful tension diffuser during workshops by visiting everyone in turn for a stroke and a scratch. He doesn't like it if you sit in 'his' basket.
Schubi - You wouldn’t guess that this super-confident ginger cat is rescued. He loves three things in life: food, people and being the centre of attention. He has an intense dislike of dogs, although he and Herbie have come to an understanding.