No previous horse experience is necessary. For those who have fear of horses, IFEAL safely support work in ways that suit individual needs for example behind a fence or on a lead line with a facilitator. All horse experiences can be done as groundwork and there are no ridden experiences in IFEAL workshops.
  • Please wear hard shoes or boots and bring layers and waterproof wear or sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream.
  • You may want to bring a journal for making notes, though manuals and all working materials are provided.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your session/workshop.
  • Please switch your mobile phone off during your session or workshop (note that mobile signal is inconsistent at Hale Court Farm).
  • Tea, coffee and light refreshments are available.
  • Lunch is provided for all workshops and is vegetarian organic or biodynamic where possible.
  • Manuals and all working materials are provided.
All participants are taught how to safely work with horses. For those that have a fear of horses the work can be done behind a fence, or on a lead line with the facilitator.

It is not possible to work with the horses if you have had high quantities of alcohol or caffeine in the last 48 hours and/or you have taken recreational drugs in the last few weeks.

N.B IFEAL sessions and workshops are purely for personal or professional growth and development. Our work together does not constitute any type of formal training in the IFEAL Method for professional use; this requires attending a qualifying training programme. Please see IFEAL Qualifications site for course information.

Directions

All courses and workshops are based at Hale Court Farm, Beech Green Lane, Withyham, East Sussex, TN7 4DD.

Hale Court Farm can be accessed from North or South by Beech Green Lane.

Please note that sat navs only take you half way down the drive. Please see full directions below in addition to a sat nav.

From the north, you come off the A264 which is the main road between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells.

From East Grinstead, follow the A264 towards Tunbridge Wells for just under 7 miles. There is a pub on your left called the Sussex Oak and then a slight downhill around a right hand bend and then the road starts bending around to the left and there is a right hand turning into Beech Green Lane immediately after a warning chevron.

From Tunbridge Wells, follow the A264 towards East Grinstead. A mile after you go through Blackham there will be a tight right hand bend in the road with two warning chevrons on. The turning into Beech Green Lane is then the next turning on the left.

Once you have turned into Beech Green Lane, follow this road for a mile and a half and then turn left by a pond into a lane signposted for Hale Court Farm.

Once you’ve taken the turning into the lane sign posted for Hale Court Farm, carry on down this lane for 3/4 of a mile, keeping to the main part of the lane and bearing right the whole way down until you reach the main part of the farm. There will be a large barn on your left and horse paddocks and sand school on your right. Please follow the lane to the house and turn right into the yard area for parking.

From the south, you will come from the B2110 onto Station Road which is sign posted for Balls Green and Blackham and is a turning with a bus stop on the corner. Carry on down this lane, past some houses and then Station Rd then becomes Beech Green Lane. You will go over a very small bridge and then go up hill. Carry on to the top of the hill which will start bending to the left, on this bend there is a right hand turning into Hale Court farm by a pond. The farm sign is not immediately obvious coming from that direction so please beware you do not miss it. This turning is just over 3/4 of a mile from the original turning onto Station Rd.

Once you’ve taken the turning into the lane sign posted for Hale Court Farm, carry on down this lane for 3/4 of a mile, keeping to the main part of the lane and bearing right the whole way down until you reach the main part of the farm. There will be a large barn on your left and horse paddocks and sand school on your right. Please follow the lane around to the left (keeping the house and sand school to your right) and park by the oast house.

You can travel by train to Tunbridge Wells, East Grinstead, Ashurst or Cowden. Check with www.nationalrail.co.uk for details and train times. Once at the station you will need to get a taxi to Hale Court Farm – there is a taxi rank outside Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead station but not outside Ashurst or Cowden. Alternatively, you could book one. Road Runners are often the cheapest and are pretty reliable. The number is 0871 200 7777 or 01342 324444.

Accommodation

Below is a list of local accommodation providers – we have not personally stayed in any of these places, this list does not constitute recommendation, although places with * next to them have been recommended by people who have stayed there while on one of our workshops. For a price and distance comparison please have a look at this PDF: Accommodation Comparison 2017 or see below for more choice.

B&B

  • Woodcote B&B (Suzanne and Mark ter Kuile), Forest Row – 01342 822170
  • The Haywaggon Inn, Hartfield – 01892 770 252
  • Becketts, Cowden – 01342 850 514
  • June Cottage (Deborah and Tim Watts), Forest Row – 01342 823 171
  • * Travel Lodge, Tunbridge Wells – 08719 846 381
  • Gospel Oak B&B (Andrew & Linda Hawker), Coleman’s Hatch – 01342 823 840
  • The Grange (Bunny & James Murray Willis), Hartfield – 01892 770 259
  • Starborough Manor, Edenbridge – 01732 862 152
  • Manor Court Farm, Ashurst – 01892 740279

Hotels

Camping

Self catering

  • Little Cansiron Farm Holiday Cottages & Fishing Holidays, Cansiron Lane, Holtye – 01342 850 739

Tourist Information Centres

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