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Hosted by Kukutana in the peaceful surroundings of our family-owned Andalusian hideaway, our first ever equine wellness retreat was a stunning success

The Kukutana Team

Experienced American Equine Therapist Ansley Bevan – whose mission involves ‘Empowering the everyday equestrian’ – ran a bespoke equine therapy course in April 2024 for five guests from the US and Spain.

Hosted by the team led by Pedro and Ana, it was a week that was, by all accounts, a great success for humans and horses alike and one that we hope will become a regular fixture in the Kukutana calendar.

Set in the tranquil surroundings of Kukutana over four immersive days, Ansley taught our guests how to identify pain and discomfort in horses and demonstrated hands-on techniques designed to help to prevent injury and improve behaviour and performance. Ansley’s focus is on helping horse lovers and regular riders develop stronger connections with their horses, so an immersive, personalised retreat in the peaceful setting of Kukutana is the perfect spot.

Lifelong horse lover Ansley Bevan originally trained in massage therapy, anatomy and biomechanics and has gone on to become certified in equine bodywork and rehabilitation and is a Permitted Equine Therapist (PET).

Ansley credits her success with an approach that is “slow, patient and intuitive, explaining: “Horses are not a one size fits all situation. Each one is unique and special. Which is why you need to learn more than one facet to truly understand and care for them.

“The better we understand our horses, the deeper our connection with them becomes”.

Kukutana is ideally placed on many levels to host a week of equine therapy. It is a quintessentially Andalusian farmhouse (known as a cortijo), complete with whitewashed walls and cast iron window grills, located in an idyllic position on the edge of Doñana National Park. The park is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers a bewildering patchwork of immense pine forests, marshlands, shifting dunes and virgin beaches home to a huge number of birds and other wildlife.

Horses are fundamental to Spain’s – and Andalusia’s – cultural identity, inextricably linked with the country’s history and rural life and, to this day, Andalusia bursts with equestrian traditions.

The horses at Kukutana are a huge part of life here – they enjoy five star treatment and are central to the Kukutana experience; guests can explore mile after mile of one of the largest protected areas of land in Europe by horseback or horse-drawn carriage.

Ansley’s equine wellness week began with a welcome day as guests arrived from nearby Seville, Andalusia’s beguiling capital just an hour from Kukutana. Welcome drinks were followed by an introduction to Doñana National Park, where guests were initiated with a trip into the depths of the forest and educated on the extraordinary biodiversity of the park’s flora and fauna.

Day two comprised a trip to the nearby white village (pueblo blanco) of El Rocio, a fascinating place that propels visitors straight into the Wild West of yesteryear.

El Rocio is a village proud of its culture and customs; horseback is the main mode of transport, while horse-drawn carriages are a frequent sight in the wide, sandy streets. Hitching posts and raised bars are ubiquitous, as visitors on horseback pass through the village, tie up their horses and even enjoy a sherry without needing to dismount.

The third morning of the stay involved a practical equine therapy session. Ansley revealed the secrets to identifying pain and tension in horses and various techniques to release this tension through methods such as equine massage.

“Every equestrian should have the knowledge to advocate and make educated decisions for their horse” explains Ansley. “True soundness and functionality come from not just addressing the horse and its surroundings, but also by informing the people who influence these aspects”.

Common problems such as shortness of stride, behavioural issues, compensational movement patterns and injuries can be eliminated through Ansley’s techniques and it was fascinating for our guests to witness the power of equine therapy in action.

In the afternoon, the five saddled up and rode through the winding trails of Doñana for an invigorating ride into the forests, with refreshed and willing horses raring to go!

On the final day, our guests felt the unadulterated thrill and freedom of a fast-paced ride along the pristine beaches of the bay of Cadiz – one of Europe’s longest virgin beaches, kilometre after kilometre of soft white sand as far as the eye can see. Back at Kukutana, Ansley ran a final equine therapy session in the afternoon before our guests said their farewells and headed back to Seville.

Our Equine Wellness Retreat, set in our scenic and unspoilt corner of Andalusia, offered our horse-loving guests the welcome opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of modern life for a few days. We have also recently hosted a week with Offbeat Safaris, another equine-focused tailor made trip for lovers of luxury, adventure riding trips.

The equine therapy stay comprised a carefully curated blend of holiday and equine therapy, where guests spent time in the company of other like-minded people to learn, explore, exercise, relax and reboot. It was an energising few days for our equine enthusiasts as they deepened their understanding of horses and experienced first-hand the lively Andalusian culture, excellent food and hospitality.

To find out more about the hidden gem that is Kukutana and to hear more about the bespoke packages we offer, do get in touch today.


I’m struggling to put into words everything that we have experienced these past days, from the very first moment it has all been exceptional. The team and the hosts are marvellous, the experiences unforgettable - we will cherish these days forever.

Guest, Madrid

A unique experience surrounded by friends and hosted by this wonderful family who have poured their dreams and love into this project. The most memorable G&T in history! We will be back soon.

V.U. Madrid

The magic of southern Spain and the warmth with which we have been received have made these days unforgettable. What an incredible project you have created!

A.L. Germany

Thank you for the most magical few days in this piece of Paradise! It was the most memorable time and holiday that we have ever had. The food was delicious, the horses were beautiful and cannot believe that we saw a Lynx! We cannot thank you enough for all you have done. Hope to see you again soon and best luck for the creation and adventures that you plan.

J&M.H United Kingdom


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