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4 Day Humanship Horsemanship Workshop with Ian and Anke Benson
cutural guided tour in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is known for its amazing beautiful and unique landscape and historical sites and has been under the protection of UNESCO for over 30 years. Here you can go hiking amongst the tuf formations (fairy chimneys) and visit the Byzantine rock churches. 

The Horse Riding Centre Kirkit is situated by the Red River (Kızılırmak), in the small and picturesque town Avanos. Kirkit offers rides from two hours to 9 days as well as mountain biking, hiking or sightseeing tours to Göreme or underground cities of the first generation of Christians who found refuge in the area.




Humanship Horsemanship Workshop: 
Here's a wonderful opportunity to attend a Horsemanship Workshop in this magical area of Turkey, combine it with a 3 or 6 day horse trek and experience an amazingly different holiday. 

Ian Benson, Horseman from New Zealand has been working with horses for more than 25 years and follows the Horsemanship pricinples of Ray Hunt, Bill & Tom Dorrance. 

Anke Benson with her training in psychology and psychotherapy along with her passion for horses and nature compliments the work, offering a different view point on the interactions she sees and relating this back to the people.

With their background in Equine Assisted Coaching & Learning they bring together and use a variety of skills in a very unique way to help both humans and horses come together in more harmony with each other.


The relationship between human and horse is the focus of our work. In our workshops we teach concepts which enable you to form a better relationship with your horse from the ground or from horseback. One goal is to raise the awareness how a change in our attitude or behaviour is reflected by the horse‘s behaviour. To realise what and how we communicate with our body language. Ian helps you to see how the horse percieves us in a situation and Anke supports the process of change from the human perspective.

In this way we have a chance to realize how the horse sees us, what improves the relationship or what lessens or decreases the quality of our relationship.
The aim: A harmonious relationship between human and horse based on trust and respect.

For the workshop there will be Kirkit‘s horses to learn with and from. The workshops will consist of a beginner group (Introduction to Humanship) and an advanced group (for those who have already participated in a Humanship course). Each group will have 4 hours per day for 4 days , either in the morning or the afternoon.
In the half day free time you can go and explore the stunning area trekking tours on horseback or hiking, sight seeing tours, rafting, pottery or hot air ballooning.


Cultural Guided Tour: 

Experiencing the Turkish culture with all your senses. Would you like to experience Cappadocia aside the normal touristic activities and meet the locals, talk, cook and eat together and get a full taste of Capadocia‘s amazing culture? We invite you to meet local families in the Capadocian mountains and be part of their daily life for half a day.

We will start with an introduction into the Turkish culture enriched by personal experiences and stories. Then we will visit a Turkish family and experience rural living up in the mountains. Together with the family we will prepare a typical Anatolian meal followed by dining together.

For many years we have been guiding/introducing people with lots of passion, humour and joy to the Turkish culture. We know how to build the bridge between the two cultures, and can share different aspects European and Turkish through our own personal experiences. The focus for us is the non-tabu orientied introduction and experiences of daily real life. We have a deep understanding and love for this area and the people and their horses. 


During the workshop you will stay at Kirkit Hotel, a pleasant ensemble of semi-cave ancient Anatolian houses, tastefully restored and set around a central courtyard, with a particularly friendly atmosphere. In summer and when weather permits, meals (breakfast and dinner) are served in the courtyard. Kirkit Hotel is meticulously kept. Its team accords great importance to keeping the intimate family atmosphere with a quality and professional welcoming.

Getting there: 

The arrival is on Tuesday 06.09.2022. The flight is not included in the prices and has to be organzied by everyone themselves. The nearest airports are Nevşehir and Kayseri and transfers are organised. Please let us know the exact arrival and departure dates.


Date:  07.09. - 10.09.2022

(Arrival date 06.09.2022)



  • 4 x Half-Day Workshop with Ian and Anke Benson (4 hrs per day), min. of 5 participants per course

  • Cultural guided tour and cultural introduction (aprox half a day) 

  • Full board and lodging for 5 nights (including the night of 10.09.2022)

  • Airport transfers (flight is excluded) 



(Workshop, Cultural guided tour, food & accomodation):

  • Price per person single room, full board 1000 € 

  • Price per person double room, full board 800 € 

  • Price per person triple room, full board 700 € 

Trail Ride after Workshop:

After the 4 days of Horsemanship Workshop you have the opportunity to combine your stay with a 3 or 6 day horse trek. Canter your way through grandiose landscapes and trot through the region’s rich history: Byzantine churches, troglodyte monasteries, mosques, caravanserai, and underground cities. From canyon to canyon, from valley to valley and through tunnels, you’ll cover the terrain on your Anatolian horses accompanied by the smiles of the friendly and hospitable inhabitants of this area. At the end of each day relax and enjoy the traditional food prepared by the chef and the team before you fall asleep in your tent in this remarkable landscape. The horses are both vivid and enduring. They are surefooted and are accustomed to trails and the steep terrain of Cappadocia. The team consist of professional trail guides who speak English and French and take excellent care of their guests.

3 day Horse Trek: 11.09.-13.09.2022

Price: 600€ per person (full board)

6 day Horse Trek: 11.09.-16.09.2022

Price: 1290€ per person (full board)

Other activities:

  • Pottery Workshop, approx. 2 hours: 30 Euro

  • Full day Canyon Trekking Tour: 80 Euro

  • Trail rides:

2 hours                40 Euro

half day               60 Euro

full day                75 Euro

  • Sight seeing tours in a mini group: 50 Euro

(Göreme Museum, Uchisar castle, underground city and several canyons)

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