Creative Equine Connections

Mission Statement

Creative Equine Connections strives to promote functional, sustainable strength and flexibility: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are passionate about staying in motion in order to increase our quality of life and our ability to connect with ourselves, others and our horses. Movement provides an outlet for our unique self-expression and creativity. Our mission is to help you discover a way of moving that is best for you and your body, and encourage you to engage in your own creativity and expression.

Workshop!

August 11, 12, 13, 2017

Workshop Overview

Our workshops provide a wide array of opportunities to be in motion. With our combined experience we incorporate elements of Parkour, fitness, movement education and dance to create a uniquely empowering experience. Our bodies are designed to be in motion, rather than repetitive motion, we strive to explore the full range of possibilities available. The more we expand our movement vocabulary the healthier and more sustainable for our body, mind and spirit. Our focus is on posture, balance and our ability to adapt to our circumstances and environment so we can protect our body if necessary.

These programs are designed with the equestrian in mind, with a strong focus on the kind of strength and flexibility one needs to interact with horses in a way that empowers both horse and person. When we are mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually agile we can be a better partner for our horses. To that end much of our movement activities incorporate partnering skills, or how we move with someone else. We make use of obstacles to stimulate creativity and problem solving abilities to increase the mental and physical agility/adaptability of horse and human.

While these workshops are geared towards horse people they are equally valuable for anyone who wants to have fun moving and learning to partner in novel ways. No horse experience required. The end goal is for you to co-create (with a horse or another person) ways to interact with your environment as a form of exercise and playful self-expression.

Cameron, Vinnie, the horses and I are brimming over with enthusiasm and ideas to help you and your horse develop together:

  • Functional and Sustainable movement practices
  • Body awareness for you and your horse
  • Creativity, problem solving and interacting with your environment
  • Unique approaches to partnering skills and collaboration
  • Techniques that keep you and your horse activity engaged

Details

Date: August 11th-13th, 2017

Location:

  • Move To Inspire Parkour Facility, 715 S. 7th St. Grand Junction, CO, 81501
  • Restoration Ranch, 2073 I Road, Fruita, CO 81521
  • Parkour Fundamentals and Movement Improvisation and Partnering, on Saturday morning, will be held at Move to Inspire Parkour Facility. All other classes will be held at Restoration Ranch.

Schedule and Class Descriptions:

Friday Evening August 11, 2017

FREE

6-8 P.M. : Open House at Restoration Ranch

Come on out and meet Andrea, Cameron, Vinnie and the rest of the the horse and human team at Restoration Ranch.  Discussion, demonstrations and dinner!

Open to the public, free, potluck dinner

Please RSVP: Andrea Datz: 970-640-9880

Pricing for the Weekend Workshop:

Weekend pass: $200 (includes all but one on one session on Sunday)

Fundamentals (Saturday all day): $125

A la carte Classes Sunday: $25 per class (includes all but one on one sessions)

If you want to take a la carte classes on Sunday you must participate in the Saturday workshop.

One on One sessions Sunday: $50 (Participants can do a one on one session with Vinnie, Andrea or Cameron on anything they would like to work on)

Auditors: $30 per day or $50 for the weekend

Saturday August 12, 2017:

No horse required on Saturday and no horse experience necessary to participate!

9 – 10 A.M. Parkour for Riders:

Instructor:  Vinnie Coryell

This class will introduce the fundamentals of parkour, including: how to land, fall and roll properly, along with specific vaults. This class will introduce specific movements that can aid in strengthening and protecting the equestrian, on and off the horse.

10 – 11:30 A.M. Movement Improvisation & Partnering:

Instructor:  Cameron Cunningham Coryell

This class will expand and build on the movements from the Parkour for Riders class. Introducing basic partnering skills, this class will allow for the individuals to adapt to and navigate their environment, while understanding and working with their own physical limitations. As you learn to navigate your environment with a partner, you will also learn how to communicate most effectively with another person while expanding your own creative process.

1-3:00 P.M. Partnering Skills 101

Instructor: Andrea Datz

Discussion and fun activities related to body awareness. How our posture, intention, balance, energy and emotion relate to moving with someone else. We’ll work with each other to fine tune our understanding of what it takes to move in harmony so that you can’t even tell who’s leading and who’s following.

4-6:00 P.M. Creativity and Adaptability with Horses

Instructors: Cameron and Andrea

Arena session with horses: Creativity and adaptability working with obstacles and novel situations in collaboration with our horses. Participants will break up into teams of 2 people and one of the ranch horses. They’ll work together to find creative ways to make use of the obstacles provided so that the people are working on their skills while encouraging their equine teammate to join in and find their own ways of moving through the obstacle. Emphasis on creativity and adaptability rather than getting the horse to do a task.

Sunday August 13, 2017

While it’s not required that you bring your own horse, you are welcome to do so on Sunday.  Once again, no horse experience is necessary to participate.

9-10:00 A.M.  Strength and Flexibility for Riders:

Instructor: Cameron Cunningham Coryell

This class will target specific muscle groups that Rider’s most often use when interacting with their horses. Both strengthening and stretching these muscle groups will aid the rider in their daily equestrian tasks, from riding to barn chores.

10:30-noon: Partnering with Horses

Instructor: Andrea Datz

Building on what we explored in partnering skills 101, we’ll apply what we have learned  to working with horses on the ground. Participants may choose to work with a ranch horses or bring their own. Focus on posture, energy, intention, emotion and invitation, the things that make partnership flow.

1-3:00 P.M.:  Creativity and Adaptability with Horses

Instructors: Andrea Datz and Cameron C.

Building on everything done so far, participants will apply all of their skills to work with the obstacles with their own horse or a ranch horse in the arena. This session is focused on putting all your partnership skills to the test while you find creative ways to make use of obstacles your horse has never seen before. This is such novel approach that horses don’t always know what to make of it. How will you help your horse feel confident enough to bring their own creative exploration to the task?

4-6 one on one with any instructor any topic

Participants may elect to do a one hour private session with any of the three instructors on any topic they would like to go deeper into.

For more information or to register please contact: Andrea Datz

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Movement is for Everyone