There are countless incredible opportunities to learn about working with horses in online formats.
How do you choose? How do you know which course will give you what you most need?
This question of how do you choose is at the heart of what my online courses are about. Most of us ask some variation of this question in relation to our horses all the time! How do we know if what we are doing is working for our horse? The answer to that question is simple enough, we ask our horse. In this class you will learn how to reacquaint yourself with your innate ability to be in direct communication with your horse.
Diane C: “The changes in my presence and connection to Star and all of life have been profound. I’m feeling so thankful for all of you and especially for Andrea and your amazing guidance and support on this journey!
May the dance continue with delight and grace.”
- Learn to be grounded in a way that allows you to connect to others, rather than to separate and protect yourself from others.
- Develop self-awareness around being fully embodied. This is how we develop and make use of our capacity to feel and interpret deeper meanings.
- Learn how to engage in self-inquiry: understanding how to work with bodily sensations and emotions as information and communication.
- Empathic overwhelm and understanding why we feel what we feel.
- Become conscious of what is being communicated through body language and beyond.
- Chronic stress and PTSD influence our nervous system and impact our ability to connect and communicate. How do we recognize these issues are present and resolve them?
- Self-care and self-healing practices: learn tools that can become daily practice to feed yourself first so that you can be more available for others.
- Learn how to receive insight, inspiration, or what some might call divine guidance in what you do with your horse: practices for being open to the possibilities that go beyond our current knowledge.
For up to date information on packages available for 2018 click here:
We live in an unprecedented time for horses. Finally, enough evidence has come to light that even scientists are willing to acknowledge, all beings (even plants) are sentient, intelligent, have emotions, social structures and even form communities. These are qualities long reserved only for humankind and maybe primates and some birds. I’m sure I’m not alone in planting my face in my palm and saying “well, duh,” every time a new ‘study’ arrives on the scene proving another level of complexity in how horses think, feel and experience the world.
As all this ‘new’ information comes to light, many question how this changes our responsibility to the non-human animals we share our lives with. In the horse world, there is now a morass of wildly conflicting information about what is and is not ethical in regards to what we do, or don’t do with our horses. I have watched the ‘industry’ change dramatically in the 25+ years I have been an equine professional. It’s a great relief to see things moving in the direction I always tended anyway.
It’s been a long journey, fraught with confusion, disillusionment, frustration, heartache and more. I’ve been fortunate to find coaches and guides over the years who had a more compassionate bent from the outset, but found it never worked to try to be like someone else. Ultimately I have found my way by learning to listen to the horses and letting them guide me to what works for them. Every horse and every human is unique. The key is to find what works for us as individuals and what helps us come together in harmony and with ease. These courses provide a safe container to form a community of fellow seekers; I hope you’ll join us!
Opportunities to join the community begin January 1st!
The Foundations of Perception and Working with Resonance Short Course:
Beginning January 1, 2018!
Join us for the first two weeks FREE!
Registration closes Sunday December 31st!
Topics for this short course:
Week 1: The importance of self care.
- Discover your internal and external resources and how self care impacts your nervous system.
- A nervous system tutorial: how our nervous system gathers information that informs our decision. Includes discussion of basic survival needs.
- How our health and well being impacts our relationship with our horses.
Week 2: Expanding our Sensory Awareness.
- Learning to expand our awareness to include multiple senses so we perceive the world more like our horse’s do.
- Understanding how to take in information on a multi-sensory basis as the foundation for direct communication with all of life.
- Practices for managing various types of overwhelm that might be experienced when we open ourselves to feeling more.
Week 3: Pause. A week to catch up and integrate
Week 4: Expanding our Sensory Awareness with our Horses:
- Expanding our abilities to perceive communication from our horses beyond body language.
- Isolating our senses to gather specific information and insights from our horses.
- Taking our sensory awareness into the beginnings of posture, balance and movement as part of our sensory experience.
Week 5: Resonance and working with the Heart as an Organ of Perception:
- Understanding our innate capacity to feel what other beings feel.
- How feeling what others feel becomes the primary mode of communication
- Making use of resonance as a way to facilitate healing.
The first three weeks lay the ground work for understanding resonance. I believe that what I’m calling resonance is a key “missing link” in most of our interactions with horses. Horses naturally communicate by sharing how they feel, on a multi-sensory level. If we can learn to receive that level of communication we have access to immediate, accurate, unassailable insights into our horses needs.
Each session will consist of a weekly email filled with information and explorations focused on helping us access our own health, strength and resources as a priority. Next, we’ll take these explorations into learning to recognize what our horses are communicating with us. Finally, we will utilize this new awareness in our interactions with our horses, doing whatever we do with them anyway.
We will learn how to engage in activities with our horses that are mutually agreed upon, mutually enjoyable and mutually sustainable through engaging in practices that bring us back to ourselves. The support of the practices and the community we form helps us keep coming back to that place of knowing that is unassailable. Now we can have the relationship with our horse that is uniquely ours, free of inner conflict based on the opinions of others.
The herd and I are excited to share our perspective with all of you!
“Ápropos of your question re internal and external resources I have to say that (entirely unbeknownst to me) my internal resources have grown and flourished since the outset of the course and all of our initial discussions around that question.
My private mail to you about Our Loading Triumph (fist pump!)- share if you feel it would be of any interest or help- showed me how much things have changed for me and the herd. The entire way in which I relate to them is very different now.
When we’re quietly together, doing or (mostly) Not Doing (an Art in itself lol) that ‘stuttery’ quality of constantly having to consider “who’s where, who’s doing what to whom?”, “what should be happening?”, “what might happen?” and “what this or that means?” has completely disappeared.
Now I can be with them very peacefully, very aware of them (and they returning the compliment by being very aware of where my ridiculous puny human body is lol) and feel absolutely included and embraced in that ‘elastic’ push and pull of their and my energy. It just seems to ebb and flow- and their guarded expectations of what I might want with them or of them have pretty much fallen away. It’s like being in a Big Moving Meditation. The privilege gets me every time❤️
The downside of this (as the saying goes “into each life a little rain must fall”) is that it’s fairly addictive. A careless foray outside to the compost bin with kitchen waste in the middle of dinner preps can unfortunately result in a 20 minute diversion to the paddock to …. step into their bubble. I’m mainlining Horse Calmness😂😂. My family may have to stage an intervention shortly lol. So, in summation, it is THE coolest thing and I’d be jumping up and down …..except I’m too Zen.
Regularly $190 for four-week mini-course:
Special offer for the New Year! First two weeks FREE introduction. $95.00 for the rest of the course should you decide to continue on.
If you’re curious about the format or content and want to see if this is a good fit for you, join us for the first two weeks free of charge.
Participants will receive an e-mail every Monday morning for four weeks beginning January 1st. The e-mail will contain written material, video and audio (where appropriate) to support that week’s lesson, along with a list of resources for continuing your own exploration into the topics covered. You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook group where you can interact with other students and I’ll be available to answer questions and engage in discussions for the duration of the course. Once the course ends you’ll retain access to all the material forever and be invited to join the private, alumni Facebook group.
FREE review for students of the 2017 program. We’d love to have you bring your experience to the group should you wish to join us!
Registration deadline Sunday December 31st
New Offerings for 2018!
I’ll be structuring my online offerings a bit differently in 2018, with more options for learning.
A paid subscription gives you access to my online archive for the year. You’ll have access to all the content I’ve created for my year long immersion courses along with regular updates as I create new content.
- Downloadable or printable documents and workbooks
- Audio files of most of the text
- Video tutorials
- Invitation to join the Integrative Horsemanship Facebook group
- Discounts and package deals on any live courses offered throughout the year
This is the ideal solution if you are on a limited budget or prefer to engage in self-study at your own pace.
Cost: $80.00 per calendar year (January 1 – December 31)
Stay tuned for updates on the live course offerings available in 2018. I’ll be posting details in the next few weeks!