I'd like to share with you what I do and how I work with people. Sixteen years ago my path took a different direction and I became fascinated with the healing arts. I studied energy medicine (Polarity Healing Arts) cranial sacral unwinding, astrology, systemic and family constellations. I also became besotted by horses and in my 40th year I adopted my first dog and horse. This was a dream come true, as all my life I have loved animals.
I was able to synthesize everything I know about healing and integrate these skills into my profession and outdoor, horsey lifestyle. The current manifestation of this is Silver Horse Retreat.
Typically, I like to work in a one to one construct. I categorize this as a mentorship which encompasses teaching and therapy. I meet my client where they're at and help them get to where they want to be.
Examples of this are:
health crisis; I want to become well again
emotional crisis; relationship break up, I need to rediscover who I am and what is important to me
mental crisis; depression, stagnation, I need to connect with my worthiness
spiritual crisis; everything in my life is going wrong and I feel out of control, I need to align to my purpose.
If I'm working with someone who is experiencing depression, I'll look at their astrology to see their strengths, talents and weaknesses. I'll include table sessions where I meet their physicality and reflect information. I'll incorporate horse sessions, teaching how to relate to horses in a deep visceral way which may or may not include riding. The horse sessions work on areas such as boundaries, leadership, authenticity and empathy. And last but not least I will constellate their family, relationships, ancestral heritage and support my client in disentangling from any hidden loyalties.
Constructing and experiencing a constellation is a creative interactive process and has the potential of reframing our beliefs, opinions and judgements about ourselves, family, and how we show up in the world.
I can honestly say I've peronally experienced all the types of life crisis mentioned earlier. The therapies I've learned and experienced helped me and changed my life for the better. My philosophy in living a healthy, happy and fulfilling life is to resolve inner conflicts, whether conscious or unconscious. I believe in our own innate ability to heal; to be balanced. When I'm working with my client my ultimate intention is to support them in becoming fully empowered.
Life doesn't always go the way we planned. Learning how to be present; having the ability to yield and be flexible under pressure are valuable skills horses can teach us. When horses find their place within the herd the system is balanced. The same goes for us, in regards to our relationships, family and business life.
I have a passion for the arts, music and fashion and I integrate these influences into my work. For example, in the Dancing with Horses program where each participant in the Shamanic Horse Retreat learns how to dance with a horse. Each participant picks a favorite song, designs an outfit and creates their own ritualized dance.
The horse dance is documented by photographs and video's. I consider this a wonderful opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience with horses who love to dance and play.