There is a quote I wrote on a blackboard in the barn that captured me when I opened our doors to offer our services. It actually captured me from the first time I read it about 4 years earlier. It’s from a book by Linda Kohanov called Riding Between the Worlds. Kohanov has authored many books on equine assisted learning, however, this one, this one is the one that whispered something so quiet and so clear that I heard my Soul calling … and we’ve been in conversation again ever since.Read More
I’ll make no secret of it .. this post is, as are all our stories, a plea, a call, a yearning to your belonging. This is one of the central teachings the herd has called me into .. the ongoing work of our longing to help make the world a better place.
Here’s the story of what a golden haired horse taught me about my path of belonging by saying no.Read More
It’s a paradox that one of the greatest lessons the horses have taught me is the power of being still. I mean they are big animals, animals that can take flight and thunder the ground in the blink of an eye. Animals who graze and wander for all but the entire 24 hours in a day. Movement is their way of processing everything. And yet, they are also masters of stillness.
Something that had never entered into my time being with Echo but would come to draw us ever closer.Read More
I’d get so frustrated with myself, “What am I doing wrong?”
As though it was about right and wrong, about technique, about horsemanship.
Then, finally one day, I heard him. “I’d like a real invitation.” Real as in genuine. It mattered to Orion how I came to him. And, in hindsight, although I was happy to see him and trying to make the right moves, what Orion was picking up on more than anything was the felt tone of my coming to him. And I didn’t have a practiced idea of what that meant.Read More
One snowy, cold winter night during our first winter together, I had just put out hay in small piles all over the field and the horses were enjoying the replenishment. I plunked myself down in a bank of snow among the herd and sat quietly savouring the moment. As they ate, I became aware that they were moving a lot … two would eat together for a bit here and then one would walk and join another there, and then they would be joined by another, and so on and so on.
At one point Orion walked past me and I asked him, “What’s going on while you’re eating? Why are you moving so much?”Read More
The mindset of dominance is so pervasive today - many of us live our work and personal lives acting it out without realizing the insidious stronghold it has over our beliefs. Sometimes we feel it’s nauseousness without knowing just what it is, and we hide out from it all, disengaging. Either way, this mostly leaves us feeling stressed or empty or both. Yearning, searching to find our way to wholeness, instead of knowing that we already are.
But Nature hasn’t forgotten us.Read More