The Academy for Coaching with Horses
2019 Fourth Annual Retreat and Conference
Evolving the Collective Consciousness by becoming One with Horse
A gathering of humans who are passionate about bringing Love, Honor and Respect to Horses, each other and Mother Earth…
- Would you like to experience the heart of Horse in a way that changes how you see Horse forever?
- Have you been contemplating the world of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC)?
- Do you currently offer EFLC sessions and want to expand your knowledge, processes or toolbox?
- Would experiencing an authentic, spiritual journey with Horse in a retreat-like setting with like-minded companions light you up?
For 10 years Kathy Pike pondered hosting a gathering where the true nature of Horse could be honored and respected through a collective of leaders in the field. This is our fourth gathering of like-minded individuals who are ready to explore and expand consciousness through interacting with horses. Join us for the . . .
The 2019 Fourth Annual Academy for Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference
Arrive by 3:00 on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Opening reception is at 4:00.
Conference opening presentation by Kathy at 5:00.
Stay through Wednesday, January 30, 2019 through lunch.
Join international author, teacher, and founder of The Academy for Coaching with Horses, Kathy Pike, along with several other professional Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching certified practitioners as they share their love of Horse and expertise in a variety of fields related to the emerging practice of Equine Facilitated Learning.
The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference resulted in such an expansive and rewarding time with each other and the horses that Kathy Pike is hosting the fourth annual event. This incredible experience takes place over a three day period at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. White Stallion Ranch provides a retreat-like setting complete with an insightful herd of wonderful horses. The ranch offers the perfect environment to…
- Experience the power of Horse to touch and expand one’s heart.
- Become one with the sacred energy of Horse.
- Commune with like-minded individuals.
- Decompress through yoga, massage, and self-reflection in a serene, retreat-like setting.
- Ride a horse below the spectacular Rincon Mountain peaks.
- Experience the beauty of the Arizona landscape.
- Ask questions and explore the various options in the emerging field of EFLC.
What might you gain while you are at this program?
This program offers a rare blend of taking time to simply “be” and to grow personally and professionally. You will enjoy a diverse herd of kind horses, the natural desert setting, warm days and cool nights, yoga, and time to reflect and enjoy the ranch. If you are new to this type of work you will have the opportunity to experience Horse in a way that you may not have previously.
Many individuals who are already certified, or have taken training courses with other teachers in the equine based learning field, attend Kathy’s programs. The deep, body-centered, heart-based approach often facilitated through the use of the Mind Body Method will be reflected in the sessions offered. As a professional in the field, you will have the opportunity to advance your skill set, gather new concepts and ideas to support your work, and meet other professionals in related areas of work.
What makes The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference different?
Kathy wanted to ensure that The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference stood out from the rest. We have accomplished this by building this Retreat and Conference around several unique considerations:
Attendance is very limited
While many conference events host up to hundreds of people, we have limited attendance to our retreat-styled event to create a very intimate setting of sharing and bonding with others. With only up to 40 participants in attendance, you will have an exclusive opportunity to interact with, ask questions and get to know the horses and the real details behind this work.
True Experiential Presentations
Several of our presenters will not only be offering you
the insight and knowledge of their specialty within the EFLC world, but will also be sharing an actual experience with you. Due to the limited attendance, several equine-based learning sessions will have only 8 to 10 people and you will personally get to participate in most of these experiences and have a very hands-on and intimate learning session. Each morning and afternoon there will be three to four different breakout sessions to choose from. Some sessions will be offered twice to ensure you can attend those you are attracted to.
Qualified and Experienced Presenters
As a leader in the EFLC community, Kathy had many, many specialists submit applications to present sessions at this Retreat and Conference and the result enabled her to select a distinct variety of presenters each with a very specific specialty within the field. Most of the presenters are previous graduates of The Academy for Coaching with Horses. Each and every one will provide a high quality and insightful experience for you. A perfect way for individuals already offering their own programs to expand their skill set and gather new ideas on facilitating.
Exceptional Spiritual Retreat-Like Setting
The Coaching with Horses Conference structure provides you an all-inclusive spiritual retreat setting surrounded by a herd of over 100 horses. A very casual and personal atmosphere allows for continual interaction and facilitates authentic connections between both participants and presenters. Gatherings and activities function as ideal catalysts to encourage friendships and support the spiritual motivation behind the entire event.
Wednesday Morning Selections:
Morning Ritual Ride in the Desert
Your conference experience will be concluding with a very special “Ritual Ride”. During this ride the group moves through the fragrant and expansive desert in silence and communion with their horse just below the spectacular Rincon Mountains located in the Saguaro National Park. It includes a spiritual ritual below the mountain peaks. A lovely way to end a very special time and set intentions for the future! A matchless experience.
Non-riders Ending Ritual Experience
Individuals who do not wish to ride may conclude their conference experience with a very special ending ritual session with the horses. This experience will help you to integrate your learning and experiences while honoring horses and Mother Earth. With your values awakened you will set an intention as you embody the energy of your true self and merge back into your every day life.
What is included?
- A special opening presentation at 5:00pm, led by Kathy Pike, followed by dinner
- A full two and a half days of experiences with trained EFLC experts in their fields
- Beautiful desert horseback ride on the final morning or ending ritual with horses at the ranch
- ACWH Conference tote bag and manual
- Morning movement sessions to liven up your chakras and bring you into alignment
- Priceless insights and knowledge in the field of EFL
- Connections and friendships to last a lifetime
- Massages (additional fee applies)
- Delicious healthy community meals with like-minded individuals
Potent, Powerful, Unforgettable.
Evolving the Collective Consciousness by becoming One with Horse
Presented by: Kathy Pike
The human species is balancing on a precipice of evolutionary change. The ability to connect with higher levels of unified collective social structures that engage in selfless acts of kindness can literally reshape our society. We must move from the unconscious, conditioned, fear-based paradigm in which we currently operate into one that is based on trust, love and the connectivity of all living things. Horses naturally demonstrate these attributes, effortlessly and seamlessly, as it is their nature. During this conference our human collective will merge with a herd of over one hundred and fifty horses on the ranch. The capacity for unfiltered, present-moment awareness will be intensified as we drop into the herd’s spacious field of consciousness. This emptied state of being leads us into the divine source of wisdom and unique expression that lies within us. Once discovered and engaged, change is not only possible, but inevitable. As we evolve we go deeper into service to others – be it humans, horses, or Mother Earth. Join Kathy for this opening night lecture, meditation and communication with the herd that will lay the foundation for the retreat and conference.
Energy is Universal. Energy is ever present. Energy is powerful. Horses are fully attuned to energy and vibration – theirs, and yours; it’s natural, instinctual for them. Horses can teach you to sink into the subtle communication possible within the energy field. The Chakra System is a perfect model to learn and explore these possibilities.
Every living being has energy centers (or Chakras) that can be balanced and rejuvenated for higher levels of health and vitality. Through hands-on application with horses, you will learn about the origin, purpose, physical location, theme, key beliefs to shift, and bio-energetic activity of the seven Chakras for both Horse and Human. You will gain confidence in sensing the flows of energy and intuitively receiving what is being expressed in those centers. The tools taught here can be used in your personal life, to keep your horse energetically balanced, and blended into your client sessions in EFLC.
Discover how the Chakra system, with its deep balancing power, can help you and your horse activate the vital life force both of you need to flourish and enjoy a vibrant life.
This hands-on session with Horse is for individuals who are seeking greater clarity about the blocks in their life or work journey. While guiding a horse through various obstacles, you will be presented with opportunities for new ways to see, think and feel about your journey. Your horse becomes an energetic mirror for your deepest doubts, purest desires and quality of your inner dialogue as they sense the absolute essence of your inner landscape.
While partnering with Horse, you will gain clearer understanding of non-verbal communication, learn how mindful moments can alter your path, align intention for forward movement, claim an authentic voice to successfully navigate transitions and obtain greater clarity and confidence about “Who am I on this path?” and “How do I represent the ‘real me’?” You become more authentic through the soft, clear, unfiltered guidance of Horse.
This session will take a fresh approach toward understanding and experiencing the often-avoided shadow emotions with Horse. Horse as your guide and teacher embodies strength, gentle-softness, and possesses a heightened sense of communication. Horses naturally trust their instincts and are attuned to the moods and body language of all beings that enter into their sensory field. The high mastery of their social structure is necessary, not only for the survival of each member, but also for the balance of peace as they relate to one another, and to thrive as a whole.
Horse is our patient and willing teacher and is a reflection of the energy and emotion within the sensory field. The practices offered during the Reflective Round Pen session, led by the horse, will strengthen your ability to immerse into the entire emotional spectrum with acceptance and appreciation. You relate and bond with others in a more gentle and healthy way by learning to flow gracefully with the energies all of our emotions bring. Unpacking and processing these energies with Horse is where the calm water of wisdom flows. Horse is an excellent guide to take us there! You will come away from this experience with a new awareness for positive relationships (with horses and others), and radically improve your experience of life.
During this program, you will combine the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and the gentle, reflective nature of horses for an experiential journey toward wholeness.
The Medicine Wheel, Sacred Hoop, or Mandala is an ancient symbol used by many indigenous cultures that provides a framework for understanding ourselves within the Cycles of Life. Horses offer the deepening and understanding of these cycles, leading us toward greater self-awareness and authentic self-expression.
In society today many suffer from feeling separate, lonely, and disconnected. The medicine wheel paradigm of our ancestors was the ability to connect the dots in life’s journey – understanding and learning from our interconnection to every other living thing, including horses. Horses provide a powerful opening for humans to feel connected. Their highly developed sensory intelligence can awaken what lies dormant, what truth wants to be revealed, and what is ready to be awakened at the right time within the human spirit.
With Horse as guide and teacher, participants will identify a dream, desire, or goal they would like to realize or gain more awareness and clarity with, enter the sacred hoop/round pen with Horse, and allow what wants to emerge to become awake.
Native Americans used paints, feathers, beads, and their hair to connect and intertwine their intentions and spirits with their horses and Horse Ancestors to prepare for war, games, the hunt, and ceremonies of celebration. During this session, learn to emulate these ancient practices to experience spiritual gifts and a deeper relationship while honoring Horse.
By first finding inner stillness, and entering into horse-time, you ask for guidance. You then trust that guidance and give yourself permission to explore it through creative expression with your horse partner – painting, braiding, beading – to decorate with awareness and without expectations, judgment, or self-doubt. The guidance may be a message sensed from your horse through his or her body language and communication or through ideas, emotions, sensations, colors, or images. The guidance may also feel ephemeral, as if emanating from the land itself and the entire herd of horses within our shared energy field.
Experience a still point within your self as you connect deeply, finding sacredness with the soul of your horse. Discover inner messages, learn the form in which they naturally emerge, and the fruitful ways they can guide your outer actions.
Horses provide a wonderful thread to the intricate living web of which we all are a part. The experience of Sharing Space with Horse – Finding your Creative Voice will allow you to cultivate connection mindfully. By honoring these connections, you will be invited to tap into the well of creative inspiration. Entering into shared space, you will engage with the horses in an unrestricted fashion, with no agenda beyond simply ‘being.’ Grounding into the earth and reconnecting to her rhythms, you will remember your connection to all.
Extending this experience through artistic expression will enable you to create a tangible reminder to take into your everyday life. These expressions can help you remember ‘the way of horse,’ a place of true, honest connection and authentic communication. By allowing yourself to come into quiet, present-moment awareness, mindful of everything around and within you, you will enter into Horse Time. By tuning into your inner landscape, you will have the opportunity to then give voice to your experience through a variety of creative mediums. You need not be an artist to give expression to the powerful way that the energy of this experience will move from the horse to you, then onto paper, into movement, or song.
Humans rely on their minds and speaking as primary ways of being in the world. Horses gather and sense information through their whole bodies, picking up energy from one another and other beings around them. As herd animals and highly vibrational, sensing beings, horses process all energy as information, without judgment or labeling. What a horse senses as energy, humans process as emotions, though we tend to place judgment and labels on those emotions as good, bad, helpful, a hindrance, etc.
Spending time in the presence of horses, by being mindful and present in the moment, can open your awareness and your information-gathering capacity in new and deeper ways. In this exploration, you will experience being more horse-like, strengthening your intuition and inner wisdom by practicing body-centered awareness and ways of receiving information while in the presence of horses. Your intuition may be strongest through sight, hearing, smell, feeling, or simply by just knowing something. Find a more integrated sense of yourself to access information, and become more whole, mindful, and as fully present as horses are.
Jackie Hibbard is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and has worked in Volunteer Management at several non-profit organizations. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in education and has taught workshops in volunteer management both to the community and at the college level. She also served for several years as Adjunct Professor in Field Education at Iliff School of Theology. In 2005, Jackie moved into hospice chaplaincy and then into hospice leadership positions. Currently, she is Team Leader for Halcyon Hospice and volunteers at Community UCC in Boulder where she helps lead contemplative Taize services.
Jackie is a 2016 Graduate, Advanced Facilitator, and EFLC Level One Provider and Program Assistant with Kathy Pike and the Academy for Coaching with Horses. She offers individual sessions and workshops with her business Dancing Spirit Horse. She lives in the foothills of Lyons, Colorado with her wife, dogs, chickens, cat, and four beautiful horses. http://www.dancingspirithorse.com
The phrase “herd mentality” is almost always used in the negative sense, often associated with mindlessness and frequently linked to the worst of human behaviors. Yet, animals, fish, and insects rely on a herd, a swarm, a flock, or a school for decision-making and safety. As we learn more about these behaviors and attributes in nature, we as a society are daily arriving at a new and positive application of this concept in the form of Artificial Swarm Intelligence (ASI). ASI is what scientists ascribe to human communities when they attempt to replicate the multi-component, decentralized, or emergent intelligence often exhibited in bees, ants, flocking birds, and horse herds.
During this interactive session with a herd of horses, you will learn what it means to experience decentralized intelligence and to play in very horse-like ways with the energy fields that are present and active in both the humans and the horses. Participants will be able to differentiate between ASI and “crowd-sourcing,” and will be introduced to the critical components of constructing and functioning within an ASI. This exploration of hive or herd intelligence will stretch your ability to shift and improve your communication and collaboration style, along with deepening your understanding of the importance of diversity within groups. You will interact with the horses and with each other to expand your capacities and harness your energy for the greater good of both the human and the horse herd.
Horses are composed of 60% muscle. To function effectively, a muscle must be able to contract and release, with its fibers gliding and folding over one another. When muscle tissue becomes tight due to toxins or injury, it is then deprived of oxygen. This condition results in the muscle becoming knotted, painful, damaged, and spasmodic. Rubbing aches and pains is a natural and instinctive response. People verbalize their need to seek a massage. Horses will also communicate their discomfort through subtle or noticeable changes in their body movement, mood, and behavior.
During this hands-on equine massage session, you will experience introductory techniques, knowledge, and tools to provide muscle relaxation and balance. When your hands connect with the horse, the horse’s body intuitively knows where to apply the energetic healing within the muscles. You will gain sensory awareness from the horses from the feedback they provide.
Equine massage assists in healing your horses; it also develops a deeper heart-felt connection on several levels. An increased emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness bond is experienced through this type of horse and human interaction.
Activating Your Acoustical nature – Guided by the Herd
Presented by: Kathy Pike
Have you ever visited a herd of horses in the middle of the night, with the weight of their sleepy presence dropping you deeper into your own body awareness? Have you ever joined a quiet herd of horses standing still under a shade tree on a hot summer’s day, finding yourself moving from that busy brain state into an altered sense of time and reality? Have you ever sat in the presence of a herd, with the intention to release the busy beta brain activity that typically governs all humans, allowing yourself to explore the more expansive and creative realms of the slower brain waves that move you from surviving to thriving?
Join Kathy Pike as she teaches you how to move beyond the common, mundane physical world you are accustom to, and shift your mind and body into an altered state of consciousness that removes all resistance and opens up possibilities. This state of consciousness that Kathy calls “The Acoustical State of Being” brings you closely, if not fully into, how to be “horse-like” in an ever-changing, high-speed human world. Supported by the quiet, reflective and restful elder herd at the ranch, the power of the collective herd supports you in making this significant and powerful shift of consciousness.
Dancing with Horse: Co-creating Flow and Igniting Reverence and Appreciation
Presented by: Kathy Pike
Have you ever watched a person move with grace and ease accompanied by a beautiful and willing equine partner? Have you longed to have that same experience with your own horse?
There is a place we can go with Horse, where such ease, connection and grace can move us deeply. When we find this special place in space all time stands still and something beyond us moves through us. It is a sacred connection between two beings of different worlds, meeting in a space of oneness. Our body begins to move and horse follows along, we separate and come back to connect, eyes become bright and curious and hearts open with possibility. This is the dance of Horse. Open your eyes and your heart and know that you can find this place not only with your herd, but also in all of your life.
Dancing with Horse is a journey beyond horse training or technique where we meet Horse in his or her world, in the greater Horse Consciousness. During this two part learning session Kathy will demonstrate some of the key ways to prepare and communicate with your horse for dancing. She will give you tips on how to also prepare yourself and begin this highly experiential and creative process with Horse.
Kathy Pike is the founder of The Academy for Coaching with Horses. She is a speaker, coach, facilitator and the internationally published author of Hope from the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us about Presence, Strength and Awareness, available in both English and Dutch. As a pioneer in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, Kathy has taught EFLC Certification Programs worldwide. Her work has reached over 18 countries. She offers over 25 years of experience as a coach trainer for CoachU, a corporate trainer, a teacher at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, and ten years working in the healing arts as a massage and polarity therapist. Her first book, Pathways to a Radiant Self: A Journey of Growth and Discovery with the Chakras offers a complete guide for healing and expanding one’s energy field. She was also the founder and inspiration behind the Horse as Teacher book series. Kathy has spoken and presented at several International Coach Federation (ICF) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) conferences. www.coachingwithhorses.com
Awaken Your Chakras
Presented by: Anouk Lorie
One of the best things we can do for our relationship with self, others and with horses is to have aliveness and vitality in our body. Through activating the chakras and bringing more rejuvenation into the human system you are more centered, aware, and sensitive to your own needs and those of others. Join us in the morning for a lovely blend of Polarity Yoga, stretching, movement and flow to shake up your chakras and get your vital life force energy moving, followed by a relaxing meditation and visualization.
Delving Deeper into the Wisdom of our Emotions
Presented by: Sandi Wetenkamp
As we become comfortable with what we once thought were “negative” emotions in ourselves, we can understand the anger, jealousy, anxiety, depression and fear in others, with expanded compassion and empathy. This opens the space for healing. You will gain more “choice” and begin to move to the more positive or expanded emotions.
During this evening interactive exploration of many key emotions, you will have the opportunity to peel away the conscious resistance of befriending your emotions and step into the magic and power of communicating with your higher intelligence. Additionally, you will leave with key tools and processes to work with emotions as they arise in your life and in your work with horses.
Dates and Location
Arrive by 3:00 on January 27, 2019. Reception is at 4:00, opening presentation by Kathy Pike at 5:00. Depart after lunch on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona (shuttles are available from and to the airport for only $25 each way so no rental car is needed).
The true value of this Retreat and Conference is priceless. For monetary purposes and to support the growth of this new field of exploring consciousness with Horse, we have set a value at $1270.
However, we are offering over $400 in savings
with the Early Bird Retreat and Conference Tuition. The rate is only
$870 per person when you book before August 31, 2018
with a $297 non- refundable deposit to hold your spot.
Retreat Accommodations and Meals
Your accommodations and meals are separate of the Retreat and Conference tuition. The White Stallion Ranch offers a lodging package that includes: program time, morning ride, food, lodging, amenities, gratuities, and taxes. There is a shuttle available to and from the lodge so you do not have to rent a car (for only $25 each way).
Lodging Package per person is $745.99 Single occupancy or $643.82 Double occupancy (four days, three nights). (Be sure to tell the ranch when you make your reservation if you would like a double room.)
IMPORTANT: You must stay at the lodge to attend the Retreat and Conference and you must book both the event and your room at the ranch at the same time. You register for the Conference and Retreat on this page, and call the White Stallion Ranch separately to book your room. We have reserved 40 rooms and they will fill quickly. To reserve your room call the White Stallion Ranch directly at 520-297-0252 and say you’re a participant of the Kathy Pike Retreat and Conference.
Cornelia Roulet is the photographer for this event. We would like to thank her for many of the beautiful photos on this page.
The 2018 gathering of humans and horses was spectacular!