Through the deep darkness and the stillest part of the night, the roar of the heavy metal wheels rolled along the tracks. The train’s whistle sent a jolt through my slumbering body. A pack of coyotes fired up and let loose their screams and yips, multiplying in numbers by their mere sounds. Everything came thundering into my consciousness and cracked the seal around my deep, dark sleep. Images of a dark colored horse breaking through a fence jarred me into a panic. Where am I? What is happening? Where are my horses?
I gathered fragments of awareness enough to remember I was in my new home and that there is a train track in the distance. The early hours of the morning offered a glimmer of light. I checked in with my horses energetically. They were all safe and sound in the big pasture far away from the house. I dropped back into a deep sleep.
An hour or so later, the sounds of the morning began to fill the house. I rose from my bed at 5:30 to greet my little dog and glanced out my windows that face the west. Scanning the full view of the whole property, my blurry eyes caught the bodies of two dark horses. They registered as Piper and Cantata, two horses that came to work in the program. Then, a grey horse stood behind them. I looked again, what was going on? It suddenly dawned on me that Piper and Cantata were actually in the mid-property paddock.
Once I rubbed the morning haze from my eyes, I understood what I was really seeing. The six horses in the pasture next door had broken free. They were over exploring our teaching area. Throughout the week three bays, a paint, a grey and a little palomino Morgan had stood at the fence digesting our every move and session at the round pen. They had boldly left their green pasture to come explore our area. It was as if they wanted to have their hooves on the ground and their bodies in the space of our experience.
Since I have been here I had sensed that at least three of the horses next door wanted to come and be a part of the program. They are curious about this new paradigm of the horse being the teacher for the human. Once broken free of their own green pasture, they could have chosen to eat all of the rich green grass surrounding our teaching area. Instead they stood in the sandy area where we had created, as a community and herd, grounding and presence. I giggled in delight. As I ventured out they came to me, smelling my sweatshirt, gazing into my eyes. I thanked them for the visit and escorted them back home. Offering to them the opportunity to work with us from their pasture space and some day… well who knows… maybe they can come teach in a program!
Hearts in Harmony – The Dance of Horse and Human – Workshop
This program introduces EFLC (Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching) to those who are interested in the new emerging field and are considering integrating key EFLC tools and processes into their life or work. The horse teaches you how to be deeply centered in your strength and awareness and how to gain understanding and intimacy in relationships. The Hearts in Harmony workshop honors the horse as a teacher and guide for humans and applies both an experiential level of learning along with a logical and cognitive understanding.
Passion, Purpose and Horse as Partner – Workshop
August 5-7, 2011
If you feel strongly that the horses are calling for you — but you are uncertain of which direction to take, the Passion, Purpose and Horse as Partner program will give you clarity. This program combines deep transformation work in areas of equine facilitated learning, natural horsemanship, healing work, and life coaching to help you clarify the best path for you to take with horses.
Flying on the Wings of Horses – Workshop
August 26-28, 2011
Horses carry humans in the physical world. They can also carry us into the creative spiritual realms. Their ancient wisdom and powerful presence helps us pierce the veil between our mundane physical existence and non-ordinary reality, where spirit allies and animal totems reside. During this program you will experience several dimensions of your consciousness and access deeper levels of self.
Dance of Authenticity through the Wisdom of the Horse – Workshop
September 17-18, 2011
The path to authenticity requires one to move from simply functioning in the world do becoming connected to all aspects of life and self. The horses will move you through the steps of revealing your true self. Let the horse teach you to become more emotionally, physically and mentally aware.
The Dance of Authenticity workshop is also part of the EFLC Level One Training Week, which is the foundation of all work taught by Kathy. The Level One from September 17 to September 22 includes the workshop and four days of “train the trainer” instruction. Click here to learn more about Level One.