The profound power of Equine Experiential Learning and Psychotherapy begins with sublime simplicity

One of the most profound things I have learned as a clinician providing Equine Experiential Learning and Psychotherapy (EELP), is the astonishing value of fully being in the presence of an equine partner. For the uninitiated, that may sound a little like New Age psychobabble.  But, when you understand that we truly do–in every sense of the word–partner with our horses in therapy sessions, you can begin to understand the dramatically different dynamics at work in EELP as opposed to conventional therapies.…

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A Milestone for Mia

Muddy_MiaTwo weeks after Mia’s arrival she hit a big milestone … she laid down and rolled! We have never been so excited to have a muddy horse!

Lying down is a vulnerable thing to do for any horse and even more so for Mia because of her front leg disabilities. Knowing that she feels safe enough here to lie down for a good roll on both sides is heart warming!

Understanding trauma and supporting trauma recovery is something we do for humans and nonhuman sanctuary residents equally.…

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Change is Evolution; Pain is Inevitable; Suffering is Optional

Suffering is self-generated and so is Happiness.

I am sure I have heard it before but recently when I read “Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional,” it stopped my busy mind in it’s tracks! That is the way it goes for so much of our learning. We can hear or experience the same thing many times and subconsciously it may be creating fertile ground for the one time that we are truly ready to hear it or experience it and it’s like all the gears align in that moment and we “get it”.…

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Coming back to your true self…

I want you to pause and picture in your mind the little girl that you were. Think back to a moment when you felt scared and alone, a time when expectations were high and you weren’t sure what to do.

Is that frightened child thinking about her needs? What would make her feel less scared and more comforted? Is she asking for those needs to be met?

Or is she searching for clues from the grown-ups around her?

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Refresh Your Commitment & Take the Risk to Be Authentic

What could be riskier than diving out of an airplane or climbing a glacier-covered peak or accelerating a race car into a curve at the Indy 500?

For one person it might be quitting a secure, well-paying job to go back to school. For another, it could be deciding to leave a marriage after 18 years or reporting that the company they work for is endangering the environment or people’s lives.

Though it may not appear so at first glance, psychological risks that summon us to put our personal values and beliefs on the line may ultimately feel more dangerous than those of physical derring-do.…

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How strong is your most important relationship?

Our confidence, our love, our creativity in the world is a reflection of our relationship with our self.

Think about that for a moment. What you have going on inside is what you are reflecting out into your world. Regardless of the face you may put on, your ability to be who you really want to be depends on the quality and quantity of your self love, self acceptance, self kindness, self compassion, and self integrity.…

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