We work with organizations that are helping women to rebuild their lives by providing a life skills development series designed to aid clients in their journeys and help them to move forward with confidence. This 12-week series has been set up to provide direction for the women in your groups who are rebuilding their lives from trauma, abuse, sexual exploitation, depression, attempted suicide, jail or homelessness, and who are looking for results!
By interacting with our horses, our clients will learn how to take empowered action, try new behaviours and connect with their passionate selves. There is no BS - only clear answers. Horses respond to our authentic selves. They are always honest and they cannot judge. This is why they are the best teachers! They work hard to push us to a new level where we can feel confident and competent in ourselves and in our abilities.
Horses divulge interpersonal dynamics and quickly reveal every woman’s hidden talents and potential growing points. The changes they’ll experience are immediate ... as horses live ‘in-the-moment’.
As women, we are constantly in fear of being judged. Horses are incapable of judgement. What a unique thought; to go to a place where judgement does not exist and we can just be ourselves! They don't care about our clothes, our weight, our spiritual or political beliefs,or where we’ve come from. They just care about helping us to be the best version of US that we can be.
What the participants will learn is important; however, what they remember from this series is priceless! Working with horses creates a unique memory that causes the attendee to remember the training far longer than sitting in ‘just-another classroom’. Each woman will gain empowerment through group exercises that focus on individual qualities and at the same time, they will have some extreme fun and life changing moments. All skills learned in the arena are paralleled back to their everyday lives, ensuring that the learned skills are transferred to how they deal with people, choices and the world around them.
There is NO riding the teachers in any of these programs. We must allow the horse to be able to speak through his body to help the women to make changes.
Our interactive womens’ group programs are specifically designed to ensure the learning and retention of necessary life skills to aid in each woman’s personal growth and journey. Our “teacher-horses” will provide “loud teachable moments,” that the participants will never forget. By working with their teachers, women will build strong, solid skills that they can draw upon when they are faced with choices in everyday life. Our 12-week program series, in the Calgary area, builds on one particular skill each week and then continues building on those skills as the participants move to the next week.
One of the many bonuses of working with horses as opposed to a classroom setting is the component of interactivity. Although we learn in different ways, we all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences. Every learning style; visual, auditory and kinesthetic, has been taken into account in the development of this course so that all clients are learning in the best way possible for THEM.
Each woman will learn:
- that internal dialogue needs to match external actions
- that force does not equate to movement
- that looking back stops movement forward
- how to develop healthy relationships
- how to accept responsibility and accountability
- how to overcome barriers to find change
- that it takes courage to make the changes the horse is telling them
- how to be creative and innovative
- how to find opportunity in working together
- how to develop their decision making skills
- how to take appropriate risks to get out of their comfort zone
- how to develop patience to take it one step at a time
- the importance of communicating their vision with direction
- how to find the leader within themselves
- how to realize the benefits associated with effective communication
- the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity...All while having a blast!
Frequently Asked Questions
What if clients are allergic?
Knowing is half the battle! Just be sure to take an antihistamine before you come. Carolyn Charles, who has worked with me for over 8 years, is also allergic and she does totally great with and allergy pill. We also have allergy medication on site.
What if clients are scared or don't like horses?
No worries! If people aren't being pushed out of their comfort zone, they aren't learning. This is an opportunity to overcome fears or preconceived notions. Some of the people who have attended our workshops have started out petrified, but by the end of the program, they all have learned more about themselves and they have overcome their fears.