_The approach of White Horse Coaching (WHC) is that every person is resourceful, resilient, creative and whole. Each of us has the inner knowing needed to guide and inform our lives. Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching offers a path of personal learning, growth and healing on every level that is not available in the traditional human coach and client process. Mind and body work in unison for expanded self awareness and understanding.
Early messages about who we are and what we are capable of can create a self-awareness that is false and a critical voice that dominates and inhibits our lives and relationships. Interaction with a horse in a safe environment provides insights into beliefs and behaviors that keep us from appreciating our strengths and abilities and realizing our true potential.
Horses’ high sensitivity to the energy of human emotion and body language allows them to respond in ways that provide feedback that is unique and not found anywhere else. Authentic communication increases as the client's understanding of the horse's nature is deepened. The horse reflects for the client what is true for her/him in the moment. It can be easier to accept truth from a horse than from another person.
Because these experiences are reflective in nature the client and horse interact without an agenda. This provides freedom for the relationship between human and horse to develop naturally.
Coaching sessions are on the ground and no horse experience is necessary. Three sessions are highly recommended.
I also offer Reiki, an energetic healing practice, with a horse in attendance. Horses provide a grounded and powerful presence that enhances this healing experience. Reiki is a great addition to all equine learning work. click here
__Equine - horse
Facilitation – to aid, to assist the progress of (a person), to make easier or less difficult
Learning – to acquire and develop understanding, knowledge, skills, values, wisdom
Coaching – a form of communication that provides exploration, insight, clarity and direction for a person or group to enhance and succeed in advancement and achievement.
There are many benefits to EFLC. Every client has a unique experience. Some of the things that can be gained include:
Expanded self awareness and interaction with life
Living in the present moment
Understanding emotion as information
Increased self acceptance, confidence and personal power
Increasingly authentic relationships
Living more creatively
Discovering potential and passion
Trusting what you know
Compassion for self and others
A deeper sense of connection to the natural world
Moving out of false self beliefs and limitations
Key elements of coaching include moving from integrating old trauma to living with power and presence; from why me? why this? to what's next? what now?; from resolving the past to visioning for the future; from looking backward to focusing forward; from figuring out why to figuring out how and what.
As human beings, we are living with challenges, great and small. Whatever they may be - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual; relationships, transition, purpose and health; trauma, fear, confidence or grief - if the time is right we can shift our energy, move into compassion, personal integrity and power while releasing what is false for what is authentic, accepting our potential and creating our truth. The wisdom and healing power of Horse is waiting for us.
Mary Barrett - Life Coach in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching,
Equine Reiki Master,
B.A. Art and Human Development from Lesley University, Facilitator in Creative and Expressive Arts, Authentic Movement and Somatic Education
As a child I played at being a horse, jumping over picnic table benches and galloping across my backyard. Then the day arrived when a real horse came into our family. I could play with her - sliding down her backside into a deep snowdrift, chasing her through the neighbor's garden to bring her home, riding bareback and galloping up our long driveway. Spending time with our pretty mare, doing nothing in particular and having no agenda was timeless. I felt safe. She and I were fully alive in the natural world I thrived in.
My life led me away from horses for many years. I had children and became a Homeschool Educator. I kept my connection to the natural world by spending many hours in it. I was drawn to study and receive training in methods of somatic awareness and integration, the creative and expressive arts and I worked with children, adolescent girls and women for many years.
In mid life my longing for the company of horses returned. My path went in an unexpected direction and I was faced with several painful transitions. This path brought me to Equine Learning and a horse named Zorro who offered me his unconditional acceptance and wisdom. This was a transformational experience and a turning point directing me forward with a great sense of what life had to offer. I started to feel ready for the next best thing!
Now, certified in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, I work on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and I am honored to coach and witness the process of every client. Each session is always perfect. I trust my client's inner knowing and the wisdom of the horse.