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Horse Sense for Humans

Coach Kali: “Journey Between the Worlds”Kali

 I feel the hot wind of the desert on my face and body.
My herd is standing with me. We are holding space for
the herd of humans on the
porch.

Something is happening.  I hear their voices.
I feel a shift in the waves of energy surrounding them…
it’s coming this way.

There is an opening for something deep and big.
Breathing I send out the message to my equine herd.
They remain still; standing sentinel for the journey of
transformation taking place.

Here comes another big wave….so intense from the human herd.
I can hardly hold it.  I fall to my knees in an effort to support
this alteration of consciousness.  I stay there in prayer.

 I sense that the human herd has stopped…they feel my energy
 and see my pranam to their efforts. 

 I am in between the human and equine worlds where everything is
  possible. I will stay here until I can make it back.  All is well…

 Standing, once again I feel the hot wind of the desert.
 As I look around I see my human herd; heads bowed in silent gratitude
for their journey into sacred possibility and to me as their Sherpa.


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    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC
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Horse Sense for Humans

Four Rules of CoachingHSH 1

Coach Simon Says…It’s time to do the work, finally the work I am really here to do.

Let’s see what my human coach and I have today. I can feel the tension; more from the new human than my human coach. It actually feels more like fear. I know the drill; I’ll wait on this side of the paddock.

It is almost like she isn’t here; I mean I see her standing there but I can’t really feel her. I’ll just stay over here until she figures it out…

What’s she doing now??? Dancing around? What’s that about? Now she’s over here pushing me. Now she’s pulling me; honey it is going to take more than that to get me to move. It is amazing the lengths these humans will go to for attention. Can we have a little clarity please? What DOES SHE WANT?

 Wait, wait, something’s happening. Ah, finally I can sense wasn’t there before. It feels like she’s dropped the expectations from me and herself. It feels kind of like an openness. Yes, I can finally feel and sense her. Now that is clear. Ok, here I come. (Deep breath, yawning, eyes rolling back).

Each time I do my best Equine Coaching, I follow these 4 rules:

  1. Be fully present—At least I
  2. Listen; not expecting anything until I hear something—really, you can’t make this stuff up.
  3. Avoid feeling like I have to DO something just to validate my presence—unlike the human.
  4. Trust that when I need to add something it will be the right thing at the right time—and it always is.

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  • ~5 Business Basic Modules
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  • ~Learn from home at your own pace!

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    your first newsletter!) (4 virtual intensives, 1 two-day live and in-person
    workshop with the horses in Denver, CO!) Click Here to learn more about EGPL

Mark Your Calendar!

  •  Strengthen Your Core Competencies through the Way of the Horse
    ~ ICF Approved Continued Coaching Education (16 CCE’s).
    July 23 – 24, in Raleigh, NC
  •  Deep Dive to Self through Equine Alchemy – 3 day experiential
    workshop designed to access your core desires through Danielle
    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC

We look forwarding to hearing from you soon!

 

 

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Horse Sense for Humans

Humor = Happy…from Coach TiborTibor V2

 Today is a great day!!  I am excited to see people,
and eat, and play with people, and eat, and to do
the work, and eat….

 

Oh boy!  Here comes a beautiful blonde human.
She is laughing as she is outside the round pen
with my human, Coach Lisa.  I’ll just go over and see
what’s up…(approaching the gate and sticking my head over).

 Uh-oh, not laughing any more.  I am trying to feel something
from her.  Nope;  nothing there.  Ok, I’ll go check out these
branches over here till she comes in.

I know I’m supposed to work, and she’s in here, but these leaves taste so good!
And she’s soooo serious. I can’t seem to quite get anything from her that might make
me leave these leaves. Just no fun at all!

Oh, look!  She’s picking up the big stick in the center.  Alright…we are going to do something!!!
No, she’s just standing there; still no connection or question or…anything.
(chomp, chomp, chomp). 

Oh to heck with it…If you are going to hold that thing, use it, like this! (walking up to her and chewing
on the stick not letting go).  She’s actually reacting to my suggestion!  She’s pulling it…I’ll pull back!!
Fun!!  Tug-o’-war!  I love this game!!  There she goes…that beautiful sound of laughing!!
Ah…I’ll just let go now and we’ll go for a little walk together.  Maybe she’ll finally get it that
humor = happy! 

This is so…nice!!


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  • ~7 Coaching Basic Modules
  • ~5 Business Basic Modules
  • ~12 LIVE Q&A Calls with Lisa and Schelli!
  • ~Learn from home at your own pace!

Click Here for More Info and to Register

  •  Equine Guided Program Launch (EGPL) – ONLY 1 Seat Left!
    8 weeks focused on the professional design and launch of your
    equine inspired program, product or service (even if it’s just launching
    your first newsletter!) (4 virtual intensives, 1 two-day live and in-person
    workshop with the horses in Denver, CO!) Click Here to learn more about EGPL

Mark Your Calendar!

  •  Strengthen Your Core Competencies through the Way of the Horse
    ~ ICF Approved Continued Coaching Education (16 CCE’s).
    July 23 – 24, in Raleigh, NC
  •  Deep Dive to Self through Equine Alchemy – 3 day experiential
    workshop designed to access your core desires through Danielle
    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC

We look forwarding to hearing from you soon!

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Horse Sense for Humans

Coach Lilly “A Mother’s Heart”

 A young woman has entered our pasture with a chair.
She feels very soft and open. I think I’ll stay near by
and see if she needs me.

 She writes in her journal and tears are rolling, rolling
down her cheeks. I feel deep sadness all rolled up in love.

 The other horses are moving out to the higher grass, they
don’t understand this young mother the way I do.

 I’m going to stand closer now so she can feel me next to
her. As the sadness and love roll out of her (us), I feel it
flow through me and into the earth. I need to stretch my
 neck and jaw as it moves through me. My heart feels bigger.

We are breathing together now. Easy and deep. It feels natural to be quiet like this.
We stay this way for a long time.

Now she’s shifting, her mood has lightened. The young woman stands up and puts her
hand on my side. I turn and put my nose on her heart. Tears roll down her face again
but her heart feels light and happy now. So does mine!

She tells me “Thank You, Lilly. I needed that.”

(Big sigh, licking and chewing)

I feel the same way, because you see, I was a mother once too.


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  • ~12 LIVE Q&A Calls with Lisa and Schelli!
  • ~Learn from home at your own pace!

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    your first newsletter!) (4 virtual intensives, 1 two-day live and in-person
    workshop with the horses in Denver, CO!) Click Here to learn more about EGPL

Mark Your Calendar!

  •  Strengthen Your Core Competencies through the Way of the Horse
    ~ ICF Approved Continued Coaching Education (16 CCE’s).
    July 23 – 24, in Raleigh, NC
  •  Deep Dive to Self through Equine Alchemy – 3 day experiential
    workshop designed to access your core desires through Danielle
    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC

We look forwarding to hearing from you soon!

 

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Horse Sense for Humans

 Coach Cruiser: “The Obstacles in Your Head”

Our client is very busy moving cones and poles and
barrels around the arena, setting up different areas.
She stops to talk  about what each area means to
her. She gets very animated. I can feel her whole
body start to buzz – it feels good. I walk  over to see
what the ‘buzz’ is about.

 I like to push the cones with my nose and make them
rock back and forth. (the humans giggle).

 Oh, now our client is walking over to the other side of
 the arena, still talking and pointing.

I’m going over there too, I want to see what’s so exciting. The barrels are fun. If you
knock them over you can make them roll around!

The client and I walk back over to the first area she created. Coach Schelli asks her to take
a walk around the different areas she created and to invite me to go with her!

Whoa, someone just threw a switch or something because that happy, buzzy feeling is gone.
Now our client is pulling on my halter and clucking and begging. No, no, no, I’m not going
anywhere with you. I am stuck, stuck, stuck.

I feel a thick, heavy wall of energy in front me. I can’t go forward, even if I want to, which I don’t!

Finally, Coach Schelli asks our client what I represent to her on the journey she laid out.

Client: “Cruiser represents the obstacles preventing me from moving forward.”

(Big SNORT – all over Coach Schelli, by the way).

I shake my head and roll my eyes. So that was why the energy suddenly got so thick and dark.
Geez, lady. I was following you all over the place earlier. I wasn’t an “obstacle” then. I wonder
what changed. It defintely wasn’t me.

I think it’s all in your head! (more licking and chewing…)


Pathways to Join the Equine Alchemy Herd…

Open for Registration:

Whoo-Hoo! The Home Study Course is NOW open for pre-Registration!!!

  • Home Study – Coaching Basics and Business Basics from the Heart of Horse!
  • ~7 Coaching Basic Modules
  • ~5 Business Basic Modules
  • ~12 LIVE Q&A Calls with Lisa and Schelli!
  • ~Learn from home at your own pace!

Click Here for More Info and to Register

  •  Equine Guided Program Launch (EGPL) – ONLY 1 Seat Left!
    8 weeks focused on the professional design and launch of your
    equine inspired program, product or service (even if it’s just launching
    your first newsletter!) (4 virtual intensives, 1 two-day live and in-person
    workshop with the horses in Denver, CO!) Click Here to learn more about EGPL

Mark Your Calendar!

  •  Strengthen Your Core Competencies through the Way of the Horse
    ~ ICF Approved Continued Coaching Education (16 CCE’s).
    July 23 – 24, in Raleigh, NC
  •  Deep Dive to Self through Equine Alchemy – 3 day experiential
    workshop designed to access your core desires through Danielle
    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC

We look forwarding to hearing from you soon!

 

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Horse Sense for Humans!!

 There’s a woman standing in the middle
 of the round pen with me. I try to ask her
 what she wants but she just keeps waving
 the big stick  back and forth. I think I’ll go
 see if there’s any grass to be found along
 the edges of the corral.

 Oh, what’s this? She’s now waving the stick
up and down. I still have no idea what she
wants from me. Her energy feels noisy and
swirly. This is frustrating.

 Here comes Coach Schelli… she and the
woman take a deep breath together. Ah, that
feels better already. Her energy is not so noisy
now. I’m getting a picture of me moving around
the round pen. Oops, it’s gone. Oh, there it is
again, the woman is pointing to my left and
moving the energy on my right with the stick. Ok, now, that is clear!

I can feel her energy rise now that I am moving, and she’s hasn’t stopped
waving that stick, she must want me to go faster!

It feels good to stretch my legs, I’m a beautiful mover, everyone says so.
Whoa! Noisy, swirly energy again. I’ll just stop and see what happened.

“I didn’t ask him to do that!”, the woman says out loud.

Human’s are strange, they don’t even understand their own energy and
body language. She was loud and clear and didn’t even know what she
was saying to me. (Big sigh…) This one is going to need some practice!


Pathways to Join the Equine Alchemy Herd…

Open for Registration:

  • Our signature Equine Assisted Coach Training (EAC) Programming
    ~ ICF Accredited Professional and Life Coaching Training through
    the Way of the Horse! (12 – 18 months of virtual and in-person
    training) Click Here for the EAC Program Guide

  •  Equine Guided Program Launch (EGPL) – 8 weeks focused on the
    professional design and launch of your equine inspired program,
    product or service (even if it’s just launching your first newsletter!)
    (4 virtual intensives, 1 two-day live and in-person workshop with the
    horses in Denver, CO!) Click Here to learn more about EGPL

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Home Study – Coaching Basics and Business Basics from the Heart
    of Horse! (Doors open for registration on February 12th)

    7 Coaching Basic Modules
    5 Business Basic Modules
    Monthly Q&A Calls with Lisa and Schelli!
    (Learn from home at your own pace!)

  •  Strengthen Your Core Competencies through the Way of the Horse
    ~ ICF Approved Continued Coaching Education (16 CCE’s).
    July 23 – 24, in Raleigh, NC
  •  Deep Dive to Self through Equine Alchemy – 3 day experiential
    workshop designed to access your core desires through Danielle
    LaPorte’s Desire mapping. You will come away with a new foundation
    for experiencing satisfaction and delight  ~ through your work, in
    relationship with your family & friends and a new camaraderie with your
    own spirit. November 14 – 15, in Raleigh, NC

We look forwarding to hearing from you soon!

To Your Horse & Soul Success,
~ Lisa and Schelli

 

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New Article in Choice Magazine!!

I love Choice Magazine, the Magazine for Professional Coaches! I have written several articles for them and will continue to do so. Here is the latest; Coaching from the Heart!!  Enjoy!!

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EAC in Dubai

Pia Ault, one of our Virtual Equine Assisted Coaching students, lives in Dubai. After her first Intensive with the horses and Equine Alchemy, she sent this note about one of the experiences she had when she returned! Thank you, Pia!

Today I brought a friend of my son’s who needs extra credit for school in activity and services; she has always been nervous around horses since she saw her brother fall off one when she was quite little.
Lola usually always wants to move her feet and has high energy – today we groomed her in the stall and she never moved! We then brought her to a round pen and worked a bit on the 7 games (friendly, porcupine and circle games) Lola was unusually calm and responsive!
I can only deduct that she was trying to tell my friend “don’t be nervous, I won’t harm you”…Natalie_Oly_300x240
Amazing!
:)
Pia

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Day 5 of War Horse Coach Training

It’s hard to describe the incredible journey our Equine Alchemy students are experiencing this week during our first WAR HORSE coach training intensive. We just completed day 5 of 7 and the learning has accelerated the coaching and therapy opportunities for many of the participant’s business models.Vietnam Veteran  Photo Ken Buck, HorseCentered Photography

The focus of this program has been Connections Focused Therapy developed by Linda Kohanov and Dr. Rebecca Bailey. Our focus this week is on veterans and their families. Of course the horses have been their incredible, amazing selves – providing the perfect opportunity for the students and families to look at and access information about themselves and each other that was previously hidden or hidden from discussion.

We are immensely grateful and excited to have had Dr. Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D from Transitioning Families (www.transitioningfamilies.com) here with us for the past 3 days. Her expertise in working with the re-unification of families who have experienced intense trauma and PTSD has been invaluable for the WAR HORSE students and the ongoing direction of this program.

She has been incorporating animal assisted therapy, including of course, horses for 25 years. She completely validated our philosophy of the importance of being part of a great team that consists of 4 highly skilled members; a coach, a licensed therapist, an excellent horse handler and a veteran that has experienced combat.

When working with veterans, they need support, love, empathy (from someone who’s been there, done that!), TRUST, humor and skilled guidance as they navigate the landmines of their recovery and reintegration with their families and communities.

The students are already helping to design the next phase of WAR HORSE training and we will be putting together a ‘Partner’s Training’ as well so “stay tuned”.

All Photos  Ken Buck  HorseCentred Photography – K.W. Buck, Armstrong, BC – (250) 307 4191.

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When the Soldier Comes Home from War

When the Soldier Comes Home from War

Last summer, ABC News featured a story called, Breaking Down the Walls and Helping Vets Become ‘Horse Whisperers’. You can watch the report here  and find out why Winston Churchill has been quoted to say that, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” (I’d like to add ‘woman’ to that, too!)

According to the site, HealMyPTSD.com these are some of the statistics for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting Military service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan:

  • Lifetime occurrence (prevalence) in combat veterans 10 – 30%.
  • In the past year alone the number of diagnosed cases in the military jumped 50%– and that’s just diagnosed cases.
  • Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has PTSD.
  • 20% of the soldiers who’ve been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD. That’s over 300,000.
  • 17% of combat troops are women; 71% of female military personnel develop PTSD due to sexual assault within the ranks.
  • Doing the breakdown by war:
    • Afghanistan = 6 – 11% returning vets have PTSD
    • Iraq = 12 – 20% returning vets have PTSD

(Military statistics as of 12/2010)

The website, FaceTheFactsUSA.org did a statistical piece called, When the War Comes Home with the Soldier, where they added the following social and economic costs of PTSD to the above statistics.

  • First-year treatment alone costs the government $8,300 per person, or more than $2 billion so far.
  • Suicides among active-duty military personnel averaged one per day in 2012.
  • Veterans now account for 20 percent of suicides in the U.S., with the youngest (24 and under) taking their lives at four times the rate for other veteran age groups.

And the following is from an article published by the American Psychology Association titled, The Critical Need for Mental Health Professionals Trained to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Female veterans are particularly likely to suffer from mental health issues. According to the VA, about one-in-five female veterans have post-traumatic stress related to “military sexual trauma,” a catch-all category that includes everything from sexual harassment to rape. Also, women are the fastest growing subset of the homeless-veteran population in America (J. Kitfield, National Journal, 2011).

Stigma associated with mental illness in military communities. The Army recognizes that stigma is a major barrier for veterans in need of mental health care (Mental Health Advisory Team IV, 2007). According to SAMHSA, service members frequently cite fear of personal embarrassment, disappointing comrades, losing the opportunity for career advancement, and dishonorable discharge as motivations to hide symptoms of mental illness from family, friends and colleagues (2007).

Veterans seek help outside the system.VA data indicates that 22 percent of veterans receive their mental health care outside the VA system. (2005) The percentage varies from state to state, with the rural states having the greatest percentage of veterans who get care outside the system (McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 9, 2007).

Inaccessible mental health providers. A Department of Defense task force found that a significant number of veterans face constrained access to care when they return to their communities. In fact, one-third of both the National Guard and reservists reported choosing civilian care because they lived too far from a military treatment facility (An Achievable Vision, 2007).

Inadequately trained mental health providers. VA policy has no provision for ensuring that community mental health professionals have appropriate expertise to effectively treat veterans (Testimony by the Wounded Warrior Project in front of the Veterans Affairs Committee, 2009). Surveys also found that many veterans seeking help are not properly identified as having PTSD (Mental Health Advisory Team IV, 2007)

Equine Alchemy is now part the solution!

My sister Susan Murrell Castañeda and I are launching the WAR HORSE Coach Training program on June 1st, 2014 in Corrales, New Mexico. WAR HORSE emerged from the wounds that Susan and her husband, (an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran) suffered as they journeyed to embrace the mythic dimensions of the war experience; its painful truths and tragic losses….including a 20 year marriage.

As a result of those losses, WAR HORSE was formed as its own warrior’s path.  Our vision is to offer a unique and powerful method of recognizing warrior-hood as a psycho-spiritual identity, along with the rituals, ceremonies, values and traditions associated with it.

Our vision is to train an ‘army’ of practitioners qualified to deliver WAR HORSE Equine Assisted Healing as the leap out of suffering for Veterans and families and the opportunity to fully return home.

On June 1st the first ‘platoon’ of Equine Alchemy coaches will embark on a week-long intensive training to explore and gain the fundamental skill sets necessary to understand:

  • The Military Culture
  • PTSD as a Soul Wound
  • The Role of The Equine Partner in Working with Veterans and spouses
  • Integration and Experiential Application

Our veterans and their families deserve the space and compassion to heal themselves in order to become thriving, productive, peaceful warriors.

In closing I’d like to share this quote from War and the Soul by Edward Tick: ”Service to Veterans and their families, whether it is witnessing the horror they experienced or helping to relieve its brutal psychological and spiritual impact, is no less than the Jewish practice of tikkun olam, which means “repairing the world.  Not only in our large scale efforts at social justice or world peace but also, and perhaps especially, in our deep, slow one-on-one efforts with individuals, the tears in our world may be repaired.  As the ancient rabbinical sage Hillel said, ‘whosoever saves one person, it is as if they have saved the entire world’.”

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