• Stephanie

If you're local to or near Erie, Pennsylvania, this is a new class coming in June! You can take one or all four of the series.

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I don't know a lot of people who wouldn't be nervous getting up in front of a group of people to present their work. Standing in your power as "expert" can be a daunting experience. Being truly seen can feel anything from exciting, to uncomfortable, to terrifying.

And when your ideas are outside the norm for the group to whom you are presenting, well, can we say EXTRA NERVES on the side?

Yet it's important to do things that make us uncomfortable, and if we want to make a difference in this world, it's inevitable that these opportunities arise that we have to say yes to even if they are new to us. Fear and vulnerability can feel similar. Both are valuable and have a purpose. Fear keeps you safe; vulnerability allows you to grow past your current comfort zone. Knowing how to recognize the difference in yourself is really important in being able to choose your next step consciously instead of reacting from the gut.

Luckily for me, I had some excellent 2- and 4-legged helpers in my ring, so I felt right at home pretty quickly!

I was honored to have the opportunity to present at Equine Affaire this April in Columbus, Ohio. When my proposals were accepted, I was thrilled and a little more than nervous about the whole thing, including wondering how many people would show up to hear about such unique topics.

BUT...turns out I didn't have to worry at all. I was encouraged by the attendance at both my events, the material I presented was well received, and the attendees were so insightful and interactive both during and after my presentations. It was SUCH a fun weekend and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!

(I'd like to extend an extra special thanks to my demo volunteers Kira and Raven. I simply couldn't have asked for a better pair to be helping me! And more thanks to the Equine Affaire staff for being so well organized, helpful, and professional.)

I presented on two topics:

The Role of the Horse in Therapy and Personal Growth - I highlighted some of the not-so-obvious inner workings of horse-human interactions during equine assisted sessions. I especially focused on demonstrating how horses can best support us in these interactions by being themselves as fully and naturally as possible (as opposed to reacting to us with conditioned responses).

And What Horses Can Teach Us About Mindfulness - I discussed how horses, by their very nature, are excellent models of mindful living, and also how they can provide feedback to us as to our state of being from moment to moment, therefore giving us another path to self awareness.

These are at the top of my list of favorite areas to teach, talk about, share, and experience, and they provide the foundation for nearly all of my work with people and horses. If they interest you as well I would LOVE to hear from you!

Since my presentation at Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, I have made a lot of new connections. I'm still processing the event and the overall support I felt for my work -- work that can be seen as a bit different!

I wanted to give an overview of some of what I do for those of you who might be new to me.

I'm always developing new approaches and would love to hear from you if you have any needs that aren't being met.

You can schedule time with me by emailing me, messaging me on Facebook, or filling out the contact form on my website.

Personal coaching session (Equine Assisted or not) - This is for you if you have a challenge you'd like compassionate support and guidance in working through. This can be focused on your relationship with your horse or be completely unrelated to horses. You'll get fresh perspectives, nonjudgmental support, and tools to help with a transition in your life, a challenging situation or relationship, difficult emotions, or unwanted behavior or thought patterns. Intuitive development sessions also available for those wanting to tap their inner wisdom and intuitive guidance.

Equine behavior and training consultation - This is for you if you have an area of concern or problem with your horse(s) for which you'd like professional advise and guidance that gets to the root of the problem and provides a plan going forward in a positive direction. Focus can include, but is not limited to, horse care and management, training (mounted or unmounted), groundwork, problem behaviors such as spooking, biting, kicking, bolting, rearing, bucking, etc, trailer loading, herd-bound behavior, and ground manners.

Introduction to Liberty Play with your horse - A fun, no-pressure, educational experience for you and your horse that promotes bonding, trust building, and clear communication within a playful and open atmosphere.

Way of the Horse Oracle Card Reading - An insightful and soulful equine-inspired oracle card reading on a topic of your choosing. This provides clarity and direction around your topic within a five card spread, interspersed with relevant and helpful stories, examples, tips, and guidance that I'm intuitively drawn to share with you along the way.