Equine Encounters

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Why the Horse?

Humans have been partnering with horses for hundreds and hundreds of years. We owe more to the horse for our civilization than any other being or invention: the horse has carried us to new homes and through wars, helped us plow our fields, and been a family companion. They delivered our mail! Less than one hundred years ago, horses were a part of our daily existence - either you had one or you encountered one on the street or nearby farm.

Horses continue to serve their humans as their reflective partners by nudging us into authenticity and our truest, highest selves using their keen prey instincts without judgment. They have a sophisticated herd hierarchy which pushes us into better relationships with others and with self. Horses model self-care and living in the present moment - all excellent tools for thriving and surviving in our non-stop lives.

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Offerings

Connection Circle: A 4-Week Therapeutic Learning Journey with Horses

AN INVITATION TO GROUND YOURSELF, CONNECT WITH OTHERS AND FIND HARMONY
 

Meeting Fridays November 11, 18, December 9, 16
 

9:30am-12:00 at the historic Golden Gate Dairy Stables in Muir Beach, CA

 

This recovery-from-the-pandemic-group is supportive of men and women who are trying to find their way or a new way of being in this chaotic and constantly-changing world.​
 

We are looking to partner with adults who are ready to:

  • embody their inner knowing 

  • recognize and mend patterns that are no longer working

  • embrace their own natural leadership to show up for their family, workplace and community

  • open to exploring how connecting with horses, nature and each other can be deeply healing

We will be interacting with each other and our horses in guided experiences designed to awaken learning in a group process.  These on the ground (non-riding) activities are informed by the expanding science of how partnering with horses offers immense benefits while also allowing room for the magic to emerge.

 
More details and sign up thru the Ranch Life Collective.
 
Introduction to Horse and Human Partnering
 

A half-day workshop to learn more about the field of equine facilitation

  • Are you a coach, therapist or healer interested in learning more about bringing horses into your work?

  • Are you an equine professional looking to expand your offerings?

  • Are you curious about equine therapy or equine coaching as a career?

In this half-day workshop, we’ll partner with the horses for experiential learning and delve into the science (and the magic) of being with them. This is a great starting point for those curious about this work and wanting to learn more.

 

In the expanding field of horse/human partnering, with a variety of acronyms, certifications, and modalities, this introductory course will give an overview of the scope and possibilities of this work, and we’ll also leave time for Q & A on the ins and outs of certification. 

 

  • What are the possibilities?  

  • What is our role as we partner with horses in this work?  

  • What are the ethics? How is the horse regarded?

  • What are industry standards or best practices?  How do we honor Scope of Practice?

  • What does the path to certification look like? 

 

The Nitty-Gritty: 

Saturday October 15th 

9am - 1pm 

at the Golden Gate Dairy Stables in Muir Beach CA

$250

Email me here with questions or sign up.

 

This workshop can be taken individually or paired with Introduction to Horsemanship Basics (see below) offered on Saturday October 29th.  Combo rate: $450

 

Your presenters are lifelong horsewomen with backgrounds in coaching and therapy and a combined experience of 25+ years in the field of equine assisted learning and therapy.  They have facilitated therapeutic and skills-based experiential learning summer camps, groups, and individual sessions for both kids and adults including women’s learning circles, recovery groups and executive leadership groups. 

 

Course hours go towards method training for CEIP certification in Mental Health or Education.

Introduction to Horsemanship Basics 
 

A half-day workshop to introduce basic, on-the-ground horse skills 

  • Are you a coach, therapist or healer interested in learning more about bringing horses into your work?

  • Has it been awhile since you’ve been around horses and want to freshen your skills?

  • Does your child ride and do you wish you could be of more assistance around the barn?

  • Do you love horses and simply want to learn more about them?

 

We teach what is often skipped over or left out in traditional riding programs.   For years, we’ve been teaching kids these essential horse skills in our Marin Ranch School program, and we’re frequently asked, "Do you have this program for adults?"

 

Here’s your chance to dive in.

 

This hands-on workshop is designed for adults without any or much horse experience who would like to gain, improve and practice their on-the-ground horse skills.  Horses are large, powerful animals and being around them requires awareness, presence and a measure of safety – all of which we will cover.  

The Nitty-Gritty: 

Saturday October 29th 

9am - 1pm 

at the Golden Gate Dairy Stables in Muir Beach CA

$250
 

Email me here with questions or sign up!

 

This workshop can be taken individually or paired with Introduction to Horse & Human Partnering on Saturday October 15th.  Combo rate: $450 

 

Your presenters are accomplished horsewomen who have been teaching horsemanship skills for years and spend much of their free time adding to their skill set – knowing that they will never know all there is to know about these four-leggeds.  They have a combined experience of 25+ years in the field of equine assisted learning and therapy.  They have facilitated therapeutic and skills-based experiential learning summer camps, groups, and individual sessions for both kids and adults including women’s learning circles, recovery groups and executive leadership groups.

 

Course hours go towards horsemanship training for CEIP certification.  www.CBEIP.org

Private Sessions

I facilitate one to one sessions for adults on weekdays out of my barn in Muir Beach. 

  • Is your life in transition?

  • Are you working through something?

  • Needing to find some clarity?

  • Wanting to get more present and find connection?

  • Looking to see how to show up authentically in life?

  • Working on setting boundaries with people or work?

 

There are a variety of reasons people come to work with me - from fine tuning their leadership skills to better lead their work teams and/or their families to personal development. The common value is that all are on a journey of self.

Horses are brilliant at teaching us about ourselves, showing us our habits as well as how we present. Sessions are integral in reflecting what is unspoken and traveling to the root of whatever is at hand.

Meetings are up to 90 minutes (we are on horse-time after all!).

Contact me to set up a call to book or learn more.

Marin Ranch School … is an experiential learning space for kids to have fun, unplug, and get dirty while mastering life skills and contributing to a community.

Next session starts March 2023 with sign ups starting in January. 

Stephanie Holdenried 

 

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Tel: 1-415-779-4007