Horses Helping Horses

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I had a wonderful time yesterday at Equine Affaire sharing my CONSCIOUS TOUCH work wth a receptive and curious audience. Boomer, the horse that I had been assigned for the demonstration was far from settled, but Pam White’s soft and balanced handling helped us all. There are still three days left to enjoy the clinic and workshop offerings and retail swag at Equine Affaire, so if you can make your way there, you will have fun. You can find my book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body at Trafalgar Square Books in booth #846 in the Better Living Center.

On another subject, as you consider your holiday giving, please make a gift to our program, Horses Helping Horses.  This is work that we have been doing for the past ten years, offfering educational and performance programs to equine rescue and sanctuary facilities, as well as organizations that offer equine facilitated work with adults and children with developmental delays.  Your gift helps us to make our programs available to these wonderful organizations and support them in expanding and sustaining their work.

Thank you!  Please follow the link on the Horses Helping Horses page to make a donation.

 

 

 

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Equine Affaire

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I hope that you will joing me at Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA at the Big E exposition center tomorrow, Thursday, November 8 at noon.  I will be giving a demonstration of CONSCIOUS TOUCH in the Mallory South building.

The schedule for all of the demonstrations and clinics is HERE.

Equine Affaire is a wonderful opportunity to learn from many, many teachers and clinicians, including the brilliant Mark Rashid.

You can also pick up a copy of my book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body at the Trafalgar Square Books booth, and survey all of their wonderful equine book offerings.

I am really excited about sharing this new work, which integrates my unique perspectives on touch, attunement, and deepening the human-horse conection. See you there!!!

 

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finding flow

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This weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of teaching an Embodied Equine Experiencing workshop with two lovely women from Toronto, both of whom equine facilitated educational programs in Ontario.. They had found me through my book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body.

The focus of the workshop was exploring how deepening and grounding our own movement practice can nourish and expand any aspect of our work with horses, whether competitive, therapeutic, or educational.  Both are students of Somatic Experiencing, the trauma recovery work of Dr. Peter Levine, so themes from that body-based work wove through the two days.

In much equine-related work, I observe that instructors and students are eager to, in the words of Linda Tellington-Jones, “turn on the lights” in the body and mind of the horse.  However, the lights in their own bodies are turned off.  Airlines instruct us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first. The same thing applies to working with horses.  Awaken and enliven your own body first, and then take that illumination and awareness to the horse.

Yesterday we worked with connecting our own fluid bodies with the fluid body of the horse.  We are, after all 70% water.  The results of finding flow, and supporting fluid connection with our equine partners were stunning.  With Amadeo, we could feel the lack of fluidity through his lower legs and feet, and by bringing more softness into those parts of our own bodies, were able to feel a profound change as he released his braced contact with the ground.  Working with Capprichio was like pouring ourselves into a warm river.  Fluids joining fluids.

This is a different way of experiencing “body work.”  It is not about fixing or doing, but rther listening and joining.If you would like to learn more, you can contact me HERE.

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Equine Affaire, Springfield, MA

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I will be giving a demo on Conscious Touch at the upcoming Equine Affaire expo at the Big E in Springfield, MA on November 8 at noon.  I hope you can come!

Conscious Touch integrates some of the principles of Somatic Experiencing (trauma recovery) touch with what I have been exploring most recently with awareness of fluids and breath. I will be focusing on reciprocity – being touched by what we are touching. Too often our touching is about doing, and we forget to be, and rest in the moment.

David Abram puts it this way:  “As breathing involves a continual oscillation between exhaling and inhaling,” he writes, “offering ourselves to the world at one moment and drawing the world into ourselves at the next, so sensory perception entails a like reciprocity, exploring the moss with our fingers while feeling the moss touching us back, at one moment gazing the mountains and at the next feeling ourselves seen, or sensed, from that distance…”

Touch is a sensory language that we speak with not only our hands, but our entire body. Touch is how we connect, explore, and soothe. Touch brings us into a visceral and immediate sensual relationship with the world around us. When coupled with our other senses, touching is one of the ways that we draw close, decode, and savor.

Please join me at Equine Affaire.  Besides my workshop, there are hundreds of events, seminars, classes, and demonstrations with terrific instructors and clinicians..