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the invitation

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This is Mystical Mel, a Paint mare whose registered name is Mystical Finale. According to the description on The Mane Intent website, “her markings would suggest she is Medicine Hat Paint. The myth and mystery of the Medicine Hat Paint goes back many years. But it is known as a spirit animal with special powers, and is very rare.  Like many Medicine Hat Paints, Mel has a pink muzzle and two blue eyes, making her especially prized.”

Mel was our partner for the last part of the Expanding Body, Mind and Spirit wth Horses workshop that I recently taught at The Mane Intent.  Mel has a kind of light, floating attention that I find unusual – some confluence of her color, her mare-ness, and ethereal blue eyes.  Her presence feels expansive, yet vigilant and quietly discerning.

We entered the round pen with her two at a time, and let the experience of moving with her unfold in its own way, inviting her to connect in her own time.  The last dance was three humans and Mel.  One of the humans began to sing softly, as they linked arms, facing away from those of uis witnessing, and toward Mel. She approached slowly and then moved carefully into the circle of their bodies, looking at them and toward us with those astonishing eyes. The song ended and horse and humans moved slowly apart.

This work is always surprising, always moving – an experience that is beyond words – one that lives in the deep possibilities that live in our wordless connection with horses. The invitation to join is offered without limitation or expectation.  For us, the greatest gift is simply to breathe and to be in the presence of that embodied mystery.

 

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the mane intent

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To be  clear, it was not snowing in Indian River, Ontario today.  I did, however, have the great pleasure of working with these two beautiful girls, Belle and her daughter Blue this afternoon, and a group of nine generous and courageous women.  I am teaching Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement with Horses at The Mane Intent, run by Jennifer Garland, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last October when she visited me in Connecticut.

Being with horses always seems to take us where we need to go, often giving us the support that may have otherwise been missing or unacknowledged.  This way of working is grounded in the shared languages of movement and touch, and has little to do with conventional horsemanship or riding, although it may nourish both.  Rather, it invites to explore connection in unexpected and often surprising ways.

I am so privileged to be invited to share what I have been learning over the past 22 years.  It is always new, always deeply moving.  And I am so grateful to the horses, who allow us to approach, to touch, to dance, to be.

To learn more, contact me.

 

 

 

Mountain Horse Farm

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I am at the beautiful Mountain Horse Farm in Naples, NY in the Finger Lakes region, teaching a Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement with Horses workshop.  The farm itself is beautiful, inviting, expansive.  Suzanne Vullers, the owner, is welcoming, wise and playful.

This morning I met the herd, and had the gift of an impromptu, improvisational dance with the lovely mare Cricket. Statsen, the Morgan gelding, formerly a breeding stallion, reminds me a bit of Nelson (above) and of my stallion, Capprichio.  Something about both the sensitivity and the confidence.

Teaching is never a display of what I know.  It is sharing questions, being open to what is unfamiliar, practicing what the brilliant Pauline Oliveros calls the “unique” strategy, meaning that every moment, every experience is new, subtly different from anything that has preceeded it.

 

 

conscious connection with horses

IMG_5741Mountain Horse Farm Retreat

Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement with Horses

a workshop with

Paula Josa-Jones

May 21May 242019
Naples, NY

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This experiential workshop focuses on developing our ability to use mindful, embodied touch and movement as a way of deepening our connection with our horses.Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement supports ease and balance in the bodies of both horse and human, helping us become more aware of what we are signaling with our bodies (and minds), and more open to what the horse is offering.
 
Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement helps us experience and understand:
  • How to use movement and touch to create congruence between what we are feeling inside and what we are expressing outwardly.
  • Deepening connection, awareness and attunement with yourself and the horse.
  • Simple movements to create ease and flow in your body and that of the horse.
  • Letting go of habits of body and mind that may create unnecessary tension in you or the horse.
  • Becoming more trustworthy to yourself and the horse.
  • How to feel both giving and receiving with your hands and body.
  • Noticing when our movement and touch is transmitting inadvertent or unintentional messages.
  • Specific strategies for settling the nervous system when activated.
  • How to integrate conscious touch and conscious movement into your day-to-day activities with horses.
The clinic includes 3 overnight stays. The delicious meals start with dinner on the first evening and end with breakfast on the last morning.  You will work with our herd of horses. It is not an option to bring your own. The clinic does not involve riding horses.
For sleeping, you have your choice of elegant rooms with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs, to glamping in tipis (yes, tipis!) – your choice.  The maximum number of participants is kept low at 10 and we don’t accept auditors. To interact with the horses, you will be asked to sign waivers. Make sure you wear shoes with closed toes (no flipflops, slippers or sandals) and it’s always a good idea to dress in layers.
Mountain Horse Farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, famous for its wineries and breweries, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. You may want to consider adding a few days to your trip to explore the area.

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