An Equine Facilitated Workshop with Linda Kohanov, Patty Hegwood, and Holly Harris Reid.
When: Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19
Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm each day
Workshop Location: Tyra’s Ranch • 902 Hillside Dr. • Kanab, UT 84741
Cost: $1100 includes lunch and materials
- On Sunday, August 20, a guided hike and tour of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and lunch with one of the founders, is part of the tuition.
Limited to Eight Participants
For More Information or Assistance Registering: Contact the Eponaquest Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-205-1107
Accommodation Recommendations: http://bestfriends.org/sanctuary/visit-our-utah-sanctuary/places-stay
Linda’s first equine-facilitated workshop in Utah is a team effort with Eponaquest Instructors Patty Hegwood and Holly Harris Reid from Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary for horses, cats, birds, dogs and other species. The sanctuary is most famous for the National Geographic Dog Town series.
Working with the herd at Tyra’s Ranch, Linda, Holly, and Patty will share tools for increasing self-awareness, intuition, mind-body awareness, mutually-supportive relationships, and emotional intelligence, tools that will support you in leading an ever more fulfilling, authentic life.
“It doesn’t just take courage to follow your dreams, it takes real skill and compassion to manifest the truth and beauty of who you really are,” Linda says. “Horses have an uncanny ability to mirror the truth of our gifts and challenges, beyond the preconceived notions others have about us, and more importantly, beyond the preconceived notions we have about ourselves.”
Several times a day, we look in the mirror—perhaps to apply make up, adjust jewelry, knot a tie, or check the effect a particular suit, dress, shirt, or pair of jeans has on our appearance.
But “seeing” our soul’s reflection requires a different kind of mirror. As Linda wrote in Way of the Horse: Equine Archetypes for Self Discovery, “Looking honestly at how we respond in relationship provides a deeper glimpse of who we are than any mirror hanging on the wall.”
Among humans, however, the mirror of relationship is often tarnished by social systems that pressure people to act inauthentically in order to conform. To please others, we may hide our feelings, suppress our dreams, and, in the process, lose sight of who we really are.
Horses provide a much clearer mirror of the soul’s true nature. They have a tremendous capacity to reflect our authentic feelings, desires, frustrations, and untapped gifts. In this way, they allow us to see more clearly who we really are and, over time, help us discover how to bring our unique perspectives and talents into the world.
Linda first experienced this life-changing phenomenon with her horse Tabula Rasa. As she wrote in a tribute to this black Arabian mare:
“Horses actively mirror the nuances of how people show up each day, highlighting our hidden gifts, our wounds, our vulnerabilities, and our worn-out worldly habits. And yet somehow they manage to be discerning without a hint of judgment, communicating that at the core, we too are beautiful, powerful, and wise, capable of endless renewal.
“Looking at my own reflection through the eyes of Tabula Rasa, I came to see human dysfunctions as surface scintillations, dramatic and sometimes irritating to be sure, but certainly not set in stone. Whenever I managed, through grace or sheer stubborn will, to let go of an old pattern and embody a fresh perspective, Rasa would mirror the transformation, welcoming me home to an ever-deeper understanding of who I really was. And without the slightest hint of ambition, she would continually up the ante, stretching, relentlessly, my own limited ideas about my place in the world, my calling, my untapped potential, and even, as it turns out, the nature of reality itself.”
In this two-day, small group experiential workshop, you will not only have an opportunity to experience the horse as mirror, you will learn how to take the perspective that horses provide back to the human world.
You’ll learn how to engage in mutually respectful relationships with others. You’ll discover how to use emotions as information, as horses do. You’ll learn how to read the nonverbal language of your own body and that of others, and in the process, tap a powerful source of wisdom. In experiencing your body as “the horse your mind rides around on,” in forming a partnership with your body as a sentient being, not a machine, you will gain greater access to intuition and creativity. Ultimately this workshop is about bringing body, mind, heart and spirit into harmony, tapping sources of wisdom, inspiration, compassion and nonpredatory power that will serve you well, no matter where your life’s journey takes you.
No horse experience necessary.
The tuition includes a day at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Sunday, August 20, with a morning guided hike, tour of the animal facilities, and lunch with one of the Best Friends’ founders.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event start date results in a credit of one-half the workshop tuition. There is no tuition credit for a cancellation 30 days or less before the event start date.