Introductory Workshop Facilitated by Linda Kohanov
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $540 — includes workshop materials, snacks, beverages and lunch
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“Looking honestly at how we respond in relationship provides a deeper glimpse of who we are than any mirror hanging on the wall.”
From Way of the Horse by Linda Kohanov
Several times a day, we look in the mirror—perhaps to comb or blow dry our hair, apply makeup, 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. Looking honestly at how we approach and react to family, friends and strangers—in times of peace and in times of conflict—offers a tremendous store of information for personal, professional, and spiritual development.
Among humans, however, the mirror of relationship is often tarnished by social systems that pressure people to act in-authentically 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 reflection of our true nature. They have a tremendous capacity to mirror—and accept—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.
Best-selling author Linda Kohanov first experienced this life-changing phenomenon with her horse Tabula Rasa. As she wrote in a tribute to this black Arabian mare:
“Horses have a tremendous capacity to highlight 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 experiential workshop, you will have an opportunity to experience the horse as both a mirror and a gentle guide. You will learn how to take the perspective that horses provide back to the human world.
You’ll practice how to engage in mutually respectful relationships with others. You’ll discover how to use emotions as information, as horses do. You’ll learn simple yet powerful techniques for enhancing physical as well as mental and emotional health. And you’ll tap into a vast storehouse of horse-inspired wisdom to enhance your personal and professional relationships.
No horse experience necessary. All activities are on the ground with carefully trained horses who are experienced teachers of people from all walks of life.
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.