COACHING WITH HORSES :
a unique pathway to authentic leadership
There are some people we just TRUST. They have a way of being that embodies respect, curiosity and dignity. They know what they believe yet remain open to the ideas and concerns of others. They draw on an inner strength that means they don’t have to pretend to be something or someone they are not. They make connecting, partnering and collaborating both natural and easy. We just want to follow them and to help them succeed.
The path toward engendering trust and connecting to others lies in our heart. As humans, we naturally protect our hearts – our deepest cares, concerns and desires. Yet we also yearn to connect, to be understood, and to experience mutual trust and respect. Horses have a unique ability to guide us toward an open heart and embodied connection, trust and authenticity. As herd animals, horses are deeply tuned in to each other, their surroundings and the energy of other animal species around them. Horses inspire and move us to feel our hearts, our power and our longings.
Facilitated by a human coach and an equine guide, Coaching With Horses invites you to explore, practice and play with this way of listening and sensing the subtle energy of their emotions, thoughts and hearts. Join us, and our herd of horses, to learn how to open to the practical power, wisdom and compassion of the heart.
- access authenticity, to be more real
- listen to your heart
- have greater emotional agility and resilience
- develop greater intuition, confidence and self trust
- have a deeper capacity for connection and partnership
No horse experience necessary. This is a hands-on, on-the-ground, safe and fun experience with horses.
To learn more about Coaching With Horses listen to an interview with Virginia on the Career Cue Podcast.
What people are saying about their experience:
“The experience with horses was sincerely powerful and life changing. To see myself through the eyes of such a graceful and remarkable creature was both awe inspiring and humbling, something I will never forget. I would recommend this experience to those of you who really want to invoke the divine spark in your heart and be the leader you know you can be.” ~~ Kim Smith, Chief Digital Officer, Capgemini
“My goal for my session with the horses was to grow my confidence, authenticity, and vulnerability. And I got just that. This experience helped me take a big step forward on the path of letting myself - my most authentic self - be more visible. The horse was such a beautiful, kind, direct, and unimpeachable mirror for me. This is so different from being told in words how the way I lead impacts others. With the horse you can see the impact right there, undeniably, in real time. As a result, I got a stronger felt sense for when I was showing up authentically, and when I would start to hide out. Now I feel more able to walk through my life with greater authenticity. It started showing up immediately after the session and hasn't let up since.” ~~ Amanda Blake, Master Somatic Coach, author of “Your Body is Your Brain”
“Working with the horses was perfect in helping me learn how to collaborate with others. I learned that being in relationship starts from a deeper connection to myself, from feeling and trusting myself. I learned that it is ok to be vulnerable, to put my true thoughts and feelings out there. Six months ago my colleagues were going out of their way to complain to my supervisors about working with me. Now they are sharing how much they enjoy and value working with me. This has had a profound impact on both my personal and professional life.” ~~ Gabe Long, Program Manager, Microsoft
“I easily discovered where my body holds fear. What I didn’t expect was how quickly the horse taught me that I could have my heart’s desire in 30 seconds.” ~~ Betsy Davis, Executive Director, Center for Wooden Boats
“I did not know what to expect from this experience as I have had minimal contact with horses and had a little fear about the engagement. What I experienced was simply stunning and transformational. Working with the horses took my understanding of centered leadership from my head into my core. During the exercise I felt bodily centered for the first time. The experience opened my mind to what is possible through embodied leadership. Since this training, I have made progress in what I am going for both personally and professionally.” ~~ Valerie Bone, PMI, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Writer