Friday, September 25, 2015

Call for Submissions: 2016 Healing with Horses TeleSummit

We are now taking submissions for those who wish to contribute to the 4th annual Healing with Horse Tele-Summit to be held in early March 2016.

The TeleSummit is a yearly online, Tele-Teaching Event specifically for those who offer equine-assisted work. During the TeleSummit, equine facilitators teach a concept, activity or process that other equine facilitators can use in their own equine sessions, for themselves or their clients.

We are looking for *fresh topics* to share with our global community of passionate equine-assisted facilitators!

To submit your topic for consideration, please consider the following.This is a TELE-TEACHING event and we are passionate about teaching others things they can use to empower and expand their healing practice with horses. 

We are most interested in working with people & topics that can provide the following:

~ Your suggestion must be an aspect of equine work that can be TAUGHT to others on the phone in about 1.5 hours.  It must include a USEABLE concept, activity, or process that others can play with right away in their own sessions.

~ We prefer your willingness to include some experiential process that we can DO on the call so that listeners are invited not just to learn, but to shift while tuning in to the session! Depending on your topic, this "exercise" can just be a short practice that is somehow related to your main topic (it does not have to be the main topic).

~ You must be willing to engage in at least 1, pre-recording planning session via phone to go over your topic to ensure the best possible tele-teaching session!

~ You must be able to provide a *detailed* outline of your planned presentation at the time of recording.

~ You must be willing to prepare a detailed HANDOUT of the pertinent processes/concepts of your presentation so that listeners can easily learn.

~ You must be able to provide a written bio and bio picture for inclusion on the website.

~ You must be willing to meet your own deadlines (the ones you select!). :)

~ Our free event ONLY grows by word of mouth, so you must be willing to raise awareness about the Tele-Summit to your own contacts/list at LEAST 2x before your session goes live. 

** Please note: NONE of these things are required in order to submit your subject- they are only required should you be selected to participate as a teacher in the TeleSummit)

BENEFITS of Being a Contributing Facilitator

Please note that there is *no direct monetary compensation* for your contribution as a teacher. However, there are many benefits to your participation which include:

~ You will receive EXPOSURE to our unique, targeted, niche-specific global audience, raising awareness about your work and generating interest in your offerings.

~ You will have your own webpage on our website and you are encouraged to make an offer at the end of your session, as well as offer free give-aways, to grow your own list and fill your own programs.

~ You will receive a FREE copy of this year's Tele-Summit for your own learning pleasure.

~ You may have the opportunity to earn income by becoming an affiliate for the sold-sets of the Tele-Summit, earning a percentage for every set that sells from someone on your own list.

~ Of course, most importantly, you receive the intrinsic reward of giving-back to your community, knowing you are inspiring others and serving the horses along the way, creating a wave of change to uplift the world!!!!


If you are excited to share an interesting and powerful process from your own Equine Work that you think other facilitators would benefit from AND you are able & willing to participate in the above ways, please submit your general topic suggestion by emailing Dr. Jenn at

***Only a short general description of your proposed topic is needed. Details are welcome, but are not needed at this time. 

*** VERY IMPORTANT: Please put "2016 TeleSummit Submission" on your Email SUBJECT line, otherwise, your submission might get missed.

However, sooner is better! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Showing Up: Slowing Down to Stillness to Receive the Gifts of Horses

How often do you SHOW UP for yourself, with the horses?!

One of the most beautiful and repeated Gifts I received from my time with the horses on the coast this summer was a reminder that if we show up in an OPEN & RECEPTIVE state, the horses very often have something that they want to offer us.

But frequently, we show up so busy DOING things with the horses, or orchestrating for others to DO with the herd, or THINKING things while with the horses, or PLANNING things for the group… 

Basically, we generally show up in some way other than being wide-openly PRESENT and STILL in the moment.  

This is generally such a habit that we often miss the juicy opportunities that the horses are ready to GIFT us with. 

In the Stillness: Receiving Gifts from Seren

Even when I didn’t think I had anything to “work on,” I discovered again and again this summer, that if I showed up and simply opened into Present Moment Awareness, becoming very quiet and still, the horse would begin a process with me, knowing exactly what was next most helpful.

This happened just as often with my own personal healing horse, Serendipity, as it did with a new healing horse friend whom I discovered through this very process at the barn.

It was a powerful reminder of all of the wondrous Gifts of Transformation that are awaiting us in every moment, when we choose to Show Up!

Self-Coaching Questions: How often are YOU gifting yourself that opportunity with the horses?

What keeps you from creating that Space for your Self to blossom?

What could change so that you regularly gave yourself that Gift so that the horses could offer YOU their support on your journey, so you can become an ever more Magnificent facilitator?!

For me, I discovered that nighttime was a magical time to gift my Self the space. I made a new horse friend at the barn, Jetson, who had never been seen for who he truly was before.

Hanging with Jetson
Honestly, he was a little depressed that he was going underappreciated in his Golden Years.  No one around him knew he had healing gifts to offer.  

Likely no one in his life beforehand had ever been STILL in his Presence.

By simply becoming silent and still and present with him, he began to show me Who He Was. And soon, he began to freely offer me transformative energy.

His favorite way to shift energy with me was to stick all of my fingers up his nose! When he did this, I could feel him drawing stuck energy out of my heart, down my arm, and out of my fingers. He did this EVERY time we were together! He also loved to turn his rump toward me and offer me energy from his lower chakras.

This horse was SO grateful to finally be able to offer his Gifts that he never, not once, walked away from me, sometimes continuing an impromptu session over the fence for 45 minutes or more.  This became somewhat of a nightly ritual for a few weeks and on nights when I decided not to show up in that space, he’d still wait by the fence and offer his Presence. 
We fell in love that way, each of us seeing each other for who we really were, sharing the transformative Gifts of our Shared Presence.

With my own beloved Serendipity, it most often happened after our short rides on the beach. Once dismounted, we would stand together, sometimes for 2 hours on the beach, simply in Presence, with nothing to “do” but enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. It was that Space which opened the doorway for her to offer me many Gifts (I’ll share a few such gifts in coming editions!)

Standing in Sacred Space with Seren on the beach

When all was said and done, I marveled at it all, realizing that it couldn’t have happened if I never slowed down enough to get silent and Show Up.  

So, the horses and I invite YOU to find some ways to Show Up with them, for YOU. 

Shall you discover what amazing odysseys they have to offer you on your own journey into Love & Light?!

Share! What's your favorite way to SHOW UP with the horses? Please share to inspire others! Comment below.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Finding Your Freedom through Fear

Many times on my journey, when I'm asked to reclaim the next layer of my power, I am faced with what may feel like an insurmountable wall of FEAR!

< Self-Coaching Question: When has you own fear been an invitation to discover the Truth of your Power? >

My summer on the coast of CA was no different. The next layer of fear was like an active volcano awaiting to erupt. There was fear here. Fear there. Fear everywhere. Especially WITH the horses.

Sunset on the day we arrived:
The incredible view from the property where I stayed

But never fear (HA!), the horses had co-created a divine plan with my Self to fire-up the next breakthrough. Although at the time it appeared to be a serious breakDOWN.

< Self-Coaching Question: When has a challenging break-down been the perfect catalyst to choose your own Break-THROUGH?  Once through the process, was it easier to TRUST that whatever shows up is for your Highest Good?! >

It started with Serendipity's own physical breakdown. My vision for this trip was to be able to ride both of my horses, Seren and daughter Gem, down to the beach from the property where I was staying. However, it immediately became clear that the ride to and from the beach was going to be MUCH more physically straining than anticipated.

In fact, it turned out that the ride down to the beach & back involved almost a mile of a steep hill, filled with, heck, I don't know, 8 inches of deep sand. Basically, the equivalent of bench pressing 100 pounds, for 15 minutes.

Two hand walks to the beach and back, and 22 yo Seren already had sustained a strain, stressing tendons and ligaments that just could not be prepared for such conditions (given that we come from hard-ground CO).

Seren and I on the beach the first day

 So, there we stood, 3 days into my heavenly beach adventure and Seren couldn't even be ridden. Here I was so close to my dream, and yet, seemingly so far.

For weeks I waded through a swamp of disappointment, frustration, and fear, waiting to see if Seren would recover enough to at least enjoy what we did last year: Trailering over to the beach, where she could walk maybe 100 flat feet and be right on the hard sands of the ocean, perfect footing for rehabbing a tendon. 

< Self-Coaching Question: When have you chosen Worry over Trust, delaying your experience of Flowing with Peaceful Acceptance? >

Thankfully, about 3 weeks into the trip, Seren was physically ready to get her beach babe groove back on.

But was I?
I seriously doubted myself. 

Honestly, I was in tears thinking about what a trip to the beach with Seren would entail:

~ I would have to head down the road where the trailer was parked, hook it up myself, get it through a tight tree-d entrance and down a steep, jarring hill into busy traffic.

~ Once back at the stable, I would have to back this new, longer trailer and turn it around in a tight space in order to be able to leave again.

~ I'd have to load Seren into an unfamiliar trailer, that she was anxious about, by myself.

~ I'd have to make the 15 minute trip over the beach, driving alone and then unload Seren and tack her up, sans help.

~ We'd have to ride out on the wide open beach, without the support of another horse & rider.

~  Then, I'd have to do it all in reverse.

All of this, ALL BY MYSELF, without any help. The thought of ALL that could go wrong TERRIFIED me. I honestly didn't know if I was up for any of it. It felt insurmountable. But there was my dream, nagging at me.

 < Self-Coaching Question: When have you allowed fear of what COULD be to cloud your experience of what IS, hindering your ability to be in the Moment? >

What saddened me even more was this: There was once a time when I felt that Seren and I were invincible!!! We could have done all of that without blinking an eye! Heck, we've been all over the country together, alone, many times. Back then, it was Seren and I against the world, and she was my very best friend. I never doubted our ability to accomplish whatever was in our path.

But then traumas happened. Little ones. Bigger ones. None of them ever with Seren herself.

Thus, over time, unresolved traumas layered one on top of another, slowly hiding my Power from me, until the thought of taking Seren to the beach by myself had me a trembling mess.

Thankfully, it seemed some help would come to the rescue. A new-found friend from the barn, Robert, agreed to help. Whew, I thought, "I CAN do this with some help."

But then, something in my request triggered him and he suddenly wasn't willing to help, even if I paid him for his time and effort.  He'd help ONCE, he decided and after that I'd be on my own.

Now THAT triggered me.  Here was a guy with all the time in the world, being requested to do two of his favorite things, hanging on the beach and being with horses, with one of his newly fav folks (me), and now I couldn't even PAY him to help?!!!!

All I could think was: WHY was the Universe conspiring against me being able to live my dream!?!? 

Of course, the Universe was actually conspiring to support me in reclaiming my power, but I couldn't feel that just yet! HA!

< Self-Coaching Question: When has something seemed to "not go your way" but turned out to be the perfect path that ended up leading you were you wanted to go?! > 

Instead, I was, shall we say, devastated. Here we had traveled 1200 miles to be together in our favorite place, Seren and I, and I couldn't even get her there!!!

So, I called on my favorite animal communicator, Pam Allen-LeBlanc of Hidden Brook Farm in Canada to decide how to proceed.

We chatted with Seren. I explained the situation & told her my fears.

And Seren wisely said, "Let's do this together. Doing this alone is really important for you to reclaim your FREEDOM! Which flows from your confidence & independence. I promise I'll be on my best behavior to help you out."

Seren and I during our 1st beach ride
after the injury. She's offering you a
perfect sand dollar in her noseband!
Ok, with my best friend on board with the plan, we set a date with Robert for our one test run with help. I made sure to do everything myself that day, with Robert there only for back up, just in case.

In the beginning, I was almost out of my body in fear. I was shaky, about it all.

But everything went well, and on the way home, I felt remarkably better- I was IN my body, and half calm too!

But secretly, I feared I was only able to do it because someone was WITH me. I felt I needed that crutch. I couldn't decide if proceeding alone was foolish or important.

In the end, I decided to proceed because Seren had said so. She loves the beach as much as me and I felt I owed it to her to spend time there together.

And so, a few days later, we tried again, ALL ALONE.

I was nervous, but everything worked out. In fact, every time we went, my nerves were cut in half, as I proved to myself that I could, in fact, do this.

True to her word, Seren never put a foot wrong! Nothing I worried about ever transpired. She was a perfect angel for loading, unloading, riding, etc. She acted like we had done this our entire lives.

In truth, she was reminding me of WHO I AM and WHO WE ARE TOGETHER.

Sharing the Love

And yet, there was to be another trial. After several weeks of heading out 2x a week by ourselves, we were faced with a graduating exam of Fear. Was I ready to celebrate my Freedom?!

When we arrived at the beach, it was a VERY windy day. For the first time, the kite surfers were out.

Now, these can be very scary to horses. Huge, erratic moving, noisy, bright things in the sky, coming toward us!!! Seren could see them over the dunes in the parking lot. Her energy started amping up, her nerves somewhat rattled. My bodily-sensed anxiety spiked in response.

In that moment, I started to feel defeated, "Oh no, not this fear again!" I wanted to run and hide. I was almost ready to give up.

I realized I had a decision to make: Give into my fear or claim my Freedom. Here was my final test.

So, I weighed the risks. Knowing that this particular horse is very level-headed and has never actually done anything I couldn't handle, I decided to look my fear directly in the eye.

I threw on a saddle as a nod to extra-safety (we often were riding bareback), and headed over the dune toward the dreaded red and blue monsters, who were whirling about in a chilly, grey sky.

Seren and I, heading home
As an immediate reward for facing the fear, when we made it to the beach, the blue monster was already laying quietly on the sand. One monster down! Hallelujah!

Now just one red monster to go.

Yet, the crimson monster headed further out to sea and stayed off the coast for our ride. Seren, well, she just didn't seem to care all that much, as we strolled down the beach. Whew! What a relief.

By the time we turned back towards home, both kites were gone. The monsters had disappeared!

 When we reached our return spot on the beach, I hopped off of Seren to enjoy some time standing together on the beach & relaxing.

It was then the ultimate reward showed up: I swear to god, the wind died down, the sun came out and it turned into a GORGEOUS Blue-Sky afternoon!

< Self-Coaching Question: When has facing your fear resulted in discovering the juicy space of your Freedom? Did it make it easier to face your fear the next time around? > 

We spent the remainder of the day soaking in the warm sunshine, sharing heart space, enjoying the beauty that surrounded us and breathing in the blessing of our beautiful connection.  A connection that restored my FAITH in Self, thanks to Seren's willingness to be my steady partner in search of Truth.

I laughed at how the Universe conspired to outwardly manifest a surprisingly perfect metaphor that day! 

We discovered that when you have the courage to face your fear-demons, they will dissolve into the mist, revealing the sunny Truth, that you are always SAFE, filled with LOVE, and never, ever ALONE. That FREEDOM is your natural state of Being.

After that courageous day, Seren and I went on to share many more joy-filled afternoons together on the beach, without fear, partnering in a wondrous journey of Love.

It turned out that being alone together on the beach was in fact necessary for all of the joy-filled, heart-felt healing moments that would transpire, as Seren and I sunk into the heart-space of connection, that could only be experienced, together, alone in the Silent-Space of Source.

For all of that, I am ever grateful to my best and life-long friend Seren. THANK YOU for giving me back to my Freedom-Filled Self.

And heartfelt thanks to Robert for "forcing" me to re-discover my own Power. Sometimes when someone refuses to help you, it is because you are meant to lift up yourself! We both laugh about that today.

And THANK YOU Fear for being the Gift that Invites us All to Re-Member the Truth of our Freedom.

Please share! When have the horses helped you face your fear so you could reclaim important aspects of your True Self? Please comment below.