Heart Of The Horse Seminars 2018 are about building trust, respect, confidence, and leadership in which horse and human become intelligently thinking / feeling partners, who look out for each other.
We don’t include saddles, bridles, bits, or anything that people put on horses to facilitate control or convenience.
The horse remains loose, unattached, free to leave, or stay, on his/her terms. No round-penning, no fake “join-ups”, no forced “bonding”. Rather, we listen, feel, act, and find our way into the heart of the horse, where we find our heart, also – it’s the same. And from there forward, whatever we do together we will always come from and remain in the heart.
In each seminar, I am always deeply moved by the opening I see in the horses who participate. I am equally inspired by the people participating. It’s an event where horses and humans serve each other’s opening into new possibilities of how to live and be with each other.
I take this process seriously, putting as much sensitivity into it as I can, because I’m acutely aware that each horse gradually lets me “in”, perhaps in ways they’ve not allowed before. It’s a rare thing, and I treat it sacredly. For me it’s about remembering that life is a profound Mystery.
Soon after starting out with each horse, a familiar recognition, and a tentative interest, sparkles forward in those shiny brown eyes. And the weekend is about finding and nurturing that spark. Then all too soon, the seminar is over! I would personally like them to go on for weeks…
When entering into the seminar….
Remember back to your very first interest in horses. What was it about horses that drew you to them? What did that feel like for you? Is that feeling still alive?
Imagine today, right now, that this is the very first time you’ve ever seen such a creature!
You don’t know what it is, where it came from, what it eats, how it communicates, what it feels. No one else has ever seen a horse before, either. You’re the first.
You know nothing about feeding it, riding it, or how to train it. You don’t have any gear to train it with. Your hands are empty and open. Maybe you have a stick to protect yourself.
And this creature is also wondering what you are, never having seen anything like you before.
Both of you are alone, out on the range, needing to survive, needing company, and maybe now choosing to depend on each other.
Who do you think would be the leader, and know best how to survive?
I think it would probably be the horse.
And if so, you would need to figure out how to get the horse to let you tag along.
So how would you do this? And how would you form a partnership?
Try to feel what that would be like, and what the first steps would be.
Please keep coming back to this as we go through the next two days. Even throughout your entire life with horses, you can keep returning to this idea to refresh and deepen yourself in horses, and life.
The richness within those large, dark, eyes is overflowing with a mystery that stretches way beyond these stables, way out into an infinity of feeling and wonder and, I think, this is partly why you’ve been drawn to horses, why they attract you.
This is what I’m interested in helping you connect with more fully. And in this connection, everything you do with horses will be better, safer, happier.
If you’re interested in sponsoring, or hosting, a seminar in your area, or to participate in a seminar, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(In everything I do I give homage to my mentors, Adi Da Samraj, Jingle Baba the Camel, Cinnabar the Chameleon, Quiet Pete the Conure, Coal the dog, the Grand Canyon, the great redwood trees, and a host of other non-human forms of life — and much thanks to Carolyn Resnick, Robin Gates, Stormy May, and others…)