My Training Background
Equine Facilitated Learning
The Medicine Horse Way system forms the backbone of everything I now offer.
Equine Facilitated Learning is a process by which humans can learn more about themselves through a structured intervention with horses.
Horses are incredibly adept at helping us uncover our true emotions and experiences. This activates our Authentic Self (who we are at the very core of our being - True Self).
This body of work teaches us how to:
- listen to our body's messages,
- really feel our emotions and understand that they are just offering us information,
- explore limiting beliefs and their accompanying behaviours (where they come from, how they've helped us in the past),
- how to find authentic beliefs that are in alignment with our True Self.
Body-Centred Coaching (Training: Systems and Constellations with Jenny MacKewn,)
This embodied approach to coaching enables me to cut straight to the heart of any matter. The techniques used are based on the work of Bert Hellinger and have consistently left my clients blown away by the amount of clarity they receive.
Each one of us is a part of many systems - our family system, work system, marriage/partnership system, friendship system, societal system, religious system etc. The challenges we face in life can also be broken down into a system of key elements, for example - us (the challenge/issue holder), a block, our future, and support/help. By arranging these elements into a map of how they're relating to each other currently, we can start to explore where any possible dysfunction or disharmony lies.
Discovering this work has been absolutely magical! There is no other word to describe it...
Women's Cycle Guide
This work has been fundamental to increasing my own level of self-awareness around my monthly hormone cycle and energy levels.
I love teaching this work!
It is empowering, inspiring, and transformational.
The Story - What's in a name?
Riding White Horses
In August 2016, I had the pleasure of road tripping from L.A., California, all the way out to Santa Rosa, New Mexico and back again. I was away for three blissful weeks. As part of my adventure I booked a week long stay at Creek Ranch over in the East of New Mexico. Doing a ranch stay had been a long standing dream of mine. There’s something about the cowboys, the horses, and the great outdoors that represents true freedom to me.
Having spent the night in Roswell, eating a ‘make your own’ waffle for breakfast in the motel and then perusing the museum to see whether I believed if aliens really had landed there in 1947, I set off in my rental car once again for Creek Ranch.
As I was driving up a steep, narrow, windy road, I had a light bulb moment. An epiphany. A sudden realisation. I could open up a centre where people could pay to stay and live my lifestyle with me for a bit! Yes! An idea was born. It wasn’t a new concept, it was a thought that I’d toyed with before but had always dismissed because I couldn’t figure out how it would work, but this time...
This time it was different. I had extreme mental clarity. It’s amazing what a couple of weeks away can do for your creative mind! My mission was clear. I would create a sanctuary that encompassed all of the things I feel most passionately about; helping people, yoga, dance, horses, surfing, nature, good food and sustainable community living.
I came home with a spring in my step. I was refreshed, rejuvenated, and had a sense of motivation like I’d never had before.
With this big concept in mind, I started to think of what my retreat centre might be called. The name Riding White Horses is definitely an ode to my childhood. There were multiple inspirations - the first pony I ever rode on was a little white pony called Trigger, the crests of the waves described and depicted as white horses in Ann Turnbull’s book The Sand Horse (a favourite bedtime story), the song ‘She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain’, playing in the sea until my lips went purple and my teeth chattered, the sense of freedom I feel when I see an image of someone riding a horse along a beach or of a surfer riding a wave, the incredible Guinness advert with the surfers and the horses - ‘good things come to those who wait’, my fascination with unicorns and Pegasus, knights, princesses and fairy tales. All these things, this life long accumulation of experiences, stories, and beliefs, all contributed to the creation of the Riding White Horses name.
Two years on, and at one of the Equine Facilitated Learning courses I was attending, I started to read Linda Kohanov’s chapter in the Way of the Horse about The Messenger (Pegasus) - one of the horse archetypes depicted in the cards that accompany her book.
The Messenger by Kim McElroy
This is what it said:
‘With or without wings, the white horse is universally depicted as a messenger of wisdom, creativity, healing, and redemption...
Epona, the Celtic goddess of fertility and transformation, often appeared as a luminous white mare. Some legends also tell of Druid priests employing white horses as oracles. Through a series of simple ritualistic movements, these sacred steeds would answer yes or no to questions about everything from battle strategies to planting times and lovers’ quarrels...
On a wider scale, this archetype echoes the myth of Pegasus, a messenger from the gods and a loyal companion to the Muses, capable of jump-starting artistic talent and carrying those who lived heroically to the stars. Engaging with the white-winged horse, inviting him to fly through your imagination, helps you access a divine source of wisdom and inspiration, allowing you to find deeper meaning and purpose in your own earthly journey. Ride this horse, become him for a while, and you’ll begin to create your life as the work of art it was meant to be.’
So, what’s in a name? Well, a lot apparently!
Call it divine intervention, inspiration, wisdom, or purpose - may I ride this white horse to fruition...