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Finding Our Way Home: Embodied Group Learning with Horses
Sep 22, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022$950 – $1200
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL July 25th with coupon code equineconnection2022
From September 22-25th, we will gather for a workshop focused on group attunement and leadership blending Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects and Equine Guided Learning, guided by Lydia Violet Harutoonian and Yoshi Babcock.
The Work That Reconnects (WTR) is a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by beloved elder Joanna Macy, inspired by her scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped thousands of people to engage in The Great Turning, reinvigorating our capacity for action and resilience. In a time when we face so much, we engage in this experiential resource that allows us to create an inner spaciousness for healing, connection, and a bold solidarity with the Earth and each other.
Equine Guided Learning (EGL) is a form of experiential learning in which participants partner with horses for personal growth and healing. This form of learning occurs on the ground through a variety of intimate, interactive activities with the horses.. EGL is therapeutic in nature and fosters healing but is not considered therapy. It is a form of coaching where we partner with horses that focuses on inner and somatic self-awareness.
Why Horses and Work That Reconnects?
Horses gently but firmly teach us how to stay in the moment, become aware of and modulate our own energy, and create harmonious partnerships by setting healthy boundaries. With horses, we learn all of this through our experience with them and can transfer these teachings into our relationships with humans.
Horses can also teach us leadership skills. They are social animals with sophisticated herd structures. Their focus is to aim for the herd’s optimal survival. Cooperation, adaptability & flexibility are the keys to survival in an ever-changing environment.
Through our time with the horses, we will integrate these subtle and soft social skills that make a big difference in our capacity to regulate with our humans, become aware of our tendency to function with power-over, and will help us develop power-with.
The first session with horses will be focused on personal awareness, grounding in our own relationship with ourself.
The second session will focus on our role in the ecosystem of a group, how we work together in an emergent, cooperative way, and will be an experience of embodied systems learning.
This is a great opportunity to re-learn how to be a part of a group after the years of isolation from the COVID-19 Pandemic, honouring our unique gifts and skills and finding our way back to collaborating.
Facilitators & Guides
Lydia Violet Harutoonian
For retreat specific details and to learn more about the facilitators, please visit https://schoolforthegreatturning.com/horse-retreat/