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horselogo We are hosting a series of Equine Facilitated Wellness sessions over the summer of 2016. Our focus is on women who have been victims of domestic violence. 

 

Equine Facilitated Wellness practitioners partner with horses to support self development in people. The horses are regarded as sentient beings with dignity and wisdom all their own. The facility and exercises are set up in such a way that the horses are able to communicate their preferences, desires and offerings. They are truly, co-facilitators of the work.

People learn different skills to communicate non-verbally with the horses, through listening to their own bodies; connecting consciously through space, using breath, movement and stillness; and are encouraged to create positive, meaningful stories for themselves out of the interactions and experiences they have with the horses.

Scientific research has revealed that over 90% of language is non-verbal. Non-verbal language is not just the language of gesture and posture. Scientists are aware of many different ways our bodies are communicating with other bodies and the environment around us below the level of cognition, from bio-photonic emissions, to electromagnetic fields and the phenomenon of interpersonal contagion of biochemistry and emotions.

Providing people with the opportunity to experience communication non-verbally, with another species brings hidden pieces of what people are doing up to the level of cognition and awareness, especially where they may be incongruent in their presentation or interfering with the achievement of their goals.horselogo2

 

Research has shown that the memory of trauma is stored in our cells and tissues as well as in our minds. EFW is experiential, somatic learning and horses are excellent at restoring themselves and supporting fellow herd members in restoring themselves to balance and harmony. Because our approach to the horses is physical in nature and experiential in practice, a more holistic healing can take place.

Horses in particular, in my opinion and all animals in general are able to support healing so effectively because our defense mechanisms aren’t triggered the same way they are with other people or when language is involved. We can sense the horses’ lack of intention to judge, fix or teach. So, we’re more inclined to see the horse’s response to us as information about ourselves, as we experience and observe how differently the horse behaves, when we change something within ourselves or when we observe the horse working with another person and responding differently to them.

Social scientists are now calling it “intersubjectivity’, or the ability to have an awareness of your own experience of interaction or relationship with “other” and simultaneously, observe and empathically feel into the experience the other is having with you. Horses are masters of this fundamental aspect of connection and incredibly present in the here and now with whatever is happening and they respond it it authentically. We can learn a lot just from that.

 

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