Here we share inspiration from our wonderful presenters and organisers (past & present). Also, an opportunity to get to know the Dune Lakes Herd through their biographies. Please check back regularly to keep up with what's happening in the run up to the Annual Spirit Horse Festival.
Blogs from Presenters Past & Present
Ponderings on Riding
I enjoy riding too. But as much as I love taking Orlik to the woods or helping Daniel to speak, I can’t help but to think whether or not I should be riding my horses at all. I often question whether Orlik likes my riding him, too.
The Metaphor of the Centaur
In the past, humans were deeply connected to their innate and nature based wisdom. Living in close connection to the land, to nature, the seasons and the animals, survival depended on paying attention to the shifts and changes of emotion and energy in the body and the external environment.
Music of the Plants
Plants do understand us. But do we understand them? The true value of plant life on this planet is little realised by most folk who take it as a bounty to be harvested without any recognition of what this means to us.
Horses, Energy, and Trusting the Unknown
My wise senior mare, Posadka, did something out of the norm the other day. Whenever the horses do something out of the ordinary in the context of an equine-guided learning session, I tend to get quite curious about it.
Kaimanawa Heritage Horses
Elder and Marilyn Jenks have been volunteering their devotion to the Kaimanawa horses since the1990’s. During this time they have been responsible for saving the lives of more than a thousand wild horses.
Home Is Where the Soul Resides
Since I could walk and talk my passion has always been horses. I always looked after other people’s horses until I finally got my first horse at 30 years old, fulfilling a promise my father made to me when I was 10 years old.
The Leadership Whisperers
Throughout my 16-year corporate career I had large leadership development budgets but was increasingly frustrated that the learning never stuck and nothing really, truly changed in terms of behaviour when people returned back to their offices.
A Journey to Horsanity
Whilst I found my coaching work to be much more suited to my mindset than my previous career of 20 years, where I had come close to becoming not so quietly insane, I didn’t want to lose that private personal bond between me and the horses.
Harnessing the intelligence of your Body as Brain
Horse’s natural state of body brain and nervous system balance, along with enhanced awareness and attunement. With their huge hearts and the “heart-field” effect that arises, horses help humans reach greater coherence through breathwork and entrainment.
Holistic Hoof Care for Soundness
Holistic hoof care is individualised hoof care; it is preventative, precise, and progressive. With proper support, everyone can keep their horses sound and healthy.
Owning Your Horse’s Stress
Stress expresses itself in our bodies, in our lives, and in our relationships with horses. It is the culprit of most disease and general unhappiness.
From the Horse’s Heart
What Dooie shared that morning, just two days after she passed, were her requests and her words of wisdom regarding how horses deserve to be treated.
Connecting with Horses through Yoga
When we embody our energy and our actions through the breath and the teachings of yoga, we can better understand our impacts on others and learn to communicate more purposefully and effectively.
Horses As Catalysts For Post Traumatic Growth
Perhaps the ways in which people with PTSD are supported will determine whether they continue to suffer from the experience or are able to move forward to find peace and happiness in their lives.