Here at The Equine Connection our belief is that the invisible, felt, or sensed, places within ourselves, are essential, like the air we breathe. Our passion is to follow the horses and nature’s silent messages to connect with these invisible parts of ourselves. We invite you to visit with aspects of yourself you may never have even met, to trust the intangible pieces of your life. By ‘hearing’ the imagery Mother Nature and the horses’ body language offer, we touch places within ourselves that are difficult to express with words. These experiences deepen the intimacy we can feel with ourselves. Life becomes more meaningful. Come connect with yourself through one of the offerings here at The Equine Connection!
The Equine Connection, located on an eight acre property, is in a peaceful, rural setting just 10 minutes from downtown Vernon, BC. The Equine Connection offers a variety of equine-assisted learning opportunities. Women are invited to join us at our fabulously nourishing and transformative retreats. Businesses are offered team building sessions, and individuals can access individual sessions, as well as our wellness workshops. We will custom-make self-development workshops for any group wanting to expand their self-awareness. Our services also include traditional counselling.
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Equine-assisted learning and therapy offers a compelling journey of clarity and understanding. Horses are powerful teachers who instantly respond to actions, body language and the energy of the participant. Horses can inspire our dreams and awaken our spirit. The focus of equine-assisted learning is not riding, nor horsemanship, but self-development. It takes place out of the saddle and on the ground.
Wendy Elrick, MSc
Individual counselling is offered by Wendy Elrick, while groups are facilitated by both Wendy, and a co-facilitator.
Wendy Elrick is a counsellor with a Masters degree in Human Services. She has been working as a counsellor for over 28 years. Her experience includes working with both children, and adults, as well as families, and groups. Wendy’s experience includes trauma recovery, supporting people as they expand their self-awareness, and teaching life skills to honour the whole of us – our emotions, thoughts, spirits and bodies.
Equine-assisted therapy groups are facilitated with a horse professional – Cara Nunn being our primary horse professional. All of the horse professionals working at The Equine Connection have extensive experience handling horses and live with their own horses. The role of the horse professional is to take very good care of the safety aspects of being with horses. It is a pleasure to work with women so committed to personal growth and who have a deep respect for horses.
The herd at The Equine Connection is largely geriatric. Due to the age of the horses, we usually bury a horse body each year. While the horse is no longer physically with us, their Spirit is often tangible.
Fancy – our youthful grandmother and wise, wise healer
Chunky – the confident and grounded mentor, teaching us lessons about inclusion and the importance of eating!
Bandit – the sensitive man who has become the herd leader, demonstrating the ability to transform
Sweetie Pie – our young princess who teaches us about self-love
Kaleb – the emotion expert
Oreo – the Feminine in horse form
Many of the horse healers at The Equine Connection either came to us in their retirement, or moved in due to health challenges. For this reason, it is common for us to bury a horse each year. We have many remembrances of our horse angels who have passed on. Three of them are painted on a large canvas hanging in the covered arena. Painted by our own lovely Cara Nunn. There are all sorts of art pieces on the property honouring the wise horses.
Three of our horse friends died in 2009: Amos (age 30), Tia (age 40) and Socks (age 29). We are very appreciative of all the gifts they offered the many people who were lucky enough to work with them. In March 2013, Athena left us. Although her life was short, she left a lasting impression on all who worked with her. In March 2015, Amiga was freed of her chronic pain and left us knowing her baby girl was in the capable care of Vienna. In September 2015, we said good-bye to Sadie, whose presence is still tangible. In 2016, Sunny passed on. We miss her humour. In 2018 we celebrated the life of Landor, the angel in a horse’s body. In January 2019 our sweet Little Joe passed. His teaching of the importance of embracing our own vulnerability will never leave me. He was also an incredible hugger. In late 2019, we said good-bye to Kara, the grandmother who reminded us to always pick joy. On April 9, 2021 our incredible matriarch left her body. Vienna was the herd mother and teacher of the essential nature of personal boundaries. She was the best mother! In the Fall of 2021, Ruben passed peacefully. He was with us a bit more than a year, and taught us much about the extremes of trauma. A powerful healer.
Zaza ensures the property is as mouse free as possible, as well as very well guarded!
Hektor lives in the cottage and fiercely protects his territory!
Millie is our resident Princess who loves to join clients in the office.
Derek nourishes a sense of community between all the cats. A wise fellow!
Abby is an independent lady who has just joined us.
Pumpkin, pictured above, was our first feline healer. She died in 2012. In 2013 we had to say good-bye to Pretty Boy. He will always have a place in my heart. He trusted us enough to embrace domesticity, despite being a wild guy. Marble left us in 2017 after nine years of participating in the work done here. In August 2014, we welcomed Elfje into our family. Elfje was only with us for a year. Similarly, in 2018 we buried Makita, who also only lived a year.