You may have noticed that we have a slightly new look. The marketing company ‘Choose Right Shoes’ came up with the idea of highlighting certain aspects of equine-assisted learning. As you can see on the facebook page, the image is of a woman looking in a mirror and seeing herself in interaction with a horse or horses. The interaction supports each of us connecting with our true selves – the self we were before we were so impacted by our socialization and by the various impactful life events we all experience. By working with the horses, we are able to find the ‘strength’ to be vulnerable. Through our willingness to be vulnerable, we connect with our inner ‘power’, and are then able to share our ‘beauty’ with the world. In the evaluations women have given us of their experience of our programs, these three words – strength, power, beauty – are named over and over again.
We had a great time doing the photo shoot. The frame of the mirror is made from trees impacted by the pine beetles. So it has a lovely blue tint to it. Christiaan, my partner, made it. It is a very beautiful expression of nature, which is a big part of the power of equine-assisted learning. Mother Nature is an energyworker. We all feel better after spending time with her. Lucky for us, equine-assisted learning happens outside, in nature! The mirror was set up in the arena where the horses were loose. Vienna walked over to check it out. She was startled by the image of herself. She walked around to the back of the mirror. I imagine she was looking for the body of the horse whose head she saw in the mirror. After a while, she figured out that she was looking at her own beautiful reflection. She couldn’t get enough of herself! She kept looking into the mirror. It was a wonderful lesson about the importance of loving ourselves, of celebrating our uniqueness.
The horses generously supported the photo shoot by simply doing the work they always do when we are offering equine-assisted learning sessions. Most of our retreat team showed up to volunteer for the photo shoot. Cara took all of the photos. What a fabulous collaboration!