What a satisfying weekend we have had! On Saturday, we learned all about animal communication from Zabrina Barteaux. My favourite moment from the weekend was when Joey communicated to one of the participants the importance of being connected to the earth. As she shared the communication, multiple members of the herd began snorting, yawning, licking and chewing. Lots of releases. Lots of affirmation that being continually connected to Mother Nature is essential. It was an important moment for me. I believe our health is dependent on our relationship with the earth. I also believe that the greater our connection, the more likely we are to have access to all our body wisdom and modes of communication. It is one of the many gifts of equine-assisted learning – a deeper connection to the earth and our own bodies.
Below is a photo of Kaleb, Zabrina’s co-facilitator, who was definitely present in spirit. Zabrina had his photo on show in the room during the workshop.
On Sunday, Kjara led us through the basics of learning to feel cranial rhythm. Something I never imagined myself ever doing! It was absolutely fascinating to be able to feel such subtle movement in another being’s body. It was also incredibly fabulous to be able to give back to the horses. The biggest learning for me was experiencing the essential nature of touch to human health, and, I am sure, to equine health. When I was feeling the cranial rhythm in another person, I felt a deep sense of connection and belonging. We live in a world that is suffering from the consequences of loneliness and ostracization and trauma. I bet we could facilitate much healing by committing to daily, therapeutic touch.