Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning
For the last twenty-some years, horses have shown up as teachers, guides, and partners to therapists and coaches all over the world. While the methods and focus differ, horses by being horses offer accurate reflections, messages, and life-changing experiences to people who are open to their presence. Working with therapists, horses help facilitate healing from trauma, assist youth in recovery, and veterans and others with PTSD. Equine programs, such as Serenity's, also offer effective support for leadership development, life transitions, and self-discovery.
Here at Serenity we have partnered with the horses to offer clinics and individual sessions that focus on healing and experiential horse-guided learning activities within a safe environment.
The focus of Horses as Healers is not riding or horsemanship, although horse care is sometimes a part of the activities. Within the sessions individuals are able to explore what’s alive for them in the moment or pursue a particular issue such as processing grief. Issues vary with each individual and can include uncovering emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness or grief. Issues related to self-esteem, assertiveness, control, trust, communication, boundaries, separation, decision-making, leadership, cooperation or other social issues are often among those that surface. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
Horses being prey animals are tracking everything in their environment. They rely on instinct and intuition and are adept at reading non-verbal cues such as energy, intention, and emotions. Also, being herd animals they rely on the other herd members to accurately reflect what is going on in the environment and react appropriately. Having other herd members that they trust helps them to relax and feel safe.
Serenity clinics and individual sessions provide a safe environment for self-discovery and exploring emotional roadblocks and creating new ways of being for healing. We honor the horses’ as healers and capacity for accurate reflection and invite you to join us.
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Neave Karger-Megenhardt, has always listened to animals and acknowledged animals as some of the greatest teachers and healers. For over 10 years she has been an Animal Communicator working with animals and clients to resolve issues and deepen their relationships. She is an Animal Reiki Practictioner and a Shamanic Healer using these these skills for healing of animals, humans and family systems.
For 10 years Neave has participated in a monthly class for "Understanding Personal Energy" increasing her awareness, capacity and competency in holding sacred space for transformation. Neave just began her journey with horses, and is thrilled to have others experience their wisdom and healing. Neave is calm and has a grounded presence and holds a safe space for people and horses alike to explore new ways of being.