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Spiritual Adventures with Horse
Meet the Authors of Spiritual Adventures with Horse!
Sherry L. Ackerman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy, as well as an internationally acclaimed dressage clinician.
Dr. Ackerman is one of the American dressage industry’s leading proponents of dressage as a philosophical, spiritual, and artistic practice and of animal spirituality.
Dr. Ackerman lives at the foot of Mount Shasta, in California.
Ainsley Beauchamp has been learning from horses for 35 years, and is currently living and working with them in the mountains of British Columbia.
Gravitating to horses out of a passionate need as a young teen, she found that they are healing spirits with enormous capacity to teach. Travis wasn’t Ainsley’s first spiritual adventure with a horse, but certainly one of the most profound.
Over the years horses have opened pathways for healing the body, mind and soul she once couldn’t have guessed existed. She’s found that she’s a far more whole, more holistic person because of time spent with them; in learning to interact with her own horses on an energetic playing field she’s discovered that they respond with uncanny sensitivity.
Ainsley offers Lodge and Inn-to-Inn rides for experienced riders, lessons and workshops. As an Advanced PSYCH-Kâ Facilitator, she is one of the few people worldwide to combine PSYCH-Kâ with horses, focusing on changing limiting beliefs, developing confidence and on the mind/body connection in horsemanship.
It is her belief that building a relationship with a horse will deepen your relationship with your Self, others, and nature. Horses are sensitive, intuitive, social beings, who help to illuminate our patterns of relationship and behaviors by giving us immediate feedback. Through relationship, they offer the opportunity to learn, grow, and heal.
Kerry is in private practice in and around Boulder, Colorado. She supports individuals of all ages, couples, and families. In addition, she facilitates Yoga with Horses workshops and therapeutic workshops in Colorado and Idaho. Kerry holds a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, is a certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist, and trained in Somatic Experiencing.
Camille Courtney is compelled to share her experiences and wisdom gained from her personal voyage from substance to significance. In 2003 she found herself in a foreign country, with no friends, no horses and for the first time in her life – a profound depression. Having been a life long horsewoman, she sought answers from her horses.
Robin Davis is a lifelong horsewoman and owner/operator of Mustang Hollow, a holistic horse-keeping facility in northern Colorado.
Her resume includes being a 4-H club leader and clinician, an apprenticeship with natural horsemanship trainer Leslie Desmond, showing in dressage, and a study of many holistic healing modalities.
Robin loves to help horses and their humans be their best through a holistic approach to training and maintenance.
Alongside of Tracy Vroom and Erin Wilson-Kaufman she has founded the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative and sponsors the annual Holistic Horse Affair.
Angela Dunning is the Founder and Manager of Equine Reflections, a specialized EFL practice in England.
She is an Epona Approved Instructor in Equine Facilitated Learning, a life-long horse lover, a BHS approved riding instructor and gifted natural horsewoman.
Angela also holds a BA (Hons) degree in Peace Studies and a Postgraduate Qualification in Youth and Community Work and has many years experience of supporting people in distress and with emotional problems including trauma.
Carolyn Eberle, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor and spiritual teacher, traveled the world studying meditation, body-centered psychotherapy, and energy healing.
She is author of Explorer's Mind-The Map to Freedom and founded the Mind Energy Body School of Transformation that offers a 12-class Certification Program in learning how to take the energy of pain, illness and emotional challenge and transform it back into wholeness.
She is a teacher graduate of the Barbara Brennan Healing Science School (6 years); Reiki II, Chi Kung, Healing Touch, EMDR, and has studied many body-centered psychotherapeutic, trauma, exercise and meditation modalities.
Carolyn is a pioneer and innovator. Former D.C. policy advocate for the underprivileged, Carolyn has been researching and exploring the world of healing for over 20 years.
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She is the author of Beauty From Brokenness: Bits and Pieces of My Journey Into Wholeness and Holy as Thou: Bittersweet Tales About Remembering To Love. Both books share stories from her life where these sacred relationships reveal the divine in All as One.
Connie has studied animal communication and companion animal facilitated growth and learning and her passion is working/playing with children and animals.
She is a mosaic artist who enjoys creating one-of-a kind equine themed pieces that are available from www.earthwindandhorses.com.
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Passions, purpose, and the vision to align them. It is with these fundamentals that Kami Guildner founded Syzygy™ Consulting & Coaching.
Her experience of growing up in the Colorado mountains, streams, and the wide open plains on the back of a horse painted views of possibilities and potential. Her deep understanding that nature, horses, and the spirit of the outdoors brings clarity, provides space to dream, and opens our eyes to views of worlds unseen before us, is grounded in Syzygy. She knew she had a gift for finding purpose and the grit to get there. She wanted to share this gift. And with this, Syzygy was born.
Kami helps teams and executives uncover their passions and discover their uniqueness and purpose to guide them to an inspired future. Her unique consulting and coaching agency, Syzygy, is grounded in the experience of stories, nature, passions, and the power of positive. These experiences bring lasting change to leadership styles, organizational cultures, and open the new door for new visions.
Kami helps people uncover their passions and discover their purpose – guiding them to an inspired future. Kami is a Certified Equine Guided Educator.
Joyce Leake is an internationally respected Animal/Interspecies Communicator and specialist in animal-human relationships.
She and Dr. Vickie Wickhorst, Phd. co-authored 2 books, Decoding the Mystery of Interspecies Communication and a 104-page workbook, Communicating with Animals – A Twenty-One Day Guide to Success.
Her desire to raise the bar is illustrated by her commitment with Animal University’s comprehensive, progressive 5 Levels to Interspecies Communication Certificate Program, teaching and mentoring the student from lay to professional, in the exploding field of animal-human relationship and communication.
Her other passion is helping others to reach a rewarding success in their holistic businesses. She created the Trade Association for Animal Communicators and Other Holistic Practitioners. Her complementary significant creation, The Reilly School of Business, teaches best current business practices to its members. Business is changing every moment and helping the gifted and talented practitioner succeed is the goal of this new hall within Animal University.
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Juli Lynch, Ph.D is an Advanced Approved Epona instructor who now lives in Hayward, Wisconsin on a small horse ranch with her husband, horses, dogs and cats.
Juli is also a writer. She is a contributing author in Horses as Teachers: The Path to Relationship and will release her new book – Who Am I with My Horse: The Personalities of Horsemanship spring of 2011.
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Jennifer Oikle, Ph.D., editor of this volume, is a relationship psychologist, dating coach, equine-inspired life coach, Reiki Master, and founder of the Happily Ever After Holistic Healing Horse Ranch, in Parker, CO.
Life coach and horse whisperer, Koelle Simpson, offers a new perspective on communication and trust development. She is honored to have received extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities with individuals who are working to have a positive impact on the world.
Her mission in life is to help others rebuild trust in themselves as well as their relationships with others and as a result unleash the powerful leader within each of us.
Koelle was a student of world-renowned equine trainer and best-selling author Monty Roberts, known as "The Horse Whisperer." Koelle was given the opportunity to learn first hand from Mr. Roberts, conducting speaking engagements, workshops, demonstrations and partaking in touring events. During this time Koelle helped troubled individuals and corporations to build trust and redefine their approach to communication using the non-verbal language of horses.
To further expand on her education, Koelle accepted the honor of apprenticeship with master life coach, best-selling author, and Oprah columnist, Dr. Martha Beck. The time and training spent with Dr. Beck enabled Koelle to obtain a more thorough understanding of the parallels between helping a troubled horse and helping a troubled individual regain the directions to a great life.
Recently, she has developed new friendships at the Londolozi game preserve in the South African bush. She is thrilled to have this special opportunity to visit the bush on a regular basis to enhance her understanding on Mother Nature's example of leadership, trust, balance and interspecies communication.
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She has taught and studied with world-renowned pioneers in complementary and the holistic field. Her blended approach integrates a broad range of certifications, including, craniosacral therapy; Equine Body Work (specialty in sports massage, biomechanics, and movement); the Tellington TTouch/TTEAM Training Method; Postural Rehabilitation; Shamanic healing and Reiki. She maintains that animals have been her most profound teachers.
Tracy has created an extensive workshop program for visionary craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing work. She also offers private sessions that honor the whole being – emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
She is a frequently sought after subject expert, mentor, speaker, and educator. She lectures at universities and private training facilities across the country. She’s a published author. She’s involved with the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative which provides educational and networking opportunities for equine practitioners and owners. She serves on the board of directors for Zuma’s Rescue Ranch.
She currently lives in Colorado with her horses, dogs, and cats.
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Sandra Wallin, MA has been learning from horses, in one way or another, her entire life, but it wasn’t until her horses Grace and Chiron arrived that her apprenticeship truly began. Sandra claims Grace has taught her to be a better person and Chiron is teaching her to be a better horse, and as she learns, so she teaches, in her Equine Guided Development programs at Chiron’s Way.
Sandra is a Registered Clinical Counselor, an educator, and a presenter, who divides her professional time between a private practice, working as an educator/counselor in a local school district, and teaching Equine Guided Development and PSYCH-K®, locally and internationally. Her clients range from middle school students to corporate executives and she currently sits on three national committees helping to develop guidelines for the ethical practice of Equine Facilitated Wellness in Canada.
Sandra is a certified PSYCH-K® Instructor, one of forty worldwide. She became passionate about PSYCH-K® after a riding accident in May of 2008 left her unconscious and broken. Unable to get out to her horses, she began to use, with herself, the processes she had been sharing with her clients. Her healing progressed exponentially. As a result, Sandra now integrates PSYCH-K® with her equine practice, teaching students how to use their subconscious to become more horse conscious, and in turn, create and live the lives they’ve imagined, with their horses and beyond.
Sandra is a contributing author in Horse As Teacher: The Path to Relationship, the second book in The Horse As Teacher series. She loved the writing process so much that she has begun working on a new book, under Grace’s kind tutelage.
Dela Whitaker currently works for the Department of Justice in Denver, Colorado and has been a long-time resident of the state.
She currently owns one horse and is an avid horsewoman. As a horse enthusiast, she volunteers in the equine therapy community. Dakota, her eleven year-old quarter horse, is currently being developed for work in equine therapy.
At this time, Dela is focusing on developing her animal communication skills with all animals, specializing in horses. She has owned several horses throughout her life and continues to pursue equine related interests, which have been a lifelong passion.
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