About Barbara Alexander
Hello, and thank you for your interest in these exceptional programs. My name is Barbara Alexander, and I am the President and Founder of Epona Ridge.
For the last fifteen years, I have developed retreats and coaching programs that inspire well-being and joy.
After twenty years in leadership and performance improvement in the corporate environment, I discovered that the measurement of REAL success was far more straightforward; it's the amount of JOY experienced every day. I began to train in the emerging field of experiential learning with horses and discovered the key to inner awareness and the non-verbal world that changed my life forever.
After apprenticing with Linda Kohanov, a renowned author and pioneer of human development through experiential learning with horses, I became an Eponaquest Worldwide facilitator in 2005. That, combined with my decade of training as a Reiki Master, Healer, and Teacher, I discovered the world of energy and connectivity in relationship to all beings.
Over the last eight years, I have collaborated with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, two of the world's finest horse trainers, to develop a holistic approach to life and horsemanship. We have combined the co-creative aspects of intuitive training for horses with equine facilitated learning in the human field of intuitive and physical intelligence to create workshops that share some of the most exciting advances yet. We continue to develop the psychology of energy, interconnectedness, and personal joy as a holistic experience of life for all beings.
Many women found a sacred connection to horses in their early childhood or, are finding it now much later in life. We share a similar story in that we experienced an unusual opening of the heart. It has been described as a completely different kind of connection to another being, one that feels like a soul alignment with a more significant part of life.
This dynamic effect isn’t limited to those who have had previous experience with horses.
Scientific studies are beginning to explain why this is possible. It is as if we get stuck in the analytic side of thought and inadvertently close ourselves off from the possibility of a deeper level of intuitive connection. Through our physical proximity with horses, our energetic balance shifts opening us to more intuitive levels of awareness.
We find ourselves in awe of those moments in time when who we are is no longer separate, but connected to all that is. The horses help us open our hearts as we stand beside them on this personal and transformational journey. They help us hear from the sanctuary of the heart, where we can find the gateway to our own natural and personal rhythm, where we grow by identifying with our inner truths and learn from the gifts of listening within. ~ Barbara Alexander, Founder, Epona Ridge
Barbara offers training programs at Epona Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina as well as various locations worldwide. Contact Barbara
At Epona Ridge, our horses roam freely on the mountain. Our space together is an indoor Picadero designed with sacred geometry and large openings to the mountains in the distance. The horses have co-created with many people over the years through this sacred work at liberty. They always the choice to be present. Just Being with these sentient beings provides a sense of peace, like deep meditation and inner bliss.
Quieting the Mind
We have found a key component of this work is the skill to quiet the mind and open to the intuitive connection within. When you truly learn how to quiet your mind, you stop thought. When you stop thought, you find that you stop resistance to deeper wisdom. When you stop resistance, you are in a state of allowing clarity and inner guidance to flow as you move towards life in balance and genuine connection to others.
These special teachers have dramatically accelerated personal growth and have proven to be masters of empowerment, creativity, inspiration, and joy. It is a spiritual retreat that feeds the soul.