THE UNSPOKEN ENERGY BETWEEN US
Improve Your Interpersonal Skills And Improve Your Life!
No Equine Experience Required
This innovative experiential learning workshop combines the latest research on mind-body science and the healing power of the human-animal connection with specific techniques for cultivating mutually supportive relationships and trust at home and work.
This training teaches you how to function more effectively with others through kindness, cooperation, and self-regulation for reduced stress and improved physical, mental, and emotional health.
Power In The Unspoken
Do you know what it’s like for others to be on the receiving end of you? There is a dynamic in the non-verbal communication between us; it can help create connections or unknowingly create blocks of dysfunction.
This experiential training workshop provides surprising insight through real-time bio-feedback from horses. Participants learn how their unique energy precedes them as they develop the skills for clarity, self-regulation, and inner balance that leads to mutually supportive relationships.
Boundaries And Compassion
Energy in the space between us directly impacts our ability to hear and communicate clearly. The impact of overstepping boundaries impedes vital communication, but awareness of interpersonal space requires a specific set of invaluable skills.
The ability to create genuine trust is palpable through this unique experiential training with the help of horses. As you learn to set healthy boundaries, you experience the tremendous difference it can make in your life.
A 1200-pound horse often creates unexpected insight and delightful opportunities for practice. All sessions with horses are done safely from the ground.
Emotions drive behavior that impacts us and everyone around us, either positively or negatively. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, manage, and accurately evaluate this personal and interpersonal information.
In this workshop, we will focus on your internal communication system and how it gives you vital input through non-verbal energy and the messages behind your often-overlooked emotions. Learn how to interpret personal warning signals and find tools to help you restore emotional balance even in stressful and overwhelming environments.
You Have The Answer Inside Of You.
The Unspoken Energy Between Us
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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, training workshops, 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. (Read more about Barbara's Journey.) 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.
Apprenticing for two years with Linda Kohanov, a best-selling author and pioneer of human development through experiential learning with horses, I became an Eponaquest Worldwide facilitator. Combined with 20 years in the corporate leadership environment, I discovered the missing link of energy dynamics and how individuals affect the connectivity of all beings in the office and home. Traditional team building and leadership training had missed vital interpersonal skills critical in a healthy culture.
Over the last decade, I have collaborated with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, two of the world's finest horse trainers, to develop a holistic approach to personal development with all sentient beings. Through work together, we have combined the co-creative aspects of horsemanship in connection with equine facilitated learning in the human field of intuitive, emotional, and physical intelligence.
I have discovered some of the most exciting advances through this work as I continue to develop the psychology of energy, interconnectedness, and personal joy.
I am also Reiki Master Healer and Teacher having trained in Hong Kong and then the US since 1995. Find out more about Reiki Certification and upcoming retreats.
Experiential learning has become a powerful and proven approach to teaching based on one incontrovertible reality: people learn best through experience.
Experiential learning with horses offers unfamiliar experiences and unique opportunities to learn personally and professionally because they provide immediate and unbiased feedback. They have an unprecedented ability to tune into an individual’s energy and respond in kind, helping humans discover their strengths and gaps that affect inner balance and clear communication as they improve skills to interpret non-verbal communication accurately.
Most people are so focused on the end goal that they commonly miss vital non-verbal cues. Yet, these cues provide invaluable information that helps cut through blocks, confusion and wasted time.
Extroverted individuals often miss the subtle cues and become overbearing. This can cause a team’s morale and productivity to suffer.
Introverted employees who don't know how to modulate their energy in a group of extroverts find that their contributions go unheard, which leads to job dissatisfaction.
Through various exercises and discussions, participants of experiential learning discover how to modulate their personal energy to respond appropriately to others, especially under stressful situations.
I have found that these training techniques build confidence, compassion, and camaraderie as people step outside of their typical environment and experiment with new and fun ways to improve themselves.
The Physiological Component
HeartMath Institute provides a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens with horses.
"Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provides a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses.
According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you). The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. Studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently. Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy."
The Soulful Component
Many lucky enough to be around horses found a soulful connection in early childhood that calls us to rekindle it later in life. It is a familiar story in that we experience an unusual opening of the heart, but only when we are ready to listen.
It is an entirely different connection to these sentient beings that aids and deepens a human's soulful alignment with the more significant part of life.This dynamic effect isn't limited to those with 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 physical proximity with horses in a natural environment, our heart rate and energetic balance begin to shift, opening us to more intuitive levels of awareness within ourselves.
We find moments when who we are is no longer separate but connected to all that is, and it becomes a personal and transformational journey. We tap into the heart's sanctuary and find the gateway to our own natural and unique rhythm, where we grow by identifying with our inner truths and learn from the gifts of listening within.
~ Barbara Alexander, Founder, Epona Ridge