Experiencing Body, Mind and Spirit with Horses

Prayer, by Stuart Kestenbaum, from Prayers & Run-on Sentences

Our problem - may I include you? - is that we
don't know how to start, how to just close
our eyes and let something dance between
our hearts and our lips, we don't know how
to skip across the room only for the joy of the leap.
We walk, we run but what happened to the skip
and its partner, the gallop, the useless and imaginary
way we could move through space, the horses we
rode before we knew how to saddle up, before we
had opinions about everything and just loved
the wind in our faces and the horizon in our eyes.

Embodied Horsemanship is an equine facilitated experiential learning modality in which horses are co-teachers/facilitators for those who wish to develop a closer and more conscious connection with their equine partners. Embodied Horsemanship is also a profound and powerful support for clients who are recovering from trauma and addiction.

Learning to connect with horses teaches us how to develop our inner selves, become more comfortable in our own skin, be more trustworthy to ourselves and others, and gain greater skill, sensitivity, and resilience in social communication. With their help we can soften physical resistance and open wells of creativity. We can move away from fear and toward what we want as we accept the stages of losing and finding balance (both physical and emotional), ultimately letting go of the need for security and instead becoming comfortable "on the edge" where we might fall or lose balance but can recover.

Paula Josa-Jones loves horses and what they teach us about being more human. Paula is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T) accredited by ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She is a Guild certified Tellington TTEAM practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, trained in the trauma recovery work developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly and she writes a blog called Ride Dance Write. Her book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published by Trafalgar Square Books in September 2017.

Paula is available to teach workshops and clinics that focus on helping humans and horses find a clearer body-mind connection with each other - how to become better listeners to what the horse is communicating by dropping into the deep wisdom and attunement of movement and touch. Paula is also available for private sessions either in her movement studio in Kent, CT or at the barn with her horses in Rhinebeck, NY.

Contact Paula to make an appointment for a private session or book a workshop.

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