Women's Program/Workshop ReviewsCouldn’t escape my darkness
“My rational mind kept telling me that I had nothing to be sad about, but my emotional self pushed me to keep it a secret that I felt depressed all the time. There is no way to explain the burden I walked through life carrying. I had tried many programs and read many books, and even if I felt a temporary lift, inevitably I glided back to my unhappy self.
A friend suggested I take in one of the Women’s Authentic You workshops at Equine Connection. Over all my protests that I didn't even like horses and I was beyond the point where even a human could help, let alone an animal, I went because they pushed me so hard to show up.
Had I known the difference it would have made in my life, I would have gone years ago! It’s so hard to explain but so real to experience. At the end I looked into the eyes of my horse and I felt he truly exposed who I was and it was all right! I didn't have to be somebody else or apologize.
That was a year ago, and I am writing this letter to remind others that there is a way out of your burden. It was an amazing experience and it stays with me to this day!
Once a burden, now a powerhouse
For years I walked around feeling that my emotional weaknesses were a burden to my family and wished I could be strong and deal with whatever life offered. I wanted to return to university that I had walked away from years earlier, and finally get my degree but my confidence was shattered.
A friend of mine who was at a crossroads in her life asked me to go with her to the Women’s Authentic You Workshop being offered by Equine Connection in our area. To humour her, I went and to be honest, I expected to gain nothing but her continuing friendship from the endeavor.
I was so wrong! It impacted me more than anything I have ever done in my life. I finally found out who I really was and that person still had a lot to offer.
Eight Months Later...
Eight months later, I’m starting my second semester of my BA and loving every second of it. Whenever a friend confides they feel sad or worthless or irritable all the time, I encourage them to go with an open mind to this workshop. For a couple I know who followed through, I have received heart-felt thank-yous!
There is nothing like the teachings of a horse-seriously! (and the facilitators were great too!). I would take this program again and again in a heartbeat. Thank you.
Discovery, inspiration and healing are words I would use to describe my experience. As soon as I walked in I felt welcome and safe. The snacks and homemade lunch (what!) were a special and yummy touch. I love the bookmarks and sketch book and will refer to them often. It was great how the classroom part led into the working with the horses. They are amazing teachers. Combined with the guidance and insights from Kari and Carolyn made the experience so meaningful and true. The people and horses here will always have a special place in my heart. I will be back for more!!
Found me again!
Through a very planned out process and structure a great experience was allowed to be brilliant. The balance between classroom and horse experience was perfectly orchestrated. The result-I found me again!! Thank you!
Thank you so much for letting my power be UNLEASHED! I knew it was there all along!
Are there even words?
Alive…alive is the word I needed the weekend with. Is there anything better than going home from an event feeling embraced by an internal strength? I have known for a while where my heart has been pulling me, after this weekend I am ready to fill my life with passion and feel ALIVE!!
An amazing, eye opening & fun experience that has helped me so much already & I haven’t even had a chance to process it yet! Thank you to JR and Brandon! Thank you to all!
New to horses...
As someone with no experience working with horses, I was both curious and nervous to see how they could help me. I discovered that each horse has its own way of guiding you towards answers within yourself, if you are willing to pay attention. This all happens in a safe, supportive, caring, positive, and enthusiastic environment, where your thoughts and realizations about yourself and life in general are welcomed and heard. I am so glad I attended this workshop. It was not easy, but no one ever got anywhere by staying in one place. The things I learned about myself are invaluable and will stay with me forever. Thank you so much, Kari, Carolyn, Karsyn, and Bri for a fantastic weekend!
A day that helped me look inward to myself and my "restrictions". It felt liberating to "let go" and share. Also inspiring to hear/see others challenges and insights.
This day was way too awesome!! I started my new journey on my path to bigger and better. I am so thankful to have connected with you 4 amazing women!
What an inspiring day!
I know the lessons I learned today will stay with me. Congratulations and kudos to you all for the work, love, and sharing you put into this tremendous day!
Thank you, thank you thank you!
You have no idea how much this day means to me.
I now know I am POWERFUL thanks to you and your teachers the horses!
Horses are my passion;
I have been this way since I was very young! Learnt that I must communicate clearly every time! Live in the here and now! These moments will never come again! Fun! Friendship! Horses!
An amazing journey of listening, communication, trusting, and a lot of laughter. Loved being here and feeling the confidence to do more! Thank you for the opportunity!
What a wonderful day!
Learnt so much about myself. Very empowering! Love you guys!
This was the best workshop I have ever been able to attend!
Working/learning from/ with the horses has brought me further in my confidence than anything I have ever done. Jan, Erin, Kari, and Carolyn were awesome - thank you!!