"OUT BEYOND ALL IDEAS OF RIGHTDOING AND WRONGDOING, THERE IS A FIELD.
I WILL MEET YOU THERE." RUMI
Remember the first time you were with a horse? Maybe your first ride, or your first touch? That relationship is a pivotal experience and for most of us stands up against the test of time.
If you are here, you know the healing power of horses. Like us, you have seen how horses can transform your life, and like us you may also be looking for a deeper way of replicating that transformation for yourself and others.
Do you know that horses are transformational but you can’t always access it on your own or help your clients access it?
Do you know horses can offer a magical healing touch, but you are curious about the science behind the magic?
Have you heard a lot of the same information about horses and you are looking for something deeper and more profound?
Do you remember and know the power horses hold from other times in your life and you are looking for a way to reconnect with them in a new and powerful way?
Are you drawn to horses and you are not sure how they fit in your life, but you want them too?
If you’ve answered yes to ANY of these questions, know that you’re in the RIGHT place!
Is your Heart ready to:
Feel empowered in relationship(s)
Trust your instincts and know why you have them
Deeply learn and be able to embody the mind, brain and heart connection
Learn tools for stress, emotional overwhelm, and regulation
Empower yourself and your clients from a deep biological level
Deepen your relationship with yourself and others through an exploration of our biology and internal impulses
Foster and build compassion and loving kindness for yourself and others as you integrate this profound information
Some programs teach you how to think about the science and tools of horsemanship in a linear way, to understand horses, relationship and transformation. Other programs focus on experientials and energy in an ambiguous way. THIS PROGRAM uses science to increase embodiment and facilitate deeper transformation.
Accessing Equanimity means accessing balance between thinking and doing so that we can be. Be your best self. Be profoundly connected with the horse. Be powerful and impactful.
Are you ready to deepen your self-trust, your instincts, explore your fears and move into relationship with empowerment, intention and understanding with horses?
If you know a horse, you know a healer.
Hi, my name is Heather Gunther. I came to horses late in life. As a graduate student I was suffering. In my basement apartment, eating peanut butter and jelly and burritos, life felt dark and lonely. I sat in class with people who expected me to cry and breakdown, to be vulnerable and exposed - but I never felt safe enough to do that with them. Until…
I had the opportunity to work with a teacher named Jake. With him, it felt possible to come home to myself, to surrender into my experience and be held. Being held by Jake opened my heart. I cried for the first time in front of people. I let myself be seen, really seen and felt by another
...and I wanted more of that for myself and for the people I work with. More heart opening. More peace. More acceptance. More of myself.
The most profound part of the experience is that Jake is a horse.
After my time with Jake and spending 3 years with Duey Freeman (his caregiver/owner), I wanted to understand the science behind the magic I experienced with Jake and so many other horses.
But...there didn’t seem to be any options that were congruent. There are horse skills training, with a huge variety of perspectives. There are coaches trainings, but I was already a Transpersonal Counselor and had tons of training in that area.
There is nothing out there for someone like me who wants to know the science behind the changes people experience with horses so that I can apply it and replicate the magic. Or, why my facilitation of people in the herd also transforms the horses, so that ever interaction with a horse can be in service to them too.
As a yearling, Lucy was wild, living free. But then she was caught and haltered. She quickly escaped this foreign world with people and returned to the wild. The halter, however, was never removed. As she grew the halter restricted her face, bones and skin. Stifled and painful was her experience of humans. Years later she was caught. How could she possibly trust people when they inflict so much fear and pain?
Aggressive and scared, she was sent to slaughter where a rescue organization found and adopted her.
I met Lucy while running a program for a group at the facility that she now lives. Still aggressive toward some of the horses, she was open to working with the group I was leading. In her stall, as a participant acknowledged and transmuted a deep loneliness and fear of being in relationship, Lucy lay down and fell asleep.
After the profound transformation for the individual and the group, Lucy also changed. For the first time, Lucy chose to be in with the other horses that night, and again the night after that.
Why do some facilitations and ways of being with the horses transform people, and what allows for our co-facilitators, the horse, to also transform and live their most expensive life?
It was out of this need, this lack, that Accessing Equanimity: the Path of the Horse came into being.
Are you ready to...
Deepen your connection with horses and people
Harness flow, rather than just hope for it
Expand your career
Overcome fear and repair damage after a fall/accident with a horse
You may be wondering if it’s possible to find a class that bridges science and spirit, heart and horses. This class is guaranteed to help you deepen your knowledge of yourself and horses. There are many offerings out there. Our training incorporates interpersonal neurobiology and the science behind the horses profound connection. For us, it is not just understanding the science or feeling the magic. Instead it is bridging the gap between the science, the flow and action and integrating the separateness. It is about embracing wholeness.
Access the Path of the Horse
In this training you will:
Learn how to access the transformational wisdom of horses and be supported in putting theory into practice
Explore and discuss the biology behind the horse-human connection and discover the scientific reasons behind a horse's natural healing capabilities.
Experience unique and scientifically informed information which will provide you with new insights into yourself, your horse and your clients/relationships
Be empowered through daily hands-on interactions with the horses so you can actively embrace the teaching offered here.
Join us as we dive into relationship with horses and rejuvenate our connection to them in our lives and hearts, while learning how to work with all different ages in a comprehensive and impactful way
Let yourself experience the joy of connecting with the herd. Working with the horses in this way will increase your understanding of boundaries and community, it will heighten your creativity in your life’s work and it will provide you with a renewed sense of gratitude for yourself, your horse and your relationships.
A note from Eve
Hello. Welcome. I am glad you are here. My name is Eve and for me, horses were in my life from a young age. I had the privilege of riding with my family in Ireland, and learning about horses and their offerings while visiting overseas. Although I had access to horses in Ireland, I did not have horses when I was back home in the states. So, from a young age I began volunteering at local farms near my home in New Jersey. I mucked, side-walked and led for several therapeutic riding programs; I was willing to do anything I could to be near horses.
Horses were always a part of my life, but in college they moved into the periphery. As I grew, my focus shifted into environmentalism and relationship. I studied Psychology and became intrigued by Wilderness Therapy. I wanted to link my love of the earth and my belief in its intrinsic health with my love and belief in people.
During my studies in Graduate school, we had an Equine class in which we focused on Equine Therapy as a modality of Wilderness Therapy. While attending this class we were led through a powerful visualization.
We were told to picture a horse in our minds eye and we were encouraged to trust whatever horse came to mind. We were then led through an experience of moving with our horse to the top of a mountain. At the top, we were asked to listen and hear if the horse had anything to say to us. I still remember, like a bell ringing through my mind, the words, “You have arrived.” In that moment I knew, with a clarity of spirit that Equine Assisted Psychotherapy was my calling.
Somehow, before this moment, I was unsure. All of these pieces, that seem, in hindsight, to fit perfectly together- were all over the place in my life. I did not know where I was headed, or what my heart was leading me towards. There were many times where I felt lost and confused about my purpose. I lost sight along the way, but somehow my heart kept leading me home.
And now, YOU have arrived. I believe it is meaningful that you have found yourself here during this time in your life. I have been and I continue to be profoundly impacted by my work and my relationships with the horses and Heather. I consider horses to be my teachers, friends and co-facilitators and I am truly honored to share with you the deep wisdom I have learned from these magnificent creatures. I hope these teachings can be a signpost on your journey home.
It was incredibly powerful, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. I came into this a little stressed about the amount of time and left wanting to spend even more time delving into these topics. I know it’s a big time commitment, but it’s worth it.
Nikki Hodgson, Sustainable Business Manager
Over 2.5 days together you will receive:
community, collaboration, enlivened conversation, detailed workbook, scientifically founded research and hands-on horse time.
2.5 Days of Training
You will engage in group dynamics and learn through moments of personal coaching, paired exercises, and live demonstrations. Your questions will be addressed throughout the course, and we will offer opportunities to actively embody the answers. The horses will be present during the whole course.
Everything is easier with the support of like-minded people. You are not alone in this.
Come join our herd and connect in new ways.
It’s hard to commit to something that you don’t understand. This workbook will support your continued integration of the material after the course is complete. With this, you have the knowledge to feel confident you are implementing strategies that work.
Insightful, empowering, accessible. This course has shifted the way I think about my role in the work I do. This is impactful regardless of your experience level.
Eve and Heather’s training style is engaging, non-judgmental and truly inspiring. [You] get the foundation and tools to achieve balance within yourself in order to be able to use it in various relationships.
Nyle Biondi, LPC
Nancy Hoopes, Senior Program Manager
Eve dedicates herself to empowerment; empowerment of the individual, the system and the herd. She supports her clients and students in embracing their innate intelligence and in understanding their own behavior and communication patterns. While using a light touch, Eve guides her students and clients through a compassionate understanding of themselves and the bigger system. Ultimately, Eve’s students and clients gain sustainable tools for health, wellness and prosperity.
Heather is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults through the integration of cutting-edge science and spiritual wisdom. The founder and creator of Heal Through Play and Manes, Brains & Magic, she travels the country guiding and training people in reclaiming their wholeness through play, including with horses. A Synergetic Play Therapist + Supervisor as well as an Equine-Assisted Coach + Teacher, she is uniquely poised to facilitate deep, lasting change in children through adults.
Accessing Equanimity Testimonials
Hear what other people have experienced in our course:
This isn’t just for horse people or therapists, it’s for all humans and those who hear the call to live more fully. [It teaches you] how the parts of the brain, developmental stages, and brain statements can come together to foster integration.
Cait Rotkiewicz, Graduate Student
Unlearning...I loved the demos...and the brain flowchart was a very important learning for me, as well as normalizing and removing judgment about trauma and developmental ‘holes.’
Steph McBride, cLLPC
I was really inspired by the science behind...how exactly and why horses help us work through challenges to your wellbeing. It was an opportunity to learn more and dive deeper into how the nervous system works and how horses affect and regulate our systems so that we can better regulate our own and others. [This course] clarifies the process of working with the horses...A way to make therapy with the horses more effective.
Nikki Hodgson, Sustainable Business Manager
During this 2.5 day program
you will receive:
Dynamic personal facilitation from Heather & Eve
An in-depth understanding of the way the brain and nervous system work AND, how to rewire your brain and set yourself up for success
A training guide with step-by-step processes to transform your mind and body and access your innate health and wholeness.
One-of-a-kind daily experiences with horses being facilitated with the support of Heather and Eve.
“Imagination rules the world”
Our Time Together
4pm - 7pm: WELCOME! The Science of the Flow: Bridging research and intuition and exploring how to apply this information with the horses.
9 am - 12 pm: Regulate like a Horse: Explore the nervous system and how horses teach us how to release stress and naturally re-balance our systems.
12 pm - 2 pm: Lunch off-site on your own
2 pm - 5 pm: Why do we do what we do?: Develop a new paradigm around pain and discomfort and discover how vulnerability is the key to unlocking sustainable health.
9 am - 12 pm: Applications of Leadership and Facilitating Transformation: Learn how to partner with your horse to move beyond control and into freedom and integrity in relationships.
12 pm - 2 pm: Lunch off-site on your own
2 pm - 5 pm: Dynamics of Trust: Enhance your awareness of the interplay between community and boundaries. Leave empowered to face any challenge with your newfound connection to yourself, the horses and the herd.
What You Need to Know
What happens if I cannot attend my event?
If you tell us within 6 weeks of the event you can exchange your time for a different time. Due to the particular nature of these events we cannot offer a refund.
Do you need horse experience?
No, you can attend this course without any prior horse experience.
What is included?
The cost of the training includes 2.5 days of classes, facilitation, access to horses during class, and your workbook. The cost does not include travel, lodging or meals.
Who is this training for?
This training is for anyone who is interested in the science of relationship and who wishes to expand their capacity for healing through time with horses.
I don’t see a location near me?
We frequently travel. If you do not see an Accessing Equanimity training in your region, please contact us and we can discuss having an event in your area. We also offer trainings at other facilities and would be happy to host an in-service for your facility or one near you.
“Imagination rules the world”