Three-day Spirit Somatic Equine Workshop…the exhale.
So much of our lives are spent doing for others; doing to understand; being there from a place of integrity and love, powered by this passion that we have for supporting others in their life process.
If we are a mother or a father, we are giving to our children, and to each other when we have the energy. If we are a businessperson, we are giving to the betterment of the organization in a way that is honoring of different personalities, different demands, different expectations.
If we are a therapist, we are guiding, listening, holding and supporting our clients; knowing that if they are willing to do the work, we are going to do what we can to support them in their healing process.
This giving, and giving from a place of authenticity is so beautiful, so kind, so loving, and so compassionate.
The three-day Spirit is about receiving; it is about the exhale, and then the full-bodied inhale. The workshop is the oasis in the desert. It is being held for three days; attended to; supported, and invited to ‘be’ and to be supported in ‘being’ in the presence of another ‘being’ that just happens to be a 1200 pound horse. A horse who sees more than anyone’s eyes can see, or ‘others’ can sense. Horses honor, nurture, and bring out the exhale, and the deeper inhale. They somehow simply naturally, by being who they are at the core of their being, help us to re-connect to our core, our knowing, our truth, our “I” within.
They attend to those of us who give. Nourishing our spirits, listening to what is not being said, but needs to be heard. They are the exhale that allows for the deeper inhale.
The Meadows honors you for all that you give, and invite you to receive for three days, on a beautiful ranch in AZ; Rancho Rio Bonita. A place where three days can make the difference in one’s life journey.
Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship this unique, cutting edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience.
For more details, call 800-244-4949 or sign up on the Spirit workshop page. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.
By Diane Detwiler-Zapp, MA, LPC
Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop is the one that always called to me when I would read through the list excellent workshops offered by The Meadows. So when, at the last minute, the chance to attend this workshop came about, one would think I would be elated. That was far from the case. In all honesty, I was terrified.
I was in the middle of reeling from a health event that was manageable, but for some reason, it had shaken me to the core. I had experienced a heart ablation that was supposed to have cured an electrical issue in my otherwise very, healthy heart. Some of the literature on the procedure stated it was 90%-95% successful. I found myself in a small percent where not only did it not work, but I ended up with a new diagnosis. Add to that a terrible drug reaction making me feel as if I had aged 25 years in a single day. In other words, I was vulnerable and unconnected to my usual coping skills. The last place I wanted to be was in a workshop where all of the feelings I was trying to ignore, would be encouraged. So I gave a few excuses that had some validity, but not really. I felt a little sad to miss the workshop, but I was mostly relieved. And that was that, or so I thought.
I am honored to have a loving friend, Jean Collins, Director of Workshops for The Meadows, who called me and told me that I needed to go. She not only called, but she showed up at my house on Sunday night about 14 hours before the start of the workshop. “In the car,” she said, “I want to show you the way to the ranch, so you get there on time.” Everyone needs a friend like this. At some level I knew she was right, but left to my own devices, I would have stayed with my poor decision.
So Monday morning found me on the way to the ranch. The turnoff from the highway is one of the most beautiful spots in Wickenburg. The morning air was cool; a gift after a long, hot, Arizona summer. The smell of an early morning campfire greeted me. Perhaps this would be good for me. I met the other participants and Buddy Uldrikson, the horseman who was one of the workshop leaders. I already knew the other leader—Colleen DeRango, a therapist trained in Somatic Experiencing ® and an exceptional horsewoman. Colleen’s huge smile of greeting was so welcoming. After the introductions and guided meditation by the fire, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
The pace of the workshop and the work with my two horses adopted for the week began to teach me how unregulated my daily pace was. Go, go, go, sit down, and fall asleep was the way I operated when on automatic pilot. I had a meditation regime before attending the workshop, but my experience with the skilled leaders in the ranch setting invigorated my practice and taught me techniques that enhanced my meditation skills. The week was filled with insights and helpful experiences, and I want to share the most profound.
By day two, Tuesday, all of my reluctance had vanished; replaced with impatience. I wanted to work on my issues, and I wanted to do it NOW. A wise voice in my heart told me to calm down and wait until the time was right. More than once, that voice had to remind me that waiting can be creative doing in its own way.
On Thursday, day four, my healing occurred. Colleen talked to me before I entered the round pen with her and my horse that I called Lil Gray. She helped me center myself, and she asked me what I wanted to work on. I spent a few minutes just connecting with my horse. Colleen then instructed me to go to a different part of the pen and just be with my feelings, and when I experienced pain I was to come back to the horse.
The first time I did this Lil Gray walked slowly toward me, and I touched the soft side of her face. I could see my reflection in her eyes. This experience repeated itself two more times. On the fourth time as I approached the mare with tears rolling down my cheeks, she came close to me and rested her head on my chest at heart level. Like all spiritual moments, time stopped for me. I don’t know how long her head rested there, but I do know it wasn’t just a brief nuzzle. I found myself smiling and then laughing with joy. I was strong; I was healthy. Colleen asked, “Now, what?” And I told her that I wanted to work with my horse. It was magical; we were working together. Lil Gray knew what I wanted and did it. We were a team. I was at peace.
Diane Detwiler-Zapp, MA, LPC is a private practice counselor in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop combines The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing ®, mindfulness, and natural horseman-ship, for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses, and addresses self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor experience held on a scenic, rustic ranch.
For more details, call 800-244-4949 or use our online contact form. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.
The Meadows recently announced the addition of “Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop” to be offered beginning the week of November 11-15, 2013 from 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 2014 dates include January 13-17, February 10-14, March 10-14, and April 14-18. This workshop will be offered at a ranch near The Meadows’ campus.
Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship, this cutting-edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses addressing self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor five-day experience facilitated by a seasoned therapist trained in SE, along with a highly skilled, horseman and notable trainer. Individuals, couples, families, and professionals are welcome to enroll.
“We are thrilled to launch “Spirit,” said Jean Collins, MSW, LISAC, CSAT, Director of Workshops at The Meadows. “Due to the unique nature of this workshop and its prospective gifts for the participants, we have been awaiting this with great anticipation.”
To learn more about Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop visit http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/spirit-a-somatic-equine-workshop.
Attending a Meadows’ workshop offers an individual many benefits. A workshop can be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues in a five-day concentrated format. This allows individuals to jump start their personal recovery by gaining insight into patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop and The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in their inpatient center and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.