Rites of Passage and Eponicity are collaborating again to offer this incredible and unique experience that combines the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and the gentle, reflective nature of horses for an embodied journey towards wholeness. The Medicine Wheel provides a framework for understanding ourselves within the cycles of life. Equine Facilitated Learning works with horses who are able to reflect to us the quality of our presence and help us practice embodying qualities like confidence, trust, patience and humility. Together over the course of 8 days we will take a deep, profound, embodied, joyful and enlightening journey towards greater authenticity and self-awareness.
No prior experience with horses is necessary. This retreat is limited to 8 participants.
About Eponicity and Equine Facilitated Learning
Eponicity offers equine facilitated learning workshops where interaction between horses and people are designed to create experiential learning and development. The way horses sense, think and behave can help humans better understand and see themselves. Activities are uniquely designed, facilitated and de-briefed to deliver profound and powerful experiences. Having an embodied experience is a powerful way to bypass intellectual or behavioral blockages and create sustainable change.
Demonstrated benefits include:
- Overcoming Fears
- Communication Skills
- Decreased Isolation
- Self-Acceptance (identifying and coping with feelings)
- Impulse Control
- Social Skills
- Setting Boundaries
- Recognizing Boundaries
- Spiritual Connection
About the Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel is a Native American symbol that represents the connectedness of all of life. In the medicine wheel the seasons, the cycles of life, the different qualities of humans and animals- all of it is shown in relation to the rest, not separate. In this way we can understand that winter does not exist without spring, summer and fall— the bear cannot exist without the salmon, and there must be the wisdom and experience of old age to enable the survival of the children through the hardships of the seasons. The medicine wheel teaches us to understand the importance of each thing within a larger whole, and to remember our human identities as parts of that larger whole. While modern life seems to chant that we are separate and that we dominate nature, the medicine wheel whispers to us of our connectedness and interdependence. The gift of this is a restored sense of connection with all of life and the healing of our own cycles of wholeness within that.
The Medicine Wheel teaches us to know ourselves deeply and to understand and claim our place in it all.
Rites of Passage guides Mike Bodkin and Dashielle Vawter will offer medicine walks and will use the framework of the Medicine Wheel both plan and debrief the equine activities. We will be joined by Debbie Draves Legg and Sally Nilsson of Eponicity, who will facilitate the horse-based experiential learning that is at the heart of this workshop.
The Medicine Wheel and Horses
Our journey to the South shield of the Medicine Wheel takes us to our childhood where we learned to play, see ourselves as individuals, become in touch with our human form/body. A well balanced horse knows how to play and evokes our playful and spontaneous childhood desires, helping individuals with childhood wounds to heal and finally feel safe playing.
Moving from the South, looking to the West we enter adolescence, we begin to develop our inner resources and find our uniqueness and sense of self. In the West we learn to feel our emotions and to release grief and loss. Horses help us uncover blocks within ourselves that hold us in the West, in our shadow and the dark places
Emerging from the resources we discover in our West, we enter the North Shield: our reasoning, our work ethic, our intellect and adulthood. A place where the rational ego may suppress our intuitive processes. Our North governs and keeps resources in balance. With the North and the horse we will explore how to balance our logic with our intuition.
Exploration of the East shield of the Medicine Wheel takes us to our spiritual doorway of birth and death. It is our union with the divine. It is Spring and Sunrise. The horse will show us the East by opening and awakening our intuitive senses, leading us into our spiritual connection to the energetic world around us.