Teddy and I went off property for the first clinic of the year to the Trail Riding Grounds. We have so much trust in eachother now. His canter is balanced and steady. We learned new supplying exercise to gain awareness for rider body position. We jumped new obstacles with confidence and ease. Thank you Brandy Saunders for patiently coaching and guiding us!
I had a wonderful Spring Break in March exploring the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. My boyfriend and I created our own wellness retreat in nature. It began with an 8 hour road trip to the coast and two ferry rides later, we were on Gambier Island. It's like walking back in time 50 years. There are barely any cars on the island because the only way to get them there is by barge. We had our electric bikes and explored the rugged potholed roads, swam in the very cold Pacific ocean and ended the day with a relaxing wood burning sauna. It was so healing to be forest and ocean bathing without the distractions of modern life. I posted before, during and after photos of the Pacific Ocean submersion to show the healing benefits of cold exposure therapy. If you want to know more about this, look up Wim Hof. The highlight was seeing seals and orcas! (If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the dorsal fin).
I'm so pleased that Spring in nearing so I can get back on the cross country course with Teddy. In the meantime I have discovered the beautiful therapy of Sound Healing. We are blessed to have a Himalayan Salt Cave in Nelson, BC. And a very experienced Sound Healer offers an eclectic musical experience in the cave. So you not only receive the healing effects of being surrounded by 10,000 pounds of salt, you have the added bonus of a sound healing session with gongs, voice, sound bowls, didgeridoo, and a shruti box to name a few. I am so appreciative of this healing experience with sound. www.himalayasaltcave.com
I want to give you a heads up that I will be raising my rates a little bit in the New Year. This is to reflect the professional development I do throughout the year. Some of the modalities I continue to study so I can grow and expand my practice as an animal communicator are: 3 Day Equestrian Eventing, Jungian Dream Analysis and the art of being a Death Doula. I have received world class coaching from Eventing Coaches Brandy Saunders, Dale Erwin, and Maeve Drew. Working with horses in the field, especially in a competitive environment pushes my horse and I to reach a deep partnership. Horses provide a unique opportunity for inter-species connection through partnership in sport. I continue to explore introspective work with Jungian dream therapist Lisa Holien. This helps understand the unconscious so I can be clear and present for readings. I studied with Death Doula Sarah Kerr. Understanding the work of a Death Doula helps me support my clients who are experiencing profound grief when their animal crosses over. This is an eclectic mix of study and it all ties into the endless exploration and magical experience of being an Animal Communicator in service to all species. I am so grateful.
Happy holidays everyone! I hope you enjoy a restful break with your animals and peaceful times in nature.
Happy Winter! Last weekend I did a full day workshop focusing on Family Constellation and Continuum. It was a day for very deep inner personal work. I wanted to share these modalities with you because they are so rich for healing and introspection. I am so grateful to live in the Kootenays where there is an abundance of alternative healing practitioners. Robyn Irwin and Courtney Wren-Mabbutt are beautiful people and facilitated the workshop with grace.
Continuum is a gentle, restorative, somatic movement practice that develops awareness and engagement with the body as a living process. We use vocal sounds, the dexterity of breath and very subtle movements to stimulate and aliven the fluid system and inner resources, as well as notice, soften and release our subtle restrictive movement patterns and cultural conditioning so that we can regain access to, and revel in our bodies' innate wisdom, responsiveness, and healing potential. All of Continuum’s teachings are designed to connect with and enrich the fluid system, invoking it’s genius to transform structure and foster the art of self-renewal.
Continuum has been shown to be beneficial for pain, chronic injury and other physical limitations, promoting deep relaxation and restorative states of consciousness, and a sense of well-being and connectedness. It is a practice also explored by artists to dissolve creative blocks and support creativity and improvisation.
About Family/ Systemic Constellations:
Constellations are a relational process of tuning-in to the ancestral, family, land, cultural & collective field/ systems of energy all around us~ the morphogenic field or ‘knowing’ field. We join together in this together-space to listen and embody what is unspoken in the field, what is known by the soul, but unseen. Through curiosity and presence, we support our energy fields, DNA, nervous systems, cellular imprints and relational fields- the systems of all we are in relation to- to be transformed, for more love to flow.
You know that a constellations process is for you if: challenges or energy blocks you are encountering are familial and generational, you can sense that it didn’t start with you; you’ve been working with particular energies or blocks or struggles in many different ways and it doesn’t seem to shift; you feel overwhelmed by a particular issue and aren’t able to find clarity by holding it yourself: you long for deeper connection to the greater relational field of self, other, family, ancestral, community, the world; you desire to embody your own destiny, your own soul expression; you long to find your place in your family, lineage & land; you want to contribute to collective healing.
Teddy and I competed in our first, sanctioned, three day event. The first day is dressage, the second is day cross-country and the third day is stadium jumping. I was really anxious about the cross-country course. It was 1.9 km course with 18 jumps. The ideal time frame was 5 minutes and 27 seconds. I have never galloped a 2 km course with 18 jumps. We had to go up hills, down dales and through the forest. I thought Teddy would get tired and need to trot to catch his breath. Nope. He refused to slow down when I half-halted. He told me "We are in a race, Mom, let's go!" So he kept a steady, consistent pace and galloped the whole course. We even got a speeding ticket for going too fast! Here are some professional photos from the show!
I have been a Professional Animal Communicator since January 2016. I have been an animal lover and admirer for a very, very long time.