Life Coaching & Teaching Life Skills at our…
Equine Assisted Learning & Healing Center
Story Book Meadows is a faith-based ranch offering an exciting new way to learn how to enjoy the fullness of your life’s experiences with the help of horses. Our services include Equine Assisted Learning for personal awareness and development, Christian Life Coaching, Conflict Coaching and Conflict Resolution, Relationship & Family Coaching, Leadership & Team Building and Youth Programs. We also offer Boarding and Natural Horsemanship services. While partnering with horses as co-teachers and healers, this experiential learning process called Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) or Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) allows people of all ages and abilities to gain a better understanding of how their beliefs, thoughts and actions are shaping their lives. Through coaching and engaging with horses and other farm animals, experiential learning teaches important life skills and relational skills while helping clients develop a deeper understanding of their inner self. It increases their level of consciousness of the world around them, promotes emotional growth and encourages personal development and change. With the help of the horses our process of Core Energy Coaching with a Certified Professional Coach helps the client identify and overcome the issues blocking them from making their goals and dreams a reality.
Life Coaching is life-changing!
Whether it’s a personal or professional goal client’s are trying to achieve; improved family dynamics; or building leaders & teams within their business; our programs will bring about a deeper awareness of how positive change and growth will contribute to succeeding at those goals. Participants will learn that their past experiences don’t have to dictate their future and that healing and hope is a choice. So many people today are depressed and discouraged simply because they only focus on their past and present circumstances. This negative frame of mind is what keeps people from moving forward in life. Our services help clients break through their limiting thoughts and emotional responses, replacing them with supportive, empowering beliefs that lead to powerful and consistent action. Once clients are highly aware of how they think, feel, and act, the stage is set for creating sustainable change. With this raised awareness, attaining God given goals becomes reality.
The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan!
God has already made a way for every person to be victorious in their life. He has a plan and a purpose for each person and Godâ€™s plan for their lives is so much bigger than they can imagine. At our tranquil ranch setting, clients will experience the transformative powers of horses while learning experientially how to focus on God’s goodness and discover their true destiny. God wants everyone to live an abundant and satisfied life.
All of the activities are on the ground and no previous horse experience is required. Although participants will learn about horses, sessions do not teach horsemanship!
What is Experiential Learning? According to the Association of Experiential Education (1995), experiential learning can best be described as learning through doing. Experiences like this have “the ability to inform us not only cognitively but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This holistic approach engages the whole person. This is transformative capability”. (Deb Piranian www.aee.org)
What is Emotional Intelligence? It is defined as your ability to distinguish, understand, and have a greater awareness of how your thoughts and feelings connect with your outward displays and behaviours, as well as the ability to manage and express appropriate emotions and help others do the same. Increasing your emotional intelligence will have a significant impact on all aspects of your life including decreasing stress, enhancing interpersonal relationships and demonstrating greater leadership and decision-making skills.
Horses Helping People…Who do they help?
Story Book Meadows is a learning and healing center for people of all ages and abilities with a desire to make changes in their life. Below is a list of just some of the needs that our proven methods may help with…
- Conflict Resolution
- Marriage & Family dynamics
- Personal growth & development
- Leadership and team building
- Addictions & self harm
- Youth with behavioural issues
- Youth with bullying issues
- Lack of confidence and anxiety
- Anger management
- Autism (based on individual needs)
- Developmentally delayed
- Seniors with Dementia/Alzeimers
- Veterans with PTSD
- and so much more!
How do horses help people?…
Horses are prey animals and as such are hyper vigilant toward their environment and their safety. This hyper vigilance translates into their ability to sense and tune into non-verbal communication. They are able to sense the emotions and intentions that are hidden in non-verbal communication and the energy these emotions carry. Even though horses have been domesticated for centuries, this characteristic remains finely tuned in their DNA. Horses therefore reflect back to people what is happening to them in terms of their internal emotional and psychological selves. As a result, horses can help identify and explore feelings that were previously unknown or unacknowledged giving you an opportunity to visually see your own emotions and choose how to respond. With the help of the horses, you will discover the unconscious reasons you think and act the way you do and bring them into the light in a gentle and effective exploration of your inner self.
The fact that horses are big and powerful creates a natural opportunity for you to overcome fear and develop self-confidence. Horses have unique personalities, moods, and attitudes, which are perfectly suitable to metaphorical learning. This suggests that you can take your experience with the horse and apply this to a variety of different situations in your life.
Horses never question who they are. Each horse has a trust and a belief in themselves because they do not have an emotional component mentally second guessing themselves and holding them back. In a non-threatening and fun environment deep insights can be learned about your perception of yourself, others and God.
Contact us to discuss your individual, family or group needs.
Building Relationships, Creating Dreamsâ€¦Loving Life!
CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS…or call us to develop a custom program for your personal situation!
- Personal Growth & Development/Equine Facilitated Wellness
- Christian Life Coaching
- Conflict Resolution Coaching
- Relationship & Family Coaching
- Leadership and Team Building
- Healing Hearts
- Youth & Teens
- Boarding & Natural Horsemanship Lessons