Experiential Learning with Horses
and Nature

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personal insight and
professional discovery

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Spirit of Leadership has the good fortune to be included in the Case Western Reserve University 2014 Annual Report as a feature story both in magazine form and online. It features the horses and our program in a video and a quote from Vitamix CEO Jodi Berg about her experience bringing her executive team to work with the horses this fall.

You can see it at case.edu/thinkbeyond and go to the fourth story on the tour, or simply click here: ...novelty.html


Jackie Stevenson and Lauren Burke, a graduate student who worked with Jackie, are featured in this article about what humans can learn from horses. Read the article...

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Experiential Learning With Horses

Engaging with horses and nature in focused and reflective activity relevant to real time life issues and authentic work situations challenges us to learn how to think rather than what to think.

The benefit of learning with horses is that horses respond to honest and enthusiastic relationship, credible forward-thinking leadership, and to committed and engaging team work. Horses have an amazing ability to resonate with and reflect back to us our authentic self. It is not about horsemanship, nor do you ride the horse. Partnering with horses in our "Experiential Learning with Horses" programs you will have the opportunity to clarify your vision, embody your commitment, expand your natural ability, team effectiveness and organizational capacity.

Horses are natural leaders - The herd is relationally responsible. Horses are born natural leaders trusting their senses, knowing their purpose and taking clear action. A horse herd is inclusive - everyone belongs, everyone is essential, everyone matters. Relationship is primary in the herd - it is based on trust, clear communication, and the importance of each horse’s place in th herd.

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Developing Leadership Excellence

Our goal is to provide effective, high quality, directly transferable
experiences to build capacity for leadership excellence.

Partnering with a horse, you will learn to lead with focus, intention, direction and movement toward your clearly defined goal. Facing challenges with the horses prepare you for challenges in your work. You will learn to recognize subtle opportunities for success that might otherwise go unseen...an important skill that will help you maximize success in your organization.

Building Team Performance

Our goal is to provide powerful teamwork experiences that guarantee a
positive change in your teams innovation, engagement and cooperative

Your team will partner with the horses in a variety of challenges that require collaboration, cooperation, courage and creativity. Facing unfamiliar situations and tough decisions in working with the horses strengthens the cohesion and competency of your team.

Engaging Organizational Spirit

Our goal is to inspire your organization to be its best.

Working as a herd you experience loyalty and what it means to belong, to hold a shared vision from an individual perspective and to be committed to a shared purpose. Learning from the herd you will gain a clarity about the difference you make in your organization and your contribution to its success.

Inspiring Human Potential

Our goal is to build on personal strengths and competency for good to
greater success.

We are all striving to create positive change and to provide a balance of
stability within often unpredictable and fast changing environments.
Understanding the process of change and implementing innovative
responses inspires intelligent optimism, well-being and the capacity to thrive.

Partnering with Horses, Nature and Biomimicry

Our goal is to deliver profound experiences for positive change inspired by horses and the natural world.

The beauty and wisdom of horses and the powerful presence of the natural world offers expansive possibility for creative thinking, thoughtful decisions and powerful action. Biomimicry is a cutting edge discipline that observes and studies natures best ideas and applies them to designs and processes to solve human problems.

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"Working with a 2000 pound horse who questioned my every leadership direction gave me insight about my leadership ability and enhanced my skill to lead."
-- previous client

As I held the lion cub close to my heart and securely in my arms I felt the awe and privilege of touching the wild, and in doing so touched the wilderness heart of the mother lioness in me.
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