Experiential Learning with Horses
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Partnering with Horses for a Better World

Custom Designed Organization and Business Retreats & Training Opportunities for Leadership,Teams, Staff, Boards

  • Innovating, Engaging, Sustaining Positive Change

  • Experiential Learning with Horses, Nature and Biomimicry

  • Building Team Performance

  • Developing Leadership Excellence

  • Engaging Organizational Spirit

  • Inspiring Human Potential

We Deliver powerful action learning experiences with horses and nature for leadership development, team building and communication. The immediacy of the learning will help you to quickly internalize new insights and skills.

Our Approach is grounded in solid business principles, knowledge of human behavior, understanding of team dynamics and creative approaches to conflict and change

We Provide strength based learning experiences and activities relevant to real world, real-time work situations.

Listening Beyond What You Hear:
The Practice of Engaged Listening

Bringing all our senses to what we hear for deeper meaning and greater understanding

"The most important thing in communication is hearing what is not spoken" --Peter Drucker

Listening is most frequently associated with hearing through the ears but we have many sources of hearing, through our heart, our intuition and all of our senses. Engaging and listening with our body awareness and intelligence is a practice of quiet patience, which frees us up from the chatter of inner and outer voices and the desensitizing sounds of telephones, computers and environmental noise. Engaged listening is hearing between words and beyond what is spoken, focusing on listening to what the speaker holds relevant, essential and most important. Through the practice of holistic listening, we can increase our self-awareness to become more aligned with, and authentically present in our actions. This experiential, reflective workshop provides multiple opportunities for participants to practice and expand their listening capacity and capability.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
Instructor: Jackie Stevenson and Ellen Van Ooosten, Phd

Date and Time: Monday, September 24th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
Insructor: Jackie Stevenson

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio


  • Strengthening our sense-abilities in professional relationships
  • Listening from a holistic perspective for the deeper meaning, intention and purpose of the words
  • Nurturing developmental relationships through high quality connections
  • Creating values-based relational alliances

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Understand, strengthen and practice skills for listening fully and holistically
  • Learn how to build developmental relationships through inclusive, value-based and ethical practice
  • Asses their ability to be fully present in conversations
  • Suspend their judgement and assumptions in order to listen from the point of view of others
  • Learn how to create relational alliances through high-quality connections

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in developing their capacity to listen deeply; especially relevant for managers, coaches and professionals engaging in collaborative or developmental work.


Individual Participants: $695 
Package Pricing: 1 class day per participant 

Available Discounts
For Questions or registration, we're here to help.
216.368.6413 or 800.736.6403

Embodied Leadership Presence: Authentic Impact from the Inside Out

Increase your range of communication, including body language, to ensure the integrity between the message you convey and the one you intend.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education Program

Our leadership presence, embodied intelligence and body language communicate much more than our words convey. Our first language is body language, and its impact is profound. Our body language sends, receives, and deciphers a myriad of nonverbal cues, signs and signals. Bringing our attention to this level of communication gives us immeasurable insight, and helps us decode the real meaning beneath spoken words to determine what is really going on with and between people. It also provides us with a deeper awareness of ourselves, allowing us to develop an authentic leadership presence. From this deeper awareness comes the ability for deep listening, solid thinking, insightful reflecting, and effective responding.

In this program, through presentation, experiential learning opportunities, and exploration of their business challenges, participants will develop a better understanding of their leadership presence, embodied intelligence and body language and learn to confidently apply that self-knowledge in all aspects of their lives.

Instructor: Jackie Stevenson
Date and Time: Wednesday, November. 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


  • What is "embodied presence" and why is it important?
  • The power of leadership presence, embodied intelligence and body language through the alignment of who you are and what you communicate
  • Understanding how we and others are perceived through the map of five archetypal body structures and ways of being
  • Effective decision making through embodied leadership presence
  • Living more deeply in the world using the senses for genuine listening and responding
  • Presence as the act of responsibly entering into meaningful dialogue, vital interactions and genuine relationship with others
  • Leadership presence as the informed decisions we make and the actions we take

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Learn how to stand strong in the midst of chaos and agile in response to new ideas, diverse perspectives and unanticipated change
  • Gain insight into their embodied presence and body language to better understand the non-verbal messages they are giving and receiving
  • Develop a deeper understanding of their leadership presence, body language, body structure and embodied communication
  • Determine a more reliable outcome between what they intend to communicate and influence and what is actually received
  • Build on the strengths and explore the challenges of their personal presence to benefit in practical ways
  • Engage in resonant and meaningful dialogue through embodied presence as a way to create a desired field of collaborative and cooperative influence

Who Should Attend

This program is of value for all who have an interest in maximizing their impact as leaders in their organizations and lives.


Individual Participants: $695
Package Pricing: 1 class day per participant

Available Discounts

For Registration

Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education 216.368.6413 or 800.736.6403, seminars@case.edu

Experiential Learning with Horses Professional Practitioner Certificate Program

October 16-20 2019

Developing Human Potential for Positive Change for the Future of Humanity and All Life

This professional certificate program is designed for

  • People interested in integrating and facilitating relational work with horses in their careers and personal lives
  • People interested in strengthening personal mastery in their professional practice and personal lives by engaging with horses

Join the adventure with your fellow horse and human herd members for the Experiential Learning with Horses 2019 program. It is an honor, privilege and responsibility to engage with horses and to support people in their learning, healing and growth through experiential learning with horses. Each of you has supported the horses and people with your own unique gift of presence and skills and with absolute care and kindness, honor and respect.

NEW THIS YEAR: Bring your coaching and facilitation to life with experiential learning activities, constellation experiences and a systemic approach to understanding our life’s most important questions.

We will

  • Engage with horses entering the world of horse and herd as their guests rather than bringing horses into the human world
  • Create a community of purpose to learn from each other and to support each other’s personal mastery, visions and purpose
  • Strengthen our capacity to coach people guided by horses and nature to deliver leadership, team building & personal discovery sessions and retreats
  • Be guided by horses and nature in this process of expanding our personal mastery and consciousness

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch Novelty, Ohio 44072 Lodging available at the Ranch

Fees and Financial Commitment: $2,550 for the training program.

Dates for 2019: October 16-20

Program Times: Program meets Wednesday 3:30 - 8:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm, and Sunday 8:30am - 2:00pm.

Application Process: Completed application form. A $250 refundable deposit is requested with your application. An interview is required by telephone or in person before acceptance to the program.

Faculty: Jackie Stevenson and the Pebble Ledge Herd of seven horses and a zebra.

How It Works

The format of the 2019 Experiential Learning with Horses Practitioner Certificate Program will be four and a half days with a total of 44 hours of program time.

Each day will provide a theory base, practical horseperson skills, experiential learning with horses and nature activities, personal mastery and self awareness learning, and facilitation practice with horses and people.

The program provides real time, action-oriented experience with hands on opportunities to apply what you learn and to receive immediate feedback from faculty, fellow participants and from the horses. We will be working with a natural herd of seven horses and one zebra. You will have the opportunity throughout the training to practice what you learn with real clients.

There is no riding. The focus is not on traditional horsemanship and the horse engagement takes place on the ground.

Six key capacities you can develop in yourself and help others develop through the Experiential Learning with Horses Certificate Program:

1) Being authentically and intentionally present, what you bring that is uniquely your own gift.

2) Communicating with awareness of embodied presence and body language.

3) Paying attention to four levels of system with a 360 perspective and collective wisdom of the field.

4) Listening and engaging to create the conditions for the best possible future to emerge through the physical, earth and social bodies.

5) Holding sacred and intentional space from a positive, appreciative, curious and strength base approach

6) Creating a Culture that contributes to the cultivation of human beings who are creative, adaptable, independent and interdependent in both thinking and in managing one's life, and that work towards a more peaceful world with a strong concern for and dedication to the future of humanity.

The professional competencies you will develop as an Experiential Learning with Horses Practitioner can be applied in a variety of business, coaching, counseling and educational settings with broad range applications including working with individuals, families, groups, or organizations. This certificate program is designed to prepare you in facilitating positive change with people of all ages.

Horses change our lives. The relationship with horses challenges us to expand into our potential, to be authentic in our human relationships, to be clearer about our purpose in life and to contribute with choice to the well being of the world.

Our Intention

To create an honest, respectful and trustworthy relationship with horses in service of human development. To offer a premier training and certificate program furthering the work of this unfolding professional field of horses helping people and preparing its emerging practitioners. To be of service to communities by accessing what we know about horse and human relationship and bring those resources into peoples’ daily work and life. To raise consciousness of our ecological identity and ecological responsibility and to follow a path that benefits future generations.

Horses Challenge Us to be Our Best. Horses are remarkable teachers of leadership and facilitators of team development. They have an amazing ability to resonate with our true emotional intelligence, offer a 360 perspective and reflect back to us our authentic self. We learn from the herd to create a community of purpose, expand our humanity, create the best possible conditions for a positive future to emerge and then be there to greet it.


Evening 1
3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arrival: Getting Present with Yourself and the Community
- Building a community of purpose engaging the herd with authentic presence
- Experiential Learning with horses and nature practices

Day 2
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Entering the World of Horse and Herd: Mindfulness and Awareness
- present while adapting quickly and resourcefully to unexpected change

Day 3
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Relationship & Leadership: Emotional Resonance Passion and Purpose
- Creating Positive Relationships: Communicating and interacting with awareness of body language and energy, inclusiveness, interdependence and interconnection. Exploring the language of horses and the natural world.

Day 4
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Herd and Group Dynamics: Body Intelligence and Intuition
- Strengthening Positive Team Performance: Developing awareness of and respect for systems thinking, multiple realities, perspectives and levels of system with a 360 vision of the field. Experiencing constellations.

Day 5
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Meeting the Emerging Future: Authentic Presence through the Spirit of Humanity
- Inspiring a Positive Present and Future: Listening and engaging positively and optimistically to create the conditions for the best possible and most meaningful future to emerge for the whole and then being there to greet it.

NEW THIS YEAR: Bring your coaching and facilitation to life with experiential learning activities, constellation experiences and a systemic approach to understanding our life’s most important questions.

Inspiring Leadership and Teamwork

People partnering with horses for action based discovery focused in the moment, learning experiences relevant to real time issues and authentic work situations.

Powerful experiential and accelerated knowledge opportunities whereby personal insight, learned information and skill development is immediately internalized.

Horses can bring a high degree of chaos and unexpected change. We learn to summon moment to moment calm, strength, focus, respect, and trust to maintain a mutually safe and beneficial working relationship with the horse - all skills essential for teamwork.

Engaging with horses in focused and reflective activity challenges us to learn how to think rather than what to think. Horses offer immediate feedback about our presence, emotional intelligence, and embodied language.

Engaging free spirited horses inspires our dreams and visions, frees our passion, carries us beyond our limiting patterns and helps us reconnect with our inner knowing, our primal instincts, intuition, and our natural compassion.

Learning with and from the horses we discover how to think rather than what to think. Learning with horses we can listen beyond words into the heart of the matter.

Join the adventure to
Out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

--John O’ Donohue


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