Experiential Learning with Horses
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Facilitation from the Inside Out: Six Key Gestalt Coaching, Counseling and Group Leadership Competencies You can Learn from Horses and Nature

September 25, 2020
Sponsored by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
ICF, BCC and clinical CEU's approved


Successful facilitation, supporting positive change, depends on authentic presence, the inner quality of the awareness, attention and intention of the agent of change, and the quality of the relationship and communication with the client system. This workshop offers experiential learning focusing on six key Gestalt and four ICF principles and facilitation competencies that support the professional development of the facilitator within the coaching, therapeutic, change agent and leadership relationship.

The Gestalt and ICF approach, and experiential learning with horses and nature will be incorporated into relevant real time learning within the workshop. The workshop format includes presentation, dialogue, experiential learning, and practicum practice sessions. The venue will be in natural settings; both indoors and out in nature.

Try Something Different

Engaging with horses and nature in reflective and active learning opportunities relevant to real time life issues and authentic work situations challenges us to learn how to think rather than what to think. Interactions with horses and the powerful presence of the natural world provides immediate and direct feedback relevant to co-creating relationship, good communication and facilitated learning skills all important in facilitating the change process and essential to success in everyday work and personal life.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the applicability of Gestalt experimenting throughout the coaching conversation;
  • Enhance facilitation skills through ICF and Gestalt approach guided by horses and nature;
  • Learning to set the foundation for ethical professional practice;
  • Co-creating the relationship with the client through respect, trust and intimacy and professional presence from an ICF and Gestalt perspective;
  • Communicating effectively with the client through active listening empathy, asking powerful questions, and engaging with direct action;
  • Attending to the social relational field, four levels of system and 360 perspective through embodied presence, emotional intelligence and mindfulness;
  • Holding space for the client from a positive, appreciative, and curious and strength base approach; and
  • Facilitate learning from an ICF and Gestalt approach to creating conditions for the best possible future to emerge.

Go to www.gestaltcleveland.org/workshops-training/horses2020 for more details and registration.


Creating Resilience, Managing Stress, Regulating Emotions: Guided by the Heart of the Horse, HeartMath and Gestalt

October 2, 2020
Sponsored by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
ICF, BCC and clinical CEU's approved


Join a kind hearted herd of horses and one courageous zebra as we integrate the science and practice of Heartmath and the theory and practice of Gestalt to be more resilient and to support the resiliency of ourselves, others and the systems in which we all operate.

Gestalt provides practices to be more aware and present with ourselves and others. Heart math enhances our ability to be more compassionate and aligned between our heart intelligence and mind intelligence, to manage self -regulation and stress and to increase resilience capacity.

Horses and Nature provide a field of clarity, coherency, and confidence as a valuable resource for cognitive, heart intelligence, embody intelligence and intuitive knowing and learning.

During this time of chaos, unexpected change, stress, and uncertainty let us come together and collectively create a robust field of coherence, compassion, courage, and confidence as we create a better world for all.

This highly experiential workshop is valuable to therapists, coaches, for personal or professional development applicable in a variety of settings.

We will be on an 80-acre horse ranch 45 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. We will be out in nature most of the day and outside in covered shelters in response to the weather.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Deepen our understanding of Gestalt Principles of sensation and awareness, mobilization and relational contact, and integration and assimilation to promote resilience.
  • Learn Heartmath principles and practices of heart coherence in service of individual and collective resilience.
  • Apply ICF competencies in facilitating a Gestalt and Heartmath coherence approach to coaching.
  • Expand coach approaches, informed by Gestalt and Heartmath to better manage stress, fear and confusion through awareness, coherence and resilience.
  • Strengthen your awareness and ability to be present, resilient and ability to be an embodied compassionate presence during chaos, stress and uncertainty guided by horses and nature.

Go to www.gestaltcleveland.org/workshops-training/resilience-2020 for more details and registration.


Details and Information for All the Above Personal Discovery Workshops

HollyPartner with our gentle hearted horses and zebra within the beauty of nature for a day of personal discovery.

There is no riding the focus is on relationship - the work with the horse takes place on the ground. No Horse experience is necessary.

Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Group size: Up to 14 participants with our team of 7 horses and a zebra
Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio 44072

For Registration or info e-mail jacalyn.stevenson@gmail.com or call 440-338-1752 .

  • Jackie Stevenson MSSA, Equine Guided Education Certification, European Association of Horse Assisted Education certification
  • Lisa Kayser and staff
  • and our awesome herd of seven horses and one courageous zebra--uncommon heroes for the common good--Be, Chief Silver Cloud, Bud, Spirit, Toby, Tess and Raven and Holly.

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