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Workshops & Retreats
for Personal Discovery & Professional Development

As our way to say to the U.S. Military Veterans "Thank you for your service" Military Veterans and their familes are invited to be our guests without fee to all our events.


Women's Call of the Wild

Winter retreat with Nature

Sunday February 11, 2024, 9am - 4pm

The Wild is alive in all of us-- Let her out to play

"All good things are wild and free"
--Henry David Thoreau

An inner journey, vision quest and woman's retreat in winter wonderland

Awaken your adventuresome spirit at Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

In the beauty of winter wonderland and cozy warm safe spaces to warm heart and body

Location:Spirit of Leadership LLC, Pebble Ledge Ranch, 9796 Cedar Road, Novelty, OH, 44072

Faculty:Jackie Stevenson, MSSA, LISW, BCC, GPCC™

Fee: $135

Gather your deep feminine instinct, free horse spirit, wildish and wolfish nature and love of the natural world. We will follow trails through the forest uncovering our natural primitive self step by step. Gathering in a tribal circle around a warm fire we will share stories and wisdom.

The river calls us to be heard, the earth longs for our footsteps to hold the souls of our feet, the trees & rocks have secrets to tell us, the fire holds healing warmth for our bones & the wind inspires our spirit. Explore your inner wisdom and nature within nature's wisdom and the natural world.

Connecting through nature to your wilderness spirit, inner nature and natural being:

  • Discover quiet moments in nature and spend peaceful time
  • Join a herd of six wise horses and ponies
  • Sit by a campfire or listen to the creek to reflect, dream and vision
  • Stretch your body and self perception walking or climbing
  • Dwell beneath 350 million year old ledges & 1.1 billion year old crystals
  • In the quiet beauty and stillness of winter enjoy the simple luxury of slowing down

Moving with the rhythm of winter's beauty, timelessness and ceremonial space, and listening deeply within we will create the energetic field to support each other's wisdom, healing and instinctual natures.

We will be outside in winter nature as much as weather invites and inside to warm up in the cozy cottage. We have three medicine wheels of wisdom gathering, and a campfire in the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them.

Registration and Payment: Open to a circle of 16 women. For more information or to register for your place in the circle contact Jackie Stevenson at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

The land is an 80 acre conservation ranch and is surrounded by 500 acres of Geauga Park land and the Geauga Rookery. The Chagrin River wanders along and through the forest of the east boundary offering beautiful places to dwell by the water and dream. The west boundary is guarded by a Hemlock forest and old Canadian Glacial Rock and ledge formations and millions of 1.1 billion year old quartz pebbles...hence the name Pebble Ledge. On the north boundary is a three acre natural bog with amazing lily pads, water birds, turtles and many other primordial critters of the bog. The south boundary is living space for people and horses. The 20 acre rolling pasture is home to the herd of 7 remarkable horses and one courageous zebra, which live freely, joyfully and at peace.

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Listening Beyond What You Hear: The Practice of Engaged Listening

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

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2024 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

"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.

Location: Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve Univerisy, Cleveland OH

Instructor: Jackie Stevenson

Topics

  • 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.

Costs

Individual Participants: $695

To register, visit https://weatherhead.case.edu/executive-education/programs/listening-beyond-what-you-hear

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Wisdom Gathering: Let Your Life Speak and Be There To Listen

Co-sponsored by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Spirit of Leadership

In-Person workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 9:00am-5:00pm EST

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, 9796 Cedar Road, Novelty, OH 44072

Fee: $200

Continuing Education:6 Core/1 Resource Dev: CCEs - GPCC™ and ICF Core Competencies6.5 hours: CEs (counseling, social work psychologists)

Faculty: Jackie Stevenson, MSSA, LISW, BCC, GPCC™

Enter into the sacred silent realm of nature, where we can hear ourselves think and listen within for what most wants to be heard. We will create a field of dreams surrounded by a herd of gentle horses where you can gather the wisdom of your inner nature and dream your world into being.

Integrating a Gestalt and a Transformational Presence approach, ICF coaching guidelines and ancient Indigenous practices, nature’s teachings and our inner knowing, we will gather collective wisdom and listen for our life to speak.

This highly experiential workshop is for all who want to enhance their professional skills and to expand their approach in guiding clients through challenges and into opportunities.

In this workshop, participants will increase their understanding and practice:

  • Expanding your capacity and the capacity of your clients to invite your life to speak and be there to listen to what life wants rather than what you think your life wants.
  • Deepening your understanding of a Gestalt approach to change cycle of experience: sensation and awareness; mobilization and relational contact; and integration and assimilation through the lens of embodied presence and body intelligence.
  • Enhancing self-awareness of professional presence and relational alliance, to support the awareness of the client of their presence and how it impacts their life and to positively shift the experience of your life and the people in it.
  • Applying ICF and clinical competencies within in a Gestalt and transformational presence approach and embodied presence to expand professional coaching practice and competency.
  • Strengthening your awareness and ability to be present, resilient, and ability to be a compassionate presence during chaos, stress, and uncertainty guided by horses and nature; and
  • Drawing from the work of Alan Seale, Parker Palmer, and Gestalt and ICF principles.

No horse riding - this is about respectful trustworthy relationships.We will be outside in nature; and in protected outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Wisdom of the Ages:

Graceful, Grateful Aging Without Growing Old

Guided by Horses, Nature, and your own Wisdom of the Ages Join a circle of women for a day to explore the beautiful wrinkles of time by honoring the past, celebrating the present and living fully into the future.

May 5, 2024, Time 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, 9796 Cedar Rd., Novelty Ohio
Guided by:Jackie Stevenson, Jody Wainer and the Spirit of Leadership Team and Herd

Horses and all of Nature live within the natural circle of time flowing from one season to another carrying the wisdom and secrets of the ages.

Together in the presence of wise women and the wisdom of horses and Mother Nature we will explore our own natural rhythm of graceful, grateful aging without growing old.

Horseplay in the pasture, chatting around the campfire, strolling through the forest, resting in the ancient rock ledges, sharing sacred knowledge:

  • Thinking less and feeling more
  • Worrying less and trusting more
  • Letting go and laughing more

Join the Joyful Journey of gracefully, gratefully, aging

  • Awakening Dreams Forgotten
  • Releasing Fears Unfounded
  • Deepening Instinct and Intuition
  • Exploring How to Be

Fee: $135

For registration or information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

Jackie Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Spirit of Leadership Services LLC providing coaching, leadership and team building sessions and retreats through experiential learning with horses and nature.

Jody Wainer is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Jungian analyst. She has a ongoing interest in increasing the visibility and understanding of Jungian thought and the support it can offer our everyday lives.

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Dreaming our Life -
Tending to Our Dreams

A Retreat Guided by Horses, Nature, and Your Dreams

Dream your world into being

Saturday May 11, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop engages horses and nature as our guides to explore dream time in our night sleep and in daydreams as an important source of learning, knowing, remembering, and visioning.

Many dreams live within us, some whisper from our childhood past, some speak to us from our lively present and some beckon from our unknown future. What we dream of, search for, or yearn for can be a guide to discover what already lives within us and what matters most in the life we are already living.

Awaken the Power of Your Living Dreams

Experience in the dream world expands the awareness of our life journey. The challenge is not that we have too few dreams or visions but in moving them to our awareness and recognizing which ones to cherish, follow and bring to action.

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The Courage to Live Beyond Human Trafficking

With Horses and Nature as Your Guides

Retreat for women who are survivors of sex trafficking and taking back their life

Sponsored by the Renee Jones Empowerment Center & The Spirit of Leadership

Join our herd of brave-hearted horses at Pebble Ledge Ranch where “everyone belongs, everyone is essential, everyone matters, and everyone is treasured.”

Saturday May 18, 2024, 9:00-3:00

Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty in Northeast Cleveland, Ohio

The focus of the “Take Back Your Life: The Courage to Live Beyond Human Trafficking Retreat is to strengthen empowerment, self-care, and loving relationship for those with the courage to break the human trafficking cycle and the commitment to get their lives back on track.

We will explore:

  • Moving beyond trauma and returning to a sense of safety
  • Developing positive self-esteem, self-compassion and self-care
  • Learning to establish healthy boundaries and safe relationships and to make good decisions
  • Experiencing empowerment through faith, resiliency and optimism
  • Daring to dream about a positive future

Horses, for generations, have carried us upon their backs, taking us farther and carrying us faster than we could travel alone. Today, horses can guide us to find our way in life. They challenge us to move beyond our previous limitations and forward to be our best self. Horses have an amazing ability to understand our true emotions, offer a unique perspective and reflect back to us what we most need to know.

Guided by Jackie Stevenson and the spirit of leadership team, horse herd, and nature

For registration contact Renee Jones at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center rjones@rjecempower.org.

Our promise is that you will have a safe, meaningful and fun experience.

There is no horse riding and all the horseplay takes place on the ground

Nature soothes the soul and is an abundant source of creative and healing energy. Within the sacred power of nature and the compassionate heart of the horse familiar patterns are often challenged and resources untapped become available. Nature expands our capacity for focus, intention, and integration to help ourselves and others embody the gifts of self empowerment, self healing, &self care.

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Call of the Wild

Spring retreat with Nature

May 19, 9am - 4pm

Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

The Wild is alive in all of us Let her out to play

“All good things are wild and free” Henry David Thoreau

An inner journey, vision quest and woman's retreat in winter wonderland

Listen for the call of the springtime wild and awakening your Dreams

Gather your deep feminine instinct, free horse spirit, wildish and wolfish nature and love of the natural world. We will follow the snowy trails through the forest uncovering our natural primitive self step by step. Gathering in a tribal circle around a warm fire we will share stories and wisdom

The river calls us to be heard, the earth longs for our footsteps to hold the souls of our feet, the trees & rocks have secrets to tell us, the fire holds healing warmth for our bones & the wind inspiration for our spirit. Exploring our dreams within nature's wisdom.

Connecting through nature to your wilderness spirit, inner nature and natural being

  • Discover quiet moments in nature and spend peaceful time
  • Join a herd of seven wise horses and one courageous zebra
  • Sit by a campfire or listen to the creek to reflect, dream and vision
  • Stretch your body and self perception walking or climbing
  • Dwell beneath 350 million year old ledges & 1.1 billion year old crystals
  • In the rebirth of spring enjoy the simple luxury of slowing down.
  • Awaken through body intelligence and energetic awareness

Moving with the rhythm of spring beauty, timelessness and ceremonial space, and listening deeply within we will create the energetic field to support each other’s wisdom, healing and instinctual natures.

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

Bring your lunch

Registration: Open to a circle of 20 women. To register for your place in the circle or for more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Fee: $135

The land is about 80 acres and is surrounded by 500 acres of Geauga Park land and the Geauga Rookery. The Chagrin River wanders along and through the forest of the east boundary offering beautiful places to dwell by the water and to splash about on warm days. The west boundary is guarded by a Hemlock forest and old Canadian Glacial Rock and ledge formations and millions of 1.1 billion year old quartz pebbles...hence the name Pebble Ledge. On the north boundary is a three acre natural bog with amazing lily pads, water birds, turtles and many other primordial critters of the bog. The south boundary is living space for people and horses. The 20 acre rolling pasture is home to the herd of 7 remarkable horses and one courageous zebra, which live freely, joyfully and at peace.

We will wander through the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them.

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Journeying Around the
Medicine Wheel Retreat

Renew, Revitalize, and Recreate the Sacred Within Nature's Realm of Spring Magnificence, Magic, & Mystery

Saturday June 1, 2024 9:00-4:00

Pebble Ledge Ranch< Novelty Ohio

Join us at Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty Ohio, surrounded by the majesty of nature, our majestic herd of horses, and the wisdom of three Medicine Wheels to explore your life's most precious questions, to discover your part in service of a better world and to simply be your most loveable self.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world…In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."
--Anne Frank

Journey around the medicine wheel, interact with horses in their herd and engage with nature providing a lived experience to build on strengths, face challenge with courage and compassion and experience the connection and interconnection of living systems of which we are an integral part.

Create your own "traveling" medicine wheel with stones from the land.

Learn about The Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel or the Circle of Life, as it is sometimes called, is central to the tradition of most indigenous peoples. Although specific aspects of the medicine wheel vary from tribe to tribe and culture to culture, the intrinsic meaning is shared. The Medicine Wheel represents the circle of life and carries wisdom from many perspectives to inform and bless our daily journey through life.

The Medicine Wheel is both a sacred representation of life's journey and a practical system for maintaining balance and direction for the individual, the family and community.

The Medicine Wheel is a map of discovery, balance, and healing. The wheel offers an integral map of the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual realms.

The term medicine refers to one's wisdom, personal power, essence, and unique spark of the divine... To learn about, walk or pray the Wheel is to approach life from divergent perspectives and to integrate the wisdom and truth from each in our pursuit of wholeness.

There is no horse riding...the horseplay is an opportunity to learn more about you. The interrelated four directions in the circle of the Medicine Wheel and the four forces of nature each offer us spiritual teachings and practical life lessons inviting intuition and inner wisdom and an awareness of our place of belonging in the family of life.

Fee: $135

Contact Jackie for information or to register for this retreat.

We are prepared for the changing moods of Mother Nature with indoor and outdoor spaces to engage safely with the horses and for moments of team reflection and dialogue.

Journey around the medicine wheel, listen within to the wisdom of horses and nature and attune with grace to your true nature and imagine living life in peace.

Guided by Jackie and Herb Stevenson and the herd.

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Awakening the Heart
with Grace

Guided by Horses, Yoga and Nature

June 2nd, 9 am to 3:30 pm

Join us for a morning of gentle movement, meaningful moments, and magic as we engage with Yoga practice, horseplay, and nature's miracles connecting body, mind, and spirit.

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj meaning union or to join. Yoga is about connecting or joining mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga, horses, and nature can awaken our hearts with grace offering inner peace, mindful focus, embodied presence, and spiritual awareness.

We are all competent beginners learning and unlearning together with care, curiosity, and compassion. No prior Yoga or horse experience is needed to awaken your heart with grace and to journey towards harmony and human kindness.

There is no horse riding it is about relationship. Be prepared to be safe, discover something meaningful to you, & have fun bringing home the gifts and messages you received from Yoga, horses, nature, and your inner nature.

Together we will awaken our hearts with grace guided by Yoga practice, horseplay, natures playground and our own unique inner knowing.

  • Slowing our pace and quieting our mind to be more fully aware and present
  • Walking at the speed you would like to live your life being here to get there
  • Wandering through the forest learning the path of your life’s journey
  • Practicing being rather than doing, deepen your connection to yourself and others
  • Exploring the relationship between the gift of breath, air, wind, and sky
  • Releasing and reclaiming fire ceremony igniting passion and creativity
  • Flowing with the energy of water for healing and well being
  • Rebalancing our body, mind, emotions and spirit at the Native American medicine wheel
  • Finding the balance between giving and receiving in our relationships bringing more joy than we thought possible

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch 9796 Cedar Rd Novelty, Ohio

Fee: $135

Facilitated by:Jackie Stevenson, Janice Hanrahan & the Spirit of Leadership herd & team

Yoga, Horses and Nature with attention and intention, can transform our lives and the lives of others for the greater good of humanity, and for all those with whom we share this amazing planet Earth.

Contact Jackie for registration or information Jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

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Wisdom of the Generations:

A Family Retreat Guided by Horses and Nature

Sunday June 15, 2024, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mothers, Fathers, grandparents of all ages, and kids 8-18 years old; join us for a fun, meaningful day of honest conversation around the campfire, gentle horseplay, and easygoing hiking.

Guided by horses and nature this retreat day is an opportunity to enjoy quality time together, grow your connection to each other, offer and receive support, and learn from each other as part of a community of cross generational families.

Be prepared to be safe, discover something meaningful to you and have fun.

There is no horse riding...the horseplay is relational and takes place on the ground.

Observing and interacting with horses in their herd provides a lived experience to; build on strengths, face challenge with courage and compassion.

We can learn to be a more caring family where everyone belongs, everyone is essential, and everyone matters." --Jackie

Facilitators: Jackie Stevenson and the Spirit of Leadership Team & Herd.

Fee: $150 for the family.

For more information or to register contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

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The Heartfelt Nature
of Creativity

Guided by Horses, Nature and the Heart of Your Creative Spirit

August 25, 2024, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Try Something New

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." -- Mary Lou Cook

Join Jackie Stevenson, Kevin Charnas, and the Spirit of Leadership horse herd for a fun & meaningful day of creative expression & joyful play

  • Discovering and inspiring your creative spirit
  • Welcoming visions that live within your heart
  • Bringing to life the images, words through creative expression, and joyful artful play

This workshop is for those with a curious nature, a love of adventure, a quest for inner knowing, a heart of creative spirit, a desire to kick up their hooves and to run free.

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

Fee: $135

For information or registration contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

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Embodied Presence and Body Intelligence: A Gestalt approach to Coming to Your Senses

A workshop Guided by Nature and Horses

Co-Sponsored by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Spirit of Leadership Services LLC

September 8, 2024 9am - 4:30pm

Spirit of Leadership LLC,
Pebble Ledge Ranch, 9796 Cedar Road,
Novelty, OH, 44072
Faculty: Jackie Stevenson, MSSA, LISW, BCC, GPCC™

Embodied Presence


Join a herd of horses within the wonder of nature deepening your understanding of your embodied presence and tapping into the resource of your body intelligence to be more aware of self and others and to expand your range of compassion, resiliency and inner knowing. This highly experiential workshop integrates a Gestalt approach to embodied awareness as we “come to our senses” to better navigate challenge and change and to collectively create a better world for all.

Embodied Presence is the capacity to literally use your senses, to experience your physical self, not simply your thoughts about yourself. It is intelligence, along side of cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence that provides you with a clearer awareness of your inner and outer world.

Embodied Presence is the ability to live and function more fully as an embodied being by physically sensing, registering and managing inner experience and outer experience in relation to the surrounding world so as to have greater awareness, range and choice.

Being an embodied presence as a leader, coach, facilitator, manager or educator or simply your loveable self offers you expanded perspectives and possibilities.

In this workshop, participants will increase their understanding and practice:

  • Deepen your understanding of a Gestalt approach to change cycle of experience: sensation and awareness, mobilization and relational contact, and integration and assimilation through the lens of embodied presence and body intelligence
  • Learn embodied practices to access body intelligence and embodied presence for self awareness and to support the awareness of the client
  • Apply ICF competencies within in a Gestalt approach and embodied presence to expand professional coaching practice and competency
  • 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

No horse riding--this is about respectful trustworthy relationship.

We practice safe physical distancing, masks required, small group gathering, we will be outside in nature.

Continuing Education (CE):

  • 5 GPCCTM; CCEs
  • 5 Core Competency ICF CCEs Fee: $275 (early bird fee: $200) Social work, counselors and psychologist CEU's

To register registrar@gestaltcleveland.org or call 216-421-0468. For more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

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The Sacred Practice and Path of Guiding with Horses

Pre-Conference Workshop EAHAE International
Germany, #paddocktrailschkölen D-07619 Schkölen/ Thuringia

September 19, 2024

We will journey together to explore, experience, and embody seven sacred practices of guiding personal and professional discovery with horses. This path is a sacred practice where everyone belongs, everyone is essential, and everyone matters, where leadership is shared and offered to all.

This is a highly experiential workshop where seven sacred learning opportunities and exercises will be demonstrated and accessible for participants to integrate as they choose into their guiding with horses practice.

Applicable to working with individuals, couple, families, groups and teams as all in the collective are present in some form.

Seven Sacred Practices in Guiding with Horses:

  • Attuning and Being Present
  • Holding Sacred Space
  • Inspiring Leadership and Teamwork
  • Listening Within and to Another
  • Engaging Courageously
  • Embodying Awareness
  • Balancing Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit

All Relationships are Sacred
Sacred Practice is Always Relational

What is a sacred relationship?

  • A sacred relationship is a relationship in which we are inspired to see the divine in ourselves and in other people and in our horses.
  • Sacredness is an embodied felt experience. It is a knowing deep within, a knowing of who you really are and seeing other beings with full acceptance, for who they truly are and the best of who they are.
  • In sacred practice, everyone belongs, everyone is essential, and everyone matters. Leadership is shared and offered to all.
  • We are all part of a collective circle of relationships, and all are present in some form; past, present, future.

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Experiential Learning with Horses Professional Practitioner Certificate Program

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

September 25-29, 2024
Pebble Ledge Ranch Novelty, Ohio 44072

Guided by Jackie Stevenson and the Pebble Ledge herd

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
  • People interested in expanding their coaching capacities; client centered active listening, quality connection, embodied language, collaboration, flexibility, grounded mindful presence, inclusion, and awareness of the field by engaging with horses and their herd. You will learn and practiceBoard Certified Coaching (BCC )and International Coaching Federation (ICF) competencies.

Join the adventure with your fellow horse and human herd members for the Experiential Learning with Horses 2024 program. It is an honor, privilege, and responsibility to engage with horses and to support and guide people in their personal and professional learning, skill building and growth through experiential learning with horses and nature and coaching competence.

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Journeying Around the
Medicine Wheel Retreat

Releasing and Embracing Change Within Natures Realm of Autumn’s Magnificence, Magic, & Mysteryy

October 5, 2024 9:00-4:00

Pebble Ledge Ranch< Novelty Ohio

Join us at Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty Ohio, surrounded by the majesty of nature, our majestic herd of horses, and the wisdom of three Medicine Wheels to explore your life's most precious questions, to discover your part in service of a better world and to simply be your most loveable self.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world…In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."
--Anne Frank

Journey around the medicine wheel, interact with horses in their herd and engage with nature providing a lived experience to build on strengths, face challenge with courage and compassion and experience the connection and interconnection of living systems of which we are an integral part.

Create your own "traveling" medicine wheel with stones from the land.

Learn about The Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel or the Circle of Life, as it is sometimes called, is central to the tradition of most indigenous peoples. Although specific aspects of the medicine wheel vary from tribe to tribe and culture to culture, the intrinsic meaning is shared. The Medicine Wheel represents the circle of life and carries wisdom from many perspectives to inform and bless our daily journey through life.

The Medicine Wheel is both a sacred representation of life's journey and a practical system for maintaining balance and direction for the individual, the family and community.

The Medicine Wheel is a map of discovery, balance, and healing. The wheel offers an integral map of the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual realms.

The term medicine refers to one's wisdom, personal power, essence, and unique spark of the divine... To learn about, walk or pray the Wheel is to approach life from divergent perspectives and to integrate the wisdom and truth from each in our pursuit of wholeness.

There is no horse riding...the horseplay is an opportunity to learn more about you. The interrelated four directions in the circle of the Medicine Wheel and the four forces of nature each offer us spiritual teachings and practical life lessons inviting intuition and inner wisdom and an awareness of our place of belonging in the family of life.

Fee: $135

Contact Jackie for information or to register for this retreat.

We are prepared for the changing moods of Mother Nature with indoor and outdoor spaces to engage safely with the horses and for moments of team reflection and dialogue.

Journey around the medicine wheel, listen within to the wisdom of horses and nature and attune with grace to your true nature and imagine living life in peace.

Guided by Jackie and Herb Stevenson and the herd.

Download brochure...


The Path and Practice of Sacred Living Guided by Horses and Nature

October 6, 2024, 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch Novelty, Ohio

Guided by Jackie Stevenson and the Spirit of Leadership team and herd

We will journey together to explore, experience, and embody seven sacred practices on the path of Sacred Living. This path is a sacred practice where everyone belongs, everyone is essential, and everyone matters, where leadership is shared and offered to all.

Seven Sacred Practices in Sacred Living:

  1. Attuning and Being Present
  2. Holding Sacred Space
  3. Inspiring Leadership and Teamwork in families and our workplaces
  4. Listening Within and to Another
  5. Engaging Courageously
  6. Embodying Awareness
  7. Balancing Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit

All Relationships are Sacred
Sacred Practice is Always Relational

What is a sacred relationship?

  • A sacred relationship is a relationship in which we are inspired to see the divine in ourselves and in other people and in our horses.
  • Sacredness is an embodied felt experience. It is a knowing deep within, a knowing of who you really are and seeing other beings with full acceptance, for who they truly are and the best of who they are.
  • In sacred practice, everyone belongs, everyone is essential, and everyone matters.
  • Leadership is shared and offered to all.
  • We are all part of a collective circle of relationships, and all are present in some form; past, present, future.

We will wander in the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them. Honoring and remembering our ancestors we will become more aware of how we might bring forward their gifts that live through us.

Registration: To register for your place in the circle or for more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Fee: $135

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Listening Beyond What You Hear: The Practice of Engaged Listening

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

October 9, 2024, 1pm to 5pm

Virtual

For registration call: 216.368.6413 or Email: seminar@case.edu

Instructor: Jackie Stevenson

"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.

Topics

  • 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.

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Woman's Call of the Wild

An Inner Journey, Vision Quest
and Fall Retreat in Nature

October 12, 2024, 9am - 3:30pm

Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio


Have you been hearing the call of the wild?
Have you been dreaming and awakening to inner knowing?

Gather your deep feminine instinct, free horse spirit, wildish and wolfish nature and love of the natural world. We will follow the trails through the forest uncovering our natural primitive self step by step. Gathering in a tribal circle we will share care and wisdom

The river calls us to be heard, the earth longs for our footsteps to hold the souls of our feet, the trees and rocks have secrets to tell us, the fire holds healing warmth for our bones and the wind inspiration for our spirit. Explore the beauty of your changing seasons.

Moving with the rhythm of timelessness and ceremonial space, listening deeply within we will create the energetic field to support each other's wisdom and instinctual natures.

Connecting through nature to your wilderness spirit, inner nature and natural being

  • Discover quiet moments in nature and spend peaceful time
  • oin a herd of seven wise horses and one courageous zebra
  • Sit by a campfire or listen to the creek to reflect, dream and vision
  • Stretch your body and self perception walking or climbing
  • Dwell beneath 350 million year old ledges & 1.1 billion year old crystals
  • Nap underneath a tree and enjoy the simple luxury of slowing down
  • Awaken through body intelligence and energetic awareness
  • Sleep on the earth; under the stars, in the forest yurt or cottage
  • Expand your authentic presence and life design through ceremony
  • Explore the simple questions: Who am I? How am I to be? What is my unique purpose? If not now when?

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

The land is about 80 acres and is surrounded by 500 acres of Geauga Park land and the Geauga Rookery. The Chagrin River wanders along and through the forest of the east boundary offering beautiful places to dwell by the water and to splash about on warm days. The west boundary is guarded by a Hemlock forest and old Canadian Glacial Rock and ledge formations and millions of 1.1 billion year old quartz pebbles...hence the name Pebble Ledge. On the north boundary is a three acre natural bog with amazing lily pads, water birds, turtles and many other primordial critters of the bog. The south boundary is living space for people and horses. The 20 acre rolling pasture is home to the herd of 7 remarkable horses and one courageous zebra, which live freely, joyfully and at peace.

We will wander in the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them.

Registration: Open to a circle of 20 women. To register for your place in the circle or for more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Fee: $135

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The Nature of Courageous Change workshop:
Moving through Challenge, Staying Calm in Crisis, Transforming Trauma

A one day workshop for those moving through challenging life events and for professional who support people to move through life's challenging times through presentation, dialogue and experiential learning with horses and nature.

Sunday October 27 2024, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty Ohio

Facilitators: Jackie Stevenson and the spirit of leadership team and herd

Join us on a journey guided by horses and nature to

  • Enhance your natural ability to reclaim your life following adverse events, times of challenge and overwhelming experiences
  • Pause from your fast paced lives to listen from within at the crossroads of important life decisions
  • Learn to rebalance and re-center from life dilemmas that cause you to be off center and unbalanced
  • Explore moving forward through uncertainty and crisis from a more confident, calm and embodied place
  • Strengthen your capacity to manage expected and unexpected life changes and stressful life events with resiliency toward a life well lived
  • Transform crisis into wisdom

Fee: $135.00, limited scholarships available, 4 BCC CE’s

Contact Jackie for registration or information jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Try Something Different
Horses Challenge Us to be Our Best

  • Horses are remarkable teachers of leadership relational 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 and to create the best possible conditions for a positive future to emerge and then be there to greet it.
  • Inspiring Professional Development

    • 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 engaging people.
    • 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.
    • Be prepared to; be safe, discover something meaningful to you and have fun

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