Experiential Learning with Horses
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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.

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 17, 2023 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 Core Competency ICF CCEs Fee: $200

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

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Experiential Learning with Horses Professional Practitioner Certificate Program

October 4-8, 2023
Pebble Ledge Ranch Novelty, Ohio 44072

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 2020 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.

NEW THIS YEAR: Bring your coaching, leadership, facilitation and unique talents to life with experiential learning with horses and nature activities, constellation experiences and a living system 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, consciousness and our own unique gift of presence and skills and with absolute care and kindness, honor and respect

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Woman's Call of the Wild

An Inner Journey, Vision Quest
and Fall Retreat in Nature

Sunday October 15, 9am - 3pm

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
  • 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
  • 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 have a campsite 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: $135.00

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Weatherhead School of Management

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

November 1, 2023
From 9am to 4:30pm
Instructor: Jackie Stevenson
Location: CWRU

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.


  • 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


Please visit the Weatherhead School of Management website to register.

Continuing Education

This class is eligible for the following continuing education credits:
Ohio CPA 6 CPE


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