Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In This Issue -

Lead­ing life coach and fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Jackie Smith, who re­cently headed up one of the most talked about seg­ments on na­tional tele­vi­sion, will be host­ing a sim­i­lar equine as­sisted learn­ing work­shop in the Hawkesbury lo­ca­tion where the ses­sion was filmed, and where Bella, the other star of the show, is sta­bled.

On the show, while Jackie was ex­plain­ing that horses such as Bella would be their “teach­ers, heal­ers and role mod­els” one of the par­tic­i­pants re­marked, “I’m go­ing to talk to a horse, and we’re go­ing to have Zen?! What the hell is go­ing on?”

But af­ter­wards she said, “It’s re­ally amaz­ing. The whole thing about this as­sisted learn­ing is the fact that you can change things with your en­ergy. You can change things with your mind­set.” Oth­ers used phrases like

“amaz­ing break­through”; “a mo­ment that took my breath away”; and “I would never have guessed I could have an ex­pe­ri­ence like that.”

“Tra­di­tion­ally adopted for ther­a­peu­tic pur­poses for trauma vic­tims, autis­tic chil­dren, and to ad­dress men­tal health is­sues, it’s now un­der­stood that Equine As­sisted Learn­ing has a great deal to of­fer for per­sonal and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, in ar­eas such as self­aware­ness, mind­ful­ness and stress man­age­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and re­la­tion­ship skills, and lead­er­ship,” Jackie ex­plains. “The show pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity to get this mes­sage across.”

Jackie’s equine as­sisted learn­ing seg­ment was a hit on Chan­nel Ten’s The Big­gest Loser Trans­formed, which this sea­son fo­cused not just on weight loss it­self, but in­cluded “mind ses­sions” em­pha­sis­ing men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing as well.

Says Jackie, “Although we may not even be con­scious of it, we of­ten hold be­liefs that might in­clude fear of fail­ure, a fear of not be­ing in­ter­est­ing enough, or not be­ing good enough.

“But horses live only in the present mo­ment and re­late to all peo­ple with­out judge­ment, ex­pec­ta­tion, hope or an­tic­i­pa­tion. They do not know your story and do not share the be­liefs you have about your­self.

“Horses re­spond to un­stated in­ten­tions, body lan­guage and en­er­getic pres­ence - not thoughts, and their re­sponse can be of sup­port to start to see our­selves dif­fer­ently, and thus shift these lim­it­ing be­liefs we have about our­selves. What horses choose to do gives some­one pow­er­ful in­for­ma­tion about the truth of who we are in that mo­ment.”

Jackie’s all-day Hawkesbury work­shop, “Dis­cover the Wis­dom of the Horse”, will be held on Fri­day, May 19, at New Se­cret Gar­den, Cly­des­dale Lane, Rich­mond. No rid­ing is in­volved. Num­bers are limited and book­ing is es­sen­tial, through Jackie’s blog, www.thewis­do­mofthe­horse.com. au, or con­tact her di­rect at jackie@ jack­ie­smith.com.au

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