Horses help­ing

Ther­apy work­shops with horses

Waipa Post - - Front Page - To find out more about the work­shops con­tact Lisa — 027 347 3627 or lisas­oulscap­ or Cara — 027 850 7829 or caraburgess@hot­

Two Waipa¯ women are join­ing forces to of­fer work­shops that use horses to pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, team build­ing and ther­apy.

Cara Burgess is the owner of Dis­cover Through Horses, a ther­apy ser­vice based in Ki­hik­ihi. Lisa Ryan owns Soulscap­ing, a busi­ness of­fer­ing a range of al­ter­na­tive nat­u­ral health­care in Te Awa­mutu.

The pair hit it off over a phone call and de­cided to com­bine their ex­per­tise for a se­ries of work­shops for fam­i­lies, groups and cor­po­rate groups.

The monthly work­shops start in Oc­to­ber and will be held at the Ki­hik­ihi Do­main and the Cambridge Rid­ing for the Dis­abled Cen­tre.

The ses­sions are about work­ing with horses to find so­lu­tion ori­en­tated out­comes through self-be­liev­ing, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, au­then­tic­ity, con­nec­tion, team build­ing and well­be­ing.

Three horses — Noah, Madi and minia­ture pony Poppy — are used in the ground-based ses­sions.

No pre­vi­ous horse knowl­edge or ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to take part.

Lisa and Cara both have a pas­sion for well­be­ing and say horses play an im­por­tant role in this.

“Horses are an emo­tional an­i­mal and pick up on our emo­tions,” Lisa says.

“They can be­come our teach­ers and men­tors, help­ing us to trans­form our lives and achieve pos­i­tive out­comes.”

“Dur­ing a work­shop the horses help with learn­ing and growth, al­low­ing the clients the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore feel­ings, be­hav­iours and pat­terns by ap­ply­ing the skills re­quired within a ses­sion.

“The client is ac­tively en­gaged in pos­ing ques­tions, in­ves­ti­gat­ing, be­ing cu­ri­ous, solv­ing prob­lems, as­sum­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, be­ing cre­ative and con­struct­ing mean­ing.”

The ses­sions are de­signed to give clients steps to work to­wards goals and out­comes.

“We pride our­selves on pro­vid­ing a safe, sup­port­ive and fun en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows change and pos­i­tive steps for­ward.”

Cor­po­rate ses­sions can be tai­lored to the busi­ness’ needs.

Lisa, orig­i­nally from Te Ku¯ iti, now lives in Te Awa­mutu and runs Soulscap­ing from Nga¯roto Rd.

She is qual­i­fied in mas­sage ther­apy, reiki, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, the emo­tion code, holis­tic life coach­ing and emo­tional weight man­age­ment.

The busi­ness al­lows her to com­bine a unique blend of ther­a­pies tailor-made for the in­di­vid­ual client.

Lisa has been in­volved in the Otoro­hanga ¯ Rid­ing for the Dis­abled (RDA) for the last 12 years.

Cara has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing along­side horses, start­ing as a groom through to run­ning pro­fes­sional yards.

She and her fam­ily moved to from the UK to New Zealand 12 years ago.

Cara started vol­un­teer­ing at the Tau­ranga RDA, which led her to var­i­ous other roles, in­clud­ing hol­i­day pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor and then con­tract­ing to the RDA to pro­vide equine-based ther­apy pro­grammes.

She has been an Equine As­sisted Growth and Learn­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (EAGALA) fa­cil­i­ta­tor since 2013.

Cara says horses help clients to stay present dur­ing a ses­sion.

“Horses bring about trans­for­ma­tive mo­ments, with clients able to ex­press them­selves, with the horse giv­ing au­then­tic feed­back in a non-judg­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment.”

“Equine-as­sisted work­shops of­ten help clients re­alise the change needed to grow ef­fec­tively and have pos­i­tive out­comes within work or home life.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Lisa Ryan (left) and Cara Burgess and horses Noah (right), Madi and minia­ture pony Poppy are putting on a se­ries of horse-re­lated work­shops in the Waipa¯ .

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