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Rachael with herd

Working with horses to help you navigate what is causing you disturbance in your life and hopefully bring you some inner peace.

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Welcome to Heart of the Horse

 

Experience a profound form of healing involving horses. If you're longing for a change in your life, but just can't seem to take the next step, then this type of experience is for you. If there's a dark smudge of emotional pain that lingers and erratically storms no matter what you do, this may be the answer. If you just want to have a serene, gorgeous experience that heals, centres and realigns you, then this is just the thing.

 

I'll guide you through a remarkably, serene session involving horses to help you get through whatever it is that you are traversing at the moment. You'll connect with these magnificent animals, while I hold the space and facilitate the experience for you.  I'll ensure you feel supported and help you navigate whatever is holding you back or causing you pain.  The horses help you tap into incredible wisdom which you can harness to bring about profound healing and personal transformation.

 

By taking some time to be with calm and healthy horses, every part of you surrenders to the present moment. This is very powerful in helping you stabilise your nervous system and leads to a heightened awareness of the present moment. Birds unleash their songs, fresh air invigorates the skin and colours caress the senses, helping to soothe your nerves and help you relax. 

 

Healing sessions with horses also help you become aware of and unravel patterns that are no longer serving you. Let's face it, we all have a lot of those! The horses and I can assist you to work out what isn't working in your relationships and work with you to develop juicy, authentic connections with those around you.


Sessions involve practical tools that you can take back into your everyday life, giving you the opportunity to continue with ongoing healing and transformation.  We are located in Drummond North, just on the outskirts of Malmsbury in Central Victoria. For those clients that travel from Melbourne why not make a day of it and explore the beautiful towns of Woodend (20 mins away), Kyneton (10 mins away), Daylesford (25 mins away) or Castlemaine (25 mins away)

 

What happens in a session? 

 

On arrival, you will be greeted by the adorable Kasey, our much-loved Border Collie, who is an integral part of our team.  We share some tea and check in with each other and discuss what you'd like out of the experience before you spend time with the horses.  Each session can be incredibly different, so from this point on what occurs can vary greatly. 

 

I'll design an experience that best serves YOU.  We'll work with whatever level of contact around the horses that you feel comfortable with. The specific type of contact with the horses really depends on you and why you're attracted to experiencing the healing power of horses in this way. If you come for multiple sessions, the experience may change according to what we are working on, what themes have arisen and of course, how the horses interact with you during each session.

 

Meet the Herd

 

During our session together you'll have the opportunity to meet the herd made up of Boomer (Ex pacer), Lady (Ex racehorse), Tavi (loved pet all her life) and Clover the Clydesdale (loved pet all her life).  I am very conscious not to describe each of the horses' personalities as I know them. They present themselves very differently to each person.  They are all of a reasonable size and have beautiful temperaments that are ideally suited to this work.  They are a part of my wonderful family.  Heart of the Horse is a flow on from the love that we share. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Healing with Horses Can Help You

 

It's really difficult to confine the benefits of this form of healing to a concise list as it can help many people in so many ways. Here are a few of the benefits, but realistically we can help you work through any challenge that you are currently navigating. Please feel free to touch base and we can discuss your personal requirements. 

 

  • Personal Development - helping you to identify and move through what is that is keeping you stuck 

  • Ease stress

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Assist with overcoming depression

  • Improve relationship dynamics

  • Help you overcome boundary issues

  • Ease addictions (including alcohol & drug dependency)

  • Improve self-esteem and confidence

  • Assist in establishing trust

  • Help to overcome fears

  • Tools to help with anger management

  • Assist those with a love of horses and a desire to connect with them

  • Help overcome fear from a previous horse incident

  • Assist those suffering from PTSD

 

Horse-based healing sessions are suitable for anyone. You don't need to have any previous experience with horses. 

** These sessions are relevant for any age group.  To date, my youngest client is 6 years old and the oldest is 80 years old, with every other age range in-between **

 

About Myself (Rachael)

 

In case you hadn't guessed, I adore horses. They have been a part of my life since I was a young girl. I have also in some ways been helping others since that time as well. It's just who I am. Over the years I have formalised my healing credentials in addition to a vast array of processes, tools, and skills. This gives me a diverse and unique healing repertoire. 

 

I have been trained by the Victorian Equine Psychotherapy Institute and I'm certified in Equine Assisted Learning where we harness the wisdom of horses, in a facilitated environment, to help people explore aspects of their lives that are causing concern or even distress.  This certification is highly regarded and considered the most rigorous one that can be undertaken in Australia. My certification with horses combined with the healing processes and skills that I have cultivated in private practice for the last decade has led me to create an equine-based healing experience quite unlike any other.  I have a myriad of techniques that can be used to help you be the best version of yourself.  These can consist of reflexology, reiki, energy balancing and guided visualisations. Whatever process or tool I use may help to change the neuroplasticity of your brain and often assists in releasing outdated beliefs that can be negatively impacting your life.  

 

Before embarking on this work as my main livihood, I spent a 5 year period assisting clients at a holistic residential wellness rehabilitation centre in Daylesford. The clientele were people who have had to cope with the most extreme life conditions & personal traumas. Sharing the healing journey to help empower these clients, has enabled me to build a highly effective repertoire of skills to draw on in during our horse healing experience together.  A combination of all of these learnings allows me to bring to you a fresh and unique way to navigate this thing called LIFE.

In early 2019, I followed another of my passions and whilst on an extended stay in India I did a 300hr Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.  Many aspects from these learnings I bring towards my sessions with the horses.  Kundalini Yoga is wonderful for moving energy, working with and noticing the breath, connecting with the body, moving stagnicity and finding calmness within.  It is incredibly different to equine assisted learning but the outcome is similar to what the horses assist us with. If you are interested in Kundalini Yoga you can find my classes In Woodend and around the Macedon Ranges on FB Page Kundalini Yoga with Rachael 

www.facebook.com/kundaliniyogawoodend

In November 2023 I certified as a soul purpose life coach with the  Dharma Institute.  This has been to date the biggest investment I have made in my own professional development and I am so delighted I listened to the whispers of my own soul to pursue this certification.

 

Many of the elements incorporated into this training I had already woven into my healing sessions and work with the horses organically, but this comprehensive course helped me know myself better than ever and has provided incredible new tools to share with others who are also seeking more in their lives. This work is utterly transformational. 

 

Rather than coming for a one off session that are outlined in the experiences pages, these coaching offerings, that you choose, have specific timeframes for you to dive deep into YOU.  We work closely together for usually 1,2 or 3 months and you will get to know yourself deeper than you can imagine.  I love these sacred relationships that we create and the life changing results that unfold.  For 10 years I had my own business as a birth doula and these intimate but professional relationships were usually between 5-7 months long and I know how beneficial and impactful that is for true and lasting change to take place.  It was really coaching, just ahead of its time.When we meet in person or online we spend time exploring your gifts and talents, work through frameworks to help you understand your unique blueprint in relation to the way you want to be of service in the world.  We share healing processes, meditations and find ways for you to tune into your intuitive superpower. You will find more about these packages on the experience page and in the offerings below.

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Interview with Dani from theThank Goddess podcast

On today’s episode, we are diving deep into the healing power of horses with our special guest, the amazingly talented Rachel Gibson, of Heart of the Horse, where she facilitates healing sessions with her horses on her property in Drummond, on the outskirts of Malmsbury in Central Victoria. The horses, as she explains are powerful beings with huge magnetic heart fields that can have profound healing effects on us humans when we learn to surrender to them in their presence. This can be very powerful in helping us to stabilise our nervous system in the fast-paced world we live in.We also discuss how horses can help us connect to our Divine Feminine Energy because they are completely embodied and present in every moment, so they act as great teachers for how we too can become more embodied and present in our daily lives, connecting us more deeply to our feminine energy, which lies within the body.Regardless if you are a lover of horses or not, this episode will open your eyes to the everyday miracles that can unfold when we choose to lead with our hearts as opposed to our rational thinking minds, the spiritual significance of animals and alternative methods to healing that are not so common to most of us.https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/thank-goddess/id1688916856?i=1000628755811

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Healing with Horses & Nourish the Inner Child Within 
3 day / 2 Night Retreat

 

RECLAIMING THE LOST PARTS OF SELF AND NOURISH INNER THE CHILD WITHIN

LEARN TO FIND FREEDOM AND STAND IN YOUR TRUE SOVEREIGNTY

We go through life being led by our Inner Child’s narrative of abandonment & emotional pain. So many of our adult decisions and relationship choices come from ‘the child’ within us, trying to find their way to the safe place she has yet to know or experience.

So many of us go through life under the weight of our mother/father story, the toxic bonds, both conscious and unconscious need to be shed. Emotional, physical or sexual abuse are often stories frozen in time, needing to be invited out in a safe and nourishing environment. The symptoms of co-dependant relationships or addictions are the ongoing result of suppressing what lies just underneath our often unmanageable or excessively chaotic lives.

Let this be your defining moment of creating a change, claiming your power as another year has turned and become the true leader of your life.

Join Rachael & Teresa as they help you connect with your child self in a safe space and learn to become the parent she needs. They will teach you strategies to overcome your blockages and you will experience the healing power of horses and their inherent wisdom all throughout our weekend together. You will feel a blessing both your inner child and adult self deserves.

A proposed outline of the retreat (it may be tweaked closer to the date but this will give you a guide).

Friday

3pm - Arrive and Meet the Herd & Welcome Circle
6pm - Dinner
7.30pm - Evening gathering with a healing focus
9pm - Free time / bed

Saturday

8am - Gentle Kundalini Yoga (no yoga experience necessary)
9am - Breakfast
10.30am - Group session in the Bell tent themed on healing the inner child within
1pm - Lunch
3pm - Healing with Horses session
6.30pm - Dinner
8pm - Healing meditation or visualisation in the bell tent

Sunday

8am - Bush walk
9.30am - Breakfast
10.30 - Group session in the bell tent
12 midday - Lunch
1.30pm - Closing circle
3pm - Weekend concludes

 

Testimonials from the Nourish the Inner Child One Day retreats that they hosted in 2023

*Thank you for it all, I felt like one of the pack: what an extraordinary, deeply reassuring experience of belonging, those horses gifted me something I will treasure'

 

'Rachael and Teresa, on behalf of my inner child once again, thank you for combining your beautiful super powers into such a divine, healing space today. I felt genuinley blessed to be there. Be well, go gently and with light'

 

'Hi Rachael Thank you so much to you & Teresa for an amazing Inner Child Day. Now to practice using those skills. I will treasure this day as it has shifted things already. Thank you for a delicious lunch you spoilt us all. Those Horses were amazing and & | loved my Healing with Tavi (horse) at the end. Thank you for an amazing day. Stay safe & happy.

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Soul transmissions from the

Herd @ Heart of the Horse

 

Something special has been happening here @ Heart of the Horse that I would like to share with you. It is a bit of a long story...


In the last couple of months towards the end of 2021 I had 5 people quite randomly ask me if I would ever think of writing a book. I have always been attracted to the idea but had not found the right content to inspire me to explore it more. After the 5th time I tool it as a universal sign to take notice of and made a commitment on the 28th of December to do a 40 day practice of writing for 30 minutes a day. 

As many of you who I have met before know I am passionate about Kundalini Yoga and we use a 40 day practice to strengthen ourselves whether it be for a physical strengthening, or to harness a strength to overcome an emotional block or use it to create positive habits within our lives. So I thought it would be a good inspiration to keep me on track to cultivate a daily writing practice.

On day 7, the words of wisdom coming through my pen suggested that I go and sit out with my horse Tavi, so the next morning I took my journal and sat with her and the herd.

Well the most profound wisdom landed on my pages of how the horses are offering those they come into contact with a vibrational medicine. Tavi described "We are a vehicle for spirit to move through us in an amplified way, that is why the gift of stillness and presence is the most potent way to access the subtle healing vibrations that we emit" 
She went on to say "You could look upon us as activation stations that jumpstart a reconnection process" 

For the last month I have been in awe of the wisdom that has filled nearly 2 journals. I will begin sharing some of the words, phrases or entire transmissions that come through. I will sign it off as the The Herd @ Heart of the Horse, that will let you know it is pure horse wisdom without me altering any aspect of it.

The ones that feel really significant I am writing up and creating a catalogue to see what to do with in the future. We are in the space of "playing" and allowing the creative flow with no idea of the destination. I have done a handful of soul readings from the herd to clients who we have worked with and these have been very heart centred and powerful.  Watch this space if this becomes a more structured offering.

I share to cheer you on, to listen to the whispers of your soul and take notice of the signs and synchronicities around you.

If you would like to read the whole first transmission that came through - here is the link below.  This one has an element of personal information in it but the majority are relevant for All.  Be prepared to unlearn everything you think you know about life is my motto these days! I  am pretty open minded but my mind has been blown and I am in awe of these offerings.  I will most likely share these via email, so make sure to subscribe if you are interested what these beautiful beings have to say.

For your own 
soul transmission
from the herd,
check out the       
experiences page.

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Farewell to our magnificent herd leader Boomer, who passed Easter 2022.

Losing a loved one who you are deeply connected to is such an enormous part

of the human journey we call life.  Saying goodbye to Boomer was made so much easier due the words he gifted me in February 2022, letting me know his time was close.  He was a grand age of 32 years but in full health when this transmission below came through.    I was guided to record his words with his presence still here and I am sure you will feel the powerful energy that is radiating from him.  I was in utter shock and grief the day he shared this but as the week progressed and the information integrated through me I was in awe of his articulate way to express the essence of life, death, beyond the veil and the power of our hearts.  This can potentially be quite moving so only watch when you have some integration time, especially if grief or loss is a vulnerability for you right now.

Photo tribute to Boomer - April 2022

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