Working with horses to help you heal and launch yourself into life and love again.
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.
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 Boomer, Pippi, and Lady. A beautiful Clydesdale, Charity, may pop in from time to time too. 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
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 64years 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. For people interested in a healing session that does not involve the horses please visit my alternative website for room-based healing sessions www.thebalancechannel.com.au.
For the last 5 years, I have helped heal clients at a holistic residential wellness rehabilitation centre in Daylesford. I've treated clients there who have had to cope with the most extreme life conditions & personal trauma. Helping to heal and 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
Meditation, Mindfulness & Chai with Heart of the Horse.
The next dates for group sessions practicing mindfulness and meditation whilst sipping on lovely hot chai in the presence of the herd at Heart of the Horse.
Saturday 18th January
Saturday 29th February
Saturday 28th March
We will sit by the fire (weather permitting) ground our energy, tune into our bodies and immerse ourselves in horse wisdom to help us navigate our modern lives. You will get to spend plenty of time with the horses and experience their presence in this most unique way.
You will love these sessions if you are curious how healing with horses works. Perhaps, you have been looking for new tools or resources to support yourself in your day to day life. Maybe just the idea of being out in nature in the presence of these magnificent sentient beings is attractive to you.
What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday afternoon to regroup or reset your week - bring a friend, perhaps a teen or come alone and meet some like-minded people.
If you think anyone in your network may be interested I would love you to share these events.
If the weather is cold, rug up. If it is raining we will postpone. $50 per person, 2-4pm numbers are limited. Located Woodend, 1 hour North of Melbourne.
Nurture in Nature
with Heart of the Horse
22nd March 2020
REST * RELAX * RENEW * *REVITALISE * RECHARGE * RE-EVALUATE * RE-IMAGINE
Navigating our modern lives it is easy to get stressed out and caught up in over doing it. This day immersed in nature in the glorious Macedon Ranges offers an opportunity to put down your “to do” list and relax into a peaceful pampered day that will create space for you to reflect or perhaps re-evaluate where you are at. Maybe just an opportunity to revitalise by being out in nature surrounded by calm, healthy and content horses.
You will be empowered with exquisite tools and magical experiences to reset body and mind. The healing balm of horses will further encourage you to surrender into receiving all that you need to enter back into the end of the year feeling balanced, clear and calm.
This rich and unique collaboration is offered by the wonderful Rachael Gibson from Heart of the Horse https://www.heartofthehorse.com.au/. Rachael has been working with various healing modalities for the last decade and has combined her passion for healing and horses to create unique experiences for people to experience the healing power of horses.
The acclaimed Fiona Lee from Of the Wings brings 20 years of international experience as a therapist and consultant. She has developed a suite of powerful and effective tools that bring about truly life changing transformations https://www.facebook.com/FionaLeeOfTheWings/.
Both facilitators come from a rich background of experience, unconditional love and a spark of humour. You can expect to feel truly nurtured and leave feeling deeply transformed.
REST * RELAX * RENEW * *REVITALISE * RECHARGE * RE-EVALUATE * RE-IMAGINE