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Wild Icelandic Horses

Why Horses?

Horses perceive and respond to energy, emotions and subtle body language cues as a means of communicating.  They are both extremely powerful and extremely sensitive.  They are always honest, authentic and congruent, meaning their intentions are in alignment with their behaviors.  Partnering with them offers us the opportunity to tune in to our own energy, emotions and nonverbal signals and to practice dialing our energy up and down to communicate, connect and set boundaries as needed.  We will be partnering with our wise equine teachers in fun and engaging learning opportunities.  

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Meet the Teachers

Stephanie Holdenried is a certified equine-facilitated educator (CEIP-ED) and holistic nutritionist. She creates and facilitates programs and workshops for women, youth and recovery groups with the goal of helping individuals find greater self-awareness by connecting to their own intrinsic wisdom. She is an avid horsewoman who graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the sixth-generation of a ranching family in Northern California.

Jessica Pinto, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Equine Interaction Professional in Mental Health(CEIP-MH) who is inspired by the profound impact animals have on our sense of self and our way of being in the world. She specializes in treating anxiety-related disorders in children and teens and in equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP).  She has been facilitating therapeutic, animal assisted experiential learning programs on ranches since 2006 and is the founder of the HorseWise Girls Summer Camp. 

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