The Power Series Workshop #1: Equine facilitated explorations in presence and awareness offers coaches and other professionals an opportunity to explore and experience a deeper level of self-awareness and consciousness of their coaching and leadership presence through the power of working with horses.
“Self-awareness is crucial to cultivating coaching presence, especially when it comes to identifying our own biases. It’s through self-awareness that we begin to understand how our own thinking can limit our clients and their ability to gain the awareness they desire in order to move forward toward their desired outcomes.
For coaches and leaders to be of full service to their clients, they need to pay attention not only to their clients’ ways of processing their thoughts and feelings, but also to their own. … As coaches, we need to become aware of our biases … so we can be more purely present as vessels listening for and receiving the whole of our clients.” http://coachfederation.org/blog/index.php/1784/
Horses as prey animals have a natural aptitude for heightened awareness. Acting as pure mirrors of our internal states they provide us with instant feedback about our presence, awareness, and effectiveness in how we are showing up and paying attention to what is happening around us. Horses are masterful at heightening our sensitivities so that we are able to develop and expand our natural abilities as coaches, listeners, and facilitators for our clients in order to help powerfully move them forward in their lives.
The ICF describes creating awareness as “the ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information, and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness”. Coaching Presence is defined as the “ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationship with the client…that is open, flexible and confident…being curious, trusting your gut”.
We will spend the day immersed in these competencies, engaging with the horses in simple ground exercises, as well as group and team debriefs. Each participant can expect to have a deeply personal and insightful experience with the horses. We will share experiences through direct interaction, group discussion and feedback in teams, and apply what we learn to gain a better understanding of our presence as coaches. The experiential nature of the work and the debriefing enables us to fully embody the learning and experience improvement that can be sustained beyond the workshop.
What You Can Expect To Learn
Direct feedback about your unique coaching style
Insight and awareness into your ‘signature presence’
Discern differences between the facts and your beliefs and interpretations
Techniques to ground yourself and enhance states of awareness
Recognize when your intuition is at play.
Enrolment is limited so book early! Coaches will receive ICF CCEUs for participation in the day.
The fee for the day includes catered lunch and refreshment breaks. Please wear comfortable layered clothing suitable for the outdoors as we will spend part of the time outside with the horses. Boots or sturdy footwear is required. Non-refundable deposit: $150
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