Awareness and Coaching Presence

Awareness and coaching presence are core competencies for coaches. I love coaching with horses because they foster and reinforce these competencies constantly. Being with horses just naturally seems to focus one’s attention on inner states and how we are affected by inputs from the environment and other beings. Horses are natural-born coaches that way.

At Epona Rise Retreat Centre the environment is well suited for the pursuit of working with horses at liberty. Hillary Schneider, the founder of Epona Rise, has created a wonderful setting for the horses to live as naturally as possible and for people to safely interact with them and take advantage of the learning that is available when hanging out with the herd. We are committed to doing some work together and on April 25th we are kicking off this partnership with a one day workshop for coaches wanting to explore awareness and coaching presence.

The International Coach Federation defines awareness as the “ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results. Coaching presence is defined as the “ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationship with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident.” Equine facilitated executive coaching is ideally suited for exploration in these areas.

If you are a coach and want to participate in professional development consider joining us. Coaches who are interested in experiential learning opportunities for their clients may also be interested. Bringing or sending a client affords an opportunity to coach your client to embody and sustain the learning that happens with the horses.

You can find out more at or by contacting myself or Hillary.

9 ICF CCEUs will be available for this workshop.