October 8, 2008 by Kathleen
Kathleen visited and worked with 7 Epona Equestrian Services instructors, www.taoofequus.comin England, Ireland and the Island of Jersey. This was the first time for the collaboration of this wonderful instructors and we conducted workshops, had a continuing education day, gave demonstrations and individual sessions. Anna Pell, Miranda Carey, Yvonne Monahan, Angela Dunning, Sun Tui Meyer and Ruth LeCocq attended the contiuing education day for instructors at the Leap Center in Gloucestershire hosted by Sam Quinlan.
Sun Tui Meyer and Barbara Murray from Spain hosted Kathleen at a workshop in Forest Row, East Sussex. This was a beginning workshop for individuals interested in equine facilitated learning with individual sessions scheduled with Kathleen the day after the 2 day workshop. It was great to introduce people to this work and see their eyes light up with new self-awareness and as usual, the horses were great!
Anna Pell, one of the great tour guides for Kathleen, made sure to stop at Stonehenge on our way back up to Hampshire for the Advanced workshop. Truly a magnificent site with the energy of the ancient ones filling the air. The knowledge and spiritual wisdom of the ancient ones, the Anazazi in the American Southwest, Stonehenge and New Grange in Ireland gives one pause to reflect on the messages and gifts they can convey to us today to support us in this time of change.
Anna Pell, Miranda Carey, Yvonne Monahan and Kathleen conducted an advanced 4 day workshop for individuals already familiar with equine facilitated learning which was held at Hazeley Farm in North Winchester, Hampshire. We all had an opportunity to work with a great group of people coming from England, Belgium, Holland and Ireland. The horses at the farm proved to be masters at this work.
Kathleen spent time with Ruth LeCocq and her family on the Island of Jersey. Ruth and Kathleen gave a day long demonstration for mental health professionals. One of the participants had such a profound experience with Ruth’s horse, Klaus that she decided to bring her young clients to have an opportunity to feel this for themselves.
Yvonne Monahan invited Kathleen to spend some time with her family in Ireland. A whirlwind of sightseeing and meeting the heart-felt Irish people brought back memories of her visit to Ireland with her father 20+ years ago. It truly felt like coming home.
A visit to Newgrange and Knowth, ancient Irish sites in the Boyne Valley, tells the story of prehistoric man’s concept of the world; the flat earth with a hemispercial bowl overhead.The passages into the Newgrange and Knowth mounds are aligned with sunrise and sunset on the solstitial and equinoctial days each year. The sacredness of these sites reminds us to humbly see all of creation as connected and necessary.