Equine Guided Wellness
A heart connection can reveal wisdom and healing between horse and human
The Big Red Barn Creativity and Wellness Centre is a safe space to explore the special connection with Human and Horse.
The rapid evolution of humankind began when we befriended horses. No other animal in history has contributed to our evolution in the way that horses have. From heroes to villains, royalty to poor, the alive and the departed, many historical myths and stories included the honoring of a horse. Somewhere along the way, this horse-human connection got lost as we began "using" horses for entertainment and recreation. Now, the horses are inviting us to evolve on a deeper level and calling us back to our true nature of connection, creativity and compassion.
In recent years, studies have shown that being in the presence of horses has incredible benefits to humans on many different levels. Being prey animals, horses teach us about emotion regulation, the power of intention, our authenticity, and how to live in the present moment, from the heart space. In this day and age, many humans live their day to day lives from the left side of the brain where ego is paramount. Being around horses builds new neural pathways in humans, creating a bridge to the right side of the brain and to the heart while increasing creativity and mindfulness. The Heart Math Institute has conducted extensive research to prove that the heart is much more than an organ function of the body but that it actually receives information on an intuitive level, long before the brain processes it. Studies have also shown that being in the heart resonance of horses has the ability to lower the human heart rate and blood pressure, creating a feeling of peace and wellness. So many humans rarely take a full body breath. Horses encourage us to breath this way, as predators will hold their breath before an attack, so while we practice regulating our breath when around the horses, we increase our red blood cells (a benefit of full breath), thus increasing our ability to relax and release tension held in our body. Horses help us build a bridge between our head and heart, supporting us on our journey to connection, and creativity. They are incredible teachers of compassion as they so gracefully stay present with us through our challenges, rather than seeking to "fix" us. Partnership with Horses supports the exploration of the authentic self and provides opportunity for self empowerment, confidence and connection for the human by way of non-judgmental reflection by the horse teacher.
Contact us to book your Experience with Fotini Chandrika and the Horse Teachers.
No horse experience necessary.
*seasonal accommodations available on-site for out of town visitors*
Beneficial for all ages: working with Horses in this way increase mindfulness and emotional awareness in children and youth, while building confidence, self-regulation and self-esteem
"I had a private Equine Guided Wellness session today at The Big Red Barn and it was such a positive ...experience! I have a lifetime of experience with horses having grown up with them, worked in the horse industry and still ride to this day. However the work we did today was something completely different and so rewarding. Setting aside any of my past knowledge and experiences I could use my heart to have open communication with my equine teacher. This beautiful experience has taken me one step closer to using my heart instead of always my head and being able to get more in touch with my true authentic self. I highly recommend this experience. I will be back!" - Heather L., Haliburton, Ontario
" I was there for an Equine Guided Wellness session with Fotini and I was completely amazed by the powerful messages I got from the experience. Standing by the horses was magical. These animals are able to connect with you and let you realize how you feel deep inside. Horses don't judge, each of them have their own personality but in the end they live in the present moment and teach us to do the same by accepting whatever may arise in the now. Fotini guided me throughout the experience with her helpful insights and her natural gift. I feel so grateful and blessed to be able to live such an inspiring experience!" - Laura C, Toronto, Ontario
Through Equine Guided Wellness, Horses have demonstrated the natural ability to teach us how to:
~ accept, love and honor ourselves and others
~ feel the interconnectedness of all living beings and nature
~ quiet the mind and listen to the voice of the heart
~ co-exist with others
~ deeply relax within ourself and create space for self healing
~ set clear intentions
~ consider the perspective of others
~ live congruently with our dharma (true nature or purpose)
~ increase our emotional intelligence
~ acknowledge our gifts and the gifts of others
~ recognize our unlimited potential
~ laugh and play!
~ build confidence
~ reach for our dreams
~ set healthy boundaries
~ notice and respect the boundaries of others
~ communicate in a clear manner
~ become a confident, compassionate leader
~ connect with others from the heart
~ get in touch with our creativity
~ understand energy and refine how we use it
~ gain a fresh perspective of life and circumstances
~ access our inner teacher through silence and stillness
~ increase mindfulness and awareness
~ access pure love energy without interference of ego
~ release, let go
~ become one with the present moment
~ find our breath and develop a deeper connection to it
~ access our body wisdom and intuition
.....and so much more.
Evidence-Based Research to support the "Horse as Teacher":
Research on Mindfulness
Horses and Mindfulness
Human Heart Rate Variability in the Presence of Horses
Evidence of Reduction of Cortisol (Stress Hormone) in Youth Working with Horses
"There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a (wo)man." ~ Sir Winston Churchill