Fotini Chandrika Walton
Fotini has had a life long empathic and intuitive connection to animals and has found much inspiration through observing their way of life in Nature. She has experienced, first hand, the profound wisdom of animals and, in particular, the Horse through their deep heart energy non-predatory nature. Her love of Horses has guided her journey into the mind, body and spirit connection, leading her to the path of expressive arts, yoga, meditation and energy medicine. Growing up very closely with a beloved Hindu family where she spent much of her time away from home, Yogic lifestyle was introduced to her at the young age of 6. Though very young to fully engage the practice at that time, the vast knowledge of her first yogic mentor, her childhood friend's father, was being subconsciously integrated for future practice. She began reading spiritual and self-discovery material at the tender age of 10 and officially, beginning her yoga practice in 2004. Fotini is now a triple Certified, Yoga Alliance Approved Multi Style Yoga Teacher (Hatha, Raja, Restorative), having been granted her advanced yoga teacher training certificate in person by the Consulate General of India (E-RYT 500). Fotini has studied Vipassana Meditation under the guidance of Stephen Rinaldi at the 300 hour level. She has devoted her life to the practice of Yoga and Energy Medicine and teaches others how to invite these principles and practices into their lives through her various training programs, inspired by Horses. Her keen interest in Ayurveda and observing the patterns of Nature within the self led her to complete intense 300 hour study under the guidance of Dr. David Frawley (Author, Ayurveda Acharya) to integrate the Ayurvedic Wellness philosophies into her personal and professional practices where she is drawn to the medicine of herbs, gems, aromatherapy, energy and sound. She continues her journey on the learning path through specialized trainings in Clinical Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Yoga and Vedic Counseling/Coaching, She is a regular contributing writer for various publications and has been a guest on various podcasts where she passionately shares the connection she has found between Yogic practice and the wisdom of Horses and the development of Equine Guided Wellness modality, Horse Wisdom Yoga®. This unique practice partners with Horses and takes a special focus on the revealing of limiting thought patterns and belief systems in individuals of all ages, supporting them in realizing their full potential! Fotini is passionate about giving back to the Animal Kingdom by educating other animal caregivers about helping their animal partners and companions heal through compassionate communication and holistic healing. Fotini has had a passion for writing since childhood and has self-published various poetry collections and children's books to share with her clients and students, inspired by nature and the Horse as Teacher. In 2016, Fotini became a published Canadian poet with her poem, "Pearl of Love". Her poem "Return to Heaven" was published in 2017. In 2015, she was also recognized as an Emerging Artist by the South Simcoe Arts Council for her visual arts submission, "Mares in the Mist". She completed foundational training in Expressive Arts as Therapy with the Create Institute in Toronto and holds space for her clients to experience the arts through a low skill/high sensitivity model. Fotini is a Certified FEEL Practitioner (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) and has partnered with the Horse as Teacher to empower clients to connect and explore with their authentic self through the various modalities which have personally transformed her own life. She continues to expand her learning, research and case studies on the topic of how Horses profoundly help Humans on the journey of self-discovery. In 2016, in collaboration with the Herd, Fotini launched the one-of-a-kind Horse Wisdom Yoga® Certified Teacher Training Program, where she marries her deepest passions and delivers a program rich in creativity, personal transformation and professional development, designed to prepare Certified Yoga Teachers to partner with their Horses to share the Equine Guided Wellness practice of Horse Wisdom Yoga®.
Fotini enjoys being creative with her Horses and in nature and is most grateful for her deep connection to her family, the animals they share their life with, and the land they all so gratefully call "Home".
Sensei Kevin Walton
Kevin was born a runner. By the age of 6, he won his 1st trophy as a sprinter, followed by numerous awards including MVP. At the age of 15, he won first place in 100m and 200m sprint at the OFSAA Championships. Simultaneously, Kevin had began practicing Karate, where he spent years as a dedicated student and award winning Kumite fighter. Martial arts became his lifestyle and in 1989 he earned his 1st Degree (Shodan)Black Belt, followed by his 2nd Degree (Nidan)Black Belt in 1992. He continued to explore the arts and expanded his practice to include Taekwondo and Muay Thai Kickboxing where he would train extensively with World Champion fighters including Gary Sandland and Chris Wright. He coached amateur fighters alongside his honored teacher and good friend, Carl Stedmond (Founder of Liverpool Kickboxing & Karate Club and Inspired Karate ~ Self Empowerment Through Karate). In 2002, Kevin was introduced to Horses through his relationship with Fotini. He was immediately drawn to their energy and became the quiet observer. He began to notice that the horses mirrored many of the theories of martial arts, with their unmistakeable authenticity, high levels of awareness and constant practice of mindfulness. This inspired him to deepen his connection to the wisdom of Horses and begin to explore his own self discovery experience with the Horse as Teacher. Kevin has a unique connection to mare, Penny, and is honored to care for and learn from the Horse Teachers. Kevin enjoys spending quality time with his family and working around the farm together.
The Horse Teachers
Our Horse Teachers, from left to right; Isa, Penny, Spirit and Malachi. Each Horse brings character and wisdom from their own life experiences and that of their Horse ancestors. It is amazing to watch them transition from being "a horse" out in the field to their role as Horse Teacher with us, our clients and guests. Each member of the Herd brings an array of teachings and have so beautifully embraced their role as Horse Teacher. We are honored to work with such generous and willing partners and friends.
The Horses teach us lessons of silence and stillness while holding space for self discovery and re-connection to our authentic self,
The Horses remind us to reserve our energy for when it is required in the moment rather than waste it on thoughts of the past or future.
The Horses teach us that the only moment that truly exists is the Now as they return to grazing.