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Equine Facilitated Exploration in Awareness for Professional Coaches

Evelyn McKelvie and Hillary Schneider

Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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Ticket includes lunch and refreshment breaks. Coaches who attend the workshop receive 3 Core CCEUs and 6 Resource CCEUs. Non-refundable deposit: $150.
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Equine Facilitated Exploration in Awareness for Professional Coaches

Equine Facilitated Exploration in Awareness offers coaches an opportunity to explore and experience a deeper level of consciousness of their coaching presence and self-awareness through the power of working with horses.

‘Coaching presence’ and ‘creating awareness’ are core competencies for coaching defined by the International Coach Federation.

“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 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.”

Horses as prey animals have a natural ability of 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!

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


* All coaches who complete the workshop will receive  3 Core Competencies CCEUs and 6 Resource Development CCEUs.

Have questions about Equine Facilitated Exploration in Awareness for Professional Coaches? Contact Evelyn McKelvie and Hillary Schneider

When & Where

Epona Rise Retreat Centre
2975 53rd St
Delta, BC V4L 2N5

Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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Evelyn McKelvie and Hillary Schneider

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Evelyn McKelvie is the founder of Equine Coach, an executive coaching practice focused on equine facilitated leadership development and communication. Evelyn graduated from Royal Roads with a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and is an internal coach in the University of British Columbia’s Coaching Program. Evelyn has been studying horses since 1998 and has been coaching since 2008.   Find out more at or

Hillary Schneider has many years and extensive background in working with horses. Hillary has also received intense and in-depth training in both the Co-active coaching and leadership model through the Coach Training Institute, and the equine experiential learning field through Horse Spirit Connections in the art of  FEEL. Hillary is the creator of Epona Rise Retreat Centre which is in its 2nd year of operation.   FInd out more at or

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