Meet Michelle-A Pilgrim of the Heart and Horse
I have been living and breathing horses for 33 years since my first horse as a child. A great deal of my understandings with horses started early laying in the fields, studying their behavior. Instinctively aware of the subtle language of the world around me, I naturally related to horses, because they met me from a place of true, open hearted, connection. Out of a deep love for them, my life with horses has been about understanding them, and giving them a voice when working with others. Often referred to as a horse whisperer, I am intent on shifting that to horse listener; It is the horse who is leading, and is teaching, it is up to us to listen.
I have a traditional undergraduate background studying Psychology all the while I pursued the healing arts in my late teens becoming a Reiki Master, studying animal behavior & communication, natural healing, meditation, self awareness, and have taken extensive trainings in personal growth and life coaching. I became certified in Equine Assisted Coaching in 2005 and created my own offering which is a blend of my horsemanship expertise and coaching training called Medicine Horse Journeys.
I am a pilgrim of the heart, I believe in following the path that is guided by your heart and instinctive inclinations, and have followed this path my entire life. From sitting at the hooves of horses laying in the fields and studying a variety of horses, to sitting in a hut in the Amazon jungle with curanderos understanding my inner landscapes, I have dove deep into the realm of self understanding.
My passion-with whomever I work with whether it be horse or human or both-is holding a space for healing, self awareness & love, and understanding of the deep teachings of the horse. Teachings that apply to all of life. Authentic embodied leadership, leading with the heart, clear communication, healthy boundaries, respect for yourself and the world around you and gentle authority. These are some of the many teachings the horse lends to us when we get quiet enough to listen.
I still have coaching mentors, as well as my horsemanship guides who I go to keep myself humble and honest, and to always deepen my craft. I have studied with Buck Brannaman attending numerous clinics both with and without my horse, and am always expanding my own inventory.
That is a snippet of who I am. I am passionate about horses, and will do whatever I am able to, to better their lives, give them a voice, and also share their teachings with the humans who are ready to receive them.
Most of the horses that you will meet in my herd are rescues, who have come to us for healing and to either land with us forever, or to heal to launch off into their new home. They are family to me, and I love sharing them with you!
Thank you for joining me on this journey however we may intersect!