Healing & Retreat Center…
New Services offered: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
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Story Book Meadows is a peaceful faith based ranch dedicated to helping people and animals thrive in a natural setting. Our goal is to allow the animals to live with as much free choice as possible while teaching clients and visitors the same ideals of authentic living embracing their true selves. We provide powerful experiences which teach and integrate Body, Mind and Spirit which in turn brings balance to all other aspects of their lives making them whole, happy, wise and fulfilled.
Story Book Meadows offers an exciting new way to learn while embracing personal and professional growth & development. If you’re looking for change or inner healing from varying social, emotional or mental situations, our staff of qualified professionals will help you find hope. Our services include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Life Skills Coaching, Conflict Coaching and Mediation, Relationship & Family Coaching, Leadership & Team Building, Personal Development, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Retreats & Intensive Coaching and so much more! We also offer Boarding and Natural Horsemanship lessons. Clients can take advantage of our services in several ways including:
- Individual coaching/therapy in person with or without the horses
- Group coaching/therapy in person with or without the horses
- Personalized workshops at the ranch with or without the horses
- Small or large group events at the ranch with or without the horses
- Overnight/weekend retreats for up to ten people with or without coaching
The human spirit lives within the heart and holds the powerful ability to heal our minds, emotions and body.
Life Coaching & Life Skills Coaching
Our process of Core Energy Coaching with a Certified Professional Coach helps the client identify and overcome the issues blocking them from making their goals and dreams a reality. This coaching process focuses on heart issues that are preventing them from moving forward in life. It may be in many areas of their life or in only one area. Although change is not necessarily controllable, our impressions of it and reactions to it are. It isn’t easy for anyone to deal with some of the issues that come up throughout their life but with the help of a Coach, clients not only manage but can learn to thrive in the face of life’s circumstances. Change is always hard but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Changes occur in career paths, death of someone close, family situations, divorce, health situations, children leaving home, changing schools, moving across the country or anything else that creates stress in a person’s life. Over 75% of illness and disease starts from too much stress in a person’s life. Discovering the catalyst for change moves their focus from what’s not working to what will work. Part of Life Coaching is also Life Skills Coaching. By learning the tools of ‘Focused Leadership’, clients will learn to lead their lives and gain the understanding of certain life skills that are needed to be successful in life. Learning how to raise their awareness through the seven levels of leadership reveals a powerful new perspective of their life. Once clients become more aware, the changes made are energizing and life becomes better. This type of coaching takes the client beyond emotional intelligence into a life truly transformed.
- The Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Assessment can be taken by individuals or leaders as a proven way to measure how an individual perceives and approaches work and life and reacts to different circumstances and experiences. As individuals, we view the world through filters (based on our experiences, values, assumptions, etc.). Those filters will either limit what we see (like tunnel vision) or expand what we see (like a prism) and, thus, impact how we perceive and what we think about our circumstances. This, in turn, impacts how we show up in different situations. The Energy Leadership Index assessment reveals what specific filters youâ€™ve developed and how those filters are influencing the results youâ€™re achieving. Click here to take the assessment.
Equine Assisted Learning & Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
While partnering with horses as co-teachers, this experiential learning process called Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) allows people of all ages and abilities to gain a better understanding of how their beliefs, thoughts and actions are shaping their lives. Through coaching or therapy and engaging with horses and other farm animals, experiential learning teaches important life skills and relational skills while helping clients develop a deeper awareness of their true motivations. The team engages the horses with the client so the animals can help the clients discover their own path to resolution. The behavior of the animals in various activities gives subtle indications to the participants on how their current “state” or outlook is affecting them and those around them. Learning from the horses raises the client’s awareness and consciousness of how they communicate from their very core. Through the sessions the horses can help clients identify and explore feelings that they were unaware of or were unacknowledged. Unlike people, horses never question who they are. Each horse has a trust and a belief in themselves because they do not have an emotional component mentally second guessing themselves and holding them back. They are completely authentic and show us how to break free from our multiple masks so we can be authentic too. In a non-threatening and fun environment deep insights can be learned about our perception of ourselves, others and God. Utilizing these powerful animals helps clients overcome fear and build confidence. With their individual personalities, moods and attitudes, they are perfect for metaphorical learning. Every session is completely unique, sometimes divine and always memorable.
Many people are hurting emotionally these days from pain that’s taken root in their hearts originating from past and present circumstances. As they view their life through these negative lenses it is hard for them to move forward with their life. This causes stress for themselves and their families, ultimately leading to destruction of health, finances and relationships. With inner healing work, we encourage healing and repairing of those wounds while teaching supportive and positive beliefs and a different perception of past and present events that leads to powerful and consistent new action. Once clients identify the root of their pain and learn a new way to think, feel, and act, they set the stage for creating sustainable change. Becoming free of anxiety and fear from past events helps clients see the future with a different perspective and energy. Identifying where old wounds hold bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and anger helps clients find the path to truth and healing. With this raised awareness, attaining their purpose in life becomes a reality. Many physical ailments and diseases can be healed when the heart is healed. The human heart and emotions have the capacity to heal all wounds with the right perspective. While “renewing your mind” is an important part of emotional healing, through prayer and repentance clients are guided to find true freedom through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Healing is always a choice!
Horses have traits that encourage us to be open, ready to discover more about ourselves, and face the future with a sense of purpose. Horses do not lie. There is nothing artificial about a horse. They donâ€™t care who is looking at them, or what the person thinks about them. Horses make no judgments. They value and accept each person as they are. Horses listen when you speak. They will look at you and, regardless of your fears, accept you for who you are. Horses live authentically on a daily basis in their herds. With horses, what they are feeling is shown directly in how they act. There is no discrepancy. Not only are they authentic, but in order to gain their respect, horses ask that we show up in an authentic way too. They respond with complete honesty to our actions. Because of their intelligence and high degree of sensitivity, they provide constant feedback and timely rewards or consequences for our actions.
At our tranquil ranch setting, clients will experience healing, hope and transformation with our intense coaching and inner healing methods while creating a vision and plan for their future. Every persons inner beliefs about themselves and others creates their actual reality. So learning to choose their thoughts and words wisely can be life-changing!
All of the activities are on the ground and no previous horse experience is required. Although participants will learn about horses, sessions do not teach horsemanship.
Contact us to discuss your individual, family or group needs.
Building Relationships, Creating Dreamsâ€¦Loving Life!
CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING SERVICES…or call us to develop a custom service for your personal situation!
- Retreats & Intensive Coaching
- Dynamic Herd…Leadership and Team Building
- Healing Hearts
- Christian Life Coaching
- Equine Assisted Learning/Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- Conflict Resolution & Mediation
- Relationship & Family Coaching
- Boarding & Natural Horsemanship Lessons