Experiential Learning with Horses
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Personal Discovery
Group Opportunities


Women's Call of the Wild

An inner journey, vision quest and fall retreat in nature

The Wild is alive in all of us Let her out to play

All good things are wild and free. - Thoreau

September 15, 3:00 pm to
September 17, 3:00 pm 2017

Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

Gather your deep feminine instinct, free horse spirit, wildish and wolfish nature and love of the natural world. We will follow the snowy trails through the forest uncovering our natural primitive self step by step. Gathering in a tribal circle around a warm fire we will share stories and wisdom.

The river calls us to be heard, the earth longs for our footsteps to hold the souls of our feet, the trees & rocks have secrets to tell us, the fire holds healing warmth for our bones & the wind inspiration for our spirit. Exploring our dreams within nature’s wisdom.

Connecting through nature to your wilderness spirit, inner nature and natural being.

  • Discover quiet moments in nature and spend peaceful time
  • Join a herd of seven wise horses and one courageous zebra
  • Sit by a campfire or listen to the creek to reflect, dream and vision
  • Stretch your body and self perception walking or climbing
  • Dwell beneath 350 million year old ledges & 1.1 billion year old crystals
  • In the rebirth of spring enjoy the simple luxury of slowing down
  • Awaken through body intelligence and energetic awareness

Moving with the rhythm of spring beauty, timelessness and ceremonial space, and listening deeply within we will create the energetic field to support each other’s wisdom, healing and instinctual natures.

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio.

Lodging: Sleep in a cozy cottage, shared rooms with two beds, or dorm camping on the living room floor or bring your tent or sleep in the yurt.

Meals included

Registration: Open to a circle of 20 women. To register for your place in the circle or for more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Fee: $250

The land is about 80 acres and is surrounded by 500 acres of Geauga Park land and the Geauga Rookery. The Chagrin River wanders along and through the forest of the east boundary offering beautiful places to dwell by the water and to splash about on warm days. The west boundary is guarded by a Hemlock forest and old Canadian Glacial Rock and ledge formations and millions of 1.1 billion year old quartz pebbles...hence the name Pebble Ledge. On the north boundary is a three acre natural bog with amazing lily pads, water birds, turtles and many other primordial critters of the bog. The south boundary is living space for people and horses. The 20 acre rolling pasture is home to the herd of 7 remarkable horses and one courageous zebra, which live freely, joyfully and at peace.

We have a campsite in the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them.


Facilitation from the Inside Out: Six Key Gestalt Coaching, Counseling and Group Leadership Competencies You can Learn from Horses and Nature

September 24, 2017
Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch
Novelty Ohio (Chagrin Falls area)

Faculty: Jackie Stevenson, MSSA, LISW, EAGALA CRT, BCC, GPCC™ and the Spirit of Leadership team and herd

Sponsored by Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

Successful facilitation depends on authentic presence, the inner quality of the awareness, attention and intention of the agent of change, and the quality of the relational alliance with the client system.

This workshop offers experiential learning focusing on six Gestalt and ICF facilitation competencies that support the development of the inner place from which the facilitator operates within the coaching, therapeutic, change agent and leadership relationship.

The workshop will incorporate concepts and experiences from: Gestalt theory, ICF principles, positive psychology theory, and experiential learning with horses in nature. The format includes presentation, dialogue, experiential learning, and practice sessions.

The venue will be in natural settings; both indoors and out in nature.

In this workshop, you will

  • Learn facilitation concepts and competencies from Gestalt, ICF and positive psychology;
  • Enhance authentic and relational presence with clients by developing the inner place from which we operate;
  • Practice communicating with awareness of body language and embodied presence;
  • Listen and engage with empathy to create the conditions for the best possible outcome to emerge;
  • Create an ethical relational alliance with the client and hold a sacred space of efficacy from a positive, appreciative, curious and strength based approach;
  • Pay attention to the social field, four levels of system and a 360 perspective of the field; and
  • Attend to embodied language for more accurate and authentic communication with client systems.

For Registration and more Information: Call Gestalt Institute 216-421-0468.

Email: Registrar@gestaltcleveland.org
Visit: www.gestaltcleveland.org

Continuing Education: 5 Core Competency hours


Tuition: $230.00
Early Bird: $200.00 (before 9/15/2017)

Use promo code: horses

How You Learn Is How You Live

A workshop with horses based on David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle and Learning Styles

Friday, September 29th or Saturday, October 21st, 2017, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

How You LearnCreating a Culture of Learning contributes to the cultivation of human beings who are creative, adaptable, independent and interdependent in both thinking and in managing one's life. This ultimately contributes toward a more peaceful world with a strong concern for and dedication to the future of humanity.

Workshop Description: Few people have thought of an ideal process of learning or their approach to it. Yet, the way we learn is also the way we coach, teach, lead, work, partner and play. By understanding our learning style preference, we can identify our strengths and challenges, and appreciate others whose style preferences are different than our own.

During this workshop, you will identify and observe your preferred learning style as you interact with horses in their herd. Through this experience, you will develop a deep understanding of the impact of learning style on your daily experiences and life path. You will discover that you can continually transform yourself and your coaching practice through learning.

Based on the book “How you Learn is How You Live” by David Kolb and Kay Peterson. You will:

  • Explore an ideal process of learning (experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and acting)
  • Discover your preferred learning style
  • Learn a relational approach to inclusive, value based and ethical coaching practices based on learning style awareness
  • Practice expanding your range of learning styles
  • Apply new insights to your everyday challenges and choices.

BCC CE’s: 6 BCC CE hours including 4 ethics CE’s available

We will enter the culture of horse and learn the Experiential Learning Cycle

  • creating an intentional learning space within the field of horse and herd
  • experiencing the engagement with horses
  • reflecting about the experience
  • thinking about the experience with the horse to make meaning
  • acting as a result of your experience
  • beginning the cycle again

Location: Novelty, Ohio (50 minutes from downtown Cleveland or CLE airport)

Fee: $255 Early bird by 8/30/17 $225

Fee includes “How you Learn is How You Live” Personal Development Workbook and Lunch
Facilitators: Kay Peterson, Jackie Stevenson and the Spirit of Leadership team and herd

Horses Challenge Us to be Our Best

  • Horses are remarkable facilitators of self-awareness, leadership and team development. They have an amazing ability to resonate with our essence and style, offer a 360 perspective and reflect back to us our authentic self. We learn from the herd to create expand our humanity and to create a community of purpose and the best possible conditions for a positive future. When this future emerges, we learn to be there to greet it.
  • People partnering with horses for deliberate learning are focused in the moment. Because horses can bring a high degree of chaos and unexpected change, people learn to summon presence, calmness, strength, focus, respect, and trust. Afterward, people are able to apply these experiences to real issues and work situations.

Be prepared to be safe, discover something meaningful and have fun

  • You can learn more about this horse work/play by visiting Spirit of Leadership Services web site: www.spirit-of-leadership.com
  • You can learn more about Experiential Learning by visiting Institute for Experiential Learning website: www.experientiallearninginstitute.org

A horse herd is inclusive...everyone belongs, everyone is essential, everyone matters.

Download the brochure...

www.spirit-of-leadership.com www.experientiallearninginstitute.org


Horses, Heart and Spirit

Women’s Group - Ongoing

A circle of women and a herd of horses come together to explore on what has heart, spirit and meaning for us at this time in our lives. There is no horse riding, this is about relationship and we all have our feet on the ground.

Join our daytime group which herds up weekly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm beginning January 25th.

We will spend time together outside in nature, in the covered arena or inside the cottage as Mother Nature and we decide.

Fee: $30.00 per day or evening.

You can attend sessions individually and attend as you can but please confirm your place in the herd for each day/evening you will be attending by e-mailing Jackie prior to group meeting at Jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

Details and Information for All the Above Personal Discovery Workshops

HollyPartner with our gentle hearted horses and zebra within the beauty of nature for a day of personal discovery.

There is no riding the focus is on relationship - the work with the horse takes place on the ground. No Horse experience is necessary.

Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Group size: Up to 14 participants with our team of 7 horses and a zebra
Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio 44072

For Registration or info e-mail jacalyn.stevenson@gmail.com or call 440-338-1752 .

  • Jackie Stevenson MSSA, Equine Guided Education Certification, European Association of Horse Assisted Education certification
  • Lisa Kayser and staff
  • and our awesome herd of seven horses and one courageous zebra--uncommon heroes for the common good--Be, Chief Silver Cloud, Bud, Spirit, Toby, Tess and Raven and Holly.

Personal and Professional Retreats at Pebble Ledge Ranch

Visit Personal or Professional Retreats at Pebble Ledge Ranch to learn more.


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