POWER Retreat: Positive Outcomes With Equine Relationships
This workshop for professional teams digs deep to help participants overcome obstacles, gain clarity, uncover strategies, become authentic, improve professional relationships, and unleash leadership skills.
How is this accomplished? Through Equine Assisted Learning. By partnering with horses, we are able to faciliate outcomes that provoke therapeutic and educational feedback in a safe and experiential environment.
Horses have the ability to help us access knowledge, thoughts and feelings, and practice constructive behaviors in unique and powerful ways.NANCY A. PASCHALL
Participants have left POWER Retreat with improved:
Conflict Resolution Skills
Self Assessment Skills
“It was amazing! Something I was not expecting, glad I came open and ready to share! It (the retreat) brought to light how much confusion I have in my life. No wonder I don’t seem to have a sense of direction in my life.”
“The day was fabulous! Enough Structure for the educational part and then the allowing for the flow of sharing, caring, and processing. You have all demonstrated the very best parts of education and empathy and really bringing us to a place of getting out of that “stale, comfort zone”.
I was completely unprepared and bountifully surprised by the energy of the staff to give us the most caring attention, while allowing us to process through the exercises and what we need to do to make changes! You are all the best!”
“Today has given me tangible experiences to observe where focus, intention, and goal setting as well as setting reasonable expectations help to define success. This is an opportunity to engage in experiential and creative activities that draw from life experiences to create tangible learning opportunities in a non-threatening environment.
I was looking forward to a day to help me to ground and refocus. My expectations were well exceeded!”
“I had a wonderful day, it was relaxing and educational-I was surprised at the commonalities of all the participants. It is nice to not feel like the only one! This was a growth experience both professionally and personally.”
“The staff here (at Dreamcatchers) is wonderful. You can feel the presence of peace when you walk in the door. I would highly recommend this day to anyone. To spend it really reflecting on your inward self.”
“It was a truly a unique way to view our world in the form of metaphors and the greater gift was to experience life insights with the presence of horses.”
“Thank you for a great day! All three of you (the staff) took so much care and gave such great feedback to all of us. It was like group therapy with a team of therapists (and horses!) Great Job.”
“Encouraging women to take time like this for themselves can be lifesaving. I appreciate the warmth from the staff. Their kindness and caring was evident.”
“I learned to make time for reflection and setting intentions. To create an environment that produces creativity and illuminate obstacles. To be open to letting experiences happen. To be mindful of how I spend my time.”
“You need to find a way to get everyone in here to experience this!”
Past participants have included:
Small Business Owners & Teams
Corporate Executives & Teams
Healthcare Providers & Teams
Wellness Providers & Teams
Each POWER Retreat is customized to meet the needs of individuals and teams.
2018 POWER Retreats
POWER RetreatPresented by A Better Place Consulting
- 9am-3pm workshop presented by POWER Retreat professionals Bunny Young and Team
- Hosted at beautiful Dreamcatchers Ranch in Williamsburg, Virginia
- Light Breakfast and Lunch provided
- ”Charges” to encourage you to live what you’ve discovered during the workshop
- Small groups with a format that allows retreat professionals to respond to the needs and experiences attendees bring, and develop ideas through conversation.
- Team sessions include Strategic Planning Session, Team POWER Retreat Day and Report
- 5 retreat date options in 2018
POWER Retreat program includes the following activities:
LEARNING TO DEAL WITH THE MANURE IN YOUR LIFE
BUILD YOUR WORLD
THE NEW JOIN UP
Meet Your Facilitator, Bunny Young
“I took my experience as a simple cowgirl with a love of equines and respect for what they teach us and turned it into a career of therapy, retreats, and lessons for professionals.”
With experience and training as both a business growth leader and counselor, Bunny possesses a unique skill set to successfully lead professional and personal development programs.
– Mental Health Professional with a Masters in Counseling & Psychology a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health.
– Certifications and distinctions including equine specialist in mental health, crisis intervention, diverse communication techniques, and organizational leadership and management.
-Author of Crossing the Line: Power Activities for Therapy & Learning, a manual of equine assisted activities for Equine Professionals
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Bunny Young for many years in providing EAAT (equine assisted activities and therapies) at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center in Williamsburg Virginia. I have both mentored her and learned from her. She inspires me and amazes me with her ability to create elegantly simple, safe, and highly effective activities to meet the needs of our students and clients.”NANCY A. PASCHALL
“I didn’t grow up with horses. I never realized how intuitive they are- all 2200 pounds of them. In this digital age with distractions galore, this day at Dreamcatchers ranch was nothing short of amazing. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by beautiful horses and green pastures. I’m in awe of God’s masterpiece. And quite frankly, I am shocked how much a horse could teach me about myself.
It is impossible to be around a horse that size and not be completely present. The alternative would likely leave you squished. I have struggled with being present over perfect. The striving for perfection has plagued me all of my life, but in that moment, with a 2200 pound horse, I learned the incredible value of simple being. I didn’t have to pretend to be someone I wasn’t or be more confident than I actually was, I just had to BE.
Relationships are everything. You can never force someone to do something and get a good result. My time is my most valuable resource, not what I achieve, accomplish; not my checklist or my programs. My value comes from being wholly, authentically me, fully present.
We all have “is-shoes.” Vulnerability was a struggle for me all of my life. Having to pretend that I had it all together and perfect was exhausting. I feared failure and felt guilty for my mistakes. I hid those. Now, I appreciate both the good and bad in my life because they have made me who I am. I appreciate the bad even more because those were my biggest teachers. My bruises and scars are beautiful. And so are yours.
My horse’s name was Grace. The irony of her name is not lost on me. I am so thankful for the gift of grace in my life.
I’ve worked through vulnerability and it opened my eyes to my real issue: trust. Trusting my intuition. Trusting that I have all of the answers already and that I don’t need to seek answers from the next conference, book, or training. I believed that someone out there had the magic key to success in my life. Not so.
I am enough.
This is what horses taught me and I am forever grateful for this life-changing experience.
Thank you, Bunny with A Better Place Consulting, for pushing me outside of my comfort zone and knowing how much I needed this experience. “
– Jessi Culyer