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Rejoicing in things as they are


when we begin to see clearly what we do, how we get hooked and swept away by old habits, our usual tendency is to use that as a reason to get discouraged, a reason to feel really bad about ourselves. Instead, we could realize how remarkable it is that we actually have the capacity to see ourselves honestly, and that doing this takes courage. It is moving in the direction of seeing our life as a teacher rather than as a burden.        From: Pema Chodron

thought for today

“The bird never worries about the stability of the branch because it believes in its ability to fly…”


Remember “RAIN”

untitledFeeling overwhelmed?    Remember RAIN
R= recognize what’s going on.
A= Allow the experience to be there, just as it is.
I= investigate with kindness.
N = Natural awareness, which comes from not identifying with the experience.

Opportunities or challenges?

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls seize the opportunities and get back home by six o’clock. –Woody Allenmare and foal

Why would I need a coach?


life skills coaching

This is a question I was asked yesterday and thought I would share my answer:

What is a coach?

  • A coach is future orientated; positive, and outcome focused.
  • By honoring the advice free zone, the coach empowers the client to explore and discover what is right for him/her.
  • A coach assists the client to find his/her inner resources to discover “their own magnificence” (Ellerton,2006).
  • According to ICF:: Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.[].

 What does a coach do?

  • Gives the client the opportunity to come up with their own insights and solutions because the client already has all the resources within them to be a success.
  • Provides the opportunity for clients to work on their goals for the future and create a new life path.
  • Remains neutral –making no assumptions, refraining from being judgmental, and not being prescriptive or instructional.

How might a coach help you?

You may have an issue that you feel ‘stuck in’; you may feel overwhelmed and not sure which direction to take. Solution -focused coaching focuses on  your present, in order to help you create actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in your personal and work life and act towards the future. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability; focusing on client directed solutions, awareness of the full present and future potential.

Contact Anne today for your FREE 45 minute session to find out if coaching is the right path for you.




Being a leader

Sharing a different perspective of how we may show up as a leader.

More on change

Sierra  in backyardCan’t believe how fast the grass is greening up!   Reminding me of all the changes that occur around us almost on a daily basis. Do you notice?
” People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built”  Eleanor Roosevelt



Nurture the child within

Nurture the child within

May 2-3: Mindful Presence
Discover how to be fully present and embodied in the here and now. Feel more grounded, listen to the wisdom of your body, connect more deeply with your authentic self, and cope with stress and triggers more mindfully with self-compassion.

July 18-19: Attuned Relationships
Horses show us how we relate to one another and to ourselves. Explore family and relationship dynamics, attachment styles, congruent communication, and how to build stronger connections based on mutual respect, trust, playfulness, body awareness and self-regulation.

Sept 19-20: Empowered Boundaries
Deepen your felt sense of where you end and others begin. Explore safety, personal space, flexible boundaries, respectful touch, assertiveness and how to have closeness without compromising yourself and your integrity. Learn the power of confidence, clarity, focus and intentionality in getting your needs met.

All activities are on the ground, No previous horse experience required.

Connect and Tune-In

Connect and Tune-In

Ready to heal your past and deepen your relationship with yourself and others?  Horses have the innate ability to be genuinely themselves, without shame, and have much to teach us about being fully present and alive.

Grounded in the neuroscience of trauma, attachment, and self-regulation, this workshop series for adults will support you to find safety within, renegotiate old patterns and hurts, and reclaim your voice.

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The Healing with Horses series is a joint partnership between EquuSpirit and Unbridled Life Skills Coaching.


Registration is now open! 

To secure your spot in any or all of the workshops: 1-855-7REFUGE or For additional information visit

$425 + HST (early bird rate) ($475 + HST within 30 days of each date)
Includes materials, snacks and lunches

3188 Eramosa-Milton Townline, Rockwood, ON
A short drive from Guelph within 1 hr from Toronto
15min north of the 401 off Guelph Line

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