Joanne Elphinston – Connect November 2019


This course has been quite a transformational experience for me, and hands down the most useful personal development experience I have had.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived, but Rosie had created a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and soon put us at ease. I was excited but a bit nervous, and also slightly cautious. There are so many people describing themselves as coaches now, who are themselves completely inauthentic and trying desperately to cover it up. That can make you feel vulnerable and unwilling to engage. There was none of that with Rosie — my husband and I are seasoned healthcare professionals ourselves, with pretty well developed detectors for flimflam and hokum, and we both found Rosie to be an experienced professional who engendered respect, trust and confidence, which enabled us to relax and get the most out of the experience.

The course is carefully structured to create layers of learning which can be built upon as the days unfolded. The principles behind each lesson are laid out first, and the experience then explored with the horses, who are the most honest of teachers. There are practical skills to be learned: the body tracking technique was unlike previous versions that we were familiar with, and I have used it successfully since the course to identify and process my own emotional responses. Exploring the setting of boundaries, the direction of intention and a number of other lessons with the horses made it possible to connect with myself and my perception of myself in a new way.

You don’t have to be a ‘horse person” to attend, but you do need to come for the right reasons. This is not playing with ponies, but serious, deep and effective work on your emotions, beliefs and thinking processes. At the end of the course, I can say with some certainty that each participant left with a learning that was uniquely their own, which of course, is the point. It was a course about connecting with your authentic self.

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