The setting? Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain foothill country, in winter, you are treated to the stunning snowscapes of the boreal forest.  In summer, exquisite deer trails through natural woodlands and meadows.  


You can trundle around the 13 acres easily enough.  Although uneven, the terrain is suitable for most fitness levels. Oh, and the studio? Yes, it's a yurt.

W.I.S.H.

studio

Meet Our Team, Our Teachers

Yurt!

Sherri Phibbs 

Personal Stress Relief Trainer & Facilitator

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Sherri transformed from "accidentally career-less" to "peace n' freedom sage" by following her own advice. Since 2009, she has shared her down-to-earth tips, resources, workshops and programs while working comfortably from her rural home studio near Calgary, Alberta -- often in less than fashionable attire. As disciplined about her work habits as she is about creating great results for her clients, she is most proud of her over 20 year relationship with her husband Doug, and the good job they did launching the kids into a fun and inspired adulthood. Her calm and peaceful presence supports both her clients and family, while her three horses and two dogs add a level of love and delightful chaos to their lives.


Sassy Ear-Worm for 2017:

  • "Now I know just why you stay ... our love holds on."            -- Oh, Sherrie by Steve Perry


High School Crowd:

  • A very non-judgemental independent thinker, I was never bothered much by peer pressure. If it wasn't for me, I had no trouble just saying no. I did say yes to bowling though, YBC from Peewee to Seniors, go team!


Something Surprising...

  • Sometimes, when people meet me for the first time, they are expecting a spiritualist and when I start in on the science, there's a moment of "recalculating". I'm a naturally creative nature-being who developed a knack for science/nature-based stress relief, and I use all my senses to help my clients reconnect with Nature for their benefit. Including my senses of intuition and empathy. Oh, and I have some extremely powerful guides.   


Biggest Indulgence:

  • Did I mention, a full third of my programs include horses? Horses are kind of like potato chips ... not that you EAT THEM!! ... but cuz you can't have just one.


Weirdest Habit:

  • I don't really think this is weird, but others may if they don't have the background on it.  Sometimes, I will just go places, on a hunch, spur of the moment. Just following where I am drawn. 


Workplace Perk:

  • Horses, meditative time in Nature and art are in my job description!


​​CURRICULUM VITAE:

  • ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION IN ECO-ART THERAPY, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - PROJECT NATURE CONNECT
  • CERTIFIED EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING FACILITATOR, EQUINE CONNECTION
  • AUTHOR, "THE FINAL ART-DOWN: AN ELEMENTAL GUIDE TO STRENGTHENING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE" & HER FORTHCOMING SECOND BOOK, "42 IMPORTANT THINGS" (WORKING TITLE - THIS WILL CHANGE, OVER AND OVER)
  • LIFE-LONG ARTIST, SELF-TAUGHT, WATERCOLOUR, ACRYLIC & MIXED MEDIA
  • CERTIFIED PEACE AMBASSADOR, THE SHIFT NETWORK (CONFLICT RESOLUTION)
  • STUDIED IN ORGANIC PSYCHOLOGY, PROJECT NATURE CONNECT
  • APPRENTICED IN SHAMANIC PRACTICE -- THIS WORRY YOU?  CLICK HERE 
  • STUDIED 2 YEAR PROGRAM - EXPRESSIVE ART THERAPIES & ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPIES - STRAJA LINDER-KING, PROFESSOR
  • VOLUNTEERING:
    • HORSEMANSHIP TEACHER (6 YEARS) - CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, WOMEN WITH FEAR
    • UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA, BASICS OF FAITH PROGRAM FACILITATOR, WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER, SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP MEMBER, SUNDAY SCHOOL ALTERNATE LEAD
    • SCOUTS CANADA, BEAVERS, PARENT PACK LEADER



Echo

Echo, aka Starbucks Reunion, shares a birthday with me.  

Height:  15.2 hh    
D.O.B.:  16 SEP 97
Weight:  1200 - 1300 lbs
Breed:  Quarter Horse?  Wild Mustang?

Extremely grateful to have him with us, he is on loan to the studio (many thanks, to my daughter Kirsten, for choosing to retire him here).  We are blessed to have his quiet confidence as a stabilizing element for our small herd. He was my Neo's (my equine soulmate who passed in 2012) best friend and ally in a herd of 50, kept him safe and loved him. He will always have a place here.

We hope he enjoys his retirement here, sharing his wisdom; and with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes, keeping both the four-leggeds and two-leggeds of his herd in line.

Welcome Echo.  Wishing you happiness and lots of love.

 


Scout

Scout, aka Red Pharoh

Height:  14.3 hh   
D.O.B.:  20 MAY 08
Weight:  1000 lbs
Breed:  Welara Sport Pony

Scout, aka Red Pharoh, has been my teacher now since 2013. He's amazing!    

Playful and high energy, this brilliant boy is extremely smart and eager to please.  He brings smiles to many faces, and has much to teach. Taught me all about woodpeckers and pavement.  



Pepsi-Kola

Pepsi, aka CCH RUNDLE

Height:  14 hh    
D.O.B.:  Spring 1998
Weight:  950 lbs
Breed:  Quarter Pony

Pepsi-Kola, is a bundle of cuddly love with a side of attitude.  This gentle boy knows his own mind and is confident in his ability to communicate with you. He called to me all the way from Exshaw, before I ever met him.