The Cochrane Times - Awakening the Senses
Drive far enough and Grand Valley’s rolling grasslands flatten into lodgepole forests, ferns and mosses and native plants dappled in sunshine. The road slides a sharp bend, turn northwards from tarmac on to gravel ending on Crown land’s very doorstep. Natural fencing blends, click off engine, there’s windsong and stillness... Read More >>
Nature and equine-assisted expressive art is a unique, innovative and effective approach to personal development that encourages growth, and challenges you to drop your societal masks and labels, and awaken your inner wild woman, your greatest self.
Through objectively driven NAL and EAL exercises, the fun and powerful, learner-based educational EcoART Process, strengthens a wide range of your most valuable life skills. Communication, active listening, and shared leadership, to name a few.
Nature and horses can magnify the areas that require personal growth immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify and assist with the development of your life skills. Horses don't over think your motive but horses do challenge your behaviour and leadership. Nature reconnection activities help you recognize the natural potential of the immediate sensory moment. Current research has found this experiential form of learning to be most effective.
WHY LEARN FROM NATURE? “Although many signals from Nature escape our perception, our life affinities exist on all levels. In as many as 54 different ways, we might sense the natural environment because we are a continuum of it. It is in us. Our natural senses are our felt kinship with Earth and each other. They are unexplored roads to personal and global sanity.”
- Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Project Nature Connect
No stress here. This studio is about the journey not the destination. Like nature and the horses who teach here, there is no judgement from the two-legged facilitator, no right or wrong way to express yourself creatively through the expressive arts.
As you master the steps of the EcoART Process, you are encouraged to explore a wide variety of art media and reflective journaling techniques guided by the experienced artist / author in residence. Through the power of play, you unearth and breathe life into your own creative core. Sometimes, introspective reflection is much easier without words. Sometimes, the words flow like waters in a flash flood. Both have merit and will provide you with relevant and powerful insight for your personal growth.
So why horses? Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners. Horses consistently react to stimulus you provide. Some of the joys associated with working around horses are -- they don't judge but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and instant.
Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes spur the answer to your personal growth. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, EAL certified facilitators greatly multiply your rate of success to self discovery.
Self-esteem and stress management skills are increased through the process of active sense awareness, providing scientifically repeatable and personally relevant outcomes. Nature reconnection components help you realize the potential of the immediate sensory moment.
You become more relaxed, less prone to anxiety and worry. You develop a sense of well-being, community, relationship and self-esteem. The wilderness without balances the wilderness within. The EcoART Process is the essential missing-link building block for living a well-balanced life in our crazy world. It is the place where personal and professional growth start.
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