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Workshops

November At Home with Horses Workshop

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What does it mean to be at home? Well, for me, it means that I feel comfortable in my own skin, my focus is able to move easily inward and outward, and I can really feel into what I need and want in each moment. I can touch into my heart and expand out or I can drop into a deeper contact with myself. I can more easily see the big picture, taking in information from myself and from other sources, too. I can be more aware and conscious of my actions and how they are impacting others. When I am not at home, I am more easily overwhelmed or knocked off center and I find it harder to know what I am really feeling or experiencing. Things seem to just happen to me and I seem to react to them without having much say in what I’m doing.

In everyday life I believe we are constantly moving in and out of states of feeling more at home or in touch with ourselves or less. Horses, for their part, can help us become more relaxed and in-tune with ourselves, our bodies, and our emotions. Many people report feeling more open-hearted and connected simply by being in their presence. On the other hand, their size and unpredictability can also make us uncomfortable.

So, this weekend, we will explore ways to get physically and emotionally closer with horses.

Horse Power Groups - Fall 2017

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During autumn, we often turn inward and look for things that inspire us to keep learning and growing.

With the added stressors of school, work, and the approaching holidays, this can be a good time to reach out for additional help.  These workshops offer a chance to lean into the support of our herd of big-hearted horses and people.  

Enjoy a fun, relaxing time at the ranch while practicing skills that can help get you out of the rut of painful behaviors like anxiety, depression, and self-attack. Mounted and unmounted activities on the horse will lead you to a greater sense of connection with others and yourself. All levels of horse experience welcome.  

    Weekly Horse Power Groups - (10/24-12/19). $270 for 9 sessions.
      -Teens meet Tuesdays 4-5:30pm
      -Adults meet Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
    Bi-Monthly Horse Power Groups - (10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17). $197 for 5 sessions. 
      -Teens meet Sundays 3-5pm
      -Adults meet Sundays 12-2pm

Please contact Mica if you have any questions or if you want to register or request a different time.
Mica@BigHorseTLC.com
303-478-0768

Strength and Vulnerability in Action: Practice Your Super-Power Moves with Horses

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Being aware in nature and with horses can help us become more present, centered, and observant of the multitude of sensory information constantly streaming though the world and our bodies. While the over stimulus of the modern world can make us at times hyper-reactive and tense and at times hypo-reactive or shutdown, being in nature can remind us that it is possible to feel at ease and at home in our bodies while tuning in to our extraordinary capacity to see, smell, taste, hear, touch, and feel.

Why is this important? Because much of our ability to truly know ourselves, to understand what stirs and moves us, to sense what is dangerous and should be avoided, and to know what will allow us to feel good and at ease in the world relies on our ability to tolerate and tune in to subtle cues in our bodies.

And allowing us to simply be in what some would call a more-natural state simply feels good and is rewarding: Nature blooms more fully before our eyes when we are present, open, and in a loving state; likewise, horses respond by becoming more engaged and connected to us when we show up in our fullness.

We will engage in activities that will connect us more deeply to ourselves and the inherent wisdom of our bodies, including the following:

    -blindfolded activities on the land,
    -grounding and centering exercises,
    -interactions with our big-hearted horse herd,
    -bareback riding, and more.

No horse experience necessary. Option to ride bareback with assistance. Helmets and other tack is provided.

A nourishing lunch and snacks are offered.

With facilitators Mica Graves (practices equine facilitated psychotherapy at Big Horse TLC), Liz Polanco (certified therapeutic riding instructor and animal communicator at Good Reception Ranch), and Mary Sweeney (instructor at Way of the Wild)

Friday, September 15th, 6:30-8:30pm, and Saturday, September 16th, 2017, 10am-5pm
$150 ($125 early bird; take another $25 off if you also sign up for the October workshop)

To register, please visit https://ride.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=3779107

At Home with Horses: A Workshop for Adults Fall 2017

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Whether you're riding them, feeding them, or just watching them, do horses help you feel better?

Horses in particular have an amazing ability to pull us into the present moment--helping us settle our anxious minds and tap into the sensations in our bodies. And perhaps because we sense they don’t judge us, they also help us feel and act from our hearts.

Over the years I’ve talked with many people who believe that horses help them get in contact with an essential part of themselves, sometimes with a part that has been hiding for many years, but that longs to be seen and welcomed. So when we enter into horsetime, it can feel like coming home to a place where we have always belonged.

And yet, even at the ranch, old patterns can catch up with us...

2017 Summer Horse Camp

We are pleased to announce our 8th season of Big Horse TLC Summer Camps at Good Reception Ranch.

Led by experienced therapeutic riding instructors and mental health professionals, our camps emphasize social-emotional learning.
We encourage trust and cooperation and model respectful relationships with all participants human and equine.
Small groups (usually 8 campers/week) allow us to support each participant to learn at his or her own speed.
Participants learn about horse behavior and practice working safely with their horses both on the ground and in the saddle.
There are one or two riding lessons each day. Campers learn to lead, brush, tack, and care for their horses.
We have lots of good old-fashioned fun on the farm--water games, scavenger hunts, art projects, and exploration.

To register, please visit http://goodreceptionranch.com/big-horse-tlc-summer-horse-camp/
To learn more about our Horse Leader Program for teens and tweens with a love of horses and kids, see http://goodreceptionranch.com/leadership-and-horses-for-teens/

Big Horse TLC Summer Riding Camps 2016

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1-2-3 Smile! Summer Camp is coming!

For more information and to register, please visit www.GoodReceptionRanch.com/big-horse-tlc-summer-camps-2016/.

Liz and Mica are offering their 8th season of summer horseback riding camps at Good Reception Ranch. Please join us for some fun on our 20-acre farm in Erie this summer!

Led by experienced therapeutic riding instructors and mental health professionals, our camps emphasize social-emotional learning.
We encourage trust and cooperation and model respectful relationships with all participants human and equine.
Small groups (8 campers/week) allow us to support each participant to learn at his or her own speed.
Participants learn about horse behavior and practice working safely with their horses both on the ground and in the saddle.
There are one or two riding lessons each day. Campers learn to lead, brush, tack, and care for their horses.
We have lots of good old-fashioned fun on the farm--water games, scavenger hunts, art projects, and exploration.

Transforming the New Year

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Equine Facilitated Workshop with Mica Graves

Bridle the transformational energy of the New Year at this daylong equine facilitated workshop. The horses will help you settle into a quieter part of yourself where you can listen to your deepest wisdom and emerge with a powerful sense of the way forward.

Activities include observation of and interaction with the horses at liberty, grooming and leading, bareback riding, and discussion. We will share a warm lunch together. Will take place rain or shine, with access to our beautiful, warm(ish!) indoor arena.

All levels of horse experience welcome.

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9 am - 4 pm
$125 ($100 student rate/early bird - by Jan 1)

Big Horse Therapy and Learning Center's Summer Camps 2015

Please join Liz Polanco as she hosts our seventh season of summer camps at GRR! Liz is a PATH registered therapeutic riding instructor who skillfully teaches kids of all ages and abilities.

We have small, mixed-age groups that allow for a lot of personalized attention and hands on time with the horses. Participants generally ride 7 times per week (5 morning lessons, one bareback ride, and an afternoon horse show on the last day of camp). Campers also learn to catch, groom, and tack up their horses with assistance as needed. We emphasize good communication skills and respectful relationships for all participants - human and equine!

Camps are Monday - Friday from 9 - 4 and are $425. Our half-day camp is Monday - Friday from 9 - 12:30 and is $300.

Please email goodreceptionranch@gmail.com for more information and registration materials. With small groups of 5 to 10 riders, camps will fill quickly.

Camp Dates for 2015 Season:

Camp 1 – June 1 – 5 - Half-Day Camp (9 am - 12:30 pm M-F) and Horse Whisperer Camp for tweens, teens and adults (1 - 5 pm)
Camp 2 – June 15 – 19 - Leadership / Hunter Jumper Camp (9-4 M-F)
Camp 3 – June 29 – July 3 - "Cari's Camp" - FULL
Camp 4 – July 13 – 17 - Standard Horse Lovers' Camp (9-4 M-F) FULL
Camp 5 – July 27 – 31 - Horse Buddy Leadership Camp (9-4 M-F) JUST ADDED!
Camp 6 – August 10 - 14 - Standard Horse Lovers' Camp (9-4 M-F)

Horse Leader Mentoring Program for Tweens and Teens

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Summer 2015

This summer our horse leadership program will run in tandem with our camps for younger riders. Horse Leaders will be required to volunteer up to 2 hours in classes with younger riders and will also have a chance to participate themselves. Horse Leaders who choose to participate as a rider will receive a discount from the regular camp rate. Stipends may be available for those who choose not to ride.

We take the prospect of teaching young people how to interact with horses very seriously, so we never put our horse leaders in charge, but we do call on them to share their gifts with our younger campers:

Celebrate with bells on

Once again Tommy the donkey and the rest of the herd invite you to celebrate the holidays with us at the ranch.

This year we are excited to announce that our friends from Kiefer Farm will be bringing their lovely team of Percheron horses and their bright holiday wagon. They will be offering rides around the farm on their horse-pulled wagon. We may even visit a neighbor or two for some caroling!

Please join us with your friends and family Saturday, December 20th from 4 pm on at Good Reception Ranch in Erie.

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