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Workshops

Night Out at the Ranch for Teens and Tweens

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Fall 2014

Please join us for a healthy evening of play with the horses one Saturday a month. Each evening will include a check in, quick stress-reduction exercises, and hands on fun with the horses include riding, dancing with the horses, and more! We will have plenty of space to move in our enormous indoor arena.

Saturday, October 4th 4:30-8:00 pm
Friday, November 14th 4:30-8:00 pm (new date)
$65/evening, pizza included

Mother-Daughter Afternoons at the Ranch

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Fall 2014

Sunday, October 12th 1-4 pm
Sunday, November 16th 1-4 pm

Mothers and daughters (and grandmothers!) are invited to enjoy time together at the ranch. Activities will include leading, brushing, and optional riding.

$90/family/day

All ages welcome; I will post ages as people sign up.

Facilitator Mica Graves

Held at Good Reception Ranch rain or shine

Horse Wise Clinics

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Sunday mornings - Fall 2014

Join riding instructor Liz Polanco one Sunday a month to explore different topics in horse care and handling. You will discuss different approaches of handling horses and will have opportunities to try out your skills with a range of horses at Good Reception Ranch. Topics will include setting boundaries, increasing comfort levels for horse and handler, massage and energy work, and effective communication with horses. Be prepared to work indoors and out.

Open to all ages, but children must be able to independently halter and lead a horse.

September 28th, 9:30-11:30 am
November 2nd, 9:30-11:30 am

$25 (free for participants in Mica's weekend workshops; Mica will assist on those weekends)

Securely Attached & Happy in the Herd: A Workshop with Horses to Improve Your Connections with Others

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Weekend Workshop for Adults - November 2014

An exploration of how we make and break connection

Join two therapists, a group of curious adults, and a herd of horses as we explore some of our earliest relationship dynamics and how they impact the way we do relationship today.

Attachment is a hot-button topic in the field of psychology right now and rightfully so. It isn’t just about mom as the standard therapy joke goes, but it is about how our first experiences in the world lead us to form beliefs about how the world works and how we fit into it. Our nervous system responds and shapes itself to that early world, even as we are establishing patterns of seeking or avoiding contact with others.

When we move to connect with other humans or even horses, we often unknowingly approach them with expectations and behaviors learned very early on in our development.

Mastering Connections: An Ongoing Weekly Support Group for Adults

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Horses are master-connectors and they can help guide us to open up barriers in some areas and strengthen boundaries in other places to help us better master the art of relationship.

Each two-hour group will provide roughly one hour for process work (sharing, reflection, feedback from other group members) and one hour for activities with the horses to help support us in our various roles as mothers, lovers, coworkers, and friends. Experiences with the horses will help increase our capacity to quiet our minds, expand our hearts, and be more present in the moment.

Activities with other participants and the horses will allow us to practice the following skills:

Return to Self Autumn Workshop

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Weekend Workshop - September 2014

Again this fall, we invite you to return to your authentic, essential self through your love of horses and your connections with them and others.

The goal of this group is to give women a chance to set aside the busy-ness of life for a few hours and to connect with themselves in the supportive field of other women and horses. This helps people locate a sense of inner knowing and strength, empowering them to make long-awaited shifts in their lives.

Return to Self Summer Groups for Women

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A women's process group with Laura Campbell and Mica Graves where we invite you to return to your authentic, essential self through your love of horses and your connections with them and others.

Master Connections Class with Horses

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A 5-week class with Mica Graves for adults wanting to deepen their bonds with horses and others.

Want more from your relationships as a partner or parent? Let horses show you how to be more present and available for connection.

As herd animals, horses are masters at building relationships. They have an incredible instinct to join up with others who help them feel safe and strong—part of a bigger whole.

In this 5-week class, we will explore some of these themes (follow link to read more):

Big Horse TLC Family Day at the Ranch

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Back by popular demand, this ranch open house is a great time to come check out our facility and say hi to some of your favorite horse and human friends, including a newborn foal or two!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 10:30-12:30.
People of all ages welcome.
Light snacks provided.
Please RSVP Mica@BigHorseTLC.com.

Camp Introductory Lessons

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We encourage everyone new to our program to schedule an introductory lesson with Mica or Liz. We offer a tour of the ranch, do introductions of our herd, and do a riding assessment. We find this tour greatly reduces first-day-of-camp butterflies for everyone! Campers and their family members are welcome to attend. You are also welcome to set up a free visit and tour of the ranch.

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