Excerpt from Out of the Box with Dawn Oakley-Smith
In this podcast we explore more out of the box perspectives about ownership of horses. Discussing the weight of responsibility we often feel as horse guardians, and the way horses can indicate the progress of our own awakening. In the excerpt we are talking about rescuing animals and the reason why we often feel that is important.
Out of the Box with Dawn Oakley-Smith
Part 1: Beginning with the concept of ownership, common land for animals, our trajectory of evolution, and the dialogue with animals. Dawn describes what she is doing with the children in her home education teaching group and we discuss lateral perspectives with horses. Dawn begins the fascinating story of her client in Pennsylvania.
Part 2: Discussing the responsibility of guardianship with horses, the inner journey and Dawn talks about a new perspective on emotions, allowing the void to open. Discussing the void and going back into our sense of responsibility and why we need to replacing being with doing. Focusing on rescuing and a different way to look at it.
Dawn has always had a strong sense of the workings of the human soul and its relationship with the universe. Equal to her passion for equines is her fascination for the subject of Theology which she studied at Lampeter University in Wales. At age 15, she met a woman who came to be her mentor, and introduced Dawn to the I Ching and taught her Astrology. These two ancient and sacred guides to wisdom have formed the essence of her path. When Dawn realised that traditional horsemanship methods did not sit comfortably with her, she founded Heartshore. She began searching for other ways of being with horses.
Along with teaching Natural Horsemanship, Dawn began to work with Autists and their families. She has done this now for close to 20 years. Dawn’s experience and level of understanding is humbling and awe-inspiring. She continued to work with people and horses therapeutically. Out of all this came a strong relationship with Somerset based charity, Key4Life. Key4Life’s mission is to reduce youth re-offending by delivering a programme to those in prison and those at risk of going.
Alongside this work is Dawn’s more shamanic, spiritual experience, such as Horse Dance, The Medicine Journey and The Equine-assisted Soul Experience. The Equine-assisted Soul Experience was developed out of an association with Soul Support Systems, an organisation created by Flo Magdalena, author of ‘I Remember Union.’ In 2011 she qualified as a facilitator with IFEEL (International Federation of Equine and Experiential Learning). She is now a senior member of the teaching faculty. IFEEL developed in the UK out of the work of Linda Kohanov and Kathleen Barry Ingram in Arizona. The next chapter in Dawn’s work will be with children and adults who suffer from anxiety with a London-based charity called The Garden School.
You establish a deep connection through your soul, with the essence of who you are. As the vital link is established, you begin freely expressing and creating from this essential place of strength within you – the place that yearns to be fully alive.
This is an evolving modality that has been part of Heartshore’s methodology for 8 years. This powerful process has been adapted from an experience that Rupert Isaacson (The Horseboy) witnessed and facilitated with his autistic son, Rowan.
Often, a horse will decide whom they wish to partner with. The horses’ background will often resonate with the person they choose. We dance inside and on the land, working with earth connection, body articulation, grounding and spontaneity.
Let’s Talk Herd podcasts are relaxed yet intelligent conversations about every dimension of holistic horsemanship. We are interested in learning from each other and sharing the unique ideas that are sparked by sharing personal discoveries. If you would like to be a guest contact Camille.
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