The institute instructors have come together to create an amazing 7-teleclass series with a 3-day onsite at Big Sky Foxtrotters, including brand new content not taught as a part of our regular curriculum.

This program was designed with you in mind!

We will help you improve your equus coaching skills as well as teach new techniques you can add to your coaching.

These are all topics that haven’t been taught in our Equus Coach Training or our Master Facilitator Training.

If you want to level-up your skills as an Equus Coach, this course may be for you. After this training, you will have
new skills to take back to your life and to your coaching clients such as:

  • Helping clients find their own motivation for making real change
  • Mindfulness practices in coaching and in life
  • Interpreting horse feedback more objectively in your Equus Coaching sessions
  • Strengthening and incorporating both the masculine and feminine energies in your coaching and your life
  • Understanding how somatic work can help you and your clients navigate daily life as well as Equus Coaching sessions.

Come as you are, where you are.


Level- Up Course Schedule & Class Descriptions

There are 7-teleclass gatherings that will range from 60 to 90 minutes. Some of the classes will have materials that will be provided in advance. The course will wrap-up with a 3 day in-person onsite in Scottsdale, AZ.


Class Descriptions

Classes 1-3 Taught By Renee Sievert

Developed by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used by professionals to assist clients in making behavioral changes. MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented process that incorporates the beliefs that the client is the expert in their own life, ambivalence is a normal part of preparing to change, and people are more likely to change based on reasons they have come up with themselves.

Learning MI will help coaches discover how to listen reflectively, assist the client in resolving ambivalence, strengthen the client’s own motivation for change, and guide the coaching conversation toward commitment and action.

Over the 3 classes (October 7, 14, and 21), attendees will:

  • Identify coaching situations in which MI will be effective
  • Explore the spirit and tools of MI
  • Examine the four processes of MI
  • Practice MI skills
  • Plan strategies to continue using and improving MI skills


Class 4 Taught By Erin Cutshall

Having an agenda with a client about what their outcome should be or how they feel about their Equus Coaching session is one of the biggest obstacles to being a good Equus Coach. How do we have enough mindfulness in our coaching sessions to be able to let go of those agendas and really show up clearly?

During this class (October 28), attendees will:

  • Learn to notice when a personal agenda is influencing a session
  • Practice ways of letting go of attachment
  • Practice the skill of giving clients full responsibility for their own experience


Class 5 Taught By Travis Stock

Travis’s podcast, The New Masculine, is a podcast “dedicated to disrupting outdated models of masculinity in service of new ways forward for men.” Travis has spent many years delving into the masculine and feminine energies and then worked intentionally with those energies in order to be a better coach. He would like to share some of these ideas with you in order to help you take your coaching to the next level.

During this class (November 4), attendees will:

  • Learn why it’s important to differentiate Masculine/Feminine from gender
  • Notice how each of us has both energies
  • Discuss the deconstruction of gender binary
  • Recognize that clients need us to have access to both energies
  • Learn how to meet the moment depending on where your client is


Class 6 Taught By Koelle Simpson

Somatics describes any practice that uses the mind-body connection to help you survey your internal self and listen to the signals your body sends about areas of pain, discomfort, or self protective patterns of behavior. A somatic based approach can be a wonderfully effective tool for your clients to unlock a new level of personal insight. So how do you support more somatic awareness in Equus Coaching? Koelle will share with you how to use somatic awareness to better support the needs of your clients.

During this class (November 11), attendees will:

  • Learn about the role of the nervous system
  • Understand how to create a safe container for clients when working with the body
  • Get an overview of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work
  • Learn some ways to incorporate somatic work into an Equus Coaching session


Class 7 Taught By Kasia Roether

As Equus Coaches, we are often interpreting the behavior of the horses in order to help our clients. Kasia understands the importance of finding the most objective interpretation of horse feedback possible in order to be the best coach.

During this class (November 18), attendees will:

  • Understand the importance of viewing the horse as an individual
  • Think about the tendency to humanize the horse
  • Learn that the objectivity of the horse is the most important part of the feedback the horse is offering
  • Practice observing and interpreting horse feedback


Teleclass Schedule

Taking place on Thursdays at 12p PT. Beginning October 7, 2021.

Class 1 – The Spirit and Process of Motivational Interviewing 
taught by Renee Sievert

Class 2 – The Art of Listening Reflectively 
taught by Renee Sievert

Class 3 – The Language of Change
taught by Renee Sievert

Class 4 – Mindfulness and Dropping Agenda
taught by Erin Cutshall

Class 5 – Masculine/Feminine Framework for Coaching
taught by Travis Stock

Class 6 – Somatic Processing
taught by Koelle Simpson

Class 7 – Horse Feedback Deep Dive
taught by Kasia Roether


3-Day Onsite

An in-person gathering on December 3rd-5th, 2021.

Big Sky Foxtrotters in Scottsdale, AZ.

The onsite will focus on integrating some of the new ideas into your existing coaching styles. You will have an opportunity to practice coaching each other, with feedback, as well as with volunteer clients on the last day, all with the goal in mind to help you practice integrating these new skills into your Equus Coaching.


Join us today!

Course Fee: $1,600

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