Restoring Connection

Awaken Your Innate Ability to Restore Trust in Yourself  

So You Can Form Healthy Relationships

An Equus Coaching Workshop with Koelle Simpson

Oct 17th Introductions via Zoom Conference Call

Oct 19th –  20th, 2019 | Dougherty Ranch, Nicasio, CA

Plus, for a limited time, invite a friend to join you—for free! Choose to gift this spot or split the cost. 

Simply register below, then email with your friend’s first and last name and email address. We’ll respond by email as soon as possible, within 1-2 business days, to confirm their registration at which point they should make their travel arrangements. 

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More adults than ever before report feelings of isolation, loneliness and disconnection—even despite lives full of activity. Between Facebook, Instagram, email, texts, conference calls, professional networking, family relationships—we seek out a multitude of ways to be in connection with one another. Yet, these interactions often leave us feeling more isolated, alone and disconnected.

From this place of loneliness and shame, our relationships and the world around us seem to further validate our unworthiness. When we don’t feel accepted or safe enough to be ourselves, we disconnect from others and often, unknowingly, cope through isolation and negative or avoidant behaviors.

However, naturespecifically, facilitated work with horsescan help guide us back to the everyday nourishment we need to form genuine, healthy relationships.

Mother Nature has shown me, time and again, that there are two fundamental elements which shape our ability to be in meaningful, vulnerable connection with one another.

First, is our past experiences. Our earliest relationships and most formative experiences can often be fraught with trauma, overwhelming events, judgments, rejection, and/or immense pressure that generate pain, confusion, and disconnection.

Second, is self-doubt. When we feel disconnected, we often internalize the fearful messages around us while questioning our innate value and the validity of our own perspective and experiences.

Together, these two elements heavily format how we treat ourselves—and the internal voice we carry around all day long that shapes how we experience ourselves and the world around us. For many, this internal dialog is plagued by many layers of confusion, shame and self-doubt that become stumbling blocks to trust and forming healthy relationships.

To change the relationship we’re having with othersto one rooted in meaningful connectionwe must first change how we relate to ourselves. It takes enormous courage to slow down and seek to form a whole new level of connection with ourselves. But this type of deep internal work can have an enormous outward ripple effect.

In my 30 years of working with horses, I’ve found Equus Coaching to be one of the most powerful ways to unearth these inner, often unconscious, roadblocks to restore a sense of well-being and natural connectionand often in a matter of minutes!

That’s why I’d like to personally invite you to experience the power of Equus Coaching for yourself, so you can restore your innate sense of trust to help you form healthy relationships, first with yourself, then with others.

I hope to see you in gorgeous Nicasio, CA this fall.

Much love,

Koelle Simpson

Workshop Benefits

Through guided exercises with horses, group activities, and personal coaching, you will:

  • Learn how to become more comfortable making yourself a higher priority
  • Discover new ways to turn inward and listen deeply.
  • See the immense wisdom of your emotions.
  • Learn how to allow your emotional landscape to provide you with a vital map for maintaining balance.
  • Take comfort in discovering that there is no right answer. There is no single truth. There is, rather, an array of experiences and viewpoints.
  • Learn to trust and honor your own personal truth.
  • Unlock a profound inner clarity.
  • Regain connection to your own needs and personal boundaries so you can maintain safe and healthy relationship with others.

Why Horses?

There is something about being with a horse that offers a powerful invitation to slow down, breath-in fully, become present and connect with our whole hearts. One of the most powerful life lessons that horses can offer us is that everything begins with the relationship we’re having with ourselves. If you want to play together and form a friendship, you first need to find a honest connection within yourself.  

But horses have shown us that whenever we can turn our attention inward, and genuinely restore connection with ourselves, we also restore connection with our essential wisdom. This means diving into the subtleties of our own emotions, needs, desires and discovering what it is we truly need–in any given moment–to feel safe enough to be utterly ourselves around another.

Learn To Trust Your Personal Truth 

In our ongoing effort to provide support to help you transform the patterns of trauma and shame—Koelle Simpson is hosting a series of free informational calls with coaching support to help you learn how to begin to trust your personal truth and reconnect with your own needs and personal boundaries and how doing so can help you maintain safe and healthy relationships with others no matter your life’s circumstances.

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Workshop Agenda

Video Conference Call via Zoom – 4:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 17th

  • Welcome, introductions, and the sharing of personal intentions.

Day 1 – 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Saturday, October 19th

  • A full day of interactive hands on activities with horses and personal coaching, plus lunch.  

Day 2 – 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday, October 20th

  • A full day of interactive hands on activities with horses and personal coaching, plus lunch.

Come as You Are

No previous horse experience required. No riding is ever required. All activities take place on the ground.

It’s even okay to be afraid of horses. If you feel pulled to attend this workshop, know that Koelle has years of experience gently and safely guiding participants at their personal level of comfort around horses.


“The workshop was life-changing! I had no idea how much pain was inside of me and no idea what to do with it. Koelle walked me through steps that led to an understanding of how to start valuing myself so I may connect with other people in a healthy way. The horses were extremely effective in providing instantaneous feedback while practicing new skills.”

– Susan B.

“The workshop had a profound impact. I discovered many things, but the core is realizing that I’ve never felt safe enough to sustainably engage in my relationships and environment, resulting in a pattern of longing for engagement but fleeing, fighting and avoiding when it feels too personal. What I’m practicing is engaging with my Self by using “I” and creating more safety in my life. 

I was most surprised by my post-workshop growth, awareness, and opening which continued for many days after! I didn’t realise how much “armour” I had carried my whole life until I took it off and realised I didn’t want to put it back on.”

– Teresa W.

“I am so happy I went. It showed me once again that listening to my heart is the right thing even when “reason” says it is obviously not reasonable and that my inner critic shouts that I am crazy and selfish when I have so many other things and people to take care of. The experience also brought to light how much I still pay attention to other peoples agendas and compromise my own.

Spending time with the horses that live in full integrity with themselves—it is so inspiring. They are who they are without excuses and drama. I loved feeling safe with creatures that could potentially could harm me—when as a child with adults, only I’ve spent a lifetime not being safe. It was a very healing experience. The horses did not try to make me do things, nor did they use me as a trash can for their own frustrations, or as a rag-doll for their entertainment, the horses just enjoyed hanging out together as we are.”

– Johanna M.

“Life-changing. I was so pleased and grateful we delved into trauma and safety. I found healing in dealing with trauma I hadn’t viewed as such, as well as trauma I knew I’d been dealing with. I also found a level of safety I hadn’t really experienced in a group of women that I’ve been able to take home with me – so grateful!

Its been so gratifying, healing, fun, and I have said – magic! It truly has changed my life.”

– Kay C.

Workshop Details & Registration

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Dougherty Ranch in Nicasio, CA.

  • Please note the closest airport is Oakland, CA. This airport is a 41 mile drive the ranch. (San Francisco International Airport is a 50 mile drive.)


  • $1,350 tuition to attend this workshop
  • Tuition includes all personal instruction with Koelle, interactions with horses, access to the beautiful grounds and facilities of Dougherty Ranch, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tuition does not include transportation, accommodations, or other meals. We will provide a list of hotel recommendations upon registration.

Now, for a limited time, invite a friend to join you—for free! Choose to gift this spot or split the cost. 

Simply register below, then email with your friend’s first and last name and email address. We’ll respond by email as soon as possible, within 1-2 business days, to confirm their registration at which point they should make their travel arrangements. 

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Cancellation Policy

Due to the costly, non-refundable nature of reserving venues for various events, and the limited spaces available in workshops and retreats, a cancellation made 60 days or less from the dates of an event is non-refundable. Fifty percent of the event fee will be refunded for a cancellation made between 90 to 61 days prior to a scheduled event. Any cancellation made 91 days prior to a scheduled event is fully refundable minus an administrative processing fee.

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