Announcing the Fourth Annual Syzygy 4H Equine Vision Journey Self-Discovery Workshop
What it is: This workshop is perfect for teenagers exploring their future paths in life and for just getting to know themselves at a deeper level. This two-day workshop for high school 4H’ers will provide an opportunity to learn more about the growing field of Equine Guided Education and experience the lessons of wisdom that horses can teach us. The participants will slow down to the pace of the horse to examine their passions, strengths and life dreams. They will take time to listen to their inner voice, and explore how the horses can reflect their inner emotions and feelings and help each person uncover their Authentic SELF! Why Equine Guided Education? Equine Guided Education integrates horses into traditional coaching and consulting work to enhance leadership and communication skills, and create innovative breakthroughs in a ‘not so traditional way.’ Bringing the horse into the transformation process is a powerful and experiential path to help people learn more about themselves. Teams discover new ways of working together, leaders experience the intricacies of leadership styles and individuals get to the heart of their feelings and desires. The horse as a teacher, mirrors our body language and emotions – bringing new insights in new ways – creating impactful and lasting change. The horse can help:
- Participants get in touch with their whole mind, body and spirit. They will work from a place of authenticity, grounded in their strengths and personal values. Horses help connect us to our inner leader, and provide us with real world practicalities of how we lead every day.
- Engaging others to be part of our herd requires a mastery of communication, collaboration and shared leadership. Through equine guided learning, horses can heighten the awareness of leadership styles, team dynamics and effective communication.
- Opening horizons to new visions and new opportunities requires changed ways of thinking. Horses take us out of our everyday environments, freeing the mind to innovate and motivate.
Who Can Attend: NOTE: We have extra spots available, and so for the first time, we have opened attendance up to teenagers who are not 4H members – tuition waived! The application deadline has been extended to July 5, 2014! Sign up today to reserve your spot, by submitting an application!
The Application Process is open to any Colorado 4H Horse and Livestock member aged 13-18. The 2014 class will be limited to 15 participants, which will be selected by application due by May 15, 2014 and selected participants will be notified by May 20. Return the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is hosted and sponsored by Jefferson County 4H. [download id=”4″]. Cost: 2014 tuition is waived for all selected 4H participants! The normal cost for this workshop is $350, and the Syzygy team is excited to give back to a program that shaped their own lives as young women and into their adulthood.
About Equine Guided Learning:
- Equine Guided Education is supported and acknowledged by the Equine Guided Education Association, which was officially formed in 2003 after several years of research and development.
- All exercises are done on the ground and there is no mounted work.
- Participants will be working with the Syzygy herd of horses, and will not bring their own horses.
- Because the participants will be focused on their individual personal growth, exploring their own journey – no auditors (parents, leaders or other) will be allowed.
From a 4H participant in a Syzygy Workshop: “My weekend at the retreat really inspired me to look further into the relationships we share with horses, and animals in general. I’m hoping to look into all of the different therapeutic ways that horses in particular help to positively direct us in life, and have actually changed my degree to Sociology because of the retreat! I knew my horse had a huge impact on who I am as a person, but the Syzygy Equine Vision Journey Retreat increased my understanding of how he did. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you again! I’m so inspired!!”
The Syzygy Team Kami Guildner: Passions, purpose and the vision to align them. It is with these fundamentals that Kami Guildner founded Syzygy™ Consulting & Coaching. Her experience of growing up in the Colorado mountains, streams and the wide open plains on the back of a horse painted views of possibilities and potential. Her deep understanding that nature, horses and the spirit of the outdoors brings clarity, provides space to dream, and opens our eyes to views of worlds unseen before us, is grounded in Syzygy. She knew she had a gift for finding purpose and the grit to get there. She wanted to share this gift. And with this, Syzygy was born. Kami integrates horses into traditional coaching to create innovative breakthroughs in a ‘not so traditional way.’Kami holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Denver in International Business and Marketing. She is trained in Appreciative Inquiry change management methodology, holding a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry and the Practice of Positive Change. She is a certified trainer in the Corporation for Positive Change Appreciative Leadership Development Program©. Kami is also a certified Equine Guided Educator.
Sarah J. Bohnenkamp: For more than a decade Sarah J. Bohnenkamp has been a champion for learning and leadership development. She’s directed Training and Development initiatives for large financial institutions in the West, including her most recent role as the Director of Training and Development at the $3.2 Billion dollar Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in AZ. Her un-bridled passion for learning has made her an often sought-out facilitator, collaborator, and generation X & Y mentor. Now living in Colorado, Bohnenkamp has married her love of horses and enthusiasm leadership development by offering learning and leadership consulting services, specializing in using the horse as teacher. She is certified to facilitate sales & service, project management, personal effectiveness and leadership development programs, holds a BA Speech Communication, and will complete her Equine Guided Education certificate this fall.