I have a passion for life and for helping others live their lives with joy and purpose. The methods I use to do this are a bit unconventional and amazing to say the least (learn more now).
Whitewater Rafting Guide, Exercise Physiologist, Physician,Wife, Mother, Widow…
Founder Indigo Trails Coaching
(not to mention horse woman, yogi, nature girl, and health nut!)
So what qualifies me to be your guide on this journey?
As a whitewater raft guide leading rafting and adventure trips both domestically and internationally for almost 10 years, I am a self proclaimed nature girl and outdoor cooking enthusiast. I believe there is something healing about being out in nature breathing the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, sinking my hands and feet in the dirt, and cooking over a camp fire.
As a physician and fitness instructor with a Medical Degree from the University of Vermont School of Medicine as well as a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley my knowledge and experience of anatomy and physiology of the human body in both health and illness is extensive.
My journey, however, has taken me beyond the realms of western medicine (which I no longer practice after being in it for over a decade) and I have expanded into equine gestalt coaching as well as hands on energy healing with formal training in both through the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method Certification Program and the LifeForce Energy Medicine Program. My lifelong interests in food, nutrition, yoga, and meditation is part of even more experience which I continue to gain through my daily yoga practice and never-ending desire for knowledge of healthy food and food practices.
This multitude of experiences allows me to bring a unique perspective and an ability to look at the “whole” person when working with my coaching clients.
Okay, so why horses?
These amazing creatures have been another one of my passions since before I could walk. My childhood was filled with horses and competing for years in hunter/jumper.
After a long hiatus horses re-entered my life but not in a way I would have ever imagined.
In 2008, my husband was killed.
The pain and grief of that loss ripped me to my very core. Life as I knew it stopped. I felt alone. The one person who knew me the best and loved me with all my flaws and imperfections was gone. Life lost its meaning for me.
It was through my healing journey that I experienced first hand the incredible healing gifts of horses. Just being around them brought me a sense of peacefulness and comfort. One day I was feeling particularly sad and empty and had gone out to the barn with the intention to ride my horse. In the pasture he started walking up to me but as I focused on the business of haltering him he walked off. We repeated this several times (him walking up and then leaving as I started to halter him). After a while I gave up the idea that we were going to ride and I just stood there. My horse walked up next to me and stood with his chest next to me and his head relaxed downward. The floodgates opened and tears began flowing in a steady stream down my cheeks and my horse remained right where he stood enveloping me with his presence. He did not leave or feel uncomfortable as my pain and grief welled to the surface. He did not try to fix me or change the situation. He stayed there and held space for me to feel. I didn’t have to hide or pretend to be strong and that everything was fine. I could show my grief and aloneness and pain and it did not scare him off. In that one moment, I was finally able to embrace my vulnerability and not feel judged. I felt supported and accepted for all that I am. My heart felt full again for the first time in years. It is these healing gifts of equus that I want to share with others through the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method.