Equine Assisted Mindfulness

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Date(s) - Dec/08/2012
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Freedom Reigns Farm



9:00am – 1:00pm

$75.00  (Includes drinks and snacks)

LOCATION: Freedom Reigns Farm, Franklin, TN


Mindfulness With Horses
Mindfulness With Horses
Saturday, December 8th. 9:00am - 1:00pm. Introductory workshop on Mindfulness training assisted by horses. Includes snacks and beverages. No riding is involved and no horse experience is necessary.



DAVE SMITH of the Mind Body Awareness Project, MBA Trainer and Mindfulness Teacher

BECKY BAUER, MS, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Founding Director of the Sage Horse Center for Equine Assisted Learning

This is an introductory workshop to exploring Mindfulness training and meditation that can be a valuable tool in your everyday life.  Mindfulness techniques can help you cope with stress, emotions or other factors that may be taking over your ability to function as a healthy human being. Learn about living in the present moment, how to quiet the mind and gain deeper self-awareness. Engaging in activities with horses allows for self-reflection and body awareness while in a beautiful and peaceful farm setting.

Participants will learn and experience:

 • Mindfulness of breath and body sensations.

• The power of the present moment.

• Basic principles of mindfulness meditation.

• Practices and exercises to develop emotional awareness.

Participants will leave with:

• A small toolkit of practices that they can integrate into their daily lives to develop self-care, stress reduction and inner clarity.

• An understanding of emotional intelligence (EI) and learn basic skills to better identify, access and manage their emotions.

No riding is involved and no horse experience is necessary.

Mindfulness-based interventions have become more prevalent in the fields of medicine, mental health and education as a way to reduce toxic stress, impulsive actions and to improve emotion regulation and overall well-being.

Training led by:

Program Director and Head Trainer
Mind Body Awareness Project: Nashville Office

Dave is the Program Director and Head Facilitator of MBA’s programs in the Nashville area. Dave has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1993. He began his practice at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre MA. For the past 3 years Dave has worked one-on-one with teens struggling with alcohol and drug abuse; he has also been volunteering and teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence retreats for teens for the last 5 years. Dave has graduated from a training program to teach mindfulness meditation taught by author, teacher and counselor Noah Levine at Against the Stream Meditation Society in LA. Dave uses a wide range of mindfulness techniques and emotional intelligence exercises to “meet” people wherever they are at. Dave is committed to bring mindfulness practice into any facility or program that will allow him to do so. Dave also writes, records and performs live music throughout Nashville TN.

BECKY BAUER – MS, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, certified through PATH, Int’l and Founding Director of The Sage Horse. She has integrated her 30 years experience with horses and her communications background to develop personal development, learning and therapy programs while partnering with mental health professionals, educators and equines.