"The horse shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear." ~ unknown
Grounded by years of clinical research and social observation, Whispering Equine is founded on the principle that through partnership with horses a WHOLE PERSON can be created - a whole person with the ability to live and appreciate a more fulfilling and well-rounded life.
Whispering Equine session experiences, provide support, encourage growth and assist in the continued well-being of an individual through the medium of an equine facilitator as well as energy work and intuitive insight as needed, such that they are able to tap into and embody the very best possible versions of themselves.
Specifically with the horses, Whispering Equine employs Equine Facilitated Learning ("EFL") practices (as defined and accredited through Professional Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness- "Pro-EFW"). The practice of EFL has varying forms of expression that can and will be individualized based on necessity and circumstance in order to achieve the maximum results. It is defined as: An educational approach that includes equine facilitated activities incorporating the experience of equine/human interaction in an environment of learning or self-discovery. EFL encourages personal explorations of feelings and behaviors to help promote human growth and development.
Engaging with horses allows people to experience a pure and authentic relationship. It is much safer to explore a relationship void of judgment or criticism with a horse than another human being. They offer unconditional support and prove to be empowering in their equine human interactions thus promoting the process of trusting self and others and enabling a new and lasting confidence.
Along with providing healing to humans, Whispering Equine also offers sessions to help our equine companions. Energy Healing and Intuitive Insight are experiences that can help improve the life of horses and the connection with their owner or rider.
While Whispering Equine has an extensive repertoire of tools and experience to draw on, the ultimate and persisting goal is to enhance the quality of life for both humans and horses by creating a greater connection and understanding between them and within them.
The founder and primary facilitator of Whispering Equine is native Calgarian, Carrie Watson. Though born and raised in the city, Carrie always found her way to horses. She immersed herself in many areas of the horse world over the years - working at the Fish Creek trail riding stable, going mountain trail riding and packing, belonging to a Pony Club where she focused on jumping and cross country sessions, working as a horse day camp instructor, volunteering for therapeutic riding, to learning and developing natural horsemanship training and completing equine facilitated wellness training. It wasn't until she had to face some challenges in her personal life did she realize that horses were who she turned to for support, relief and personal growth.
After attaining her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education degrees, Carrie started her adult career as a high school teacher and volleyball coach. It was during this time that she was able to discover the love and ability she had for helping teens reach their goals...whether it was in sports or other areas of their lives. Because of this experience as a teacher, coach and mentor, Carrie found that students trusted her and were willing to open up and share parts of their life with her and other students, particularly when away on team/class trips. It was in the witnessing of both youth and adults opening up and experiencing new sides of themselves, either through horses or in alternative environments, along with her own experience of having horses to help her through her life challenges, that Carrie made the difficult choice to leave her teaching career. Her passion began to fuel her dream of starting an equine facilitated wellness business. She researched associations to take her training with and thus embarked upon her in-depth training and certification process with Pro-EFW (Professional Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness).
Carrie is dually certified as an Equine Facilitated Learning Professional and Equine Professional with Pro-EFW. She is also a certified Mentor for Pro-EFW, where she supports certification candidates on their own certification and personal journey with this amazing line of work!
Since about 2010, Carrie has been creating ways to embrace and incorporate her naturally intuitive and healing abilities within her client sessions...whether they be human or equine/animal. She has found that the more she spent time in the presence of the horses, the stronger these skills developed naturally. Animal communication, mediumship, intuitive insight, various hands on touch and distance Energy Healing modalities, as well as certified clinical hypnosis and 3-D Healing, are just a few of the additional skills that Carrie can incorporate into the EFL sessions or on their own separately. Finally, Carrie is also a Usui Reiki Master, and loves to teach others to learn to the sacred practice for themselves or their horses/animals. If you would like to learn the art of Reiki, or require more information on the other types of session experiences, please click on the links below or send Carrie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.