I am so pleased to be able to offer this unique experiential program to individuals and families looking for meaningful connection through the wisdom of the horse. My own family immigrated to Canada in 1952 fleeing the occupied Ukraine and the aftermath of the second world war. My childhood was certainly different than most of my peers at the time. It wasn't until after I began to work with children and their families that I understood that so much of the chaos in my family was a result of my parents PTSD and trauma suffered during their terror-filled migration from their home. After almost 40 years of working in the field of mental health, I am now able to devote my time entirely to Horses Are Magic. Equine experiential therapy was something I discovered while looking for a unique counselling experience for myself more than 10 years ago. I was amazed at how quickly and gently the horses directed me to my "real issues". It was a powerful and freeing experience.
I wasn't sure what to call my practice and so went to confer with my equine partners for help with our name. As I sat in silent communion with the herd, images and memories of how the horses had helped me and others flooded into my vision. Pictures and feelings...but no words. How could one put into words such incredible experiences? It's like trying to explain magic! The horses and I pondered the idea of magic and decided that it's one of our most beautiful concepts -- it's free and boundless, not governed by societal rules. Combined with horses who are one of the most beautiful animals ever created, something wonderful happens. People discover the true magic of themselves. And so, Horses Are Magic came to be.
Horses have been a constant source of support and friendship since I was a child. The idea of working with horses to help people was just the most exciting thing that I could imagine. I began building my practice in 2009 and became certified as a FEEL(Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning)® Practitioner in 2010 and in June of 2018 have Advanced FEEL Certification, having graduated
from the advanced training, to further enhance the spiritual connection experienced by people and
For the past 40 years I specialized in children's mental health. My work involved helping children and their families navigate the trials and triumphs of life. I have extensive training and expertise in understanding human behaviour and in crisis intervention. My passion is experiential learning and energy work as a means of discovering the unlimited potential and beauty of people and animals. Along with my work experience, I completed a Social Service Worker diploma from Georgian College.
The horses and I look forward to working with your family. May your life path be enriched!
As a member of the FEEL Alumni, Horses Are Magic has a wide network of skilled professionals to call upon for assistance and resource in our work. Each of these persons brings with them their own special skills in making the horse/human connection. I would like to introduce to you two of the practitioners with who I have had the absolute pleasure of co-facilitating our workshops:
Alison Sittek - Horse to Heart
Alison is a FEEL Practitioner and an Advanced FEEL Practitioner. Alison's program is Horse to Heart and services the Barrie area. Alison is also a Reiki Practitioner practicing for the past 5 years. Currently based in the Barrie area, she invites you to discover your authenticity through partnering with horses, and to share the beauty of the horse-human relationship through her business, Horse to Heart.
Sue Dixon - Partnering Horses with Humans
Sue is a certified Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) practitioner through Horses Spirit Connections and has a degree in Sociology through the University of Waterloo. Sue’s role with Partnering Horses with Humans is that of facilitator; Sue helps clients decipher the horse’s wisdom so that the client can find answers to some of life’s questions fostering self-knowledge and client’s owning their own learning and behaviour to take into their lives.
"I attended the Shame and Guilt workshop and it made me see things in a different way. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I would recommend this to anyone that has inner struggles that need to be released. The horses are very beautiful and loving." MH
Pathway to Self-Care:"Would recommend this workshop to anyone who needs to be reminded of the importance of self-care and needs to feel a powerful connection with the body & soul & horse. Very powerful." TL
Pathway to Self-Care: "This is a wonderful workshop! It gives you a chance to reflect, teaches you about yourself and you feel rejuvenated by spending time with the horses. Facilitators are seasoned and create a great atmosphere!" EG
Pathway to Self-Care: "The experience at Horses are Magic was indeed magical. Leave your expectations at the door and open your heart to the healing of the horse teacher." TMc
Pathway to Self-Care: "This day long workshop was a kind gift to myself with tools to use in the coming years." MH
"I would absolutely recommend horse therapy with Horses are Magic. The facilitating delivered an amazing program using many teaching styles to reach the strengths & needs of each participant. Theory, discussion, meditation, art, & a variety of interactions with the horses. Thank you. " SR