Workshops & Clinics
Tierra del Alma offers Equus Coaching workshops and demo days as well as horse clinics. Lunch is offered as an optional add-on to all workshops and clinics.
Upcoming Clinic: Intro to the Equus Coaching / Equine Facilitated Learning Experience
Join us in Cotati on either 10/21 or 10/22 to find out if the transformative Equus Coaching (equine facilitated learning) experience is right for you. Melissa Vashe will offer an introduction to the flow and goals of her in-person and remote equine facilitated learning/coaching sessions. She will lead each participant through a 15 min private session in a safe space to get a first-hand look at the magical process. Finally, Melissa will lead a herd coaching session for the group, so we can share and support each other through the challenges and successes that may arise for each of us. Melissa’s Equus Coaching methods combined with the clarity and safety that horses provide sets a remarkable stage for unparalleled self-growth. All backgrounds and ages welcome, no previous equine experience needed, and please leave your own horses at home. Choose Saturday October 21 or Sunday October 22 (identical intro sessions) and register today!
*No horse experience is required to participate. There will be no horse-riding during the workshop, participants will be on the ground and supervised by a Certified Equus Coach.
9:00 am-12 pm / 4 participants per day
9:00 – 9:30 Intro / Intentions / Safety
9:30 – 10:45 Equus Coaching sessions with Melissa
10:45 – 11 Break
11:00 – 11:45 Herd Coaching 30 – 45 mins. Exploring what came up as a group.
- What was your biggest insight?
- What actions do you want to apply with your new insights?
- How do you want to apply this in your life going forward? How might you show up for yourself with this new information?
Sat Oct 21 or Sun Oct 22
9am to 12pm
Why Equus Coaching?
Equus Coaching is a transformative experience utilizing horses, offering you the opportunity to gain understanding and insight into any part of your life. Working in dynamic partnership with such soulful attuned creatures Equus coaching creates a safe, playful, open, and immersive environment where you can experience powerful shifts. It is experiential, embodied, and relational learning promoting exploration of where you are currently and where you would like to be in your life.
Horses are remarkable for their ability to give clear, direct biofeedback. This feedback enables you to deepen your self-awareness of themselves. When a coach co-facilitates a session with a horse, you will notice patterns in thinking and behavior, experiment with shifting those patterns, and try new avenues of communication, collaboration and achieving goals.
Why Transformational Coaching?
Exploring who you want to become and how your beliefs shape your identity is a transformative process vs a transactional process. This is not about attaining goals and achievement per se, but rather how you want to reimagine how you want to show up at work, in your relationships, for yourself, and for the world. Diving below the surface can disrupt old patterns that keep us stuck. Learning ways to dismantle old patterns mindfully and compassionately in realistic bite size pieces can be transformative.
Exploring through this lens, affords insights, which can change everything.
I am deeply grateful to wake up every morning and live my passion. Equus Coaching offers me the opportunity to support others in finding, fine tuning and manifesting their own possibilities.
Horses literally changed my life! In 2015 I had an equine therapy experience that deeply impacted me, and I began my journey with horses. From there, I worked hard, I learned, trained, worked with teachers and horse teachers. A long-time resident of Sonoma County, I said goodbye in 2018 and moved with my BLM mustang Roo to New Mexico where I own and operate Tierra del Alma. My property is nestled in the gentle hills of the historic Hondo Valley. The ranch is a place where I actively cultivate community, learning, horses, and art. I operate a cozy casita retreat on the property. I love offering guests the opportunity for rest and relaxation away from it all. On the ranch I offer Equus Coaching in the form of private sessions, hand crafted personal experience days and workshops.
Melissa Vashe is a certified Equus Coach through the Center for Equus Coaching and holds an M.Ed. in art education from San Francisco State University and has 17 years of arts and education experience.
Recent Clinic: Sam Van Fleet
Tierra del Alma is excited to welcome back Sam Van Fleet for a mini clinic and private lessons on Aug 4th.
Sam Van Fleet: vanfleetmustangs.com
About Sam: Sam Van Fleet, 24-years-old, began volunteering and working with horses at a Draft Horse Rescue in 2011/2012. She began training horses in 2014- from mustangs to draft horses. After showing on the A-circuit jumpers she shifted her focus to mustangs, starting horses undersaddle, and liberty work.
In addition to the Mustang Makeovers, Sam is also an approved TIP-trainer and rescues PMU foals from Canada. She currently is traveling the country with one of her personal mustangs learning from various trainers as well as putting on clinics of her own and teaching private lessons.
She travels across the country training and giving liberty and trick lessons.
In May 2022 we hosted our first clinic, a Sold-Out weekend with Sam Van Fleet. We had so much fun learning the basics of liberty and doing private sessions with Sam. We can’t wait to have her back!
Sam Van Fleet: vanfleetmustangs.com
At 23-years-old, Sam began volunteering and working with horses at a Draft Horse Rescue in 2011/2012. She began training horses in 2014- from mustangs to draft horses. After showing on the A-circuit jumpers she shifted her focus to mustangs, starting horses under saddle and liberty work.
In addition to the Mustang Makeovers, Sam is also an approved TIP-trainer and rescues PMU foals from Canada. She currently is traveling the country with one of her personal mustangs learning from various trainers as well as putting on clinics of her own and teaching private lessons. She travels across the country training and giving liberty and trick lessons. Her ‘home bases’ are in Florida, California, and Massachusetts.
Horse Advocate, Anna Blake, Calming Signals Clinic
April 22 & 23, 2023
*Waiting to confirm that we can fill attendance.
Please contact Melissa if you are interested in this clinic. 8 spots per day.
This clinic will run 2 separate days, April 22 and again on April 23 offering the same topic on both days.
1 day clinic with Anna 335.00