One part goof...
A whole lot of horsey...
And all heart...
A modern day cowgirl with a mission, Alexa Linton is known for lighting up her world with her infectious personality, bold facilitation style, her often irreverent, tongue-in-cheek writing, and her menagerie of a therapy practice. With over twelve years of experience working with horses as an Equine Sport Therapist as well as thousands of animals and people, Alexa has developed a therapeutic style that is both intuitive and highly collaborative. She is the co-founder of the Cowgirl Re-union, the creator of the Whole Horse Apprenticeship, Kinetic Communication, and All Lit Up with Devon Gillott, author of Death Sucks: A Straight-Up Guide to Navigating Your Pet’s Final Transition, a second year student in Osteopathy, and co-steward of Firefly Farm in the gorgeous Cowichan Valley, where she lives with her horse Diva, dogs Reilly and Kia and cat Parker. An advocate by nature, it is a part of this cowgirl’s mission to dismantle systems of oppression both in the horse industry, in her community and in the world at large, and move towards a world where equality and care for all is not just a pipe dream, but a reality. From her one-on-one sessions, writing, and online offerings to her events and retreats, she invites connection and compassion and a remembering of resiliency, accountability, and capability.
PS. I’m a closet computer geek and I just figured out how to make this super cool video slider (below) – the first video is my soul sisters and I free dancing, the second is a lovely little interview with the incomparable Linda Joy all about the moment(s) I chose happiness, then a little piece from Shaw TV featuring the one and only Diva (my horse) and last, but definitely not least, a short and sweet video sharing how to do the Cortices Technique – so good for the brain!
From before I can remember I was obsessed with horses, in awe of them and ever ready to clamour onto their broad and supportive backs. It took me over thirty years, countless heart breaks, deep depression, debilitating inner criticism, a life-changing friendship and a long, emotional and winding journey back to wholeness to crack the code. Why was I so hopelessly and powerfully drawn to horses and what were they here to show me?
Perhaps you can relate to this inexplicable draw, or the relaxation experienced in just a moment of connection with an animal in your life? You may have found yourself wondering if there was more – more connection, more depth, more learning – as if you knew that there was another world under those soft loving eyes, but had no idea how to get there.
Eleven years ago, on a rainy November day on Vancouver Island, a proverbial rabbit hole opened in my life, an adventure of unfathomable proportions. A life far greater than any I had imagined. This was the day I met Diva, a lanky four year old Percheron Morgan cross, through strange circumstances I saw at the time as nothing but luck. It was only later, after she became my first horse, after the mystical crossed countless times into my mundane, after she had established herself solidly in the role as my teacher, that I fully recognized the extent of what had been orchestrated. Life indeed works in miraculous ways – I had not only found my own horse, my life-long dream, but so so much more.
Love. In Diva I found it. For others. For life. But most essentially for myself.
Belonging. Within her reflection I saw my own part in my, at times, unbearable sense of isolation. I let go into being a vital part of the tapestry of my life and the lives of others.
Worth. As her steward I knew myself to be valuable, priceless even. As her chosen partner I finally stepped into my innate worth – an experience of myself founded in truth and knowing.
Beauty. In those soft eyes all the parts of me lay bare and exposed. No hiding, no faking it. Just what’s real. And what’s real and honest can’t help but be beautiful – it is beauty itself.
All of it sparked in me a broader mission. To share the journey and the steps – the path to understanding animals as teachers – and how to translate your own unique experience of this relationship into transformation and, most essentially, freedom.
You have one of the most potent pathways to a more free and fulfilling life right in front of your eyes – your animals. They are already a member of your family, a beloved and steady companion, an escape and a soft place to land. Learn to listen to the subtleties, translate their teachings and understand their genius strategies for opening your mind and heart, and your life suddenly becomes much more magical.
Life is short, particularly when it comes to our animals, and it is so precious. Is it time for you to dive below the surface of the connections with your animals and see what treasures and transformation are waiting for you?
Alexa received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology in 2003, before pursuing her passion of horses as an Equine Sport Therapist, taking training in every healing modality under the sun (well maybe not every one), founding several successful businesses doing holistic education and healing for thousands of animals and their people, becoming absolutely enamoured with energy medicine including the BodyTalk System (in a good way) seven years ago and realizing, “holy crap, this stuff works miracles for women who are feeling stuck in their lives and I’m living proof!” Yep, that is, in a very small nutshell, how it went down…
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