Is your family a little more like a herd, with horses, dogs, cats, kids, husbands and maybe the odd turtle? Do you have a desire to keep your little or large herd (including yourself) healthy and happy? If so, you’re in the right place!
Eighteen years ago, on a rainy November day on Vancouver Island, a proverbial rabbit hole opened in my life, an adventure of unfathomable proportions. This was the day I met Diva, a lanky four year old Percheron Morgan cross, the now 22 year-old beauty you see above. Since then I’ve met the members of my little herd, my animal family in the most remarkable ways, each one bringing learning and growth, and helping me to be a healthier, happier version of myself.
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. This passion has led to becoming an Equine Sport Therapist, an Energy medicine practitioner and Animal intuitive, a Kinesiologist (BSc. Kin), an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (DOMP), a world-reknowned facilitator, author, and the founder of the Whole Horse Podcast and the Whole Horse Apprenticeship. What a journey it has been!
I look forward to working with you and your animal family! I offer one-on-one sessions both in person and remotely, group workshops, online courses and programs, and soon, an online community like no other.
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And did I mention I have a podcast for horse lovers and their inner rebels? It’s called the Whole Horse Podcast and it’s very fun (and geeky!) with amazing guests like Elsa Sinclair, Laura Bird, Lucie Klaassen, Sarah Schlote, Heather Nelson and Josh Nichol. Season 6 is underway and there are over 90 episodes awaiting you at www.wholehorse.ca. Listen to one of my fave episodes below…
New Podcast with Sarah Schlote + free group sessions with Alexa
What a time we live in. I’ve been sitting for a few days with what to write to you and all I want to do is pour love and strength and calm right down this email to you, wherever you are in the world. As Covid-19 was beginning to make the very first tiny ripples in Canada, I was studying the lungs in osteopathy school, and now, knowing the impact this virus has on the lungs, and that in TCM the lungs represent grief, and that grief is around letting go, I can’t help but wonder, how do we support ourselves and others through such an unprecedented process of change and letting go?read more
The inherent harmfulness of the saviour complex (a rant)
I don’t often use writing to vent, but occasionally, when consumed with rage, disbelief, or some other equally invoking emotion, my mind begins to whirr and my fingers get itchy. Today is such a day. I’ll spare you the specifics, but suffice it to say that I have had it up to here (insert me gesturing towards the top of my head and beyond), with human beings with a saviour complex. I will attempt, in this “passionate” little peice of writing, to explain why.read more
The unruly path between owner and steward…a personal account…
You may have witnessed me waxing poetic about my lofty goal of transforming the perceived experience of sharing space with an animal from owner to steward or caregiver or person or, really, anything other than owner. That word gets under my skin. Owner. It’s like that zit that won’t give me the satisfaction of popping, it just brews and stews and generally acts like, well, terrible. So you might say, the term holds a little charge, and with good reason. Under that title, animals have been neglected and abused and oppressed and, in general, treated like lesser beings for thousands of years.read more
Does your horse have choice? An exploration of touch and consent…
Yesterday, I had the chance to work with an amazing mare. Ever since beginning of my career as an equine sport therapist in 2003, each horse I meet builds on my knowledge and understanding, and over the almost 14 years since it’s become increasingly obvious that each horse is a unique individual, with their own preferences, quirks, conditioning and genetic legacy.read more
I am so blown away by the potency of sessions with Alexa. She is very passionate and loves to bring in humour to balance out the wild and weird places that we can go to when we move through healing processes. She brings a lot of animal medicine with her in every session and there is a deep well of experience and wisdom that she shares in all of her offerings. She’s got a spark that lights up the world. Look out for her e-courses. They are so full of goodness. I highly recommend her work.Christy Greenwood
Alexa’s a natural and gifted healer and teacher. She’s passionate about her work, insightful and wise. This bright light shines through all that she offers. She’s also a warm and wonderful human being.Fiona Mayhill