HORSEDREAM TASTER @ THE BARNHOUSE, PUNE, INDIA
On December 10th, 2018, NIRSARA Ltd. and The Barn House partner to bring you a Taster workshop in Horse Assisted Education. The first of its kind in Pune and most likely in India.
Entry and Eligibility: This workshop is By Invitation Only and you are most likely reading this because you have been invited to participate. If however you happen to be reading this without being invited, and are interested in experiencing horse assisted education, please contact Ranjit Kher - the workshop host and organiser - to register your interest. If we have enough of interest, we will organise a second taster session.
Workshop Purpose and Background
Horses have been friends to humans ever since the beginning of our time. First as warrior partners, then for transport and agriculture and now for sports and entertainment. The time has come for us to explore their greater abilities - that of teachers. Horses are noble creatures who have a lot to teach us humans. And they do it in an authentic, honest and playful way. The time has also come for us humans to learn from them. With the smart machine age dawning on us, skills like emotional intelligence and collaborative leadership will become things that distinguish the best from the rest. As natural born leaders who draw strength from their herds and social bonds, horses teach us collaborative leadership skills that we can never learn in books or classrooms. They are non judgemental creatures who respond directly to the energy of the person in front of them. They give clean and direct feedback to our innermost feelings and thoughts, taking us on a deep journey of self awareness and learning.
HorseDream is a worldwide approach in horse assisted education, developed by the International Association of Horse Assisted Education (EAHAE). Through the HorseDream taster workshop, we want to introduce you to Horse Assisted Education as a first step to bringing this unique means of learning to Pune. Our dream is to see more and more people turn to horses as teachers - be it corporate learning and leadership development programmes or children and adults with or without special learning needs.
In return for this invitation, we ask you to participate with 100% engagement so as to experience the work to its full potential. Together with you, we hope to sow some of the first seeds of horse assisted education and bring its benefits to India.
10:30 - Welcome and Introduction
11.30 - Horses as Metaphors/ Watching and Assessing
12.00 - Horses and Self-Awareness
13.00 - Lunch and Learn (we will take you through two important models in horse assisted education)
14.00 - Leading and Being Led
15.00 - Goal Orientation as a Team
16.00 - Debrief and Wrap Up
Riddhima is a senior human resources professional and leadership coach with over 12 years of international experience. Her love and respect for horses combined with her passion for human learning and development brought her to become a horse assisted educator. She has delivered several workshops in the UK and France and - being Indian - is excited to bring this unique learning approach to her hometown, Pune. Riddhima recently had a horse riding accident in which she broke her left leg. She is nonetheless determined to take this opportunity to partner with The Barnhouse to sow seeds for HAE in Pune. So don’t let her crutches or her metal frame put you off! If anything, she is getting stronger and more determined to spread horse assisted education as a mainstream approach to learning.
To read her complete bio, click here.
Tabrez is an Oil and Gas M&A transactions leader with Ernst and Young. He was petrified of horses until September 2017. When his wife (Riddhima) started her business in horse assisted education and they adopted their first horse “Bill”, Tabrez started to interact more with horses. He was so impressed by what they taught him that he then chose to take horse assisted coaching as a way to develop his own leadership skills. Over the past year Tabrez has grown to love horses and co-facilitates workshops with Riddhima whenever he gets the chance. Coming from a cut-throat business world, he is quickly able to translate learnings from horses into simple business language and context in a way that business teams appreciate.
Workshop Host and Organiser
Ranjit has had horses for over 20 years now. Until now, he has used them predominantly for pleasure riding and some for showing in the show ring. ‘Being around them takes you into a different world..’, he says. Ranjit feels that horses are under-utilised today. He says that there is so much more that they have to give that not using their abilities to heal and teach oneself would be unjustified .
With The Barn House, Ranjit has the place and facilities to stay over, to hold short residential camps etc, close to Pune, that people could make use of. He would like to see more horse assisted workshops help change people’s lives at The Barn House.
“Equine therapy for various problems has existed in the West, to deliver phenomenal results over the last decade . We can do the same here in India. We have the horses and the problems”, he says.
Thanks to Ranjit’s passion for the mission, Pune-India now has a wonderful venue and horse-teachers to see its first ever HorseDream taster workshop.
Meet The Horses, Our Teachers
We have the privilege of working with the Barnhouse’s majestic herd of 6 mixed race, age and gender horses. Here’s a photo of our graceful teachers. Each of them has his/her own personality. We do not want too much information here and spoil the fun of getting to know them. We will let you explore their personalities when you meet them on December 10th!
How To Prepare
Our invitation: You may choose to explore as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. This is not about pushing anybody more than they want to go. Learning is about stepping out of your comfort zone whilst feeling safe and secure at all times.
Getting Ready for the session:
Look at the map on how to get there and let us know if you have any questions beforehand.
Wear comfortable clothes in which you can move around outdoors and interact with animals easily.
Shoes are important - the soil can be muddy in places, which means you may want to wear / bring your wellies or boots.
Phones - be prepared for your phones to be put to one side during the sessions with horses so that we are mindful of our presence and safety at all times.
Think of something that inspires and energises you and bring it with you. It could be a quote, a poem, a picture or a book.