“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle

There’s been a lot of change in the past few weeks at The HERD Institute. We’ve relocated from Columbus, Ohio to pastures new in Orlando, Florida. I have to admit that this was a tough transition for me, personally, and not without anxiety. Aside from the usual stress of the practical and logistical organization of moving to another state, and the project management of construction work, I’ve been worried about how all the animals would adjust to their new environment and climate. Not to mention my fear of encountering Florida’s wildlife in the form of alligators, snakes, black bears, and weird bugs (seriously, lovebugs – ewww!).

I’m pleased to report that the horses, chickens, cat, and dogs have all arrived safely and are adjusting well to the heat and humidity. I’ve taken comfort in Eckhart Tolle’s words and looked beyond the grief of saying goodbye to my beloved community in Ohio, and started to notice the liminal space that has been created, and am excited by what is beginning to emerge.

This newsletter brings into action our intention of continuing to expand and connect our global community of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning practitioners who are committed to furthering the work of the pioneers in our field. I am blessed beyond measure for having been part of the journey of our outstanding graduates, and am thrilled to be able to welcome our new faculty members and mentors. I am also deeply thankful for the amazing organizational skills of our new Program Manager, Sarah Morehouse, for stepping in at a critical time to help take the Institute to the next phase of our evolution.

I hope you enjoy reading about our new developments!

Warm Wishes,

Executive Director