“Horses are good mirrors. They allow us to see reflections of ourselves and our behavior. Unlike people, horses don’t stay in uncomfortable relationships. They either walk away or lean in,” said Jill Rivoli founder of New Perspectives, an Equine Perspective workshop offered through Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California.
I had the opportunity to join in a two hour equine-focused class facilitated by Rivoli. A horse whisperer of sorts, Rivoli’s workshops are not centered around horseback riding. In fact, the entire workshop is conducted in an outdoor arena perched high above the beautiful Carmel Valley. With aromatic scents of Button Sage, scenic views and ocean fog undulating over the nearby ridge lines, it was hard to keep focused in this outdoor classroom, but the horses demanded our full attention in a subtle, yet very powerful way.