All workshops will offer trauma-sensitive, experiential learning, helping people build connection in real time with oneself, with others, and with the natural world. This workshop will focus on 2 main topics, mindfulness and breathing.
Mindfulness is a way of relating to our current experience without judgement by staying present and accepting what is noticed. It is a skill-based practice in redirecting our minds back to observation of our thoughts, feelings, sensations and surroundings. The farm atmosphere further enhances learning through its offering of a sensory rich environment. During the workshop, Sandy will define mindfulness and teach the participants ways to practice and build their mindfulness skills. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness skills can help reduce stress and increase health.
During the breathing/yoga portion of the workshop, Maggi will introduce some basic skills for a breathing practice to assist in managing anxiety with a consistent practice. You will leave having practiced some postures to use for awareness and connection between the body, mind and breath as tools for self regulation when the stress of daily life begin to take a toll. Stress can be a challenge to make us stronger when managed with the right practice taking advantage of skills and not necessarily pills.
About the Presenters:
Sandy Booth, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP/Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
Sandy is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Counseling Professional with over 23 years of mental health experience. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is partially trained in EMDR, Mindfulness, DBT, Motivational Interviewing and Natural Lifemanship. Sandy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Equestrian instruction certification from Houghton College. She gained her Master degree from Waynesburg University. She joins in partnerships with horses to empower people to find their own restorative healing and rebuild the life they wish to live. She specializes in trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, life adjustments and depression.
Maggi Aebi, E-RYT
Maggi is a 500 hr Certified Yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga as a vocation for 15 years. She is a, Warriors At Ease Certified Teacher having studied and taught Yoga for trauma in Military Communities specific to PTSD and Anxiety. Maggi is the founder and former owner of Yoga On Mars Studio and the Non-Profit Healing For Heroes Hearts providing yoga to the Butler VA weekly for three years. She has also been working with Wounded Warriors Project and Team Red White Blue. Maggi is currently on staff with the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh as a Yoga Teacher for students with the 200 and 500 hr programs for certification. She is a survivor of trauma herself and has learned to manage her anxiety with yoga and breath work as well as a daily practice of meditation.
– Handwashing station and sanitizer available at check-in
– Masks required at check-in
– Limited spots available to ensure ample space to allow proper 6ft. distancing
– Participants must not have traveled to any “High Risk States” as determined by the PA Health Dept. refer to website: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
– Masks can be removed when at least 6ft. away from other participants
Note: Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and a blanket or beach towel
This workshop is geared towards adults, reach out to Orchardview Stables to inquire about other workshops for children and adolescents.