Kenora, ON P9W 1W1
HORSE AS TEACHER: THE PATH TO AUTHENTICITY was the inspirational book that drew Geri from a small town in Northwestern Ontario to the Tottenham farm of Wendy Golding and Andre Leclipteux. She was captivated by the cover of the book, featuring the eye of a magnificent horse, and by the invitation to be open to the knowledge that horses could impart to humans.
During her adolescence and young adult years, Geri was drawn to the beauty and sensitivity of horses and she pursued riding as a passionate interest. However, the latter was curtailed by a fall and other physical injuries. She embarked on a career as an occupational therapist and then, as a mother, engaged with her family in a wide range of sports and community interests. Geri has worked primarily in the area of pediatrics, serving children with developmental and learning challenges. She has more recently explored the areas of mother-child attachment, addictions, and related new developments in neuroscience. Geri has also been active in community arts committees, humanitarian organizations, environmental groups, and other advocacy boards.
Around the time of grief associated with illness and her mother’s death, Geri was drawn by the healing energy and potential spiritual growth of horses. The FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) program provided an opportunity for collaboration with horses in the path to greater personal development and interpersonal effectiveness. It offered a journey into interactive community building where horses can help humans to mirror their emotions and their well-being. As a FEEL practitioner, Geri has discovered a greater sense of compassion and openness. She has been able to explore more of the “true self” hidden in her and in others. She has returned to the path of the horse that provided a light in her earlier life and now strives to share that light with others through the radiance and energy of the horse. That vision will potentially include facilitated work with those who have experienced grief and other losses.