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Kelly joins me today to share her flashpoints in life and how she found her passion for horses. She describes how her father influenced her work today, the influential people in her life, and how working with horses affected her career trajectory…

We need your help spreading the word about Flying Lead Change. This is a book for anyone who wants to transform their leadership. See more below about how to purchase the book and register for your free seat in the “How to Lead a Transformative Life” workshop.

Join EQUUS Founding Partner and Author Kelly Wendorf for this 2-hour workshop.

These unprecedented times have led us to a place where we are called to create new ways forward and transform the old into something new. To do so requires a transformative mindset in all of us, and engage transformative practices that ignite evolution and meaningful change on behalf of the world and our own lives. Just what are those transformational principles and practices that create more than just a shift, but a dramatic metamorphosis? In this workshop, we will explore the skillsets needed to equip you to leverage the current yet powerful energies of disruption towards creating your most emboldened and inspired self.

 

For additional details, tickets, and to see how you can get a free spot in the workshop,

click here. 

On a hot, humid afternoon, a small dog-like creature nibbles on fruit suspended above a lush fern-covered ground. The thick jungle forest is bursting with sound, as this is a time when mammal life explodes with innovative evolutionary options. Nearby our earliest ancestor (also small) moves past, vying for the same sweet delicacy. For a moment the two lock eyes.

How do we become the people we want to be? How do we create a more just society? These are the questions Kelly Wendorf has spent her life exploring and finding innovative approaches for. Neuroscience says we are wired for love and connection and to understand that we are one – which means we have the blueprint for happiness and fulfilled potential within us. So what ignites the blueprint?

Aedín is a small black six-year-old quarter horse mare who was saved from the kill pens last year. When she arrived three months ago to live at our ranch she had not been trained or ridden. In horsemanship terms, you would say she hadn’t been ‘broken’. Broken––such an incisively appropriate term for what we do to horses (and people I would add). In order to feel safe on the back of one thousand pounds of wild horse muscle, trainers notoriously intimidate, bully and manipulate their four-legged companions into submission, rendering them emotionally numb and spiritually bereft. Cowboys call these horses proudly ‘yes ma’am-ers’. I call them a tragedy.

In this MoxieCast we are joined by Kelly Wendorf and Lead Mare Artemis. Kelly Wendorf is a coach, mother, spiritual mentor and founding partner of Equus, an 11-acre experiential learning & discovery campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Horses are co-facilitators in their work at the ranch, and much of Kelly’s wisdom on leadership has emerged from her life-long observations of the horse herd, a 56-million-year-old system.

Flying Lead Change

56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

This powerfully moving and instructional field guide for being human, published by Sounds True, is available from all major online booksellers. Flying Lead Change positions EQUUS as a leader in the field of transformational change in the personal and organizational sectors



Available now

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START YOUR JOURNEY

Be the first to know about upcoming courses, programs, retreats and special offerings. Enter your name and email and receive FREE downloads: Book Excerpt and “22 Practices That Will Transform Your Life.”





Benefits

A portion of this book’s proceeds will go to Tewa Women United. Tewa Women United is a socially inclusive, indigenous-women founded and operated non-profit: “Nurturing and celebrating the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).”




For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities—an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

Is there a common element to the challenges and crises of our modern age? If so, it must be disconnection—from each other, our planet, and the sense that our lives have purpose and meaning. Where can we turn for answers? In Flying Lead Change, leadership teacher Kelly Wendorf offers a new approach to leading and living inspired by two profound sources of ancient wisdom: original peoples and Equus (the horse), grounded in evidence-based principles of neuroscience.

In her groundbreaking EQUUS training program, Wendorf teaches a way of leadership modeled on a 56 million-year-old system of the horse herd––a path that has allowed humans and horses alike to survive the kinds of global and societal threats we now face, such as climate change and mass extinction.

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called—thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”


“With compelling stories and deep insight into the shared nature of horses and humans, this beautifully-written book teaches us how to change stride in mid-gallop as individuals with each other, and as a species with the Earth. Soulful, practical, scientific, and spiritual—what a profound book!”

“Kelly Wendorf offers an equine-inspired way of knowing and being in the world. A wise, wise work—about listening, leading, loving.”

“As an assault team leader and officer in the Navy SEAL teams, I had constant access to world-class modern training and technology. But it was the ancient lessons—those of Spartans, Samurai, and stoic philosophers—that guided my leadership journey to success on and off the battlefield. Flying Lead Change is no ordinary leadership book; it is an ancient lessons manual for how to lead and live well in any century.”

A book the horses want us to have so that we can remember our horse body and how to be in the world, our lives, our relationships, our families, and in our organizations. Let this wisdom gallop through your heart. I want to put it under my pillow and absorb it all by osmosis and dreamtime night after night.

“Not only was this a page turner, but a tearjerker. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself on a spiritual journey. I was left with the recognition that I had received something profound, a message that I had not heard before.”

Flying Lead Change is a nimble exploration of human potential. It is a manual, a user guide to being human, ultimately lifting up infinite possibilities for connection between nature and the human heart.

Flying Lead Change exudes the fragrance of horses, earth, love, hope, humanity and wisdom. It is an artfully woven tome of spiritual wisdom teachings, conveyed through accessible stories and anecdotes, which is to put down. Going far beyond the standard self-help fare, Wendorf guides the reader on a profoundly enriching voyage of spiritual and emotional awakening. Be forewarned: the book you are holding has the power to change you and to change the world.


I have a small square card placed on my desk. On it are these words, written in frank, block letters “Opt out of consensus reality”. This simple instruction has become my north star, a compass setting inside the maelstrom of narratives that exist in our collective mind. These stories can feel deeply personal, such as “I’m not enough”, “I’ll go broke”, or “I should have done that differently”. Or civilizational, such as “homework makes better students”, “drink more water”, “we need a growth economy” or “humanity is bad”.

The most memorable experience, perhaps, is located a short but beautiful hike away from the resort, at Thunderbird Ridge. There, bordering the property of Egan’s former home (where local shamans have located two spiritual vortexes), co-founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan have launched a horse-assisted self-empowerment program, Equus.

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Kelly joins me today to share her flashpoints in life and how she found her passion for horses. She describes how her father influenced her work today, the influential people in her life, and how working with horses affected her career trajectory…

We need your help spreading the word about Flying Lead Change. This is a book for anyone who wants to transform their leadership. See more below about how to purchase the book and register for your free seat in the “How to Lead a Transformative Life” workshop.

Join EQUUS Founding Partner and Author Kelly Wendorf for this 2-hour workshop.

These unprecedented times have led us to a place where we are called to create new ways forward and transform the old into something new. To do so requires a transformative mindset in all of us, and engage transformative practices that ignite evolution and meaningful change on behalf of the world and our own lives. Just what are those transformational principles and practices that create more than just a shift, but a dramatic metamorphosis? In this workshop, we will explore the skillsets needed to equip you to leverage the current yet powerful energies of disruption towards creating your most emboldened and inspired self.

 

For additional details, tickets, and to see how you can get a free spot in the workshop,

click here. 

On a hot, humid afternoon, a small dog-like creature nibbles on fruit suspended above a lush fern-covered ground. The thick jungle forest is bursting with sound, as this is a time when mammal life explodes with innovative evolutionary options. Nearby our earliest ancestor (also small) moves past, vying for the same sweet delicacy. For a moment the two lock eyes.

How do we become the people we want to be? How do we create a more just society? These are the questions Kelly Wendorf has spent her life exploring and finding innovative approaches for. Neuroscience says we are wired for love and connection and to understand that we are one – which means we have the blueprint for happiness and fulfilled potential within us. So what ignites the blueprint?

Aedín is a small black six-year-old quarter horse mare who was saved from the kill pens last year. When she arrived three months ago to live at our ranch she had not been trained or ridden. In horsemanship terms, you would say she hadn’t been ‘broken’. Broken––such an incisively appropriate term for what we do to horses (and people I would add). In order to feel safe on the back of one thousand pounds of wild horse muscle, trainers notoriously intimidate, bully and manipulate their four-legged companions into submission, rendering them emotionally numb and spiritually bereft. Cowboys call these horses proudly ‘yes ma’am-ers’. I call them a tragedy.

In this MoxieCast we are joined by Kelly Wendorf and Lead Mare Artemis. Kelly Wendorf is a coach, mother, spiritual mentor and founding partner of Equus, an 11-acre experiential learning & discovery campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Horses are co-facilitators in their work at the ranch, and much of Kelly’s wisdom on leadership has emerged from her life-long observations of the horse herd, a 56-million-year-old system.

Flying Lead Change

56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living

This powerfully moving and instructional field guide for being human, published by Sounds True, is available from all major online booksellers. Flying Lead Change positions EQUUS as a leader in the field of transformational change in the personal and organizational sectors



Available now

Click your favorite book seller below.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Be the first to know about upcoming courses, programs, retreats and special offerings. Enter your name and email and receive FREE downloads: Book Excerpt and “22 Practices That Will Transform Your Life.”





Benefits

A portion of this book’s proceeds will go to Tewa Women United. Tewa Women United is a socially inclusive, indigenous-women founded and operated non-profit: “Nurturing and celebrating the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).”




For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities—an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

Is there a common element to the challenges and crises of our modern age? If so, it must be disconnection—from each other, our planet, and the sense that our lives have purpose and meaning. Where can we turn for answers? In Flying Lead Change, leadership teacher Kelly Wendorf offers a new approach to leading and living inspired by two profound sources of ancient wisdom: original peoples and Equus (the horse), grounded in evidence-based principles of neuroscience.

In her groundbreaking EQUUS training program, Wendorf teaches a way of leadership modeled on a 56 million-year-old system of the horse herd––a path that has allowed humans and horses alike to survive the kinds of global and societal threats we now face, such as climate change and mass extinction.

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called—thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”


“With compelling stories and deep insight into the shared nature of horses and humans, this beautifully-written book teaches us how to change stride in mid-gallop as individuals with each other, and as a species with the Earth. Soulful, practical, scientific, and spiritual—what a profound book!”

“Kelly Wendorf offers an equine-inspired way of knowing and being in the world. A wise, wise work—about listening, leading, loving.”

“As an assault team leader and officer in the Navy SEAL teams, I had constant access to world-class modern training and technology. But it was the ancient lessons—those of Spartans, Samurai, and stoic philosophers—that guided my leadership journey to success on and off the battlefield. Flying Lead Change is no ordinary leadership book; it is an ancient lessons manual for how to lead and live well in any century.”

A book the horses want us to have so that we can remember our horse body and how to be in the world, our lives, our relationships, our families, and in our organizations. Let this wisdom gallop through your heart. I want to put it under my pillow and absorb it all by osmosis and dreamtime night after night.

“Not only was this a page turner, but a tearjerker. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself on a spiritual journey. I was left with the recognition that I had received something profound, a message that I had not heard before.”

Flying Lead Change is a nimble exploration of human potential. It is a manual, a user guide to being human, ultimately lifting up infinite possibilities for connection between nature and the human heart.

Flying Lead Change exudes the fragrance of horses, earth, love, hope, humanity and wisdom. It is an artfully woven tome of spiritual wisdom teachings, conveyed through accessible stories and anecdotes, which is to put down. Going far beyond the standard self-help fare, Wendorf guides the reader on a profoundly enriching voyage of spiritual and emotional awakening. Be forewarned: the book you are holding has the power to change you and to change the world.


I have a small square card placed on my desk. On it are these words, written in frank, block letters “Opt out of consensus reality”. This simple instruction has become my north star, a compass setting inside the maelstrom of narratives that exist in our collective mind. These stories can feel deeply personal, such as “I’m not enough”, “I’ll go broke”, or “I should have done that differently”. Or civilizational, such as “homework makes better students”, “drink more water”, “we need a growth economy” or “humanity is bad”.

The most memorable experience, perhaps, is located a short but beautiful hike away from the resort, at Thunderbird Ridge. There, bordering the property of Egan’s former home (where local shamans have located two spiritual vortexes), co-founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan have launched a horse-assisted self-empowerment program, Equus.