Posts

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.

Building Life Boats – Practical Advice for Building Financial, Emotional and Spiritual Resilience in These Times

This will be a great grounding seminar providing practical advice for building financial, emotional, and spiritual resilience in these chaotic times. Our panelists will cover everything from setting up a virtual workspace successfully to how to protect your mind and soul during a time of crisis.

Facilitator

Kelly Wendorf, MCC, MECD

Founding Partner

Kelly Wendorf is an executive and personal coach, published author, spiritual mentor, and socially responsible entrepreneur. Her early experiences were vitally and deeply shaped by the natural and ancient world around her where she learned a way of listening to forces within people, nature and moments. This unconventional education grants her a gift of perception that liberates untapped potential and hidden gifts within individuals and organizations, helping them to solve problems differently through a wisdom-informed and wholeness approach.

Panelists

Mary Elaine Baker

President, Co-Founder
Patriot Advantage

Mary Elaine Baker is president and co-founder with her husband Brett of Patriot Advantage, a military spouse and veteran-owned boutique business that provides virtual administrative and marketing solutions for business owners and entrepreneurs who are task saturated. Recognizing the untapped potential of military spouses who often have difficulty maintaining traditional employment, they conceived of Patriot Advantage not just as a business opportunity but also as a vehicle for creating positive social impact by matching this talent pool and others who share the company’s values with entrepreneurs who needed to focus their time on their core business.

Topic: Running a Small Business Virtually

J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD

Founding Partner
EQUUS

As a socially conscious educator, serial entrepreneur, speaker and facilitator, he brings a wealth of experience to his clients. Scott dynamically engages with organizational leaders, business groups and private clients to evoke positive, sustainable changes and expanded possibilities informed by what is already possible within them. His ability to illuminate the hidden strengths and capacities within his clients makes him a trusted companion to those who are strongly motivated toward transformation. Scott has worked within many highly matrixed companies, such as Microsoft and Cisco, to assist them with shifting their organizational culture towards one that is more conscious, aware and human.

Topic: Financial Reframes, Options and Tips

Read full bio >

Daniel Weil, CPCC

Founder, DNW Associates
EQUUS Faculty

Based in the foundation of the Co-Active® Model, Dan’s programs incorporate a lifetime’s unique experience, perspectives, curiosity, wisdom and an expansive ability to listen. He works collaboratively in his program offerings that are customized for private individuals, leaders, executives, or with groups. Dan’s specialties include Brand Development Coaching where he is especially gifted at assisting clients to discover the soul of their work and how it is authentically and powerfully expressed in the world. Dan also creates and facilitates workshops and retreats, designed to build connection — to inspire attendees from within themselves.

Topic: Service as a Way to Wellness

Read full bio >

Adam Ram Charan, B.C.S.T.

EQUUS Faculty

Adam Ram Charan has been passionate about exploring consciousness through meditation and healing work for decades. A native of New York, he has spent the greater part of 30 years in India where he gained a deep appreciation and understanding of spiritual awareness practices and intuitive wisdom which finds expression in his practice of integrative bodywork and transformational coaching. He combines this with extensive training in holistic therapeutic approaches including Craniosacral Biodynamics, Somatic Movement Education, Holistic massage, Somatic Experiencing, Ayurvedic massage, Thai bodywork, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Pranic healing, and more. He received his coaching training and certification through Coacharya in Chennai, India.

Topic: Somatic Anchors to Presence and Groundedness

Read full bio >

Niccole Toral, MA, LPCC, CDWF, TEP, Vision Quest Guide

EQUUS Faculty

Over the last 17 years, Niccole spent time as an apprentice under respected indigenous healers from the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, North American First Nations, and Mexico. During these apprenticeships, she underwent intense spiritual initiations, which became the matrix for her approaches to healing. Niccole specializes in Shamanic and Nature based ceremonies inherited from her North and South American ancestors and teachers during her training. She incorporates these ancient healing techniques to deepen a person’s experience of their loving and transformation so they may more fully inhabit who they authentically are.

Topic: Ancient Wisdom Practices and ‘Larger Perspective’ Spiritual Reframes

Read full bio >

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.

Presence as a Coaching Tool

Coacharya Coaching Colloquium


Wednesday, July 17

9pm IST / 10:30am CST
Free • Zoom

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.




This panel is in honor of EQUUS launching a 30-hour coaching course on presence-based coaching inspired by contemplative wisdom called The Selfless Coach, with EQUUS Founder Kelly Wendorf and EQUUS Faculty Adam Ramcharan as trainers. The course starts late October, early November. CEUs will be available.

Panelists


Kelly Wendorf, PCC, MECD


J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD


Adam Ramcharan


Dan Weil, CPCC


Rebekkah Goldsmith

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.

Our Beginning


Several years ago, EQUUS Co-Founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan were on a completely different path. Scott was living on a boat in Sausalito, California (just near the Golden Gate Bridge) working as an executive /personal coach, culture consultant, and facilitator. His life was relatively carefree as a single bachelor, cycling long treks around northern California, sailing the San Francisco Bay, or enjoying a sunset off of the pier on his time off. Kelly, a mother of two teenagers, was working as a horse trainer, coach, mentor and facilitator in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and developing The EQUUS Experience®, an equine-assisted learning process that she facilitated for her clientele. She spent her days with horses and clients, and spent her off time hiking and backpacking in the wilderness. The two were worlds away from one another.

Then Scott was recruited by an Argentinian consultancy firm to be one of their six US-based coaches and facilitators. This same firm became clients of Kelly’s and sent their leadership team to do The EQUUS Experience in Santa Fe. After their time there, they invited Kelly as well to join their team. As new recruits, both were invited to attend the firm’s global study group. When Scott and Kelly arrived in Miami, Florida for their first study group workshop, little did they realize everything was about to change. Though they had many things in common, when Kelly described to Scott the part of her work that included horses, Scott expressed his indifference towards horses saying (with no malice) that in his opinion horses were ‘1200 pound beasts with brains the size of walnuts and it made for a bad combination!’ Kelly laughed. Immediately following their first meeting in Florida, they became friends. Over time they became a couple.

Scott’s first sojourn to Santa Fe to visit Kelly, included an introduction to the EQUUS horses. Kelly invited Scott to have a taste of the power inside equine-inspired wisdom. Within twenty minutes, Scott held a new perspective and appreciation for horses, and their powerful ability to create change. He asked Kelly why she had been keeping this work a secret, and immediately invested himself to change that. He traded in his Sperry topsiders for cowboy boots, his foul-weather sailing gear for a Carhartt jacket, and his green Marin vehicle for a horse-trailer-pulling Dodge Ram truck.

Starting a business together is never a first recommendation for a new couple. But Kelly and Scott are no ordinary pair. From the beginning they shared a robust passion for creating conditions where people and organizations could transform. So deep was their commitment to human potential, that they placed their entire relationship in service to that calling. The couple founded EQUUS and with that began the search for a property on which not only to call home, but to create an experiential discovery and learning campus.

One day, as part of their evaluation process of which accommodation partners would bring forward the same level of high touch care to their clients that EQUUS aspires to, they met with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. During this meeting, Scott and Kelly were informed of an 11-acre estate next door, not on the market, yet standing empty for eight years. Perhaps the owners might be willing to look at a creative way to restore the property through a lease-purchase, they thought, as they peered through the coyote fence into the forsaken property. It was quite obvious that in its current state of disrepair, no lender would provide a mortgage.

As they ambled around its perimeter, they were beginning to think outside the box. Clearly it had suffered from years of neglect. There was colossal amount of work to do. And extreme risk. How on earth could they pull this off? The answer: by doing exactly what they empower their clients to do – leverage their gifts, strengths and crystal clear intention.

After several months of Scott’s nimble negotiations, the property was theirs to lease, and then ultimately to buy. All they needed to do was immerse themselves into creating an environment befitting EQUUS’s quickly growing, high-performing clientele. This took an enormous amount of commitment, hard work, sweat and capital investment on their part. And it took an uncommon courage – all while continuing to grow and develop EQUUS. While they did not realize it at the time, what they were in fact doing was modelling for their clients what it is like to work towards your dream with unwavering determination. This is what they continue to do every day.

“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Scott and Kelly took special care to work within the Traditional Indigenous protocols of the area, and in so doing engaged with the Tesuque Pueblo governance, and asked for express permission to do the EQUUS work. Tesuque Elder, Kathy Sanchez, came to the property, blessed the land, blessed each of the horses, and blessed their work. They embed this protocol each day by formally acknowledging the Traditional carers, past present and future, in every opening of their workshops and retreats, and thanking them for EQUUS’s ability to do its work on the land. In ongoing support of their neighbors, EQUUS donates their property and workshop space to Tewa Women United, a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women, for some of their meetings.

Within a year, the property metamorphized into Thunderbird Ridge – an Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus, touting a gracious hacienda, a large arena, paddocks, a large sun-drenched workshop space, sculpture garden and landscaped hiking trails leading all the way into National Forest. It is the home of six gregarious horses, a donkey named Kassie, a dog and two barn cats. And it is a place that embraces every client that steps foot onto the land, and places themselves into the powerful tutelage of the horses. Each and every person, without exception, leaves there transformed.

And they are still at the beginning. There is so much more about to unfold – for EQUUS, for its clients, and for you. We invite you to follow along with us as we continue to grow and make immeasurably powerful impact in the world. Welcome to EQUUS, we are so pleased you are a part of this journey.

The EQUUS Experience®

One of our processes, for which we have gained worldwide acclaim, is The EQUUS Experience. Our award-winning leadership and personal development process, it engages partnership with horses to inspire discovery and insight in individuals, families and organizations in a joyful, memorable yet powerful way.

The approach uses various forms of ground work exercises that join horse and human into collaborative co-learning, thus revealing the way participants relate to themselves and others. All EQUUS facilitators are gifted at seeing these relationships and explore them with clients through the lenses of leadership, family, self-agency, wisdom and self-mastery.

No horse experience is necessary; no riding is involved.


Personal and Executive Coaching

Coaching sessions are approximately 50 minute calls on a regular scheduled basis. We commit to assisting our clients with their optimal desired outcomes, and help them to remain accountable to themselves in honoring their values and goals.

Wisdom Circles®

Real sustained change happens when people are surrounded by community. Innovative organizational cultures are co-created by confident leaders who feel that they have each other’s backs, can trust one another, and can confide safely in one another, and are aligned for a common purpose. For this reason EQUUS created facilitated leadership peer-group meetings called Wisdom Circles.


Custom Designed
Retreats and Workshops

Through an extensive intake process, EQUUS designs and facilitates game- and life-changing experiences for groups and individuals.

Retreats are day long, and multi-day and followed by several months of integrative coaching to ensure achieved outcomes. Clients stay next door at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, or at one of the VRBO / Airbnb managed two-bedroom self contained casitas at the adjacent Pueblo Encantado neighborhood. This provides a seamless retreat experience where the clients needs are met from the moment they disembark from their plane.

Workshops are half-day, day-long, and multi-day. Participants may stay at any of our accommodation partners, with transportation to and from Thunderbird Ridge handled by Santa Fe Valet. Workshops are usually coupled with several months of peer group circle meetings called Wisdom Circles® to ensure long term sustained change.

Our custom-designed workshops and retreats are available at Thunderbird Ridge and off-site, to serve the needs of our clients.

Keystone Leadership

Keystone species, such as the wolf or buffalo, change entire ecosystems by their mere presence. When wolves where reintroduced to Yellowstone, for example, rivers changed course, native flora and fauna returned, creating a healthier environment for all. In the same way, leaders have the capacity to wield enormous positive impact, not only by what they do, but by their presence. Our specially designed Keystone Leadership program works to cultivate this elusive yet essential capacity in leaders and leadership teams.

Shamanic Offerings

The EQUUS Shamanic offerings are a spiritual approach to help restore and deepen your connection to Mother Earth through earth-based wisdom traditions. In our sessions together, we look at ways you are able to create conditions for an authentic connection to Mother Earth. You will discover how to initiate that connection to Mother Earth through learning earth-based techniques that anchor, grow, and strengthen your inner vision. This inner vision allows you to tap into your Soul Vision and assists you in navigating challenge with genuine earth-based technologies. As you re-orient yourself back to your Soul, you encounter yourself from a more evolved space that will support you to align more fully with your deeper knowing and purpose.


Thunderbird Ridge Venue

Thunderbird Ridge is the 11 acre EQUUS Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and a premiere location seated on sacred ground where the original land’s caretakers are honored today. Extreme care and the highest standards are held. The campus includes a gracious hacienda, a large workshop space streaming with natural light with a portal framing the Jemez Mountains. There is a private one-to-one room, a sculpture garden walk, nature and hiking trails that lead into the National Forest. Among native piñon groves are secluded meditation and contemplative spots and vistas, and a covered pergola overlooking our arena. Nearby and within easy access are premiere hotels, Tesuque Village, and historic Santa Fe is simply 15 minutes away.


Stories of Transformation


Couple’s Retreat
Lucy and Robert, married for 28 years, seeking to renew and revitalize their relationship.



Government Agency
Change Culture of Department Through Long-Term Contract.



International Consultancy Firm
The client sought a deeply personal experience for each participant, and a transformational change.



Women, Power & Money Retreat
A three-day retreat for 12 professional women from major national corporations, educational institutions and privately held businesses.


Client List (Partial)

AAA Colorado
Alan Cumming (Actor)
Amazon
Amanda Palmer (Singer, Songwriter, Activist)
American Family Insurance
Amy Tan (Author)
Axialent
Bank of the Rio Grande
Bette Midler (Actress, Singer)
CareSource
Central Garden and Pet
CIC Advisory
Cici’s Pizza
Cisco
CSG West
Dan Brown (Author)
DENT the Future
Equinix
Four Seasons
Geraldine Brooks (Author)
Hallmark Home Mortgages
Healthy Native Community Partners
Jamie Lee Curtis (Actress)
Jeff Bezos and family
Jeff and Susan Bridges
 (Actor)
Jeff Tweedy and family (Singer, Songwriter)
Jim Gaffigan (Comedian)

Julie Taymor (Lion King)
J.R. (Photographer, Activist)
Kevin Richardson (The Lion Whisperer)
Margaret Atwood (Author)
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Microsoft
Neil Gaiman (Author)
New Mexico Tourism Department
Pacific Pulmonary Services
Patty Smith (Singer, Songwriter)
REI
Red Bull
Rich Litvin
Sally Jewell (Former Secretary of the Interior)
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Shirley MacClaine (Dancer)
StriVectin
The Seminar Network
TEWA Women United
Tory Burch
Tracy Pollan
Wonderful
Zelda LaGrange (Assistant to Nelson Mandela)

Dream denial comes in all kinds of forms, packaged seductively inside facts, rationalizations, statistics, or morality. I would hear things like, “Well, let’s just be realistic here. Banks don’t make business loans to companies with your cash flow.” Or “It’s even more expensive to take care of your own horses than just board them at a stable,” Or said for my own good like “Do you want to have all that responsibility?”…

The Spiral Connection

EQUUS strives to be socially responsible to those underserved communities, non-profit organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the world.

Our client loyalty and community outreach scholarship program

Most of our clients are by referral and we want to reciprocate that positive energy. We give a ‘thank you’ commission for the referral of someone to EQUUS who then becomes an EQUUS client. Referrals may be used in several ways:

  • Referral Thank You Commission paid directly to you in cash.
  • Referral Thank You Commission credit towards your next engagement with EQUUS
  • Or, you may wish to donate your Referral Thank You Commission to the Spiral Connection Scholarship Fund, a public outreach program that gifts an EQUUS Experience process to qualified social change thought leaders, community activists and educators.

*conditions apply



Pages

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.

Building Life Boats – Practical Advice for Building Financial, Emotional and Spiritual Resilience in These Times

This will be a great grounding seminar providing practical advice for building financial, emotional, and spiritual resilience in these chaotic times. Our panelists will cover everything from setting up a virtual workspace successfully to how to protect your mind and soul during a time of crisis.

Facilitator

Kelly Wendorf, MCC, MECD

Founding Partner

Kelly Wendorf is an executive and personal coach, published author, spiritual mentor, and socially responsible entrepreneur. Her early experiences were vitally and deeply shaped by the natural and ancient world around her where she learned a way of listening to forces within people, nature and moments. This unconventional education grants her a gift of perception that liberates untapped potential and hidden gifts within individuals and organizations, helping them to solve problems differently through a wisdom-informed and wholeness approach.

Panelists

Mary Elaine Baker

President, Co-Founder
Patriot Advantage

Mary Elaine Baker is president and co-founder with her husband Brett of Patriot Advantage, a military spouse and veteran-owned boutique business that provides virtual administrative and marketing solutions for business owners and entrepreneurs who are task saturated. Recognizing the untapped potential of military spouses who often have difficulty maintaining traditional employment, they conceived of Patriot Advantage not just as a business opportunity but also as a vehicle for creating positive social impact by matching this talent pool and others who share the company’s values with entrepreneurs who needed to focus their time on their core business.

Topic: Running a Small Business Virtually

J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD

Founding Partner
EQUUS

As a socially conscious educator, serial entrepreneur, speaker and facilitator, he brings a wealth of experience to his clients. Scott dynamically engages with organizational leaders, business groups and private clients to evoke positive, sustainable changes and expanded possibilities informed by what is already possible within them. His ability to illuminate the hidden strengths and capacities within his clients makes him a trusted companion to those who are strongly motivated toward transformation. Scott has worked within many highly matrixed companies, such as Microsoft and Cisco, to assist them with shifting their organizational culture towards one that is more conscious, aware and human.

Topic: Financial Reframes, Options and Tips

Read full bio >

Daniel Weil, CPCC

Founder, DNW Associates
EQUUS Faculty

Based in the foundation of the Co-Active® Model, Dan’s programs incorporate a lifetime’s unique experience, perspectives, curiosity, wisdom and an expansive ability to listen. He works collaboratively in his program offerings that are customized for private individuals, leaders, executives, or with groups. Dan’s specialties include Brand Development Coaching where he is especially gifted at assisting clients to discover the soul of their work and how it is authentically and powerfully expressed in the world. Dan also creates and facilitates workshops and retreats, designed to build connection — to inspire attendees from within themselves.

Topic: Service as a Way to Wellness

Read full bio >

Adam Ram Charan, B.C.S.T.

EQUUS Faculty

Adam Ram Charan has been passionate about exploring consciousness through meditation and healing work for decades. A native of New York, he has spent the greater part of 30 years in India where he gained a deep appreciation and understanding of spiritual awareness practices and intuitive wisdom which finds expression in his practice of integrative bodywork and transformational coaching. He combines this with extensive training in holistic therapeutic approaches including Craniosacral Biodynamics, Somatic Movement Education, Holistic massage, Somatic Experiencing, Ayurvedic massage, Thai bodywork, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Pranic healing, and more. He received his coaching training and certification through Coacharya in Chennai, India.

Topic: Somatic Anchors to Presence and Groundedness

Read full bio >

Niccole Toral, MA, LPCC, CDWF, TEP, Vision Quest Guide

EQUUS Faculty

Over the last 17 years, Niccole spent time as an apprentice under respected indigenous healers from the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, North American First Nations, and Mexico. During these apprenticeships, she underwent intense spiritual initiations, which became the matrix for her approaches to healing. Niccole specializes in Shamanic and Nature based ceremonies inherited from her North and South American ancestors and teachers during her training. She incorporates these ancient healing techniques to deepen a person’s experience of their loving and transformation so they may more fully inhabit who they authentically are.

Topic: Ancient Wisdom Practices and ‘Larger Perspective’ Spiritual Reframes

Read full bio >

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.

Presence as a Coaching Tool

Coacharya Coaching Colloquium


Wednesday, July 17

9pm IST / 10:30am CST
Free • Zoom

This panel discussion features five coaches who each implement their own specialized approach to coaching by integrating various unique tools and methodologies based on their respective backgrounds. They will dialogue with each other and webinar attendees about how their coaching presence facilitates breakthrough learning in their clients. We will also explore ways to enhance the coaching environment through invoking the power of our clients’ presence.




This panel is in honor of EQUUS launching a 30-hour coaching course on presence-based coaching inspired by contemplative wisdom called The Selfless Coach, with EQUUS Founder Kelly Wendorf and EQUUS Faculty Adam Ramcharan as trainers. The course starts late October, early November. CEUs will be available.

Panelists


Kelly Wendorf, PCC, MECD


J. Scott Strachan, CPCC, PCC, MECD


Adam Ramcharan


Dan Weil, CPCC


Rebekkah Goldsmith

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.

Our Beginning


Several years ago, EQUUS Co-Founders Kelly Wendorf and J. Scott Strachan were on a completely different path. Scott was living on a boat in Sausalito, California (just near the Golden Gate Bridge) working as an executive /personal coach, culture consultant, and facilitator. His life was relatively carefree as a single bachelor, cycling long treks around northern California, sailing the San Francisco Bay, or enjoying a sunset off of the pier on his time off. Kelly, a mother of two teenagers, was working as a horse trainer, coach, mentor and facilitator in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and developing The EQUUS Experience®, an equine-assisted learning process that she facilitated for her clientele. She spent her days with horses and clients, and spent her off time hiking and backpacking in the wilderness. The two were worlds away from one another.

Then Scott was recruited by an Argentinian consultancy firm to be one of their six US-based coaches and facilitators. This same firm became clients of Kelly’s and sent their leadership team to do The EQUUS Experience in Santa Fe. After their time there, they invited Kelly as well to join their team. As new recruits, both were invited to attend the firm’s global study group. When Scott and Kelly arrived in Miami, Florida for their first study group workshop, little did they realize everything was about to change. Though they had many things in common, when Kelly described to Scott the part of her work that included horses, Scott expressed his indifference towards horses saying (with no malice) that in his opinion horses were ‘1200 pound beasts with brains the size of walnuts and it made for a bad combination!’ Kelly laughed. Immediately following their first meeting in Florida, they became friends. Over time they became a couple.

Scott’s first sojourn to Santa Fe to visit Kelly, included an introduction to the EQUUS horses. Kelly invited Scott to have a taste of the power inside equine-inspired wisdom. Within twenty minutes, Scott held a new perspective and appreciation for horses, and their powerful ability to create change. He asked Kelly why she had been keeping this work a secret, and immediately invested himself to change that. He traded in his Sperry topsiders for cowboy boots, his foul-weather sailing gear for a Carhartt jacket, and his green Marin vehicle for a horse-trailer-pulling Dodge Ram truck.

Starting a business together is never a first recommendation for a new couple. But Kelly and Scott are no ordinary pair. From the beginning they shared a robust passion for creating conditions where people and organizations could transform. So deep was their commitment to human potential, that they placed their entire relationship in service to that calling. The couple founded EQUUS and with that began the search for a property on which not only to call home, but to create an experiential discovery and learning campus.

One day, as part of their evaluation process of which accommodation partners would bring forward the same level of high touch care to their clients that EQUUS aspires to, they met with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. During this meeting, Scott and Kelly were informed of an 11-acre estate next door, not on the market, yet standing empty for eight years. Perhaps the owners might be willing to look at a creative way to restore the property through a lease-purchase, they thought, as they peered through the coyote fence into the forsaken property. It was quite obvious that in its current state of disrepair, no lender would provide a mortgage.

As they ambled around its perimeter, they were beginning to think outside the box. Clearly it had suffered from years of neglect. There was colossal amount of work to do. And extreme risk. How on earth could they pull this off? The answer: by doing exactly what they empower their clients to do – leverage their gifts, strengths and crystal clear intention.

After several months of Scott’s nimble negotiations, the property was theirs to lease, and then ultimately to buy. All they needed to do was immerse themselves into creating an environment befitting EQUUS’s quickly growing, high-performing clientele. This took an enormous amount of commitment, hard work, sweat and capital investment on their part. And it took an uncommon courage – all while continuing to grow and develop EQUUS. While they did not realize it at the time, what they were in fact doing was modelling for their clients what it is like to work towards your dream with unwavering determination. This is what they continue to do every day.

“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Scott and Kelly took special care to work within the Traditional Indigenous protocols of the area, and in so doing engaged with the Tesuque Pueblo governance, and asked for express permission to do the EQUUS work. Tesuque Elder, Kathy Sanchez, came to the property, blessed the land, blessed each of the horses, and blessed their work. They embed this protocol each day by formally acknowledging the Traditional carers, past present and future, in every opening of their workshops and retreats, and thanking them for EQUUS’s ability to do its work on the land. In ongoing support of their neighbors, EQUUS donates their property and workshop space to Tewa Women United, a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women, for some of their meetings.

Within a year, the property metamorphized into Thunderbird Ridge – an Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus, touting a gracious hacienda, a large arena, paddocks, a large sun-drenched workshop space, sculpture garden and landscaped hiking trails leading all the way into National Forest. It is the home of six gregarious horses, a donkey named Kassie, a dog and two barn cats. And it is a place that embraces every client that steps foot onto the land, and places themselves into the powerful tutelage of the horses. Each and every person, without exception, leaves there transformed.

And they are still at the beginning. There is so much more about to unfold – for EQUUS, for its clients, and for you. We invite you to follow along with us as we continue to grow and make immeasurably powerful impact in the world. Welcome to EQUUS, we are so pleased you are a part of this journey.

The EQUUS Experience®

One of our processes, for which we have gained worldwide acclaim, is The EQUUS Experience. Our award-winning leadership and personal development process, it engages partnership with horses to inspire discovery and insight in individuals, families and organizations in a joyful, memorable yet powerful way.

The approach uses various forms of ground work exercises that join horse and human into collaborative co-learning, thus revealing the way participants relate to themselves and others. All EQUUS facilitators are gifted at seeing these relationships and explore them with clients through the lenses of leadership, family, self-agency, wisdom and self-mastery.

No horse experience is necessary; no riding is involved.


Personal and Executive Coaching

Coaching sessions are approximately 50 minute calls on a regular scheduled basis. We commit to assisting our clients with their optimal desired outcomes, and help them to remain accountable to themselves in honoring their values and goals.

Wisdom Circles®

Real sustained change happens when people are surrounded by community. Innovative organizational cultures are co-created by confident leaders who feel that they have each other’s backs, can trust one another, and can confide safely in one another, and are aligned for a common purpose. For this reason EQUUS created facilitated leadership peer-group meetings called Wisdom Circles.


Custom Designed
Retreats and Workshops

Through an extensive intake process, EQUUS designs and facilitates game- and life-changing experiences for groups and individuals.

Retreats are day long, and multi-day and followed by several months of integrative coaching to ensure achieved outcomes. Clients stay next door at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, or at one of the VRBO / Airbnb managed two-bedroom self contained casitas at the adjacent Pueblo Encantado neighborhood. This provides a seamless retreat experience where the clients needs are met from the moment they disembark from their plane.

Workshops are half-day, day-long, and multi-day. Participants may stay at any of our accommodation partners, with transportation to and from Thunderbird Ridge handled by Santa Fe Valet. Workshops are usually coupled with several months of peer group circle meetings called Wisdom Circles® to ensure long term sustained change.

Our custom-designed workshops and retreats are available at Thunderbird Ridge and off-site, to serve the needs of our clients.

Keystone Leadership

Keystone species, such as the wolf or buffalo, change entire ecosystems by their mere presence. When wolves where reintroduced to Yellowstone, for example, rivers changed course, native flora and fauna returned, creating a healthier environment for all. In the same way, leaders have the capacity to wield enormous positive impact, not only by what they do, but by their presence. Our specially designed Keystone Leadership program works to cultivate this elusive yet essential capacity in leaders and leadership teams.

Shamanic Offerings

The EQUUS Shamanic offerings are a spiritual approach to help restore and deepen your connection to Mother Earth through earth-based wisdom traditions. In our sessions together, we look at ways you are able to create conditions for an authentic connection to Mother Earth. You will discover how to initiate that connection to Mother Earth through learning earth-based techniques that anchor, grow, and strengthen your inner vision. This inner vision allows you to tap into your Soul Vision and assists you in navigating challenge with genuine earth-based technologies. As you re-orient yourself back to your Soul, you encounter yourself from a more evolved space that will support you to align more fully with your deeper knowing and purpose.


Thunderbird Ridge Venue

Thunderbird Ridge is the 11 acre EQUUS Experiential Discovery and Learning Campus in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and a premiere location seated on sacred ground where the original land’s caretakers are honored today. Extreme care and the highest standards are held. The campus includes a gracious hacienda, a large workshop space streaming with natural light with a portal framing the Jemez Mountains. There is a private one-to-one room, a sculpture garden walk, nature and hiking trails that lead into the National Forest. Among native piñon groves are secluded meditation and contemplative spots and vistas, and a covered pergola overlooking our arena. Nearby and within easy access are premiere hotels, Tesuque Village, and historic Santa Fe is simply 15 minutes away.


Stories of Transformation


Couple’s Retreat
Lucy and Robert, married for 28 years, seeking to renew and revitalize their relationship.



Government Agency
Change Culture of Department Through Long-Term Contract.



International Consultancy Firm
The client sought a deeply personal experience for each participant, and a transformational change.



Women, Power & Money Retreat
A three-day retreat for 12 professional women from major national corporations, educational institutions and privately held businesses.


Client List (Partial)

AAA Colorado
Alan Cumming (Actor)
Amazon
Amanda Palmer (Singer, Songwriter, Activist)
American Family Insurance
Amy Tan (Author)
Axialent
Bank of the Rio Grande
Bette Midler (Actress, Singer)
CareSource
Central Garden and Pet
CIC Advisory
Cici’s Pizza
Cisco
CSG West
Dan Brown (Author)
DENT the Future
Equinix
Four Seasons
Geraldine Brooks (Author)
Hallmark Home Mortgages
Healthy Native Community Partners
Jamie Lee Curtis (Actress)
Jeff Bezos and family
Jeff and Susan Bridges
 (Actor)
Jeff Tweedy and family (Singer, Songwriter)
Jim Gaffigan (Comedian)

Julie Taymor (Lion King)
J.R. (Photographer, Activist)
Kevin Richardson (The Lion Whisperer)
Margaret Atwood (Author)
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Microsoft
Neil Gaiman (Author)
New Mexico Tourism Department
Pacific Pulmonary Services
Patty Smith (Singer, Songwriter)
REI
Red Bull
Rich Litvin
Sally Jewell (Former Secretary of the Interior)
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Shirley MacClaine (Dancer)
StriVectin
The Seminar Network
TEWA Women United
Tory Burch
Tracy Pollan
Wonderful
Zelda LaGrange (Assistant to Nelson Mandela)

Dream denial comes in all kinds of forms, packaged seductively inside facts, rationalizations, statistics, or morality. I would hear things like, “Well, let’s just be realistic here. Banks don’t make business loans to companies with your cash flow.” Or “It’s even more expensive to take care of your own horses than just board them at a stable,” Or said for my own good like “Do you want to have all that responsibility?”…

The Spiral Connection

EQUUS strives to be socially responsible to those underserved communities, non-profit organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the world.

Our client loyalty and community outreach scholarship program

Most of our clients are by referral and we want to reciprocate that positive energy. We give a ‘thank you’ commission for the referral of someone to EQUUS who then becomes an EQUUS client. Referrals may be used in several ways:

  • Referral Thank You Commission paid directly to you in cash.
  • Referral Thank You Commission credit towards your next engagement with EQUUS
  • Or, you may wish to donate your Referral Thank You Commission to the Spiral Connection Scholarship Fund, a public outreach program that gifts an EQUUS Experience process to qualified social change thought leaders, community activists and educators.

*conditions apply