Trauma Life Coach and Horse Whisperer
A Personal Letter to You
Throughout my life, there have been many times I have experienced a deep sense of hopelessness. These periods were all characterized by a lack of trust in all of life and sadly, within myself.
Again and again, I’ve found solace in the wisdom of nature, especially the way horses have offered me a powerful roadmap for restoring a genuine state of peace and playfulness within myself. The fierce honesty and gentle guidance of my horse friends have revealed to me profound ways for all of us to explore, play, and reconnect with our innate wisdom and harmony.
On this planet, life itself is, and always has been about relationships. Ironically, for today’s humans, our relationships have many challenges because most of us have been born into a lifetime greatly impacted by the ripple effects of trauma.
Those ripples spread out to touch every aspect of humanity in a vicious cycle where conflict creates trauma, which in turn creates more conflict and even more trauma. The dismal result leaves most of us stuck repeating the same, painful patterns with little hope for change.
Fortunately, humanity is not destined to be enslaved to an endless cycle of conflict, trauma and pain. Though it may sound simple, the greatest way to change the trauma-based cycles of humanity is by turning toward one’s own self in an honest and accepting manner. From there, as we foster more self compassion, we can transform the relationship we have towards ourselves which then allows a profound change to occur in our relationships with others.
In turn, the ripple effect of connection and inter-relatedness will ultimately allow us to transform our relationship with life itself.
Like a never-ending spiral, these ongoing transformations will pave a powerful pathway forward for all of humanity to re-engage in an enchanting dance together with the greater mystery of life.
What You Need to Know
I’m not a therapist or a psychologist. After many years of learning directly from Mother Nature and a truly insatiable determination to learn all I can about how we can actually integrate our experiences of trauma, I’m honored to share with you the insights and practices that have utterly changed my life. I can honestly say that implementing these lessons have given me, and many of my clients, a true sense of freedom and aliveness that I didn’t believe was possible.
World-renowned Trauma Life Coach
I am a life coach, horse whisperer, spiritual mentor and the founder of the Equus Coaching Movement. I support individuals and facilitate organizations both online and in person in South Africa, Europe, the UAE, Canada, and the United States. From early childhood horses became an important part of my journey to rebuild a sense of trust in myself and the world around me.
At the start of my journey, I completed direct a apprenticeship with an internationally recognized equine trainer as well as an apprenticeship with best-selling author, life coach, and O Magazine columnist, Dr. Martha Beck. My work has been featured in O Magazine, BBC Business Report, the National Journal, the OWN Network and I’m a TEDx speaker.
In 2006, I founded the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching out of a desire (and demand!) to share these life-transforming insights with others. I’ve designed an extensive training program to support others to learn how to safely and effectively conduct Equus Coaching sessions for their own clients. The Institute has evolved into a remarkable community of compassionate and highly skilled Equus Coaches dedicated to facilitating transformative encounters with horses. This training institute is now led and managed by one of my long time teaching instructors, Erin Cutshall.
Today, I live in Colorado and I’m completing my advanced certification in Somatic Experiencing and Attachment Theory and I focus my time on facilitating transformational retreats for clients in need, all of which are keenly guided by the wisdom of animals. I see myself as a humble student of life. I constantly marvel at the magic and resilience of the human spirit, and I strive to continue serving others.