Press Kit: What Horses Teach Us About HealingAbout Koelle Simpson & Equus Coaching
Koelle Simpson is a world-renowned life coach, horse whisperer, founder of the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching, and leader of the Equus Coaching Movement. After experiencing early childhood trauma, horses became an important part of her journey to rebuilding a sense of trust in herself and the world around her. The safety, honesty, and wisdom she witnessed in these powerful four-legged teachers offered a profound roadmap to reconnect with her own inner wisdom.
Koelle has been honored to study with some of the world’s greatest teachers, including world-famous equine trainer Monty Roberts and best-selling author, life coach, and The Oprah Magazine columnist, Dr. Martha Beck. Koelle’s own work has been featured in such venues as O: The Oprah Magazine, BBC Business Report, the National Journal, the Washington Post, the OWN Network, and TEDx. She works with individuals, families, and institutions around the world.
In 2006, Koelle founded the Koelle Institute out of a desire to share her life-transforming insights with others. The Institute has evolved into a remarkable community of compassionate and highly skilled Equus Coaches dedicated to facilitating transformative encounters with horses all over the world.
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Simpson’s work has also been featured in Martha Beck’s books Steering by Starlight, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, and The Four-Day Win. She was also featured in Maureen Chiquet’s Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success, in which Chiquet, as Global CEO of Chanel, describes a transformative workshop led by Simpson for her Chanel team.
The Audience and Clientele
70% of adults in the U.S. alone have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. (NCCBH). One in three women and one and six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (NSVR).
Koelle’s work helps to provide hope and practical tools for integrating our past experiences of trauma. This integration process enables us to re-engage with the in the world around us and take the powerful steps needed to form healthy, safe relationships with one another.
Resource Sites for Statistics on Trauma:
Trauma Fact Sheet
& Organizations Supporting Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence
Given Koelle Simpson’s extensive journey in recovering from childhood sexual abuse, she is a supporter of women stepping out of the shadows to reclaim their power after sexual trauma. Koelle seeks to foster and supportive, insightful and inclusive conversations that help us to better understand the cause of these behaviors and remain curious for the steps needed to create a different culture. She welcomes the opportunity to speak at conferences, events, or with any media publications that have been a part of supporting the #MeToo Movement as well as groups and organizations that support documentaries in this topic such as Miss Representation, The Mask You Live, I am Jane Doe, and others.
Current research is enabling us to gaining a better understand for how the mind, body and emotions work in harmony with one another. Thanks to this recognition, we understand the vital importance for clients to be able to viscerally reengage with the body and overall nervous system in order to truly transform their old strategies and ignite new ways of engaging with the world around them. As as result, many therapist are stepping beyond their traditional model of talk therapy and incorporating Equus Coaching to help offer their clients a playful and highly effective way to engage with the somatic expressions of the body and transform patterns of trauma – all while forming a new friendships with horses.
The new business environment is marked by all the chaos and beauty of the natural world, so it’s not surprising that the leadership it calls for is shaped and informed by nature. This is likely why companies are increasingly turning to Equus Coaching® to hone the confidence, creativity and personal power of their leadership teams. Horses after all are sensitive biofeedback machines honed by fifty millions years of evolution. They teach leadership skills in a way that is as direct, kind and palpable as possible. Below are a list of some of the organizations Koelle Simpson has supported.
About the Institute
The Koelle Institute was founded in 2006 as a world-class training institute and international community of Equus Coaches. Our coaches are dedicated to sharing the wisdom and insights from horses to help clients discover personal transformation, authentic leadership, and empowered living. We facilitate profound immersive experiences with horses to help individuals and institutions reconnect with their innate wisdom and gain a visceral awareness of the patterns that shape our lives. It’s a dynamic approach to personal transformation that combines world-class life coaching with the timeless wisdom of the natural world.
Many often ask us, “Why horses?”
A horse’s inherently gentle nature, curiosity, and desire to work within a herd or community will cause a horse to seek connection, even with people.
Yet—unlike most adults who have been socially trained to form judgments and think in terms of “right and wrong”—horses only reflect the truth of the present moment. That means that they will consistently mirror back to a person the variations of the ripple effect a person’s inner dialog is having on one’s body as well as others in their surrounding environment.
Horses are remarkable for their ability to give clear, direct and rapid bio-feedback. This feedback enables the student or client to deepen their awareness of themselves. With a 1000+ pound, highly sensitive animal that cannot be coaxed or coerced—both positive and negative communication patterns very quickly become apparent!
The feedback we receive from horses is so direct and honest, it leaves people with nowhere to hide. Although this can feel exposing, both the horse and the Equus Coach act as compassionate guides to create a safe and open environment for learning. Clients often think they will witness a unique or surprising side of themselves while trying to interact with a horse.
But what we have found, however, is that when people are excited, confused, scared, frustrated or yearning for acceptance, they typically have the same reaction and use the same life coping strategies in all situations. The way we do anything is the way we tend to do everything. So, while a client thinks they are simply interacting with a horse—the facilitation work with a trained Equus Coach enables a client to identify patterns that play out in their friendships, intimate partner, or with colleagues at work.
As a result, working with horses can quickly shine a spotlight on the key factors preventing clients from forming genuine connections to others and also help to establish a better connection to their own inner truth. Clients often report that a single Equus Coaching session can be as helpful as years of intense therapy!
Equus Coaching clients are not only able to perceive their own internal patterns in a profound way, but they are also given the chance to practice implementing a genuine shift in their behavior. Within the session, they are able to embody the energy of the relationships they yearn for, and as a result, the effects are immediate!
- The Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching provides in-depth training programs to teach others the art and skill for facilitating Equus Coaching®
- The first training program began in 2010
- We train an average of 25 to 35 students per year to become certified Equus Coaches.
- We have certified 150 dedicated Equus Coaches around the world who’ve added this modality to their own individuals businesses.