What We Offer
With the intensity of the current times, many of us experience that long held beliefs are being challenged and old patterns don’t seem to work anymore. When you’re ready to make sense of everything you feel, then alpaca and equine facilitated wellness sessions are a wonderful process to gain insight and clarity about what your new future might hold.
Mini Horse Visits
This is for everyone who’s looking for some time in nature with mini horses, to touch or to share something with them that’s on your heart. It’s all about togetherness and being in the present moment and is especially beneficial for e.g. the elderly or people with disabilities.
Being with Horses
These sessions introduce everyone who’s new to horses and older than 9+ years to a gentle horse world. How should horses be kept? What are their needs? How do they communicate with each other and how can we peacefully communicate with them?
Come and Experience Peaceful Togetherness with Minis & Alpacas
Find answers to your questions, gain clarity about your next steps, and discover the courage to grow in a new direction.
Taking a deeper journey within not only allows you to heal the relationship with yourself, but also to transform the ones with others, like your partner, kids, job, or your animals. Visit us at our very private Serenity Hill Farm, located on one of the Gulf Islands in BC, Canada. Together we’ll find a way to restore your wellbeing and to make your life more enjoyable again.
Get In Touch
- (604) 561 6693
Body & Mind
- Attachment Based Approach
- Nonviolent Communication
- Mindfulness & Guided Meditations
- Body & Mind Centered Courses
- Equine & Alpaca Facilitated Sessions
- 15 Minute Free Discovery Sessions
WHAT DOES A WELLNESS SESSION LOOK LIKE?
After completing the paperwork and talking a bit about safety, we may, depending on your reasons for coming (and the weather) either begin the session inside in our cozy office or we may join the alpacas or minis in their paddock or field.
We will then give space for the session to unfold naturally and intuitively.
You might meet the mini you’d like to work with in the arena connecting with her in a more reflective way, or we may do a little walk together on a secure trail and for example talk about peaceful communication. Or we do a mindfulness or shaking practice together with the alpacas. Or it might just be connecting with the animals in their pasture, while processing your thoughts.
Facilitated equine and alpaca wellness sessions are a wonderful process and helpful to recognize what is being reflected back to us, opening the space for deeper insights, clarity, and healing. Me, my alpacas, and mini horses are already looking forward to meeting you. Let’s see, if we can make sense together of everything you have on your mind and heart.
Hey, nice to meet You!
My name is Britta and what I’m really passionate about is to inspire you to finally prioritize yourself and your own wellbeing. Which in turn will naturally improve all of your relationships. In my sessions I’m combining the best methods from different healing approaches like attachment theory, nonviolent communication, as well as guided meditations and more to find the ones that work specifically for you.
When I now think about which three things define me most (so that you know who you’ll meet) then it would be: everything about relationships fascinates me; I believe all animals are sentient beings and I always need to try out something new. That combination caused some ‘interesting’ turns in my life: I became an author, a farmer, lawyer, mother, traveller, counsellor, and German teacher. I’ve worked in animal shelters, moved 21x including to another continent, and also work on TV shows as German dialect coach.
What is your professional Background?
Degrees & Certificates: Registered Counsellor with ACCT, Canada. 2-year training and certification as Equine Facilitated Wellness Professional with Pro-EFW in 2020. B.Sc. Psychology, University of Hagen, Germany. LLM eq, University of Frankfurt, Germany. 2-year Mediation & Conflict Resolution advanced training program, Justice Institute, BC, Canada. Trained Coach, CTI. ASD Certificate, Popard, BC, Canada. And numerous courses, conferences, and seminars, some organized and led by me as project manager. The most recent, important ones: ‘Play’ Conference (Neufeld Institute, Vancouver), Trust Technique (James French, Online), and Peaceful & Free with Horses (Sonja Burgemeister, online).
Professional Experience: Self-employed since 2008 as counsellor and coach. German dialect coach for international film and TV projects since 2014. Junior lawyer (Justice Institute in Germany and in London, UK). Human Resources Consultant (Telekom, Germany). Project Manager (IIR International, Germany). Book: (published in German): Evolution & Selflove – The Normativity Hypothesis of the Attachment Theory under Critical Consideration of Cultural and Evolutionary Perspectives.
For whom are the Sessions ideal?
Being with Horses is for everyone who loves horses, but never had the chance to meet or really connect with them. We’ll talk about e.g. horse behaviour, grooming, feeding, differences in their personality, and how to recognize signs of stress. This is not a riding or natural horsemanship session. With these sessions I’d like to introduce you to a very different, deeper way of being with horses, a way, that I call ‘Peaceful Togetherness with Horses’… so come and meet the minis.
Horse Visits are ideal for people who just want to connect, feel, touch and to experience vivid moments. This is especially beneficial for the elderly or people with disabilities. For these sessions I’d like to ask the person’s caretaker, if necessary, to also be present during the session.
Wellness Sessions are ideal if any of this sounds familiar to you: Constant worries about daily life events, ‘what if’ questions, stress, list making, perfectionism. Or your life is about to change and you feel unsure about or overwhelmed by it (e.g. empty nest, retirement).
Or do you feel your life is like on autopilot, that your thoughts are more in the future and in the past, than in the ‘here and now’? Do you sometimes feel you’re missing out on life? Do you find yourself a lot of time distracting yourself by watching news, or spending time on social media? But at the same time you feel like you’re always in a rush and don’t seem to have time to take a break and/or you have difficulty sleeping? Are you often frustrated about your situation, and you would like to give your life a new direction, but don’t know what that might be or how to achieve it (e.g. self employment, better work-life-balance)?
Or do you have difficulties in your relationships. It might be, that your partner isn’t emotionally involved into your relationship anymore, insensitive, and unresponsive to your needs. Or do you have difficulties to say no, and always put the needs of others, e.g. your child’s or parent’s needs ahead of your own? Or are there control issues, that your partner is enmeshing in your life, maybe even to the point of trying to take complete control, like checking your phone and constant calls?
Or do you feel uncomfortable around other people? Maybe because you feel different and that you don’t really fit in anywhere, for example because you’re highly sensitive or a ‘multipotentialite’ (this is someone with multiple ‘callings’ or passions in life). Or do you feel no one understands and even attacks you for your ideas and world view or the causes you campion (e.g. animals rights, veganism).
Then me and my animals are very happy to meet you!
Please let me add, that I’m not qualified to work with you without the support of a qualified professional on issues like e.g. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, severe major depression, personality disorders, autism as well as severe phobias, panic disorders or OCD. The same is true for people who have substance abuse & addiction issues or eating disorders. I’m also not qualified to work with people who experienced severe physical or mental abuse.
But you’re still very welcome, because equine and alpaca facilitated wellness sessions can be a wonderful accompanying therapy for you.
What will I experience?
Meet our minis, alpacas, and me at our beautiful and very private farm. In our nature inspired sessions we do either or both, reconnecting with our body and rewiring our brain. And we nourish our soul.
Wellness Session: In a safe environment we’ll slow down and detangle our racing thoughts. We will be together with the animals in nature and see if something shows up that wants to be looked at. When emotions like fear, shame, or anger come up, we allow them to be there, because everything that’s part of our lives has its meaning and wants to be acknowledged. The goal is not to ‘let go’ of fears, frustration, or shame, but to find good ways to deal with – yes, to ‘communicate’ with them. We also talk about ways to set boundaries peacefully and what possibilities we have to move from overthinking to more calmness.
We’ll also become aware of our relationship patterns, the nature of our attachment style and the relationship to ourselves based on previous relationships with people, animals, and situations. We find what is missing and explore how we can take our inner child by the hand to improve our relationships, the one with ourselves and those with others, and how to heal them step by step.
Allowing emotions and learning to be authentic is not only important for women, quite the opposite. Many successful men have lost touch with their roots, lost sight of the meaning of what they are doing, and thus ultimately lost themselves. They strive for success and often have particular problems allowing themselves to relax, come into their center and reconnect with their feelings, intuition, and heart.
A great first step if you’re interested in a Wellness Session is to book your free 15 Minute Discovery Session. This is where we get to know each other and talk about if this could be something for you.
When are the Sessions and how much are they?
Sessions take place from Monday to Friday, between March and November, rain or shine. Since I just do one in-person session a day to keep the animals happy and engaged, I’m very flexible time wise, as long as it is not dark outside. Just contact me for a time that suits you.
- Wellness Sessions are 1 hour and the cost is $100 CAD
- Mini Horse Visits are 45 minutes and the cost is $50 CAD
- Being with Horses are 45 minutes and the cost is $50 CAD
A great first step if you’re interested in a Wellness Session is to book a 15 Minute Discovery Session. This is where we get to know each other and find out together if this could be something for you.
- Discovery Sessions are 15 – 20 minutes and of course free
We’re located on Mayne Island, so when you live in (or visit) Vancouver or Vancouver Island BC, Canada, and you’re willing to travel to the Gulf Islands, which are about an hour ferry ride away from either Vancouver or Victoria then we would be very happy to welcome you here. We’re so looking forward to meeting you here on our little farm.
Just want to visit the alpacas with your family? Then please click here.
We are fully insured for all activities with our horses and alpacas.
If you live in BC, Canada our sessions may be covered in full or part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check with your insurance provider or employer in advance whether counselling services are covered, if this is essential for you. The following insurance companies and benefit providers in BC have agreed to reimburse my services for plans that include counselling services: SunLife, Pacific Blue Cross, Green Shield, Manulife, and Claim Secure.
How does it help me to talk to someone?
Are you unsure, if you would just like to continue like before, or if you like to do a course or if it could help to talk to someone? Ok, then here are five reasons why it may be very helpful to talk to someone: 1. To get emotional support: Talking about things can help us finding validation, understanding, empathy and a sense of belonging. 2. To make sense of what’s happening: It helps to process experiences and emotions and make sense of it. By the way, good for this is also journaling. 3. It helps us to realize we are more than our negative experiences: We are not defined by things that happened or are still happening to us. They don’t take away any of our value. And they made us who we are. We’re the victor when we face it and go through it, rather than the victim anymore. 4. It’s a reality check: Negative experiences can make our understanding of the world upside down. Talking about it can debunk mistaken beliefs. Yes, what we experienced was abuse, gaslighting, guilt tripping, shaming, projection, feigned ignorance and more. And it was not ok. 5. To create purpose: Often, negative experiences sharpen our sense of purpose, remind us to focus on our family or community, or set us on a mission to give back, appreciate life, or realize our own strength and resilience. (Modified from a Psychology Today article 5 Reasons to Talk About Trauma | Psychology Today Australia).
Do the Horses enjoy the Sessions too?
Thank you for this question! Yes, horses are very curious animals and enjoy being in ‘seeking mode’, so meeting new people is interesting and fun for them and they often come to the gate to greet new people.
Everything we do with our horses and alpacas at liberty is based on consent. That means, we don’t do things to or with them that they don’t enjoy, as long, of course, as they respect our space. If we go out for a walk on the lead rope however, there are certain rules they (and we) must follow to keep us safe and our communication peaceful.
But more about this, when you’re here! Oh, and one more thing:
If you’re actively involved in animal welfare issues or you volunteer in an animal rescue or something similar, I absolutely encourage you to come and visit us for a session, if you feel that you’re traumatized through what you experienced as an animal rescuer. I so understand you! Let’s make sense of it together. And btw. if that’s your reason for coming, then 50% of the fee for our session will go to farm animals in need.