WIND HORSE MINDFULNESS TRAINING

An inspiring path to emotional well-being

Wind Horse is a unique blend of Hakomi (a body-centered method of therapy) and horseback riding that helps us find our “seat” in our everyday lives.

Wind Horse calms the mind and restores peace to the nervous system. You’ll feel your inherent joy naturally arise through the powerful experience of connecting with the horse. The horse offers permission to be your authentic self as he models authenticity in every moment. Let the horse hold you on his back as we step into the Permission Zone together and bring your authentic expression into the world.

Wind Horse uses the empathetic nature of the horse as a mirror in which to see yourself more clearly—the horse is a gentle and highly sensitive being that naturally listens at a very subtle level to exactly how you hold your body. As you enter a deeper, more centered state, the horse reflects the relaxation and security that arises. The horse is a steady indicator of our thoughts, our body language, tone of voice, and even how we breathe. He is a beautiful, 100% natural biofeedback device.

This work is great for facing fears, relaxing the nervous system, developing focus, and turning inward to listen to your body’s messages. Through this process, old, unconscious patterns are gently brought into awareness where they may be dissolved or transformed, leaving us freer and more focused.

Wind Horse riding is not about psychotherapy or intending to do psychotherapy. It is a training exercise in mindfulness and staying present in the moment in contact with our authentic feelings.

What to Expect

You will meet Lindy at a ranch located in a private and beautiful setting near the UCSC campus. The session is held in a safe enclosed arena. No previous riding experience is needed.

Lindy James & Domino

Lindy is always present while you are on the horse and watching for your safety. Lindy has extensive experience in natural horsemanship and safety around horses including 35 years of horse training and teaching horseback riding.

The environment, the horse’s mood, the client’s emotions and behavior are constantly monitored during the session to ensure the safest experience possible. Before your first session there will be a discussion about how you need to behave around the horse to be safe as well. Lindy will teach you enough to safely get on the horse and stay in balance with it. When you are ready, Lindy helps you mount up and you begin. Please note that if it does not feel right to get on the horse, you can work on the ground until it does.

Wind Horse is just good fun… I created this work with my dear, departed horse, Domino, combining mindfulness practice with horse riding in a simple fashion that is easy and fun for both horse and rider. I believe Wind Horse is a great venue for those that feel sitting in a office face-to-face is too constrictive. It is also very calming to those with trauma in the body or a speedy nature that would love to experience slowing down. One of the things I enjoy the most about doing this work is the smile that inevitably blooms on my client’s face.” – Lindy James

Lindy’s horse is named Pye, and he is gentle, calm and sweet. You can’t help but fall in love with this horse!
Sessions last one hour and cost $125.
Special offer: $95 introductory price!

About Lindy & Horses

Lindy grew up with horses and knows their ways and language like only time and experience can bring. Blending 35 years of riding instruction experience, a true love of horses, and Hakomi (body-centered psychotherapy), Lindy has created Wind Horse mindfulness training. She has always found ease working with people and started teaching horseback riding when she was 15.

Lindy is a graduate of the two year comprehensive training in the Hakomi Method with the Hakomi Institute of San Francisco. She also leads women’s groups and weekend retreats. She has a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA.

Linda Kohanov describes the process Wind Horse employs elegantly in her book, The Tao of Equus:
These intelligent, sensitive creatures respond to both positive and negative changes in the handler’s behavior, offering people constant feedback and timely rewards or consequences for their actions. Horses are social creatures who readily and honestly respond to the challenges inherent in forming and sustaining relationships. As animals that are preyed upon in nature, they have also retained a highly developed ability to sense changes in the stance and arousal levels of other herd members, an ability they easily transfer to interactions with human beings… A tremendous boost in self-esteem and confidence comes from learning how to establish boundaries and direct a thousand pound creature through mental focus, creative visualization and clarity of intent. These skills, which can be difficult to teach in a conventional classroom or counseling session, have far ranging applications linked to increased success in personal relationships, career and parenting.

Contact Lindy
Email: lindy@lindyjames.com
Phone: 831-662-3768

There was a smile lurking the whole time.

– Joy C.

I felt safe and relaxed because of Lindy’s confidence around the horse.

– J. M.

I felt a connection to my inner world. Since the outer world tends to scream more loudly, the whisper of the inner world gets hidden.

– Jody P.

Joyful, Peaceful, Excited, Unafraid, Calming, I liked everything you did.

– Corey F.

“Wind Horse is just good fun… I created this work with my dear, departed horse, Domino, combining mindfulness practice with horse riding in a simple fashion that is easy and fun for both horse and rider.

I believe Wind Horse is a great venue for those that feel sitting in a office face-to-face is too constrictive. It is also very calming to those with trauma in the body or a speedy nature that would love to experience slowing down.

One of the things I enjoy the most about doing this work is the smile that inevitably blooms on my client’s face.”

– Lindy James

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