In 2002, following her heart and her lifelong dream, Marianne bought 150 acres of rolling hills in Bancroft, Ontario. She named the property White Buffalo Acres. White Buffalo Acres became home to a variety of “critters” including dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and donkeys. Through the rehabilitation work with her horses, Marianne soon came to realize horses have profound inner wisdom and a natural ability and willingness to heal others. Her experience with the horses led her to becoming a certified FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) practitioner and the founding of the Anahata Horse Centre. The Anahata Horse Centre is the 3rd business Marianne has evolved from heartfelt life experiences.
Her first business, Rulestone Renovations Inc., was a residential renovation business specializing in healthy housing born of Marianne’s environmental sensitivities and her passion for environmental and non-toxic construction. As a result of the company’s innovations, the residential renovations company was awarded the CMHC 1995 Healthy Housing Award.
Marianne could easily be taken for a renaissance woman. Montreal born and raised, she holds a BA in Business Administration from Acadia University with a major in Accounting and Small Business. Ms Bertrand is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Commission Course and also pursued a degree in Interior Design at Ryerson Polytechnic University.
Marianne exemplifies “business with a passion” and the spirit of “Heart Felt Success”.
In becoming a Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning Practitioner, Jody has embraced the partnership of human and horse, understanding the potency and resource that such a relationship can offer.
Jody has spent the last 27 years working and learning as a counselor and therapist. She currently offers therapy in private practice in Bancroft, Ontario. She is the co-founder and co-facilitator of the Sacred Path Centre, offering workshops braiding spirituality, creativity and sexuality. Jody’s primary focus as a therapist is on working with adult survivors of childhood trauma. As a shamanic practitioner she brings earth-based healing modalities into much of her work as a healer.
Jody offers equine facilitated therapy and workshops through the Anahata Horse Centre in Bancroft, Ontario where she works with Marianne Bertrand, and her herd of rescue horses and donkeys. The horses are teaching Jody how to work as a healer in a new way and to find true balance through connection with nature.
In the last five years, Melissa has woven her diverse strands of education, work and spiritual path together as a workshop facilitator at the Sacred Path Centre in Bancroft, Ontario. More recently she has added another strand; with the completion of the ‘Partners in Connection’ program at Horse Spirit Connections, she has become a co-facilitator at the Anahata Horse Centre in Bancroft.
It seems that life has come full circle as Melissa’s teenage passion for horses has reappeared powerfully with a shifted focus to experiencing horses as willing companions in the journey towards self-knowledge, healing and connecting to life.
Kristin has apprenticed under such people as Pat Carter, Pattie Carter and Jennifer Mcilwraith. She has her level 1 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) certificate, her CEF rider level 3 certificates as well as numerous stable management courses, clinics and workshops. She loves teaching and is working to become a certified Centered Riding Coach.
Kristin currently lives in Bancroft and works at the Anahata Horse Centre. Her involvement with the Anahata Horse Centre introduced her to a wonderful side of horses she had not yet experienced. A side where horses have a voice and the ability to lead and heal others. Kristin is enrolled to become a Co-facilitator of the FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) program through Horse Spirit Connections. She will be graduating in August of 2011.
Kristin lives her true passion … the way of the Horse.
Victoria enjoys assisting people, whether in their careers, as new immigrants to Canada, or with their personal lives – and welcomes innovative approaches to learning. As an accomplished educator, she has has honed her skill with extensive experience in Project Management and Employment Training, including international experience. Victoria has over 20 years experience developing and implementing employment and communication training programs for immigrants, youth-at-risk and woman while managing client intake, assessment, and career planning. A strategist as well as a teacher, Victoria has worked with the Agribusiness and Trade Unit of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Emerging Markets providing support in project/proposal administration, marketing, and recruiting for international development projects. She holds a Bachelor of Education specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), an Ontario Teacher's Certification (OTC) and a TESL Ontario Certification.
Victoria currently is an associate with Horse Spirit Connections and co-facilitates with other EFL practitioners. As facilitator, mentor, program developer, and train-the-trainer assistant, Victoria brings her education and training expertise as well as her diverse experience working with horses. She has learned from EPONA instructors, Klaus Hempfling, EAGALA, Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, and Equine Guided Education Association.
Victoria enjoys being in nature, dancing Tango and kayaking Georgian Bay. With joy, she celebrates her family, including her two children and partner, Gary.
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