There is no place I would rather be than in the corral among the horses and healing energy. It is a place surrounded by mountains, nestled in the heart of the wild west, where horses receive healing and, in turn, heal human hearts. It is an energy so subtle it ignites the flame within, with an art that has worldwide recognition and acceptance. If you have felt the pull of destiny, now is the time to embrace your calling as the lightworker you were born be.
One of ROTH’s most popular retreats, Healing Horses at the Historic Bitterroot Ranch in Dubois, WY, came and went in early June. Dubois is located in the niche below the intersection of two great mountain ranges: the volcanic Absarokas, spilling eastward from Yellowstone, and the southeastward-ranging Wind River Mountains, the tallest mountain range in Wyoming. Students from across the US gathered amidst the peaks and the Wind River as they mingled with the horses, spending time within the herd, reading the horses’ energies, answering their requests for healing, and helping to interpret their registers.
One of the biggest hits of Anna’s Healing Horses classes is the Love Lessons. When we connect with the horse’s heart chakra, they can express emotion through us that they otherwise would not be able to. Consequently, we can experience our own healing by being the channel for their emotional release. Love begets love, and love lessons beget love lessons!
Here are some images from this year’s Healing Horses at the Bitterroot Ranch Retreat along with what our students had to share about their experience:
Sue L. of NC
Learning the life-changing art of Reiki in their incredible, beautiful landscape was, quite simply, transformational.
Donna P. of WV
Authentic connection and magical transformation – this was the result of my reiki experience with Anna Twinney. Join the tribe/herd and let the magic begin!
Happy S. of CO
Everyone told me this week would change my life…. They were right! Everyday was life lessons learned, but the most amazing day was the day I gave Reiki to a young Arabian Stallion. Life-changing! He taught me so much about being present in the moment and listening! I know when I get home my horses will thank him. Blessings to Anna, all the members of my group, and the Bitterroot Ranch!
Elena D. of CO
The beauty of the retreat location was matched by the grace and intensity of the teachings. I am confident I will be bringing back to my ranch a very useful and unique practice for my animals.
Sally W. of MA
What I loved best were the reiki Attunements, which, for me, were the most spiritual aspect of the retreat. I also loved the opportunity to give Reiki love to the horses while they were in a corral. (There were many more horses there than I could connect with!) At one point I was surrounded by 5 horses all wanting Reiki love.
Marilyn S. of MN
To walk into a herd of 80-100 horses and have them choose you…what an exhilarating experience and I will not top that for awhile! Giving to the horses is amazing!
Richard J. of VA
From staff to clinician, everyone was extremely helpful and informative. I will be able to use most of all the information in my present employment. Thank you.
Sydney B. VA
If you ware feeling closed down in our modern world, in this clinic you will feel your heart grow at least 10 sizes BIGGER! NO MORE GRINCH! Great for all levels of experience.
Stacey B. of MN
I came to Bitterroot Ranch with Anna here because I truly needed emotional, spiritual and physical healing. I am so blessed that I got even more than I could have ever expected. My advice to you would be to trust the flow of how Anna works – that’s what made my life lesson shine through. The bond and friendship with all the others n the class is priceless. I am truly healed and this experience has and will change my life forever. Much love to all here: horses, dogs, staff, friends, others and Anna!
The week began early for our Reiki Master students who arrived in advance for their Master Attunements and to access the new information they would be using out in the world as they begin their journeys as Master Healers. From selecting oils for attunements to master healing sessions, truly a transformational experience was had by all…even by the curious onlookers.
From our Reiki Master, Christine M. of wherever the wind takes her…
The idyllic setting of the Bitterroot Ranch added to the magic of this wonderful, week-long, experiential retreat. Being immersed in nature and surrounded by beauty from the moment we stepped out of our gorgeous log cabins was an absolute joy. Totally loved sharing Reiki with the lovely group of people on the retreat, energy healing with the horses and the spectacle of a 200 odd herd making their way up to higher pastures every evening. The absolute highlight for me though was receiving the Reiki Master attunement with the energy of the elements all around us and the horses coming in to share their energy and healing as well. It truly was a remarkable and magical experience. Heartfelt thanks to Anna for creating this fabulous event. Would do it again tomorrow!
We all have our stories of woe to tell, this is for certain. Mine includes a major spinal fusion surgery at a very young age, nerve damage in numerous places, premature arthritis, and myriad other little fun things that come with the body of someone who really lived and breathed each and every day with horses in her early life and has the scars to prove it. I was hard on my body, riding was hard on my body, and some of my less-graceful encounters with horses on the ground have definitely been hard on my body. If only I had known then what I know now about safety…if only I had met Anna when I was 12 instead of…well, a couple decades later.
Living in Colorado as well can aggravate some of these issues, as the cold and the altitude are often not kind to joints; neither are some of the dry, summer conditions and the ever-shifting Barometric Pressure, but for someone like me who is probably never going to move because I LOVE it here, and who cannot take prolonged Opiate medications, nor prolonged anti-inflammatories to help with chronic pain, what is there left to do?
My friend, I introduce you to Peppermint Oil. I say this with full awareness that if someone had told me I could temper fear-inducing nerve pain, muscle spasms that cause me to utter things I probably shouldn’t, and joint pain that I will likely have the rest of my life, I would have laughed at your naivete. How cute! You want to help treat my pain with what is essentially a Christmas candy? Well, older, wiser, and more open-minded, this is what I am telling you is possible.
I don’t just use Peppermint for my chronic pain on my back and sciatic nerve, I have used it for sore throats, tight chest, coughs, sunburns, headaches, upset stomach, acid reflux, tooth pain, restless legs at night, mosquito bites, and, probably the most important for someone like me who is afraid sometimes of just how long the pain will last, how bad it might get, whether I will have to go to the ER, whether I will have to miss work, whether I will be able to take care of my horses, clean the barn, feed the dogs, drive my car, sit, lay down, sleep…and on and on ad infinitum, GROUNDING.
When I inhale and take a deep, lung-filling breath of Peppermint, I am present. The problems, the worries, the future concerns that may never come to pass are gone because I am grounded quite instantly. So, in addition to the relief of physical ailments is the added relief of anxiety. There’s just something so very healing about it because it soothes me, mind, body, and spirit, just when I need it most.
I put Peppermint directly on my skin anywhere, but some people will prefer a carrier oil because it can be quite strong. You’ll want to wash your hands and make sure you don’t get any in your eyes, of course, as even after washing my hands thoroughly I have found it in my eyes on occasion.
After having doctors tell me I would be on a number of medications for the rest of my life, medications that are in the spotlight right now and the focus of hot debate, I know I have a more holistic option with this natural approach that often gets me over the pain hump, and before I know it I have moved on mentally just enough for the body to relax and remedy whatever was the issue at the time. It is because of this I say, Peppermint for President! May the prospect and healing possibility of Peppermint grace your life the way it has mine.
***Statements made on this BLOG about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician or veterinarian. If you or your animal are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.***
The sunset ride is only just coming back to me now, it feels like a dream. Gradually I’m piecing things together. The last moments I remember were seeing my mare trot towards us calling from the other side of the fence in dim light. I was close to home. My last thought was: “All you have to do is stay on, you will stop eventually.” From then on it’s all a blank. I have no recollection. I’m not sure how long I was knocked out and unconscious lying on the ground, or how I came off my horse, how I walked back home having her by my side.
He tells me I called for him inside the house telling him something was wrong, but I didn’t know what. My face told the story for me. How much time went by is a mystery to me, but it was dark. I have no recollection.
I “awoke” on the staircase with a familiar face taking care of me, gradually recognizing my surroundings and yet not knowing what time of year it was, only to be startled to see Christmas decorations. I knew my name and my son’s name. I didn’t recognize what I was wearing and thought I had just woken up from a dream. Why was there so much interest when I had just awoken? My hubby was naturally concerned with my severe confusion and after I insisted on showering we spent Saturday evening in emergency trauma.
I walked in by myself with extreme lower back pain, it reminded me of going into labor and walking like I was about to give birth. Surprisingly, I had no headache despite feeling extreme nausea. The trauma unit took my horse riding situation seriously and put me through all kinds of scans to finally determine it was no worse than a concussion. With debris tangled in my hair, my helmet most likely saved my life.
I’ve been through a vaulting (Gymnastics on horseback) accident, head-on car accident, and have been the passenger in a rolled over Police vehicle. I’ve been assaulted on numerous occasions and have been kicked, bitten, yanked, dragged, and fallen off horses a number of times, but never experienced broken bones or a concussion before. I consider myself well-taken-care-of.
I am thankful my Creator did not call me home just yet and I was brought to tears this morning when my 5-year old son stated: “but Mummy you were wearing a helmet, right?” He already knows the importance of this protection. ” I would love you forever…” he said, as he contemplated his thoughts. Instead, I am surrounded by angels to learn lessons I have yet to discover.
I will take care of myself and nurture those pieces that have been bruised as I care about my body. This time, instead of treating my body simply as a machine that needs servicing I will feel the love for myself. My life will never be the same as I unravel the effects of this fall, but I do know it will be better.
What Oil I chose to Help Mitigate Effects of the Fall and to Regain my
Brain Power Essential Oil is an excellent blend of essential oils that is specifically designed to bring mental clarity and greater focus that is sometimes associated with mental fatigue or a long day at work.
It contains oils that are very high in sesquiterpenes, which support healthy brain function. Use it before a meeting or competition to give you that mental edge. Or use it to help you focus during meditation. Either way, Brain Power is a welcome blend.
Brain Power essential oil is one of my favorite essential oil blends and I often use it when working with animals. Alternate it with Clarity Essential Oil and see which one works better for you and your companions. Combine with any blend to make it more effective!
***Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician or veterinarian. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.***
If you had asked me to describe the partnership between our horses and humans there are so many words I could bring forth: love, trust, compassion, connection, mutual respect and understanding…communication, collaboration, fun, enjoyment, relationship, leadership.
Today I FELT something that went beyond this description, something difficult to put into words for “B” (we shall call him); a Belgian who described how he lays his life on the line when he teams up to pull the wagon – just like she does driving him. He has to trust his person in the wilderness they live in and call home. He has to rely on his person to be there for him. He has to be able to listen and work truly as a team for survival and success. Nothing quite compares to the lifestyle they live…naturally.
They are to grow old together. His excellent training stands him in good stead as an upright citizen, but they still need to be patient with one another as they explore their relationship and build it on true trust. As he learns her language, her needs, and expectations, she learns about him. It’s a partnership built on honesty.
The care that was overlooked previously and the suppleness needed to stay athletic are only a small part of the overall picture. Not everyone can take the reins to drive a team – it’s not about technicalities or queues, it’s about the experiences they share to get them to the very point of trusting one another. This cannot be transferred to another, instead they share this journey. It’s the journey less travelled as they experience the natural world becoming true friends and partners.
He had begun to “run out” during training and to not do his job, thus causing danger to his young rider who was learning steer wrestling. He cut to the chase during our session together – no small talk, as he valued his time and realized his voice needed to come across clearly. His honesty showed just how he ran left, leaving his rider hanging short of the steer.
He shared about the saddle fit (the one that fitted) and the pressure on his withers with his rider leaning to the right. He had the solution too. Through detailed description, he showed levels and location of pain throughout his body taken care of by the chiropractor – while asking for ongoing support.
“Ridden hard and put away wet” in his time – expectations for him had been high. This rider was different; he was sensitive. And yet there was fear surrounding the consequences of him running out from others with harsh spurs whose expectations stole his confidence and returned him to innocence. His mental and emotional anxiety had grown and it seemed he had internalized his feelings, ultimately manifesting physical side effects. He gave all the reasons as to why he behaved this way, so there would be no more speculation, but instead, clarity. He gave answers to questions and paved the way forward. They offered alternative therapies and guidance…this was to be a new way of training and if up for the task, they would become one as they explored their partnership.
Just a week later Anna received the following from a grateful Mother of a young man who can now begin to really explore his talent for a sport he loves with his willing partner, Splash.
Anna – I thought you might like to hear this – Will practiced with Splash today (with steers) and he used Peace and Calming Oil on the heart space/forehead/and front leg acupressure points to calm the soul, Valor on either side of the spine from the solar plexus back to the Root Chakra, did visualization with him and thought communication, and with the use of his new gel pad on the withers,…had PERFECT RUNS!!!!!!! He has not done that in a year!!! He ran perfectly straight and did not veer left even a step! Will praised him and had another chiropractic adjustment done afterward. COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!!!! Thank you sooo much!
A magic story about a friendship and the love for all living creatures –
Via the combination of Animal Communication, Reiki, and the Bowen technique – thanks to Anna
In gratitude, I wish to share these magic moments of connection and healing with you.
Sending so many thoughts and thanks to Anna, my loving and patient mentor through years and still in these moments sharing her immense experience so generously!
I have had the pleasure of attending several of Anna’s AC workshops, as well as Reiki here in Denmark together with my close friend, Trillee.
I am now attending the AC Mentorship programme for the 2nd year and loving it more every day! All of the knowledge and skills that Anna shares, as well as the connectedness with fellow participants and their four-legged friends is wonderful.
A while ago, my friend, Trillee, called me when I was in town. (We often work together long distance). There was an emergency: a horse was lying down, not wanting or being able to get up. The horse was owned by a person very special to her, so she was quite upset and touched. The horse was somewhere here on my island, Funen. With Trillee, being over on the west coast, and me in the middle of the island, neither of us were near them.
I wondered, could I help by sending healing/distance Bowen? She would send Reiki and Munay-Ki as well. I was told, that the vet was on his way, too. So, I tuned in, just sat down in the middle of a busy, noisy, shopping center – and there he was – the horse. I did some testing distance, felt a stomach ache, like colic, but not really colic, more like some muscles being tight around his belly, causing the pain. I felt his front line being tight, and his legs not able to carry him, not being able to get up. I did some emergency Bowen, then sensed I had to do something to help him breathe better, so I did some more moves for respiratory. Then I sensed, his sacrum was somewhat unaligned, so I did some moves to help it get back into place.
There was a big change – it felt as if it was all ok now. I then told him that now he should be able to get up. “Come on – you can do it!”, I said to him to encourage him, and that he would be ok. I felt him get up and shake himself, as if to shake it all off, then there was easier breathing. And then there was quiet.
I had seen him as not small, but not that big either. Not just normally brown with black mane and tail, but not black either. Seeing brown, but with a darker touch – a deep, dark brown, like chestnut.
I sent text messages to Trillee to tell her, that I had finished. Then to share what I had done. Trillee had then sent it to the owner. She also shared what she herself had done and felt.
This was such a moving experience for me to get validation. It turned out that he had just that deep, dark, brown color. That when we had worked on him, he had suddenly just stood up and shaken, as if to shake everything off. Then everything was fine, and he got his appetite back. They told me about the sacrum; they shared that he had gotten stuck underneath the hay “basket” and had twisted his leg/hind end.
The daughter, who’s horse it was, had lost another horse last summer, and they shared that seeing the horse on the ground, only briefly lifting his head when she called out and then lying down again, had scared everyone. They worried that the vet might have to put him to sleep, as he was totally weak.
When I spoke to Trillee afterward, it turned out that she had been guided to work on the chest area as well. Getting an update in the evening, he was just fine. He had also been checked by the vet when he arrived in the afternoon.
Now, almost two weeks later, he is still doing fine and enjoying life.
We have planned for me to go visit them “live” to say hello and give him some wellness.
I am looking forward to meeting this very special soul. He was just so very present, being very brave.
I feel so humble to have experienced this miracle – so thank you, Anna, again – for making it possible!
I am feeling grateful for all this to “travel” across species and distances.