Focused on personal, professional and spiritual development utilizing Equine Assisted Learning, Ponderosa Connection offers a unique care-farm experience for people to learn and play in a team dynamic to connect with nature, animals and themselves.
Ponderosa Connection is located at a care-farm on the outskirts of Marquis, SK. This unique care-farm provides an interactive learning experience focused on personal, professional and spiritual development. Ponderosa Connection fosters a safe and mindful environment to develop valuable life skills such as: Active Listening, Articulation, Body Language, Communication, Focus, Collaboration, Relationship Building, Negotiation, Trust, and Problem Solving. These skills are essential to develop and maintain healthy relationships, strong bonds and authentic communication. We offer these skill development programs alongside our horse teachers who encourage, support and empower individual and team growth.
Equine Guided Coaching also known as Equine Assisted Learning is an experiential style of learning which facilitates developing life skills through positive interactions with horses. Experiential learning has been termed “the natural way of learning” and stimulates all senses and learning styles. Individuals work within a team dynamic to complete objectively driven exercises designed to encourage self-awareness, esteem and confidence. Essential life skills are developed by working with horses through ground work – no riding or horse experience necessary! The learner based lessons are validated through hands-on experience, personal reflection and self-evaluation. Equine Guided Wellness is a mindful journey guided by an equine personal coach, horse wisdom and energy medicine and fosters personal growth through discovery, nature and animals.
"When you touch one thing with deep
awareness, you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Crystal is a horse lover, nature enthusiast and is passionate about teaching about horses. Her love of horses began at an early age and she was riding before she could walk. Throughout Crystal's childhood, she helped on her grandmother's farm which included teaching and coordinating a youth 4-H Summer Riding Camp. In her spare time she would be riding ponies with her cousins in horse shows, ditches and trail rides.
2018 brought a lot of changes. Crystal went through a spiritual awakening which led her to actively seek and utilize tools that would help to heal her own past traumas. She then obtained her Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Certification, and that inspired her to begin her passion project, Ponderosa Connection. Ponderosa Connection provides an opportunity to combine her love for horses with a vested interest in personal development, continuous improvement and servicing the community she lives in.