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Personal Immersion DreamQuest
Imagine a custom retreat designed just for you!
This private immersion is designed to nourish your heART + Soul.
We begin with a Discovery Session to determine your needs and what you want from your DreamQuest immersion. From there we design a custom program to get you from here to there.
During your immersion, spend time in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Carbondale, Colorado. In this stunning landscape, you will be supported to open your heart, deepen your intuitive wisdom and reconnect to your creative spirit.
Through the immersion process, you will find the answers you’ve been seeking and the tools to step into your dreams.
Your Personal DreamQuest Immersion Will
“I signed up for a custom week-long Creative Awakenings Equine Experience retreat with horses and Creative Awakenings founder, Sheri Gaynor. I had high hopes, yet no expectations, of its experience or outcome. I was in a space of transition in my life. I felt a lot of loss and uncertainty before me after losing my husband, of 27 years, to cancer.
Horses have always been a source of beauty and light to me. The combination of their strength and grace leaves me in awe. I never expected to learn more about myself as I engaged with the equine realm. Sheri’s guidance was masterful as my experience with Dreamweaver “Sunday” evolved.
Sheri created a personal experience just for me. I drew from it exactly what I needed at the time and still draw from it today. I am reminded always to look within, to use and feel my emotions as information and create wholeness from them, rather than engage in misguided reaction. To function through uncertainty, that constantly moving ground we call LIFE, instead of hiding from it or masking it, is a challenge.
It takes courage and fortitude. I have come to be able to face the naked truth that is my own. Make friends with it. Be in compassionate relation to it.
And Dreamweaver Sunday, the four-legged, long-nosed, and long-tailed, intuitive creature with MUSCLE, taught me that changing direction isn’t always easy, but it is OK and often necessary.
Consistency. Patience. Endurance. Humor. Trust.
You can’t kid a horse, and a horse won’t even let you lie to yourself. In the presence of a horse, you have to be aware. You have to leave the games on the table when you walk into that ring. Life is much better when you can learn to navigate the journey IN YOUR BODY. I have downloaded in my BEING, this experience, and things that I couldn’t have understood any other way. I am a visual, tactile, experiential learner…Sheri and Sunday took me to a place of healing I couldn’t have achieved in traditional therapy. Love and gratitude is all I can convey for this gift. Wherever you are on the journey, nature will guide you. And so it is.”
~ Kathy Beckwith
Professional Immersion Creative Lead
Are you a leader feeling like you’re stranded on a desert island,
as you attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of communication
Are you a leader feeling like you’re stranded on a desert island, as you attempt to navigate the turbulent waters
of communication and personalities?
The world is calling for leaders who embody the skills of vulnerability, creative innovation and the fine art of interpersonal relating. Not all of us are to the manner born, but the truth is, these skills are something that most of us already possess.
Creative Lead will support you in strengthening your natural skills and offer you new tools to empower your ability to lead your team to enhanced productivity, improved, communication and creative innovation.
Your Creative Lead Immersion begins with a Discovery Session to determine your current goals. We then design an experiential immersion package specific to your needs.
You’ll learn new skills to step into your life and work with confidence and authenticity. These skills are not just for the office, you will leave feeling replenished and feel more confident about communication and leadership in all areas of your life.
Engaging with the herd is a powerful way
to learn new ways of relating to self or others
Engaging with the herd is a powerful way to learn new ways of relating to self or others
“I participated in a 2-day private immersion with Sheri in the summer of 2015. Earlier in the year, I had experienced a huge career shift that affected all areas of my life. I felt emotional, financially, and spiritually bankrupt and needed help in figuring out where to go next.
From the very beginning, Sheri was a professional and compassionate advocate for me and my soul’s work. From the ease of her online reservation system to the thought-provoking Welcome Packet she emailed me, to the beautiful binder she puts together and gave me upon arrival, it is evident that Sheri loves what she does and strives hard to give you all the tools you need to find your way. The binder is filled with a description of all the exercises she leads you through during her work, as well as several lovely poems that are inspiring and relevant to the deep work she provides.
During my workshop, Sheri was able to elicit from me the stories I tell myself that keep me stuck. By helping me let go of my limiting beliefs, she helped me start to create a vision for the kind of business I really want. She also helped me walk through the grief of many recent losses, which allowed me to realize that these losses were actually the most precious of gifts for creating real change in my life.
At the end of the workshop, during our follow up email, she invited me to engage in a creative activity to embody the revelations I had during my work with her. I did it, and guess what?? After doing this, I cannot tell you all of the amazing opportunities that have shown up in my life in service to my dream.
The alchemy of the soul’s work that I did with Sheri is truly miraculous to witness. I feel inspired, courageous, and excited to start moving in the direction of my dreams….an Equine Wellness Center in my town where horses help heal people’s hearts!
Thank you Sheri, for helping me let go of all the things that were holding me back!!”
The Creative Awakenings Equus-heART
Expressive Arts Training
Imagine a co-creative week in the gorgeous landscape of the Rocky Mountains, working one-to-one with Sheri. In this beautiful environment, we’ll weave the alchemy of creativity, with the wisdom of horses, to master the Eponaquest* 4-point method of emotional agility.
The Creative Awakenings Equus-heART Immersion is the fast track to my Creative Awakenings Expressive Arts teacher training. Many of you shared that it was challenging to step away from your work and life for 4 months at a time. I heard you and I’ve answered the call!
I’m now offering a 7-day intensive expressive arts facilitator training! The beauty of my 30-year career as an experiential practitioner it’s never gotten old, I LOVE my clients and practice and every day is a new adventure! I would LOVE to support you in feeling the same way!
Not for the faint of heard, Bootcamp for the Soul! is a deep-dive intensive, designed to get you up and running as an experiential practitioner in 7 days.
The Creative Awakenings Equus-heART Private Immersion™ offers you 4-hours a day of custom, intensive, transformational coaching, to support you moving past your perceived blocks, awakening to your true authenticity and discovering the life you are truly meant to be living
We begin with an inquiry. What is calling you? As we move into the field of dreams, we begin to live into the question, not seeking answers per say, but allowing the alchemical process of creativity and horses to unfold and inform.
Through encounters with the herd, meaningful conversation, expressive arts, writing, and mindfulness practices, Sheri’s Creative Awakenings EnVision process expands, giving you the confidence you need, to reach for and live the life of your dreams! Using Sheri’s book Creative Awakenings, as our guidebook, you’ll be supported to uncover, discover and EnVISION your true hearts longing.
This retreat/workshop is appropriate for all levels, never-ever’s to expert. If you’re new to horses, or even timid about the idea, never fear! This is a fantastic opportunity to partner with a horse, in a safe and nurturing environment, experiencing the wisdom of the herd, through an energetic and spiritual connection.
In doing so, you will deepen your relationship with your authentic self, build confidence, improve communication, enhance natural leadership skills. You’ll reconnect with your true nature and your intuitive knowing.
Experience the gift of the horse as muse, guide, and mentor. Replenish and immerse yourSELF in the beauty of your surroundings with horses, delicious cuisine, and lovely accommodations. Groups bookings are welcome. Please inquire.
BONUS: This retreat qualifies as an Eponaquest WorldWide Introductory workshop, allowing you to enroll in future advanced level workshops with Linda Kohanov.
Equus-heART Bootcamp for the Soul
Dancing Between the False
and the Authentic Self
“Five days of the intensive one on one work with Sheri Gaynor was beyond my expectations. It was an experience that words cannot describe. Together we moved through the process of creativity with art, movement as herd held the space for transformation to unfold in the field. My life has been altered to the new heights forever. I embodied my authentic self, looked at false self as I let go of the behavioral patterns that kept me stuck in the rut in the past.
We all danced for five days, in real and dream time, through the fields of both humanity and horses. Sheri walked by me and witnessed the process as she allowed me to dance and move through my repressed emotions. She fully felt and reflected the wisdom of the horses as I traveled from false self into embodying the authentic self.
The last day of integration was the culmination and the most powerful part of the training. I danced towards the herd and was asked to fully connect within my hearts’ deepest desire and ask “Who will be my dance partner?” This thought rushed in “What if they do not allow me to dance. What if I get rejected?” All the horses formed the circle and closed in. When I voiced the self-doubt, horses lined up and showed my dance partner. I still did not notice, Sherri pointed out what just happened.
I walked with my dance partner into the round pen for our dance. After arrival, I asked Marley to start moving and he did not. I felt sadness and asked Mary to help me release it as I was not going through my mind to figure it out what was it about. The thought came in, “Will this be our last dance?” I looked at his face he had a tear rolling down his eye. We both knew that we were complete and it was time to say goodbye to my false self. Marley walked towards the gate, unhooked the chain, opened the gate and let Takota in who had been silently holding space outside the round pen. I tuned into my body, loosened up and was ready for a dance with my new self. I allowed Takota to walk forward, with commitment and self-confidence.
Sheri coached me so that I could pass the threshold of the round pen into the arena where I felt deeper bonding, intimacy, and gratitude towards Takota on a heartfelt level.
That afternoon in the studio with Sheri, I decided to get messy and have fun with art materials. My takeaway from the immersion process was that I could still keep parts of my old creative self and dance with the new that is still emerging as I embrace each step with joy, fun, acceptance and play.
As I am writing this just a few days after the training, I am allowing in more joy, beauty, and nurturing. I have stepped into life fully, as I allow my new self to emerge with trust and faith. I catch myself as I hear Sheri’s voice “What is happening?” I release the breath, check in and go back to grazing, -creating with GUSTO. The partnership with my husband and others are transformed.
Thank you Sheri.”
P.S. The airB&B accommodations were fabulous
Book your complimentary 30-minute Discovery Session and begin your journey.