The Touched by a Horse Podcast

Today we welcome Melisa home from her retreat at Bonanza Creek Ranch! Listen in to hear about the awe-inspiring journey, the beautiful views, and the life-changing experiences through Gestalt. Interested in attending this retreat in 2023? Be sure to email office@touchedbyahorse.com for more information! 

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Welcome back to the Touched By a Horse podcast! Today we welcome good friends, Jaclyn and Tom Mazione. Jaclyn is a graduate of the program and both she and her husband Tom worked together to conduct the first scientific research on the efficacy of Equine Gestalt Coaching. Feeling the magic of healing with horses is undeniable, but now sharing the scientific data behind that magic is groundbreaking. Don’t miss this amazing episode!

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Whether human or animal, we all thrive in healthy and loving communities. Today Melisa and Dane reflect on the incredible and unexpected community that’s grown from the Touched By A Horse program. Through good times and bad, this herd has remained steadfast. Listen in to hear tales from this journey to a community built to last. 

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Today Melisa leads us in a fascinating lesson around horses and somatics! We learn about Melisa’s journey into this work and how public interest in the subject has evolved over the years. You could say her talks on the topic went from “come again?” to standing room only… Join us to learn the importance of not only understanding our own chakras but our horses’ as well. This energetic exchange is a crucial part of healing through horses so perk up those ears and get ready to learn! 


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Saddle up and settle in for an interview with a dear friend, EGC Method® Certified Practitioner, and current member of Melisa’s graduate program, Hertha Lund! After surviving a near-death experience, Hertha knew it was her mission to do everything possible to become whole, embody her real self, and fulfill her reason for being. Listen in today as we hear about her inspiration for healing and her incredible journey toward helping to heal others. You don’t want to miss it! 

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Cozy up and get ready for story time! Today Melisa and Dane take us down memory lane with hysterical and heartwarming tales of Dane’s father, James. This wonderful and sometimes kooky character went from an unexpected roommate to leaving a lasting impression on their family that they’ll never forget. Enjoy some family time on this episode of Touched By a Horse. 

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Welcome back to the Touched By a Horse Podcast! Today we welcome a dear friend Kathy Slagter.  Kathy is a published author and speaker, and a dual certified graduate of the Touched By A Horse Program, Certified Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, and the Gestalt Coaching Method Certification Program! Listen in to hear about Kathy’s experience in the program, as well as the journey it’s led her on including owning up to 30(!) horses, breeding her beloved Gypsy Vanners, and continuing to heal herself and others in recovery and sobriety. You won’t want to miss this! 

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Today Melisa and Dane are brave and generous enough to share the incredible love story of their late daughter Molly and her husband Corey. From their adorable and unconventional first date to their final moments together, this touching tale reminds us that true love knows no bounds. Be sure to grab a tissue or two and settle in for a story that you’ll never forget. 

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Today Melisa and Dane continue the conversation around their three wonderful kids, this time under the lens of business and entrepreneurship! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, working for a big corporation, or a government employee, it’s important to value the work you’re dedicating your time to. Listen in to hear about the career paths and interests of Cody, Kevin, and Molly and what this blended family is up to today! 

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The Brady Bunch may have made it seem pretty simple, but in reality, creating and growing a blended family takes patience, love, and one heck of a sense of humor! Today Melisa and Dane are chatting about their experience as a blended family and raising their children together. Through big laughs and difficult times, listen in as this dedicated pair shares stories that will simultaneously make you laugh and warm your heart. Welcome to the family! 

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Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®

Melisa developed the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®, where there are two Gestaltists present with the client—one human and one equine. Together they provide a therapeutic approach to deep-process emotional healing through the experiential nature of Gestalt work. Contrary to talk therapy, Gestalt work is experiential in nature and offers one of the most efficient means of working with past trauma and finding wholeness.

As of early 2019, there are close to two hundred certified Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® practitioners worldwide from countries as far away as South Africa and Singapore. These graduates, along with their equine partners, help their clients find positive futures and personal happiness. 

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