Jody Nixon has been a horse lover for as long as she can remember. She was first certified as a riding instructor at the age of 20 when she taught at Camp Birchwood in Minnesota in the summer of ’87. After graduating from Ohio University in June of ’88 with a studio art degree, she decided that she would like to shoe horses for a living. Eight weeks later, Jody graduated from the Belleview Horseshoeing School as a Certified Farrier. In the 90’s, she learned Natural Horsemanship from Pat Parelli and continued to teach riding and horsemanship for years. While working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, it occurred to Jody that these women needed a horse and since horses naturally make you stand up for yourself, she sought out an EEL program. In January 2014, she learned about Eponaquest International, took a workshop and transformed her life. She knew if she could combine her advocacy work with horses, she could help change lives. Jody graduated the regular apprenticeship in March of 2014 and graduated again as an Eponaquest International Advanced Instructor in October of 2015.
Jody has worked for Pegasus Equine Therapy since April 2014. She offers workshops and lessons at her Metaphorse Riding Instruction facility in Montrose, Colorado.
Maria is a Riding Focused Equine Facilitated Learning Instructor certified by Shelley Rosenberg (www.myhorsesmyhealers.com) and Dr. Nancy Coyne (www.heartsworknancycoyne.com). Maria excels at the art of creating supportive, sacred space for individuals and groups to access their full potential. She has 20 years experience teaching Integral yoga, meditation, Reiki attunements; yoga, permaculture and nature retreats; natural healing through massage, herbology and other modalities for people and animals and in the last years Equine Facilitated Learning. Maria has been in love with horses for as long as she can remember and started riding at an early age. She has always held a deep connection with all animals. At age 13 she was licensed by the state and federal government as a Wildlife Rehabilitator, worked for six years at the local humane society and several years as a Veterinary assistant. After reading Linda Kohanov’s book “The Tao of Equus” and having experiences with the horses she was living with that paralleled what she was reading, Maria sought out an Eponaquest retreat. Her experience was so profound she entered an almost year long immersion combining the six month apprenticeship with the additional opportunity to cofacilitate numerous retreats and workshops with her teachers. Inspired by the power of transformation that is possible when we cocreate with the unconditional love and sentient wisdom of the Horses, Maria created “Guru Horses”. A growing vision that currently offers Equine Facilitated Learning Adventures (EFLA, as she likes to call them) as 1-10 day workshops and retreats and also a safe haven for horses in need. Maria is deeply honored to offer this transformational work of the horses with people. “I have never experienced anything more beautiful than the way the Horses show us our true light”.
She lives between the jungle and the sea with her herd of guru horses, dog, cat and chickens on the Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica “the most biologically diverse place on the planet” according to National Geographic.
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.”
― Nisargadatta Maharaj