The gift of a horse.
Wisdom Way For Warriors is not about horsemanship skills, it's about your relationship with horses. The beauty of working with our horses is what you discover can be taken home and applied to your everyday life and relationships.
Some food for thought...
"What people usually don't know when they start taking meds for anxiety symptoms, is that by relying solely
on pills they will not learn how to control or eliminate symptoms without medication.
~ Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg
Let a horse help!
How? Book a session today and find out for yourself!
Coaching with horses is unmounted, safe, engaging and requires no previous horse experience.
Schedule your individual session:
To book your private session, please fill out your Wisdom Way Session Request here.
Who do you serve?
Post 9/11 men and women and active military, as well as women veterans from all eras.
Please keep in mind, because we work outside and with horses one should be able to withstand walking around the property and in the round pen.
What do I wear / bring?
We are located at approximately 6500 feet in the high desert of Santa Fe County. Mornings tend to be cool and temperatures increase through the day, so dressing in layers is recommended.
Closed shoes - no sandals
Wide brimmed hat
Light long sleeve shirt
Personal water bottle
You can even bring a journal to record your experience
How long is a session?
Each session is individually unique. When planning for your session you can safely plan for the minimum of 1.5 hours with a maximum of 3.
Most people enjoy the setting and not rushing is part of the journey.
Do you offer Customized Women Veteran Retreats?
Yes, upon request. Please contact us by sending your email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisdom Way retreats offer another way for our warriors to reconnect with their wisdom within. These retreats can range anywhere from getting to know horses, mindfulness guidance, communication, or even energy work to learn self-healing techniques.
Many women find the group setting empowering, nurturing and enlightening!
Read what some of our veterans had to say about the benefits they received by participating in our past retreats:
"As a therapist, I see the need and potential for groups like this where women are able to get
together and share life experiences and struggles in a safe, non judgmental environment."
~ Wendy D. Clinical Therapist and U.S. Navy Veteran
" When you have tried everything and your appointments become the same old thing call Nancy De Santis. Expect to be catapulted back into your soul. Never give up! Do something different for a different life. Give a horse a chance." ~ D. J. US Air Force
"I am not alone. Every time I come here I learn something new. I change something about myself. I leave something in the pen or arena or conversation that no longer serves my highest good. I listen better. I love who I am. I love the people here. The change keeps me coming back. I feel good.
These retreats are healing and truly magical intervals." ~ D.J. US Air Force
"Major healing of my heart from the horses, especially Hollywood with whom I have formed a special bond.
Magnificent heart opening and healing. Make it two days - I hate for it to end, I love this work and the healing that keeps happening." ~ B. B. US Navy
"bringing me back to a place of peace. I enjoyed everything" ~ Tina S. US Navy
"It was very beneficial in relieving stress." ~ Rosalinda R. US Army
"learning more about myself and getting rid of my fear of horses. I was able to relax and lead the horses around the arena...it was cool! This was on of the most enjoyable days I've had in a long time." ~ Donna M. US Army
"felt grounded, safe being with other women and women veterans." ~ Maria Y. US Army
"working on relaxing with horses, meeting other vets, women. Make it two days!!" ~ Wanda G. US Air Force
"meeting others who have had similar experiences and being able to express to Jack (horse) what I have trouble expressing to people." ~ Emily R. US Army
"time to be" ~ L. H. ~ US Army
"communication with these awesome animals again." ~ Lisa V. US Navy
"remembering how to relax, controlling my emotions, it's a great program to work on dealing with and working through emotional issues/problems." ~ Pat G. US Army
"accepting being around new people." ~ Kristy L. US Army
"I was able to unload feelings I had been holding inside... I feel better than when I came." ~ Rose R. US Army
"Being connected with people who are understanding and empathetic about my experiences." ~ Sandra S. US Navy
"Learning new way to cope with different problems." ~ Wanda Y. US Air Force
"I would strongly suggest more Women Vets to take this healing journey." ~ Debra H. US Marine
Are you ready for lasting change?
Horses are teachers and carriers of messages...
Working with our horses can help you with:
Learning to be present and live in the moment
Attain inner peace and calm
Move beyond fear
Learn to trust
Increase energy and vitality
Working through grief & loss and the soul wounds of war
Horses are great coaches; they perceive, interpret and respond
to where we are in the moment.
There is no judgement. All they want is for us to be in
Complete Alignment ~ Mind, Body & Spirit.
Welcome to Wisdom Way For Warriors
Reward yourself with an experience of self-discovery through the way of the horse.
WISDOM WAY FOR WARRIORS
HORSES FOR HEROES - NEW MEXICO, INC.™
Meet two of your coaches:
Nancy & Jack
Jack is one of Nancy's four-legged co-facilitators
who is ready to work with YOU!
Nancy De Santis is the Programs Director at Horses For Heroes – New Mexico, Inc. She is the Lead CCHI Certified Horsemanship Riding Instructor, is a Certified Reiki Master and Certified Equine Gestalt Coach. Nancy's area of expertise and passion lies in the multidimensional aspects of trauma.
Nancy is currently offering Wisdom Way life coaching at no cost to veterans and active military, as her way of giving back to those who so selflessly have served.
A way to your Wisdom Within!
In any situation where a life change, trauma or incident has deeply affected you or when you want to clear past influences out of your way to growth, EGCM can benefit you.
What is EGCM® Certified?
Equine Gestalt Coaching is different than any other type of equine coaching you may have heard of or seen. With EGCM the horse is an active partner in the coaching and healing process. Using their combined wisdom and intuition, the EGCM coach and their equine partner will guide you through your experience and journey to greater self-awareness!
All of us carry the answers WITHIN OURSELVES.
The EGCM coach and their equine partner are there to help guide you and to help
UNCOVER THE WISDOM THAT LIES WITHIN YOU!
How? Working together, the EGCM coach, both two-legged and four-legged, will help you isolate the unfinished business that is causing you pain or blocking your path to success and happiness. Then, through experiential interaction they will assist you in clearing the energy that has been holding you back or keeping you from your best self.
EGCM is an “in the moment” process — your EGCM coach will therefore not need
personal information prior to your session.
"We meet you where you are!" ~Nancy
The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was developed byMelisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the method involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client's exploratory process. The integrative approach of the equine's interaction combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness, guidance and Gestalt methodology, assist the participant in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future. Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM®) is a two year certification process with a minimum of 40 Continuing Education Units (CEU's ) that must be completed every two years.
Is this "therapy"?
Not at all, this is coaching.
Though therapeutic in nature, coaching is about growth and awareness!
Coaching is partnering with a person in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires one to maximize their personal potential.
"The truth is, you are already whole, complete and perfect and are capable of making empowering choices.
We, my horses and I, are here to support you in your journey to uncover YOUR wisdom within!
~ Nancy De Santis Equine Gestalt Coach
Horses provide vast opportunities for growth and learning about our world and the world around us. Working with them creates an environment where we can recognize and acknowledge our actions, how we learn, how we communicate and how we interact with others. Working with our horses brings a deeper understanding and helps to provide a person with tools that can be taken into everyday life!