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Susan Eoff

Origins of Selfseeds:

Selfseeds © grew out of a request to create a “partnering workshop” for equestrians based on the partnering skills from ballroom dancing. My dance partner at the time, Eddie Schiffman, and I developed an awareness program from the principles of yoga, balance, weight distribution, flexibility, symmetry, rhythm, and partnering skills. Riders got to work alone and with human partners to better understand themselves and how they approach partnering without the presence of a horse. This self discovery undoubtedly applied to their equine partnership.

Overtime, as my interest grew in the areas of nutrition, fitness, personality, and meditation, I could see that the equestrian based program could evolve into a collective human program for addressing the fundamental ingredients of a holistic lifestyle. It is work and attention to detail to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so my challenge and others is how to realistically stay on track.

Out of stubbornness, I resorted to 5 minute practices when I didn’t have the time or energy to commit to a full practice. I started to experience and appreciate the continuity of this action. It tempered my feelings of guilt and created a sense of soul satisfaction to “stay in the loop.” I thought of the name soulseeds, but it was a practice inclusive of the mind, body, and soul: Selfseeds was more comprehensive. The idea of planting a Selfseed, nurturing it, and experiencing the fruition is very metaphorical for a peaceful life practice. So welcome to the Selfseeds Program!

Growth of Selfseeds

As a person who has worked with horses my entire life, I have always had a desire to see animals in their natural environment and more on their terms. An opportunity to combine riding horses and seeing wild animals in South Africa became available, so I put my life on hold for three months and headed out February 28, 2011.

The firsthand experience with elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, hippos, lions, leopards, water buffalo, kudu, impala, zebras, and all of the other mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles, was absolutely amazing. Between the animals and the land, I felt like I had touched something very sacred on our planet. The Waltzing Horses blog became my daily communication with friends and family, but it also turned into a journaling process for me to take note and digest what transpired within a 24 hour period.

After six weeks in South Africa, I headed north to Jaipur, India to find answers about humans and spirituality in a similar way that I was seeking answers at the essence level of animal existence.I was out of options for answers, so this appeared to be the make or break step to finding answers for, “Is it possible to find inner peace under all conditions?” and ” Are we all connected by some deeper thread of being, below the ego level?”

Six weeks of remarkable inner energetic experiences, I decided that I would like to move to Jaipur for an indefinite period of time to dive deeper into this remarkable spiritual opportunity. The move required that I first return to California to reorganize animals, clients, and material goods. The blogging continued. The Waltzing Horses Blog shares an ongoing, deeper aspect of my personal journey through life.

In the meantime, Selfseeds continued to simmer by including a Selfeeds blog that shared personal experiences, videos, and articles that related to the 11 Selfseeds. They were germinating in the Selfseeds garden with the hope that they would inspire an interactive environment for sharing, supporting, motivating, and learning from one another.

As Selfseeds continues to grow, the step to create a virtual site is so the program does not become root bound and overcrowded. Now,the Selfseed garden walls are limited only by cyberspace, so let’s get started by picking a Selfseed, planting it, and nurturing it with a 5 minute practice. Who knows what it could grow into. Have fun!



Susan Eoff’s life path has been fueled by three passions:  horses, ballroom dancing, and spirituality. Her early connection with horses was long distance riding, winning the North American Trail Ride Conference’s President’s Cup in 1982, and competing in the Tevis Cup in 1984. While completing a BS in Genetics at the University of California, Davis, she discovered dressage. It was a turning point in her life pathway: pursuing a professional career as a dressage trainer was ignited ( Her interest in history and global training techniques led her to multiple dressage masters in Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the US. Unsatisfied with the sensitivity and humaneness of horse training practices, she began exploring the biomechanics and partnering aspects of ballroom dancing. Twenty years of ballroom dancing has provided remarkable insight into the physical and mental construct of unity in motion. Her nature as a scientist, seeker, and skeptic has guided her to examining the inner truth of humans by meditating in an ashram in India for an extended period of time.
Selfseeds has taken on a deeper meaning and continues to inspire me to grow my personal garden in width, depth, and variety.  I completed the NASM personal trainer certification and the Corrective Exercises Certification. This step has greatly broadened my understanding of nutrition and fitness.  The time in India has revolutionized my life and life approach.  I went to India with the question of “Is inner peace possible while still staying connected to compassion, love, and truth?”  My teacher said “Yes” and the journey inward began with intensity.  The guidance and offering of the Selfseeds program has inspired me to find balance through the 11 selfseeds and to grow the uniqueness of who I am as an individuated soul of the whole.  My hope is to share Selfseeds, but in the meantime it has transformed my life starting with just 5 minutes.

“A garden is one of the few things in prison that one can control.
To plant a seed, watch it grow, tend to it and then harvest it gave me a feeling of simple happiness.”

– Nelson Mandela