Origins of Selfseeds

Selfseeds grew out of a request to create a “partnering workshop” for equestrians, Ride Like A Dancer. It was based on the partnering skills from ballroom dancing and more. My dance partner at the time, Eddie Schiffman, and I developed the awareness program from principles of yoga, balance, weight distribution, flexibility, symmetry, rhythm, and partnering skills.

First, riders worked as individuals. Secondly, the riders worked with human partners to better understand themselves. Thirdly, the horse was their partner. The horse trainer was surprised by their improvement in riding before the riding instruction even began. 

Knowing one's self became clear and critically important for improving the partnership with the horse.

Selfseeds

Growth of Selfseeds

The transition of Ride Like A Dancer to Selfseeds was completed in 2010. Selfseeds became a living template for my life with what was about to unfold.

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

South Africa Selfseeds

The firsthand experience with native animals, plants, and cultured, was absolutely amazing. Between the animals and the land, I felt that 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 of and digest what transpired within every 24-hour period.

India Selfseeds

After six weeks in South Africa, I traveled north to Jaipur, India seeking answers about humanity and spirituality. It was similar to the way I was seeking answers at the essence level of animal existence.

“Is it possible to find inner peace under all life circumstances:  with anyone, at any time, and under any conditions?"

"Are we all connected by some deeper thread of being, under the ego level?”

Several weeks of transformational, deep inner, energetic experiences was setting the new stage of my journey. I decided to move to Jaipur for an indefinite period of time to dive more completely into this stunning spiritual opportunity. The move required that I first return to California to reorganize animals, sell horses, help clients relocate, and minimize material possessions. The move was to a small, pink room with a ceiling fan down the street from the ashram. 

Germinating Selfseeds

In the meantime, Selfseeds germinated slowly by including a Selfeeds blog that shared personal experiences, videos, and articles relating to the 11 Selfseeds. The hope is to inspire an interactive environment for sharing, supporting, motivating, and learning from one another.

As Selfseeds continues to take root and grow, developing a revised virtual site was needed so that the program does not become root-bound and overcrowded. Now, the Selfseed garden walls are limited only by cyberspace, so let’s get started. Chose a Selfseed, planting it, and nurturing it as a 5 minute practice.

Who knows what it could grow into? Have fun!

Kentucky Selfseeds

Horse Woods Haven, Columbia, Kentucky is the current destination ( http://horsewoodshaven.com ) . Living on an 88 acre Selfseeds Garden! We are sharing a living experience of Selfseeds:  retreats walking in the woods, drinking tea with horses, unplugging from the outer world, listening/feeling wind, birds, and quiet...