I’m Laurie Higgins-Kerley. In 2008 my family’s life took a drastic turn. My husband of 25 years and father of our four children passed away. We went from an extremely active family involved in high level athletic events to a year and a half journey of chemo, many hospital stays, and the heart wrenching demise of our patriarchal leader. I was grief-stricken and felt lost. Navigating life and the many hats I wore seemed insurmountable, not to mention the drudgery of trying to put on a face of strength and stability for my children. For the previous 8 years I studied, practiced, and was teaching ancient indigenous healing ways and ceremonies and had the support and guidance of that loving community. This was a major strength for me but one of the most powerfully transformative experiences happened at our family’s ranch, Dove Creek Ranch. I found solace by simply spending time with the small herd of horses that lived there. That small herd would come close to be around me in their sensitive and compassionate way, as if they understood my emotional vulnerability and need for a reprieve from the heaviness of grief. They made me part of their herd, offering their presence as if to say “be where you are, it's ok, rest, breathe, be in the moment with us.” A salve for my broken heart, these sentient beings gave me hope that I would mend from this devastating loss. Through my healing journey over the next few years, I received tremendous insight and a burning desire to assist them in "their world" and co-founded Dove Creek Equine Rescue - which offers a safe place for horses that need a second chance in life.
Throughout my life I’ve explored paths of healing to not only heal and evolve myself, but to offer a variety of tools to help others overcome their challenges. Today I joyfully weave these paths of knowledge and wisdom: Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, Native American Medicine Wheel teachings and techniques, Shamanic healing ways and ceremonies, energetic chakra clearing through Pleiadian Lightwork, Kundalini Yoga, and life’s experience to help people break-through their ceiling of pain or life pursuit and offer a variety of transformative services and workshops. I am truly living my Sacred Dream! I will help you claim YOURS!
With my offer you will:
Gain clarity and new awareness on how to move forward in your life with Horse as guide and teacher
Interweave the ancient knowledge of the Medicine Wheel with the ancient wisdom of Horse to access your inner truth and the dreaming of your heart’s desire
Access the power of your potential and your authentic voice!
Create new patterns and healthy habits so that you live life with more intention and purpose
Awaken a deeper Universal connection and know you are never alone
“As I stood with my horse, the reflection of my own participation in difficult relationships, was very clear and meaningful.”
TK | Amarillo, Texas
What is Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching?
As high sensory intelligent beings, horses can assist us in becoming more sensitive in our thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. They are a sacred mirror of reflection for us. Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching is an experiential journey where the horse is a teacher and guide, leading us into the depths of our heart.
With Laurie as the facilitator of the session, this method encourages us to look within ourselves to find balance, regain personal inner strength, renew spirit, understand the message emotions carry, and rediscover our own power. Horse as partner, inspires our courage and helps us find our center, our essence, that all too often has eluded us in our busy lives.
What is the Medicine Wheel of Life?
A Medicine Wheel is a cognitive map, a continuous movement of energy representing the continuity and harmony of the cycles of life for all living beings. A symbol of the inter-connection of All Things in the universe since there is no beginning or end. Indigenous humans have used circles or wheels for thousands of years to teach about an individual’s life journey. Circles work as portals into holistic understanding as nothing is seen as linear, for the idea of linear is seen as an illusion.
Wheels are like keys – they help us connect the dots in life’s journey — understanding and learning from our interconnection to every other living thing or cycle.
The horse is a powerful mirror of self - reading your energy and reflecting back to you that which is felt on the subtle layers. The horse is so in tune with your totality and can identify where in the body wounding is located, whether it be physical or emotional. They willingly partner with us and help unlock our deepest fears and touch our earnest needs. The horse helps us to come into the present moment and tune into our inner wisdom, helping us unlock the messages attached to pain which are ultimately intended for our own healing and evolution.
As herd animals, it is critical for horses to live in the present at all times using their sensitivity and emotional intelligence to survive. Possessing this acute sensory awareness and authenticity, Horse can teach you to become more present and reconnect with your inner wisdom and intuition, as well as navigate difficult emotions.
“In my session I felt a feeling of relief! What I was holding on to emotionally was not mine!”
SV | Phoenix, Arizona
Healing Services to Help You Reconcile:
Being "stuck" in life, helping you through life’s transitions
Problems with mental focus and anxiety
Anger and rage patterns
Grief and loss and how to navigate this challenging journey
Mental fatigue and nagging feelings of overwhelm
What I Offer:
Private coaching sessions of self-discovery with Horse as partner and guide that will help you slow down, tune into your own inner wisdom, and access what is often hidden.
Co-create a small group experience with Laurie for the needs of your group and develop a more intimate and compassionate community by understanding and observing the nature of Horse.
Monthly Meet the Herd
Visit Dove Creek, where you will experience a guided meditation with the drum along with time spent meeting some of the horses Laurie partners with in this work. You will have an opportunity to experience their wise, intuitive, and compassionate nature that will assist you in becoming more present, reconnecting with your own inner wisdom and intuition.
Classes and Workshops
Take an experiential journey around the Medicine Wheel toward integrated wholeness guided by Horse. Be in nature, leaving the busy world behind, breathing deeper and slowing down. Nourish your soul by immersing in the oasis of Dove Creek, connecting to the plants, animals, and the beauty of the ancient canyon.