Blog – Rabbit Proof Fence and the Tree Guard

A few months ago we planted some new trees, four golden aspen and a willow tree, unfortunately last week I noticed that the bark around the base of each of them had been nibbled by rabbits! We had put up rails and stock wire around them to stop the ponies getting to them,  but I had forgotten the tree guards.

Before I go any further I am going to share a decision that I made this morning, that is I am going to write as I think, in a bit of a backwards and forwards fashion. You know, when you’re trying to make sense of something and you are pondering about it and different thoughts come in? Well if I try to write like an experienced writer I will be here all day, lose my thread and the feel of where I want to get with it….and my daughter Grace isn’t at home to edit for me, so here goes. (Grace, I still need a hand sometimes though x)

So last week I put up tree guards (as well as having the wire fencing) but have been feeling a sense of sorrow and guilt for letting the trees down. Every other day I wander over to them and ask the universe for a blessing that they are given the strength to grow strong. I stroke their branches, conveying my heart felt intention and hope through touch. These winter sunrises shine bright light on us as I go through this little ritual and I welcome the sun light as love and healing from the universe being channeled through my caring stroke.

Earlier this morning I had risen whilst it was dark to read another few chapters of my current book of interest. At the moment this happens to be Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona. Coyote is said to be mischievous and powerful, and encourages people to test boundaries, to challenge and be true to oneself, even if that means rocking the boat al little. By no coincidence my supervision session this week brought up the theme of a person following their Soul rather than their personality, to bring richer life fulfillment. So after daybreak I go to feed the ponies and check them. I was going off across the girls’ paddock to get their hay and calling Cookie to join Pixie. Cookie was walking slowly and I watched her carefully to check if she was ok or lame. No concerns there, and I wandered up to where I had left Summer eating from her bucket. It was a few moments walk on my own and I realised how much I was enjoying the fact that I was doing exactly all that I wanted to do, I was totally in charge of my decisions and feeling complete. I was looking at Summer who had started to amble towards me, then I looked over at the boys and saw Tonto watching us. I realised that whilst in this current time I had got to a stage where I could make my own decisions, but had a strong sense of looking back on my younger Self and connected with her. Younger me who would wait for direction, as to think, feel and act.  I felt a sense of how that ‘old way’ has travelled with me over the years, stepping into some present moments, with me seeking direction from another. I shuddered as I  brought myself back into the present moment and I had reached Summer. We met and I did the usual thing of tickling her behind the ear and saying good morning. She sighed out and then stretched her legs and started to pee. I wanted to pee too! I felt her take away that old memory tension of waiting for someone to tell me how to be. I thanked her and smiled with gratitude. I knew in my heart that the way forward for me was to follow my soul more and put up a boundary from the past habits. A conscious effort to stay on track. The boundary, the barrier, the….and as I walked over to my trees with their Rabbit Proof Fence, thoughts, memories, words crossing over in my head and my heart, I was reminded of the film and pictured the Aboriginal women tapping their sticks on the ground for their children to be guided home along the fence line. This is one of the most moving films to watch, I always sink into the depth of it with quiet respect and reverence. Tears have often moved whilst watching it and I am reminded of this powerful trust of faith in the spiritual connection, from the movie, now playing in my mind’s eye, as I walk to the trees. I walk to my trees and stroke the dangly branches of the willow, asking the universe to heal this tree, whilst I picture the tree healthy, like the one in the other paddock. I stop for a while and contemplate the trees’ rabbit proof fence here, and what was going on, linking me to the film, and it came to me that I can watch a film 10 times and take 10 different ‘observations’ from it, so to stop thinking and just accept what I was feeling in this moment of now. Freedom and a spiritual connection that seemed to help me stand as tall as I am.

I looked around, a pigeon was sat very still nearby. four blackbirds were quite brave scurrying around for food, and I crow jiggled around behind the pigeon.

“Hello Crow! Are you my coyote today?” I asked with a grin. “Are you challenging me or just cheeky?”

The doves were now flying all around us and I chatted with them too using my own soft dove language. I thanked them for listening and carrying my loving intentions in the breeze, to the directions that they needed to go in.  I have released the guilt of not protecting the trees earlier, as this is not an energy that I want to hold on to. I welcome new teachers and guides in my life and put trust in the fact that some lessons are learnt through challenge and loss but to be able to see the gain will be growth too.

I have put a respectful ‘extra’ tree guard in place for myself. Honouring younger me with love. I make sense.


Blog – Bright Heart Intention and Instinctive Hibernation


For some people at the moment there seems to be a sense of resting or waiting, as though their attention is not on any one thing in particular. I myself have recognised a feeling that nothing in particular is bothering me at the moment, and have come to the conclusion that I am conserving my energy for something around the corner. I also wonder if I am in a form of natural hibernation, instinctive  self-care, or whether there is some astrological or other universal influence at work.

I was reading about the Festival of Imbolc, the Celtic beginning of Spring, on 1st/2nd  February. There are many references in folklore and medieval traditions to look at natures’ signs at Imbolc to determine how the rest of the winter weather will fare, which caught my attention today when the subject of climate change is prominent on the news and I wondered how on earth this is going to be in the future. In Siberia it was the bears’ hibernation patterns at Imbolc that folk determined the rest of the winter weather. Are we going to recognise new patterns in nature? Who is going to take notice and make sense of nature’s messages? Or is nature’s symphony less harmonious now? (Another blog coming on sound and vibrational healing).

Imbolc is also known as the feast day of St Brigid, the patron Saint of Kildare, who as a little girl was said to look after the wealthy landowners’ cows, freed her mother from slavery, then became a nun. Her reputation is for kindness and healing and she is associated with St Brigid’s cross. Legend says that she made one from reeds whilst calming a pagan Chieftain and bringing ‘peace to his soul’ on his deathbed. The St Brigid’s cross is still made as an Irish custom, on the eve of Imbolc.  Made from straw or reeds then placed on the front doors of homes to keep evil, fire and hunger away from the home, then burned and replaced after that year. St Brigid built a church under an Oak tree, which was called Kill-dara, church of the Oak Tree, and this then became Kildare.

I believe ‘Intention’ can be magical, and that wonderful goodness can come from positive focused desire. lift your own sense of bright heart with glorious, positive, hope and faith.

Bright Heart experiences and personal development workshops aim to give you a wonderful time filled with joy and spiritual enlightenment. We look forward to welcoming you in the Spring – Claire & The Healing Herd

Blog – How Not to Drift into Dread and Zig Zaggy Doves



A few weeks ago I was watching the doves up the field, they were all flying around above my head, and I noticed there were about four at the back, zig-zagging behind the rest. I wondered what that was all about, and was reminded of how with indigenous people, they would brush out the track in the dirt they were leaving as a trail, so they couldn’t be followed. I wondered if these four doves were ‘rubbing out’ the trail they were all leaving in the air, to put off predators from being able to follow them in some way, maybe energy ripples that are picked up through sensing.

At that time I was working through a 6 week programme to better understand ‘motivation and confidence’. I realised during this time that my own motivation can slow down when I am hoping for a brilliant outcome and my motion towards that brilliant outcome can slow down to a grinding halt.

I was discovering how quickly my mind can wander back into old memories of times when I’ve met challenges at a time of similar action. As an example, I have gotten into such a messy old muddle in the past when I do my annual book-keeping, that I seem to automatically remember the chaos and frustration from previous years, which hinders my motivation in the present moment when that time of year comes up now. Whilst remembering the past frustrations my mood was being altered and actually becoming ‘of the same’ as then. Hence the lack of motivation. Chatting this through with one of my daughters we recognised how procrastination is really common, that it can develop so quickly and like a snowball building in size as it rolls along, the outcome can be really disheartening, causing self-criticism and low self-esteem.

The unconscious dread of ‘now will become the same as then’ can be quite disempowering.

I had identified this process for me and perhaps others, as ‘Drifting into Dread’ and spent some time reflecting on this at the same time as noticing how the doves as the back zig-zagged, maybe to wipe out their trail they were leaving behind. I realised that I too could wipe out the trail I was creating, where my thoughts were linking the present to the past, remembering the frustrations that were affecting my present mood. So I decided that every time I caught myself ‘Drifting into Dread’, I would ‘rub out’ those memory thoughts of previous years, ( I actually use visualisations myself a lot, and in this case I picture the zig-zaggy doves, imagining they are rubbing out my wandering thoughts) and distract myself with some present activity which would enrich and lift my mood. And have now found a new way to manage my filing system and a very understanding accountant!

How Not to Drift into Dread – Every one is different, so spend some time looking at how you can make positive changes to the subject your would like to improve, in a practical way. Notice when you are drifting and ‘rub out’ the old stories and memories that alter mood in the present by:

1)Take a break. 2)  Do something really fun for half an hour. 3)Spend time with your animal companions. 4)Go outside for some Mindfulness in nature, using your senses to come back to the present moment. 5)Visualise something that rubs out those thoughts in picture form, like I now use my zig-zaggy doves. 6)Wrap yourself in Self-compassion and kindness.




Nature Can Nurture



Last month I visited a region in Ireland, of wildness and beauty, a range of hillside, woodland and river. The Wicklow Mountains rose above us, and ancient history was seeping out from every direction. Our stay was 3 delicious days of fresh, sweet smelling air in the valley, picking up the different fragrances was so invigorating. The river water singing it’s tunes, the trees making their own music in the wind and sprinkling of rain showers. The sun shone, making art from the shadow patterns and each moment was a gift, a renewal of ‘what belongs in this moment of now…’ When we connect with the present moment, we know we are precisely here, and not in some old, past memory. This is the truth of now, this is a different time, this is where I am now. Spending time in nature with mindfulness attitude, gives us an authentic experience of feeling calmer in our body and our mind. We are actually demonstrating self-regulation of the nervous system, something you can attune to at home, work and socially. Sessions here will support you in becoming familiar with this, whilst in a safe environment, empowering you to transfer this healthy life skill to your personal life. Trauma related incidents can be supported here, with myself holding the space, in a way to bring about positive change.


The weekend was filled with incredible insight and inspiration as I listened to and participated in experiential workshops, led by professionals who had brought Nature into their practices with clients. Some were working directly with clients and others were sharing their intrinsic high regard and working with supporting these times of climate change.  I absorbed every second wholeheartedly, bringing home with me delightful memories of new-born high regard, respect and understanding of how working in Nature supports client work, aids healing and these are necessary times for us all, to do even the small things to help in the bigger picture of supporting climate change.


I met some truly lovely people, of like-minded kindred spirit and shared moments in Nature, connecting with each other, with ourselves and with those from the past who belong to the systems of that region, with whom we held in honourable regard.

I am very much looking forwards to returning, to Laragh, Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.

Contact me to schedule an Experience:        ‘Mindfulness and the Joy of Companionship,’ with ponies in nature

This will run through the winter, we can choose to  have a ‘wild wander’ up the country lane too  – 1.5 hrs

Please look on the ‘Work with Horses’ page



Listening to your Inner Voice

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Working with Symbols is a way of expressing our emotions and experiences, without using words. In this ‘Listening to your Inner voice’ session, it was ‘Hopes and Dreams for the Future’ which was explored by using symbols, chosen by a client. The Native Americans painted symbols on their horses as a ritual, which may include for protection, intention and celebration. We work with energy awareness and one-on-one connection with a horse or pony, and are grateful to be supported by all of nature that is holding the space. This was a very powerful session, bringing things up from the unconscious and making sense of true desires. Writing messages on ribbon that are tied to the horses’ mane, such as troubles or burdens that are difficult to carry alone, is a request for the horse to carry it away, when they are released back into the herd. Time at the end, spent simply observing and processing this was important and valuable too providing unique moments of insight.  It is always a privilege to be a part of this spiritual journey of healing.

Thankyou for allowing me to share these pictures, with love ~ Claire & The Healing Herd

Spiritual Insight, Attunement & Healing – and a sprinkling of Happy Glow

Over the past few weeks of this summer I have been lucky enough to spend lots of time with friends who love being in the countryside, enjoying all that is nature, and some who truly love being around their own horses too. The conversations we’ve exchanged very often run through a pattern of what we have been doing that’s proven successful, personally and professionally and what we would like to improve, and quite often there is a running theme of what’s going on in our horses’ behaviours, which when we take time to reflect on that, can give us precious insight into our own.

It has been remarkable to hear of so many gifts these horses share with us. Lifting our spirits and sprinkling us with ‘happy glow’,  and surprising us with those ‘aha!’ moments that seem to just spring from within us, when we are brushing, riding or just relaxing in their company. Horse’s regular care and management of environment really is a huge commitment and needs many hours physical work and takes buckets of energy. But it gives us purpose, which for those of us that love this lifestyle, feels like a blessing and we are grateful for all that they give in return.

I decided to look up the definitions of the title of today’s blog, which came to me yesterday when I was driving my car, which is not the best of places to be contemplating, but very often is just how it works out. I wanted to find a way to describe what happened in the last two sessions that The Healing Herd supported for our recent lovely visitors. I just kept stirring the pot of words, remembering how it seemed a big pot was being stirred for them. I feel privileged to be a part of witnessing spiritual interchange with people and the horses, and I know that there is a gift in it for me too.

These descriptions are just kept short and sweet, because they are subjects of great width and depth and I respect that they will have personal interpretations.

Spiritual; A sense of connection with something bigger than ourselves.

Insight; An instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing. A clear, deep and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation.

Attunement: To bring into harmony. An early term to describe energy medicine.

Healing; The process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

This is ideal if you are a professional energy worker or therapist, with an ethical obligation to CPD and commitment to personal well-being. 

If you simply like the sound of this blog, you would be just as welcome to book a session. 

 For one to one sessions, I would suggest the 1.5hr or maybe ask some friends or work colleagues and we can arrange a 3 hour workshop.



Fun & Creativity – Helps us Feel Good about Ourselves



Come and have some Fun with The Healing Herd in Nature

There are many really good reasons to get out and about and have fun and to make time for being creative. Last week I went to a workshop called Constellating Endocannabinoids by Sarah Peyton, ‘international speaker and facilitator, has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies’  We spent the day understanding the importance of babies’ interactions and connections with the significant carer, and what can happen if there is a lack of exchange of heartfelt warmth and value, and be a contributory factor to habits forming, ranging from smoking; drinking; using food as comfort, to drug and alcohol addictions. We took part in systemic constellations and gained insights from many perspectives, a thoroughly amazing day.


The great news is – this is reparative and we can work on reducing ‘habits’ that may be regarded as unhelpful. The endocannabinoid system that we have (the neurotransmitters that support our Wellbeing), benefits when we engage in play, feel joy and experience heartfelt warmth. Play can be creative with the drawing or painting type arts, including music and drama, it may be sports or simply whatever it is that you love to do that does have a sense of ‘play’ about it. Joy comes more from the freedom of that experience, and is less contained as in structured team sports where the rules and competitive nature can hold boundaries. Heartfelt warmth from another, whether person or creature, is a tonic for wellbeing, and holding ourselves in love and self-compassion supports all that is nurturing and healing. (Please seek specialised support for substance addictions).

Horses – our Heartfelt Companions and Wise Guides

Come and have a playful, fun-filled session with The Healing Herd in Nature

Connect with Nature – good for Mind, Body and Spirit

Feel good about Yourself.

Have a look on Work with Horses and Charges pages

Contact me on 07805 548 306 or email




Moving Forwards – Journey Over The Bridge, leaving old habits behind and taking new ‘skills and self-awareness’ with us into the future

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Do you ever feel like “I’ve been here before!” “Why am I back here again?”

Life can sometimes feel stuck, with situations or learnt habits holding us back, causing a sense of looping backwards over old ground.

Come and have some Equine Assisted Therapy sessions to help discover new ways to move forwards. Working with the ponies and horses is a wonderful way to gain insight into our behaviour patterns, they reflect back to us the subtleties and unconscious parts of ourselves, in their own behaviour and mannerisms. Our past experiences can influence our current ways of being and equine assisted therapy can highlight areas that may need acknowledgement, and understanding, and help us find ways of working through and letting go of things holding us back.  This truly unique experience is enlightening and during the sessions we can discover new ways to move forwards in life, enriching us with skills, improving our Self and other relationships around us. This work is done with professional and experienced therapeutic support.

Equine Assisted Wellbeing sessions are a fantastic way to enrich our life-skills, working with the horses and ponies, is more activity based and we have lots of fun too!

All the sessions can help with these issues: relationships; self-esteem; assertiveness; loss; bereavement; stress; understanding anger and so many more. I offer a free consultation, a dialogue and assessment to determine what you are looking for and tailor the sessions to suit your needs. The price is the same for therapy or wellbeing because it can all be seen as therapeutic work, however we will decide together what you are seeking.  Boundaries that separate ‘therapy from wellbeing’ are governed by the assessment and myself, keeping a mindful professionalism, as it can be the very nature of this work that creates slipping from one to the other.  Working with horses can bring up past experiences of trauma that you may have experienced (disclosed or undisclosed) and I facilitate the sessions in a way that the ‘depth’ of work is monitored closely. Working with horses in this way is known for releasing memories of trauma, this is a special insight, a gift from the horses and we work carefully to ensure that this is a safe and nurturing environment, whilst you enjoy this journey together.

Ways that we spend time can include, mindfulness; meditation; creative artwork; horse watching/brushing/leading; energy awareness.

We work closely on promoting self-compassion and building resilience.

All of our work takes place surrounded and supported by Nature.  We are blessed and grateful to share this space with creatures, the freedom of the ever-changing weather and cleansing, soothing, fresh air, all of which holds our work with healing qualities.

Based in a rural peaceful village, between Sherborne, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset

Telephone: 07805 548306


Strengthen & Brighten your ‘Well Self’

Mindfulness enhances Wellbeing and here with The Healing Herd, supported by nature and creatures, we really value the simple and easy to engage practice, with similarities to meditation, that is relaxing, lowering breath to a steady rhythm, being aware of the senses, noticing things that are happening in that moment.

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. … When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.” (greatergood)

Come and Notice what you hear, feel, see, smell and taste with us in our sessions, in a calm, warm hearted, nurturing environment. When you are regularly practicing mindfulness in a relaxed way, you will be more able to use this skill if you are feeling anxious, worried or panicky about something, and improve self-regulation of your emotions.


Mindfulness has become such a modern, popular word, that I wonder if it has started to slip into the resource bag of ‘I know that I can do that when I need to’, and the usefulness of practicing it daily, is not shining through as an extremely helpful way of being in our bright ‘Well Self’.

Well Self – In our busy lives it is really important to value rest and recreation, and see them as a necessity to help us have balance in our day, to support the normal stresses and other challenges that we meet.

We need to ensure that we get adequate sleep and have good nutritional foods and plenty of fluids, as these all contribute to our emotions and if our food intake, hydration, sleep time are low, then our emotional Self can be low too. This all affects how well we cope with life.

Some daily general physical activities are necessary too, very useful at helping us to produce the chemicals that lift our mood, which also helps us to cope with stress and challenge. Remember that some stress in our lives is normal, unavoidable, and can help give us a ‘shove’ to get on with things that we may be putting ‘on the shelf’.

Having a hobby or interest to engage with is fantastic at giving us a sense of achievement and pleasure, especially if you can find something that you really love. All sorts of amazing benefits are just flowing through us when we are brimming with happiness and fulfillment.

Try and make sure that the people who are around you most, are those with kindness and respect as strong values, supporting you with your own acknowledgement of Self Worth and Self Compassion. Improving all these areas will help to support your personal Resilience, and how you cope with life.

Claire & The Healing Herd

Where is your Sense of Wellbeing, are you feeling Bigger than the Problems or Difficulties in your life? Or are you feeling Smaller? Come and develop your Resilience.

darwin 2018Wellbeing is such a wide area, so email or ring me for a chat to help focus on where you would like to improve or progress towards. Everyone is unique, we are all at different stages in our lives and this is something I see as really important when helping clients to find direction and move forwards with a sense of Wellbeing.

When our problems seem bigger than ourselves, this can feel such a heavy burden. Come and learn ways to expand our own sense of Self. Equine Assisted Therapy can move into deeper areas and issues of your personal experiences and Equine Assisted Wellbeing will focus on the skills to develop coping strategies. life is so much easier when we feel bigger in our sense of who we are, and having a good sense that we are sturdy, steady and resilient.

All of this is held here in Somerset, with all that is Nature and the Creatures that surround us.

Mindfulness sessions now

being offered on Saturdays at 4pm, for 1.5hr and just £10 a visit! I will take bookings for small groups and really look forwards to welcoming you to share this beautiful space on a Saturday afternoon.

Please phone 07805 548 303