In addition to our transformational programs, we host a schedule of innovative workshops and events at the beautiful Challenge U Ranch.
Finding Your Authentic Voice | August 26, September 9 and December 2
The Finding Your Authentic Voice Workshop helps men and women explore the true place in each of us where we “know” who we are, what we want and what is really most important at the end of the day. It is designed to support men and women as the transitions of life have us asking new and different questions about life, purpose and fulfillment. Learn more and reserve your space in this workshop...
Mastering Connection | October 20-21 and December 8-9
The Mastering Connection Workshop is designed to help couples build or increase relationship skills that support communication and connection in a healthy and proactive way. Mastering these skills are the foundation of having healthy, mutually respectful and fulfilling relationships. Learn more and reserve your space in this workshop...
Parenting Through Connection | October 27-28
The Parenting Through Connection Workshop is designed to provide parents with key strategies for knowing themselves and relating to their children on a deeper level. This deep connection is the foundation of a loving, healthy relationship. Learn more and reserve your space in this workshop...
Challenge U and Serenity Life have partnered to bring you an incredible series of workshops that are anchored in the wisdom of horses.
It’s recognized that only ten percent of human communication is verbal. Yet, in our culture, we’ve virtually become mesmerized by words as our social and educational systems teach us to dissociate from the body, the environment, and the subtle nuances of nonverbal communication. Much of human brilliance is driven less by the brain in your head than by newly discovered intelligence centers—now called ‘brain two and brain three’—in the gut and the heart. The highest reasoning and brightest ingenuity involve all three of those brains working together.
Communication is essential for effective personal and professional relationships. To be effective, it requires an awareness of what we are “not saying” with words.
Horses are social creatures that readily and honestly respond to the challenges inherent in forming and sustaining relationships. As animals that are preyed upon in nature, they have also retained a highly developed ability to sense changes in the stance and arousal levels of other herd members, an ability they easily transfer to interaction with human beings. Horses see through the slightest incongruities of emotion and intention, yet they are exceedingly patient and forgiving. Through a series of specially designed activities, participants deepen awareness of how emotional congruence, clarity of intent, and connection are necessary for effective communication, leadership, management and teamwork.
Domesticated horses retain the thought and behavior patterns of their nomadic ancestors. Interacting with these animals on their own terms encourages a fluidity of human thought, emotion, and behavior. Horses also model the strengths of what are often referred to as “feminine values”—cooperation over competition, relationship over territory, responsiveness over strategy, emotion and intuition over logic, process over goal—and the creative approach to life that these qualities engender.
Equine Experiential Learning, or EEL, is a format that uses horses as active participants that help to facilitate the learning experience for the human participants. By examining horse behavior, and how the horses relate to us, we can better understand what may be more effective in our own human relationships.
The equine-assisted model helps individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then debrief feelings, behaviors, and patterns, recognizing how these may relate to the workplace or at home. While EEL is related to other experiential programs, equine assisted programs have the added element of horse life skills and knowledge with as many different personalities and attitudes as the humans they are working with. The horses provide an amazingly clear and non-judgmental level of feedback and mirroring to each participant; we just don’t get this kind of feedback from other humans since information goes through our own human “filters” of past experience. Horses simply don’t do this; they are ever present in each current interaction.
Typical Outcomes from an Equine Experience:
Build self realization in a powerful , energetic way
Become aware of your energy and how to transfer to positively influence others
Increase communication effectiveness
Increase connection with self and others
Experience the value of being present in your relationships
Achieve clarity about who you are and what you desire.
Achieve clarity about the possibilities that exist for you and your life.
Identify patterns inhibiting movement into the personal satisfaction you seek.
Create authentic relationships and community.
Reduce stress and increase mind-body awareness.
Learn effective and congruent communication skills.
Learn to identify and set healthy boundaries.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Challenge U Team, I want to thank you with my heart for teaching me to breathe again by providing me the tools to take in new experiences, to walk through my fears, the tools to comprehend and deal with new challenges, to set goals and see them in action from start to finish. My time spent with Challenge U was an incredible journey, personally and professionally. You empowered me to move forward in all areas of my life with confidence. I have learned to avoid looking in that dog gone rear view mirror that only takes me in reverse. Looking straight ahead through the magnificent windshield right in front on me has opened up my eyes to opportunities within myself and has made me realize that I am a valuable human being. Thank you all for teaching me to live my own life without worrying about the expectations of others. You are all Angels.
— CU Alum