Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Returning to Challenge U's schedule as a full day workshop on June 10th, The Empowered Partnership helps couples, co workers, families and friends explore and develop the components of  effective and fulfilling relationships. It is designed to help people build or increase relationship skills that support communication, listening and connection in a healthy and proactive way.


Using a variety of our teaching horses, communication tools and the expertise of the Challenge U facilitators, Andi Burgis and Cathy Huddleston, you and your partner are offered an experience to support your authentic voices being the primary voices of the relationship.


Horses model the ability to bring their needs to the relationship in a healthy way by focusing on the herd as a whole, not just their own well being. Horses embody “present experience”, clear boundary setting, and “whole body” communication. The horses are masters at connection, communication and acceptance. You will get to experience the horses as teachers in an non judgmental and supportive environment.

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 is necessary for effective communication, personal leadership, self management and balance.


Why do we use horses as co facilitators to this level of personal growth? It is because they naturally and instinctually model effective relationship and communication skills that can help us and our human relationships.

Join Us!

With our new, beautiful learning center in Liberty, Missouri, as our backdrop, we invite you to partner with Challenge U in making 2017 your best year ever!

After spending the day at the Challenge U Ranch, you can expect the following outcomes:

  • Discover congruence and the importance of it for a trusting, healthy relationship;

  • Understand personal boundaries and how to effectively set them without judgment;

  • Learn how to listen and hear what’s being said at a non-verbal level;

  • Understand and experience receiving feedback from a neutral space;

  • Discover and recognize energy fields as a primary tool for effective communication.


Working with the horses was such a unique and vivid experience of connection. It was incredible to receive feedback that was so tangible from a majestic creature like that.   Every couple should get to experience what Lisa and I did this weekend.  We had an amazing weekend and are grateful. 

- Ryan & Lisa, CU Alum

June 10: The Empowered Partnership

Limited to six (6) participants
per workshop!


Challenge U Ranch, Liberty, MO (Kansas City area)


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


$ 65.00 per workshop.
Tuition includes  snacks, bottled water and all workshop materials. Receive 10% discount when you register and pre-pay for multiple workshop dates!


No experience with horses is required. Dress comfortably, bring a light jacket, and wear tennis shoes or hiking boots.

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Coming in from out of town or just need a night away? We are pleased to share details on our preferred lodging partner. An iconic destination for than more 125 years, The Elms Hotel & Spa is renowned for its beautifully appointed Excelsior Springs accommodations, lavish amenities, lovely grounds and gardens and standard-setting service. Situated in the heart of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, The Elms Hotel & Spa is near Kansas City and is close to attractions like the Hall of Waters, as well as area vineyards, wineries, golf courses and historic sites, and the hiking trails in the many nearby parks. They are just 35 minutes from everything there is to see and do in Kansas City, and they are just 20 minutes from Challenge U! Our corporate code is shared upon registration for any of our on-site workshops and events.