Thursday, May 18, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


It’s now commonly recognized that only ten percent of human communication is verbal. And 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 master communicators. So, isn’t it natural to learn from them how to better communicate? We think so. 


On May 18th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join Challenge U for Horse Wisdom in Communication. This training offers skills and tools to communicate with clarity of intent, congruence and use feedback to know what adjustments need to be made in order to create maximum efficiency and higher productivity in the workplace.

Why Horses?

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.

In this half-day workshop, you can expect the following outcomes:

  • Employing the body as a tuner, receiver, and amplifier to read subtle nonverbal communication.

  • How to approach leadership as a generator, not a dictator.

  • How to motivate others without dominating or micromanaging.

  • How to develop a tolerance for vulnerability, in self and others. Learning to align behind and envision a goal before performing it.

  • How to engage both embodied reason and embodied intuition in realizing a goal.

  • Understanding and experiencing the potential of consensual leadership in leading teams.

  • Experience consensual leadership and how to create mutually respectful relationships.

  • Uncover unconscious limitations and become empowered to change old dysfunctional patterns of behavior.

  • Expand nonverbal awareness.  Develop listening to the “two other brains”, the heart and the gut, and the information they hold.

  • Reduce stress and increase mind-body awareness.

  • Learn effective and congruent communication skills.


Thanks so much for all the insight and I really do feel I have new communication tools which will benefit me not only at work but in my personal life as well. Yesterday, was a true life changing event, I've been excited about retirement, but I have worked 50 plus hour weeks all my life and naturally I've had a concern about too much time on my hands, but yesterday put it all in perspective. I'm going to have the best time ever and I'm going to accomplish all the things I've wanted to do, but never had the time for. Thanks so much for allowing me visualize this new time in my life. It was an inspiring day!

- Debra S Coltman, Senior Vice President, Clay County Savings Bank

May 18: Horse Wisdom in Communication

Limited to six (6) participants
per workshop!


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


12:00 p.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.

>> Cancellation Policy

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.