Saturday, May 6, 2017

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


Creating Healthy Communication & Partnerships

On May 6th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join Challenge U for this innovative workshop where we focus on how to use horse-inspired wisdom to handle life, career, and community-building challenges with greater ease and success. The equine-facilitated activities represent over fifteen years of research, experimentation, and experience teaching advanced human development skills through working with these powerful animals. You will experience significant positive changes in your professional and personal relationships.

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 will practice the following:

  • Engaging non-verbal leadership skills associated with assertiveness, timing, focus, energy modulation, motivation, experimentation, and boundaries-in-motion—with sensitivity to the needs of others;

  • Recognizing and moving beyond limiting behavior and thought patterns to achieve optimal performance and fulfillment;

  • How to help others manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change or competition;

  • How to use your own body as a “sensing device” capable of reading the unspoken moods/concerns of partners, co-workers, employees, and clients;

  • How to use emotions as information in professional settings (without, ironically, discussing the emotions themselves);

  • How to turn “difficult conversations” into trust-building opportunities;

  • How to embrace power combined with compassion in challenging situations.


Being connected, vulnerable, and loving… just “being” in the moment… is as important, or more important, than performance.


As “the boss” it was freeing and empowering to be in a space of authenticity and vulnerability with subordinates. We experienced a tangible closeness as a team that was beyond anything we have experienced before. Many layers of “noticing” have been uncovered by each team member that will serve us well as we continue to grow personally and professionally as a cohesive whole.

- L. Ruybalid, Managing Director, The Clinical Research Group at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System Research

May 6: Emotional Agility in the Workplace

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.