The Power of Story



Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.

….Salman Rushdie

Stories carry Big Medicine – identifying yours can be a real game changer.

Stories help us make sense of our world.  We use them to define our relationships, our life experiences and express our hopes and fears.  Stories are important.  Not only do we use them to create meaning for our own lives, it’s through them we pass along our thoughts, ideas, wisdom and culture from one generation to the next.

The question is always…do the stories you tell support or sabotage the deepest desires and wildest dreams you have for yourself?  Those stories within you, many of them with deep roots in your unconscious, are constantly influencing your body, mind and spirit. The problem is that it’s not always easy to be the “observer” to those stories so you don’t always recognize how much power they hold over you or the many ways they influence your thoughts and actions.

Their purpose is to keep you “safe” but in ways that are so outdated, they’re really just holding you back and keeping you small.  That’s why they’re called “Big Medicine” stories – because they hold the key to helping you heal AND to thrive.

My experience with the horses and staff at Medicine Horse Ranch was incredibly rich, an experience that continues to unfold and inform days later. I never predicted the beauty of the mirror that horses offer in coming to a deeper understanding of ourselves. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to witness myself through the horses and the wise and gracious guides at Medicine Horse Ranch. I highly recommend the experience for those seeking greater insight into their own invisible patterns such that they can be shifted.

~~ Cara Cordoni

Come spend the day with us at a historic 1000 acre ranch in Tomales, California for this wonderful workshop …

We’ll come together, each bringing a personal story that holds big medicine for us.    The story that points to where your greatest power resides as well as the shadow aspects that sabotage your success.  Each person’s story will be unique to them yet still hold universal truths for everyone.  We’ll spend some time identifying those stories and then we’ll take them with us as we meet the Herd and engage the horses through observation and play.  Through their compassionate presences and ability to mirror back to us how we are showing up. the horses will gently guide us to new insights and awareness within us around empowerment, leadership and courage.

During this workshop, we’ll play with the horses and explore:

  • How your “stories” inform your actions in positive and not so positive ways.
  • How to move from victim to victor by letting go of past hurts.
  • How to embrace a new sense of your own power and authenticity.
  • A new sense of groundedness and clarity around what is influencing you
  • New ways of observing that open the door to unlimited possibilities

Why Should You Join Us Now?

All of your logical, practical thinking will not create what you desire if underneath it all, there is a competing story that holds deep emotional resonance.  However, the more you understand the influences that are operating under the surface, the more power you have to effect positive and lasting change in your life.

Why Horses?

As storytellers, we love language.  Yet only 7% of how we communicate is verbal.  The other 93% happens through non-verbal cues like body language, tonality and energy.  The beauty of working with horses is that they are highly sensitive creatures who can give us immediate feedback when our “saying” is not congruent with our “doing” .   Through their guidance, courage and confidence begin to blossom as we begin to align the inner and the outer.


  • Location:  Tomales, CA (register for directions)
  • Date: October 29, 2016 10am – 4 pm
  • Limited Enrollment for Intimate Group Size
  • Includes a delicious lunch as well as beverages and snacks
  • A pre-workshop private one-on-one session with Shannon to help you identify your Big Medicine Story

At the end of the day…

You’ll have the gifts of your Hero’s Journey captured and rewritten into your personal storybook.  Plus, through engagement with the horses, you’ll  imprint those powerful gifts into not only your mind but your whole body as well.  Your learning and insight will deepen well beyond the day we spend together.

I am still in awe of the Physical, Emotional and Mental training I received. Shannon and Alyssa are awesome trainers who helped me to reach within and understand my actions/reactions to situations in my life and business. My experience at this training,  where horses can feel your thoughts and react to them,  allowed me to not only understand but to increase the power within me to give more and receive abundantly in life. I recommend this to anyone who is looking to shift their inner power to more positive outcomes.

~~ Ranjani Mohana, R Mo Business Solutions

The process of experiencing the gentle power of the horses and how freely they offer heart connection was a beautiful encounter with self in community with others.

~~ Mary McCrystal, The Soul Fire Studio

Cost: $397

Workshop is full

Space is limited so register early! 

* All activities with the horses are presented on the ground, and does not include horseback riding. There is no previous riding/equestrian experience required to attend or participate.

** Cancellation Policy: Reservations cancelled prior 30 days before the event will be refunded less $25 processing fee.  There is no refund for cancellations 30 days or less before the event.