Trauma sensitive equine assisted mindfulness (TS-EAM) combines the building blocks from mindfulness and mediation practices with equine assisted experiential learning and in all aspects being trauma sensitive. It also contains different amounts of other building blocks, like nature-based activities and movement.
All our services in MiMer are built on teamwork and welfare for everyone involved, humans and horses.
What is mindfulness and how can it help you?
Mindfulness is a practice, an experience, mindset/approach to life and a state. It is actively choosing to be consciously present and compassionate with yourself and others. It means that you shift your focus away from the things you cannot influence to what you can influence, that is – yourself. Being mindful is a way to redirect your energy, consciously choosing where you want to put it. That is the practice.
By influencing yourself – you then actually can and do influence your environment, including other beings in it. This is how you experience what mindfulness can do for you and how your practice of mindfulness can help you in your relationships (with yourself and others) and in life. This is the experience.
When you practice and experience mindfulness – you will longer and longer be able to stay in a mindful state. It becomes a way of being. It becomes your mindset and how you approach life.
Mindfulness is in this way a philosophical, ethical, and even a political choice. It is taking responsibility for how you are and how you show up in the world.
You cannot change everything with the world that you think needs to change, especially not alone. Yet, you can choose how you want to relate to what is happening to you and around you. By making these active choices, you do have an impact on the world. How big that world is for you – only you know and decide.
Living in mindfulness can be remarkably simple, and extremely difficult at the same time.
It requires that you pay attention to and stay aware of yourself and your environment – in a relaxed, focused, engaged, accepting, non-judgmental, compassionate, and regulated way.
As everything else we want to be good at, we need to understand the practice, learn the skills, train, and reflect on what we do and how we are (giving feedback to ourselves).
Equine Assisted Mindfulness (EAM)
Equine Assisted Mindfulness means we combine mindfulness activities (sessions, practice, trainings, workshops, retreats etc.) with equine assisted learning (EAL). The EAL is there to support your growth as a mindfulness practitioner (or facilitator), to find your own way of doing mindfulness (and perhaps facilitating mindfulness for others). To enhance the learning of mindfulness we use our other building blocks, all of them, or some of them, depending on the facility and the individual(s) we work with.
We offer Equine Assisted Mindfulness (EAM) to individuals, groups, and organizations. Previous horse experience is not needed. EAM includes mindfulness practices done in the presence of and in interaction with horses. Horses can enhance the experience by being themselves, living in the "here and now" to a greater extent than we humans do while being perceived as non-judgmental in their nature. Horses are excellent at sensing and reacting or responding to humans and their emotions, whether or not they are present in the moment and congruent with themselves. In this way horses provide immediate and constant feedback which can be helpful when practicing mindfulness and present moment awareness.
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM)
All our services are facilitated in a trauma sensitive/informed way.
We offer trauma sensitive mindfulness to organizations, individuals, and other groups. We can facilitate different mindfulness workshops tailored to your needs and wishes. You can choose from shorter 1-2-hour mindfulness sessions to longer retreats. Our mindfulness services are often facilitated in nature, adding another stress-reducing/calming effect. However, we also offer mindfulness indoors. We can offer packages at our facility in Skåne, Sweden, in beautiful natural settings next to a nature reserve, or we can come to you.
What is trauma sensitive mindfulness (TSM)?
The prevalence of trauma is high. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool in trauma recovery. Yet, it can also uncover or intensify symptoms of trauma. Thus, we use a trauma sensitive approach to mindfulness. In TSM, we strive to assure the physical and emotional safety of our clients. All MiMer facilitators works in a trauma sensitive way.
MiMer is involved in creating new TS-EAM programs, some of them will be part of a research project currently are designing.
Upcoming Mindfulness services:
Trauma Sensitive Equine Assisted Mindfulness Workshop (TS-EAM), Italy, May 8-9, 2021