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The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is the first to offer a genuine Southwestern experience minutes from downtown Santa Fe, NM. The Equus Experience is a program of self-mastery, teambuilding and collaborative leadership based on the immediate and unbiased feedback of horses. A collaboration with the Institute of the Southwest, The Equus Experience is the first of its kind in a resort setting, offering a creative, playful and remarkably powerful approach to leadership.  

Hosted by the stables at Bishop’s Lodge amidst sweeping views of the Tesuque Valley, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest, half-day to two full-day customizable adventures are led by trained facilitators. During the innovative experience, participants:
•    Use creativity to enhance leadership development and increase efficiency
•    Learn collaborative intelligence, inspiring the way one lives and works
•    Discover clear, authentic ways to communicate that foster trust and collaboration
•    Evoke inner wisdom, courage and creativity, leading to increased self-understanding
•    Increase trust in self and others

“The horses invite us into more authenticity, grounded in being present with ourselves, our co-workers, family and friends and life itself,” says trainer and Institute of the Southwest founder Kelly Wendorf. “Ours is the only program of its kind that provides an opportunity of this caliber, offering superior facilitation and unique approaches to learning within a luxurious resort setting.”

This from Michelle Clements, Senior VP of Human Resources - REI
As a group of leaders, we participated in THE EQUUS EXPERIENCE, an amazing activity in which we built relationships with individual horses, using trust, appreciation of their personal space, and a bond that developed between each of us with our assigned horse. No riding was involved, just the opportunity to witness the power of relationships, even across species, in achieving an objective—a powerful metaphor that moved every one of us and gave us food for thought in how we respectfully interact with others.  - Michelle Clements,  Sr. VP of Human Resources, REI

No previous experience with horses is necessary, no riding is involved, and groups can be provided with packages including authentic Southwestern cuisine and accommodations.

For more information on the Equus Experience and other custom group and teambuilding activities at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, call 505.819.4013 or visit institutesw.com.

Read or print the following PDFs for further information as well:

The Equus Overview

Program Overview

Private sessions also available by contacting Kelly Wendorf, The Institute of the Southwest, 505.988.1500 or 505.570.9908.

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