Where is your Sense of Wellbeing, are you feeling Bigger than the Problems or Difficulties in your life? Or are you feeling Smaller? Come and develop your Resilience.

darwin 2018Wellbeing is such a wide area, so email or ring me for a chat to help focus on where you would like to improve or progress towards. Everyone is unique, we are all at different stages in our lives and this is something I see as really important when helping clients to find direction and move forwards with a sense of Wellbeing.

When our problems seem bigger than ourselves, this can feel such a heavy burden. Come and learn ways to expand our own sense of Self. Equine Assisted Therapy can move into deeper areas and issues of your personal experiences and Equine Assisted Wellbeing will focus on the skills to develop coping strategies. life is so much easier when we feel bigger in our sense of who we are, and having a good sense that we are sturdy, steady and resilient.

All of this is held here in Somerset, with all that is Nature and the Creatures that surround us.

Mindfulness sessions now

being offered on Saturdays at 4pm, for 1.5hr and just £10 a visit! I will take bookings for small groups and really look forwards to welcoming you to share this beautiful space on a Saturday afternoon.

Please phone 07805 548 303


Equine Assisted Therapy & Wellbeing



Equine Assisted Therapy (EFP) uses equine-facilitated activities to explore the way a client sees and relates to themselves and others, their patterns of behaviour and survival as well as their gifts and strengths, and may include the exploration of past experiences and traumas. Equine Assisted Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and relies upon the therapeutic knowledge and experience gained through a mental health qualification.

Equine Assisted Wellbeing (EFL) uses equine-facilitated activities as a tool for self development and education, with a focus on the present moment. Skills developed include non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, relationship skills, confidence and resilience.

Horses and humans are connected in deep and profound ways. History shows us a long and multi-faceted story of horses and humans working and living side-by-side. More recently, neuroscience has shown us remarkable similarities between the limbic (emotional) brain of horses and humans, which make it possible for horses to serve as both our mirrors and our teachers in terms of understanding ourselves, our emotional life, and the way we relate to ourselves and those around us. And then there is that inexplicable feeling of being around a horse; as Churchill once said, ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man‘, (and of course a woman, and a child).

Equine Assisted Therapy and Wellbeing gives us opportunities to interact and form relationships with horses, and to learn from these experiences in a way that involves us physically, emotionally and mentally. Lessons learnt in this holistic way can be more easily absorbed and remembered, resulting in lasting and positive changes that can be transferred to the world of human-human relating.

And these intelligent, sensitive creatures are also our friends; they live entirely in the present, offering us patience, forgiveness, and another chance when we get it wrong. Do we always know how we are feeling? Are we always aware of how we are behaving or affecting others? Horses are radars for incongruence, and will reward us when we behave in a way that is in keeping with who we really are and what we truly feel.


Claire Ryall

MBACP (Accred) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Certified LEAP facilitator in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy



Authentic You

“Authentic You” 

Sometimes, people are in fear of being judged, even if they don’t realise it, and this can hold them back in life. Horses offer a non-judgmental relationship and they also reflect back insights to our own behaviours, which we can take great learning from, what a gift! What a unique thought; to go to a place where judgment does not exist, and we can just be ourselves! They don’t care about our clothes, our weight, our spiritual or political beliefs, or where we’ve come from. They can help you to discover, and experience, the best version of YOU that you can be. DSCN0705Come and have a session of Equine Assisted Wellbeing to experience this wonderful gift and start the New Year with a fresh perspective.

1 hr =  £55 Weekdays

1.5 hr  = £75 Weekdays

Further sessions will continue to add greater learning and richness to your Wellbeing and personal development. 10% off if 6 sessions booked in advance

Telephone 07805 548 306

Wellbeing Workshop days start in March 2019. Minimum 3 people, 11am – 4pm £50

Weekends only and light lunch included.

May Love & Wonder bring a warm glow

Wishing all our visitors and followers a blessed Christmas season. May the spirit of Christmas brighten your world with joy and good cheer.

With warmest of wishes, hoping the New Year comes with sparkling energy and good will.

Love from

Claire & The Healing Herd xx

Sizzling, Scorching, Hot & Bothered?

Feeling – ‘Hot and bothered?’

Come and have a Wellbeing session with The Healing Herd. It’s good to talk and we are here to listen. Set in beautiful Somerset, surrounded by nature and all the healing that brings, when we surrender to the moment, take in the view and open our senses to Just Being.

I hope you are all keeping well hydrated and cool during this particularly hot summer. The animals are doing really quite well. We have shelters in every field and they are putting their heads into the shadows to keep the flies off. The ground is rock hard and showing many cracks now, but things are not as bad as they appear.

We are enjoying the beautiful sunsets and changing our habits to adapt to the heat. Early morning and later in the afternoons are much easier to do all the work and jobs that are required up the field. The back of the field has a lovely high hedge which is perfect for meditation sessions and mindfulness breaks, with the birds all around us, it makes for a pretty special setting for Wellbeing.

Remember – “There are ways around everything” so maybe give that some thought when up against a problem or stumbling block.

Do get in touch if you would like a session to talk about how things are sizzling or scorching in your life.

Best wishes

Claire & The Healing Herd

Mindfulness & Drumming in Nature with The Healing Herd

Come and have a session of experiential mindfulness with the Healing Herd. This photo was taken when I attended a drumming workshop with horses on the Somerset Levels in 2016. We will experience mindful breath, walking and drumming whilst supported in the midst of nature and all it’s nurture and healing sources. This experience will enhance your wellbeing and will introduce you to skills to take away with you.

Mindful drumming 01

“Mindfulness teaches us the power of returning to the moment. It re-grounds us in the present, connecting us with an awareness that acknowledges where we are and why we are there. Re-establishing that connection returns us to our lives as they actually are – not what they have been, nor what they might be.

Drumming is one of the oldest healing modalities and it remains recognised today by most holistic and alternative practitioners as a non-invasive aid to releasing physical and emotional blockages that affect the energetic body”. Graeme Green http://www.themindfulhorse.org

Sessions can include a therapeutic opportunity to talk about a current situation that is difficult or stuck and where some support and direction is required.

1 hr £55

1.5hr £75

Contact me on 07985 548 306 or email claireryallcounselling@hotmail.com

Couples Wellbeing – Need some help?

Couples – Feeling the strain? Disconnected? Want to feel more intune and embracing the love for each other? Are you feeling stuck with differences between you that just not working themselves out? Come and work with the ponies/horses/donkey and have some experiential time, exploring where you are at and how you would like things to be in the future. We work outdoors, surrounded by our glorious Somerset countryside, held by all  that is wonderful in nature, learning about communication, connections, relaxation, mindfulness and our Selves.

Contact me for a chat about Wellbeing Couples sessions, starting with one and considering the benefits of progressing further with some continuing sessions.

Weekdays or Weekends 10.30am – 1.30pm £100 a couple.

Email: claireryallcounselling@hotmail.com

Mob: 07805 548 306

Qualified experienced counsellor – Claire Ryall MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Registered LEAP Practitioner –  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Embracing ‘Connection’




There is something special about being around horses that is well written about in many ways and forms. They are all different, but similar in that they are sensitive souls and there is a depth of wisdom and learning to be taken from their teachings. This will be unique to each person and the truest interpretation will come from the person who is spending the time, experiencing a connection, with that particular horse,  in that authentic moment.

When we spend quality chosen time with horses, supported by all that nature provides, we can experience a more harmonious connection with ourselves and all that surrounds us. Quiet, mindful, resting and just ‘Being’ is like a tonic to our souls. Meditation and visualisations can guide us to a place of contemplation and rest, this may be where the magic of healing vibrational shift is stirring and rippling, waiting to be embraced with open arms and heart.

Spending time just ‘Being’ in the moment gives us a chance to relax in our mind and body, connecting with all our senses, which can improve our general wellbeing and give us new ways to manage life’s challenges. A relaxed body encourages a relaxed mind.

The time we spend outdoors being in the moment of ‘here and now’, noticing the weather, the sounds, the smells, the felt sensations, are all authentic moments of realness that we can recognise and replicate, bringing new habits into our lives, nurturing our mind/body/spirit.

Our body talks to us, let us turn up the volume and take notice of it’s important messages. The gut feelings, the intuitive felt messages, the synchronicities that jumble around us catching our vision. Symbols that attract our interests and songs playing in our head, fleeting words and colours and pictures that float hazly amongst our conscious thinking.

Let us spend time learning from these great wise teachers and all that the universe offers.

Photos taken March 2018 http://www.kindredconnectionscr.com



Wellbeing – Refresh those lifeskills

May 2018 Pixie and Cookie

Come and have some one to one Equine Assisted Wellbeing sessions to enhance your Life-skills:

Communication ~ Trust ~  Assertiveness ~  Self-Compassion ~ Setting boundaries ~ Setting Goals ~ Building Confidence & Self- Esteem ~ Learn the importance of Relaxation ~ Understanding the benefits of Mindfulness & Meditation ~ Discovering our Senses and Listening to the Body

These are also themes of the Wellbeing Workshop days. We look forward to welcoming you.

£55 for 1 hr / £75 for 1.5 hr.  Workshop days £45 11am / 4pm

Mobile: 07805 548 306

Email: claireryallcounselling@hotmail.com