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Complementary Services & Opportunities in San Miguel de Allende

Art Therapy

  • Katie Van Doren Ma, LPC, ATR – Ms. Van Doren has taken our workshop and finds the work to be very illuminating for further explorations both personally or with a professional to guide you. She offers: psychotherapy and art therapy.

Horseback Trail Riding

  • Leisurely Country Horseback Riding with Beth Kaestner. Leave in the morning, ride and have a delicious lunch made by local women afterward. (Find them on Facebook too)
  • Tres Señores Trail Riding (the proceeds of these rides goes directly to dog rescue in San Miguel). Mauricio has a heart of gold and runs this business to emply horses, give people a thrill and help dogs. That’s a triple win in our book. (Find them on Facebook too)

Recommended books


  • mu-sombreroZen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses, Alex J. Hamilton, Storey Publishing, 2011. Eastern philosophy enters the stables in this unique guide to horsemanship. Allan Hamilton describes how horses understand and respond to the flow of vital energy around them. They use this energy, calledchi, to communicate with their herd, express dominance, and sense predators. Hamilton shares safe, simple techniques to make you more receptive to your animal’s chi, so you can develop a calm and effective training style that will not only help your horse follow commands, but strengthen the spiritual bond between horse and rider. 
  • The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse, Linda Kohanov, 2007, New World Library. Using anecdotes from her experience as a facilitator of horse-centered therapy, she offers a compelling look at what these animals can do for traumatized and desperately unhappy humans.
  • The Listening Heart: The Limbic Path Beyond Office Therapy, Lee Shambo, MSW, LMHC. Human-Equine Alliances for Learning Heal (January 31, 2013) The Listening Heart is a guidebook explaining The HEAL Model for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL). Inside find out: • What can horses add to the treatment of serious mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders to increase effectiveness? • What is the role of horse therapy in the client’s treatment plan? • What activities are used? • How does EFPL translate to human settings and produce lasting change? EFPL is guided experiential therapy employing horses. Why horses? How can they help you, and your clients, develop a listening heart?

Animals General

  • Alex and Me, Irene M. Pepperburg, PhD, Harper 2008. Dr. Pepperburg’s adventures with her African Gray parrot were not easy at all in the beginning for many reasons, but they persevered and showed the world just what the term birdbrained means and how smart animals actually are.
  • Animal Spirit Guides, Steven D. Farmer, PhD. Hay House Inc. 2006. The author describes the totemic symbolism of many common and slightly exotic species.
  • Animal Speak, Ted Andrews, Llewellyn Publications, 1993. Native American traditional animal symbolism. The author describes different ways of connecting with the energy of animals through use of traditional means.
  • Behaving as if the God in all Life Mattered, Machaelle Samall Wright, Perelandra Publishing, 1997. The author is an amazing amalgam of wit and off the wall with a crazily deep intuitive side. She intuited the concept of co-creating before that phrase became something of a franchise in and of itself.
  • Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, David Abram, Pantheon Books, New York, 2010. I could call this book a true handbook for many of the concepts I put forth throughout my writings here. Mr. Abram explores the concept of we humans being first and foremost animals in our being and as such offers insight into how we penultimately process our surroundings. Brilliantly written. In fact it is this book that inspired me to add the category of Nature Assisted Inspiration to this project!

Animals as Emotive Beings

  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy (Paperback – May 2, 1996)
  • Cans: The Life’s Work of an Optimistic Dog, JoJo McGinnis + Marti McGinnis., July 2010. JoJo is an industrious cattle dog who has been making sculptures with his teeth and cat food cans for years. Marti collected these and photographed them. Together with JoJo’s own point of view towards life this collaboration has resulted in a charming book full of photographs, wit and delight. 170 pages, paperback. Available at right here.
  • “HapiLani: The Natural History of a Dreamland”, Marti McGinnis, July 2010. 100+ imagination packed pages, all gorgeous vivid color, of the sketches, drawings and specimen the author – a conscious dreamer – collected in her journeys to HapiLani a dreamland utopia. She makes the case for dreamlands being actual through quantum connections. From describing the flora and fauna as well as including gorgeous spreads of life at the microscopic and beyond this unique and colorful book will take the reader on a scientific and philosophical trip through a world unlike our own but perhaps available to visit right now! Available in several formats including the wonderfully affordable downloadable pdf version here!


  • “The Natural History of Unicorns”, Chris Lavers, William Morrow, 2009, Available here at
  • “A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound”, Craig Conley, self-published,

Art Supplies

San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Mexico

  • El Pato, Col. Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico

USA (Will ship)