Photo by: Kirsi Kesaniemi
What a day at Parelli University!!! We had another great session today with Linda Parelli on the Game of Contact! This is so cool... it's revolutionary!!! What an amazing opportunity!!! Jack was awesome, considering this was the first time in 2 months that I have rode in a bridle, he was great. Back when we were in Florida, Jack hurt the corner of his mouth, so I have been giving it a rest while it has been healing. Its much better now and he did great!!!
Photo by: Rachel Clarkson
Then this evening... what an awesome time we had!! It was our first BBQ and campfire of the season here in Pagosa Springs! Tim Sullivan came out to play - it was fantastic!! Pat, Jake, Sam, Emma, Katie and a couple others contributed to the musical experience!!!
Keep it Natural,
Kailaan and jack
Today my fellow Externs and I got the opportunity to participate in the check-in for all of the new Flex-Trackers. I really love welcoming in all of the new students and helping them settle in! It is so exciting to be a part of their journey and experience here on campus and also into the future! The orientation was just awesome, Neil Pye, someone I don't know very well, opened and lead the beginning part of the orientation. Neil was just great, he presented his thoughts and ideas very clearly and concisely in a well organized manner with out seeming rushed. While Neil talked he had a way of weaving in the threads of the community and culture that could be expected here on campus, and also gave a feel of how we might take this forward into the world and share it after going home. This was artfully done! The two thoughts I have on this are; the first is a picture I have in my mind, the image of a care taker or gardener sowing the seeds of change and two the concept of drip feeding something to someone just a little bit at a time, so you don't ever really feel pushed or anything unnatural but all of the sudden you see the changes that have occurred naturally. There were no over whelming speeches about changing the world with herculean effort. No, I just come away with a quite sense of empowerment, that if you lead by example and continually make small changes in your self you too can make a difference. Like Micheal Jackson sang in his song "Man in the Mirror" " I'm starting with the man in the mirror, I'm asking him to change his ways. If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change" I think it is important that you not be judgmental of those around you, you just need to do your thing and lead by your example.
During our orientation we had a surprise visit from the man who has inspired thousands, Mr. Pat Parelli and let me tell you, he is still as inspiring and funny as ever! It is amazing to see the caliber of people that surround Pat! The thing that stands out to me the most is just how much Heart and Desire that these people have, as Pat says; "It's the difference that makes the difference". I am so fortunate to be able to be here and be surrounded by these truly inspiring and amazing people!
THIS IS PARELLI! WE ARE PARELLI! THIS IS THE FUTURE!
Keep it Natural and Savvy!
Photo by Kirsi Kesaniemi
I am truly loving this place! It is so inspiring with all of these beautiful mountains and hills and trees! We have gotten to ride out in the foot hills a bit.
Last weekend I was invited to hang around on the Saturday and help hold cows with a few of the mastery students. Pat played with cows in a new corral design and gave a few lessons to his students.
On the Sunday morning Pat drove down to the Extern barn and asked if myself and Bonnie McIntyre (another extern who helped with me on the Saturday) would like to help hold cows again for them. So Bonnie and I promptly saddled up and got up to Pat's barn. It ended up being just Pat, Bonnie, Caton, and Myself for the first few hours in the morning then some of the mastery students began to trickle in to help (it was their day off). Again we got to watch Pat playing with cows and teaching the apprentices. We have all been having a blast. Sorry for the delay in my update there is no excuse but if there was it would be the drive from Florida to Colorado. I will try to be more regular. Until next time stay safe and Savvy.
Keep it natural,
Kailaan and Jack!
Among other things, Kailaan Walker is a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor. He is also a Level 4 Parelli student. Jack is Kailaan's levels horse and partner. Papa Jack, as he is now affectionately known, is a 20 year old buckskin Canadian Quarter Horse cross. Kailaan's 1st horse, his inspiration, partner and friend for more than 10 years now.