By Amanda Hatfield
MIMS -- Find your center, and let your positive energy flow into the majestic mustangs next weekend.
On Saturday, April 20, The Wild Horse Rescue Center will host "Horse Energy/Discovering the Mustang" from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This workshop focuses on channeling your energy, while working with the great American mustangs.
"Animals can not only read minds and assess your intentions by your body language, but they can also tell what you're thinking," said Jo Maldonado, animal reader and owner and founder of Centers for Animal Therapy in Deland. "Being centered is crucial to communicating with animals."
Because humans have a tendency to think too much, or about many things at once, we unintentionally send mixed signals to animals. Mrs. Maldonado believes that clearing the mind gives way to a clearer body language, and thus, a better way of communicating with animals.
"I have developed a system whereby I teach my clients how to adjust their body language, relax their mind, and then use various energy techniques, like medical qigong and reiki, to relax and calm their minds," Mrs. Maldonado said.
Through her techniques, Mrs. Maldonado will teach "Horse Energy/Discovering the Mustang" attendees how to shift their energy, helping them to better connect to the mustangs at The Wild Horse Rescue Center.
"I have been around horses since I was 10 years old, and have been coming to the WHRC for almost five years," Mrs. Maldonado said. "The work I do is energetic and, sometimes, very subtle. But if you know the body language of the horse, you can easily recognize when they are releasing stress."
Through the exercises Mrs. Maldonado teaches, she will help attendees better recognize when the mustangs are experiencing stress and help them release that negative energy.
Founder and owner of The Wild Horse Rescue Center, Diane Delano, will also be working at the "Horse Energy/Discovering the Mustang" workshop.
During Ms. Delano's portion of the class, attendees will learn how to connect to the mustang by reading the animal's body language and becoming one with the "horse energy" of the mustang.
"This class is to teach people the benefits of staying calm and relaxed. The exercises will not only benefit the student, but also change the manner of their communication in their career, with their family and other social situations," Mrs. Maldonado said. "Animals are wonderful teachers, and mustangs have demonstrated their eagerness to participate and swiftness to acknowledge any work that humans offer them."
Through the calm nature of the attendee, allowing the horse to lead, energy shifts.
"Predator and prey become one," Mrs. Maldonado added. "An awareness of energy other than your own is experienced, and suddenly, you can relate better to all of life."
The "Horse Energy/Discovering the Mustang" workshop is Saturday, April 20 at Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $160 and includes lunch provided by Wild Horse Rescue Center.
Those interested can sign up online at www.cat-edu.com/classesspring2013/aprilclasses.html or by emailing Jo Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call (386) 279-0257.
Wild Horse Rescue Center is located at 4970 International Ave., Mims.