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Campfire Stories :: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Life

  • True North Retreat Center 6615 Bay Laurel Place Avila Beach, CA, 93424 United States (map)

Ten years ago, I had the extraordinary good fortune to be invited to Paws Up Ranch in Montana to experience the ground breaking coaching methodology that my friend, Koelle Simpson, had developed from the relationship between humans and horses. Our friend and mentor, Martha Beck, had invited a group of us out to Montana to tryKoelle's horse work. I was excited to see Koelle in action, but I was mostly going with the intention of supporting her as a friend and colleague.

What I didn't know, was that Koelle's work and that trip to Montana would change my life forever. The personal development work that we did, the stories we shared, the methodologies that we started to develop and so many friendships that were forged can all be traced back to that autumn weekend in 2006.

For the past five years, I’ve brought my retreat students to North Star Ranch to do life-changing work with Koelle. (Find out more about this year's retreat here.) The Ranch has always been a place of marvel for me. It is a place where honest-to-God miracles happen. I’ve seen hearts heal time and time again. With my own eyes, I have seen the faces of people that I know, intimately and deeply, change in front of me. 

Boyd Varty is a spellbinding storyteller, witty and fiercely intelligent. At that fated trip in 2006, he ended up with the cabin across from mine and from the moment I met him, I knew he was incredibly special. But it wasn't until he and I were paired up in a horse herding exercise that I saw just how remarkable. (If you'd like a sneak peak into some of his story, check out his Ted Talk or order his book Cathedral of the Wild.) 

Join us for that story and many others as we discuss how we find the sacred in every day life. I am so thrilled to be able to share two of my dearest and most respected friends with our community at Yoga Church. This is definitely an evening that you do not want to miss. 


About Boyd Varty:

Boyd was born to a family of conservationists in the African bush, and grew up surrounded by the people and animals who were part of the family’s dream to “restore Eden.”  As a child, he shared his home with lions, leopards, snakes, and elephants.  At age seven, he served a newly liberated Nelson Mandela, who had come to his family’s home to find stillness and nature after his years in prison. 

As an adolescent, Varty completed his basic schooling by studying the curriculum of a typical Western educational system while traveling the African bush to restore ecosystems, living in India and Europe to deepen his understanding of language and culture, and reading broadly to absorb a standard body of knowledge in the arts and sciences.  As a university student he studied psychology and ecology, supplementing his education by learning martial arts in Thailand, hiking through the jungles of the Amazon, and apprenticing himself to a renowned tracker from the Shangaan tribe to deepen his intimate knowledge of the natural world.

As he continues his path of linking the growth of the human mind and spirit with the restoration of ecosystems, Varty has published his first memoir, Cathedral of the Wild,launched a career as a coach who introduces first-world seekers to an intimate relationship with the wild, and devoted himself to healing not only landscapes and animals, but the people and human systems that must coexist with nature to create a healthy and sustainable future for life. 

His family’s nature preserve is named “Londolozi,” Zulu for “protector of all living things.”  Boyd Varty’s life has been, and will continue to be, formed by that ideal.

About Koelle Simpson: 

Life coach and horse whisperer, Koelle Simpson, offers a new perspective on communication and trust development. She is honored to have received extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities with individuals who are working to have a positive impact on the world. Her mission in life is to help others rebuild trust in themselves, as well as in their relationships with others, and as a result unleash the powerful leader within each of us. From 2000 to 2005, Koelle was a student of world-renowned equine trainer and best-selling author Monty Roberts, known as “The Horse Whisperer”. Koelle was given the opportunity to learn first-hand from Mr. Roberts, conducting speaking engagements, workshops and demonstrations and partaking in national and international touring events. During this time, Koelle helped troubled individuals and corporations to build trust and redefine their approach to communication using the non-verbal language of horses.

In 2005, Koelle was offered apprenticeship with internationally acclaimed life coach, best-selling self-help author, and Oprah columnist, Dr. Martha Beck. The time and training spent with Dr. Beck enabled Koelle to obtain a more thorough understanding of the parallels between helping a troubled horse and helping a troubled individual regain the directions to a great life. Recently, Koelle has developed new friendships at the Londolozi game reserve, a global leader in wildlife conservation, located near Kruger National Park in South Africa. She is thrilled to have this special opportunity to visit the bushveld on a regular basis to enhance her understanding of Mother Nature’s example of leadership, trust, balance and interspecies communication.

About Meadow DeVor:

Meadow is an internationally recognized teacher with over two thousand hours of experience teaching life coach training programs (including weight loss coach training, business coach training, money coach training, personal development teacher trainings and mentor trainings) since 2007.  Additionally she has taught over five thousand hours of yoga philosophy, personal development and coaching classes. Meadow has been published in Woman’s Day Magazine, on the popular blogs: Rebelle Society and Enemy of Debt, and has had the pleasure of being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Meadow has practiced yoga since 1996 and has trained with many outstanding teachers including Seane Corn, Mark Whitwell, Shiva Rea, and Rod Stryker. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) through Yoga Alliance and is currently enrolled in a 500 RYT program.

Meadow has been writing, teaching, speaking and coaching since 1998. She’s the founder of the True North Yoga Coaching method and lives with her husband, their three kids and their insanely cute maltipoo in the quiet countryside of the Central Coast of California.

*Note: no yoga mats needed this evening, seating will be provided 

All sales are final. No refunds will be issued for any reason, but you are free to transfer your registration to another attendee.

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