The Arion Center is committed to changing a human-horse
relationship based on force and subjugation to one founded
on mutual growth and the respect for the dignity of both
horse and human.
We believe horses have an immense gift to offer humans through
their compassion, honesty, and love. The Arion Center fosters
equine experiential human growth employing the Equine Gestalt
and the philosophy of Organic Horsemanship©.
The Arion Center invites you to explore our programs and
discover how the human-horse relationship can change your
By offering our clients, through partnership with horses,
the opportunity for positive emotional and cognitive development,
The Arion Center serves our human friends, our equine partners,
and our community.
The Arion Center welcomes inquiries from therapeutic and
human and/or horse-healing practitioners interested in becoming
a part of our vision for a holistic and comprehensive wellness
community. Please e-mail or call The Arion Center's Director,
Emma Cruse, to learn more.
About Emma Cruse
Cruse is a life-long student of horses and everything they
have to teach. She's studied with some of the world's most
renowned teachers of non-coercive horsemanship including Denmark's
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling ("Classical European Horse Meditation"),
Canada's Michael Bevilacqua (the official North American
representative of Navzorov Haute Ecole), Marlene and Deborah
McCormick (Institute for Conscious Awarenes), and North
America's Franklin Levinson ("Way of the Horse.") Emma is
also a graduate of Caroline Rider 's (Rider Horsemanship)
12-week Rider Horsemanship apprenticeship.
A passionate student of human growth and development, Emma
designed her undergraduate degree at Goddard College to
explore human psychology and the role horses can play in
establishing balance and self-discovery for their two-legged
partners. Emma is a licensed graduate social worker and a certified Equine Gestalt Coach. Although the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method™ is not therapy, Emma draws upon her experiences as a mental health and substance abuse counselor to enrich and inform her coaching practice.
In September, 2012 Emma graduated from Melisa Pearce's
Equine Gestalt Coaching
Certification Program (www.touchedbyahorse.com).
Emma is among those trained graduates who have benefited
from Melisa's expertise and experience as a psychotherapist
and core founder of the horse healing movement.
Emma's vision for The Arion Center, its horses, and the
people who come to it is to create positive growth and awareness
through an "organic," healing partnership between horse
and human. This partnership, built on the principles of
Emma's Organic Horsemanship
philosophy and the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method
will allow horses and humans to create a brighter future.