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The Aware Rider 2022

6-week immersive experience starting 27 June

  • Do you feel like there’s more to riding than just the “riding” part?
  • Have you gotten glimpses of an inner world that you could explore within yourself and with your horse?
  • Have you felt there is so much you could learn about yourself and develop within your horse-human relationship?
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In the third course of the Aware Rider series, Thomas, Shana, Catherine and Charlotte are delighted to continue the ‘conversation about the conversation you have with your horse’

In this 6-week course - Riding in the Relational Field - we will explore how the interconnectedness between you, your horse, and the environment lays the foundation for a successful partnership with your horse. Combining psychological theories with the practice of Feldenkrais lessons you will develop an awareness of how the ways you think, feel, sense and move to impact your riding, your relationship with your horse, and your life.

For six weeks, we will meet live on zoom to discuss how key principles from the Gestalt theory of relational dialogue, and the somatic awareness practice of Feldenkrais can help your riding, your relationship with your horse, and enhance your daily life. We will further explore the weekly concepts with weekly Exploration Meetings (optional) on Wednesdays. Catherine will additionally teach a short "Awareness Through Movement" Feldenkrais lesson on Thursdays. Furthermore, Charlotte Rhonwen Zetterberg is creating a series of short Feldenkrais lessons, especially for this course titled 'Lose your mind... and come to your senses'.

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Current and Upcoming Courses

The Aware Rider 2022

An immersive extra-ordinary exploration starting June 27th. Focussing on developing a richer, more satisfying relationship with your horse and the training process.  

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Topline Makeover Course

A systematic groundwork program to build your horse's topline. This has started you can still catch up... it is leaving the store very soon! 

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The What, Why, How Course

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The Total Canter Transformation Program

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The Ritterize Membership

The Ritterize Membership

(previously EOTM) 

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June 2022:
Learning to Feel and Practicing Non-judgement

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This month in Ritterize, we are going to talk about Learning to Feel and Practicing Non-judgement. These two are related, so let me explain….

Our minds judge every experience around us. Every action, every reaction. We immediately attach some meaning to everything that happens, everything we see, and everything we do and think. Some things are judged as “good” so we cling to it and try to get more “good.” Some things are judged as “bad” so we resist and push these away. Eww, bad stuff go away! And then the remaining bits are just judged as “neutral” and are pretty much ignored.

It is human nature to judge, but sometimes this judging gets exhausting and it GETS IN OUR WAY to being able to be fully present in each here and now moment. But what if we could just go with the flow of things? What possibilities for discovery could open up for us if we did not immediately label things as good or bad? What if we kept a curious, open mind about EVERYTHING we experience, everything that happens in a ride, every response from the horse? How would this potentially RADICALLY transform your riding?

When we are stuck in the vicious cycle of labelling everything as good or bad, we cut off a whole dimension of experience. We also miss out on so much opportunity to FEEL. Many riders struggle with learning to feel. There is so much to feel and so many different ways to look at the concept of “feel” so we will explore this in June.

So this month in Ritterize, we begin with a discussion with book author, Nahshon Cook, about “Learning to Feel”. The general discussion will be public but there will be a exclusive members-only Q&A available to Ritterize members only.

The following week, we will be joined by Yvonne Lübcke for a discussion about Non-Judgement and how we can apply this principle to our riding, our horses, and ourselves. Then a week later we will meet again with Yvonne for our “Wine with Friends” meeting, giving all members a chance to discuss and share experiences around the principle of non-judgement as applies to riding.

We will close out the month with a hot seat session for this month’s exercise which is aptly named “Flow”. The exercise will be released on June 1st and is an exercise designed to help you develop your horse’s topline musculature and “go with the flow”.

I am so looking forward to this month in Ritterize. I hope you are, too!

Feldenkrais Courses for Riders

FeldenFit 4-Pack (BEST DEAL!):

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4 x €97 = €388 

Today's Price = €297 (other currencies available)

FeldenFit 1 is the original FeldenFit program with Catherine McCrum with 30 days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine uses her knowledge as a Feldenkrais teacher and blends this with her background in sport and fitness to make a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.

FeldenFit2 is the follow-up program to the original FeldenFit program. Join us and Catherine McCrum for 30 more days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine uses her knowledge as a Feldenkrais teacher and blends this with her background in sport and fitness to make a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.

FeldenFit 3 is a series of 30 lessons that specifically address how to take your riding to the next level. Lessons and imagery that improve your foundation and support from the ground up, movements that free your head, neck and eyes from long-held patterns of muscular contractions, experiencing how ribs that are springy and supple impact the independence of your legs and hip joints. Clarifying the wave like oscillations of the pelvis, spine and head that make riding the more dynamic gaits smooth beyond imagination. And finally 4 specific lessons to do in the saddle, or in the barn before you get on. This is truly the rider's series!

FeldenFit 4 - The Freedom Series! FeldenFit 4 is the newest addition to the program. Catherine McCrum has designed the fourth set of 30 days of daily @15 minute FeldenFit lessons specifically for riders to help you find your true essence and break free from restriction.

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FeldenFit 1

The original FeldenFit program with Catherine McCrum with 30 days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine has created a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.

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FeldenFit 2

FeldenFit2 is the follow-up program to the original FeldenFit program. We take a deep dive into the key concepts that we introduced in our first programme and we added the requests of the course members. 

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FeldenFit 3

Riders will love these sessions that clarify support from the ground up. When your feet, ankles and lower legs are well-organised, you can access the potential for both mobility and stability in your centre.

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FeldenFit 4

In the newest FeldenFit program, we introduce you to the theme of finding the length through the spine, finding a direction of support downwards through the legs with free hip joints, and width through the chest.

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"How Can Feldenkrais Help Riders?"

A 7 day Free Challenge.
Together with Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum, we have put together a set of off-the-horse lessons that you can use to improve your coordination, balance, suppleness, and feel. In this challenge, you will do one Feldenkrais lesson per day. These lessons are pre-recorded so regardless of timezone or location in the world, you can do it on YOUR schedule and terms. Then, once you have completed the lesson, meet us in the Facebook group for a discussion about the lesson.

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The Aware Rider Program

Parts 1 and 2. Feldenkrais with Catherine McCrum, fused with Dressage with Shana and Thomas Ritter.

What is the Aware Rider Exploration About?
How can we improve how we move ultimately with the aim of having a better relationship with our horses: One in which we can listen to ourselves as well as listen to them in such a way that they hear what we're saying. This is a conversation about the conversation we have with our horses.

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