What's New at Rancho Bosque:
From Barnyard to Boardroom
In collaboration with the University of Arizona's Eller School of Business and Rogers College of Law, Rancho Bosque will present From Barnyard to Boardroom: Learning the Power of Nonverbal Communication in Business on Sat, Oct 26th, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Auditors are welcome: $20. Call the ranch office to learn more!
Zen Mind, Zen Horse Spirituality Clinic - Registration Continues!
Join Drs. Allan & Jane Hamilton at Rancho Bosque this November 1-3, 2013 for this unique and innovative program, the only one of its kind to offer a neurosurgeon and a clinical psychologist as your guide through understanding what horses can teach us. Click here to learn more.
Equine Affaire Massachusetts - November 9, 2013
Join Dr. Allan Hamilton at Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA this November! He will present one demonstration and two seminars as well as be available for book signings on Saturday, November 9, 2013. View the full schedule on the Equine Affaire Massachusetts event website at www.equineaffaire.com/massachusetts.
10:00 am - Listen to the Horses!: Are Humans Ready to Become a Digital "Herd"? - Presented on the Nutrena Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center
1:00 pm - Five Lessons You Can Learn from Your Horses: A Scientific Look at How Horses Train Us - Presented on the Nutrena Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center
4:00 pm - The 10 Most Important Things You Can Teach Your Horse to Keep You Safe - Presented in the Demo Ring in Mallary North
"Playing With Magic" to debut in Arizona
Having debuted already in California, New York, Colorado, and soon in Illinois, "Playing With Magic" will have its Arizona debut at the 2013 Prescott Film Festival held July 24-31. Presented on the Yavapai College campus, the festival will feature independent narrative, documentary, and short films from all over the world. Visit the festival website at www.prescottfilmfestival.com or by clicking here for more information on admission, films, the screening schedule, and more.
AZ Illustrated Highlights "From Barnyard to Bedside"
Arizona Public Media Mental Health Producer/Reporter Gisela Telis joined Dr. Hamilton during one of his med student classes at Rancho Bosque. The new segment was part of the May 21, 2013 broadcast of AZ Illustrated. Read the story and watch the full video here.
See Dr. Hamilton on NBC's The Today Show
NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman spent a day at Rancho Bosque interviewing Dr. Hamilton for a profile on his innovative “From Barnyard to Bedside” program. Read More
UANews Feature: Horses Help Teach Bedside Manner to Med Students
In this video, Dr. Hamilton's unique program, "From Barnyard to Bedside", taught through the University of Arizona Medical School, is profiled. Watch Now
"Playing With Magic" - A Documentary Film with Dr. Hamilton
A new film by Wayne Ewing, and based in part on Dr Hamilton’s book, Zen Mind Zen Horse, has wrapped principle photography at Rancho Bosque. In the film, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) victims, cancer survivors, children with physical and mental disabilities, and normal people daring enough to dance with horses on the ground are all transformed. The film follows the progress of two women – KC and Erika – suffering from cancer as they work with Dr. Hamilton and his horses. The film also follows Monty Roberts at his ranch in Solvang, California as he shows veterans how to control and live with their PTSD by playing with horses.
Playing With Magic began screening at film festivals in early 2013. Look for it to come to your community starting Spring 2013.
Filming at Rancho Bosque for "Playing With Magic"
A Peak Moment with Monty Roberts: Returning to Flag Is Up Farms
by Dr. Allan Hamilton
Peak moments: we know ‘em when we see ‘em because they have a special quality to them. They shimmer. There’s the exhilaration in the moment because we are able to feel life, the rush of it. At the same time, we see things from enough of a distance that we can also see the sweep of our life.
Well, I had one of those peak moments. I have admired Monty Roberts for more than two decades. More than twenty years ago, I broke my back and was told I had to give up riding horses for more than a year. I was despondent. I was not only badly disabled, I was also very depressed, near hopeless. Someone told me about Monty and I went out to see him for myself at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. A humble, wonderful man who taught people that horses could save people. I needed that inspiration. I went home and began to do more groundwork with my horses as a way to compensate for not being able to climb into the saddle. Gradually, I got better and better at it and, lo and behold, it began to change me. I found spiritual inspiration in it. Twenty years later-- scores and scores of horses trained, more than a hundred clinics under my belt all over the US and abroad, and an award-winning book about horses (Monty was gracious enough to write the Foreword along with Dr. Robert Miller) - yet, here I was myself, the student, coming back to see the master. And, thank God, he’s still the sensei. There is an inexhaustible store of magic and wisdom in him. Returning to Flag Is Up Farms is pilgrimage for me, as humbling as it is inspiring. Monty is the experience of a lifetime - again! A true peak moment. Thank you, Monty!
Horse & Rider Magazine, October 2012
Combing science and spirituality, Dr. Allan Hamilton, author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse, offers tips for strengthening your bond with your horse and becoming a more effective horseman. Read the full article, written by Debbie Moors, here.
Left Half Empty and Right Half Full:
The Neuroscience of Relating to Horses
Haute Ecole Magazine, Autumn, 2011
Tracking biology and brain science through history, Dr. Hamilton looks at how horses and humans evolved and why there is such a deep spiritual connection between the two. Read PDF Article
Spiritual Leadership Article
Spirituality & Health, September/October 2011
Leading with Chi Instead of Words or Rope. The Power of the Silent Half of the Brain
Dr. Hamilton explores the behavior of horses, its relationship to chi and how working together can develope one's spritual leadership.
Read PDF article
Rancho Bosque Equine Assisted Learning in Ireland
Drs. Allan and Jane Hamilton, and Samantha Biffar conducted Equine Assisted Learning Seminars at the Irish Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. Each seminar had 30 participants working with ex-racing thoroughbreds to learn the exercises and techniques that can be employed in standard EAL sessions. The seminars focus on “hands-on” training in both individual and group settings and made for a unique and powerful learning experiences. As one participant put it, " I wish nothing more than to continue attending your lectures and observing your work and approaches to the multitude of challenges in EAL.
This was the second time the Hamiltons presentd programs in Ireland. During their first series of seminars in 2008, the Rancho Bosque crew presented a demonstration for the Irish Parliament. As a result, the both program was awarded government funding. Rancho Bosque will continue to play an integral role in establishing and expanding EAL in Ireland and around the world.
A member of the Irish Parliament gets hands on experience while attending Rancho Bosque Seminar
and be sure to check out Zen Mind Zen Horse website.