“I have experienced the power of horses to change us, their honesty as well as their infinite trust once you open your heart to them and allow them to touch your soul.” – Viviane Burmester
In December, 2015, I received an email out of blue from a young woman who described herself as a third semester student of International Business Management at the University of Applied Science in Hamburg, Germany. She noted that she is a passionate horse person that understands horses as a mirror of ourselves, bringing out the best in us. She had visited our web site, found that our message resonated with her and decided to reach out to explore the possibility of applying for a 20-week internship at The Mane Intent that was part of her studies.
She described herself as a “communicative, team-oriented and open-minded person, who has a strong interest in sustainable and ethically reasonable business management.” She also noted that she was very creative and hoped to enrich our services with her ideas, writing and Photoshop skills. In closing, she noted that she had personally experienced the ability of horses to illuminate the potential that lies within us and was looking forward to connecting.
After a few Skype sessions, email exchanges and a chat with my family and our herd about this unique opportunity, I decided to trust the universe and move forward with this arrangement.
So on behalf of the herd, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of Viviane Burmester to The Mane Intent effective February 28, 2017. Viviane will be capturing her experience at The Mane Intent through a series of blog posts that we will be featuring here. In her own words, here’s what Viviane has to share about her next few months with the herd:
“Coming from Hamburg, Germany, I am very grateful that I will do my 5 month internship at The Mane Intent supporting the wonderful work this company is doing. I will be supporting Jennifer and the horses during the workshops and sessions as well as I will be working behind the scenes to expand the popularity of The Mane Intent. Having experienced the power of horses to change us, their honesty as well as their infinite trust once you open your heart to them and allow them to touch your soul, I am highly motivated to support Jennifer with the great work she is doing. I am looking forward to giving other people the chance to experience the same feeling which made me fall in love with these wonderful creatures. I am looking forward to meeting you at The Mane Intent.”
So please join me in extending a warm welcome to Viviane as she gains some additional experience and builds her own personal wisdom during her time here with us and our horses.
About the Author: Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities, getting you out of your comfort zone and giving clarity of voice to your leader within. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, cause-related marketing and change management. As a strategist, facilitator and effectiveness coach, Jennifer has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She is a ‘socialpreneur’ who values the art of living life fully with intent.