A way to connect students to each other, to provide inspirational quotes and educational savvy tips and to keep people informed and up to date about courses and activities. If you would like to stay connected go and LIKE the page. Louise Campbell has been helping me with this page and took many of the beautiful photographs that are on there. So far we have received amazing feedback, and are inspired to keep going with it, as we we have had posts on there shared and viewed by thousands and are receiving feedback from all over the world. Here is the link.
Connecting with Horses & Riding with Synchronicity.
Lessons with Mel
This a closed FaceBook group for students who have done courses with me. The idea of this group is that like minded and committed students can connect as well as being a supportive and educational group where students can ask me questions. Since most people often have similar questions, sharing the answer among everyone in the group is very helpful.
If you have done a “Connecting with Horses & Riding with Synchronicity” (CHRS) course with me and would like to join the group here is the link . Click the join button and then I can add you in.
In between courses and as a support when I can’t come to you and you can’t come to me there is VIDEO COACHING via webinar !!! This is an INVALUABLE LEARNING TOOL.
Here is how it works.
You send me a video, in the mail or you can send it via Youtube and keep it private (change the setting for that video to UNLISTED then you can send me a link) or via We Transfer or Dropbox. We set up a time and we view the video together. The feedback from this coaching has been that it was extremely insightful and helpful. Even in some of the live courses I have been using video coaching or even just using still shots (photos) to help students SEE what is going on. They always comment that it is a very powerful learning tool to be able to see themselves and have things pointed out. The visual image can really help things click. Seeing the picture and then matching it to a feeling accelerates learning manifold.
One off sessions
The investment for this is $88 per private session. (45 minute web call and you submit up to 20 mins of video). I will look through the video first and make some notes and then we watch it together while chatting over the phone or internet.
You can book a Package Deal for 6 sessions (to be used in a 12mth period) for $450 (getting one session for close to free). You film yourself at your convenience and then we watch the sessions together remotely and chat – usually in the evenings. You could do weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions – its up to you. Pay up front, book in your sessions and hold yourself accountable to take action and make progress. Of course I will only have a limited amount of time to do these, session so these package deals are limited. This is a great way to get regular private coaching, and keep yourself inspired, accountable and progressing. If you don’t want to do the package deal you can still just do one off sessions whenever I can fit them in.
We can do group webinars if people are open to sharing their video learning with others and people on the live call can ask questions.
Advantages of remote lessons / video coaching
No travelling time and expenses, do it in your own time frame when it suits you, get together with study buddies and film each other and stay focussed and progressive. The webinar coaching is perfect to be used as a support system in between the courses. When I only see people every 6 months or sometimes less, it is a long time in between getting feedback and coaching. Bad habits can sneak in or you are not progressive enough for your horse or yourself. I have heard it said that when we are not going forwards we are actually going backwards, and I think there is a lot of truth in this. So let’s keep progressive and keep the momentum going.
Uploading to YouTube:
Recently students have had trouble uploading videos that are more than 5 mins long. So what I suggest is uploading several short clips. Some students just send me several 2-3 min clips and from this I can get a picture of what is happening (don’t edit out all the “bad” bits and don’t put it in slow motion or add music). To help you the best I/we need to see the raw truth. With several 2-3 min clips of various things you are working on we can usually discuss things for a good 40 mins or more !!! Total of video clips ideally is not more than 20 mins. If you are really unsavvy with tech (like me, but I am getting better) and you can’t edit the video just send it and I will skim through it and watch bits.
On the individual video (as opposed to the general settings) under VISIBILITY change the setting to UNLISTED if you don’t want anyone else to be able to view the video and then you just send me the link.
What you need:-
- You will need a fairly fast internet for our webinar lesson – if you can easily watch YouTube videos you should be fine.
- Phone so we can talk while we are viewing the video.
- Note paper – you may like to take some notes as we are viewing and discussing the video.
N.B.If the YouTube option is too confusing then you can put the video on a DVD disc and mail it to me, or if you are familiar with We Transfer or Drop Box you could send it via those methods as well.
*****The better quality the video, the better quality feedback I can give you. This is not about the quality of the camera but about keeping zoomed in on you and your horse so you are not a distant speck in the background and keeping the camera as steady as possible – ideally using a tripod. Make sure the footage is given to me in real time not slow motion. This way you will get the best feedback for yourself and from me.
OPTIONS FOR FILMING YOURSELF
A PIVO is great and relatively inexpensive way to film yourself. I have one – very easy to set up pretty simple to use even if you are unsavvy with tech. Find out more here or purchase with this link. Your purchase with this link earns me a small commission.
Learn more about how to set up, use and troubleshoot your PIVO with this FB group.
A PIXIO or PIXEM is also a great way to film yourself.
I have also have a Pixio. It has a better zoom and tracking than the PIVO. A little bit more to do to set up. Quite a lot more expensive but it also has a live lesson option. I haven’t tried live lessons with this yet but it sounds like a great idea. https://tv.movensee.com/
If you would prefer to just do a phone consultation without doing a video of yourself that is also possible. They are $44 per 1/2 hr. Email me to arrange a time.
Email Mel to book a session
To book a video coaching lesson
Click here to Register online
Video Coaching Lesson $88.00
Video Coaching 6 Lesson package $450.00
If you have any questions please contact Mel
Testimonial from Paisley Walker
“Whilst I am very fortunate to have Mel teach at my property twice a year, I still find it very helpful to get video coaching in-between clinics to keep on track and get feedback on any new developments that may have arisen.
Whilst some may find videoing daunting, it is a great way to keep a record of your progress and to watch back and get another perspective on how you and your horse are looking. Often when I have questions or issues and make the effort to get someone to video me, in the process of watching it back I already have a deeper understanding of what is going right, and what might need some adjustment.
The footage can be posted to Mel, or uploaded unlisted onto YouTube, which is what I do. Then through the ‘power of technology’ which I don’t pretend to understand, you can arrange a time with Mel and she will pop up on your screen and talk you through what she can see whilst you watch the video back together. From there you can trouble shoot and make a plan. I am often amazed at how much detail Mel can see from a short video which is sometimes taken at a fair distance. She is still able to pick up on all the subtleties, like if you’re unknowingly blocking, pushing or leaning to one side – and it’s hard to deny what is on the screen 😉
Definitely a valuable resource to help you progress with your horsemanship and riding. “