Get to know me
Chris Chapman, EGCMethod Coach
I am ready to help you find what you are seeking — whether it’s relief or growth, healing or expansion. My training has readied me to walk beside you as you explore your future. This very personal journey means you will want to know your guide — me — a little better and what qualifies me to help you along your way. Please find my journey below — one I hope you will resonate with and find common ground. I look forward to meeting you and learning about your path in life — and where you’d like to journey next.
Most of all, I want to share my many blessings with you — horses, art, and nature. I can’t wait to introduce you to Woody and Sky and the other equine souls who guide my work.
I have been a leather craftsman since 1970, and spent years creating museum-quality reproductions of European, Early American and Native American garments and artifacts, including bead and quill work. I had received many accolades for my art, but it had not been financially rewarding. In 1987 I moved from Minnesota to the mountains of Colorado, 700 feet above the Roaring Fork Valley outside of Aspen – and I knew I’d come home – surrounded by nature; a cacophony of birds and wildlife, mountains and ranches, deep valleys and wide open high mountain pastures, sagebrush and trees. It’s a perfect place for a lifelong “maker of things” to create, and the birth of my daughter Kaytie, in 1991, inspired a monumental change of direction in my work. I began creating and developing what I call architectural leatherwork, an innovation that paid off in many ways: I’m proud to say that not only was I eventually able to earn a good living entirely from my art, but have had many pieces of my work – which is appreciated in homes and estates around the world – featured in several books and magazines.
My daughter’s father abandoned her when she was 8 years old, and I knew she needed something bigger than her broken heart to heal her. Intuitively I was guided to seek out opportunities for her to connect with horses, and so the healing began in the form of a big sorrel Paint horse named Bob. Shortly after this, I was introduced to my own soul horse, Cowboy: a magnificent liver chestnut and white Paint with a huge presence, and thus began my own healing journey with horses. Cowboy passed when I was going through chemo, but I believe he led me to Skye, one of my coaching partners, and a catalyst for monumental shifts in my life.
I have always been a survivor: an abusive childhood and relationships, breast cancer, and 20+ years of single parenthood are just some of the challenges I’ve faced. But I hit my bottom at age 63. A near-death experience as the result of a horse accident resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and debilitating PTSD that left me broke and brokenhearted, feeling that everything I had worked for or thought was important was gone. My ability to do my artwork was compromised for months and I was often alone, waffling back and forth between crippling anxiety and depression. I had to attach to something that made sense to me. I needed some kind of validation, something that called me, something literally worth living for. As I had when my daughter needed healing, I listened to my intuition, which guided me to the Touched By A Horse Equine Gestalt Coaching program. The three years of training to become a certified EGCM coach was an unexpected journey, helping me to reach a profound level of healing, and to connect – and re-connect – even more deeply with the horses in my life and heart.
I have been a privileged recipient of and witness to the healing power of Equus over the course of my training, and I now look back at each of my horses with the realization that they were willingly doing their healing work for Kaytie and me for years before I truly understood it. Each horse has had a different life lesson to teach me – even the accident that nearly killed me, has saved me. Each one of them called me in so they could teach me and show me a different heartfelt way. These magnificent sentient beings have all encouraged me to follow and trust my intuition, open my heart, find my voice and speak my truth. They have encouraged me to listen deeply to them, and to listen to and trust my heart. They have helped me heal.
And now it is my honor and privilege, in partnership with my horses Woody and Skye, to combine Gestalt coaching with the healing power of horses, art, and the natural world; to share and coach others along their healing journeys from trauma and life transitions, with the intention of helping them live lives that are not merely about surviving, but thriving. I look forward to working with you.
“Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
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