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“Every time you step into the round pen with a horse, remind yourself that today
you may stand on the threshold of a great new personal discovery.
Each horse, in his own way, is ready to coach you. And when your resolution to change — to work on the person you want to become — becomes heartfelt and sincere, then the horse will reveal his next great secret, his next great gift, to you.
Horses are like a band of legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.”
Advice from Zen Mind, Zen Horse by Dr. Allan Hamilton
History of belvoir
Surrounded by the Thames River, Belvoir is thought to be the oldest farm in South Western Ontario, Canada. Nestled on more than 300 acres, the estate 10 km west of London, Ontario.
It was originally owned by settler Ebenezer Allan, who arrived in Delaware in 1793 from Rochester, New York.
In 1840, the farm was known as Maple Grove and the main house on the Estate was built by Gideon Tiffany. It was referred to by the locals as “Tiffany’s Castle”.
In 1857 Gideon’s son, Dean Tiffany, commissioned architect Thomas Stent the notable designer and builder of the East Wing of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa to redesign and rebuild this grand and historic home.
In 1880 the estate was purchased by Richard Albert Gibson who was appointed to the Ontario Agricultural Commission in 1880. He renamed the property Belvoir, after a castle near his birthplace in Rutland, England. Belvoir became the leading producer of Jersey Milk for the London area.
In 1922 Gibson's son-in-law, Canadian Senator Edgar Sydney Little and his wife Helen moved their family to Belvoir.
Members of parliament of that time, including Prime Minister MacKenzie King, were royally entertained in their stately home.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Boston Trauma Centre and Paul Frewen, PhD C-Psych UWO At Belvoir Estate Farm.
We had the pleasure of showing Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Centre in Boston, author of New York Times bestseller "The Body Keeps Score " and Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych, UWO, Chair of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association around at Belvoir Estate Farm. Both were in awe of the endless possibilities this property and seductive landscape have to offer and are excited about the prospect of working together.. Let the magic happen.