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Natural Leadership Programs for Human Herds

This is your wake up call.

Your instincts and awareness are a source of untapped power. Reclaim them with our retreats, courses and coaching — for groups and individuals.

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BETH KILLOUGH

Head Cowgirl, Owner

It’s time to wake up your true self.

We are human animals but we are cut off from the natural signals of our animal bodies. We are ruled by thought, language, ego, and story. As adults, we have learned to put our mammal bodies to sleep.

When we learn to listen to our inner world and its signals, we are alive and attuned to the depth and texture of our lives. We wake up a fundamental part of our hard-wiring that transforms our ability to shape our relationships. We call this our Natural Leadership, and though it may be hidden or forgotten, it is never lost.

At The Circle Up Experience, you awaken your Natural Leadership so you can navigate the world, take hold of your most genuine desires, and build authentic connections.

We're honored to share our work with Extraordinary clients

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Our Offerings

Retreats, Courses, and Coaching for Human Herds

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Custom Business Retreats

1-3 DAY CUSTOM EXPERIENCES

Escape the office and get to know your human herd by spending 1-3 days at our home base, Take a Chance Ranch, or our team will come to a special location closer to you.

Teams will strengthen current relationships, welcome new members, and increase their awareness of each other’s strengths when they engage with our horses and experience the nature-based activities we offer.

Our workshops may also feature sheep, dogs, falconry, meditation, art, writing, movement, and mindful hiking. You don’t have to be interested in animals or know much about them to have a profound transformation.

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“Circle Up gathered together our group and turned us into a team! The Circle Up team (humans and horses) took our newly re-configured group—made up of people from three different countries—and gave us the opportunity to get to know each other in a completely unique way. We have been able to stay connected despite geography and to continuously develop and respect our soft skills."
LAUREN PFEIFFER, ADOBE INC.

Retreats at Take A Chance Ranch

for all people, great and small

We host exceptional retreats at Take a Chance Ranch and other unique locations. Our retreats focus on personal leadership, relationships, and spiritual development. The retreat experience offers the space and time to pause from everyday life for reflection.

Up Next: UNBRIDLED HORSEPOWER: An Equine Learning and Leadership Women’s Retreat...

P.S. If you have an idea for a retreat or a group of people who want a meaningful experience together, we can help you design a gathering that meets your needs. Plan your retreat with us...

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"Getting real-time feedback is a rare gift, and yet it's the biggest opportunity to learn about ourselves and grow. Circle Up’s program delivers just that, through the eyes of a partner who acts with total honesty and vulnerability, and without their own ego or agenda — the perfect mirror: a horse. My experience was simply incredible and has made a huge impact on me. I highly recommend it to anyone.”
AMY J., GOOGLE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FORUM

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Coaching

FOR INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS & INSTITUTIONS

Create a culture for the people you care about by stepping into your Natural Leadership.

Each year, we take a select number of clients for individual, executive or group coaching programs, including a limited number of large institutions for customized programs.

As coaches, we’re not afraid to ask tough questions. We pick up on core themes and issues quickly and know exactly when to be gentle and when to push. The transferable skills we teach will help you support, develop, and mentor colleagues and peers.

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"What Circle Up offers is different from other team-building exercises, and is also based on the way a horse lives and works. No conference rooms. No binders. No powerpoint slides. No blah blah blah.”
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Courses

For Aspiring Leaders

If you are already a leader for your herd, our courses help you step into your role with confidence and power.

Courses are offered through our online learning platform so they are accessible anytime, anywhere. They often include group coaching calls and private discussion groups.

Our integrative model teaches basic concepts about human nature through the lenses of psychology, animal behavior, interpersonal neuroscience, and meditation.

Now enrolling: The Natural Leadership School. Starts Sept. 2019.

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"Beth teaches and models leadership as authenticity, and cultivates a deep respect for the unique capacity of each individual member of the herd. Circle Up experiences are inspiring and challenging. And a whole lot of fun."
EILEEN ELROD, FACULTY DEVELOPMENT, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

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Events

AT TAKE A CHANCE RANCH

We host a variety of opportunities for people to enjoy the beauty of the ranch, build community and connection, and to learn from the animals and land.

september, 2019

07sep4:00 pmWeekly Meditation Group with MonksThe Home of the Mind Meditation Group with Dhammakaya Monks from Thailand

13sep6:00 pm8:00 pmMindfulness By MoonlightAn Open Space Leadership and Wellness Event

18sepAll Day20FeaturedUnbridled HorsepowerAn Equine Learning and Leadership Women’s Retreat

21sep4:00 pmWeekly Meditation Group with MonksThe Home of the Mind Meditation Group with Dhammakaya Monks from Thailand

28sep4:00 pmWeekly Meditation Group with MonksThe Home of the Mind Meditation Group with Dhammakaya Monks from Thailand

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Latest News

Posts about Relationships and leadership

The Puddle of Africa: How I’m Learning to Love the Mess

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I used to think that my husband was a slob. I liked how it felt up there on my high horse. I liked the thrill of judgment and the impenetrable shield of righteousness. But I didn’t like the constant conflict between us. And I hated the feelings of powerlessness. After a few years of wrestling over this, one…

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The Value of the Useless Horse

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On the morning the wild filly crested the hill, it was early and the fog obscured the view like the long train of a wedding dress. So at first it was hard to tell what kind of animal was moving through the brush. My daughter and I were getting in the truck to head to town. As…

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Welcome to The Circle Up Experience Blog!

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— Beth Killough and Susan McCusker are the co-founders of The Circle Up Experience. They work with horses to help humans reclaim personal leadership and transform their own herds. You can read more about their work here, or find them on Facebook.

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How Do Baseball and Horses Connect With Leadership

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How do baseball and horses connect to leadership? Well, a San Jose Mercury News article about Giants’ catcher Buster Posey says it all. His teammates describe Posey as calm and tranquil. They say that his even temperament settles other players down in stressful situations and that “his messages are short, precise, and tend to hit the…

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