“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

~ Maya Angelou


  • Do you struggle to know what you really want and look to others for validation?
  • Do you feel the pressure to do everything “right”?
  • What would it feel like to step out from underneath that external pressure, explore your inner vision and connect authentically with others?

Step into a round pen with a horse and they will show you how.

welcome to Quietude coaching

Why horses are the best coach of your life

In the quietude of a horse’s presence,  you will learn to be your truest self.  Horses don’t care about image or perfection.

As pack animals, horses communicate their needs directly, work collaboratively and respect the boundaries of others in their herd.  As prey animals, horses are highly attuned to their surroundings and the energy of those around them. Therefore, for a horse to trust you, you need to be grounded, genuine and fully present.  If you are not, the horse will reflect that back to you without judgment.  Through the Quietude Coaching experience, you will connect with your most authentic self and learn how to bring that to all aspects of your life.

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Hi, I am Michele Smith

I want to share the healing power of horses and Gestalt with you.


For much of my life, I was achievement-oriented to the extreme, and in pursuit of the external validation that came with it. While I am proud of my accomplishments, I often lacked a sense of true fulfillment. I see many young people on the same treadmill — stressed out and in pursuit of goals that don’t really fill them. Horses can help people reconnect with what they really want and pursue it from a heart-centered and grounded place.


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What They Say

Michele is an amazing coach. She helped me to address a deep grief I had been carrying. Her compassion and skill as a listener allowed me to revisit the pain, more fully explore my feelings and as a result of her questions I was able to let go of the pain and hold onto the good parts of that time.

— JennyMarie

Michele is a loving and compassionate coach. She helped me work through an issue to find peace within myself. I really enjoyed working with her. It is clear she really cares about her clients.

— Amy

Michele coached me with empathy, kindness and competence regarding one of the most complex and intense situations in my life. She walked through the fire with me in this process. Once the coaching was complete, I felt well and truly finished with this issue and ready to move on.

— Thoma