Hi, I'm Devon | Beyond the Arena

Hi there, I’m Devon.

I’m a Certified Equine Gestalt Coach,
lifelong horse fanatic, author and spokeswoman.

I’m a woman with a passion for helping people heal from their pasts, get clear on where they’re headed, and move forward toward their dreams.

In a nutshell: I work with people on a spiritual path or searching for healing to help them get unstuck, reconnect with their intuition, and begin to live an unbridled life.

But my methods are a tad bit different than most.

I use the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method – which is, in its simplest form, healing and awakening through horses.

Yup. Horses. Read more about these four-legged healers on my Meet the Horses page.

I’ve experienced the healing of horses firsthand. Now I spend my days bringing people and horses together in a safe space where I teach folks how to let go of self-sabotage and pick up the reins of their lives.

The horses and I serve as unique trail guides to lead you back to your intuition, so that you can finally EMBRACE it.

And the result of people using their intuition and going for their dreams? Changed lives.

People who are tapped into their truth and authenticity are able to truly express themselves and live the unique, wildly passionate lives they were born to live.

Specifically, it means more JOY. Less stress. And a life teeming with deep, fulfilling relationships.

Plus the ability to easily tap into your inner wisdom, and fully heal emotional wounds.

Essentially: It’s freedom that lasts beyond the arena.

Sound like the life for you? You can learn how to step in the arena on the Work With Me page.

Who am I?

I’m equal parts city girl/country girl with a big heart (who’s always dancing when others aren’t. But I digress.)

I’m the horsewoman of the self-help industry. And I’m not afraid to be vulnerable about my life, flaws and learning curves.

I’ve connected to and developed my own raw, wild, instinctual feminine nature. And now, I help other women do the same.

But it wasn’t an easy trail, that’s for sure.

I’ve struggled with my own mind and emotionally painful past many times over the years. In fact, I spent a large part of my life dealing with bulimia and depression and suppressing who I am.

I was in a treatment center in Arizona, attempting to finally deal with my issues, when I first encountered equine therapy – and everything changed.

Inside the arena that day was the first time I ever became vulnerable and expressed my true feelings in front of others.

I poured my heart out in the presence of a horse and what happened next changed everything for me: The horse didn’t run away. He came closer. For the first time ever, it was safe to express my authentic emotions without feeling weak.

It was so freeing that I immediately started crying – and a huge wave of self-compassion rolled over me. In that one moment, I was finally able to forgive and release myself from the past.

And it hit me: It wasn’t my pain that was killing me. Not expressing my true self had smothered every bit of my light.

So, I traded suppressing who I am into expressing who I am – and I’ve never looked back.

Why work with me?

  • I have a gift for bringing out different parts of who you are. My goal is that you begin to see yourself as the worthy, holistic being you are and quit hiding the parts you deem un-ideal.
  • I’m direct and loving (meaning I’m not afraid to call you out of bullshit patterns that don’t serve you).
  • I’m a lot of fun – and I can teach you how to get your groove back (or find it) and bring spontaneity back into your life.
  • I’ve been called a refreshing blend of authentic and vulnerable. I will push you of your comfort zone and support every step (and stride) you take.

Here’s a bit more…

  • I lived in New Zealand for a year and worked as the head groom on a horse farm in the surfing town of Raglan.
  • I overcame bulimia and depression and went from handcuffs to horses (click here to read the story.)
  • I completed an Outward Bound Instructors Course in the Northern Cascade Mountains. For 50 days, I carried everything I needed to survive in a backpack. It changed my perspective on life and I learned about SIMPLICITY.
  • I worked as a licensed residential realtor selling homes and horse properties in Colorado for six years.
  • I’m an advocate of mentoring and volunteering and I’ve been a mentor for at-risk youth at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and the Eating Disorder Foundation of Denver. I’m currently a volunteer with “Wellness for Warriors”, the United States Air Force Equine Program.
  • I believe our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health and wellness are all connected. Expressing our feelings and embracing our vulnerability is THE key to healing.

The Official Bio

Devon Combs is a Certified Equine Gestalt Coach through the internationally recognized Touched By A Horse Certification Program.

She is a lifelong respected horsewoman, a former competitive three-day eventer, a United States Pony Club alumnus, Outward Bound Instructors Course graduate and has attended the Coaches Training Institute.

Devon is a published contributing author in the Amazon best-selling book “Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women” and frequently speaks at grade schools and colleges about positive body image and eating disorder recovery.

Devon’s experienced horsemanship skills combined with Gestalt technique and life coaching, assist her clients in uncovering their “aha moments” to take beyond the arena and into their daily lives.

                

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