Welcome to my world of creativity, movement, horses . . . and more! My name is Terry Stanislow and I am the founder of Smiling Horse Wellbeing, Smiling Horse Studio and a Partner in Talking Horse Equine Assisted Learning. I have enjoyed a personal yoga practice all of my life and a few years ago, I had a marvelous experience taking the 200-hour yoga instructor's certification at Joyful Yoga, a Canadian Yoga Alliance membership school. More years ago, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to take a certificate in Applied Visual Arts at Algonquin College, where I had the privilege of studying under a few of Canada's beloved and accomplished artists. Since then, I have studied at other art institutions and more recently have come to appreciate the emerging process art modalities. I have also been with horses most of my life, with many experiences too numerous to mention here! Today, I care for a small gang at home and co-facilitate equine assisted learning sessions with my partner in that endeavour.
For the past five years, I have been facilitating painting and mixed-media programs in my own studio and at times, taking creativity on the road for different group events. I have also been managing and facilitating equine assisted wellbeing programs for youth and adults, individuals and groups, including serving the professional healthcare community. In 2016, I became a partner in an equine assisted learning initiative that serves youth, the healthcare community, corporate, community organizations and entrepreneurs in my favourite place - Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley.
After a career in administration, I reconnected with my passion for visual arts and sharing the benefits of self expression with people of all ages. I combined that with my keen interest in promoting and facilitating wellbeing in my community, harnessed my creative energy and ongoing quest for knowledge and innovation, and focused my work in areas that are meaningful to me - the empowering practices of breathing, awareness, movement, intuitive expression and self-development in partnership with the horse.
When I'm not doing all of that, I'm studying, taking photos, learning to play the drums, making a quilt, singing in the car, journaling, painting, collaging, cleaning the barn, grooming horses, drinking coffee, daydreaming, trying new recipes, hiking, jumping on rocks and trees and scheming the next road trip in our beautiful province!
I so enjoy taking photos, that I usually don't end up in them, but I have managed to find a few to post so you can get to know me a little better. As you will see, I love to travel around my beautiful province and if there's a tree . . . I'm there!