Equus Testimonials

Diane has managed to turn a life filled with unique and dynamic challenges into a cherished foundation for helping others to lead more successful lives. Her clear, warm hearted, wise, and incredibly humble personality puts everyone around her at ease. She is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with her as an equus coach.
— Koelle Simpson, Life Coach, Horse Whisperer and Equus Coach Mentor
You were WONDERFUL with our beautiful doctor goddesses (physicians in her year long training program) this weekend. Thank you SO MUCH for being who you are and doing what you do.
— Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of Anatomy of a Calling, The Fear Cure, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
I’ll admit I was a bit of a skeptic — spend an hour, with a horse, in a ring? But Diane’s passion was captivating, so I tried it. Between Diane’s skillful yet tender coaching, and the horse’s mirror-to-my-face response, I suddenly had a clear sense of how I ‘show up’ with the humans in my life. I think of my time in the round pen as one of those truly rare, transformative, aha, lightbulb moments in my life. And continual work with Diane has brought me to a much clearer sense of myself, my interactions with others, my talents, and my place in the world.
— Julie Lythcott-Haims, JD, Best-Selling Author of "How to Raise An Adult" and Former Stanford University Dean, Writer, Life Advisor
Apparently I had no idea what boundaries even were before going to an Equus Workshop with Diane. I really wouldn’t have said boundaries were even an issue for me – but since my experience with the horses – I totally see how my lack of boundaries has undercut my natural leadership skills. Now I can feel, in my body, what it feels like to have my boundaries violated and I know it’s safe to give feedback to let people know when something doesn’t feel good. I also know setting boundaries is an essential component to leadership. (Previously I thought it was either optional or unrelated.) This work is ridiculously transformational. If you are on the fence about this one, just find a credit card and sign up. I promise you will not regret it! I can’t wait to go back for a second helping!
— Angela Lauria www.theauthorincubator.com
The teaching you did yesterday in the round pen was deep and profound. I am impressed and encouraged for our planet that you are doing the work that you are.
— Dr. Harold Jules Hoyle, Santa Clara University Lecturer
Even though I had heard people rave about working with the horses, I was very skeptical before I attended Diane’s workshop because my academic training in computer science taught me to always test theories and seek proof. Happily my experience was completely different from what I expected, and my work with clients and leading groups has improved immensely as a result. My experiences in the round pen, as well as watching others, was deeply transforming as I learned how to accept feedback and become open in a way that is more powerful than I ever imagined. Diane has a remarkable gift for recognizing what people need and when they need it. Her compassion for me when I was struggled was healing and empowering at the same time. And the horses… well, they are probably the best teachers I’ve ever met: patient, responsive, and penultimately clear. Working with Diane and the horses is an opportunity that I wish I had had much earlier in my life and my career!
— Laurie Foley, Ph.D., Brand Strategist
Diane is a masterful coach. Her grace and poise make her such a pleasure to work with. She is gentle yet extremely effective, and manages to cut to the heart of the issue very quickly. With Diane, the work feels sacred. I am so grateful for the loving kindness she gives me. It is an honor and a privilege to work with her.
— Susan McCusker, Psychologist and Certified Life Coach
Working with Diane and the horses was a truly amazing experience, one that I hope to experience again. My time with Diane has changed how I interact and communicate every day with my friends, family, people I don’t even know and my own clients. I highly recommend this work to anyone and everyone. This was a truly amazing experience, one I won’t ever forget.
— Josh Smith, HeartSpace Impressions, Perth, Western Australia
Getting into the round pen with the horses was a revelation. Elements of my life that had been problematic – elements that I KNEW I wanted to change, became crystal clear through my interaction with the horse. To have a horse show you exactly where you are “stuck” is like seeing your innermost dialogue put on a stage. Two weeks later, I’m still experiencing insights and shifts related to my brief time in the pen and the coaching. Thank you for offering this powerful work — life changing hardly covers it.
— Nona Jordan, The Business Yogini
It was fate and a true leap of faith which led me to attend a private workshop with Diane in San Jose, CA. I arrived with no expectations, no experience in this area and no agenda, just a whole lot of self judgement and a ton of limiting beliefs! Diane’s gentle and encouraging nature facilitated unbelievable transformations within me, as I experienced shift after shift within my mindset. I discovered more about myself during those 5 hours than I ever have, living inside my 39 year old self!! I was literally ‘buzzing’ for months after my experience with the horses and Diane. I have since returned to Australia, and consider Diane a lifelong friend. She has had such a significant influence in my life, providing me with the skills and strategies to effectively create a more authentic me! I’m now more in tune to my heart and aligned with my core purpose and that simply is : to live, to love and to grow. So inspirational was her energy and work, that I recently enrolled in a Certificate IV in Life Coaching course!
— Clare-Ann Taylor, mother of two, Sydney, Australia
I came to the workshop feeling secretly overwhelmed, isolated, and disconnected from my children, while projecting a very different image to the outside world. As a parent of two children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I recognized that I needed help and strategies, but also knew that my usual stress relievers, exercise and verbal venting, made me feel temporarily better but not better equipped to parent and create the relationships I wanted long-term. This experience working with horses was truly transformative for me. By working with the horses, I immediately understood that my energy, body language, physical communication, and underlying emotional state affected my ability to lead and gain the horse’s trust. I could instantly connect what was happening in the pen to my experience parenting my children, and also identify how my feelings of “failure”, were overriding when I truly had the ability to make adjustments and create a different reality. I also began to identify, and clearly see that my non-verbal child is communicating with me all the time. While this was a “non-verbal” experience, I cannot stop talking about it now because I have never, in my life, processed on such a deep level. I am profoundly changed and forever grateful to have had the opportunity.
— Mardi Wooster, mother to three, two children with autism, and Special Education Teacher
The experience working with Diane and the horses was an eye-opener to an inner experience and gave me a reference point to work with moving forward. The potency and power of the interaction with the horses provided a magnifying glass and Diane helped with the fine details. She is very wise and warm. No therapy session will bring you closer to this inner junction.
— Ilana Nachoum, Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais Teacher and parent
I really cannot express how grateful I am for the insight and care Diane took with me. It was a safe place to continue with my experience.
— Julie Young, equus workshop participant
Steve and I spent a great afternoon with Diane and the horses. The horses offered a gentle yet powerful way to experience how I relate to the people in my world. Diane’s playful spirit and insight helped me to understand the messages and feedback that were being communicated to me from the horses as they mirrored my energy and emotions. I was surprised at how spot on the whole process was. Steve and I walked away with a lot of useful and useable information, as well as smiles on our faces.

— Leslie Vanderpool
Measured by the clock, my time in the round pen with the horse and with you was brief. Yet, my experience of it had such an impact because I was so ready to take that leap and the hand you offered afterward. All this time later, the words you spoke, the questions you asked me, your loving presence has stayed with me. I know it always will. Nora Villagrán, journalist
— Nora Villagrán, journalist
Thank you for a wonderful experience. I can not stop thinking about the lessons and our conversation. This experience was the single best for me yet as a parent with an autistic child…perhaps because the focus was on me, how I feel and the impact of how I react. I just cant say enough about it.
— Brian Santor, Parent of a child with autism
I loved every minute of it! All through my sessions yesterday and today I’ve been thinking about “leading” from the third space that transcends the seduction/overpower polarity – a great lesson.
— Mary Rentschler, Educational Kinesiloogy