Arenas for Change

Pioneering a New & Innovative Facilitation  Framework.

Arenas for Change

Pioneering a New & Revolutionary Framework of Facilitation.

Learn an innovative new way to BE as a facilitator of mental wellness.

Not only will you bring more effective, faster & safer results for your clients, you will come into a natural flow that builds momentum, and catapults you into a business you love.

Feel rewarded by the work that you do.

Demand Has Surged.

1 in 5 Americans suffers from major mental illness; anxiety affects 284 million globally.

Life Coaching is a $2.85 billion industry, but only 27% make it past one year.

80% of educators are burned out. Overwhelming workloads, large class sizes, struggling students.

Therapists, coaches & educators are clamoring for effective solutions to keep up with the unrelenting demand for their services,

That’s where the ARCH facilitation training in our framework comes in.

Why Create ARCH?

ARCH was created by a group of seasoned mental health, coaching and organizational development facilitators who were curious about how to …

  • Deepen and accelerate the transformation process
  • Increase emotional safety
  • Enrich the great work professionals are already doing

What We Created

Arenas for Change (ARCH) is a friendly, inclusive, non-judgmental membership community, especially for therapists, transformational coaches, educators and service providers who incorporate horses, animals, nature, and story in their sessions, whether in an arena, an office, or online.

Are you ready to learn and be part of an amazing, values-driven, thought-provoking community?

Through the power of story, we engage, enrich and apply concepts in facilitating ongoing learning and transformational change.

When our stories change, we change.

Applied in environments with horses, animals, and nature, in arenas, offices, or online, ARCH facilitation impacts lives in meaningful ways in all areas including:





  • Experience a big mind shift.
  • See clients transform easier, faster, and safer.
  • Grow your business and make a bigger impact.

Getting lasting results in a fun and uplifting way.

I was burned out professionally and personally. I was so tired all the time that I felt relieved when a client canceled an appointment. ARCH has inspired new energy in me! I want to acknowledge the commitment of the ARCH founding members & core team. I like that all of our input was genuinely considered. Thank you very much – I look forward to this new journey and to my future.


The SEEN™ Keystones

Through utilizing ARCH’s four keystones, SEEN, facilitators support clients feeling emotionally safe, seen and heard during learning and transformative experiences.

Sense of Self (SOS)

SOS is understanding who we are and why we are doing things. How we show up in all arenas, and in every interaction, impacts everything and we work to be aware of it from the start. It influences what we see and hear, how we perceive it, and how we intervene and engage.

Through SOS, we are preparing ourselves to have an interaction to support others in the process. Our ongoing awareness, understanding and intentional application of our SOS is a foundation for effective work.

Empowering Mindset

Empowering Mindset is a belief in our clients’ innate capabilities to grow, learn and access their unique strengths and gifts. As facilitators, we engage with the client in a collaborative mindset, and support them as the expert in their own lives. They are the author of their story and we are open to the possibilities of where the story goes. Through a choice-oriented environment and empowering facilitation, we provide a safe and intentional space for client’s personal resources to be activated, to be who they are and to make uniquely personal decisions.

Externalizing Story

Our stories influence our quality of life. We have the power to learn from and rewrite those stories. Externalizing means we can experience our stories through symbols outside of ourselves. By creating space and distance from and within our stories, we see new perspectives, in an emotionally safe way. We can see, hear, touch, relate with and move the characters in our story, which changes our internal experiences and behaviors as well. When our stories change, we change.

Natural Flow

Flow is movement. Natural flow is when a path is followed moment to moment creating a rhythm, cadence, and momentum. It is a conscious intention and a state of mind which impacts the natural fluidity of the session and each of us in the process. Flow is about acceptance and being in the present. By accepting, bridging, and building upon each moment, stories unfold in an optimal, organic and connected way. Flow enhances everything.

What Members Are Saying

I had chronic anxiety prior to the sessions and now I have an ability to return to calm after moments of anxiety and to remain calm in the face of my boss’s anxiety. I sleep better and feel better overall.

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“I really enjoyed this course, it has given me a new perspective on the use of narrative therapy and of animal assisted therapies. The principals were accessible and the videos put them into a functional context. Thanks everyone, can’t wait to get started in-person.”

ARCH Foundations Member

I really got so much out of this training. I came home and have used ARCH’s SEEN Keystones all week with my teens at work and getting all kinds of good outcomes. Even added in some art.  Thanks for all you do! 

ARCH Foundations Member


The Foundations Course was fantastic and very healing going through it. I really enjoyed the format and sessions, especially hearing feedback from all of you and the client.



For our clients with anxiety and trauma, this approach has lifted their spirits and they are coming back week after week looking forward to sessions. 

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Values as the Foundation

We are all teachers and all learners.
ARCH is founded on values that identify who we are and purposefully strive to be in all we do.

Creative continuous learning.

It is about lifelong learning with creativity! In order to be creative and learn, you need to be in a state of constant flow. The flow of brainstorming, stretching ourselves, and openness to other perspectives. It is constant because even when blocked, we keep wrestling with and working on it – questioning, pondering, and digging deeper to expand our thoughts. We are willing to build on one another’s ideas and end up in places we don’t initially imagine. By setting a stage of constant flow and creativity, we keep on learning and growing every day.

Serving others based on respect.

It is accepting others for who they are, letting go of our personal agendas to truly be open to the other. Listening and “yes, and’ing,” we build a culture of collaboration. This requires that we are willing to be vulnerable and explore our SOS (Sense of Self) as that impacts our actions and relationships. We recognize others for who they are and look to add value to their lives at every encounter.

Lighthearted humility.

It is having the courage to see our truth and then add a balanced touch of humor (grace), let it go, and try again. While we do serious work, and we are professional, we also know how to be genuine and not take ourselves too seriously. This combination sets the stage for acceptance, and emotional safety, which allows us to be who we are. This is why we can be authentic.

Integrity while trusting and enjoying the process.

It is being honest with ourselves and others, and no matter the situation, sticking to our values, even when difficult. We trust that if we stay aligned with our values, it will work out. We want to both trust and enjoy the process. We strive to have a positive focus and cultivate a growth mindset. With shared values, we uplift one another and find joy in the journey through relationship and connection.

If this aligns with you, please join us!

Ways to Learn SEEN

ARCH Foundations Course: The SEEN Keystones

Included in Your Membership

The starting place to learn SEEN.
Become a Member

SEEN through Story Workshop

Live, experiential, online workshop to practice the SEEN skills.
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ARCH Gatherings

Connect and learn with one another in regions globally.
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SEEN Through Horses or Dogs Training Retreats

Apply the SEEN keystones in environments with horses or dogs.
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Who’s Who - Behind the ARCH scenes:

ARCH Producers


Lynn Thomas

Chief inspirational Leader


Kara Staheli

Chief of all things that keep us going


Jacque Baumer

Chief of expanding our horizons


Janet Crandall

Chief financial everything

ARCH Creators Team

Sharon Boyce

Sharon Boyce

Loves the literature


Fred Bueltmann

Deep thinker

Amanda Graham2

Amanda Graham

Wise presence


Ulla Frederiksen

Highly Sensitive Artist


Lynn Moore

Always trying it out


Annie Ricalde

Quiet strength and brilliance

Come join us and be a part of ARCH!