The coaching process is custom-designed for each individual, providing a safe, unique experience that is both caring and impactful. We focus on developing inner resourcefulness, mastering non-verbal skills, diversifying leadership styles, and creating trust and safety.
Fika Coaching is a unique coaching service that leverages the power of human-horse connection to facilitate personal growth, healing, and self-discovery. Founded by Professional Certified Coach Leah Goldman, Fika Coaching offers a transformative coaching experience that goes beyond traditional methods.
Leah offers a unique and transformative journey of personal growth and development. Her approach is rooted in nature-based and equine principles, leveraging the wisdom of horses to reveal authenticities of our existence and initiate real and lasting change.
Our goal is to help individuals break through barriers, uncover old narratives, and find clarity to lead a life of fulfillment and purpose. We believe in the power of a power-with dynamic over a power-over dynamic, fostering mutually supportive relationships. Our coaching encourages presence, somatics,, and the ability to sense and engage with our future selves. Our sessions are conducted remotely, or onsite at the beautiful, historic Cedarwood Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Each session is a step towards a more resilient, meaningful life, guided by the wisdom of 56 million years of equine evolution.
Our mission is to guide individuals on their exploration of self-discovery, helping them overcome challenges, realize their potential, and lead fulfilling lives. We aim to do this by creating a safe and trusting environment where individuals can explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, guided by the unique insights provided by the human-horse connection.
Our values are centered around authenticity, compassion, empowerment, connection, and transformation. We model our values after the EQUUS 5 Pillars of Thriving: Safety, Trust, Peace, Connection, Freedom, and Joy. These 5 synergistic core pillars held masterfully with the imperatives of care and presence.
Authenticity: We believe in being true to ourselves and encouraging others to do the same.
Compassion: We approach every situation with understanding and empathy.
Empowerment: We aim to empower individuals to take control of their lives and realize their potential.
Connection: We value the deep connection between humans, horses, and equine and nature based principles and partner with them as a tool for self-discovery and growth.
Transformation: We are committed to facilitating meaningful change and personal transformation.
Leah is a transformative coach who brings authenticity, empathy, and a wealth of personal experience to her practice.
Leah's approach to coaching is holistic, recognizing the intrinsic links between mental, physical, and emotional health. This comprehensive perspective allows her to address the whole person, not just isolated issues, fostering a more profound and lasting change. Creating a safe and trusting environment is at the heart of Leah's coaching practice. She provides a space where clients can openly share their challenges, fears, and anxieties, fostering an atmosphere that is conducive to growth and transformation.
Through her coaching, Leah offers a transformative experience that empowers individuals to become the best versions of themselves.
Holistic Approach: When you step into a coaching session with Leah, you're entering a sacred space. She brings an open presence and strong skills to the work, and you'll experience a holistic approach to coaching that addresses your whole being.
Trust and Openness: In your sessions with Leah, you'll find a trusting environment that allows you to open up about everything from grief and loss to anxiety and fear. She's there to guide you through the development of your personal and professional life.
Personalized and Insightful: Each session with Leah is tailored to you, providing an insightful and enjoyable experience. She designs the perfect exercises to help you reach a level of understanding and insight into yourself that you may not have reached on your own.
Magic and Clarity: Clients often describe their experience with Leah as magical, bringing clarity to the mind and body. It's something they believe everyone should experience in their lifetime, and you can expect the same.
Vulnerability and Connection: In your journey with Leah, you'll learn that vulnerability is a strength and that being human and sharing in our humanness is a great strength. She emphasizes the need for more connection, more community, more love, and more acceptance.
Life-Changing: Prepare for a life-changing experience. Leah's clients often describe their journey with her as transformative, helping them to see clearly and providing them with the tools to be successful in both their professional and personal life.
Empathy and Kindness: Leah is empathetic, kind, and truly cares about everyone she works with. Her sense of humor and listening skills will make you feel heard and supported throughout your journey.
Resilience and Joy: With Leah and her horses, you'll discover that with resilience, love, and living with purpose, you can still open your heart, breathe in happiness and joy, and move forward through life.
Professionalism and Expertise: Leah is a professional with expertise in her field. She quickly identifies blockages and provides easy actions that you can implement immediately. With Leah, you're in capable hands.
Saint came to Leah in May of 2020 is our primary equine partner. In his early 20’s and standing at 16.1 hands tall, he is an Oldenburg Warmblood, a breed that comes from the north-western corner of Lower Saxony, Germany. We know that Saint has spent time as a mounted police horse, and spent many years as a lesson horse and competition horse. Aptly named, Saint has become a barn favorite because of his kind and gentle demeanor.
In Leah's coaching sessions, horses are not just tools but living, breathing beings that bring their own unique benefits to the coaching process. The combination of Leah's expertise and the unique qualities of the horses create a truly transformative coaching experience.
Horses are highly sensitive animals that mirror human emotions, providing immediate and honest feedback. This interaction helps clients become more aware of their emotions and how they're perceived by others.
Horses provide a non-judgmental presence, creating a safe and comforting environment for clients to explore their feelings.
Interacting with horses allows clients to connect with nature, reducing stress and anxiety, and providing a refreshing change of pace from daily life.
The physical aspect of interacting with horses helps clients become more aware of their body language and non-verbal communication, boosting self-confidence.
Equine Facilitated Learning has numerous therapeutic benefits, including improved mental health, increased self-esteem, enhanced social skills, and emotional growth.
Horses provide an opportunity for experiential learning. Clients learn valuable lessons about trust, respect, communication, and leadership through their interactions with horses.
The horse provides a unique mirror for clients to explore themselves in a new way. Their direct communication, interpreted by Leah, provides insights that contribute to the coaching process.
The connection between the human and the horse brings a sort of magic and clarity to the mind and body. This unique and transformative connection is something clients feel everyone should experience in their lifetime.
The spirit of the horses and the tranquil environment of the barn combine to facilitate healing and self-discovery.
Horses respond to the energy of the clients, providing a unique form of feedback and insight into the client's state of mind and emotions.