I recently had the pleasure of connecting with the incredible and inspiring Francesca Varney (Frankie), creator and founder of ‘The Horse Within’.

It was such an honour to hear Frankie’s powerful story of passion to purpose … such an incredible woman with such an incredible story.

A little more about Frankie Varney

Francesca is a culture change and leadership consultant with over 15 years’ experience in diverse roles, teams, industries and varying stages of cultural evolution of organisations in Australia and Europe.

Originally from Germany, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Counselling, along with ongoing studies in Regenerative Leadership, Adaptive Cultures, Growth Edge coaching and Immunity to Change as well as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Experiential Learning.

She is an accredited member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT). With a Master’s Degree in Counselling and training from the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, she’s recently expanded expanded her work to include her lifelong work and passion for horses: Equine-assisted learning and therapy, meeting her clients in her paddock in South Gippsland.

Her approach combines Emotion Focused (EFT), Person-Centered, and Gestalt Therapy as wells a diverse toolbox drawn from Adult Development, Systems Theory, Adaptive & Whole Human Leadership, Immunity to Change, and Theory U. She’s supported teams and individuals through culture change and transformation through coaching, leadership development and process facilitation.

Horses have been her lifelong companions, leading her to explore their wisdom through non-riding interactions. As ‘change agents,’ horses co-regulate, model, and build emotional safety and trust. They connect us to nature and offer unique bio-feedback, fostering self-awareness and change.

Her therapy practise attracts clients of all ages looking to explore emotions, body language, patterns, boundaries and relationships. The work assists in managing anxiety, trauma and grief, burn out and exhaustion to name a few. It certainly combats a feeling of disconnect and loneliness.

Francesca has recently added wellbeing, team and leadership development programs to her offering, and invites groups onto her beautiful property to experience regulated, relational and awareness in leadership and anywhere else in life.

Her CSR program ‘Horse Wisdom Sponsor’ is a gateway for organisations to expand their impact across the local South Gippsland community of children and young adults being able to participate in Francesca’ programs free of charge.

If you want to know more about her work, please follow her on Instagram.

Live your best life

Michelle x