Carol Nichols

Carol loved horses from the start!  In trade for riding lessons she worked in the stables and began teaching at an early age.  Being a natural and dedicated teacher, she has earned her living working with horses all of her life, including employment as the Director of Riding in colleges for over 20 years.

When we let things happen as they are meant to be, our lives can take unexpected turns!   Carol and Sally Swift, founder of Centered Riding and author of best selling books and videos, became friends as Carol learned Sally’s body centered riding methods.  In the late 80’s Sally took Carol to a workshop given by Ilana Rubenfeld, author of “The Listening Hand” and a pioneer in integrating bodywork and verbal dialogue.  That introduction led Carol on a 3 year training program with Ilana and in 1991 Carol became a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist.

Carol’s two worlds as teacher and Synergist blended almost immediately.  In part because both are experiential learning methods this union occurred naturally.  While she had always focused her teaching on the communication between horse and human, Carol’s education in the healing modality of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method® led her to teach people to learn about themselves by listening to the horses. Carol now has 5 decades of experience teaching, training and living with horses and over 20 years of practice as a Rubenfeld Synergist.  The dynamic merging of the two fields have become Carol’s life’s work called Equestrian Synergy™.