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Donna M Carlson

Oh my, I know a lot about transitions.

In my life, I have experienced a lot of loss, and grief is something that I have found my way through many times.


I've felt the pain and grief of losing loved ones, a difficult divorce, living with an active addict, and financial scarcity.


One of my true gifts is my ability to help someone who is ready to move beyond the tragedy of loss and into a positive future space.

I have also reinvented myself in several career paths--each time moving closer to my true passion of helping humanity through the gift of the horse and healing. 


In 2016, I graduated from the prestigious and intensive Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM) Certification Program of Touched by a Horse of Elizabeth, Colorado. This program is lead by horse-human healing movement leader, Melisa Pearce, and was a two and half year commitment--the training investment equivalent of a post graduate degree.

I also hold certificates in:

Naturopathic Wellness  

Integrative Nutrition

Hormonal Specialist

Weight Loss Specialist

And, am completing certificates in:

Feminine Leadership

Building Personal Resilience

My compassionate coaching style comes from my deep life experiences. This also makes me a natural to partner with horses or to work one-on-one to help you navigate life’s transitions with grace and as much peace as can be found under any situation.


A bit about my history...I was born and raised in Philadelphia — but was drawn to all things country especially animals and even more horses. I have been a successful equestrian for over 50+ years, riding, training, breeding and showing Morgan horses. Even before she became a certified EGCM coach, I knew the healing power of horses.


My horse experience is extensive. I have ridden and shown in most disciplines including driving, and the last 20 years have been riding Classical Dressage and Western Dressage. I even worked on the racetrack grooming and exercising horses. I feel so fortunate to have had incredibly knowledgeable and talented trainers who taught me the respect and deeper understanding of the horse.

In addition to my horse experience, I have an extensive background in business and higher education and have a love for learning. I hold a BA in Economics and attended Law School. In college, I was also drawn to psychology and took numerous classes during both undergraduate and graduate work including extensive coursework in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

In my professional life, I was Director of Development in higher education including the Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

In addition to my coaching business I also had my own dog grooming business for ten years and have been a Realtor for 20 years. I understand the trials and freedom of being an entrepreneur.


Lastly, since a young adult I have been interested in food and cooking, nutrition, and staying healthy. As an equestrian, I have always known the importance of keeping my body in shape and diversifies my exercise program with yoga, riding, walking and going to the gym. 

Want to learn more about how you can transform your life...click here to schedule a 1:1 free session:


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