Welcome to Spirit Gate Farm, nestled in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. Surrounded by majestic mountains, rolling hills and 70 acres of pasture. Paradise to our herd of horses and the surrounding wild life that peacefully passes through the farm.

Spirit Gate, has manifested through my own passions and inspirations to make a difference in the world. Love of nature, passion for horses, a dedicated spiritual practice and a
desire to be in service.

We are a nature based educational organization supporting those who hear the call of being in service and wanting to make a
difference in the world. Our focus is Embodied Leadership...inspired by horses, Youth leadership programs, human-horse life coaching, personal transformation programs and sacred agriculture practice.

Our team is a group of compassionate, mindful, skilled, experienced individuals with well-rounded educational and experiential backgrounds, in mind - body therapies, transpersonal psychology, consulting/coaching, equine behaviour and psychology, natural horsemanship and classical riding. 

We are committed to offering programs of exceptional quality based on the highest standards of integrity, authenticity, transparency and direct experience. Our calendar has several unique programs and services to choose from, and we can also design a program to meet your specific needs or the needs of your group.

We are dedicated to supporting and inspiring those wanting to explore their own paths of self discovery and grow in their
leadership potential. With my equine and human partners, we are able to provide a safe, nurturing, challenging and fun experience.

Journey through our site and if you feel called to inquire further, drop us a line and find out how we can support you.


and the team of Spirit Gate

  We  are a group of creative, compassionate professional people dedicated to making a difference in our local communities and our global communities through the teachings of embodied leadership…..inspired by horses, transformational learning, and sacred earth practices.  
Michelle Atterby - 
founder and facilitator, a pioneer of the field of Equine Facilitated Leadership Development, Michelle strength’s in transformative learning have been deeply embodied in her work with equines for the past twenty years. A graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Advanced Energy Healing, plus a devoted spiritual practice has led Michelle to pave the way for Spirit Gate to be one of the most unique and innovative leadership development program’s in British Columbia today.

Oriane Lee Johnston - 
has found a convergence of her truest personal and professional interests; paradigm-shifting education & social change, a love affair with horses, and life-long spiritual practice. The former program director of Holly Hock on Cortes Island, developed her understanding of the underpinnings of human and global change and transformation.

Lisa Varasteh  - 
a dedicated role model and youth care worker for young women today.  Lisa’s strengths in conflict resolution combined with a deep sense of caring and a desire to support youth, to lead more fulfilling and enriching lives. Her love of horses travels back into childhood and now as an adult she is living her dream and is inspired to continue learning the way of the horse. Lisa has three amazing daughters

Alexa Linton - as well as being a Certified BodyTalk and BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, is a Kinesiologist, Equine Sport Therapist and most recently, a BodyTalk Access for Animals Trainer. Her love of healing and animals began as a child and this passion has continued, culminating in a constantly deepening and expanding healing practice for both animals and people.


Dallas Engelson - our energetic and enthusiastic apprentice. Dallas LOVES horses and his sensitive and caring nature enables subtle  and intuitive levels of communication with our herd.