Hochoka began as Avalon Farm, which grew from Kimberly’s affinity for horses. Horses have been her constant companions. With Native American roots, Kimberly possesses natural instincts for building and gardening, along with her intuitive and natural bond with horses. She also has a calling to help people heal.
Kimberly had been doing development and self-growth work in the Charlotte, NC area for several years through conducting workshops in exercise, hands healing, reflexology, nutrition, and corporate development. She soon saw a trend as she helped people outside of their corporate and home environments. She noticed when people came out of their cubicle (their “box”), learning in an outdoor environment with animals facilitated lasting self-growth. Nothing compares to discovering inner learning and self-growth through a 1200-pound noble steed.
After graduating from Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina, Kimberly explored her dreams and aspirations and she realized she wanted to help people strengthen their health, heal and soothe their minds and discover happiness.
Kimberly moved to Florida to pursue graduate studies at the Fitness Institute in Boca Raton in Wellness programming, exercise, and nutrition. It was here she was introduced to the innate wisdom of the healing power of the horse as she worked with handicapped riders. She then launched Life Management, Inc. in 1994. Through Life Management, Kimberly contracted with health clubs and corporations to provide a unique combination of wellness and training programs. Along the way, she added fitness, stress-reduction, pain release therapy such as myofascial release work, and self-growth programs.
Kimberly is available for private wellness sessions.
Emotional Intelligence Training
Wellness and Stress Management
Nutritional Balance/Weight Management
Life Coaching/Life Plans
I just wanted to write to you and tell you what a difference you and your farm and horses have made in the lives of my grandsons. After his first stay with you, my daughter and I could tell a tremendous change in him.
I know we, as a society, want to only believe in the tangible. And our collective mantra is, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” This is so far from how the world truly works. We have to believe it to see it. And in this case, we believed that you and your horses could make a difference and we absolutely saw it. This child changed in an amazing way. I know that what you do at [Hochoka Retreat Center] is such a blessing to so many. Lives are changed and hearts are healed beyond what even you may be away.
When I met Kimberly Clarke at [Hochoka Retreat Center], the puzzle suddenly clicked into place. It was the first place that I ever felt my son was accepted entirely for who he is. His quirks and idiosyncrasies were not foreign at the farm, they were accepted.
At the farm, he learned hard skills, such as feeding the animals and planting a garden. He also gained soft skills, such as being present in the moment without being anxious about the future, and how to keep your personal energy low when meeting a new animal or person. Even better are the parenting lessons I learned. I learned how to require adherence to social norms and not give in to tantrums. I stopped feeling anxious about the awkwardness that is Aspergers and allowed my child to just be a kid.