Meet Vonie Kalich
A Friend’s View
Vonie Kalich is a dynamic coach and teacher who walks her talk. When she sets out to accomplish something, she doesn’t hold anything back, and she motivates her clients to do the same. Vonie has enjoyed helping people achieve their health and fitness goals for more than 25 years, teaching and managing group fitness programs and college-level classes. She is a natural leader and tends to gravitate to management positions where she can apply her impressive organizational and educational abilities while also inspiring and encouraging her team.
In her forties, Vonie not only completed two B.S. Degrees from Portland State University – one in Physical Activity & Exercise and the other in Community Health – she realized a lifelong dream: at the age of 45 she met and acquired her first horse, Royal. True to her nature, Vonie fully embraced her new life as a horsewoman, trusting her new equine partner to help her learn as she went. In her words, she and Royal “survived each other” and in the process developed a deep and trusting bond. They rode at the beach, in the mountains, in parades, and at fairs; they tried their hooves at cow sorting and penning, played with barrels and poles, and even drill team. Later on, they even took lessons together – perhaps that should have come first! Whatever they tried, Royal took care of Vonie – teaching, supporting and holding space for her as she made her way in the world. He introduced her to the deep and soulful connection that horses invite us all into, healing her and standing by her through life’s challenges. As Royal grew older, Vonie was chosen by a sweet young gelding named Cody, and he ultimately took over as Vonie’s partner when Royal moved on from his physical body.
After having to undergo angioplasty (a surgical unblocking of one of her coronary arteries) at the age of 49, Vonie has become a passionate advocate for women’s heart health. She knows all too well that an active lifestyle and healthy diet are only part of our overall wellness: addressing emotional and spiritual health is important too, as are letting go of limiting belief systems and old habits that hold us back from being the most effective advocates we can be for our own health. As a result of her experiences, Vonie has a deep compassion for those of her clients. She brings a healthy dose of humor, love, and enthusiasm for her work, helping people to find their best, most healthy self.
Vonie holds certifications in Personal Training through ACE – American Council on Exercise, Stott Pilates, YogaFit, and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching – Level 1 through the C.H.E.K. Institute and, most recently, she has become a Certified Practitioner in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®. Cody will be joining Vonie as her equine coaching partner as she blends her passion for horses with her love of health, wellness, and fitness to help others to live into their passions.
“Vonie, I am so impressed with the direction you are headed with your life. Having known you since we were young teenagers, I’ve been witness to the many different paths you have faced. Now, even the way you express yourself is with an excitement that’s infectious and I want to know what it is — I want what you’re having! Best wishes and blessings to you my dear friend.”
Nellie M. – Vancouver, WA
“Vonie, you are an amazing, dynamic woman whose life experiences and coaching instincts are going to benefit so many. I am inspired by your drive and determination, and believe you and Cody will be an awesome coaching partnership – big love to you both!”
Lorrin M. – Kansas