Learning Life Lessons Through the Wisdom of the Horse
Horses are intuitive, sensitive creatures. The horse helps you to reconnect to what is most meaningful in your life and how you can contribute to others. The horse is your mirror and can call us out in our lives to a place of authenticity. Find new direction and purpose during this highly experiential and reflective workshop. Invite the horse as your teacher and expand your possibilities.
Horses as Healers and Teachers
the Healing Power of Horses
In these workshops, you will be introduced to the process of interacting with horses and humans in ways that promote safety and respect. Through demonstrations and gently guided experiential work with horses, you will discover ways to build clearer relationships, develop greater trust and clarity of intention in your life. Through acceptance, patience, and respect, horses teach humans how to recognize habitual behavior patterns or emotional blocks, how to be present in the moment, develop trust, confidence and mindful leadership skills.
Working with the horse is a form of expressive therapy. Expressive therapies can be used to support individuals of all ages. This form of therapy integrates the modalities of verbal counseling, art therapy, play therapy, and sand play (creating worlds and images with miniatures in a tray of sand, allowing individuals to illustrate internal psychic states, opening to interventions and resolutions), along with other expressive methods such as music, body awareness, dance, journaling, story telling, photography and poetry. Each method is used according to the age and natural inclination of the individual.
A great deal of care is taken to create an environment that is safe and supportive, an environment that in and of itself promotes healing from both the outside - in, and the inside - out.
Expressive therapy has been proven to help children and adults who are experiencing the effects of certain traumas and stresses, including:
- Life Transitions
- Separation and Divorce
- Fear, anxiety, personal power
- Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
- Stress at school, at home or at work
Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning
Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL) falls under the heading of Equine Assisted Activities and may be conducted by an experienced equine professional as instructor, an educator or a therapist. Experiential Learning refers to a style of learning that occurs when a person is interacting with the environment, including the people, animals and situations involved. It is learning by doing and may take place during a short period of time, such as during a workshop, or during regularly scheduled sessions.
Question: How does Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy or Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning support psychosocial healing and growth?
Answer: Specifically designed interactive experiences may promote psychosocial healing and growth through:
- improving self-esteem and self-awareness
- developing trust in a safe environment
- providing social skills training -encouraging sensory stimulation and integration
- combining body awareness exercises with motor planning and verbal communication
- developing choice-making and goal-setting skills
- developing sequencing and problem-solving skills
- encouraging responsibility
- promoting positive social attitudes through care-giving experiences.
- developing skills related to non-verbal cues and communication.
Our workshops include:
- Exploring one’s authentic self, mind-body awareness, and boundary setting techniques to facilitate you getting in touch with your life’s calling.
- Explore how self-awareness and energetic clarity are the vital ingredients for vibrant relationships.
- Ideal for those of you in leadership positions, business owners, key personnel, and anyone who wants to remove obstacles from achieving their goals.
- Learn to listen to the message behind the Emotions; Find your authentic self behind the mask of a false, conditioned self; Establish and maintain clear and consistent boundaries; Learn how to do a body scan to determine baseline emotional and physical state; Dive into a “meet the herd” activity and find your intuitive voice; Get in touch with your deepest self during the reflective round pen work.