What is

Equine-assisted learning

My equine-led growth and healing work uses the same integrative approach as my life coaching. It involves gentle, mutually-respectful interactions with horses from the ground - there is no riding involved, and you do not need any previous horse experience. Through exploring being in relationship with the horse, we build awareness of our patterns of thought, emotion and action, acknowledge and heal layers of wounding and conditioning, and practice new, more self-loving, conscious, and empowered ways of relating to ourselves and others.

This work respects the horse as a sentient being and an equal partner who can teach us about:

  • the value of being connected to our bodies and emotions,

  • being authentic,

  • setting healthy boundaries, and

  • prioritising relationship with self and others.

Equine assisted learning can support a wide range of growth and healing processes, either on its own or in combination with counselling, psychotherapy and other healing modalities. It is helpful for:

 

  • healing self-hate, anxiety and depression

  • learning how to feel safe, grounded, and at home in your body and in life

  • learning how to have a good relationship with your emotions

  • building confidence and self-esteem

  • developing healthier relationship dynamics - for example, learning to trust, set healthy boundaries, acknowledge and ask for what you need, and hear "no" without shutting down

  • developing communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills; and

  • grief and major life transitions.

 

I welcome enquiries from anyone who is interested in how working with horses might benefit them - or someone they know. I also welcome enquiries from practitioners wanting to explore collaborative approaches to supporting their clients.

Services

Equine-led coaching and learning can support a wide range of growth and healing processes, either on its own or alongside other forms of therapy. I welcome enquiries from anyone who is interested in how working with horses might benefit them - or someone they know.

I also have some areas of particular focus in my practice, which are outlined below. 

01.

I offer individual equine-led coaching and learning sessions during daylight hours every day except Tuesdays, Sundays and public holidays.

 

Many clients benefit from a flexible mix of equine-led and office-based coaching sessions.

1 hour session: $140 (incl GST)

1.5 hour session: $200 (incl GST)

Note that fees may be negotiable if finances are an issue for you - please contact me to discuss.

02.

I've been supporting women to step into their own authentic power - and learning how to step into my own - for thirty years.

 

So if you 

  • struggle to be assertive or to set good boundaries

  • want relationships in which you are really seen

  • long to heal a pattern of self-hate or self-criticism

  • would love to feel truly at home in your body and your life, or

  • want to connect more deeply with your divine feminine energy

and you'd like to be part of one of our regular group programmes, please get in touch.

03.

I run public equine-led workshops, both here in Loburn and elsewhere in NZ and overseas, throughout the year. These workshops share what I've learned from the horses - for example, about communication and relationship skills, grief, authentic empowerment, and the benefits of developing embodied awareness. You can see the schedule under the Upcoming Events tab - or, if you are interested in hearing about future workshops, you can sign up for my newsletter using the link below. If you'd like to discuss hosting a workshop, please contact me.

04.

The equine-facilitated growth and healing model that underpins my work is an evolving collaboration with Gloria Lybecker of the Healing You Sanctuary in Spokane, Washington. It's a unique blend of relational neuroscience, somatic-based practice, and non-violent communication - underpinned by an absolute commitment to honouring the horses as sentient beings and equal partners. Gloria and I are keen to share this model with people who would like to incorporate it into their work supporting others - for example, as counsellors, therapists, nurses, social workers, educators or coaches. Please contact me if you'd like to know more.

 
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