Clients who typically come to us with severe self-esteem issues, a product of the difficult challenges they face, and of the way their lives have evolved as consequence: giving up on school, unemployment, emotional withdrawal, etc. Interacting with and being present with the horses takes the individual to another place, away from the feelings of judgement and stigma. The effects can be transformational in enabling them to take control of their lives. Our goal is to enable the individual to recognise their own skills and talents.
We use that to work with the individual. We listen, find ways to communicate, identify their learning style, and tailor the approach. We combine horse-centred activities with open dialogue to help each individual develop self-awareness, and identify their own gifts and desires.
It works: our individuals grow in confidence and take on greater responsibilities and autonomy. They actively choose life paths (education, training, work) that reflect their self-identified skills and ambitions.
These workshops are about the process of learning about oneself and what you can learn in the moment. EFL is an opportunity to reconnect to ourselves. In this way, time spent with a horse can give you deep insights and realizations about yourself, and how you relate to others and to the world around you. Essentially when we are working with the horses we become aware of “how others see us”. Horses respond to the energy and environment around them which makes them masters at identifying and reflecting the parts of us we don't know about or deny.
The sessions offer a cycle of instruction, response and feedback which enables the participant to communicate with the horse in a way that the horse understands, through body language, energy and movement.
Horses are prey animals and they have a need to feel safe and seek partnership and leadership. In addition, horses are highly aware of their surroundings and live in the present. Through building a trusting relationship, where a horse will willingly follow instruction, the individual practices skills, receives instant feedback and gains confidence through achieving the desired response.
We have a range of wellness practitioners who support us with art/music therapy, dance and movement, nature walk and talk sessions, nature photography, life coaching, mindfulness, and meditation. Sessions are all delivered by qualified leaders and supported by holistic and health professionals including a qualified psychotherapist and adult counsellor specialising in trauma.