Now taking Referrals for Term 2, 2022
Equine Assisted Learning or EAL, developed by the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, is an innovative form of experiential learning – where clients develop new insight and learn new skills via relational experiences with horses. EAL can assist in personal development, professional development and developing leadership skills in teams and individuals. EAL is a fast-growing modality across Australia as well as internationally. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) clients benefit greatly from EAL services as do children and adolescents.
Horses are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and strong beings who can evoke strong feelings in clients or engage clients in the learning process. Calm and healthy horses can assist in co-regulating a client's nervous system, can model healthy living and expression of feelings, as well as offering non judgemental safety and trust. Horses can offer unique bio feedback and hold clients in a way traditional learning and therapy environments cannot. The natural environment can also contribute positively to learning outcomes for clients. EAL is particularly beneficial for those that struggle with room based interventions.
In EAL, clients are offered ‘safe’ (physically and emotionally) experiences with horses for the purpose of exploring self-experience in relationship, building self-awareness, building awareness of patterns or habits that are no longer serving clients well, developing social and emotional skills, and addressing learning goals clients have identified.
Free Rein Wellbeing is Fully Insured through Membership with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists as a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute.
What if I don't have experience with horses?
No horse or riding experience is necessary, in fact it can be just as helpful to not have any experience.
Do I have to ride the horses?
No, EAL sessions are not mounted, all sessions are conducted with human feet on the ground.
What do I wear?
Wear weather appropriate clothing, sun hat or rain coat and closed sturdy footwear, you may like to consider sunscreen or bug repellent.
What do I bring?
Bring any medications you may need, and you may like to bring a drink.
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