Healing Nature of Horses, Introductory Workshop

HNoH Introductory Workshop

An Experiential workshop for Therapists, Educators, Life Coaches, Equine Specialists and anyone who is interested in the ways horses teach and heal us.

Sept. 8-9, 2018 at Hope Grows Farm, Hyde Park, VT

13.5 CEUs approved

    The Healing Nature of Horses, Part 1, is an introductory workshop, designed for those who are interested in horse assisted education and therapy, may have tried it, but want to know more about working with the help of these incredible animals. This course provides 13.5 CEUs. (See Registration page for more information.  Also acceptable as  PATH Intl. and CBEIP continuing education hours).

    Part I is a very hands-on pragmatic workshop, designed to provide tools that can help participants combine their education and/or therapy skills and equine assisted mental health.  We use lecture, discussion and hands-on experiences to explore the horse's nature and how we can help our clients and students partner with them to build healing and personal growth opportunities. Participants will receive theoretical and practical approaches to adding horse experiences to their work, and opportunities to design and participate in equine assisted sessions. In addition they will meet other professionals who are ready to share their journey of equine assisted facilitation.

    The workshop takes an eclectic look at how a variety of approaches can be combined into a safe and effective session or workshop. It is not based on any particular model of equine assisted therapy or education, and uses both mounted and ground activities. It is particularly helpful for people new to horse assisted education or therapy.

     All handouts and a copy of the notes taken during the workshop will be provided.

    Previous horse experience welcomed, but not required.

    Tuition $325 w/ early registration discount. Group Rate available. See Registration Form.

    Note:  Healing Nature of Horses, Advanced Topic: Communication is also offered at the same location, September 10, 2018. People who have attended Part 1 are eligible to attend the Advanced Topics workshops. There is a discount if you attend both workshops.

The Healing Nature of Horses, Introductory Workshop


Please plan to attend from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Day 1

9:00 Opening Ceremony and Introductions

The Healing Herd—lessons horses can teach us

Herd observations


Discuss Observations


Nature of Horses

Partnership Principles/Ethics of working with animals

Risk Management/ Ethics of working with people in a

                barn setting


Potential Activities to assist in healing and learning

Into the Arena—Experiencing the Horses


5:00 Closing Ceremony

Day 2

9:00  Opening Ceremony & Check In

Possible Activities, Part 2

Converting Treatment/Education Plans into Session/Lesson Plans

Grounding Activity in the barn

12:00 Lunch

Designing lesson/session plans

Practice lessons/sessions we designed




5:00Closing Ceremony & Evaluation