Equine Facilitated Learning
What is Equine Facilitated Learning?
EFL is a process by which children and adults learn about themselves, other people and the world through interactions with horses. It’s a ground based activity, and is not about teaching riding. It has applications for a wide range of individuals, including those who have difficulty fitting into the real world.
EFL is gaining popularity worldwide as a means of helping children and adults with a range of social, emotional and developmental disabilities (such as Autism ) or mental illness ( depression). The benefits of the experience with horses are often profound. Children with ASD will focus on the horse for long periods of time even thought they have difficulty focusing tin their everyday lives. Once children understand how to ask for and receive cooperation from the horse, their self esteem and confidence goes sky- high. For a child or young adult who has limited control of their own environment, EFL can be very empowering , providing communication and relationship skills and teaching responsibility , respect,trust and self control.
How does EFL work?
When working with humans, horses act like a mirror – they cannot lie, they simply reflect back to us our emotions, energy levels and communications. As they are prey animals, they have an overriding instinct to feel safe. They will become fearful if in the presence of aggressive , noisy or over controlling person, yet they are constantly searching for a leader to help them feel safe.
EFL teaches children the importance of body language, gestures, breathing and voice it shows them how to build relationships based on trust and respect – all taught through practical lessons working with a horse.
Who is your facilitator?
Virginia Eagle has a diploma in horse management from Marcus Oldham College, Victoria , a degree in Social Work and is a Yoga and Energy teacher.
She has been training horses and teaching riding for 25 years.
Virginia is now combining her horse skills with her people skills and recently completed training in Equine Facilitated Learning with Franklin Levinson, www.thewayofthehorse.org
Ingelara Retreat events
Residential retreats and one day workshops are held frequently on topics such as:
Creative arts and more
If you are in a community group, women's circle, meditation group, or the teacher of a youth group, we are able to create a day or weekend for you. Please Contact Gini to discuss possibilities.
Programs are designed for adults and children. Ingelara Retreat workshops aim to remind people of their higher connection to themselves , each other and the earth. Through raised awareness of energy, connecting with nature and our creativity we can heal ourselves and our planet.
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Gini's Healing Yoga Classes
Gini runs Healing Yoga Nights in Cooma and Ingelara Retreat each week. No experience necessary - just come along to enjoy the yoga and joyful space!
Monday night 7.30pm - 8.45pm
wed morning 7am - 8.30am
Thurs morn 9.45 - 11am
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please let me know of your interest
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