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MHW Apprenticeship (UK) Programme

MHW Apprenticeship (UK) Programme

In 2023 I will again be offering the Medicine Horse Way Equine Experiential Learning Instructor Apprenticeship programme in the UK.

Graduates from this apprenticeship are eligible to join Linda Kohanov, for a further week of advanced training, if they would like to gain the Eponaquest Instructor certification.

“The end of the apprenticeship is the beginning of a whole new way of life! Together we will Be the Change we want to see in the world, one horse and one human at a time.”

Carol Roush

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The Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship is for those who have completed the NOW Programme and feel the desire to expand their personal development through the way of the horse and offer this powerful body of work to others. This apprenticeship is also beneficial for coaches, leadership trainers, and therapists who want to add an equine experiential learning module to their existing practice.

What is the Medicine Horse Way?

A WAY in life means to have chosen from all the possibilities, the one WAY that shines brightest for you. Every journey brings experiences to you that could not come in any other WAY. The Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship will bring you authentic community relationships, knowledge and healing along the WAY, and an end result that is much richer than you could ever imagine.
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It is important to understand that Medicine Horse Way requires your willingness to commit to your own healing, your own freedom, the WAY of your own unique life path. Commitment is nothing more than a deliberate decision that something will be so. When all your being is involved in the willingness to make a decision, there is literally nothing that can prevent you from the accomplishment of your goal.

Through the Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship you will discover a way of walking through life feeling uplifted by something that seems to be forever beyond your ability to explain, yet is within you as the core and essence of your being. You become the change you want to see in the world; moving from mystery to mystery uplifted and carried by something that brings satisfaction and fulfilment to the depth of your soul.

Medicine Horse Way qualification

Those who complete the Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship will be designated Medicine Horse Way EFL Instructors and fully trained to begin offering Equine Facilitated Learning experiences with the focus on personal development, emotional agility, mental clarity, integration of body/mind/spirit and building authentic community.

Medicine Horse Way Instructors then have the option to attend one additional week with Linda Kohanov, in Europe or at her ranch in Arizona, to add Eponaquest Instructor and/or Master Herder Instructor to their EFL credentials.

Next UK Apprenticeship Programme Dates

Graduates and Instructors of the first MHW Apprenticeship in the UK - August 2016
If you are interested in applying for the next Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship, please email Rosie on rosie@rosiewithey.co.uk for more information.

2023 Dates
Session One Thursday 13th/Friday 21st April (inclusive)
Session Two Thursday 6th/Friday 14th July (inclusive)
Session Three Thursday 12th/Friday 20th October (inclusive)

Tuition fee £9000
£ 100 application fee
£ 2900 deposit due upon acceptance
£ 2000 payment due 13th March 2023
£ 2000 payment due 13th June 2023
£ 2000 payment due 13th September 2023

Venue Trealy Farm, Monmouth, NP25 4BL

Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship Prerequisites

Image of Rosie teaching at the medicine horse way apprenticeship in HollandPath to Apprenticeship:

Step One: Complete an Introductory Workshop with any Medicine Horse Way or Eponaquest Instructor- e.g. My Connect workshop or the equivalent in 121 sessions.

Step Two: Complete a NOW programme

Step Three: Apply for the MHW UK Apprenticeship (see Application details below)
Please note that there may be recommendations, in addition to meeting the listed prerequisites, which will be assessed individually. Areas of focus for additional requirements are on horse skills and personal development. The apprenticeship programme is high quality and fast paced with a commitment to each graduate gaining the skills and confidence to take equine facilitated learning forward in their own high-quality programmes. We feel strongly that taking the time to complete the prerequisites and any other recommendations is vital to your success and the quality of the work made available to future clients.

Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship Overview

rosie withey with one of the horses from the eponaquest programmeThe Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship was created by Carol Roush who has over 15 years of experience teaching EFL including 10 years teaching Apprenticeships as Senior Faculty with Linda Kohanov of Eponaquest. This Apprenticeship is now available in France, Holland and the UK.

There is so much to teach, and impossible to list it all here in this document, but the following is an overview of the intent, agenda, and structure of the apprenticeship programme.
There are three apprenticeship sessions, each one consists of 9 days with one day off for rest and integration. The programme is taught by Rosie Withey who has over 12 years of experience teaching EFL, including 9 years teaching in Eponaquest & Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeships. Rosie may be assisted by other Medicine Horse Way or Eponaquest Instructors.

The first session of the apprenticeship will include teaching specific horse skills and client safety measures and how to evaluate individual horses for equine experiential learning activities with clients. Our primary focus is on the horse as a sentient being co-facilitating the work with us. You will learn how to listen to your horses and develop awareness around their level of presence and willingness for the work.

Then you will begin the process of learning how to facilitate the foundation elements necessary for introductory work with individual clients and workshop groups. By the end of the first apprenticeship session you will be prepared to begin facilitating practice sessions when you return home. You and a group of your peers will plan a one-day workshops to take place during the second session. There will be homework assignments between the programme sessions, including conducting EFL sessions with clients and horses, as well as recommended reading to expand your awareness in personal development.

During the second session of the apprenticeship you will facilitate a one day workshops with your peers and then continue learning how to facilitate more modules, deepen your understanding of the art of facilitation and group process as well as facilitating individual sessions. We will cover EFL ethical considerations, standards of conduct and best practices. Together with a group of your peers you will also plan a 2-day workshop, which you will organise, market and facilitate in the third block of the apprenticeship.

In session three you will conduct a 2-day workshop with your small group and receive evaluations and recommendations. In this session you will learn how to assess which clients are right for you and which may need to be referred to other professionals depending on the stage of their process. Equine Facilitated Learning is not appropriate for those with serious, active mental health disorders.

Upon graduation as a recommended Medicine Horse Way Instructor you are then eligible for continuing education and opportunities within the structure of the Medicine Horse Way Authentic Community of Instructors. You can also apply to join Linda Kohanov for a further week of training if you would like to add the title of Eponaquest Instructor to your credentials.

“The end of the apprenticeship is the beginning of a whole new way of life! Together we will Be the Change we want to see in the world, one horse and one human at a time.”

Carol Roush

Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship Application

Applicants are required to submit an electronic copy, in English, of their application to Rosie Withey at rosie@rosiewithey.co.uk

There is a £100 application processing fee to be paid at the time the application is submitted. Your application will be reviewed within 10 days of receipt and notice of next steps will be emailed, to include a telephone or Zoom interview.

Listed below are the items that comprise the Apprenticeship application. Please provide the information in a Microsoft Word document that is a maximum of four (4) pages using text only — no photos or graphics.

  • Date application and include name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Make a statement about what attracts you to a career in Equine Experiential Learning.
  • List schools, programmes, trainings, certifications, etc. that have supported your growth and development
  • Professional Experience in one or more of the following fields: Horse experience, Healer or Shaman, Mental Health Professional, Life Coach, Shamanic Training, Alternative Human Health Care, Animal Health Care, Unique Experience, Skills, Connection.
  • Describe your initial experience with Equine Experiential Learning. Indicate nature of experience (workshop, private sessions, or an intensive), the name(s) of facilitator(s) and workshop(s), and dates. Indicate which of the concepts or activities were difficult to integrate when you returned home? For example, the concept of emotion as information, authentic community building skills, or the false- self/authentic-self metaphor. Which of the concepts were most useful?
  • List the date and Facilitator of the Introductory Workshop you attended along with the names and dates of the qualifying workshops with Rosie Withey or other qualified instructors.
  • Horse Experience (you do not have to be an advanced rider to do this work, but some experience with horses is essential).