What is Equine Facilitated Learning? | Emotional Wellbeing Coaching

What is EFL?

What is Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)?

Horses are highly sensitive to the slightest change in the emotions of the others in their herd, which means they can sense inconsistency between our feelings and our actions and help us to recognise when we are not being true to ourselves.

Simple, mindful interactions with them and sometimes even just being in their presence can bring buried patterns of belief and behaviour into conscious awareness. Then we can bring ourselves into balance on all levels of mind, body, emotion and spirit, reconnect with our natural desire to play and explore, let go of our mental chatter and flow with our emotions.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) involves reflective and active experiences with horses, combined with coaching, theoretical discussion and creative activities. The holistic nature of the work leads many clients to experience deep, profound, healing and transformation. My underlying intention is to help you to access your own inner wisdom and allow it to inform and inspire you so that you can live a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

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In a peaceful setting, with sensitivity and integrity, I create an authentic and safe space in which to open up, explore and experiment.

  • Build your confidence and self esteem
  • Tune into yourself and honour your true feelings
  • Overcome anxiety and access inner peace and calm
  • Develop focus and clarity
  • Step out of your story and into your authentic life
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Learn to set clear, consistent and healthy boundaries
  • Reconnect to your sense of purpose and direction
  • Create honest and authentic relationships to yourself, others and your community

To find out more about Equine Facilitated Learning and how it could help you arrange your FREE 30 min call here.

Will I benefit from EFL?

People from all walks of life can benefit from EFL, but if you feel that you have reached a plateau in your personal journey, you are likely to see major breakthroughs from this type of self enquiry. If you feel stuck in some areas of your life despite being very successful in others, feel drawn to this type of work and are now ready to move forward, then EFL is for you.

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EFL may well be a completely new venture for you, and that is perhaps one of the reasons why it can create such major shifts in the way you view your challenges. It encourages you to step into the unknown, to be vulnerable, and to open yourself up to new perspectives. If you make the commitment to practice the skills that you learn and to integrate them into your life you can flow with the lessons that the horses teach you about yourself. Then you will generate much-desired, lasting change.

You can experience EFL through private sessionsor group workshops. The Connect. workshop qualifies you to apply for the advanced NOW Programme, and is an Eponaquest and Medicine Horse Way introductory workshop. Completion of the NOW Programme gives you the opportunity to apply for EFL apprenticeships, and train to become an Eponaquest or MHW Facilitator of Equine Experiential Learning.