Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching
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The equine programs are designed with the intention of :
At the very heart of the « Cheval Messager » experiential learning approach lies :
The free and unrestrained spirit of the horse, allowing a flow of energy in a space of learning
The increased ability of the participant involved in « experiential learning »
The vital bond between the above two pillars, mutually reinforced through facilitation techniques employed by the facilitator
The underlying principle behind this approach is the ability to practice mindfulness in a protected environment and to experience the present moment awareness in our body.
As we work alongside a horse, we develop a better understanding of mindfulness and we equally experiment and learn new skills to develop a new mode of being, cultivating mindful self-awareness into our daily environment.
Horses dramatically improve our perceptive skills, our choices and their occurrences in our physical world, which can be described as a quantum leap into our new reality. Being a true reflection of our inner self, the horse guides us to the right path by accurately mirroring our state of mind, and enabling us to intuitively connect with ourselves, through our emotions and the information the latter give us about our real-time experience.
Working through our emotions without judgment or alteration, and valuing them as sources of information, enable us to change our perceptions, beliefs and attitudes once and for all. This state of « wakeful presence » and letting go is accompanied by an emotional, mental and physical « shift ».
The horse will only attune to our energy at a deeper and profound level i.e. when we are mindfully present by its side and consistent with our authentic self. In situations where we happen to dissociate ourselves from our inner thoughts, the horse will disengage and will interact again once we regain connection with our heart and mind. It is always our inner state the horse will respond to i.e. our authentic self.
The answers lie within ourselves and have never been beyond our reach. We have simply stopped paying attention to them. We have stopped aligning with our Higher Self for answers. We lost access to our primary insight i.e our intuition, as we gradually evolved into adulthood, paying more attention to the physical world, the mind and the conscious thoughts. Constantly torn between the past and the future, between guilt, shame or anger related to past memories and the future-related desire or fear, we have forgotten how simple it is to reconnect to our Higher Self, in the only space that really matters i.e. the present moment. Being a true reflection of our inner state, the horse enables us to reconnect intuitively to our Higher Consciousness, to our emotions, and to the insightful information the latter may disclose.
Equine-assisted experiential learning is an approach developed by Linda Kohanov in the 1990s and taught at the dawn of the 21st century. Very much a pioneer in this field, Linda Kohanov is the author of numerous reference books. She has also trained a generation of facilitators and instructors in the USA and on international level. This innovative method has been practiced on a daily basis by many participants for more than two decades. Its benefits have been widely observed in many fields :
The role of the facilitator/coach, consists above all, of knowing how to invite the horse to share a space of freedom with its human partner, with the aim of making the latter feel safe enough to step out of his « comfort zone » and explore his inner consciousness.
In this space of « unlimited possibilities and potential » (Kathleen Ingram ) », the horse is a respected partner, considered as a sentient and an intelligent being in its own right as well as a co-facilitator in experiential training.
A successful experience in equine-facilitated training cannot be « directive » like any classical coaching, for it relies on the development of specific qualities taught during the training program.
To be a Facilitator is to « embody the equine spirit » in thought, action and approach, to be caring, consistent, authentic, and intuitive, and to function without « pre-programmed expectations ». To be a facilitator, is synonymous to developing a Yin approach in a predominantly Yang world. To cut a long story short, it’s all about turning awareness into action.
Equine-facilitated practitioner training opens the door to a new direct personal experience, insight and self-transformation, and plays a pioneering role in the field of personal development and self discovery. Horses reflect and respond honestly to man’s behavior and therefore act as a mirror allowing humans to gain personal insight. As facilitators, the ability to create our own « shift » and to fully experience it in our lives promotes a greater self-awareness in our customers.
The mentioned certification program is basically about walking on the experiential path, guided by horses, with the eventual aim of accompanying future clients on their journey to personal development in symbiosis with their equine partners.
It also means receiving the necessary training tools and learning how to use them on a daily basis alongside the horse, as well as through practice via workshops and facilitation sessions.
Online theoretical modules
In view of the current sanitary situation and with access to the latest information technology, we are complying with the necessary precautions to ensure public health and safety. The online theoretical modules allow you to limit your exposure in a pandemic situation, and above all to free up the time spent on learning about horse-facilitated coaching experiences during an instructor-led training class.
The Cheval Messager certification program emphasizes the need for full instructor-led training courses in horse facilitation techniques, in the form of ground-based sessions or thematic workshops. The ground-based horse-assisted coaching is provided by Danielle Leduc and the theoretical courses are instructed online on an interactive platform with video footage and written material in PDF format.
Some specific parts of the theoretical training are taught by Dr. Sophie Taillibert, a qualified neuro-oncologist and a certified facilitator/coach in equine experiential learning. Modules related to clinical psychology and neuro-psychology are taught online in collaboration with Daniel Delgadillo, a neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL WORKSHOPS WITH THE HORSES ARE PERFORMED ON THE GROUD WITHOUT ANY RIDING. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. SMALL GROUPS OF 6 PEOPLE MAXIMUM PER WORKSHOP.