What Is Equine Assisted Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an innovative form of experiential learning – where clients develop new insights and learn new skills via relational experiences with horses. Trevena Glen, located close to Brisbane city, is now offering EAL sessions with their own certified EAL practitioner.

EAL can assist in personal development, professional development and developing leadership skills in teams and individuals.

EAL is a fast-growing modality across Australia as well as internationally. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) clients benefit
greatly from EAL services as do children and adolescents.

EAL - Teen with horse

Who attends EAL sessions?

  • Children and adolescents
  • NDIS Participants
  • Neurologically diverse clients
  • Corporate Teams
  • Leaders and Managers
  • Organisations
  • Personal Development clients
  • And more ..

What are some benefits of experiential learning?

  • Improved social skills
  • Empathy and relationship skills
  • Distress tolerance
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Reducing stress
  • Boundary setting
  • Promoting movement and activity
  • Meaningful connection
  • Proven scientific benefits of mindfulness
  • Increased attention
  • Problem solving
  • Connection with nature

More about our EAL Services

What happens in an EAL session?

In EAL, clients are offered ‘safe’ (physically and emotionally) experiences with horses for the purpose of exploring self-experience in relationship, building self-awareness, building awareness of patterns or habits that are no longer serving clients well, developing social and emotional skills, and addressing learning goals clients have identified.

What does this look like?

  • Observation of horses
  • Meeting with horses at liberty
  • Lead-line experiences including touching, grooming, and leading
  • Liberty leading (leading horses without a
    lead rope)
  • Led-mounted/ riding
  • Creative activities with horses

Why use horses in the program?

Horses are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and strong beings who can evoke strong feelings in clients or engage clients in the learning process. Calm and healthy horses can assist in co-regulating a client’s nervous system, can model healthy living and expression of feelings, as well as offering non judgemental safety and trust. Horses can offer unique bio feedback and hold clients in a way traditional learning environments cannot. The natural environment can also contribute positively to learning outcomes for clients.

Who runs the program at Trevena Glen?

Jesse McInnes lives on site and has just completed her training as a certified EAL Practitioner. With a passion for connecting horses and people, together with experience in working in our NDIS program, Jesse is ideally suited to provide you with a high quality service in EAL. Trevena Glen is located in beautiful Mount Samson only 40min from Brisbane CBD.

EAL Certificate

More information and bookings

See The Equine Psychotherapy Institute web site.

For more information you can call Jesse directly on 0467257114 or if you would like to progress with a booking, please complete our online client registration form here.

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