What is Equine Assisted Learning?
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.
In an EAL setting, the experiential approach integrates equine-human interaction that is guided by a planned learning experience to meet the identified goals or desires of the participant(s). Working with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty and communication.
Equines use mostly non-vocal communication and are in-tune with human behavior. This can help participants to better understand and learn how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in their lives. Equines ask people to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Through interactions with the equines, participants learn a heightened self-awareness. Self-awareness is important in order to reveal patterns of behavior and gives participants the opportunity to think in a new way. Furthermore, participants gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning how to work with such a large and powerful creature. In all, equines provide us with a way to see our internal landscape and modes of operation exposed. They offer us the opportunity to experience humility, compassion and challenge - all critical elements to supporting self-growth and self-awareness. (PATH Intl.)
REACH staff are PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL)* with the training to guide you through unmounted equine activities that will enrich the learning experience as you navigate through life's obstacles. We offer individual, family and group Equine Assisted Learning sessions by appointment only. Send us an email or give us a call to see if EAL might be a good fit for you!
*EAL is NOT mental health therapy, we do not hold any mental health professional licensing and only offer services within our scope of training.
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