Equine Facilitated Mental Health Learning Program

NWESC’s Equine Facilitated Mental Health Learning (EFMHL) Program serves an essential role in fulfilling the mission and vision of the organization. The goal of the program is to create a mutually beneficial relationship between humans and horses, resulting in healing and wholeness for both the humans and the horses. Horses are social bond oriented mammals. They seek connection and relationship with one another and with us as humans. As sentient beings they are highly sensitive, aware and conscious. Due to these qualities horses naturally touch the lives of humans in a way that no other human is capable of, bringing insight, growth and healthier relationships with one’s self and others.

This experience is so profoundly described by Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D. and Marlena Deborah McCormick, Ph.D. Horse Sense and the Human Heart:

“In equine therapy, horses serve the role of the eye in the sky-the powerful, all-seeing witnesses that bring light into the darkness.  They reflect back our fear/anxiety, which can ultimately stimulate development of an internalized sense of accountability and conscience.  This comes about through the transformation of our perceptions of the horse into a creature with extraordinary teaching powers.  Horses have the power to see through us.  We are only and completely human in their presence-nothing more and nothing less.  They accept us as we are, even when our fellow human beings don’t.”

NWESC will provide EFMHL through qualified practitioners who are certified in the field and whose services are in alignment with the vision and mission of the organization. NWESC is proud to provide EFMHL workshops and retreats as well as Equine Facilitated Mental Health Learning to individuals, couples and families. EFMHL is available to organizations seeking to strengthen team dynamics and promote leadership.

For more information contact Amy Schilder at amy@nwesc.org

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