Belvoir's Equine Facilitated Human Development Programs
The horse is the central figure for all human development work at Belvoir. Twelve hundred pounds of power and beauty in motion, the horse is over ten times the size of an average human being. And yet, there is a strong emotional and curative bond between us. This powerful animal has stunning capacity to mirror human emotions and facilitate human healing. That is why the horse can be our most gifted teacher.
“The horse has the stunning capacity to mirror human emotions and facilitate human healing. That is why the horse can be our most gifted teacher.”
Why does this relationship work? Humans are predators, but horses are prey animals. As prey, they have to be fully aware of the larger environment around them to protect themselves. Their life depends upon exercising these talents. In a world inundated with rapid-fire technologies and responses, horses have plenty to teach us about how to reclaim our diminished right-brain capacity for empathy, creativity and compassion.
Through Equine Assisted Learning, and all its complementary nature-based programs, Nature Walks and Birding, Forest Bathing, Archery, Mindfulness and other equally powerful activities, we learn to speak the strong, silent language of the horse. We can enter the forest to bathe in the earth’s replenishing energy. We can draw a powerful bow and hit our targets. And we can find inner peace with ourselves and the world.
“More than thirty million years of evolutionary pressure have turned the horse into the quintessential prey animal. Rather than using words or vocalizations to communicate – sounds that help a predator pinpoint its prey – horses learned instead how not to talk, how not to make sounds, and how to make sense from being, not thinking.”
~ Zen Horse, Zen Mind, Dr. Allan Hamilton
How does it work?
Participants engage in hands-on learning that utilizes the horse as your partner in exploring positive development of communication, self -respect, confidence, trust, accountability and conflict resolution.
Sessions incorporate a variety of groundwork and general horsemanship activities such as grooming, etc. which take place in the arena or outdoor round-pen, as well as leading the horse on walks of the trails on Belvoir property to enhance the experience of observing the horse in a natural (nature based) environment.
Equine Facilitated Learning programs can be tailored to specific needs of individuals, populations or organizations. All sessions are lead by Certified Equine Specialists.
Please note that an EFL program is strictly a ground work (no riding) program.
Individual Private Sessions
Individual Private Sessions involve one-on-one introduction to the program followed by activities with the horse. Activities take place in the arena or outdoor round pen. The sessions progress at the comfort level and experience / readiness level of the participant. All activities are conducted in a safe manner.
Please note that an EFL program is strictly a ground work (no riding) program. No horse experience necessary.
Sessions are 1 1/2 to 2 hours in duration and led by an Equine Facilitated Learning Specialist.
One session $ 175.00
4 sessions (recommended) $ 599.0