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We’ve Launched Equine-Assisted Programs & Workshops!

February 1, 2018

The 19th-Century British statesman Lord Palmerston said:

“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

As we started to expand our program offerings this year, we couldn’t think of a better statement for developing one of our first corporate seminars. This month, we are proud to announce that we are adding an equine-assisted learning (EAL) and facilitation program for businesses. This new program is designed to help a company’s team members develop better communication, awareness, and empathy for each other in their day-to-day work environment.

This could be a small business as a whole or a division/department within a larger organization. To start, we are offering a one-day seminar designed to help a company solve team challenges within their business.

The type of business doesn’t matter; no matter what you or your team does, we can help you learn to work together better through verbal communication and listening techniques specifically designed for any situational business dynamic. With the assistance of horses and the principles of horse herd behavior, your team will participate in a series of exercises, designed by our licensed facilitators. Every one of these exercises will help each member of your team identify what their individual strengths are; they will also show them how they can leverage each others’ strengths to create actionable solutions to the challenges they have.

By the end of the day, your team will leave with a better understanding on how to be more effective communicators, team leaders will learn how to guide their teams better, and all participants will learn how to apply what they’ve accomplished to their roles in order to deliver better results for the company.

Before Your Session

Before your session date, we meet with your company and you to understand what you hope to get out of the session. We’ll ask you a series of questions designed to help us learn about your business. We want to understand how your team works, learn about your company culture, and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any unique habits/situations related to how your business operates that we would need to take into account. From there, we’ll outline a customized program to start solving the challenges you’re wishing to address and then set a date for your team workshop.

The Day Of Your Session

Once we’ve selected a date, you will then meet us at our facility. You and your team will go through a series of two or three customized communication activities with the horses; each activity is followed by a debrief session where each person shares what they observed and how it relates to their daily lives, as well as their role in the business. We do one or two activities in the morning, stop for lunch (which is arranged by you or through us), and then spend the afternoon doing one more activity, as well as having a final brainstorm on what your team needs to do to meet the goals you set forth to solve your challenges.

After Your Session

After your session, we will provide you with a laid out guide of what happened during the day, the activities in detail, along with photos and/or video (if you opt for this) of the entire event. A month later, we’ll meet with your group to see how you are progressing in solving your challenges.

Want to learn more about our programs? Please contact us or send an email to macala@laequinetherapy.org. Your programs and workshop fees are tax-deductible for your business too!

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