What is EFL?

What is Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)?

Horses are highly sensitive to the slightest change in the emotions of the others in their herd, which means they can sense inconsistency between our feelings and our actions and help us to recognise when we are not being true to ourselves.

Simple, mindful interactions with them and sometimes even just being in their presence can bring buried patterns of belief and behaviour into conscious awareness. Then we can bring ourselves into balance on all levels of mind, body, emotion and spirit, reconnect with our natural desire to play and explore, let go of our mental chatter and flow with our emotions.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) involves reflective and active experiences with horses, combined with coaching, theoretical discussion and creative activities. The holistic nature of the work leads many clients to experience deep, profound, healing and transformation.

Closeup image of horses. What is equine facilitated learning? Horses as teachers, counselling, emotional wellness, Somerset, Bath, Bristol.

In a peaceful setting, with sensitivity and integrity, I create an authentic and safe space in which to open up, explore and experiment.

  • Build your confidence and self esteem
  • Overcome anxiety and access inner peace and calm
  • Develop focus and clarity
  • Deepen your self-awareness
  • Step away from negative self-talk
  • Find a path through obstacles in your life
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Nurture more healthy relationships
  • Learn to set clear, consistent and healthy boundaries
  • Discover unique gifts and natural talents
  • Enhance your intuition and wisdom
  • Uncover your life purpose
  • Develop a stronger connection to your authentic self

Will I benefit from EFL?

People from all walks of life can benefit from EFL, but if you feel that you have reached a plateau in your personal journey, you are likely to see major breakthroughs from this type of self enquiry. If you feel stuck in some areas of your life despite being very successful in others, feel drawn to this type of work and are now ready to move forward, then EFL is for you.

closeup of the eye of a horse during an equine facilitated learning workshop near bath uk

EFL may well be a completely new venture for you, and that is perhaps one of the reasons why it can create such major shifts in the way you view your challenges. It encourages you to step into the unknown, to be vulnerable, and to open yourself up to new perspectives. If you make the commitment to practice the skills that you learn and to integrate them into your life you can flow with the lessons that the horses teach you about yourself. Then you will generate much-desired, lasting change.

You can experience EFL through private sessions or group workshops Such as Discover and Connect. I also offer Eponaquest and Medicine Horse Way Introductory workshops and the NOW Programme, which gives you the opportunity to apply for EFL apprenticeships, and train to become an MHW and/or Eponaquest Facilitator of Equine Experiential Learning.