Healing through the wisdom of horses
Jo is a certified mBit coach and EFL instructor and has run many Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Therapy workshops with youth justice centres, disability centres and individual one on ones.
Jo’s centre has a strong point of difference in that she honours the horse throughout each interaction as equally as the student/participant.
Jo teaches children/people of all ages and abilities how to be peaceful, create a relationship and communicate with horses.
Participants wanting to experience a journey of self discovery and natural horsemanship will firstly start with lessons on the ground. You will learn how to regulate your emotions to strengthen and build your own capacity and relationship before riding. This is not just for the horse’s peace of mind but for your safety and honouring of our animals. There is so much more to horses than riding!
Jo has a strong bond with each of her equine friends and they work co-operatively and collaboratively, to give you a rewarding experience.
You see, for our horse’s to remain at their best and give you their best, we must continue to regard them highly and equally. Over and over again, visitors to our centre comment on how peaceful our horses are. We can only share with others what is inside of us and if you are expecting to be healed or transformed in anyway by a horse that is not regarded mindfully, then the experience will be limited.
Jo focuses on the big picture and the journey you will experience, working at this deeper level of awareness, consciousness and connection.
Jo aim’s to provide a win/win for her horses and the client.
Jo has run specialized programs with Disability Centres, Corporates, Youth Justice Centres, Kids/teens and Individuals.
Programs have included:
- Equine Therapy for Children/Teens on the spectrum
- Mindfulness with horses to find peace and reduce stress
- Three brain integration and coherence training.
- Equine Therapy with women looking to improve their boundaries, leadership and assertiveness
- Equine Empowerment and Leadership with Youth Justice
- Equine Relationship and reflection with individuals
- Tactile Learning and Art with Disability Centres
- Equine Team Building with Corporates,
- Kids and teens that want to learn how to have a relationship with a horse
- Horse and Art Therapy classes combined
- Adults just looking to hang out with horses and have fun
If you are interested in Equine Therapy programs be if for Individuals, Kids, Youth Justice, Corporate Leadership Programs, etc – Holistic Equitation has an experienced team of facilitators that can provide fun, informative, safe and educational programs that can be tailored to suit your requirements.
SESSION PRICES AND FAQs
Lessons start at $65 /hr for one on one sessions and we dedicate Friday’s at our centre for anyone who has more than 2 people and these start at $100/hr + depending on how many people are in the group and how many instructors are required. Larger corporate or government programs are quoted on.
If you have 2 children that you are wanting to bring to our centre at the same time, parent/carer involvement is mandatory to ensure a fun and safe experience as these sessions are delivered by Jo on her own.
It is always important to manage the expectations of parents and the experience children will have here. Children are not allowed to ride the horses/ponies/donkey on their own and if their emotions are high or behaviours erratic the interaction with the animals will be limited for safety reasons. We have other activities and modalities that are incorporated into the sessions for those with short attention spans.
We cater for adults, kids and teens and all levels of experience but prefer kids to be over 8 years of age to reap the full benefit.
Clothing and Attire: We recommend long pants, boots, long sleeve shirt and a hat. On warmer days it is also worth bringing your water bottle and sunscreen.
Wheel Chair Access: Due to the experiences being held on the farm and the location of our horse facilities – wheel chair access is limited. However, we can arrange to come to your centre if it is within a one hour drive of Seville. We can provide you with pricing upon request.
To find out more about Equine Therapy sessions and the benefits these workshops can have on your group or organisation, please call Jo on 0478 7111 80 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few lines of feedback for the Equine Facilitated Learning Program.
Equine Facilitated Learning Program conducted at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre Oct 2012
This program conducted for the disengaged young men in custody, was again one of the most powerful and moving experiences I have ever had the privilege to observe.
The clients were able to express their potential leadership qualities and explore their soft skills in a non-threatening way.
It was almost unbelievable to see some of these young men relax and be enthusiastic, gentle participants in all of the activities around the horses.
Over the two days they developed and learnt horse-handling and communication skills they never thought would be possible, as well as became more connected with their peers and definitely improved their interpersonal skills.
They have not stopped talking about the program since.
I believe this program goes along-way to helping these young offenders develop self-esteem and ready them for re-connection with their community.
Thank you so much.
Cheers, Annette Hatherley
Jo Sheval ~ Iskra for more details
0478 7111 80
45 Connors Lane, Seville VIC 3139, Australia