****August-December Course Sold Out – Contact Leif to get on a waitlist **** 

Come learn with Leif! A not-to-be missed opportunity to study, learn, and grow with one of the leading experts in the equine-assisted mental health (EAMH) and equine-assisted learning (EAL) industry.

During this time of crisis, many health professionals, educators, parents, and carers will face not only their own experiences of fear, anger, confusion, grief, loss, and trauma, but will also be responsible for helping their clients, students, and loved ones navigate challenging and uncharted territory. The importance of self-care, authentic expression, grounded presence, and genuine heart-centered interactions will be essential in this healing process.

This Experiential Facilitation Skills Course is a four+ month hybrid offering that is delivered through a mix of distance and online learning, group supervision and support, and in-person learning opportunities. 

This course offers a unique opportunity to connect with others, share strategies, ideas, activities, and practices, and learn about experiential therapy (and learning) while also practicing essential experiential facilitation skills and techniques that can be adapted to fit nearly any situation or circumstance, with or without horses. The course focuses on understanding the principles of experiential learning, the basics of experiential facilitation skills, and exploring the powerful inclusion of mindfulness, embodied presence, and the heart as a part of the learning cycle.

During this course a special focus will be placed on the art of experiential listening, especially when supporting people through grief/loss, or trauma, the practice of self-reflection and self-care, and the use of self as a therapeutic tool.

The role and welfare of our equine partners is also a critical and foundational aspect of this workshop, as it is in all of Leif’s trainings and workshops.

What You Will Learn

  1. The foundational principles, theories, and techniques of experiential facilitation, and how these principles can be applied in an equine/nature-based environment.
  2. The characteristics of an effective experiential facilitator.
  3. Experiential facilitation skills and techniques that can be adapted for use with and without horses. 
  4. The basic principles of equine ethology, communication, behaviour to interactions with horses and how to assess for (and address) stress, stress triggers, overwork, burn out, and shutting down behaviours.
  5. How to recognize safety and ethical considerations when including animals and nature in therapy or learning, and how to utilize basic risk management strategies.
  6. How interactions with horses hone “humanship” skills – or the ability to be more present, aware, thoughtful, authentic, and connective.
  7. How these “humanship” skills form an essential foundation for experiential facilitation, and can be applied to your professional relationships and your personal life.
  8. Self-care strategies and ways of coping as professionals who handle intense emotional responses.

What to Expect

  • Come prepared to engage both personally and professionally with the content and activities. This is NOT a spectator sport 😉
  • This IS community-based, self-directed, experiential learning IN PRACTICE. Taking responsibility for yourself, and showing up as an active and engaged member of the group is essential to the learning process.
  • Experiential learning isn’t a process by which the instructor is the sole individual imparting knowledge. Rather, each community member offers unique wisdom and information that forms the rich tapestry of the learning environment.
  • Time for discussion, individual reflection, and group process.
  • A focus on building authentic, respectful connections, developing increased self- awareness, and putting “humanship” skills into action.


  • August – December, 2020 **** THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT. ****

Time Expectations 

  • The group meets every 3-4 weeks for 1-2 hours via Zoom video call. We will determine the exact frequency and duration of calls once we establish as a group.  
  • Expect to spend around 2-3 hours per week completing assignments. 

Technology Requirements 

  • Access to internet 
  • Download Zoom on your computer or other device
  • Access to Facebook and Messenger 

Cost & Payment Options 

  • Full tuition paid upfront with discount – $875.00 USD for the first 4 months.
  • If students wish to continue enrollment after the required 4 months, the cost of monthly tuition will be determined based upon the number of continuing students.
  • Payment Option – Two payments of $500.00 – the first of which is due at the time of registration and the second payment due 2 months into the course. 

NOTE: There is a 4.5% service fee added to each PayPal invoice to cover the costs of an international transfer. 

*Tuition does not include the optional in-person learning experiences that may be offered as a part of this course. However, please note that any such opportunities will be discounted for those enrolled in the Experiential Facilitation Skills Course. 

**Tuition also does not cover 1:1 supervision and consultation calls. 

Required Texts

Felder, R.E. & Weiss, A.G. (1991). Experiential Psychotherapy: A Symphony of Selves. University Press of America.

Hallberg, L. (2018). The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy: Including Horses in Human Healthcare. Routledge.

Kolb, A., & Kolb, D. (2017). The Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning. Experience Based Learning Systems.

Louv, R. (2012). The Nature Principle. Algonquin Books.

Schoen, A & Gorden, S. (2018). The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses. Trafalgar Square Books.

Contact Leif for Information