During this time of crisis in Australia, 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 Workshop 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. During this workshop 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.
  • Lots of hands-on learning and personal experiences with horses, each other, and the natural world all in the context of professional development!
  • 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.

Length of Workshop

  • 3.5 days with 25+ hours of continuing education.
  • Workshop runs Friday May 1st 9AM-5PM, Saturday May 2nd 9AM-5PM, Sunday May 3rd, 9AM-5PM, Monday May 4th 9AM-12:30PM.


This workshop takes place at the beautiful C Horses Learning, 2 Bevans Rd, Galston, NSW 2159. The facility is about 50 miles from the Sydney airport.


Morning tea and healthy afternoon snacks are included in the workshop tuition. Lunch is on your own, although we may arrange for a bag lunch option and will charge accordingly. 

Make sure to bring any speciality snacks you might need or want to help you feel grounded and nurtured during your workshop experience.


Check back here for lodging options as it gets closer to the workshop. 

To Bring

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Come prepared for being outside in all types of weather – rain, sun, heat, you name it! Bring sunscreen, sun hat, rain coat, etc.
  • Dress in comfortable horse/outdoor appropriate clothing.
  • Wear enclosed/water resistant shoes (hiking boots, paddock boots, cowboy boots). NO sandals or flip flops or flimsy tennis shoes.
  • Bring any speciality snacks you want/need.

Cost & Payment Options 

  • $875.00 USD  – Payment in full with Early Bird discount BEFORE Feb. 17th
  • $1075.00 USD  – Payment in full without Early Bird discount after Feb. 17th
  • Payment Option – Three payments of $400.00 USD made between now and April first. This option includes a $125.00 additional fee. 
  • NOTE: There is a 4.5% service fee added to each PayPal invoice to cover the costs of an international transfer. 


Once Leif has received your registration form, she will email you a PayPal invoice. You must pay in full before Feb. 17th to receive the Early Bird Discount and your spot is not assured until you submit payment.

If you have any additional questions related to payment or need to arrange some other payment plan, please email Leif at leif@leifhallberg.com

Recommended Reading

Dewey, J. (1997). Experience and Education. Free Press.

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.