All over the world equine facilitated human growth and development is becoming recognised as a powerful modality for human transformation and wellness
Humans are complex beings, and so when it comes to facilitating someone's learning, healing, growth and transformation, a one size fits all, cookie cutter approach, simply doesn’t work, and can in fact, do more harm than good.
CEEL facilitator training is a multi dimensional approach because medical and psychological science has finally come to the realisation that...
the bodymind is one system and so now appreciates that we are bio-neuro-social-psycho-spiritual beings, (something many cultures and wisdom practices have known & practiced for a very long time) so any work in the field of human growth and development must keep this in mind
Our certification program blends the latest in neuroscience findings, holistic body mind concepts, processes and learning theory, with ancient and contemporary wisdom, making it a unique training program that provides a unifying theory and an integrative and trauma sensitive approach to equine experiential learning.
Whole of horse - whole of human
CEEL honours the horse as a sentient being - teacher, guide, muse - not simply as a tool to be used
Horses are fully embodied and relational beings who live in the present moment, so it makes sense to facilitate the process using a body-centred, presence-based approach.
One that is based on who we are and how we are being in our ways of relating, is trauma sensitive and integrates mindfulness of the body and somatic processes with the latest findings in neuroscience
"It is the balanced attention to sensation, feeling, cognition and life energy which is becoming the emergent future for transforming the whole person." - ~ Peter Levine, In an Unspoken Voice
Re-training bodies and brains
Therefore, the training is just as much about the body as it is about the brain - yours, the horses and your clients
and CEEL facilitation is more than just a technique or an endless list of activities 'to do', ...... instead, it is about a way of being for both facilitator and client – both in and out of the field
It's much more than simply facilitating 'lists' of activities
Most other equine therapy and learning modalities, still put heavy and sometimes only, emphasis on cognitive processing: ie "have an experience with a horse and explore what that means."
We must realise that as long as the body holds discordant energy (which could be stress, anxiety, fear, unresolved experiences and emotions, pain, false beliefs, etc.), the logical brain has limited capacity to influence the body
Since horses are highly sensitive, relational beings, who intuit their world through body based senses, as a facilitator, you also need to be fully aware of what you may be ‘holding’ and are bringing into the horse's space - we teach you tools and processes to enhance your awareness and presence and how to manage your emotions and energy so that you don't impact the process. This is the foundation of the work!
Honouring, listening, sensing with Horse
CEEL training teaches you to be flexible, adaptive and resourceful equine experiential facilitators who are adept at 'holding space for unfoldings' and processing the experience, so that your clients are able to make beneficial, sustainable change in a safe and supportive environment.
A fundamental principle of the CEEL model is to expand the client’s self awareness through mindfulness and somatic practices – with the aim to increase their capacity for empowerment, emotional resilience, and nervous system regulation.
You will learn about assisting and empowering each client to more fully embody his or her authentic self, while being in relationship with others through partnership with a horse(s).
The only time for change is NOW
We will teach you about becoming more horse like, to facilitate in horse time, 'in the present moment', teaching you how to sense 'the field' and adapt to what is being presented in both clients & horses. In doing so, you'll always know what to do in choosing the modality, tools and techniques that is most beneficial.
And of course, learning about how to truly partner with, caring for and supporting your equine partners in this work is crucial, so that they are able to respond and interact as physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy horses
We believe that if any interaction is not good for the horse and human, then it's not good for the horse and human
CEEL training comprises a set of principles that guide the practitioner in facilitating human-horse interactions, including frameworks for the learning / transformation experience. In doing so you can facilitate your client's experience towards greater self-awareness, alignment and growth.
We teach equine learning facilitation skills, not how to be a therapist. If you are skilled in mental health or other therapeutic qualifications or modalities, you will easily be able to bring your therapy or counselling skills to integrate into the facilitation process - we want you to bring ALL of who you are to this work.
"One eye sees the other feels" - Paul Klee
CEEL training will have you learning about, and looking at yourself, horses and others, with fresh eyes
You will learn about and become competent in these 5 key areas
Competency in facilitating equine experiential learning and establishing your business involves attaining skills in CEEL's five key areas - without the hype, glitz or fluff
Foundations training is the first level of CEEL's in-depth personal and professional development training to prepare you as an adaptive and skilled professional in this growing field.
Photo credit: Katherine Waddington
This training is an immersion in learning to facilitate through The Way of Horse - through Horse and Body Wisdom, where you both learn about and experience the profound power of horse human interactions...
You can't learn about this work in a few short days and being an 'experiential' modality, you can't learn it online or from a book. Therefore, the full training program includes 16 days of hands on training in the field of Horse, plus extra home based learning, so that you gain the required experience and confidence to step up and run your own programs
- 4 days Foundation
- 6 days working with Individuals,
- 6 days working with Groups
Your herd is waiting for you
Join our herd and the supportive community of practice now!
Being Australian based, we can support your development through practice groups. We know what works and what doesn't, and we've made all the mistakes so that you don't have to.
We keep up to date with the latest findings in neuroscience and trauma informed practice and are continually updating our skills and knowledge with our own mentoring and training, so that relevant knowledge can be passed on to you
Visit the website to learn more and if you feel we are a good fit and you wish to learn more or have a chat, then contact us.
Visit our website www.CentreForEel.com to learn more and download the application form. If you'd like to chat or have questions, email Cheryl@centreforeel.com or Cindy@centreforeel.com
We look forward to welcoming you to the herd!
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