Programs


Leadership and Team Experiences 

Unique team building and leadership Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) experiences with powerful impact and real outcomes.

Working with horse and their natural herd dynamics teaches us about trust, authentic communication, connection and leadership.

  • Get your team outdoors

  • Disconnect from technology

  • Learn by doing - practical hands on activities

  • See Immediate shifts in awareness and behaviour 

There is no riding involved and participants do not need any horse experience. All interactions with the horses will be from the ground, applying knowledge that will be shared about horse and herd behaviour.

Suitable for all types of organisation and groups up to 30 people.

We work with teams and locations across Australia.

Each EAL program is tailored to achieve the goals of each organisation and event.

Full Day or Half Day options

Can be designed as either as a stand alone event or as part of a conference or off site.

Conference centres we partner with include:

RACV Resorts Australia wide, Byron at Byron Resort, Crown Plaza Hawkesbury, Cedar Creek Lodge in the Gold Coast Hinterland and Yarra Valley Estate, Victoria

If you are looking for a deeply powerful way for your employees or clients to learn through experience then please contact jackie@thewisdomofthehorse.com.au for a free consultation or download a copy of our brochure.

Team Building
A memorable and powerful day in nature with the horses. Team members will gain deeper insights into each other, build trust and learn new ways to communicate and work towards shared goals. A fun, memorable and effective way to deepen the relationship, communication and trust in teams.

The People and Culture Team at Fantastic Furniture in the Hunter Valley

The People and Culture Team at Fantastic Furniture in the Hunter Valley

“Last week the team took 2 days out in the beautiful Hunter Valley to connect and develop our strategy for the year ahead. We were challenged to observe and interact with horses as a way of understanding how we as a team communicate and engage with each other. We were able to learn and reflect on how our energy, body language, thoughts and intentions impact and influence everyone around us. We walked away from the day feeling connected as a team, energised and incredibly grateful for the meaningful learning experience with the horses. If you’re looking for an insightful team experience I would highly recommend Jackie’s unique approach.”
— Samantha Mueller, Head of Learning and Development at Fantastic Furniture

Leadership Development

Learn how to connect,  inspire and lead horses that are ‘at liberty’ (ie: free from control and restraints), through the art of communication from a place of presence, deep listening, trust and positive intention. 

As you step into relationship with the horses and begin to experiment with non-verbal forms of communication and leadership styles you will receive authentic feedback from the horse in a non-judgmental and very transparent way.

Adjust and practice new ways of leading; from the front, side by side, from behind and in creating space for others to shine.

This workshop is suitable for executive and leadership teams across all industries.

It can be delivered as a stand alone event or as as experiential component of an in-house Leadership Development Program.

SafeScape, Bendigo
We used Equine Assisted learning on the last day of a three day program that focused on leadership and team behaviours, understanding the system, relationships and communication.

Participants were able to receive immediate feedback from the horses about how they were showing up and the impact that they were having both positive and not so positive. Participants could not rely on their ‘technical’ competence and so observable behaviour both as individuals and in their teams, generated lots of responses, insights and great discussion…comments such as ’the horses never lie’ – ‘listen to the horse’…’the horse is always right’ were just some of the phrases that were used during the reviews.

For many, it was a very powerful and meaningful experience. Highly recommend it as a wonderful experience in a great setting, away from the office.
— Francesca Talevi Senior Consultant, Learning Centre| Executive Education Melbourne Business School

Coaching

Jackie and her team can provide individual coaching via Zoom Meetings or through Equine Assisted Coaching sessions to continue to work with participants that attend the programs as required. Contact Jackie for further details and pricing.

The Power of Presence

A one day workshop 10am -4pm

  • Unplug, relax and remove yourself from the daily distractions of work and home

  • Unwind and connect with calm and kind horses to re- discover the beauty of trust and respect in relationships

  • Learn and practice life skills; awareness, deep listening, clear communication, managing emotions and stress management techniques

Horse are innately grounded beings, who have all four feet firmly on the ground. As a prey animal horses need to be alert to changes in the environment and can enter flight or flight state quickly in response to a threat in order to protect themselves. Yet equally they have survived for thousands of years as a species because they have embodied processes that release stress and allows them to ‘go back to grazing’ when the threat is over. Learn through ‘the way of the horse’ about healthy behaviours and develop greater resilience to deal with life’s challenges.

2019 Public Program Dates: Melbourne (TBA), Gold Coast (TBA), Sydney (TBA)

This program can also be booked for private groups.

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Retreats/Weekend Getaways

Moonlight Mountain Women’s Retreat - July 12,13,14, Northern NSW

Arrive Friday 5pm for dinner, 2 nights accommodation at a private homestead in a stunningly beautiful setting, leaving Sunday after a shared lunch.

This is a weekend designed to nourish all of the senses and leave you feeling relaxed, restored and reconnected.  With a maximum group of 10 woman only, your weekend will involve Equine Assisted Learning activities, sharing meals and great conversation around an open fire, morning meditations with the horses and plenty of free time and space to walk the trails, relax, take a nap or indulge in a massages, reiki treatment, sunset horse rides or book a personal EAL coaching sessions with Jackie.

In the busy world of today, and as we juggle the expectations and needs of others, it is easy to lose sense of ourselves, and our bigger picture.  

  • Re-connect with mind, body, heart and spirit

  • Re-fresh and return feeling clear and uplifted

  • Immerse in mindfulness and self-awareness activities with horses 

  • Learn practical skills to support improved wellbeing on return from the retreat

There are only 10 places available and spots are filling up fast. For details of the retreat program and accommodation packages please email us.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Women’s Retreat. I left feeling connected, grounded and in love with life. . It was wonderful to work with the horses and feel that connection with them. Having the whole weekend meant there was time to develop a relationship with a horse which was so meaningful and brought insight, new depth and a feeling of specialness to the experience.  I highly recommend the Retreat and am looking forward to coming back next year!”
—  Celia
“The Women’s Wellbeing Retreat was a much-needed opportunity to escape from the demands of everyday life. From the moment I arrived, I was enveloped by the tranquillity and beauty of the surrounds which provided the perfect back drop and both complemented and enhanced the weekend’s activities. The program was challenging, thought provoking and rewarding in equal measures – an opportunity to reflect on stress triggers and develop skills that can be applied in ‘the real world’. As a horse lover, the interaction with the equine herd and getting to know the unique personalities and dynamics within it was a highlight.I would highly recommend a Women’s Wellbeing Retreat for anyone interested in taking time out for themselves, stepping outside their comfort zone and better understanding their place in the world.”  
— Tanya
Byron Bay Women’s Horse Wisdom Retreat, 2018