Programs and Events

Jackie Smith Equine Assisted Learning - Horse Wisdom Within

Women’s Wisdom and Wellbeing Retreat

Byron Bay Hinterland - September 22nd - 24th, 2017

3 DAYS to re-connect, re-fresh and be inspired at our Equine Assisted Learning and Mindfulness workshop for women. 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. 

On our beautiful property surrounded by nature, and with the support of the horses as teachers, role models and healers, this retreat creates the space to feel calmer, clearer and experience a deeper sense of connection with ourselves.

The weekend program is designed to nourish all of the senses and includes holistic methods that cater for mind, body, heart and spirit.

You will leave feeling refreshed and uplifted and with a number of practical tools and knowledge to support you to return home and implement changes that can improve your wellbeing and ability to manage stress at work and in life.

The Program


3pm                     Registration

4:00pm               Welcome Circle

7:00pm              Dinner


6:30am                Morning mindfulness & breakfast

8:30am                Horse Wisdom - Presence

11:00am             iRest – yoga/deep rest

1:00pm                Lunch

2:00pm                Horse Wisdom - Being & Doing

6:00pm                Dinner

7:30pm               Connecting with the Feminine


6:30am                Morning mindfulness & breakfast

8:30am                Horse Wisdom – Energy and Intention

12:00pm             Lunch

1:00pm                Reflection & Closing Ceremony

3:00pm                Goodbyes

This is a small group (maximum of 12) offering the opportunity to connect with like-minded, conscious women in an intimate and supportive setting.   Price is $980 includes workshop fees, all activities, lunches and dinners.  

Payment plans and scholarships are available.

There are a limited number of glamping style on-site accommodation packages available on request. 


Coaching is all about helping you get from where you are now to where you want to be.  Jackie’s transformative coaching programs include coaching and mindfulness to give you practical tools, knowledge and resources to help you start mastering your mindset, your emotions and stress levels and your innate ability to listen to and be guided by your inner wisdom and knowledge. Enquire about Individual Coaching Packages that include Skype calls and Equine Assisted Learning sessions with the horses, suitable for both Executive Coaching and Personal Development. 

Professional Development/ Immersion Experiences 

Memorable, unique and powerful professional development experiences for all types of organisations. Here are examples some of our programs:

Team Development
A memorable and powerful day in nature with the horses.   Learn about, observe and experience horse and herd behaviour.   Being social and emotional animals horses can teach alot about effective teamwork, including clear communication, setting boundaries, respect for individual needs, group dynamics, productive relationships and achieving team goals.  Equine Assisted Team Development Workshops are fun, memorable and unique events but also deliver practical action plans for how to translate what was learnt back at work.   All workshops are custom designed for your organisation and can be organised as half days, full days or weekend retreats. 

The Power of Presence - Supporting wellbeing and resilience
Being with the horses supports people to learn practical techniques for stress management, including mindfulness, awareness and empathy skills that can easily be translated to achieving greater resilience in the workplace.  This workshop is suitable for organisations, school leadership teams, community groups and can be delivered as a stand alone event or integrated into a Corporate Health and Wellbeing Program.  To learn more about how EAL can support greater wellbeing in the workplace read this Article.

Leadership Impact

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. For leaders, and in fact anyone interested in personal development, this can be an important opportunity to consider “how am I experienced in the eyes of the other?”

This workshop is suitable for organisations, school leadership teams and community groups and can be delivered as a stand alone event or as part of a Leadership Development Program.

Custom Programs
If you are a business leader, consultant, event organiser or Human Resources/ L&D Manager considering an Equine Assisted Learning event for your next team build, leadership course or retreat then contact me to explore options.

We have suitable venues all across Australia. 

Public Workshops  

Discover The Wisdom Of The Horse

A full day workshop where horses support humans to learn about wellbeing, mindfulness and develop the awareness and resilience skills that can increase your capacity to achieve your personal and/or professional goals

In an intimate small group, you will learn mindfulness practices and participate in equine assisted learning activities in a beautiful natural setting.  No riding is involved, all contact with the horses is from the ground and you do not need any horse experience.  How can horses help humans? 

Wellbeing & Stress Management: Horses model the skills of living fully in the present moment, awareness and connection to body and senses.   This workshop helps you to understanding more about how your brain and bodies function when under stress and teaches practical ways you can improve your resilience and move to a place of greater calmness and clarity.

Self-Awareness: Horses are responsive to energy and body language and will respond to each person uniquely and without judgement.   With the gentle guidance of the facilitator, this feedback from the horses can create those AHA moments where you come away with greater insight about the negative thoughts and beliefs that may be holding you back from reaching your goals at work and in life. 

Enquire Now for dates and locations of public workshops throughout 2017.