Programs and Events

Professional Development/ Immersion Experiences 

Memorable, unique and powerful professional development experiences for all types of organisations. Here are examples some of our programs that can be delivered as stand alone events or integrated into an existing inhouse program. There is no riding involved and participants do not need any horse experience. All interactions with the horses will be from the ground. 

Custom Programs
If you are a CEO, leadership development consultant/coach or Human Resources/ L&D specialist who is looking for a deeply powerful way for your leaders, teams or clients to learn through experience then please contact me.  I can send you a more detailed presentation, we can book an initial phone call and/or arrange a demonstration where you will get to experience how it works for yourself.

I have suitable venues in all major capital cities, and can work with group sizes from 5 - 30 participants.
Examples of programs are below:

Team Development Days
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 lot 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 People and Culture Team at Fantastic Furniture in the Hunter Valley

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

Client Testimonial

“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 extremely excited to have Jackie Smith facilitate an Equine Assisted team building experience. Jackie challenged us 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

Wellbeing and Resilience Workshops
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 Programs

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 all organisations, leadership teams and community groups and can be delivered as a stand alone event or as as experiential component of an in-house Leadership Development Program.

Client Testimonial

This equine assisted learning process we did today with our entire team, I am sure that it has something to do with the horses and the facilitators being just a natural environment, not all built for play, that everyone was comfortable to start with. Once we realise we are interacting with the natural environment rather than blocks, toys and notepads etc, everyone is involved, everyone is putting themselves forward and trying to be part of it and so we got a lot out of it. Really really enjoyed it.
— Steve Durkin Managing Director, SafeScape

Public Workshop: 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 for dates and locations of public workshops in your capitial city.

Wellbeing Retreats

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3 days to re-connect, re-fresh and be inspired at our Women’s Wellbeing retreat. This is a weekend designed to nourish all of the senses and leave you feeling relaxed, restored and reconnected. There is no riding involved and participants do not need any horse experience.  All interactions with the horses will be from the ground.

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

Women's Retreat Testimonials

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Women’s Retreat. I left feeling connected, grounded and in love with life. Jackie and Ann are fantastic facilitators, full of wisdom, positive support and with and teaching skills. They are excellent communicators which meant they always knew how we were feeling and what we wanted to do at any time. 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. Jackie and Anne were incredibly warm and welcoming, and made me feel instantly at home. ‘Glamping’ was a lot of fun!

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