“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.”Sharon Ralls Lemon
What is Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness?
Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness, or “EFW” for short, is a term that describes programs in which humans and horses, (and sometimes dogs, cats and even chickens!) work in partnership to facilitate personal growth, and foster the development of emotional intelligence & attuned relationships.
How does that work? When observing a herd of horses and herd behaviour, there are a number of small yet profound interactions that may bring to the forefront thoughts or beliefs we have about ourselves, others, our relationships, and the world. These thoughts and beliefs can create barriers between us and others. When experiencing a facilitated session with equine partners, we can observe, identify and transform the barriers to our wellbeing.
Our programs are informed by neuroscience, psychology and spirituality, and nurtured by my mentors, Mena Canonico (Mena & The Freedom Herd), Delena Austin (Wisdom Ranch & Counselling) and Sue McIntosh (Healing Hooves).
Sessions are designed to support individuals, couples and families in transforming their experience of themselves and the world around them. Each session will be tailored to the individual/group; the sessions will be structured, yet, allow for flow and the guidance of our equine partners.
Partnering with horses to facilitate personal growth, and foster the development of emotional intelligence & attuned relationships through connection, courage and creativity.
All people have the capacity to weather life’s ups and downs, grounded in the knowing that they are loved, just as they are, and that they matter.
Our Programs Include:
The Journey began with a horse & a blog!
The Joystone Journey is inspired by my heart horse Winston, and will capture our story from the very beginning, while also growing and evolving as the journey continues, one step at a time. Here we go!
My name is Stefanie Ly, and I have started this blog in October of 2021 to:
- Keep a personal record of growth on my journey as a life-long student of Equine Facilitated Wellness and Liberty Horsemanship
- Make connections with others who love, learn from and work with horses
- Inspire creativity, self-expression and joy!
Do you have Instagram? Follow along on our journey @joystone.equine
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