Epona Apprenticeship International – Australia – EFL/EFP

The Eponaquest Apprenticeship Program is an advanced interdisciplinary training for riding instructors, educators, and other professionals who want to master the art of employing horses in the work of human development using the Eponaquest Approach™.

In November 2003, ten apprentices completed the first Eponaquest Apprenticeship Program to become Eponaquest Instructors. In 2012 two more groups graduated, bringing our total number of apprenticeship groups to 18 and the total number of Eponaquest Instructors worldwide to 193.  Additional classes are due to graduate in 2013.

Each year a group of carefully chosen professionals will attend 9 day long seminars to learn the theories and practices relevant to Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL) and to participate in other activities where horses help humans reach a greater state of physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

Between seminars, apprentices will have assignments to complete and personal phone  and Eponaquest Instructor assistants.

2014 Program Dates

The training program is designed to meet the rising equine industry standards, adequately teach the evolving Eponaquest Approach, and provide necessary personal and horse time for each participant.

Due to the intensive nature of the training, apprentices will collectively have one integration day off each week for rest, reflection, and renewal. Otherwise, apprentices must be present from starting time the first day (10:00 am) through ending time the last day (5:00 pm).

Session I: Saturday, May 24, 2014 through Sunday, June 1, 2014 (Arizona, USA)
Session II: Saturday, July 19, 2014 through Sunday, July 27, 2014 (Tamworth NSW, Australia)
Session III: Saturday, September 6, 2014 through Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Albany WA, Australia)

Eponaquest Apprenticeship Tuition

The tuition is $9,990 (USD) for program training, core materials, and program days lunch and snacks. Apprentices must provide their own transportation, room, and Integration Day meals.

The $9,990 (USD) tuition is payable in installments by Visa, MasterCard or Discover or via bank to bank transfer. Contact Shelley Rosenberg at 520-419-6467 or dressagecenter@theriver.com to make payment arrangements.  All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. No individualized payment plans or scholarships are available.

Lodging and Meals

The tuition cost includes lunch on workshop days, but does not include breakfast or dinner and lodging.

Payment Schedule

  • $80 USD processing fee due at application submission
  • $3288 USD due upon acceptance to program
  • $3288 USD due on June 1, 2014
  • $3288 USD due July 15, 2014

Selection Process

Applicants are required to submit an electronic copy of their application to Shelley Rosenberg at dressagecenter@theriver.com.

Additionally, there is an $80 application processing fee. To pay by credit card or for information regarding where to send your bank check, cashiers check, money order or for information on completing a bank transfer, contact the Shelley Rosenberg at 520-419-6467. Please note, personal checks are no longer accepted.

Listed below are the items that comprise the Apprenticeship application. Please provide the information in a Microsoft Word document that is a maximum of four (4) pages using text only — no photos or graphics.

  • Date application and include name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Education
  • List schools, programs, trainings, certifications, etc. that have supported your growth and development
  • Include the name of teaching/training institution, year/time attended, and a one to two sentence description of the program, its purpose and value to you.
  • Professional Experience in one or more of the following fields:
  • Riding Instructor/Trainer, Educator,
  • 5 or more years of horse experience,
  • Licensed Mental Health Worker,
  • Coach,
  • Shamanic Training,
  • Alternative Human Health Care,
  • Animal Health Care,
  • Unique Experience, Skills, Connections
  • Other

Note: Specify the number of years of experience you have in each area and the particular nature of each category (e.g. Dressage Riding Instructor for seven years, High School teacher for ten years.)

  • Describe your initial experience with Eponaquest. Indicate nature of experience (workshop, private sessions, or an intensive), the name(s) of facilitator(s) and workshop(s), and dates. Indicate which of the Eponaquest concepts or activities were difficult to integrate when you returned home? For example, the concept of emotion as information, authentic community building skills, or the false-self/authentic-self metaphor. Which of the concepts were most useful?
  • List the date and Facilitator of the Eponaquest Introductory Workshop you attended along with the names and dates of the qualifying workshops with Linda Kohanov and Eponaquest Senior Faculty member.
  • Horse Experience (you do not have to be an advanced rider to do this work, but some experience with horses is essential).
  • Describe your attraction to the field of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning. Why are you attracted to the Eponaquest Apprenticeship Program?
  • Given the requirements and energetic demands of the Apprenticeship Program, describe how you will integrate it with your personal and work life during the year of training.
  • Describe your goals in this field (e.g., running your own EFEL center, adding EFP to your counseling practice, creating a more holistic, emotionally supportive rider instruction program, etc.)
  • Indicate the state of your mental and physical health.
  • Knowing yourself as you do, if you were to run into a problem during the apprenticeship year, what might it be? How do you imagine the program could help you acknowledge and address that issue?
  • If so advised by an Eponaquest Instructor, are you willing to seek outside help in an area where there seems to be a deficiency?
  • Indicate your capacity to send and receive emails with Microsoft Word attachments via computer on a routine basis. If you do not currently have this capacity, indicate whether or not you are willing and able to acquire the necessary setup and knowledge. (This electronic exchange among Eponaquest personnel and apprentices is integral to providing professional, personal, and logistical support.)

Applicants will receive email notification as to whether or not they passed the paper-screening phase. Phone interviews for those passing will be scheduled by Shelley Rosenberg . The application process will continue until the program is full and a waiting list is established.

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