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Riding Focused Equine Facilitated Learning and Psychotherapy Apprenticeship 2017 – Session 1, Sonoita, Arizona

January 22, 2017 - January 31, 2017

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced interdisciplinary training for riding instructors, educators, therapists and other professionals who want to master the art of engaging with horses in the work of human development as well as recreation or competition.  Many Equine Assisted Mental Health, education and leadership training programs emphasize un-mounted (ground) activities with horses. Now we also offer an apprenticeship for experienced riders who would like to  include mounted activities in their equine facilitated experiential learning , coaching or psychotherapy practice. The Riding Focused Apprenticeship teaches some of the theories and activities used by all Eponaquest Instructors, while adding additional riding-based practices and activities, including innovative, partnership-based techniques, and the use of the bit-less bridle.

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

Between seminars, apprentices will have assignments to complete, phone conferences, and personal phone consultations with our trained Instructors.

While you do not need to be a riding instructor or trainer to join this apprenticeship, you must be an experienced rider. Your skills and confidence will improve significantly during this program. In addition to some Eponaquest un-mounted horse activities, you will practice a significant number of the following mounted activities, learning to facilitate those activities which match the riding/training skill level you achieve by the end of the program.

  • Reflective ride
  • Energy boundary on horseback
  • Reflective trail ride
  • Bareback trust experience
  • Om trot
  • Journey ride
  • Riding with connection (knowing where the horse’s feet are in relation to your body)
  • Meditation ride
  • Team riding connection quadrille
  • Group round pen holding space for one rider (team building)
  • Mounted obstacle course
  • Yielding to leadership on horse back one leading on foot
  • Bridle less riding
  • Bit less riding
  • Playful Polo
  • Mounted volley ball
  • Riding games
  • Bareback riding
  • Conventional dressage lessons
  • Slow pleasurable trotting (for riders who have had a fall)

In this apprenticeship, you will learn how to help people move beyond a fall or injury that still haunts them. You will learn how to build your clients’ confidence and self esteem whatever their age or level, through mounted and un-mounted activities. Certain activities  require more advanced riding/training ability to teach. At the end of your apprenticeship you will be given a list of which of these activities you will be advised to facilitate, according to the skill level you have reached during this program.

2017 Program Dates

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

  • Session 1: November 4-15, 2016
  • Session 2: January 22-31, 2017
  • Session 3: March 5-14, 2017
  • Session 4: Optional session with Linda Kohanov in Arizona, Date TBA


The tuition for 3 weeks is $10,000  USD for program training, core materials, and program days lunch and snacks.  Apprentices must provide their own transportation.

Payment schedule

  • USD by bank transfer, check or PayPal due on acceptance: $2500.
  • USD due on October 4, 2016: $2500.
  • USD due December 22, 2016: $2500.
  • USD due February 5, 2017 $2500.

Selection process

Applicants are required to submit an electronic copy of their application to Shelley Rosenberg at dressage

There is a 100. application fee. Contact Shelley at 520 419 6467 for information on payment by credit card, bank transfer, cashiers or bank check or money order. or you may pay on the website.

Apprenticeship application. Please provide the information in a Microsoft Word document – 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
    Licensed Mental Health Worker
    Shamanic Training
    Alternative Human Health Care
    Animal Health Care
  • Unique Experience, Skills
  • 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 or other equine facilitated program- 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  or other equine facilitated Introductory Workshop you attended.
  • Horse Experience (While you do not have to be a horse trainer or riding instructor to attend this apprenticeship, you must be an experienced rider.) As part of the acceptance process, Shelley Rosenberg will assess your riding skills, either in person at one of her workshops or private sessions, or through a video representing your riding skills.
  • Describe the horses you own or have access to for mounted EFEL work and their appropriateness for the clients you intend to work with. (For instance, if you intend to work with clients and their own horses, please state this. If you want to teach “conscious riding” to amateur riders, you must have access to or be willing to invest in experienced school horses when you officially start your own program. If you want to add mounted activities to work with trauma survivors or veterans, these horses must be extra gentle and trustworthy in working with people who may be fearful.)
  • Describe your attraction to the field of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning. Why are you attracted to the  Riding and Psychotherapy Focused 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 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 be notified by email as to whether or not they have 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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