Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning
This innovative workshop, part of the Professional Development program at the Faculty of Social Work, was facilitated by Dr. Shoshana Pollack, Associate Professor, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work and Wendy Golding of Horse Spirit Connections in Tottenham, Ontario. Wendy Golding and her horses generously shared with participants an introduction to the practice of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL.) Dr. Pollack discussed a study she collaborated on, with Wendy and others, about the effects of connecting with and learning from horses with group of women in treatment for addictions. EFEL is an experiential approach to learning new ways of relating to self and to horses and for increasing self awareness of emotions and intuition. Through the subtlest of non-verbal communication horses speak to each other and to us. The reflective feedback offered by horses can offer powerful information about how we communicate and engage in relationships. Debra Martz Melanson, a workshop partici-pant and Laurier employee, said “It was a phenomenal workshop. I have new respect for horses and see them in a new light. I was amazed by their intuitive nature.” Wenday and Shoshana will again offer this workshop in 2012.