Transpersonal Art Therapy (with Equine Facilitated Learning/EFL) is a unique approach that supports personal exploration through creative practice that has the horse-human connection as its foundation. The Wedgetail Equine Art Therapy Program has effectively facilitated change in many participants.
Equine Facilitated Learning is an interaction between horses and people designed to promote experiential learning for all the participants.
EFL promotes strategies to attain healthier relationships that in turn can improve wider group and family dynamics. EFL sessions bring together horses and people in a safe, supervised space designed to elicit positive and empowering interaction.
Benefits to participants can include: resilience, self-belief, issues of power and responsibility, self-direction, care and empathy. The horse provides direct feedback to a person’s behaviour and attitudes, and the opportunity for honest self-reflection without pressure.
The program is supported by a significant body of research that crosses many disciplines including mindfulness, trauma and PTSD, eco-psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy. For many participants the relational nature of the horse experience is a profound benefit that provides a healing outcome and deeper sense of what it is to be human.
A session (allow approximately one hour) is typically one-on-one-on-one – instructor, client and horse. While groundwork is the basis of each session, mounting and riding a horse may also be of therapeutic benefit. The Wedgetail Program is unique in that it can facilitate a range of equine experiences, from agility sessions and arena based ground work through to gentle trail rides on the Wedgetail property.