Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching Apprenticeship
Approved Facilitator Certification
The Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC) Apprenticeship program is our most comprehensive and in-depth training program for incorporating Horse as teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for humans. The Apprenticeship consists of three individual weeks of on-site trainings including the Dance of Authenticity through the Wisdom of the Horse workshop and EFLC Levels One, Two and Three. In addition to the three weeks of on-site training, the program also includes tele-based learning, audio recordings, coaching, research, and reading assignments. It attracts individuals that are dedicated to having the best skills and processes to create their own individual and group programs.
EFLC melds aspects of nature and horse wisdom to create learning environments that support authentic expression and self-realization. Through coaching with horses, apprentices create new habits of thought and behavior that lead to positive results and ultimately new levels of success. Apprentices move beyond limitations, embrace their innate gifts and talents, and venture forward with a sense of purpose and passion in life and in the providing EFLC sessions and programs.
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Through becoming an EFLC Certified Facilitator you gain:
- Intuitive and emotional intelligence, agility, and savvy
- A deeper sense of self, purpose, and connection to others
- Key tools for distinguishing between productive and self-sabotaging energy patterns - and how to shift them
- Higher levels of confidence and sense of self
- Increased heart centered potency- the 'feel' required when asserting one's power and the ability to handle stressful situations with strength and grace
- Finesse in using intention, focus, and body energy to create connection, movement, and communication
- A deep understanding of the nature of horses and how they are important in helping humans grow
- Expanded consciousness through living the way of the horse
Our program focuses on helping people grow personally and professionally by building confidence, trust, and clear communication skills while engaging with horses. This "in the bones" style of learning provides an opportunity for individuals to shift their consciousness, expand their sense of spirituality and transform their life and work.
We are committed to providing the best training program to prepare you in your work with others. The apprenticeship program places a high emphasis on developing coaching and leadership skills, accessing higher levels of consciousness, intuition, and feel with horses.
The Facilitator Training program focuses on educating in four areas of competency:
- Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching sessions
- Facilitator and Coaching skills development
- Natural and Intuitive methods for partnering with and caring for program horses
- Program, marketing, business development
will my learning impact others?
You learn the methodology and tools to help others:
- Access present moment wisdom through a highly integrated level of awareness
- Explore and listen to intuition and gut feelings as a life skill
- Learn the 10 key components to create trust in relationships
- Experience the horse as a teacher, mirror, and spiritual mentor
- Master the art of in the moment leadership
- Strengthen one's ability to focus and hold intention
- Achieve deeper levels of somatic and sensory awareness to increase self awareness
- Create moments with horses that reveal, engage, and ignite what makes life meaningful
Our teachings focus on living the Way of the Horse: developing the authentic self, trust in relationships, and expanded levels of consciousness. As you demonstrate heart-based leadership your relationships begin to shift to new levels of co-creation. Life expands and higher levels of potential are reached.
Who can apply for the EFLC apprenticeship
Individuals already in helping professions (coaches, consultants, therapists, healers, physical therapists, nurses, etc.) and individuals who work with horses (horse trainers and riding Facilitators) apply to this program. Individuals going through life transitions from all walks of life and who are seeking a new way to serve both horses and people also apply. You may take the Level One Training separate of the Apprenticeship Program. We suggest that you have experience in a profession that involves working with humans or one that works with horses. If you do not, we may recommend additional training in the areas of coaching or horse skills. During the program you will increase your competencies in the area that you most need development.
What if I don't own a horse yet
You may not own a horse yet, but have intentions to have one in the future. In the meanwhile, we highly suggest you lease or find a horse of your own to work with during the program. You will facilitate several individual EFLC sessions as part of the requirements to complete the program.
Why do I need training?
This fast emerging field is unique and complex in nature. Programs that honor the Horse as Teacher naturally have many fluctuating energy dynamics and unique considerations for both the horse and human. To provide an experience that honors both beings there are many facilitation components that one learns and that cannot be obtained in any type of training. We strongly recommend you obtain training before ever working with clients with horses.
What else might I need to know when considering
The apprenticeship program is transformational in nature. It will provide you the tools to work with others and at the same time you can anticipate changes in your life as you grow more fully into your heart-based potency and authentic expression. Be ready to be on an adventure of learning and self-discovery. Anticipate more of "you" emerging in your life as you learn the way and wisdom of the horse!
Email to receive a full descriptions of tools and skills taught, benefits, format and tuition for the EFLC Approved Facilitator Certification Program.
You may attend an equine program at the farm in Berthoud, Colorado; Brenham, Texas and various places around the world.
Check our Calendar page for upcoming locations and dates.
"My year-long apprenticeship program with Kathy was not only amazing, but has changed my life forever. It’s not just about our Love for the Horses, but about learning to love and honor our True “Authentic Self” and in doing so, that opens the door to healing the soul. I’m so excited to take this work with horses (who are amazing teachers and healers) out to help people re-unite to their Divine Calling. Kathy’s approach of being Heart Centered and her Mind Body Method is what brought me to her and what I believe sets her apart from others." Shannon Henshaw, Oklahoma
"It's been an amazing healing year with Kathy and her herd. Corazon blessed my heart with pictures and feelings of True Freedom showing me where I am at times imprisoning myself. Master Moon gifted depth of heart space knowledge and gave me confidence in my own knowing. Oreo blessed me with the gift of play--something I am putting back into my daily life. Sylvie--the gift of being a big yet a gentle space, helping me release my false voice that tells me to be “quiet” and not make waves and Diva the gift of wondrous, nurturing support, something I have often ached for. Kathy gifted me with her spacious world of "what's possible", her big heart connection with the wisdom of horse, her wonderful human herd (staff) and a new herd of dear friends my fellow students! I am thrilled and blessed to be a graduate. Thank you from the depth of my heart and soul! " Cynthia Raman, Texas
"The EFLC Instructor program has been a powerful year of learning and accomplishment for me. Your program was the perfect mix of hands-on learning to integrate my horse background with my coaching practice. Your way of supporting each of us in the program as we were on our unique learning trajectories and varying backgrounds was masterful. I feel deeply impacted and grateful for the wisdom your horses shared with each of us – learning to feel our emotions, sense into the wisdom of our own bodies, learning to become more horse-like and trust our gut. The EFLC work is already infusing creativity and groundedness into my coaching practice at all levels. John (my husband and business partner) and I led a leadership program with horses and the results were profound and still rippling through our clients. Thank you for the impact you are having in the world. With deep gratitude and respect" Virginia Rhodes, Washington
"As a Co-Founder of Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary, I was searching for a strong coaching Facilitator program to be later utilized as an income stream for the Sanctuary. Kathy Pike's Apprenticeship provided the training to support my vision. I also discovered authentic community that views the horse as a partner to help facilitate clients' transformation. In only a year, I'm an Approved Facilitator receiving clients; a true win-win venture." Tracy Scott, Colorado
"I will never forget 2011. Far away from home, I found a new herd. First I thought they talked in another language but soon I discovered we were talking the universal language of connection, empowerment, intuition, trust. I will never forget "little bit", Moon, Corazón and all the horse I've met in this journey." Marta Cirera Baqués, Spain
"Taking the apprenticeship with Kathy Pike is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Late in my 50's I am creating a new life for myself and training with Kathy opened my heart and mind to possibilities I could not have imagined. My consciousness as a human has been raised by the teachings of horses. As a trainer and teacher, Kathy is deeply committed to the personal growth and sense of success of each student. It is the brilliant style of coaching that Kathy has developed, along with her wise and compassionate presence as a coach, that makes this training in equine learning so valuable." Mary Barrett, Massachusetts
"After listening to my horse, I set off on finding a program that would enable me to help others and be with horses at the same time. I did not realize how life-changing it would be for me as well. Kathy’s understanding of the horse as healer, and emotions that run through us all is quintessential. She not only teaches the tools to help others, but helps each participant find their true voice. I can honestly say I am a better person having been through the program, and am extremely excited to be on the path of helping others find their power and authenticity." Mindy Hagens, Colorado
"Kathy has provided a beautiful setting and container for me to grow. I have found a sense of community and support that I am not sure I have ever felt before. Best of all, I feel continuously, personally supported even between on-site trainings. Kathy, or one of her trusted teachers, is always there when I need to realign my direction. I encourage anyone who can hear their soul calling to them through the voice of the horse to take this program. Kathy can help you translate it and lead yourself back to your heart." Angie Deaver, Kansas
"The horses in the Apprenticeship program helped me to open up to my body wisdom and intuition. The horse also revealed my authentic and creative self. I once again take pleasure in painting and photography of people and horses. With Kathy and Reggie’s professional support, I developed coaching skills and practiced tools and methods that compliment my existing NLP coaching work. Each level was a profound and exciting learning experience. The excellent structure of the course and practical approach has been crucial as I directly put into practice the tools and methods at home with my horses. To take this course, was one of my best decisions in my life and Kathy’s approach is perfect for helping me push further the walls of my comfort zone. It’s an awesome experience and I met exceptional teachers, great participants and magnificent horses. A magical journey." Cornelia Roulet, Switzerland
"The Apprenticeship Program has been very transformative for me. A very powerful moment was in the active round pen session when I stepped into myself from an authentic place and with confidence. I moved from a fear-based feeling place to one of feeling successful.
What I appreciated most from the workshop teachers is the permission that is underlying every aspect of what we are doing, to be able to come into our own process from an authentic place, without judgment, and to appreciate each person’s gifts and abilities. I am grateful for the freedom to express that each of us were given." Dr. Sandy Howlett, Ontario, Canada
"The EFLC Level III was helpful in helping me take a step forward in learning how to work with horses and humans in a safe and compassionate way. During the active sessions I very clearly learned that it is time to engage my own hind quarters and get active in my life again - which is my most natural way of being. I am very thankful for the active exercises with the horses that reminded me to MOVE IT! Returning to an intentionally active lifestyle provides me with a feeling of good health and vitality." Janice Charbeneau, Hartfield, VA
The Mind Body Method Coach Training is designed for the professional, business, life or executive coach, manager or leaders, and others in helping professions who wish to expand their coaching tool box to include the three powerful Mind Body Method Coaching Models developed by Kathy Pike. These models approach coaching, communication, and personal development from an integrative, holistic point of view. This training focuses on teaching these models through role-playing, discussion, distinctions, and practical application.
When using the Mind Body Method, your clients experience:
- Strategies to reverse self-limiting patterns.
- Tools to shift through, fear, frustration, and other disenabling emotions.
- Mental clarity leading to alignment and 'right' action.
- Energetic and emotional attunement and regulation moving into ease,
joy, and the ability to manifest desires.
The Mind Body Method Coach Training program provides you:
- Three precise Mind Body Method Coaching models to
increase emotional fitness, presence, awareness, and choice.
- Skills to increase empathy and intuition when coaching.
- The ability to recognize and coach your clients through core limiting
- Key mapping, resources, diagrams, and charts.
Coaches and individuals in helping professions utilize the Mind Body Method Coaching models to create a complete system of self awareness and empowerment for their clients. The Mind Body Method teaches integrative coaching processes that dramatically shift a person's emotional state of being, awareness, and personal power. It accesses the whole being, body and brains, and allows the natural solution to emerge from within. Client's experience immediate clarity and are empowered to create results.
The Mind Body Method Coach Training is taught via tele class format or on-site training (two- to three-day trainings). Please email Support to arrange a training time for your organization or group.
Due to high demand for Kathy's work world-wide and an increase in her scheduled events, we cannot guarantee that during any program your one-on-one horse sessions will be facilitated directly by Kathy. Her highly qualified and trained program assistants will also provide the in-depth experience with Horse as described in her book. Please have flexibility with all aspects of our programs as weather, location and the well being of our horses influence the flow and timing of our daily activities. If you feel you must work directly with Kathy, you may book a private session with her. Her rates are $250 per hour with a 1.5 hour minimum.