TRANSFORMATIVE COACHING THROUGH HORSES (AND DOGS, ACTUALLY)

PERSONAL COACHING (ONE TO ONE)

What is one to one coaching?

Transformational one to one coaching is suitable for you if you are ready to make changes in your personal or professional life, but wish to do so out of a group situation.

As your coaches we will create a safe and supportive environment in which you can fully explore all aspects of your thinking and feeling, leading to new awareness aiding your personal development.

BENEFITS

Our Approach

We are skilled in working intuitively and energetically to help you see unconscious patterns, beliefs and behaviours which may be limiting you and preventing you from achieving the results you want.

Awareness

Raise your awareness of your unconscious patterns and processes, putting you in a position of choice about the life you are creating and the stories you choose believe.

Challenge

Gently challenge yourself to take full responsibility for your life and your actions.  Recognise disempowering patterns such as blaming others or circumstances and learn how to build new positive behaviours.

Confidence

Increase your self-belief by exposing your inner critic and revealing the ways in which you sabotage your own success.

Empower

Encourage you to be authentic– to face your fears and follow your heart.

Sessions

You will meet with your coach for an agreed number of sessions. Each session lasts for 60-90 minutes.

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EXPERIENCED & APPROVED

TRUSTED FOR OVER 20 YEARS

OUR AFFLIATIONS

Train as an
EFL / EAL Coach

Train and qualify with us over this extensive 12 month programme.

Attain full accreditation as an Equine Facilitated Coach and top level practitioner.

Ready to begin your transformation?

Speak to the team today and we’ll schedule an initial conversation to explore your journey to becoming a qualified coach.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Combine the powerful medium of horses with transformational coaching

This year long accredited programme powerfully combines Sarah Ilaria Northe’s unique Transformational Coaching with Learning to Listen’s expert equine facilitation. It offers a profound and personal journey into Equine Facilitated Coaching.

The programme enables you to use the powerful medium of horses with a transformational coaching approach and successful completion of the training leads to:

  • The ability to deliver transformational coaching sessions in partnership with a horse or horses
  • An understanding of the transformational coaching process and the language of the horse, enabling you to utilise these together to create powerful client experiences
  • Competency in horse management and health and safety practices to ensure the well-being of your client and the horse
  • Understanding the power behind equine facilitated practice
  • A unique offering- helping clients who have been unsuccessful using other more traditional methods.

Successful completion of this programme leads to certification as an ‘Equine Facilitated Coach’ and may result in an invitation to practice under the supervision and guidance of the provider. The programme itself has historically been accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and will in future be accredited by The Association for Coaching (AC), enabling students to become AC Accredited Coaches with the necessary experience, CPD and Supervision.

Applications are now being taken for the next open programme starting in April.

Introduction: 'Every horse has something to teach and every human has something to learn'

We appreciate that there are a variety of Coach Training Programmes and Equine Facilitated offerings available in the current marketplace and no industry-wide validating body to set single standards or guarantee consistency of product and quality. Our offering of Equine Facilitated Coaching is unique and cutting edge and therefore comparison to other trainings is difficult.

However, the information below is designed to demonstrate the quality and depth of this programme and our approach and help you decide if our programme is the right one for you. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this further.

Please be aware that in the design and delivery of our coaching programmes we strive to ensure best practice whilst offering a flexible approach to the needs of programme participants. We are guided by the ethical code provided by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council and promote the importance of continuing professional development and supervised practice.

What you will learn when you train as an equine coach

With this training, you will find:

  • An in-depth psychological approach to coaching
  • A range of theories, processes, concepts & techniques
  • Regular coach practice sessions with feedback from course tutors and fellow participants
  • Over 125 hours of facilitated experiential learning
  • Self-managed learning sets
  • Requirement to build up a minimum amount of equine facilitated coaching practice in-between workshops
  • A variety of written & practical projects to maximise learning
  • Supervision of practice
  • 1:1 support from Lead Facilitators
  • A coaching approach based on the development of emotional intelligence
  • Strong focus on the personal development of the coach.
More about our approach and style

We will give you the theory of coach training and equine facilitation; however, this alone will not make you an effective coach.

Coaching, after all, is a practical activity and any coach training of value must be grounded in sound professional practice. Much of our focus will be on your development as a coach through experiential learning, practice and feedback. During the modules, you will be given the opportunity to experience the roles of coach, coachee and observer.

These sessions will facilitate both your skills development and personal growth.

The personal development of the coach is an element of training often overlooked and this can result in poor practice. We believe that the coach needs to address and work through their own issues in order to operate with the emotional intelligence required to be effective in coaching others. On our coaching programmes you will be supported and challenged to address your own developmental needs in a safe and supportive environment. In line with this we are firm advocates of coaching supervision as essential to good professional practice and offer this during and beyond the programme.

We believe in a psychological approach to coaching because invariably coaching issues are grounded in the cognitive and emotional. It is common for the presenting issue to be a symptom of the client’s existing patterns and belief systems. Without addressing the psychological dimension, it is likely that the client will find that they are unable to sustain behavioural change. As part of our training we give participants the tools to explore the client’s inner world and therefore facilitate greater understanding and sustainable change.

Alongside tutoring on our programmes the lead facilitators continue to work directly with clients, always developing our own knowledge and skills and drawing on our own experience to enhance our teaching.

Who is this coaching programme for?

Essentially this programme will meet the needs of anyone wishing to effectively facilitate the growth and behaviour change of themselves and others through the medium of coaching and horses.

This may be through working as a coach, a line manager, an HR professional or training consultant, a mental health practitioner, an educator, a riding instructor, a therapist or any other context where you are interested in developing others.

If you want a thorough grounding in a powerful transformational coaching methodology, to develop your coaching skills and grow on a personal level then this programme may be right for you. We will always meet with you prior to the programme to ensure your questions are answered & that this is the right course for you.

Course structure

The equine facilitated coaching programme follows the following structure:

  • Monthly facilitated modules
  • Pre and post session reading and research
  • Self-facilitated learning groups
  • Personal support from lead facilitators
  • Supervision
  • Assessment requirements.
Full course content

This is the full roster of content you will learn throughout the modules:

  • Purpose of coaching – exploring the benefits of coaching to the individual
  • Health & safety – keeping clients & horse’s safe during sessions
  • Anatomy checks – sustaining the emotional & physical wellbeing of horses
  • The natural horse – how horses interact & why they are such good facilitators
  • The power behind equine facilitated practice – the benefits of being around the horses
  • The language of the horse – learning to facilitate the information provided through the horses
  • Horse management – expected standards of external and internal environments
  • Coaching models and theories – drawing on a wide range of tools & concepts to facilitate growth & change
  • Creating the coaching relationship – building rapport & creating a safe environment that enables challenge, learning & insight
  • Managing the coaching relationship – contracting, holding boundaries, considering ethics & maintaining good practice
  • Coaching competencies and skills – active listening, effective questioning, creating rapport, challenging, awareness & process
  • Key dimensions of a coaching session – going beyond the client’s content & uncovering the inner game
  • Psychological approaches to coaching – exploring psychological concepts relevant to coaching such as Neuro Linguistic
  • Programming & drawing on thinking from a range of therapies
  • Self-awareness & use of self – becoming aware of one’s own internal processes as a source of information & material for intervention
  • Understanding preference – to understand personality types & work more effectively with others
  • Practice and skill development – skills practice within modules & regular coaching between workshops.
How assessments work

Assessment for certification consists of:

  • Written assignments relating to coaching with & without the horses
  • Several short, written assessments throughout the programme to maximise learning
  • A reflective journal which participants will complete throughout the programme providing a record of personal development, coaching practice and reflection on practice
  • Coaching Sessions – participants are required to complete a minimum number of coaching practice sessions with external clients
  • Coaching Assessment – participants will be assessed on their coaching skills during observed practice towards the end of the programme. This may be filmed.

Ready to begin your transformation?

Speak to the team today and we’ll schedule an initial conversation to explore your journey to becoming a qualified coach.

Leadership & Team Training

Grow as a leader.

Horses bring a thought provoking approach to the idea of leadership development skills and set a high bar when it comes to authenticity, getting the job done and keeping your people with you.

You and your leaders will learn a lot about your leadership style by working alongside the horses to achieve different goals. These new insights can be mapped directly across into your leadership and management techniques in the workplace and used immediately.

Develop your team

Horses bring a new and different approach to the idea of Team Development and are unique in their approach to working together to get the job done. Your team will develop by working alongside the horses to achieve their different goals.

The insights they gain into working together as a team can be translated into the workplace, developing their skills to perform as a team.

Who are the leadership coaching programmes for?

If you are looking to develop your leadership skills or your leaders within your business, then our leadership development programmes are designed to inspire and challenge you. We do this by giving you the opportunity to work with a half ton animal with a mind of its own – the horse.

Between you and the horse, one of you will become the leader. If you don’t step up into the leadership role the horse will and before you know it they will be doing exactly what they want to do, which is mostly eating grass!

Who are the team development coaching programmes for?

Whether you are looking for a fun team-building day out or breakthrough team development training programme, our Learning to Listen trainers will deliver beyond your expectations.

No horse experience required

No horse experience is necessary at all as you will be taught basic skills and be given a health and safety brief on the day.

THE WARRIOR PROGRAMME

What is the Warrior Programme?

The Learning to Listen Warrior Programme is a personal and professional development programme designed to get to the heart of what you need to work on in this moment.

You may be looking to raise your confidence, speak up more, be more honest, take stock of your life, improve your relationships, work on your leadership skills or deal with conflict in a healthier and more effective way. Whatever your reason, the Warrior Programme will help you explore where you need to achieve a breakthrough.

We do encourage you to visit us before embarking on the programme; this is an opportunity to have all your questions answered, meet us and the horses and make sure this is the right choice for you.

BENEFITS OF OUR WARRIOR PROGRAMME

Know Thy Self

Raising awareness, removing limiting beliefs, breaking old patterns, moving from fear to love, personal contracting and generally recognising how our own ‘maps’ of the world create our reality.

Leadership

Looking at how you lead yourself, your family, your children & your life. Becoming an authentic leader, recognising the roles you play and how you can be true to yourself.  Creating internal and external environments which enable others to follow you.

Adversity

Looking at what’s not working for you, taking responsibility for your choices and behaviours, being honest and supporting you with strategies in ‘holding your shape’.

Teamwork

Looking at how you work in a team/family, how you are communicating your needs and what you want, how you offer feedback and set clear boundaries.

Success

Looking at how you celebrate your successes, no matter how small and how we are modelling this for others. Celebrating your success with others in the group and your life.

Ready to make a change?

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Help Through Difficult Times

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"Jack is finding most aspects of life extremely difficult at the moment, but has expressed that his time at Learning to Listen on a Tuesday, is when he is at his happiest."

What Our Students Say

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"I did not expect to be where I am now, this time last year"

"I would like to spend more time here, I feel listened to and supported."

"I can feel my confidence is growing."

What Our Students Say

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"I feel alive."

"The English tutor is brilliant here. I would definitely recommend her, she makes it fun."

"I feel like I fit in there."

"The coaches are hilarious , they are always laughing and full of banter."

What a lovely, solid foundation you've given my daughter

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"I wanted to let you know my daughter been on an absolute cloud since Friday. She spent Saturday and Sunday putting pictures into the journal you gave her and then writing long entries in another notebook, smiling and singing the entire time. Thank you so much for helping her have a great experience at Learning to Listen. She was convinced everything would go wrong, and you all had the patience and know-how to show her things are naturally up and down, but it's how we face it that can make it ultimately positive. Believe me, I understand what you were up against in changing her mind/giving her the right circumstances to learn for herself. What a lovely, solid foundation for her to be on as she goes forward."

 

Family coaching for Mother and Daughter with Autism Spectrum Condition

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“I wanted to email you and the team to say how amazing I think you are and to give you some specific feedback about what you did especially well. Firstly, that you met *Sophie with kindness and flexibility and you were quickly able to see that what she says and what she means are often so very far apart! You stayed true to your processes throughout and you worked hard to show her that she could trust you and that you would always listen.

 

I Didn't Like Being With Other Children

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“When I first came to the farm I didn’t enjoy being in large groups or being with other children my age at all. The farm has taught me how to keep and create healthy relationships with both the children and coaches.
I’m able to recognise when I use the skills I get from the farm in everyday life.”
Naomi, 16

I completed my training as a transformational coach through Learning to Listen

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"This 10 month journey was the most transformative experience of my life. I got to know myself on an incredibly deep level - both my shadows and my light - and learnt how to push my edges, heal and grow through it all .

This amazing course also facilitates equine coach training with these majestic animals."

 

Thank You!

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“Thank you to the team for making Hayley’s first session go so well. Hayley loved it! She has been very anxious over the weekend and worried about going but when she got back in the car she said “liked it” which is a big compliment.”

Parent testimonial

Equine Coaching Training

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"As someone who has only ever experienced conventional talking therapy before, equine coaching is completely refreshing and enlivening- instead of talking about your feelings you are actually living with them as you interact with the horse and witness your own emotions and energy mirrored back to you."

Making Positive Changes

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"'I was full of fear and hurt and hiding away not wanting to be seen yet yearning for change and for someone to notice me and help me. There was my problem, I needed to help myself and to notice me and understand me and feel me."

High Standard of Coaching

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"Sarah and Joanne our course facilitators are two women with passion and integrity who lead from the front. Being in their presence and seeing how they coach, hold space, question and challenge us set a very high standard for our coaching practice. I think their accredited coaching qualifications are quite possibly one of the best in the industry because they get to the heart of what it means to be a coach."

Professional Training

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"They are not teaching gimmicky frameworks or techniques . Their core teaching is that 'each of us hold our own answers' . Even as coaches we are not there to give advice, solve our clients problems or guide them towards a specific way of thinking . We are there to help them remember that they have all the answers inside of them. Transformation can be painful at times , but on he other side of the deepest resistance s the greatest of freedom."

Group Coach Makes Big Transformation

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"'I have gone from blushing and going completely blank in 15-minute group coaching practice to facilitating full sessions for my practice clients. I have seen a huge shift in my relationship with my fears and how to deal with them."

Family coaching for Mother and Daughter with Autism Spectrum Condition

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From a professional point of view, seeing how the horse’s kind of translate and amplify whatever the human is experiencing was so interesting. It was also great to see you have complete faith in the approach and models that you use even when things were tricky. In my background we always said that ’the wisdom is in the system’ which applied to both the process and to the individuals’ own systems. It’s something I truly believe, and it was great to see you doing your version of that.”

Thank You For Helping My Son

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"My son attended the farm with very challenging and violent behaviour, along with severe anxiety. The Farm have been able to work with him and help him understand his own behaviours and when crisis will happen. Only after a few weeks I could see the change and now months later we have a new boy in our life. Home life is so much better."

One to One Coaching

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"'The knowledge and understanding I have gained from this course has altered all relationships I have. The fear of avoiding was far greater than the fear of embracing, listening and talking but not now."

WOW! Thank You

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“I wanted to message earlier and say “WOW”! She was like a different child today after the session, she was telling me all about it and in her words… “It was the best session ever!”.
She said she enjoyed it so much. Thank You! I’m so proud of her and all she’s achieved today.”
Parent testimonial.

Learning to Listen Has Enhanced My Life

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"'My life has been rich and colourful so far and for the most part I was letting life happen to me but now life is happening for me, I have taken back control and I make my decisions for me for who I really am."

I Will Take All I Have Learned Into My Future

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“Thank you for helping me form healthy and safe ways of improving my mental health whilst giving me independence. I will miss the people and animals so much but will take everything I have learnt into the future with me.”
Rebecca, 16

Positive Changes

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"'This course has been the most transformational, life-changing thing I have every embarked upon. The friendships I have made and the journey I have been on with them and within myself is incredible."

I Really Love It Here

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“Thank you so much for letting me come here, this is really helping me. I love it here.”

Shane, 14

I'm Now A Better Coach

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"'My coaching this month has been with a focus on letting go of the thoughts of the ego and tuning into my intuition in its fullest form. It's hard to put into words as it is something that is felt and doesn't come from the mind; through following the energy and emotions beyond the words a client is saying, I can feel where the client is and am able to empathise more deeply."

I'm Excited for the Future

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"Thank you both so much for everything you and the course have given me. You've literally changed my life and I'm excited by what the future holds for me as I continue to grow and push on with my personal development and my coaching practice."

A Different Perspective

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“Riding Bonnie gives you a whole different perspective – physically and emotionally.”

Mark, 14

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