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Whoever came up with the expression "lazy hazy days of summer" was not a farmer or an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) practitioner.  It's hazy here in NY all right, but lazy...not so much!

If you are in the midst of equine assisted learning summertime programs, we'd love to hear about your experiences.  Send me an e-mail, and let's get the conversation started How are you  promoting?  What's working?   My own experience this summer is that once we turned on the marketing spigot, clients eagerly signed up for intensive, priced right (not cheap) workshops every other weekend, and we are getting inquiries about 3-day corporate retreats.  Which goes to show: you set intentions, and it happens, just like it does with the horses in the arena.  

If you have not started your business, and are thinking about getting certified, look to others who took the plunge.  A good example is Virginia Slachman.  She completed the C2-C3 certification in Virginia in May.  It all "sunk in," as she said, and her first workshop felt like "she had been doing this for 200 years."  Thanks for the photos, Virginia, they say it all.

Of note, the UK training was amazing, scroll down for the full story.  Special thanks to Rosie Tomkins for opening your beautiful facility, and to E3A master trainers extraordinaires Lissa Pohl and Ginny Telego.

Trust the horses, trust the process, trust yourself, and start marketing!  Your horses and your clients will be grateful for it.

Have a great summer everyone.
Happy trails,


Marie-Claude Stockl

Scenes from newly certified member Virginia Slachman's first program
United Kingdom Certification - A Big Success
By Lissa Pohl

On June 5 -7 and 9 - 11 E3A held its first international certification at Cherry Orchard Farm near Bath, England. It was extremely well received by all eight participants with everyone emphasizing how thankful they were to E3A for finally coming to the UK. Our two German participants, Simone and Wolfgang, have been to many different EAL workshops and certifications, both in the US and in Europe, and they expressed that the E3A model is exactly what they have been looking for and will enable them to move more confidently into doing this work with corporate clients. One of our participants from Dublin Ireland area, was equally impressed with our curriculum and model and is looking forward to future collaborations.

On the one day between C2 and C3 master trainers Ginny Telego and Lissa Pohl attended  "Voice of The Horse", the Equine Assisted & Facilitated Practitioners Network Conference just 1.5 hours north of Cherry Orchard Farm in the Cotswold area of England. While there, they had several conference participants express strong interest in what E3A has to offer. Claire Misson, the conference organizer, said that she will be happy to support our endeavors through the network.

We left the UK with eight new raving E3A fans and many more contacts that will assist us in creating certifications over in the UK and Europe. Here is some of what our participants had to say:
  • It's a great training for doing corporate work with horses!
  • Wish I had known about this course 8 years ago. It would have short cut the learning process
  • A well put together program on how to facilitate, meaningful and deep change within teams, delivered by people with a real knowledge of teams and leadership, not just horses.
Thanks to Rosie Tomkins, the  Bed & Breakfast staff and her lovely horses, for hosting this delightful certification.

Newly certified E3A practitioners came from the UK, Ireland and Germany to attend C2 and C3 in England and are joined by facilitators Ginny Telego (third from left) and Lissa Pohl (second from right).
Upcoming Training - Certification & Enrichment
Upcoming C2/C3 Trainings

Reno or New York? You have two great choices for Level I certification in the fall. So now is the time to register if you would like to be Level I certified before the end of the year in the E3A method of facilitation. We have August and September offerings of C1, the prerequisite to the C2/C3 arena trainings. Our Reno training location for C2/C3 is tried and true, offering beautiful scenery and amazing equine partners. And we are proud to be offering our first C2/C3 training at GallopNYC in the heart of New York City. Best of all, we have excellent master trainers in both locations! So, head out for the Wild West or pack your bags for the Big Apple. You won't go wrong with either choice.

For a complete list of the 2018 Calendar of Events & Trainings, click here.
Interested in becoming certified in 2018?  
Act now and you could be certified in 2018 for as little as $2075*.  
Level 1 certification consists of a Teleclass (C1), plus 6 days (C2 and C3)
under the tutelage of two master trainers in the arena.  
We limit enrollment to small groups to give you lots of personal attention.

  • (two dates to choose from):
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • Teleclass: Class open to members only. Non-members should join E3A, then register. $75 per person
  • Time:  7 PM ET; 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, and 4 PM PT.
    1.5 hours duration teleclass.
  • Registration closes 3 days prior to the event. Register here.   
C2: Foundations of Equine Experiential Education Facilitation - Nevada
  • When: Thursday, October 04, 2018 to Saturday, October 06, 2018
  • : Reno, NV 
  • 3 day arena seminar from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT daily 
  • Registration closes 7 days prior to the event. Register here.
  • When: Sunday, October 07, 2018 to Tuesday, October 09, 2018
  • : Reno, NV 
  • 3 day arena seminar 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT each day 
  • Registration closes 7 days prior to the event. Register here.
C2: Foundations of Equine Experiential Education Facilitation - New York
  • When: Monday, October 15, 2018 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • : Howard Beach, NY
  • 3 day arena seminar from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT daily 
  • Registration closes 7 days prior to the event. Register here.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Howard Beach, NY
  • 3 day arena seminar 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT each day 
  • Registration closes 7 days prior to the event. Register here.

Having trouble registering? Call us at 775-376-2530

Level II Certification
Go to Level II E3A Certified Advanced Practitioner to find out how Level II Certification through E3A can help your EAL business!  
Level II Certification is a competency-based training that will give you confidence in designing and executing your EAL workshops. As part of the training, you are mentored through the process of conducting a workshop using the E3A facilitation method with an actual client.  
Level II Certification is also a prerequisite for becoming an E3A master trainer. So take your business and professional development to the next level with E3A Level II certification!
Appreciative Inquiry Replay
In case you missed the May network meeting on how to use appreciative inquiry as part of your E3A facilitation, you can find a recording of the network meeting using the information below.
Replay By Phone: 
Dial - (206) 402-0103  
Replay ID - 105-984-300# 

Successful Certification in Northern Kentucky
Starts 2018 on a Positive Note

In early May, eleven participants descended upon Kentucky to attend both the C2 and C3 arena classes. The location in the Central Mid-Western region made it convenient for master trainers Ginny Telego (Ohio) and Lissa Pohl (KY) to facilitate this adventuresome group.

We had two more participants from Singapore, which brings the total number of folks in Singapore who have been certified by E3A up to five. Hazel and Evangelyn braved the chilly temperatures (50's 70's), drove on the other side of the road for the first time and amazed everyone with their proficiency in English. They both got their first riding lesson from Shannon Carr, and rumor has it that there is a photo of Hazel riding one of the horses backwards!

Speaking of horses... we could not have asked for better horse facilitators, thanks to Shannon Carr's good eye for equines and her strong horse sense. Several participants wanted to pack Thunder, the wonder pony, into their bags to take him home with them.

All participants came away with a much deeper understanding of what it takes to facilitate transformational learning using the DIPIT questions and follow up testimonials speak to the power of the E3A model and the way the program has set them up for success.

Member Spotlight on JoAnne Ernsberger
Meet JoAnne Ernsberger, founder and director of Equissential Growth Strategies LLC. 

JoAnne is a lively and engaging speaker, with a sincere interest in helping people to embrace their gifts and to achieve their goals. She does this with the combination of traditional methods, as well as equine assisted experiential education. JoAnne has been an E3A Charter Member since 2008. She received her certification in 2014.

Equissential's programs include:  
  • Corporate and Special Group/Team strengthening - Leadership empowerment - Coaching - Family Dynamics Programs, including State agency Foster Child Programs - Retreats -  the EPIC platform of the DiSC assessments
  • With over 35 years of experience with horses, JoAnne's combination of skills greatly impacts participation for lasting change.  Her education is in psychology, business and the arts.  She is a Certified EAL Practitioner, is working toward a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is an experienced Corporate Trainer.  JoAnne is a native Delawarean, and resides with her husband, her three lovely mares, Emma her dog, her cats and hens.
"The Backyard Barn Foundation" is JoAnne's non profit corporation.  This entity also offers Equine Assisted Learning activities for youth, children, women, seniors, and families, including veterans, that are designed for personal growth, improved communication, empathy, and problem solving. Moreover, the non profit encompasses mentoring and Life Skills Training -  and is embracing the start of the  "Youth Leadership Institute", a funded bridge gap between counselors, schools, families, community.

The engagement with horses and caring facilitators strengthens and empowers participants, helping them to develop their full potential.

A day in JoAnne's "Backyard Barn"

Join E3A!
If you are not a member of E3A, we'd like to invite you to join us.  There are many benefits to being an E3A member, including free Community Network Meetings, great people to network and exchange ideas with, and some opportunities that are only open to our members.  Check them out at  under Membership.   

Want to be more involved?
We have plenty of volunteer opportunities. Call us to let us know how you want to help. Remember, every horse in the herd plays a role in the herd's success...What part will you play in OUR herd? 

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