Equihands combines a natural outdoor environment, good food and interaction with horses to deliver hands-on learning experiences for professional, educational and personal goals.
View our Youtube playlist channel here to find out how Equihands can help with Leadership and Team Building skills.
Watch this short video from our launch event for the Equihands Youth Leadership Program.
Video produced by BL Media Solutions.
Why choose us?
There is confusion in the market about the difference between Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Therapy. We are clear about the distinction - so much so that founder and lead facilitator - Linda Wong - is completing a PhD on this topic.
Equihands is designed around Equine Assisted Learning using the theory of Kolb's Experiential Learning. Our focus is on experiential learning and NOT therapy.
We have done our research and continue our professional development in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning. Linda is the first in Australia to obtain her Certificate Level IV in Equine Assisted Learning from the UK (2018).
Our goal is to set a quality standard in Australia for Equine Assisted Learning to ensure learners achieve outcomes.
Equihands Youth Leadership Program
As a result of receiving a grant from the Geelong Community Foundation, Hands of Change was able to offer our Equihands Program for free to youth (ages 9 to 13) for leadership development. Between July 2019 and March 2020, we delivered seven program series to a total of 43 participants.
We are pleased to offer additional series and due to Covid will be offering an online version soon.
Each program series is delivered 1 day per week (for 2 hours) over 4 weeks. The skills explored over the four weeks include:
- Observation skills
- Listening and communication skills
- Team work
- Presentation skills
To register your interest in this program or to find out the program dates, please contact us.
Equihands for Individuals
The individual experiences are one-on-one between the individual and horse/facilitator. Experiences are designed to:
- Assist you in recognising the underlying cause of your emotions and actions
- Facilitate a process where you are able to take accountability for own action(s)
- Provide you with the tools to self-manage
- Promote sustainable outcomes
We offer an Introductory session where you can determine if this program is right for you. The cost is $50 + gst / per person for a 90-minute session.
If you determine that Equihands is right for you, we will customise a program to meet your requirements. Our standard follow-up session fees are:
- $75 + gst / per person for a 2-hour session.
- $100 + gst / per person for a half-day session. (includes lunch and morning or afternoon tea).
If you are registered with NDIS, the applicable fee is $35.00/per person for a two-hour session and $50/per person for a half-day session. Our support category is “Innovative Community Participation (item number 09-008-0116-6-3).
A short video of a group interacting with the herd.
Equihands for Groups
The leadership experience uses activities in an equine related environment to explore the skills most desired in a leader. As a group and/or individually, reflections of how own behaviours as a leader impact on others will be pursued.
The team experience uses activities in an equine related environment to:
- explore team dynamics
- identify with roles we play
- practice the art of listening and communication
$150 + gst / per person / per day
(minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 10)
All profits are used to pay it forward to one of the Support Areas found on the Support Us page.
If you would like to discuss your requirements, please contact us.
Fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We recommend group sizes of no more than 10.