26-29 Sep 2013
10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
4-6 October 2014
We are growing worldwide. Grow with us at the
2013 EAHAE conference for the first time in the United States!
9th Annual EAHAE International Conference
26-29 September 2013, Thursday
19:00h - Sunday 16:00h
Cleveland area, Ohio/USA
Business as a Force for Good...
"May The Horse Be With You"
Listening to the wisdom of horses
Inspiring each others innovations and creative ideas
Sharing best practices
Gathering new knowledge and skills
Recommitting to values and ideals
Learning from world renown educators of
- Appreciative Inquiry,
- Compassionate Coaching,
- Emotional Intelligence and
- Inclusive Leadership
Strengthening our community connection and spirit
Agata is owner and managing director of HorseSense, a company
offering Horse Assisted Education development programs, Licensed
HorseDream Partner since 2006, ambassador member of the European
Association for Horse Assisted Education (EAHAE). For 10 years, she has been
working as Manager in an international consulting company
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany and then in Poland. Her
experience gained by managing teams both in her home country and
abroad resulted in her great understanding of leading processes
and of the organizations. She is pioneer of Horse Assisted
Education in Poland. Her company has offered seminars with
horses as trainers for corporate clients since 2006.
In 1974, a co-founder of TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, Inc.),
Barbara utilized her skills as a Pony Club instructor to teach -
TROT. While acting as resource developer, director of instruction,
and executive director, she taught 45 weekly volunteers safe helping
and handling techniques, schooled and trained 12 horses and ponies,
supervised and developed assistant therapeutic riding instructors,
while teaching 4 to 6 half day sessions of TROT classes for
approximately 80 students weekly.
In 1989 - 90, at The College of the Holy Names in Oakland, CA, she
obtained a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Spiritual
Psychology. While at the Institute of Culture and Creation Centered
Spirituality, she worked as an intake counselor and group
facilitator for near death and dying youth, and women with homebound
disabilities, at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, CA.
While completing her thesis, she worked as the manager for
NCEFT (National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy) in Woodside,
CA. She is a 1965 graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in
Philosophy and English.
In the early 90's Barbara developed the therapeutic riding programs
at Sierra Tucson Hospital and co-founded FETE, Medicine Horse, in
Flagstaff, AZ. At Sierra Tucson, a private psychiatric hospital, she
developed and coordinated Sierra Tucson's Integrated Riding Resource
Program for adolescents, family week treatment, the eating disorders
and trauma resolution units, while training the hospital medical
staff in her model for equine facilitated experiential process work
- now trademarked as ADVENTURES IN AWARENESS™ (AIA).
Barbara has developed the AIA/EEL Institute workshops and training
seminars where the professional facilitation skills and teaching
techniques of the AIA interactive equine exercises are learned and
practiced. Educators, health, horse and other animal professionals
are provided a residential experiential "learning through doing"
opportunity to develop competency in the principles, theory, and
practice of Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) and practice of
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) utilizing the structural
format of AIA.
Barbara co-founded EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health
Association), a section of NARHA (North American Riding for the
Handicapped. She is both a NARHA and an EFMHA board member. Barbara
serves on NARHA Ways and Means and Standards Committees and EFMHA's
Curriculum Development and Standards Committees. Her first book, is
The Handbook of Equine Experiential Learning - through the lens of
ADVENTURES IN AWARENESS™. Book #2, AIA's JOURNEY RIDE is a work in
progress. Barbara is a founding board member for Animal Therapy
Association (ATA - recently fused with PAN) which seeks to develop
animal assisted therapy as a profession, link existing 'model'
practices, and generate educational degree programs. Barbara is also
serving as Secretary on The Commission for Certification of Equine
Facilitated Mental Health & Education Professionals.
Christina is founder of PITTS-ALDRICH ASSOCIATES, and has been
consulting and coaching in varied organizations over the past 20
years, leveraging learning in prior careers as a university
administrator, educator, business executive and attorney. She’s a
writer and a poet, a former marathoner, sailor and tennis champion.
Now her passion is horses, coming home to a childhood dream.
Building upon recent professional development through Lake Erie
College, Spirit of Leadership LLC, HorseDream, and Gestalt Institute
Cleveland, she and her partner, Lynne Aldrich, launched in 2011
HorsePlay HP2 - Human Potential Horse-Powered as their preferred
methodology for supporting Leadership and Team Development, Change
Management, Strategic Planning, and more, as well as Executive and
Personal Coaching. Their business model is “Have Program, Will
Travel!” taking their work to where clients and horses reside.
internationally acclaimed speaker, trainer, facilitator and coach. David is
also a life learner in congruent horsemanship. He lives in Windsor, England,
with his wife, two children and four horses. He is passionate about people
and their amazing potential. David says
“We are all stars, sometimes we need to learn to shine”. He is the founder
of Acorns2Oaks (A2O) together with his wife Sharon. The vision of A2O is for
its clients to experience “Success on Your Terms”, whatever success is.
Diana Bilimoria PhD, USACase Western Reserve
University Weatherhead School of ManagementDr. Diana Bilimoria
researches and teaches topics that include: Inclusive leadership, How do
individuals achieve their fullest potential as leaders and contributors in
organizations? How can workplaces tap into all the capabilities of
leadership and diversity? She is an expert in how leadership development can
transform individuals, groups, and organizations. Her studies have helped
corporate, educational, and nonprofit organizations reinvent themselves and
establish practices that attract and retain a high-performance, diverse
Gerhard is owner and managing director at G&K
HorseDream GmbH and EAHAE president. He holds a university degree M.A. in
Contemporary German Literature and Political Science.
He is working as an
entrepreneur since 1983, started IT-Trainings in 1986 and founded HorseDream
in 1996 together with his wife Karin. They both started with horse assisted
leadership seminars and team trainings on the market in 1998 with horses as
medium and catalyst. Gerhard founded EAHAE in 2004.
is President/CEO Cleveland Consulting Group Inc., a Native American and USMC
veteran owned firm.
He is a Consultant and Executive Coach. He coaches executives and board
members in strategic issues related to long term planning processes as well
as in day-to-day operating procedures. He provides insights in executive and
board processes to enhance relations by and between respective individuals,
such as settling disputes between Board Chairs and the CEO. Herb coaches and
consult executives and boards in the turnaround of failing financial
institutions and in the management of regulatory relations. He helps develop
executive talent as part of grooming for new positions as well as for long
term succession planning.
Herb is the founder of the Natural Passages a one year male initiation
program. It is a program that enables the core integrity of the man to
surface. It is designed to awaken, develop, and nurture the essence and
fullness of being a man in today’s world.
He is on the Board of
Trustees of The American Indian Education Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Herb
has spent the last decade reclaiming his Cherokee and Shawnee Indian
provides workshops around the country on indigenous healing practices.
Herb is a major support
of the work of Spirit of Leadership and in the care of the herd of horses.
works as consultant, coach, therapist and educator. She is the
founder and CEO of Spirit of Leadership LLC.
Jackie teaches at Case Western Reserve University
and the Gestalt Institute. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence
at Lake Erie College where she has founded and facilitates in
the “Experiential Learning with Horses” Professional
Practitioner Certificate training program. She lectures within
the U.S. Turkey, Israel and Mexico. Jackie lives in Ohio with
her Native American husband, herd of seven horses and a zebra,
wolf/dog, dogs and cat. She has learned from her horses that “A
herd is inclusive, everyone belongs, everyone is essential,
Jim (James) Kepner Ph.D.,
Jim is a
psychologist in private practice in Cleveland and on the
professional staff of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is
the author of the books Body Process: a Gestalt approach to
working with the body in therapy and Healing Tasks:
psychotherapy with adult survivors of childhood abuse. He
teaches Gestalt Body Process Psychotherapy internationally
He also co-developed subtle energy methods and teaches this work
www.pathwaysforhealing.com with applications to healing from
trauma, stress and supporting wellness.
Jim's presentation will be on the topic: The Energy of Joining.
Horses sense, relate and connect through the energy field they
generate around them and the energy of the earth. Jim has some
observations about how horses use subtle energy fields and some
practices we can do with each other to access this fascinating
realm of connection.
Juan is founder and president
at Checa Pichincha, Ecuador, a center of dressage and tame. The
facility of 7 hectares is designed to meet the physical and
mental necessities of the horses.
Juan has a real passion for horses
since age 5, began with classes vaulting, dressage and jumping
in Germany, Argentina and Ecuador. His studies conducted six
years of Industrial Engineering.
From childhood he was interested in the way we think and
understand the world from the point of view of the horse, and
looking for ways to improve your relationship with them, making
it easy for them. Horses marked his course and helped address
the decisions of his personal life. Most methods used for
training and horse management did not meet his expectations.
This led him to attend various courses around the world to
acquire new knowledge.
Jude of Leaders
by Nature is renowned for her visionary thinking and specialises in challenging
the status quo for continuous improvement. She leads by example with courage and
a huge heart and challenges people to go beyond what they believe is possible in
a way that feels safe, exciting and fun. And she’ll go there with you, step by
Jude combines 6 years of coaching and
leadership development expertise with 16 years of corporate leadership in IBM to
take leaders and corporate teams beyond their comfort zone to be extraordinary
leaders. Jude’s experience in IBM includes Service Manager for a variety of
Outsourcing contracts, European Business Operations and Cost Management Leader
(managing a budget of $1 billion). She was the Communications Partner to the UK
General Manager of the Services business and designed and implemented a Skills
Management strategy across Europe for over 28,000 people.
June has 25 years
experience working as an educator and leadership development consultant. Her
mission is to bring horses and people together to discover more effective ways
of leading and of creating a healthy community. June holds a Doctor of Education
degree in the field of Adult Learning from North Carolina State University.
attributes many of the lessons she learned about being a teacher
and a leader to the horses she has loved from childhood through
today. In 2004 she founded TeachingHorse LLC.
Doctoral Student at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead
School of Management and Assistant Professor of Business at
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.
Karen's research focuses on the derived benefits from
facilitated experiential learning using horses as a training
tool for management development. Specific attention is given to
the effective transfer of knowledge that results from training
that directly relates to individual's behavior at work. Her
research consists of qualitative interviews and a quantitative
study that provides insight into equine-assisted education and
the application to business.
Ken is the Founder and CEO of
Mobile Innovation Lab (MIL), a design consultancy based in
Northeast Ohio supporting clients to build the strength,
creative confidence, and skills they need to create positive
impact, and solve problems in the world. He works with Senior
Executives, teams and individuals to inspire people to
passionately share their energy to achieve a common goal,
increase self awareness, overcome assumptions and limiting
beliefs and empower them to reach their full potential.
graduating from the Equine Assisted Learning program at Lake
Erie College in 2009, he has worked with Spirit of Leadership as
a group facilitator delivering customized leadership, team
development, and personal growth programs that incorporate
Appreciative Inquiry, Human-Centered Design, Positive
Psychology, Embodied Empathy, Biomimicry and other
research-based tools that influence how people, organizations,
and communities learn, change, and transform.
Kim is an Equine Behaviorist,
Educator and Communicator, Certified Natural Trainer,
Facilitator of Horse-Human Development Learning, Certified
Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and Certified Centered Riding
Instructor. Kim's experiences have been an enriching lesson with
the human and the interaction with horses. Through this
participation, she observed firsthand, the misunderstanding many
owners have of their horses. All of these experiences and more
has pushed her to create an educational facility, "Nature of the
Horse", Horse and Human Development Center. The Center is the
realization of a vision of being able to be a guide and coach
offering growth between horses and riders in a holistic
Knowing and understanding the
nature of the horse allows her to create a quick rapport
resulting in trust, respect, and leadership. These are the
qualities that must be developed between horse and human to
create a beneficial bond.
Linda is an author, speaker, riding instructor and horse
trainer who has become an internationally- recognized
innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning and a
respected writer on the subject of Equine Facilitated
Her book The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and
Transformation through the Way of the Horse was selected as
one of the Top Ten Religion and Spirituality books of 2001
Her second book, Riding between the Worlds: Expanding Our
Potential through the Way of the Horse, was published in
Both books have been used as texts in university courses
across the country and have received appreciative reviews in
publications as diverse as Horse and Rider, Natural Horse,
IONS Noetic Sciences Review, Shift, Spirituality and Health,
Animal Wellness, The Equestrian News and Strides (the
magazine published by the North American Riding for the
Among her numerous lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada,
she was a presenter at the 2001 NARHA conference and was the
keynote speaker at the 2003 NARHA conference. She was also a
featured presenter at the 2004 International Transpersonal
María de Lourdes Quiroz Kepner, USA
Lourdes is a Gestalt therapist, coach, educator, Nervous
System Energy Work practitioner andfacilitates experiential
learning with horses. She brings her gifts and skills as a
Medicine Woman to all her work
She has published and presented widely on dreams, group
process and human development, and holds certificates in
Nervous System Energy Work, Gestalt Body Process
Psychotherapy and Gestalt Psychotherapy with specialties in
dreams, children and Music Therapy.
Lourdes was a co-founder and Academic Director of
UPADGestalt training institute and concurrently was also
Academic Director of the Masters in Human Development
Programat ITESO University, both in Guadalajara, Mexico
Stéphane is managing director at
EquiLibre-Coaching® which induces a different kind of
awareness that is sharper and deeper. In brief it is a
chosen accelerator to change.
It is a process that develops leadership in all meanings
of the word: leadership in the professional realm, in
managerial situations; self-leadership within the
framework of a personal development objective or to get
a personal project under way.
Steve Peplin, USA
CEO Talan Products Inc
Steve has strengthened his leadership and CEO skills
through “Horse Assisted Learning”. As part of our conference
panel he will share some of his experiences.
Talan Products is a leading
manufacturing organization that serves its customers,
employees, and shareholders by leveraging stamping and metal
working expertise to provide innovative product abd service
solutions with world class performance.