Hosted by Jo Pickett
Donovan Park Sport Horses & Rehab Services
I hosted the EAGALA 5 Days Fundamentals training here in Tasmania 13-17 November, 2017 at “Violet Banks” indoor arena, owned by Mrs Sue &Mr Hugh MaGuire in the picturesque Meander Valley at Westbury. This training is an annual event that is held in a different location annually.
The Westbury RSL catered for the event providing delicious & wholesome choices for morning tea, lunch & afternoon teas. Participants utilized the local B&B & Hotel accommodation in Westbury & Deloraine, 5 minutes from the venue. All participants supported the local cuisine throughout the week, including the food vans on the ‘Village Green’. There were many positive comments about the community spirit & friendliness of all here in Westbury. The Westbury Works Depot of the Meander Valley Council provided the seating for this event. I am very grateful & appreciative of the local community support for this event.
This training was fully booked with 33 participants from Japan, America, UK, New Zealand, Australia & Tasmania. Our two international trainers, Mark & Tracie travelled from America & UK. This training was attended by first timers working towards their initial Eagala certification, either as a Mental Health Professional or an Equine Specialist. There were also experienced Eagala practicioners’ renewing their certification. The participants came from a diverse range of working environments including all male prisons, autistic farms & centres, indigenous juvenile correction facilities, youth hostels, diverse practice eagala facilities & education systems.
I provided two therapy herds for the training. The first herd consisting of my regular herd being a clydieX, warmblood, welshD & Palouse pony. The second herd consisted of three borrowed white shetlands & my arabian riding pony. The two very different herds provided diversity throughout the five days & kept them fresh & keen participants.
It is always wonderful catching up with fellow Eagala practicioners’ & meeting new like-minded people, but I was most excited about the seven Tasmania people present at the training. Six of these being new to Eagala. This is a huge bonus for Tasmania as we can now extend & expand the Eagala Model around Tasmania, working towards our goal of having these services available & accessible to everyone in all areas.
Special thanks to ABC Radio who have supported me & covered our event & who continue to provide air-time to support our cause.
The next EAGALA 5 Days Fundamentals training will be held in Geelong, Victoria May 2018.
For more EAGALA information & training details visit www.eagala.org