EAGALA fundamental training program - a huge success!

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

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