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2011 IFEAL Grads

IFEAL Graduation

UK, June 2011


On June 10, 2011 the IFEAL graduation took place after a full week with facilitators and practice clients.  The new facilitators, Dawn Oakley Smith, Angela Green, and Debbie King have successfully completed the program they began last September.   

Barbara's Horses - day off
2011 IFEAL Herd

Their integrity, enthusiasm and complete understanding of the work fill me with hope and joy for the continuation of Equine  Facilitated Learning in the UK and worldwide.  Sun Tui, Barbara Murray and Shelley Carr continue to inspire and teach others through their combined gifts and talents.

2011 Barbara Murray
Barbara Murray

Do You Speak Horse or Human to Your Equine Co-Facilitator?

By Drea Bergquist-Bowen



Those of us drawn to equine facilitated learning and psychotherapy come to this field for our own reasons and with our own special set of experiences and level of horsemanship. I started my EFL journey with a solid knowledge of horses and a knowing of how my relationships with my herd had, without question, changed my life. I was searching for the explicit knowledge to understand why this work is so meaningful and powerful and a skill base to help others experience what I had experienced with my herd.

Drea's Herd (from website) 

Being a passionate student of equine behavior, social bonding in particular, I have noticed that the same concepts that are so transformative for humans in their work with horses, work in reverse for the horses when we are aware of that potential. The more I thought about this, the clearer I could see how each of the horses in my herd had changed their own neural patterns and behaviors as they found their way to trusting and bonding with me. In the process of building a trusting, respectful social bond with the horses in my herd, I absolutely had been doing this work for my horses just as they had for me. I think of it as human experiential learning.


Horses are not unlike humans, they manifest ingrained neural patterns based on their life experiences. Very few of the horses we work with will be free of the consequences of conforming to a human world where most people don't speak their language. See more...   


Recently a good friend, Eve Lee, and I were sitting on her porch overlooking a pond where geese, ducks, and a family of sand hill cranes called home.  In the nearby arena her three geldings waited for us to do "our work."  It was a beautiful spring morning with steam rising from the river beyond; an idyllic mid-west morning with a good friend and a great cup of coffee. 

cranes at eve lees


Our musings turned towards our life's work and the impact we both felt we still wanted to make on the world.  By previous generations' standards we "should" be talking about retirement, but retiring from what?   Subsequently, I have spent the last couple of weeks playing with words and ideas to describe how I want to live my life and inspire others.



In  pondering, I recalled Erik Erikson's 8 stages of life concept.  Erikson (1902-1994) believed that culture has a massive influence on behavior and that more emphasis should be placed on the external world.  His teaching was contrary to the beliefs held by the Freudians of his time.  Erikson felt that the course of development is determined by the body (genetic biological programming), the mind (psychological), and the culture (ethos) of the time.  Interestingly, Erikson based his premise partly on his studies with the Sioux Indians. 


When Googling his name I found that Erikson's 7th stage - which he describes as "Middle Adulthood" (35 to 65) - is when we can be in the state of Generativity, or self-absorption and stagnation.  This stage of generativity applies the basic human strengths of productivity and care. He believed that this stage, where an individual has the option of caring for others and being productive, is a necessary step in development; without this people may fall into a place of self-absorption and stagnation.


The last, or 8th stage (65 to death), he describes as Integrity or despair.  The basic strengths of Wisdom can be felt when we can look back on our lives with contentment and know that we have made a contribution. We have gained wisdom and compassion through caring for others; committing to a cause or belief greater than our individual egos, and inspiring future generations. Since most of us do not have personal role models in continuing beyond 65 years of age, I believe that our opportunity is to combine the Generativity of the Middle stage with the Wisdom of the of Late stage,  thus my concept of Conscious Generativity.  I also realized that, although, the discussion was centered on how Eve and I want to live, teach, and inspire others, this concept of Conscious Gernerativity applies to many of the people I engage with on a daily basis.


For example, in the late 80's and early 90's IBM was laying off workers who once thought they would stay with IBM until "full retirement" at age 65.  Many of the people were confused, scared and totally unprepared for a new career.  An outplacement firm hired me to provide a series of inspirational talks designed to motivate and encourage a revised frame of reference for the former employees' current situations.  One of the talks I gave was called, "There are no more Gold Watches." Some received the news of early retirement with anger and resentment feeling they had been "done wrong".  However, a few people took this as an opportunity to create and design a new life.  Since the IBM lay offs I have counseled, coached, mentored, and taught these people, the ones who are interested in seeking a better way to live and to reach out to others. 

Eve Lee's horse

The field of Equine Facilitated Learning was not even practiced consciously until the early 90's.  We did not even have a name for it then, but trust me the horses were doing the work and just waiting for us to listen (See "Unexpected Grace" As I describe in "Unexpected Grace," it was the horses that really taught me how to "hold the Sacred Space of Possibility" for people and for our animal friends. 


One would have to be living under a rock today to not be affected by the confusion, fear, and uncertainty generated by the recent economic, political, and environmental events of the last couple of years.  Since most of us are still in the process of Generativity (creating, providing and generating), it is more important now than ever for each of us discover our life's work.  When I talk about moving from possibility to probability---it is about living bigger from the heart.  So please join me in this concept of Conscious Generativity and challenge others to do the same. As the Hopi elders teach, "We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for."


In addition to Conscious Generativity, I continue to teach what I call the psychological, spiritual, and scientific concepts underlying EFL in my mentoring programs  and with my colleagues in Canada, UK and, New York.  See below for information on an August workshop with Drea Bergquist- Bowen in Washington and with Eva Balzer in September in Germany.


My gratitude goes out to Eve Lee (www.equinemagic.com) and her herd, especially Doc.  My appreciation and sincere thanks go to all of the students and the horses who have taught me more than they know. Thank you Wendy and Andre in Canada (www.horsespiritconnections.com), Sun Tui in the UK (www.ifeal.me), and Lisa Murrell in New York (www.equinealchemy.com).


Kathleen in EnglandMany Blessings,

Expand your EFL Knowledge in Washington

Expand your Equine Facilitated Knowledge & Grow Your Practice

August 19 - 21, 2011, Silverdale, Washington

Equine Assisted Coaching, Equine Facilitated Learning & Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy with Kathleen Barry Ingram, hosted by Drea Bergquist- Bowen.

Montana (photo by Sharol Hall)
Montana (photo by Sharol Hall)

Would you like to learn more about integrating your life skills, experience, and education for a successful and fulfilling equine facilitated learning practice? Drea and I have noticed that facilitators/instructors sometimes have difficulty differentiating between Equine Facilitated Learning, Equine Assisted Coaching and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Our intention with this workshop is to assist others to understand when these types of facilitation overlap; when discernment is necessary; how to combine some of the practices and principles unique to each; and how to assess your specific skill set and gifts to identify your individual practice.

Drea and horse
Drea Bergquist-Bowen

The balance and integration of science and spirituality, and wisdom and psychology in your life and your practice will also be part of our conversations and support during our time together in Washington. The latest research on the brain and the limbic system will be presented and discussed as well as how it all supports the efficacy of our work with the horses.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to connect with like minded people! You can also schedule some individual time with Kathleen, Drea and the herd.

Total Cost for Friday - Sunday Workshop: $500 (includes lunch Saturday and Sunday, snacks and beverages)  


Nonrefundable deposit: $100 payable to Drea Bergqusit Bowen

To pay by Pal Pal invoice with credit card contact Drea at: 


To pay by check mail check to: 12620 Willamette Meridian, Silverdale, WA 98383


Visit www.SacredPlaceOfPossibility.com for more information and accommodation suggestions.

Additional Workshop Thursday, August 18, 2011:  Why Equine Facilitating Learning?: A Day for Mental Health Professionals.

Contact Drea Bergquist-Bowen for details (drea.b.bowen@gmail.com



The Way of the Horse

Balancing Relationships through The Way of the Horse

September 16-18, 2011, Dusseldorf, Germany


kathleen, eva boundaries
Kathleen & Eva Maria

How do you find balance in all of your relationships?  During these 3 days, the horses can help you to better understand your emotions and the messages behind these emotions.  Get to know your own boundaries and experience and feel your boundaries in a whole new way with humans and horses.  Specific exercises are designed to help you learn more about your body's innate wisdom and the body language of others.

How can you be more authentic in all of your relationships?  By learning more about our survival patterns and beliefs, which often unconsciously guide us, we can live from a place of authenticity in the present moment.  The horses - as consummate teachers -mirror and demonstrate when our feelings and thoughts inside match our behavior outside and allow us the opportunity to heal and move into a place of thriving, not merely surviving.


Please join us for this non-riding workshop. Previous horse experience is not necessary. The workshop will be held in English with German translation when needed.  This is an approved Epona beginning workshop (www.eponaquest.com)

Kathleen will be available for individual sessions 3 days prior to workshop and 2 days following workshop dates.

Cost:  495€    Snacks and vegetarian lunch will be provided each day.

For more information about the workshop, overnight accommodations and to register contact:

Eva Marie Balzer  
Coaching for Humans and Animals   
Stockweg 143  
45481 Mulheim  


Phone: +49 (0)2102 5283278
Email: kontakt@evabalzer.de

Kathleen Barry Ingram, LLC
3132 N. Gill
Tucson, Arizona 85719

"I am very honored to be mentored by Kathleen. To have access to her infinite wisdom and depth of knowledge is a great privilege. I finally feel as though I am beginning to really understand the true essence of the EFL work. I also feel very inspired and supported by our mentoring relationship. Thank you Kathleen for giving me this wonderful opportunity, and to the Universe for bringing our paths together."

Beth Godwin
Cambridge, New Zealand