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Accredited Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators in Ireland

Welcome to the Festina Lente Register of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators who have graduated from the Festina Lente Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators Training Programme!

Festina Lente delivers an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators Training Programme.  Since it’s inception many Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators have graduated from the Programme, many of whom are successfully delivering EAL sessions in their area.  This is the only programme for Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators which has mainstream accreditation from Quality in Qualifications Ireland (QQI), click here to read more on our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators Training Programme.

This register has been developed in order to allow those interested in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators sessions to be able to source Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators that have undergone specific training which qualifies them to provide Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions to young people, teenagers and adults.  For a more in-depth look at the content of this course and what it covers, click here to read more on our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators Training Programme.

In addition to the training that Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators have received in Festina Lente, all registered facilitators are required to have:

  • A valid current, valid First Aid (Health and Safety Authority Approved) Certificate (renewed every two years).
  • A valid Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection – renewed every 3 years).
  • A Garda Vetting Clearance (updated every five years).

And finally, all facilitators on this register are required to engage in continuing professional development (CPD) which is either provided or approved by Festina Lente. This ensures that Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitators continue to growth their current skills and continue with their professional development.

We hope that you will be successful in finding an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator convenient to either where you live or where are visiting.

County Meath

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Name: Rita Dunne
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Qualifications: Festina Lente Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator – QQI Level 6, Festina Lente Therapeutic Riding Coach – QQI Level 6
Name of Business offering Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Sessions: Kells Equestrian Centre
Mobile: 086 8499201
Email address: RitaDunne2011@hotmail.com  
Website:  http://www.kellsequestrian.com/ 

Description of Services Offered:

At Kells Equestrian Centre Therapeutic Riding Sessions are tailored to all models of disability after assessment or referrals.  Fifteen Horses/Ponies are available for Equine Assisted Learning sessions. The facility is well equipped with secure indoor and outdoor enclosed arenas.All the animals are assessed for suitability to work with some very challenging briefs. Twenty eight Horses and Ponies work daily with mainstream riders.  Ten Horses/Ponies are trained and desensitised to the needs of Therapeutic Riding clients.   It is also available for other service users, RDAI, Special Olympics, Riding Club and Pony Club.

County Limerick:

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Name: Julie-Anne Griffith
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Qualifications: Festina Lente Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator – QQI Level 6 Distinction, Riding for the Disabled Association Group Coach, Post Graduate Certificate in Executive & Business Coaching (EMCC Senior Practitioner level), Leeds Beckett University (Merit 2015), Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider (2009), Master of Business Administration, Open University (2006), Fundamentals of Senior Management Diploma , Scottish Further Education Unit & Open University. (Merit 2004), British Horse Society Professional Accredited Coach Intermediate Teaching & Stable Managers Certificate (1997) 
Name of Business offering Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Sessions: Empower Contracting Ltd Trading as Recree8
Mobile: 0044 (0)7968746246
Email address: julie-anne@recree8.com
Website:  http://www.recree8.com/equine-assisted-leadership/

Description of Services Offered:

I am delighted to bring together my two passions, helping both horses and people to achieve their potential, through our equine assisted learning experiences in Central Scotland and on the Cork/Limerick border. In Ireland I work in collaboration with Dr Caroline Murphy, a fellow EAL Facilitator, who is a retired GP bringing valuable learned experience of health & well-being in individuals and organisations. In Scotland I work in partnership with Lisa Brice from Horses for Courses to deliver leadership courses. Bespoke programmes can also be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and groups to develop social and emotional competencies through engagement with horses. Experienced with participants of all ages and abilities, including those with additional support needs and disadvantaged young people.

County Wicklow:

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Name: Siofra Hayes Moriarity, Suzanne Rice
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Qualifications: Festina Lente Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator – QQI Level 6
Name of Business offering Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Sessions: Festina Lente
Mobile: 0877458091
Email address: eal@festinalente.ie
Website:  http://www.festinalente.ie 

Description of Services Offered:

Festina Lente has been providing Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programmes for over 10 years. It is a process where people work with horses to develop their emotional growth, personal awareness, relationships, and trust.  The team involved comprises of the horse, the participant and a facilitator. The focus of the sessions is generally on the person working with a horse on the ground, so riding is not usually involved.  Individual and group sessions are offered.  Click here to read more on EAL sessions in Festina Lente

Wicklow/South Dublin/Kildare :

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Name: Susannah Kingston
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator Qualifications: Festina Lente Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator – QQI Level 6, Animal Communication Practitioner (ACT2), Reiki practitioner
Name of Business offering Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Sessions: Susannah Kingston
Mobile: 0876394370
Email address: susannahkingston@gmail.com
Website:  http://susannahkingston.com

Description of Services Offered:

Offering sessions to children and adults which can be tailored according to need and focusing as required on:
• Building confidence, self-esteem, sense of achievement
• Calming and relaxing
• Developing empathy
• Boundary-setting
• Social and emotional learning
• Goal-setting/planning
• Developing presence/mindfulness