The Adventures In Awareness Internship Program (AIA IP) is
prepare professionals for work in the field of Equine Guided Education
and/or Equine Facilitated Mental Health. Adventures In Awareness is
defined as Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning process work.
The AIA Internship Program provides therapists, coaches, educators,
horse professionals and individuals with a practical curriculum,
including theory, principles, practicum inner-activities and
equestrian skills for wellness work with horses.
The AIA model is based on the premise that conscious awareness is key
to healthy change. Awareness coupled with exploration of consciousness
creates an atmosphere for openness and connectedness where the
responses from our equine facilitators may move us at a very deep
Individuals enrolled in AIA IP core courses explore consciousness and
its role in the healing process. Students train experientially
(learning through doing) in AIA's EFL process work, as well as a
variety of other EFL formats. The breadth of the AIA IP offers
excellent preparation to the clinician and educator interested in
national competence certification.
Students completing the AIA IP receive a Certificate of
Completion. Those students completing with 'merit' earn the approval
to use the Adventures In Awareness name and materials. Adventures In
Awareness certificate holders have a commitment to adhere to AIA
standards of safety and ethical humane practices.
The 14 day core curriculum (Facilitation Skills, Taste of AIA,
Relationship Energetics, Equine Perspective and AIA JOURNEY RIDE) is
accompanied by reading assignments, journaling, a reflection paper, an
individual focus essay, log book of 300 hours work (volunteer or paid)
in related field of animal assisted activities or therapy,
co-facilitation of an AIA short course workshop; your place or ours,
portfolio development and mentoring. There are student co-facilitation
opportunities to hone your skills and permission is requested of
selected papers for publication in an AIA IP student manual.
In addition to the core AIA IP domains of study listed, interns attend
3 elective 'Enrichment' workshops of their choice, in key areas of
Horsemanship Skills, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, and Equine
Facilitated Learning. The Horsemanship Skills category is
mandatory. The other two enrichment workshops may be selected from any
Course #1. Taste of AIA:
This 3 day course is the basic introduction to the AIA principles,
theory and practice. Emphasis is on the AIA Responsibility
of study are: responsibility agreement, centering, mutual choosing
inner-active, heart scanning process, Con Su Permiso, imaginary
lead line, elementary equine physiology and psychology as metaphor
for life skills and round ring congruent message sending.
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Course #2. Relationship Energetics:
In this 3 day course we focus on the mechanism of projection and
the process of transference and counter-transference, listening and
allowing, while exploring the Field with the help of the horse and
round ring tending gestalts. The emphasis here is generalizing the
AIA principles to facets of everyday life through the lens of world
behind our eyes.
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Course #3. The Equine Perspective:
In this 3 day course we focus on building our skill base reading
the horse exploring language of Equus, basic AIA inner-active
exercises and elementary (balance seat) mounted work leading to
AIA's Developmental Feelings Process. The principles inherent in a
schooling barn's training regime are explored and worked as
metaphor for developing life skills.
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Course #4. AIA Facilitation Skills
This is a 4-½ day course. The AIA facilitation skills
seminar offers Depth practice with Equine Facilitated Learning. We
continue to explore how these principles and practices generalize
to everyday life. Focus on round ring tending gestalts and AIA
Trust Walk's principles of integration – the AIA Essential
Elements are basis of curriculum.
- AIA Responsibility Agreement and a thinking process for safety
human, equine, and environment.
- Dialog and discussion of standards, ethics, and best
- Program design discussions, guest faculty lectures,
networking and community building experience.
- Depth examination of Intention, Attention, and Awareness.
- Depth practice with congruent message sending and Round Ring
- AIA Developmental Feelings process
- Energy Principles – reading The Field
- Significance of Archetypes
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Course #5 AIA Journey Ride™
AIA Journey Ride is a 3-day workshop that is optional. Interns may
either take 2 Facilitation Skills Seminars or 1 Journey Ride and 1
Facilitation Skills Seminar to earn their AIA IP completion
credits. Horses facilitate an inward journey during this
workshop. AIA Journey Ride provides an opportunity to intentionally
access non-ordinary states of consciousness for the purpose of
serving an individual's health and healing. Workshop focus is on
the gifts of feelings, the influence of attention and intention,
and the significance of energy principles. The workshop goal is
expansion of awareness, enhancement of intimacy skills and growth
in consciousness. Participants in AIA Journey Ride may expect
increased confidence in their intuition, experiential knowledge of
multiple realities, and practice reading the Unified Field.
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An additional 3 enrichment workshops are required to obtain the AIA IP
certificate of completion. There are three categories: Equine
Facilitated Learning, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and
Horsemanship Skills. Interns are required to attend one course from
the Horsemanship Skills category.
While the AIA internship student may select alternative studies, AIA
recommends the programs offered in the list below. Barbara Rector has
experienced the educated teaching staff, both human and equine, of the
choices in this suggested list. The horses and their human
professionals are well schooled and capable, offering a wide variety
of learning experiences. The Horsemanship category is mandatory.
Ocala, Florida and Bessemaer, Michigan
Contact: Lynn Palm
Week long residential group lessons
Contact: Ann Alden @ 520.219.3398
or 520.820.5757 - cell
Balanced seat riding skills.
Contact: Lisa Walters @ 707.824.2834 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dressage riding and how it bridges to EFEL.
Contact: Nikki and Bob Cohen-Wichner 608.873.0572
Valley Ford, CA
Contact: Ariana Strozzi
Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning:
Contact: Linda Kohnav and Kathleen Ingram, MA 520.730.8599
Individual sessions, 3-day workshops and Apprentice
program. Apprentice program counts for 2 enrichment credits.
Contact: Lisa Walters 707.322.4955
Individual sessions and practical training in one on one FEEL work.
Contact: Beverly Kane, MD 650.868.3379
An interactive, interspecies psychospiritual growth process that
draws upon the strength, sensitivity, and magic of the horse.
Valley Ford, California
Contact: Ariana Strozzi 707.876.1908
Leadership and horses, corporate and communication programs.
Apprentice program counts 2 enrichment credits.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy:
Contact: Molly DePrekle, Tanya Welsh and Maureen MacNamara
Full range of animal assisted therapy & training. 763.972.8046 /
***training in the MNLYNC protocols of practice and participation in
MNLYNC professional development course counts for 2 menu choices.
Contact: Maureen Vidrine and Priscilla Faulkner 770.784.9777
Full range vaulting, groundwork and riding. University credits for
Contact: Susan M. Taylor 802.334.5085 email@example.com
Record keeping, clinical parameters, animal selection and care,
development of treatment team, and supervision.