Equine Guided DevelopmentLearning from the presence and wisdom of horses
What is it?
Equine Guided Development (EGD) is fast becoming recognised for its deep, lasting learning impact and for its potency in creating the courageous leaders and teams that we now need for our 21st Century world.
Participants are invited into a process of learning from and with horses in a very safe, trusting environment created by highly trained facilitators – as well as the horses of course!
- Having been around for 60 million years horses are masters at leading through uncertainty. Their leadership is sensory and fluid, courageous and sensitive. Finely tuned to herd dynamics, it is grounded in the present, able to change direction mid-stride to escape threats or explore higher or more fertile ground.
- As herd animals, horses pay attention at an energetic level to themselves and to others, have flexible leadership skills to suit their environment, and operate in an ego-less way for the good of everyone.
- Unencumbered by common human, psychological frailties, horses respond to their ‘clients’ without judgement, and provide instant, honest feedback on their behaviour and impact.
- They can ‘read’ non-verbal signals, they can detect incongruence, and they are quick to reward leadership when it shows up, and where trust and respect are well earned.
This ensures that people learn very quickly, easily and accurately. Equipped with valuable new awareness and insight, they soon begin to understand that, to lead successfully, you must cast aside pretence and step into your authentic self.
Because EGD provides a great leveller for people, these sessions play a key role in enabling a group or team to build intimacy and to bond, which creates a strong foundation for a deep and wide-reaching developmental journey.
As many of our clients come to discover, much can be achieved in a very short space of time.
Who is it for?
Equine guided development is a key part of Global Warriors offerings for leaders, developing leaders, and teams and is most often offered as part of a wider programme, where the insights, learnings and themes are continuously woven in, and anchored down, as participants continue through their development journey with us.
New research suggests there is a strong correlation between time spent interacting with animals and enhanced mental wellbeing and empathic connection, which are key markers for our current day leaders.
More recently, we have had wonderful success in bringing the equine wisdom and magic into virtual learning experiences. This is something we are looking to evolve further as technology offers new opportunities to bring a little more reality into the virtual environment.
The next evolutionary leap of leadership
Take a look at Our Philosophy and you’ll see that our firm belief is that a new model of leadership is needed to take the world into the next phase of its evolution – that the time has come to make the leap from leadership to warriorship. Our aim is to be the pioneers of this work, and we are currently in the process of designing programmes to awaken the warrior within. Read our blog for more on our take on warriorship and its role in the world. And keep an eye on these pages for news about our first warriorship programmes!