Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship

MEDICINE HORSE WAY Equine Experiential Learning Instructor Apprenticeship

The International Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship program was launched in December 2014. This is a high quality intensive training program for those who feel called to work with horses as teachers for human personal development.

A WAY in life means to have chosen from all the possibilities, the one WAY that shines brightest for you. Every journey brings experiences to you that could not come in any other WAY. The Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship will bring you authentic community relationships, knowledge and healing along the WAY, and an end result that is much richer than you could ever imagine.

It is important to understand very well that Medicine Horse Way requires your willingness to commit to your own healing, your own freedom, the WAY of your own unique life path. Commitment is nothing more than a deliberate decision that something will be so. When all of your being is involved in the willingness to make a decision, there is literally nothing that can prevent you from the accomplishment of your goal.

Through the Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship you will discover a way of walking through life feeling uplifted by something that seems to be forever beyond your ability to explain, yet is within you as the core and essence of your being. You become the change you want to see in the world; moving from mystery to mystery to mystery uplifted and carried by something that brings satisfaction and fulfillment to the depth of your soul.

Carol ROUSH is offering the Medicine Horse Way Equine Experiential Learning Instructor Apprenticeship program, for those who have completed the NOW program and feel the desire to advance their personal development process and become qualified to teach this powerful body of work to others.

The Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship is appropriate for those who feel called to expand their personal development through the way of the horse and offer the benefits of this work to others. This programme is also beneficial for coaches, leadership trainers, and therapists who want to add an equine experiential learning module to their existing practice.

Those who complete the Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship will be designated Medicine Horse Way EFL Instructors and fully trained to begin offering Equine Facilitated Learning experiences with the focus on personal development, emotional agility, mental clarity, integration of body/mind/spirit and building authentic community.

Medicine Horse Way Instructors then have the option to attend one additional apprenticeship week with Linda Kohanov, with the focus on leadership, at her ranch in Arizona or elsewhere, to add Eponaquest Power of the Herd / Master Herder Instructor to their EFL credentials.

Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship prerequisites

Step One: Complete an Introductory Workshop with any Medicine Horse Way or Eponaquest Instructor
Step Two: Complete a NOW program
Step Three: Apply for the MHW Apprenticeship

Please note that there may be recommendations in addition to meeting the listed prerequisites according to individual needs as assessed by Medicine Horse Way. Areas of focus for additional requirements are on horse skills and personal development.
The apprenticeship program is high quality and fast paced with a commitment to each graduate gaining the skills and confidence to take equine facilitated learning forward in their own high-quality programs. We feel strongly that taking the time to complete the prerequisites and any other recommendations is vital to your success and the quality of the work made available to future clients.

Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship overview

The Medicine Horse Way Apprenticeship was created by Carol Roush who has over 15 years of experience teaching EFL including 10 years teaching Apprenticeships as Senior Faculty with Linda Kohanov of Eponaquest. This Apprenticeship is now available in several countries. The programme is taught by Carol Roush, founder of Medicine Horse Way, and/or Medicine Horse Way Master Instructors and Senior Faculty selected by Carol Roush.

There is so much to teach, and impossible to list it all here in this document, but the following is an overview of the intent, agenda, and structure of the apprenticeship program.

There are three apprenticeship sessions, each one consists of 9 days with one day off for rest and integration.

The first session of the apprenticeship will focus on teaching specific horse skills and client safety measures, how to evaluate individual horses for their ability to do equine experiential learning activities with clients. You will learn how to choose your herd, determine which horse in your herd is right for clients according to their skill level. Our primary focus is on the horse as a sentient being co-facilitating the work with us. You will learn how to listen to your horses and develop awareness around their level of presence and willingness for the work each day. Horses need days off too!
Then you will begin the process of learning how to facilitate the foundation elements necessary for introductory work with individual clients and workshop groups. By the end of the first apprenticeship session you will be prepared to begin facilitating practice sessions when you return home. In this session you and a group of your peers will plan a one day workshops to take place during the second session. There will be homework assignments between the program sessions, including conducting actual EFL sessions with clients and horses as well as recommended reading to expand your awareness in personal development.

In session three you will conduct a 2-day workshop with your small group of peers, receive faculty evaluations and recommendations. In this session you will learn how to assess which clients are right for you and which need to be referred to other professionals depending on the stage of their process. Equine Facilitated Learning is not appropriate for those with serious, active mental health disorders.

Upon graduation as a recommended Medicine Horse Way Instructor you are then eligible for continuing education and opportunities within the structure of the Medicine Horse Way Authentic Community of Instructors.

Medicine Horse Way Instructors who have successfully completed the apprenticeship will be qualified to facilitate Medicine Horse Way introductory workshops and invididual sessions.

In Netherlands, there is a specific modular apprenticeship of separate modules, and after graduating from the 2nd module, you are qualified to facilitate Medicine Horse Way Individual Sessions. After graduating from the 3rd module, you are graduated as a Medicine Horse Way Instructor qualified to facilitate Individual Sessions and Workshops.

“I believe that authentic community, continuing education, connection and support are significantly helpful for the needed development of those who would like to embody the way of the Medicine Horse. My commitment is to organize, or to ask Master Instructors to organize, seminaries and mentoring for the Medicine Horse Way Instructors in eauch country.

The end of the apprenticeship is the beginning of a whole new way of life! Together we will Be the Change we want to see in the world, one horse and one human at a time.”

Carol Roush, Medicine Horse Way founder