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About the Business
We facilitate awareness, action, support and empowerment, with quality of life as foundation.
We facilitate awareness, action, support and empowerment, with quality of life as foundation. A safe space is created to enable individuals, to find what works for them, as things present in their life.
The different options or approaches can be used on their own or in combination of each other, and is internationally available, except for the Equine Assisted Processes and Programs, which are hosted at the Equistria Therapeutic Development Centre.
After 20 years of research and personal experience, these options or approaches are the ones where the least amount of projections or interference can occur from facilitators, and thus where the client can find his own truths, which makes it the most powerful and pure experiences.
We believe in a multi-disciplinary treatment team approach to ensure maximum benefits to individuals and groups. All partners involved, are held at a high standard, through continuous personal inner work, by utilising the options and approaches we promote. We focus on the simplicity of basic life principles and work with evidence-based results to continually achieve the highest possible outcomes.
About the Director
As a truth seeker and the eternal student of life, I believe knowledge alone is meaningless until you practise and live it! –Marie Olivier
Marie Olivier is the Director of Life Principles for Transformation and the Owner of Equistria Therapeutic Development Centre where she hosts all her Equine Assisted Processes and Programs.
She lives in a state of awe and inspiration as she continuously explores and experience the simplicity, and supportive guidance, she finds in her Equine Assisted Processes, with the world of quantum mechanics and the truths of the universal principles of life, as foundation. She loves to share the processes and resources she found on her path of transformation, which opened up a world of pure potentiality and synchronistic flow, towards a spiritual journey of infinite growth and fulfilment.
Marie is a qualified Horse Behaviour Specialist and SANEF instructor with 17 years of experience in the field of Therapeutic Riding and 11 years’ experience in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. She believes in a multi-disciplinary treatment team approach and worked alongside psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, life coaches, teachers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists at Equistria, with her special herd of horses.
Her focus shifted when she became a Reiki Master of the Usui and Tibetan system of natural healing, specialising in Energetic Distant Healing and with a B.Sc. Agric degree in Agro Meteorology, she decided to explore the quantum physics behind energetic medicine.
She is a qualified Law of Attraction Practitioner and Master Life Coach and is pursuing a PhD in Mind-based Integrative Medicine, with a focus on quantum psychology. She is also involved in Advanced Spiritual Enlightenment classes and is in the process of simplifying the spiritual life principles, as well as demystifying the field of quantum physics, in the form of illustrative books.
Marie believes it is part of her life purpose to bring energies of change and understanding, of the powerful potential and choices that we have in every moment, for the higher good of all. She uses equine assisted processes, quantum mechanics, and cellular healing processes in combination with the awareness of the universal principles of life, as an integrative approach to assist people.
Meet the Team
We are driven by our belief in the core values which our specific approaches offer and reinforce.
All partners involved, are carefully selected and held at a high standard, as we ‘walk our talk’, through continuous personal inner work, which the programs and processes we offer, require. Our combination of a multi-disciplinary treatment team approach with evidence-based results, are the secret in continually achieving the highest possible outcomes.
Dr Pravini Naidoo
Lecturer at Department of Psychology UFS, Co-ordinator: Therapeutic horse riding community service learning projectDr Pravani Naidoo lectures in the Psychology Department at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. She currently supervises research within the field of Positive Psychology, including studies regarding adolescent well-being, mindfulness, and leisure engagement. Pravani is also interested in the application of Positive Psychology principles and constructs to understanding the experiences of individuals with disabilities. Arising from her earlier engagement in horse riding as a sport and recreational activity, and based on her interest in interventions to promote well-being amongst individuals with disabilities, and the Psychology of Disability, she co-ordinates the Therapeutic Horse Riding Community Service Learning Project at Equistria. The project assumes a multidisciplinary team approach and entails Psychology Honours PSHC 6804 students engaging with learners from the Lettie Fouche school and the horses at Equistria on a weekly basis.
Sue van Heerden
Registered Jikiden Reiki Shihan/Teacher and Equine Reiki TherapistSue van Heerden is a qualified and registered Jikiden Reiki Shihan/Teacher, facilitating high frequency energy processes, supportive crystal balancing techniques, and Earth connection work. She has been practicing and teaching Reiki and other forms of energy healing since 2004. Sue is an experienced horsewoman and equine Reiki therapist, and a Teacher for the Angel Connection School of Africa. Sue holds a degree in Journalism (with English and Psychology) and an Honours degree in English.
Her interest in the origins of Reiki led her to Japan on a pilgrimage to temples, shrines and sacred Reiki sites, including the magnificent Mount Kurama, the birthplace of Reiki. She visited the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto in 2010 and again in 2013, where she participated in Shoden, Okuden, and Teacher level training seminars with Tadao Yamaguchi, Head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute, and his Deputy Frank Arjava Petter, international Reiki author and teacher. As a result she invited Arjava to South Africa to teach and make Jikiden Reiki available in SA.
Sue believes that Reiki is a precious gift and magical path to enlightenment, with its deep awareness for the kindness and respect always shown to others.
Clinical Psychologist , Reiki MasterAlina Garau is a clinical psychologist and reiki master. She has been in private practise since 1996. Her work is based on a holistic and eclectic approach. Importance is placed on body, mind and emotions, as well as the spiritual aspects of healing. Alina works with teenagers and adults with a variety of disorders ranging from depression to anxiety, trauma, divorce/ relationship building and personal growth. Her therapy sessions take on a Jungian stance.
She has a passion for yoga and meditation and includes these techniques as well as reiki and energy healing in her sessions. In her personal capacity, Alina searches for conscious awareness in all she does and she places emphasis on gratitude; in seeking the magic of every moment.
Horse behaviour Specialist, Dressage Judge, Provincial Rider and CoachNicole Joubert has been riding and competing most of her life. She obtained a degree in B.Soc.Sc Psychology at the university of the Free State and got accepted into the Honours program. Part of this program was Dr Pravani Naidoo’s community service learning project at Equistria Centre, and this is where Nicole started giving private lessons to both abled and disabled riders.
After two years as a junior lecturer and tutor at the Anthropology Department at UOFS, she went on to ride professionally and upon returning to Bloemfontein she completed two courses at the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Institute of South Africa, (EAPISA), as well as a year course in Equine Ethology. As a Provincial rider herself, she started Avoca Ranch to assist young riders in reaching their goals and Avoca Ranch Equine Assisted Exploration was founded in August 2017. Driven and intense, Nicole believes horses can help us obtain an awareness beneficial to all.
M.Sc. Medical Science (Stellenbosch)Nokwanda Ngombane obtained an Honours degree in Biology (B.Sc), with majors in Microbiology and Physiology. These themes laid the foundation of a fascination around the complex interactions between humans and the environment and the beauty of the human body with its ability to renew, repair, and “to speak”.
She published a Research Article in an International Journal, Inflammation: “Increased Levels of Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1 and Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor in Patients on CAPD” during 1999 and in 2009 she completed a Master of Science in Medical Sciences. She later completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Welfare Management. She is a public servant with 7 years’ middle management and 2 years’ senior management experience, impeccable analytical, research and report writing abilities and as a strategic thinker, influencer and skilled motivator, she has impressive contract, project and operational management experience.
The complex interactions of nature continue to fascinate her and through her currently registration for Doctoral Studies in Health Studies, she hopes to understand why South Africans are still killed by tuberculosis and how this mystery can be resolved.
EAGALA Horse Behaviour Specialist, NLP Life Coach and PractitionerNicky has been involved with horses for more than 35 years, a passion that started at a very young age. Having always had a drive to experience horses on a different level from that of just riding them, she pursued Natural Horsemanship in the UK. She also visited Australia to further her knowledge. An interest in psychology led Nicky to investigate how she could use horses to help people, emotionally and came across EAGALA. Since then she has completed her training with EAGALA. She is also an internationally qualified NLP Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. From a corporate environment as a PA and in Marketing she was fortunate and blessed to be given the opportunity to start her own therapy centre. Her intention is to enable corporate groups to experience the power that horses have in teambuilding exercises and to offer individuals the opportunity to encounter spiritual healing through equine-assisted therapy.
Experiential Learning & Therapeutic RidingAJ is a teacher with 15 years’ experience. His passion outside the classroom has always been coaching and participating in sport. After coaching his school’s 1st Rugby team for almost 10 years, he has shifted his focus to therapeutic riding for both children and adults, after experiencing the positive effects of Equistria’s horses on him personally. Being diagnosed and coping with ADD/ADHD himself, he has a deep understanding of this disorder and the challenges it brings into everyday life. It is his firm belief that everyone has a need to be outdoors and physically active. He now focusses on creating an environment where clients can be outdoors and active, while improving their general well-being, with the many benefits that horses bring and the distinct possibility to learn the same life lessons that competitive sport can offer.
William Wolfgang Loots
TRE PractitionerWilliam Loots is a Integrative Trauma Healing Provider based in Bloemfontein. After his studies in music he completed a bachelor’s degree in education (NWU) in 2008 majoring in languages. Since William can remember he have been interested in the human condition, psychology, especially restorative modalities that have at their core the belief in the human capacity to self-heal and thrive.
He is very passionate about facilitating others in restoring inner balance, working through physical as well as emotional trauma and rediscovering and following their highest excitements.
Childhood trauma is an interest of his, self-directed learning as well as learning through play. He advocates creativity and playfulness and believes that is lies at the heart of our existence.
He offers a safe space for connecting to one’s true self on a one-on-one as well as group basis.
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