Meet the collaborators
Facilitating quality of life as the core value!
All collaborators are regularly invited to attend equine facilitated learning sessions, to enhance insight and ensure the highest support for clients in the best way possible, which is personal experience and self-knowledge.
by Vicky Bennett, whose study involves the phenomenological approach of EFC (Equine Facilitated Learning)
Towards understanding that coaches’ knowledge of themselves is the enabler of client insight.
International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring
2022, S16, pp.137-148. DOI: 10.24384/jdz5-jb45
Dr Pravini Naidoo
Lecturer at Department of Psychology, UFS and Co-ordinator: Therapeutic horse-riding community service learning project.
Dr Pravani Naidoo lectures in the Psychology Department at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. She supervises research within the field of Positive Psychology, including studies regarding adolescent well-being, mindfulness, and leisure engagement.
Pravani is also interested in the Psychology of Disability and the application of Positive Psychology principles and constructs, to understand 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, 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.
M.A, Clinical Psychologist and Reiki Master
Alina 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.
Sue van Heerden
Registered Jikiden Reiki Shihan/Teacher and Equine Reiki Therapist
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.
TRE Provider and Journey Practitioner
Calista is a registered TRE Provider and qualified as one of the youngest Journey Practitioners ever. She has experience in assisting delegates in international workshops as a trainer, working with severe traumas and supporting these clients in a way that made her a practitioner of choice. She grew up in an environment where equine facilitated learning, alternative healing modalities and energetic medicine were a way of life. Health and wellness were seen as something to appreciate and cultivate. She has a special gift for teaching and started to fine-tune these skills by helping her brother, who was diagnosed with Executive Function Autism, to complete his matric certificate with flying colors. After this she started her own Tutoring platform, Built Different Education, for kids who struggle to fit into the normal school system, to complete their matric certificate, as part of a healthy alternative solution.
Nicky van der Walt
EAGALA Horse Behaviour Specialist and NLP Life Coach and Practitioner
Nicky 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.
Co-Founder of Alchemy of Leadership, Presenter for The Journey SA
Coupled with many years of building successful businesses, this forms a potent blend of skills which are dedicated to helping others to achieve their greatest potential in all areas of life.
John has been facilitating live teaching seminars in this field since 2008.
John was personally trained by Brandon Bays, International Author and pioneer of The Journey International and by Kevin Billett, CEO, Author and pioneer of Visionary Leadership.
Business without a Mask
Move beyond extraordinary…
The Alchemy of Leadership Series facilitates the tools that wake up and unmask the innate genius, the greatness in us all. This series offers the facilitation of step-by-step tools to directly foster, engender and ultimately unlock the soft skills required of the true, organic Leader of both now and the future.
The four cornerstone areas addressed are Self Enquiry, Emotional Awareness, Empathy and Relationship Building.
Series I – Why Are You Who You Are
A 3-part video series plus a Bonus video, approximately 30 minutes each.
Series II – Alchemy of Leadership: Follows on from Why Are You Who You Are.
An 8-part video series approximately 30 minutes video teaching. The first 7 videos are followed by a private one-on-one appointment with a coach for a self-inquiry process of approximately 2 hours. The last video is a guided video. Coaching session length can vary from participant to participant. The average call is usually 2 hours.
Series III – Business Without A Mask: Follows on from Alchemy of Leadership.
A 10-part video series approximately 30 minutes video teaching. All videos are followed by a private one-on-one appointment with a coach for a self-inquiry process of approximately 2 hours.
Co-Founder of Alchemy of Leadership, Presenter for The Journey SA
Lydia has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of Emotional and Consciousness Quotient.
She is a Senior Practitioner and Presenter for The Journey International. As such Lydia is at the cutting edge of unlocking potential and works with compassion and a deep understanding towards others.
Lydia has been facilitating live seminars in this field since 2005 from an outreach perspective and since 2008 from a general public perspective. She has also facilitated the full Journey Practitioner Programme in South Africa in a live environment since 2015.
Lydia was personally trained by Brandon Bays, International Author and pioneer of The Journey International and by Kevin Billett, CEO, Author and pioneer of Visionary Leadership.
The Journey SA
The Journey is a globally recognised and critically acclaimed healing and transformational modality to uncover and awaken your limitless potential in every area of your life.
Having a background and strong belief in natural treatment and holistic healing, Brandon put into practice everything she had learned about nutrition, herbology, kinesiology, meditation and guided introspection with a carefully planned natural healing regimen. Amazing herself and her doctors, Brandon intuitively listened to her body wisdom and completely healed in only 6½ weeks. No drugs, no surgery, no pain!
The Journey is the result of Brandon’s continuous work on herself and using her own personal experiences and observations new work is continuously being developed, and the original work refined into elegant processes which positively impact all areas of our lives.
Inspired by the studies of famed endocrinologist Deepak Chopra and renowned cellular biologist Dr Candace Pert, The Journey developed its own unique approach to awakening and cellular healing and has become a potent blend of cutting-edge tools and access to the true realisation that human potential knows no bounds.
Be heard. Feel safe.
The Director of Life Principles for Transformation is an active Advocate of WHISPA, a Gender Based Violence & Harassment Support Program managed by the LifeSense Group. It provides a high-quality solution-based program to take care of the legal requirements of companies, with regards to the Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace.
WHISPA offers a dedicated, specialist approach to deliver the best outcomes for employers and employees and offers employers a generic draft policy, training, and a confidential line. Their Affiliate Network forms an integral part of the program support structure, allowing individuals to access on-demand specialist support through network referral. This Affiliate Network includes specialist doctors, lawyers, psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists, and medical facilities, with a proactive and highly effective step against possible HIV exposure.
Every case is approached as critical and confidential and is managed away from public domain. WHISPA Members can trust that Care Managers take every call seriously, with the support from highly competent legal partners, Schindlers Attorneys, and that absolute discretion is the benchmark of supportive excellence. This is the foundation of wellness, where employers can rest assure that their employees are supported, empowered, and taken care of in the case of adversity.
Register your organization and staff as a WHISPA member today. 24/7 access to resources and support.
M.Sc. Medical Science (Stellenbosch) and Journey Practitioner
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.
Advanced Breathwork and Mindfulness Practitioner
Louise is an Advanced Breathwork Practitioner, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Facilitator and Clinical Hypnotherapist, with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Free State.
She has been practicing Occupational Therapy for 23 years, mainly in the field of Addiction and Substance abuse, Psychiatry/Wellness and Children’s emotional problems. She has completed additional certification courses, including various Trauma Therapy, Advanced Therapeutic Play and Emotional Intelligence. She obtained a professional diploma as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (ICH) at the king’s College in London. The ICH is recognized as one of the UK’s foremost training colleges for clinical hypnotherapists providing a fully recognized professional qualification.
Louise has a keen interest in complementary therapies and has completed certification courses in Tibetan Sound Healing and Reiki. She is currently busy with her Somatic Yoga Practitioner’s certification.
Body-talk Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master
Losinda is a qualified Yoga teacher, Aroma therapist, Reflexologist, Sport massage therapist, Body-talk Practitioner and Reiki Master. She has a love for natural therapies, which bring harmony, peace and relaxation in the body, mind and soul.
Her passion is to assist the individual in a holistic manner, through movement, breathe work and meditation, to find the balance from within.
Equistria Venue is the base of the Life Principles Group and perfectly setup for Retreats, Workshops and Teambuilding Events. Just far enough to get away from the city vibe, yet close enough to travel effortlessly to and from the city. Surrounded by nature and the neighing sounds of nearby horses, it has wide open spaces which creates a calm yet focused atmosphere.
The venue has a Conference Hall, as well as a Voyeur, serving as a welcome and break-away area with coffee and serving stations. There are additional Process Rooms, as well as an Equine Arena with the herd of horses, which is used for the Equine facilitated Processes.
You are always one decision away from a totally different life.
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