Equine Guided Education Certification Program

Approved by the ICF (International Coaching Federation) for 92 CCE Units

Learn how to bring the magic of horses into a variety of human learning paradigms.

Ariana Strozzi, pioneer in the field of Equine Guided Education (EGE), offers her 22+ years of experience in this certification program for educators, coaches, equestrians, teachers, college students, artists, therapists, shamans, healers, riding instructors, and other individuals who are or who want to incorporate horses into their professional offers.

The program includes 15 days of instruction on how to incorporate horses into your coaching, therapy or educational endeavors. Hands on practice in leading sessions, refining your facilitation skills, intuitive listening, somatic awareness, non-verbal body language awareness, and guiding clients through the change process. The course includes business planning, curriculum design, choosing horses, facility design, and much more.

Our certified EGE go on to run successful Equine Guided programs around the world

Small classes with experienced teachers and staff. You wont’ get lost in the crowd

Ongoing mentoring available when you need it during and after the program

Upon completion become an member of the Equine Guided Education Association and part of our EGE network worldwide

Investing in your education, knowledge, experience and wisdom is key to your success

EQUINE: A horse representing the ancient archetypes of strength, courage, dignity, power, honor, beauty, endurance, resilience, mystery, integrity.

GUIDED: The magical ability of horses to take us into unknown or unexplored territory; a place where we can heal the past, re-imagine our future, and connect to our life purpose and share our natural wisdom.

EDUCATION: Educational, coaching, and therapeutic models that encourage effective relationship, communication, coordination, and social interaction skills for individuals and/or groups.

The Equine Guided Education Certification Program is for new and seasoned professionals. It is valuable for people just entering the horse as healer/teacher’ profession and for professionals who are already incorporating horses into their offers. We know from experience that to incorporate horses into your professional offer requires additional education. Bringing horses into educational and learning models, creates a whole new set of complexities and unknowns. Our certification program will give you the confidence, knowledge and experience required to incorporate horses into your professional offer. We teach you how to think, how to trust yourself and your horses, and how to navigate in a wide variety of situations.

For new people coming into this field, you do not have to know exactly how you plan to incorporate horses into your work in order to enter our certification program. You will gain that clarity during the program and upon completion have a concrete sense of how you want to incorporate horses into your offer. We will also help you determine what continuing education you need to be successful and confident in your work.

For seasoned professionals, avoid the-4-6 year learning curve it will take for you to figure this work out on your own. If you have already received training in the EAGALA or EPONA models, this program will expand on what you already know and continue to develop your skill and competency.

Participants of the certification program come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Our goal is to encourage you to expand on your existing skills as well as learn new skills. We are not focused on one particular methodology, but rather on the universal application of what horses can offer to healing and teaching models. You will be able to retain your current terminology and methods with an expanded vocabulary, understanding and knowledge of horses, humans and the learning process.

Because this is a learning-by-doing program you will not only learn how to incorporate horses into your offer you will come away with clear goals, a plan of action for your business plan, confidence and new perspectives on horse/human nature, life and learning.

One important component that makes our Equine Guided Education Program unique is that we incorporate the somatic (non-verbal) underpinnings that make this work possible. We focus on developing your ability to observe, recognize, and articulate the non-verbal/body language dynamics of the horse(s), yourself as the facilitator (translator) and your client.

The certification program is comprised of EGE-1 (a 5 day class) and EGE-2 (10 day class with weekends off). You can take the EGE-1 and EGE-2 back to back or, if you cannot do the 3 week program at once, it can be split into 2 parts. A phone or personal interview is required for the EGE program. Class generally goes from Monday through Friday each week, and weekends are days off.


The Equine Guided Educator creates an experiential, supportive learning environment for participants to learn about themselves, heal what has been broken, and re-connect to what has heart and meaning through interactive experiences with horses. He/she allows the horse to ‘guide’ the process of learning, reflecting and exploration. He/she combines the process of kinesthetic learning and cognitive reflection in relation to the student’s/client’s mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and social well being.

Through the process of evaluating an individual’s current patterns of behavior, perceptions, and performance, the Equine Guided Educator encourages the student/client towards a healthy self-image and supports the exploration of new practices for achieving personal and/or professional goals.

The Equine Guided Educator guides his/her students/clients through a learning process that is centered on their ambitions and goals for the future. He/she assists his/her students/clients in refining their gifts and creating environments in which they can thrive. He/she facilitates the student’s/client’s growth and learning through experiential exercises with horses. The horse, in this process, literally ‘guides’ the student/client and the Educator by revealing inner states of mind and physical energetic states of presence. The noun “guide” means “someone who can find paths through unexplored territory.” The Equine Guided Educator as ‘Educator’ cultivates the integration of mind/body/spirit through experiential learning practices.

The combination of the Educator and the Equine Guide offers unique, impactful, experiential exercises geared towards developing people’s self knowledge and self-responsibility.

Some common learning schemas include:

  • Identifying and developing the student/client ambitions and aspirations
  • Developing the ability to stay focused on goals
  • Enhancing communication and negotiation skills
  • Encouraging self confidence and self-esteem
  • Assisting the process of developing trust with the oneself and others
  • Learning how to listen to and respect one’s intuition and sixth sense
  • Building effective relationship and interactive practices
  • Uncovering old stories and behaviors that are no longer effective
  • Developing new stories and behaviors relevant to goals and objectives

The Equine Guided Educator understands how to allow the horse to reflect each student’s/client’s unique strategies and presentations in such a way that the student/client can receive this often intense feedback in a supportive process. Leveraging the process of ‘learning by doing’ (experiential) integrated with the horse’s natural wisdom and healing presence assists the Educator in encouraging the student/client to accept responsibility for their own learning and behavior.
The word “Experience” is defined as the state or extent of being engaged in a particular study or work; developing knowledge, skill or technique resulting from experience; the sum total of the conscious events which compose an individual life as observed facts and events in contrast with what is supplied by thought. Effective learning occurs when the student/client engages in some activity, reflects upon the activity, derives useful insight from the analysis, and incorporates the result through a change in understanding and/or behavior. As Lao Tzu once quoted, “You cannot learn from a good book, because a book will not tell you what you do not want to hear.”



EGE-1 is open to new and seasoned professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skill of the self-development process and the horse as healer/teacher. Attendees include coaches, equine professionals, therapists, shamans, animal communicators, leaders and anyone interested in developing themselves professionally and/or personally. The Equine Guided Education (EGE) process will include activities with horses with a focus on refining one’s goals, embodying one’s vision, developing one’s intuition and other studies in communication dynamics and the process of creating change in one’s life.

EGE-1 is Part 1 of the EGE certification program. Part 1 establishes all of the principles required to understand the process of growth and learning including what stops learning and what enhances learning. It also focuses on the importance of working with the biological aspects of both humans and horses and establishes the foundational principles required to facilitate the horse as healer/teacher process. We work with the principle of leadership from the perspective that leadership starts with taking self-responsibility and contains the natural ingredients for creating a satisfying fulfilling life for ourselves and our clients.

Whether you are a coach, therapist, healer or teacher this class offers a multi-faceted approach to deepening your facilitation skills, refining your intuition, and developing your non-verbal listening, and somatic perspective.

The joy of learning, for many of us, is an ongoing opportunity to expand our awareness, consciousness and skill. This program incorporates facilitation (leading change in others), horse wisdom, animal communication, the power of intention, land based knowledge, and being on purpose as primary keys to creating supportive, unique learning environments for ourselves, our clients, students and anyone interested in connecting to their greater purpose in life. This program is open to anyone who is interested in thinking outside the box.

This program focuses on developing your particular style of facilitation, while gaining further clarity on the EGE process, exercises that you plan to utilize, and goals and plans for incorporating EGE into your professional offer. You do not have to know the type of people or focus of topics before coming into the program. You will become clear about how you want to work and the people you want to work with during the program. In addition, you will learn the more subtle forms of animal communication and how the land and nature plays a significant role in the learning environment.

Practices will include refining your facilitation skills including developing your own voice, expanding on your existing skills, and learning more advanced facilitation skills necessary to incorporate horses into the learning process. As a participant you will practice leading EGE sessions throughout the 2 weeks cumulating with a 1-day public program that the EGE certification students will plan, prepare and deliver.

The program includes how to design EGE exercises according to the phase of learning your students/clients are in, you will practice leading sessions and receive supervision in refining your coach/facilitation skills, intuitive listening, somatic awareness, non-verbal body language, business planning, choosing horses, facility design, and much more. The program also includes further studies in Somatics and how to read and articulate body language which is a fundamental aspect of Equine Guided Education. You will gain extensive practice on how to read the horse, the client and how to translate what the horses are reflecting in an effective way.

Somatics – the art and science of the inter-relational process between awareness, biological function and environment, all three factors being understood as a synergistic whole; the mind, body, spirit as a unity.

Some professions focus on the way the ‘soma’ itself responds to the environment; others focus on the way the mind interprets the ‘soma’s’ response. One thing that makes Equine Guided Education truly unique is that it focuses on the interconnectedness of the ‘soma’ to the environment: the unity of the mind/body/spirit and the living environment (wherein the lack of unity with the living surroundings causes dis-ease). Horses, wild animals and nature teach us that our mental processes get in the way, literally clouding our ability to feel ourselves. Often it is our interpretations, (self-directed or felt from others), that begin to disconnect us from the world at large. We learn not to trust our feelings. Instead, we judge our feelings as wrong or invalid. When we help others reconnect to the land and animals, we help them re-member that the natural world, not our mental acuity, provides the answers and affirms our sensate belonging.

More on Somatics


  • Stages of Learning
  • Process of Making Change
  • Understanding and working with fear and judgment
  • Identifying gaps in desired vs. actual outcomes
  • Reconnecting to deeper intentions and self identity
  • Developing an Authentic Presence
  • Self-confidence
  • Trusting and respecting intuition and sensate knowledge
  • Being able to identify and articulate states of mind, concerns, feelings, mood, etc
  • Identifying Patterns of Behavior and Thought
  • Identifying and letting go of old stories and limiting perceptions
  • Evaluating core values and ethics
  • Creating new stories and perspectives for self, others, and world
  • Refining goals and action plans for personal and professional life
  • Bringing forward imagination and possibility
  • Allowing experimentation and exploration for new discovery of self concepts
  • Somatic Awareness and Energy Techniques
  • Armoring and inhibited chi
  • Mood and attitudes that open and close possibility
  • Energy of communication and body language
  • Importance of mood, self awareness and emotional intelligence
  • 9 Principles of Intuitive Leadership™
  • Moving through complexity and conflict with intention, strength and balance
  • Phases of action
  • Skill sets of a business owner
  • Taking Responsibility for how things turn out
  • Relationship Dynamics
  • Building trust
  • Importance of understanding and working with non-verbal body language
  • Equine psychology and communication
  • Horse as healer/teacher, our equine guide into new dimensions of consciousness
  • The natural world and land based wisdom as a primary learning component


  • Developing ability to work with principles that were set forth in week 1
  • Creating a supportive learning environment for a variety of situations
  • Understanding the phases of the learning process
  • Creating and holding a space for learning and possibility for change
  • Identifying core issues and phase of learning the client/student is in
  • Knowing when to enter into challenging areas and when to hold back
  • Developing your facilitation style
  • Refining your feedback skills to have maximum effect
  • Developing and maintaining your presence during coaching/teaching
  • Maintaining beginning, middle and end of sessions
  • Knowing when to choose what exercises
  • Designing curriculum for public programs
  • Working with group dynamics
  • Implementing programs to the public
  • Nuances of one-one work and public programs
  • Evaluating and selecting horses for EGE work
  • Understanding differences between coaching and therapy
  • Developing your listening skills and sense of timing
  • The universal principles of horsemanship that allow this work to be possible
  • Horse psychology
  • Social, hierarchal herd structure
  • Body language and how the horse deals with energy
  • Identifying the horse’s emotional state and willingness to relate
  • Understanding the predator/prey dynamic
  • Horses as mirrors
  • Understanding the difference between horsemanship models and EGE
  • Facility Design
  • Incorporating an Intuitive and Somatic Approach to Coaching/Therapy
  • Grounding interpretations in somatic feedback and body language
  • Interpreting and articulating horses responses

The unique and profound opportunities of bringing horses to people for the sake of growth and learning is both exciting and serious. Horses can become unpredictable around in-congruent emotions and energies within their environment in a way that even an experienced horse person cannot anticipate. While a person may be competent with horses and/or human development, incorporating the two requires a whole new set of competencies. It is important to respect the horses and humans as sensitive beings, each with their own unique perspective. The safety of the horse and human-emotionally, physically and spiritually-is an important and sensitive matter.

To make this amazing process accessible to the public it is important that we collaborate and learn together to develop a consistent industry standard. It is also important to respect what experts in the field who are committed to developing this discourse have already learned. The more that we learn from each other and share our experiences, the more Equine Guided Education will develop and flourish as a respectable and important part of human learning and growth.
While some professionals may have extensive horsemanship and coaching skills, the EGE process creates a whole new paradigm for learning. While the EGE process is unique and profound, it can also complex and unpredictable. A complete paradigm shift in consciousness and learning takes place. An EGE professional needs to be skilled in recognizing even the slightest shifts in states of mind and energetic responses in the horse, human and environment at any given moment. It is essential to have experience or knowledge in the EGE process before attempting to facilitate the process. Even for professionals with extensive horsemanship skills, one must unlearn many of the horsemanship skills they have been taught in order for EGE to be successful. This makes the certification program relevant to all professionals.

A certified Equine Guided Educator demonstrates through curriculum vitae and enrollment in an Equine Guided Education program that he/she has studied to be either the horse specialist, human specialist, or both. An individual who does not already have extensive equine or human development skill should not expect to become competent to work with people and horses on the certification program alone. For example, a horse trainer who completes the certification program can become an Equine Guided Educator who is competent as an equine specialist. A certified coach who attends the certification program can become an Equine Guided Educator who is competent as a human development specialist.

A person who does not have certified experience in horses or human development needs to take on additional learning in either the human or horse component. We can help you make those choices in your professional development. You do not have to have other credentials first, as this program will help you gain clarity on the type of work you want to do and the skills you want to develop.

Because of the inherent risks involved with equine activities it is essential that an experienced equine specialist be present at any process in which a student/client is near or around horses. If the Equine Guided Educator is not a horse expert, then he/she needs to partner with someone who is. Even with an equine specialist present the Equine Guided Educator needs to have some experience with horses. He/she needs to be comfortable around horses and understands the basic safety issues associated with horses. Ideally the equine specialist should also be an Equine Guided Educator, and at a minimum should have some personal experience in EGE.

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Up to 6 month payment plans with Paypal’s Bill Me Later!

In our store page we include a link to the 6 month payment plan through paypal and an early registration discount if you register and pay three months prior to start of course. To register go into the store page called “Programs” and choose the date of the program you want to register for.  You may also choose a lodging option.  When available, our cabin lodging is comprised of three cabins, each cabin has two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom and sleeps a total of three to four people, with a combination of a shared room and private room during the program.  Lodging options vary per program, so please contact us for more information. 

Or you can call us at 707-882-1885 to set up a payment plan or fill out our online registration form or email us at Please see the calendar page for class dates and cost.

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