Equine-Assisted Learning Program
a life-skill and horsemanship program for youth, adults, groups, equestrians, and horse owners
The ARISE Equine-Assisted Learning Program cultivates confidence, courage, and healthy connections essential for navigating through life with resilience.
The equine-assisted coaching and learning experiences facilitated by Lisa Pulliam focus on gaining life skills from a trauma-informed perspective, as she is trained through the developmental neuroscience model and the relationship principles found effective in helping humans and horses connect in ways that heal and transform both.
Simply put, Lisa is passionate about helping her clients understand how the brain and body respond to stress and fear, as well as trauma, and how connection with others, including a horse, can lead to growth and resiliency.
To help unpack these principles and skills, Lisa uses the A.R.I.S.E. acronym, which she devised as a way to guide her clients in a session and apply what they learn outside of the round pen.
A.R.I.S.E. defines the skills gained through equine-assisted coaching session that is easily called upone when facing challenges that arise in everyday life.
A - AWARENESS
What do you feel? Sad, Mad, Glad, Afraid?
Noticing our emotions is essential because they influence our thoughts and the choices we make.
R - REFLECT
What is your body saying? Notice the sensations.
Learning how to identify sensations is helpful for regulation and is an excellent life skill as well as essential for being around and on a horse.
I - IDENTIFY
What do you believe? About your situation, yourself, and others?
Learning how to identify helpful versus harmful beliefs about your situation, yourself, others is necessary for choosing the next best step.
S - STRATEGIZE
What are your options, opportunities, and solutions?
Not every challenge needs to become a debilitating crisis or obstacle to moving forward. Learning how to assess the situation and the options is an essential life skill that leads to resiliency.
E - ENGAGE
What is your next step? Be specific and realistic.
Engaging in the process of growth requires taking action with purpose and intentionality through setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and having the accountability provided through coaching to move forward.
The A.R.I.S.E. Program is available to youth (ages 12 - 18) and adults. Equestrians and horse owners may request to customized this package at their own barn or work with their school horse or lease at Honey Brook Stables.
What is equine-assisted coaching and learning?
Equine-Assisted Coaching and Learning provides a unique way to explore growth because horses are willing to engage in connection and also resist it if they don't feel safe. They are created with a brain and body response system that works for their survival. As herd animals, they rely on their senses and one another for protection and also the provision of needs. By entering into an experience with a horse, we can explore what we bring into a relationship as well as what we can get out of it. As a result, we learn about ourselves and the needs of others in a fresh new way.
What is the philosopy of Natural Lifemanship?
Natural Lifemanship principles utilized in equine-assisted coaching and learning sessions are built upon the concepts of healthy attachment and building attuned, connected relationships. The principles applied between the horse-and-human relationship equally apply to our human-to-human relationships.
Neuroscience research demonstrates that our brains can change through new and healthy experiences. In our sessions, we explore the cultivation of new thinking patterns (neuropathways) to move toward healing, growth, and transformation.
The way to change old patterns that no longer serve us is to practice something new. The learning is accomplished in our sessions, utilizing principles we put into practice in all of our relationships. The goal is to learn how to have connected and attuned relationships, which leads to healthy development, contributes to healing at any age and enhances well-being.
What is trauma-informed coaching?
Although most people believe that trauma needs to be a big life event, anything that causes you to experience fear of harm can result in a traumatic experience and hinder the way you see yourself, others, God (if faith is part of your life), and your place in this world. For example, all these events can be categorized as trauma:
- intrauterine and birth trauma
- abuse and neglect
- domestic violence
- grief and loss
- car accident
- flooding and fires
- natural disaster
- family separation
- community violence and civil unrest
- sudden changes in relationships
- sudden and unexpected moves
Who can benefit from trauma-informed equine-assisted coaching?
- individuals eager to gain self-awareness and heal
- mothers ready to discover a new way to relate to their children
- families seeking to cultivate new ways of connecting and communicating
- couples longing for a deeper understanding of each other
- young adults looking for the courage to embrace their college and career endeavors
- leaders and teams ready to find unity in their vision and discover how to work together more effectively
Where do the farm sessions take place?
The farm sessions are held in heart of Pennsylvania horse country at Honey Brook Stables, in Honey Brook. If you are from out of town, we will schedule your sessions on back-to-back days or the same day. Feel free to request a list of local accommodations.
Do I need horse experience and will I ride a horse?
You don't need any horse experience at all. Actually, the less you know about horses, the more remarkable your experience can be because you'll show up teachable and without any preconceived notions about what to do. This is all unmounted work. If you would like riding lessons, we can put you in touch with a fabulous instructor at the farm.
What should I wear?
You'll want to wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting muddy.