Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) & Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)

***COVID 19 UPDATE***

(In compliance with the Colorado state “Safer at Home” order, we have a Covid 19 business plan on file with Garfield County. Please contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation to learn more.)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) incorporate horses into the human therapeutic or learning process in a hands on, experiential environment; for the purpose of increasing mental and emotional wellness and maximizing learning. It is a collaborative process between clients and horses.

Each session is facilitated by a two person team consisting of a mental health specialist (MH) and an equine specialist (ES). During a session, clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses and then processing any feelings, patterns or behaviors.

The focus of EAP/EAL is not riding or horsemanship. All horse activities take place “on the ground.” Why? In this work, the horses are able to be themselves and not have to act a certain way, just like our clients can. This is a space to explore, be ourselves, and build relationships on equal footing.

Using the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), BOOKCLIFF EQUINE can assist clients in improving their mental and emotional health and wellness in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Mindfulness Development/Stress Management
  • Behavioral Struggles/Emotional Regulation
  • Trauma
  • Communication/Relationship Issues

We can also provide an extra layer of support for you by partnering with your current mental health provider on diagnoses such as:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • PTSD/STS
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse

People learn best by doing, and horses are exceptional teachers. Equine Assisted Learning or “EAL” brings humans and horses together in a hands on experience to help people develop healthy life habits and/or increase their academic skills. It is most often offered in a group setting, but  can be tailored to individuals as well. EAL has a reputation for creating quick learning that “sticks.”

We offer a variety of EAL classes for all ages that focus on life skills such as:

  • Mindful living/stress management
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Healthy Boundaries/ Relationships
  • Anti-Bullying

And lots more..

 Bookcliff Equine has certified teachers and curriculum development experts on staff who can create customized programs that focus on improving specific skills as well!

Are you looking for a unique, fun and effective development experience for your work team? We can design a half or full day EAL program for your corporate team that is tailored to your organization’s goals.

Let us give your team the boost it needs in areas like:

  • Stress management
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

We can also incorporate other restorative activities into your custom program such as yoga, massage therapy and nature hikes; all at our scenic and peaceful ranch in Western Colorado

EGALA Certified

Bookcliff Equine Assisted Learning is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA.) We adhere to the EAGALA model and ethical standards.

Mindfulness At The Ranch

***COVID 19 UPDATE***

(In compliance with the Colorado state “Safer at Home” order, we have a Covid 19 business plan on file with Garfield County. We also now offer an online Mindfulness class series- Living Mindfully 101 and Living Mindfully 201).

Bookcliff Equine offers a variety of Mindfulness classes, including half day and full day classes, as well as individual mindfulness coaching. We are located on a secluded and scenic 650 acre horse ranch in Western Colorado.

What IS Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of recognizing and attending to each present moment with acceptance and compassion. Mindfulness practice connects us to our true, spacious consciousness which enables us to show up in the world as our best, wisest selves.

Mindfulness is a lifelong practice that is taught in a simple, compassionate, step by step fashion. It is based on ancient, original teachings of the Buddha, and is firmly supported by modern neuroscience.

Mindfulness is not a religion. In fact, mindfulness is compatible with all spiritual and religious beliefs. The Buddha called mindfulness a “science of the mind.”

In over 5,000 scientific studies, mindfulness has been shown to significantly improve physical health, lower stress, and increase mental and emotional wellness.

*Click on the links below to learn more about our current mindfulness classes.

*Please contact us if you would like to learn more about

  • Individual mindfulness coaching
  • Creating a custom mindfulness class or half day/full day mindfulness training.