Professional Training in


Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW)

Professional Training Programs

Nature is calling…

Inviting you into the field of Equine and Nature Guided Wellness. 

Are you ready to be naturally inspired?

Chiron’s Way has been offering nationally endorsed and internationally sponsored trainings for over twenty years, beginning in the public education system where Sandra, as a teacher and school counsellor, created the first school-based, equine guided program in Canada.

Trainings at Chiron’s Way take place on a little piece of heaven near Vancouver. Online and in-person options are available, allowing for participants to virtually join the fun from further afield and/or attend onsite, in nature’s classroom, where covid guidelines have been safely implemented over the last year.

These Professional Trainings are for people who are interested in experiencing and learning how to teach, learn, lead, coach and counsel in the company of horses, other animals and nature, to support the growth and evolution of individuals, groups and teams.

  • Master the art of partnering with horses & nature in the field of human development

  • Learn unique and fun ways to revitalize your private or corporate practice

  • Catalyze the goal attainment of your clients across an unlimited scope of markets

  • Work with the principles of Nature to create sustainable programs

  • Facilitate transformational sessions with equines and other animals

  • Unbridle your creativity while working in a career you love

  • Become certified in the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness through Pro-EFW

Why we use the word Guide...

Because horses, and other animals,  do more that facilitate or assist, we honour them as respected guides in our Chiron's Way growth and development programs. EFW/AAT/NGW professionals listen to and follow the animal's input which is a key component in successful sessions.

The word guide means one who can find a path through unknown or unexplored territory, making horses invaluable members of the Equine Guided team.


LEVEL 1 Training

Explorations in 

Equine Facilitated Wellness

This is the first step for anyone interested in facilitating Equine Guided Development (EGD)/Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) though it can also be taken by anyone feeling called to experience the growth opportunities and potential that horses - and Nature - share. This 2-day experiential workshop (plus additional distance learning components) is for those interested in exploring the possibility of adding a Horse as Teacher, Coach, or Healer to your existing or developing wellness practice.

Exploring Equine Guided Development is the foundational course of study at Chiron’s Way, equivalent to the Explorations Training in EFW for those wishing to follow the certification model outlined through the Professional Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness (Pro-EFW).

This workshop will provide an overview of the EGD/EFW field while introducing participants to its fundamental concepts, principles and considerations. It may be of special interest to those in an educational/mental health/human services field, to those in a leadership or corporate setting and to those who have experience working with equines. It is also available to anyone who wants to learn more about working and being WITH horses.


Participants will leave with a general understanding of the EFW field, of Pro-EFW's philosophy, principles, ethics and certification process and with knowledge about next steps should they wish to further develop their skills in this wonderful field.


This course is open to everyone. A manual will be provided.

Learning Objectives of the Explorations Workshop:

  • General understanding of Equine Facilitated and Nature Guided Wellness

  • Awareness of the history and foundation for these approaches

  • Increased sensitivity to the animals we work and live with, their needs and unique abilities

  • Appreciation and understanding of the perspective of the horse and all animals as sentient beings

  • Relationships - at the heart of all equine, animal and nature centric practices

  • The safety and risk management considerations in EFW and associated practices 

  • An introduction to how EFW can be applied with clients in individual, family and group environments

  • An introduction to how EFW can be applied with different client populations and needs

  • Understanding of the Pro-EFW training, mentoring and certification model and how this applies to candidates

  • An appreciation of the importance of always working within your scope of practice

  • Developing your personalized next steps for exploring the EFW/AAT/NGW field

  • Ideas of what people can do after the completion of the Explorations training


This Level 1 training is now being offered in 2 formats:


Workshop topics will be covered through a blend of online discussions and assignments, presentations, demonstrations, recordings and videos. There will also be experiential exercises to complete at home - with horses if you are entering the Pro-EFW Certification. 


This format will be delivered online through the Eco Academy's Thinkific Classroom; an online portal where you can interact in discussion forums, view videos, read research articles and receive and relpsond to weekly assignments. Additionally, you will meet via Zoom with Sandra for three live calls, ranging from 90-120 minutes each.

NEW ONLINE Spring 2022

Dates: March 1,8,15,22,29, 2022

Times:  Tuesdays from 4:00 pm PST - 5:30 pm PST
5 Live Zoom Calls with an Optional Post-Workshop Integration Call

Location: Online Thinkific Classroom and Zoom Calls

Tuition: $650 + gst



Join Sandra and the Chiron's Way Herd, near Vancouver, for a

2-day experiential IN-PERSON workshop with distance ed components.

Workshop topics will be covered through a blend of discussions, presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experiential exercises.

Dates: May 13-14, 2022  (Fri-Sat)

Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Chiron's Way in Maple Ridge - 45 min east of Vancouver, Canada

Tuition: Early Bird $650+ gst by April 13/$695 + gst thereafter

LEVEL 2 & 3 

Foundations and Focus Training in Equine Guided Wellness

Dancing With Equus

In a world that is looking beyond the status quo for personal and professional development, horses are leading the way. When you commit to working with Sandra and her equine team, you will learn about the vast potential of partnering with horses, how such work is accessible to a wide range of markets and how you can define your unique contribution as you create your niche therein.

Dancing With Equus is an innovative facilitation program for anyone interested in honing their Equine and Nature Guided awareness and skills as well as for EGD professionals such as wellness practitioners, coaches, counsellors, educators and equine professionals who want to:

  • Master the art of partnering with horses in the fields of personal and professional development

  • Incorporate reflective, active, creative and transformative equine and nature guided sessions into your existing programs and practice

  • Learn how to deepen EGD sessions with expressive and creative arts - a perfect compliment to all equine and nature guided programs 

  • Transform trauma and stress before it takes a toll on your clients, you and the horses or animals you work with

  • Work with horses to uncover, then free your clients (and yourself) from the limiting beliefs and behaviours that keep them stuck

  • Learn Sandra's Conscious Horsemanship Model and how to facilitate powerfully effective EABC sessions (Equine Assisted Belief Change)

  • Develop a strong foundation in EGD/EFW processes and skills

  • Become more versatile in your approach to individuals, teams and herds

  • Help clients move quickly, easily and joyfully toward their goals

  • Have a great time doing what you love

  • Dance With Equus!


This training offers learning modules that balance the skills and creativity required to facilitate transformational EGD sessions and programs. During these 2 weeks you will experience and learn how to create a safe environment for learning, sharing, growing and healing under EGD/EFW guidelines.


*Previous exposure to or training in equine guided work is a prerequisite for this training, such as the Level 1 Exploring EGD Training, at Chiron’s Way, the Pro-EFW Explorations Training, or equivalent. This course meets the requirements toward certification with the Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada (Pro-EFW).

Dates: July 5-9, 2022  --- followed by Level 3 on August 23-27, 2022

Location: Chiron's Way in Maple Ridge - 45 min east of Vancouver, Canada

Tuition:$3000 + gst by June 5/$3150+ gst thereafter when Level 2 and 3 are taken in the same year

OR $1600 + gst/week when taken in different years

LEVEL 4 Training

EFW Integration Week


1. Completion of the approved Professional Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness' (Pro-EFW) Explorations and Focus Trainings.

2. Completion of fifteen (15) hours of direct client contact practicing EFW either with individuals or groups and two (2) hours of mentorship with a Pro-EFW Mentor.

3. Participants must be a Pro-EFW Certification Candidate. Non-certification candidates may be considered at the discretion of the individual trainer. If a non-certification candidate completes Integration Training and then decides at a later date to pursue Pro-EFW's Certification, they may need to complete Integration Training again.

4. A written draft of the trainee’s Scope of Practice and Personal Progress Plan.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review and confirm solid understanding of EFW principals and philosophies including those regarding role of the horse, safety, and ethics and their application to the participant’s professional work and practice in the EFW field.

2. To deepen understanding of the theoretical model applied by the individual trainer and its integration with EFW. Specific learning objectives within this area will vary with the approach being taught and at Chiron’s Way those will focus on integrating expressive therapies and modalities into equine guided programs and how to facilitate an EABC session (Equine Assisted Belief Change) including applications for transforming stress and trauma - past, present and future..

3. To deepen and develop applied understanding of the theoretical model (see #2 above) to EFW work through discussion, practice and case examples with different populations and different formats in accordance with the trainees Scope of Practice.

4. To create, prepare, introduce, facilitate and debrief practice sessions within participant’s individual Scope of Practice.

5. Further exploration (through discussion, case examples and practice) of an appropriate horsemanship approach applied by the individual trainer (training team) and its integration with EFW and Pro-EFW philosophies and principals - this is often completed in Focus Training Week 3.

6. Further development and/or completion of a Scope of Practice and a Personal Progress Plan.

Dates: July 12-16, 2022

Location: Chiron's Way in Maple Ridge - 45 min east of Vancouver, Canada

Tuition: $1500 + gst Early Bird by June 12 /$1650 + gst thereafter

Advanced Apprenticeship

The Art of Equus

If you’d like to immerse yourself in the way of the horse and are ready to enliven your equine practice with exercises that are powerful, meaningful and fun, then join Sandra for The Art of Equus Advanced Apprenticeship Program.

  • Enhance your facilitation skills

  • Expand your equine guided program with versatile tools that work

  • Learn how to integrate expressive arts with equine guided activities

  • Facilitate Equine Assisted Belief Change (E-ABC) sessions

  • Help your clients integrate their learning and engage diverse learning styles

  • Receive mentorship and guidance in program and business development

  • Create and practice new exercises in a supportive and nurturing environment

  • Become certified in the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness with EFW-Can

  • Actualize your personal and program goals

Horses are masters at making conscious our subconscious programs and beliefs. The beliefs that empower us and also the beliefs that limit us. In the Art of Equus, you will learn Level 1 of Sandra’s Conscious Horsemanship methods enabling you to facilitate Equine Assisted Belief Change (E-ABC) sessions which enable clients to transform their lives quickly, easily and  joyfully.


The Art of Equus will be offered again in 2021. It will include 4 weeks/20 days of study at Chiron’s Way near Vancouver, Canada as well as individual projects and learning between gatherings along with group mentoring calls.

Space is limited to 8 participants so contact Sandra for your application today.  

Date:          TBA

Location:   Maple Ridge, BC

EMAIL Sandra to express your interest