NAL or Nature-Assisted Learning (eco-psychology) is a learner based educational experience with nature. Equine-Assisted Learning or EAL is a non-riding learner based educational experience with horses. More specifically, together NAL and EAL are an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and relationship growth. You engage in objectively driven exercises and find yourself learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with nature and horses.
When you get up close and personal with Nature through The EcoART Process, you DISCOVER validated, experiential learning, positively reinforced interactions, Art, Nature and Horses. You DISCOVER a step-by-step growth process that promotes results in the following areas:
BODY - (Personal Care): Release muscle tension - resulting in looking and feeling younger / healthier while creating new muscle memories through the kinesthetic exploration of EcoART.
MIND - (Change Management / Burnout Prevention): Decrease anxiety and worry - promoting a healthier life balance through improved communication / relationship skills with mindful focus on experiencing the potential of the present moment.
SPIRIT - (Personal Development): Increase confidence and self-worth - improves life balance, strengthens your sense of community and relationships.
SOUL - (Spiritual Direction): Keep it together and stay joyfully balanced long term - allowing the self-balancing wilderness without to sync with and maintain the balance of the wilderness within by nurturing an objectively-driven connection with nature. .../Scientific & Professional Research
Life is a series of stressful events. A combination of many differing degrees or levels of stress certainly.
There's stress that comes from challenges and goals set and completed, and there's stress that comes from unexpected events, from change. Self-initiated events or those out of our control.
The number of stressors in your life and how you go about the checks and balances of self-care can determine your overall stress quotient. JUST HOW HOT IS THE FIRE?
“Although many signals from Nature escape our perception, our life affinities exist on all levels. In as many as 54 different ways, we might sense the natural environment because we are a continuum of it. It is in us. Our natural senses are our felt kinship with Earth and each other. They are unexplored roads to personal and global sanity.”
- Dr. Michael J. Cohen,
Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners. Horses consistently react to stimulus provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working around horses are -- they don’t judge but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and instant. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes spur the answer to individual change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine-assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant’s rate of success to self discovery. How?
Horses can magnify an individual’s problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual’s character. Horses don’t over think a participant’s motive but horses do challenge their behaviour and leadership.
So, why bother connecting with Nature through the EcoART Process? Because it is the essential missing-link building block to growing love and inner peace in our crazy-making world. It is the place where personal growth starts. But most of all, it's about inspiration, about setting your Soul on Fire.
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