Do You Hear the Whispers of Equus?

If you’ve always dreamed of a career where you could partner with horses to create a better tomorrow for people, you’ve found your way to the perfect future. The Touched by a Horse® Equine Gestalt Coaching Certification Program includes everything you need to become a successful entrepreneur in your own coaching business. The program is very flexible, but has limited enrollment to keep class sizes small.

Equine gestalt coaching Melisa Pearce and her gypsy vanner horse coaches

The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was Created by Melisa Pearce

Melisa Pearce is the founder of Touched by a Horse® and the creator of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® and the Gestalt Coaching Method®. She has spent her life with horses and  has been a leading figure in the horse-human healing movement since the late 1980’s.  Through thousands of hours in the presence of her equine companions, she developed a deep awareness and intuitive understanding of the emotional landscape of horses. While they’ve served humankind in every way over the centuries, Melisa believes that horses’ true purpose on this planet is to heal.

Melisa has also been a practicing psychotherapist, Master Coach, and Gestaltist for more than thirty years. She has combined this expertise with the healing gifts she saw in horses to develop the the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®. Now in its 10th year, her certification program has graduated nearly 200 coaches, who provide equine assisted coaching to clients all over the world. Melisa is also the author of several books, including her most recent – “What the Heck is Gestalt” (2019) – a user friendly and comprehensive guide to Gestalt.

Equine gestalt coaching Melisa and her horse Pri

How it Works

Effort

3-5 Hours Per Week

Course Length

2 years

Commitment

Weekly online classes

Class Size

Under 15 Students

Model

The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®

Format

In-person workshops, calls and online 

The Touched By A Horse® Equine Gestalt Coaching Certification Program considers the horse as an integral partner in the coaching process. In the course of your training, you will directly observe how the horses participate in coaching sessions and the deep healing value that they offer.

While many of our students are experienced horse owners, this is not a requirement. We insure that you have plenty of experience working with your horse coach partners prior to graduation.

Horses as Your Active Coaching Partners

 

 

In-Depth Training on Developing a Successful Coaching Practice

 

 

To insure the success of our graduates,The Touched By A Horse® Equine Gestalt Coaching Certification Program covers all aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur, including identifying your niche, marketing your business, creating your website and even developing your elevator pitch! We make sure that all graduates are not only fully prepared to be a coach, but a successful entrepreneur as well.

The Curriculum Focuses on Six Core Competencies

Gestalt and Human Dynamics

The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® incorporates Gestalt theory. Gestalt is a German word loosely translated to mean wholeness. The process of Gestalt in coaching can be seen as a journey to wholeness. Most therapeutic approaches look to the past, forming labels and diagnoses to explain behaviors. Our Gestalt coaches, or “Gestaltists”,  work in the present, seeing their clients as a totality of life experience during which defenses and strategies form. The Getalt process holds that each client has inherent healing wisdom that is outside of their present awareness.

Equine Knowledge

Horses are an active partner in the coaching sessions. Students learn equine behavior and communication through hands-on training with Melisa. By sharing her deep understanding of the healing powers of horses, students learn how to bring them in as partners in the coaching. They learn horses body language and how they use their healing energy fields (chakras). Practical aspects are also covered, such as horse selection, facility requirements and safety.

Somatics and Intuitive Insights

Based on Gestalt principles of wholeness, students will discover the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® is experiential in nature and moves beyond talk therapy to include the felt experience of a person in their body as a means of gaining personal awareness. Special emphasis is given to the importance of developing intuition and its potential to harness the vast powers of the subconscious.

Workshop Facilitation

Students will learn the skills necessary to lead both workshops and individual coaching sessions, including creating the proper container, setting boundaries, and confidentiality. This will also include practical aspects such as legal releases, safety checks and co-facilitation skills and issues.

Coaching Skills

Students are taught a comprehensive tool-kit of highly-effective and proven coaching tools and techniques for helping others meet their challenges and opportunities. Through both classroom teachings as well as textbooks written by leading experts in the fields, students are provided with an in-depth understanding of tools and concepts such as individual typology and temperaments, principles of Neuro-lingusitic programming, SMART plans, individual developmental stages and family genograms. They also learn to guide their clients in developing personal visions and values.

Business Development

Most of our program graduates enter into the program with the intention of establishing their own coaching practice. To insure the success of our graduates that do go onto being an entrepreneur, we provide our students with all of the necessary tools to start their own coaching practice. This includes guidance in writing a business plan, identifying specific a target market and niche, creating an online presence (including a website) and other marketing strategies that have proven to be successful for our graduates. Running your own business is not a prerequisite for joining the program, as some graduates explore joint ventures capitalizing on complimentary backgrounds in finance, marketing, horse ownership and experience, etc.

 

The Touched by a Horse Certification Program is a powerful, deeply transformational experience that has changed the entire course of my life for the better. This program is not just about learning new skills. It is about lasting personal change; a positive shift from the inside, out.
— Dr. Bethany Piziks
BraveHeart Gestalt Coaching

 

 

“Becoming an Equine Gestalt Coach has been the most amazing journey. As an EGC coach, my equine partners and I now have the honor of using all I have been taught to guide others to discovering their personal journey.”

 

— Kathy Slagter
One Neigh at a Time

 

 

“This program not only provided me with superior skills, it also led me through a personal transformation. It helped me to create a vision that, with Melisa’s guidance and continued support, has become a reality. That vision is reflected in my passion for bringing a voice to my equine partners and to those I coach.”

— Jaclyn Manzione, Xanthus Equine Gestalt Center

 

The Touched by a Horse® Certification Program is a powerful, deeply transformational experience that has changed the entire course of my life for the better. This program is not just about learning new skills. It is about lasting personal change; a positive shift from the inside, out.
— Dr. Bethany Piziks
BraveHeart Gestalt Coaching

“Becoming an Equine Gestalt Coach has been the most amazing journey. As an EGC coach, my equine partners and I now have the honor of using all I have been taught to guide others to discovering their personal journey.”


— Kathy Slagter
One Neigh at a Time

“This program not only provided me with superior skills, it also led me through a personal transformation. It helped me to create a vision that, with Melisa’s guidance and continued support, has become a reality. That vision is reflected in my passion for bringing a voice to my equine partners and to those I coach.”

— Jaclyn Manzione, Xanthus Equine Gestalt Center

The Touched by a Horse Podcast

The EGCMethod Explained

What makes our Method effective and unique:

  • Based on Gestalt principles.
  • Experiential nature of the method offers lasting results.
  • Considers the horse an active partner in the coaching process.
  • Studied and proven efficacy.
  • Professional graduate pracitioners.

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“Our lives are shaped and seasoned by unforeseen circumstances. Our being human means we choose our own responses and reactions to them, often maturing as we grow. Through friendship and with guidance, our own truth is formed as we step into our destiny. Horses can be our dearest guides and most profound teachers. Horses can be the sweet trusted confidants on life’s journey. Blessed are those who experience the whispers from a horse’s heart.” 

—Melisa Pearce

Visit Melisa’s Writings

What Does it Mean to be a Gestalt Coach?

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Unfinished Business

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Gestalt: Beyond the Conscious Mind

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