It’s been all hands on deck at The HERD Institute® this month as we prepare to launch our BRAND NEW Equine Facilitated Learning Foundation Certification curriculum. This Foundation program replaces our existing EFL Level 1 Certification. HERD members please note: All EFL Level 1 Graduates and current EFL Level 1 students will be automatically transferred to this new designation.

Our new training delivery format will be sticking with our tried and tested hybrid teaching model, offering both group and individual mentoring through self-paced online content followed by mentoring and live webinars. We’ve been working on this transition for months and we can’t wait to share it with you all. All these changes have meant that the team has been working tirelessly to ensure that everything on the back end will run smoothly. From student enrollment through to graduation, we want to make sure that we’ve got you covered. To do all this, the Admin and Program Management team came together in person to finalize all the details over a 2-day retreat at HERD HQ in Orlando, FL. And, my goodness! We had a blast!! We worked hard, we played hard, we flexed and flowed in ways that we’ve never done, and we’ve come out with more confidence in our abilities and stronger in our relationships. It was MAGIC!  I am giddy with excitement at what the future holds for our phenomenal team.

At The HERD Institute®, we pride ourselves on the sense of community that we intentionally cultivate for all those who join us. This would not be possible without our incredible team of instructors guiding our students every step of the way on their certification journeys. I’m so grateful to Rachael Loucks, Diana Bezdedeanu, Katie Wheeler, Elizabeth McCorvey, Jennifer Baker, Brandie Millar, Marsha Krantz, Sara Rietsch, Katie Fallon, Sarah Douglas, Chris Goodall, and Danielle Mills. This end-of-year communication is an invitation to all our HERD Members who have experienced the support of our team to shower them with our gratitude! My heart is full of love and admiration for you all.

For now, I’m looking forward to taking some time off over the holidays to rest and digest. I hope you all have the opportunity to do that too.

Happy Holidays to you all. Wishing you all peace and joy in 2024.

Executive Director