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What's It Like To Belong To The HERD?

What People Are Saying

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ST, EFL Student

Having always had a passion for both horses and wellness; a colleague suggested I look into the philosophies of The HERD Institute. I completed my EFL Level 1 certification last spring and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the organization as a whole. The focus of The HERD Institute is relationship driven and Dr. Lac offers compassion and understanding to everyone she meets. Her passion for horses and people is beautifully exemplified in the programs of the HERD and in her commitment to helping all of her students succeed.

-ST, EFL Student

P.J.H.

“The HERD Institute won’t be the best kept secret in Equine Facilitated Learning for long. 🙂 This program offers both practical and theoretical frameworks. The Institute is lead by highly accomplished experts in their field. If you’re looking for heart-centered professional development and a way to impact the lives of humans while partnering with horses and skillful instructors- look no further. You belong here.” 

-PJH

M.M.

“Veronica is amazingly knowledgeable and skilled in sharing her passion and energy in exploring and teaching about the power of relationships and embodied experiences in her training program. I finished the training program recently and highly recommend the program to anyone interested in furthering their experiences and integrating equine partners into their work more completely and compassionately. Veronica is incredibly patient and helpful with flexibility for supervision hours and answering any fun geeky questions we could come up with. She’s is dedicated to helping others reach their goals and find their own personal way of combining her methods with their practice and passions. I can not recommend this program or working with Veronica enough.”

-MM

A.P.

“Wonderful training for Equine Facilitated Learning. Hopefully, we’ll be hosting Veronica at Dragonfly Dressage and Equine Learning Centre next spring!”

-AP

J.L.

“I participated in a weekend retreat. I found the exercises to be incredible. I have never connected so much with my feelings and truly focused on myself and my needs as I have at this retreat. While at the same time connecting deeply with others… People and horses. I am so excited by the possibilities for the future. I am very much looking forward to many more experiences with the HERD Institute.”

-JL

J.B.

“Seriously, when I heard about this I was super standoffish and not sure what I was gonna get from the experience. But I pushed myself to go and I will never regret it or forget it ….This was so helpful and inspiring…. The best experience and people. Very, very, very happy. I can’t wait to keep going. Thank you for everything.”

-JB

E.L.

“Veronica Lac is not only a gifted therapist but a gifted teacher. I took a clinic that helped our team explore Equine Assisted Learning in depth. With her help everything clicked. I left her clinic very confident in my ability to lead equine assisted learning activities – something I had not been confident in leading prior to her workshop.”

-EL

CR

“INCREDIBLE experience, I’d recommend this to anyone.”  

-CR 

MRP

“The HERD institute is the most academic and philosophically based Equine Facilitated Program that I have seen. The curriculum is challenging, and it encourages you to stretch your understanding. Veronica demonstrates her support and care for each of her students. I highly recommend the HERD institute.”

-MRP 

DM

“Sometimes there aren’t the right words – but I will try! I first met Veronica Lac at a course around attachment and neuroscience which she ran at Rainbow Horses in the UK. I attended the 2 day course and was blown away and inspired – by Veronica’s professionalism, vision, and ability to hold a space. I was so excited when she decided to run certification in the UK and just had to do it! I am a qualified therapist and had already done by initial EFP training with LEAP in the UK – but the HERD approach really spoke to me and I knew that it was going to help me deepen my practice. My time with Veronica and my cohort has been life changing to say the least. I have been pushed in ways that I had not imagined, not all pleasant, and been supported all the way through. I have grown in ways that I had never dreamed and my practice has developed beyond measure. I am so excited to continue to grow within the HERD. I encourage anyone considering this training to go for it if it resonates with you. You will be supported to grow in a spirit of abundance, and challenged to be the best you can be, integrating this model into your own approach. The theoretical and philosophical underpinnings are consistent with the practical approach and this makes it a safe and ethical model within which to practice. I am very open to any questions that you may have, so feel free to contact me.”

-DM

JS

GL

Workshop Participant

“Incredible experience! I want to recommend this to every single woman I know.”

Participant, Embodied Woman Workshop

JL

“I participated in a weekend retreat. I found the exercises to be incredible. I have never connected so much with my feelings and truly focused on myself and my needs as have at this retreat. While at the same time connecting deeply with others… human and horses. I am so excited by the possibilities for the future. I am very much looking forward to many more experiences with the HERD Institute.”

-JL, Individual Retreat Participant 

JB

“I really wasn’t sure what I was going I was going to get from the experience but I pushed myself to go and will never regret it or forget it. This was so helpful and inspiring. This was the best experience and I can’t wait to do more. Thank you for everything.”

-JB, Embodied Woman Workshop Participant

K.M.

“Amazing program and staff! Learned so much about creating and holding healing space and the relationship MAGIC possible with horses! I just love belonging to the Herd and I encourage you to join!”

-KM