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Lake Erie College hosts equestrian workshop featuring internationally acclaimed trainer

Lake Erie College will host a workshop series, “Adventures of the Heart: Learning with Horses,” on Thursday, May 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center. The presenter will be renowned trainer Barbara Rector who will work with Jackie Stevenson, entrepreneur-in-residence and the College horses.

Rector has more than three decades of experience sharing horses with those around her for their mutual benefit – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She has traveled the world training people in her “Adventure in Awareness” process.

Rector has held key leadership roles at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) and Sierra Tucson Hospital where she developed the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) program.

Nationally, Rector is co-founder of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and has served two terms on the NARHA Board of Directors. She currently serves as secretary on The Commission for Certification of Equine Facilitated Interaction Professionals.

Through the workshop, participants will experience the power of horses and learn how horses can change lives. Participants will explore conscious relationships, enhance capacity for deep listening and effective communication, listen and read the “heart field” and energetic flow. Participants will develop abilities for positive change through emotional and embodied intelligence, strengthen awareness of intuitive, innovative and creative skills and learn from non verbal body language and cross-species communication.

Anyone who is curious about getting to know his or herself and others through the heart lens of a horse is encouraged to participate. Specifically, individuals who are interested in Equine Guided Therapy Education or Coaching, horse enthusiasts, horse owners seeking fresh perspectives, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists or those seeking personal discovery are welcome.

The workshop is sponsored by Lake Erie College, Equine Studies Department, The Center for Leadership and Professional Development and Spirit of Leadership. Spirit of Leadership provides coaching, training, seminars and retreat opportunities for corporations and not-for-profit organizations. For more information about their services, visit

Register and make $30 payment ($55 for social worker CEU’s) for Thursday’s event at For more information, contact Kathleen R. Homyock, director for the Center for Leadership and Professional Development, at 440.375.7144 or Rector’s book, Adventures in Awareness: Learning with the Help of Horses, will be available for purchase and signing.

There will also be a weekend workshop series at Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty, Ohio on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, including fees, or to register, contact Jackie Stevenson at 440.338.1752 or

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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