Berkshire Horseworks TO TRANSFORM LIVES THROUGH POWERFUL INTERACTIONS WITH HORSES UTILIZING THE EAGALA MODEL OF EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP) AND EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL) BY SHANNON COHAN
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erkshire HorseWorks™ (BHW), is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation which offers workshops in EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to organizations of all kinds on its 7.5acre property in Richmond, MA. With a focus on Equine Assisted Team building for international corporations, school districts, and state agencies, BHW uses horses in ground- based activities to enhance personal development, cohesion, critical thinking skills, and group dynamics in the workplace. From financial institutions including Bain Capital, and Mountain One, to hospitality groups such as Marriott, Equine Assisted Team building has proven highly efficacious for staff development. Founded in 2013 to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to children, families and veterans suffering from mental health and behavioral challenges, the nonprofit stays true to its mission by directing corporate funds to help those at- risk in the community. The EAGALA Model has been utilized by over 5000 certified practitioners in 50 countries and Berkshire HorseWorks Executive Director introduced the practice to the Berkshires over five years ago. BHW has recently expanded its programming into related healing practices including meditative hikes, yoga with horses, art classes, therapeutic site visits and mounted experiences. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.