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Welcome to Eagala in Australia and New Zealand

Part of the global network of more than 4,500 EAGALA practitioners across 50 countries. The Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Develoment Eagala model is an experiential solution focused modality that supports clients to recognise patterns of behaviour and learn how to effect change. Underpinned by well researched psychotherapy and lerning theory, the Eagala model has a global and growing body of research attesting to the efficacy and positive outcomes the model facilitates.

 Our Vision

Strengthen the Eagala Pacific professional community to attain deeper and wider recognition of the Eagala model, increase access across client populations and collaborate as a professional community to uphold and advance quality practicedevelop programs, measure outcomes and contribute to the evidence.


Find Eagala Model Programs in Australasia


 Engage with your Eagala Member Professional Community

 Eagala Pacific group leaders welcome all Eagala members to regular group meetings.   Join us to network with professional colleagues, share best practice, continue to develop as professional practitioners, share experience and build our community.

  Join Eagala Pacific Group on Facebook

 Region Coordinator Eagala Pacific: 

Michelle Black, Email: , 0475 197 157


Australia Network Groups


New Zealand Network Groups

  • New Zealand (Bay of Plenty) - Claire Cornwell,, 07 3332987
  • New Zealand - Renee Keenan,, + 64 276015929
  • New Zealand (Whanganui/Taranaki)  - Mark Wood,,  + 64 2201 84 227
  • New Zealand (WaiKanae South) - Jane Weggery,, 027 222 3899


Eagala Pacific Focus Groups

  • Horse Safety & Well Being Focus Group

              Convenor: Holly Ohlson Email:


  • Research Focus Group

             Convenor: Naomi Rossthorn Email:



Upcoming Events


Next Eagala Training


May 2 –6, 2018 Geelong, VIC Australia 


Sept. 23 – 27, 2018 Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia


For more information about certification requirements go to Certification program.

NEW Online Eagala Business Essentials Program:

This is an Eagala on-line program specifically designed for Eagala professionals to support you in establishing a successful, highly professional and sustainable business. This program will make a tremendous difference saving costly time and money not messaging, valuing or putting important business practices into place.


View a FREE Introduction to the Eagala Business Essentials Program:

  1. Register by clicking on the following link:
  2. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the free recorded webinar.
  3. Join the webinar, watch the session and be sure to answer the quick questions at the end so we can help you more.

Contact Michelle Black, Eagala Pacific Regional Director, at for more information or to register your interest to sign up for the next course. 



In the Media




July 2015: Equine Alliance with Helen Sorensen in the media.   (attachment below)


September 2014: Article in the Advertiser (NSW, Australia) on new schools student leadership program with EAGALA practitioner Dave Hollier


6 June 2013: Rodney Times "Healing power of horses" by Edna Heled on Eagala in New Zealand at Dune Lakes Lodge


Australian Association of Social Workers, Swift - Autumn 2010 issue, "Could a horse help you and your clients?" by Tiffany Carmichael, pages 8-9.


Equine Assisted Learning at Horse Sense for Humans

By Tiffany Carmichael, Equine Specialist and Director, Horse Sense For Humans


Equine Assisted Learning in Schools & Student Wellbeing: Article in Active Education Magazine 2010 by Helen Gorfine

EAL Schools Student Wellbeing AEM#25.pdf


"Find Yourself", Free Rein Australia, Cindy Jacobs: Surf Coast Times, On Line Jan 10th 2011, page 7


Gail Morley, Occupational Therapist/ Case Manager, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Specialist Services, New Zealand. Bay of Plenty Times, 23rd March, 2011.

Gail Morley New Zealand News Horses help children battle depression.docx


Lisa Wilkinson,, Eagala Training April 2011, Wellington, New Zealand.


Eagala Model schools program in New Zealand



Community Health Service introduces Eagala Model Program, Victoria

 Community Health Service Victoria EAGALA Equine Therapy Program


Eagala Pacific Conference & Eagala Model Program information in Horsewyse Magazine Spring Issue 2012 out now.

Horsewyse Magazine EAGALA Pacific Conference sponsor