Our Location:

Equine EARTH is situated in the Cotswolds in Stroud’s five valleys, lying East of the Toadsmoor valley just above an idyllic English hamlet. We have just over 6 acres of mostly flat paddock, an open barn with an outdoor arena, a roundpen, yurt and an acre of ancient woodland.

Our Herd:

The herd are a barefoot mixture of native breeds, both mares and geldings. They live out all year round and can choose to take shelter in the barn, field shelter or woodland in extreme weather. Each herd member has a special therapeutic talent and they work with people individually or as a herd.

The herd doze in the arena.
Photograph: Georgie, Equine EARTH

Jo Saunders:

Supervisor & Counsellor (BACP Accred), PGCE (early years, SENCO), Equine Facilitated Practitioner,B.A Hons Graphic Design.Drawing and Talking Cert.

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Jo and Zorro. Jo is the founder of Equine EARTH. She offers individual counselling, supervision and group work. Photograph by Janos Borbely

Background: Jo started out as a graphic artist and freelance animal portrait artist. She discovered the healing power of horses when she bought a coloured cob from Blackpools Golden Mile,Jason,who enabled her to manage an eating disorder. Jo took him to the children’s home where she worked,which made a positive difference to the children’s lives. Jo became an Early Years teacher and later a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO); training further in the Drawing and Talking method for children. After taking an SEN group out for a riding lesson, she noticed the remarkable difference in the children’s self esteem and the increase in their confidence, after their interaction with the horses.

Jo trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and after working in an Equine Therapy Centre, trained as an Equine Therapist with the LEAP model. Having a big heart, Jo has built up a small herd of native ponies from various backgrounds and has founded Equine EARTH at her site to support the local community and those further afield using art and equine therapy. More recently Jo trained with Robin Shohet, as a supervisor and now incorporates her herd in her supervision sessions.

Specialisms: Long and short term counselling for people with depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, low self-esteem,bereavement and relationship issues through Equine Facilitated therapy and Drawing and Talking Therapy. Also Supervision, both 1:1 and group, with and without the herd.

Qualifications: BA Hons Graphics, PGCE early years Ed and SEN, Psycho-dynamic Counselling Diploma, BACP Accredited, LEAP Cert in EFP, Cert in Drawing and Talking, Cert in supervision (in training).

Georgie McBurney:

Counsellor (MBACP), BSc, PGCE, Equine Facilitated Practitioner, Reiki Master

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Georgie and Jac. Georgie facilitates retreats at Equine EARTH. Photograph by Janos Borbely

Background: Georgie is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and a Registered Member of the BACP. Georgie works in primary care in Yeovil as a Health Coach and Counsellor; and runs a Mental Health Peer Support Group. She also manages and support a small group of trainee counsellors to help the practice offer a quick service. Georgie also has a private practice in Dorset where she lives. 

Georgie has an avid interest in the natural world, complementary therapies and spiritual development. She has had previous careers in the British Army, Police, Education and a previous business in Animal Health and Well-being. Pony Jac originally came into Georgie’s life in 2012 for her fostered niece, and supported her through sudden paralysis to recovery. Georgie then trained as both a counsellor and Equine Facilitated Practitioner (LEAP model) to support others on their healing journey. Jac now blind in one eye lives out happily with Jo’s herd. Georgie helps facilitate Retreats and has helped with website and business set up from Dorset.

Specialisms: Working with people with low moods, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, self-harm and bereavement. Long and short term counselling and Equine Facilitated Counselling. Group work and retreats.

Qualifications: BSc Hons Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare), PGCE in Secondary Science (Biology), Qualified Teacher Status, LEAP Certificate in EFP/L, Therapeutic Counselling Diploma (Level 4), MBACP, Youth MHFA, First Aid Certificate, Certificate in Health Coaching for Behaviour Change, Reiki Master, Psycological Kinesiology and Essential Oil Therapy for Animals. Currently studying Psychotherapeutic Counselling (level 5).

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Caroline Measures

Meditation Leader, Gong Sound Bath Facilitator, Massage Therapist, NLP/Hypnosis/Timeline Therapy/Life Coach Practitioner

Caroline is a freelance therapist and will be a guest at some retreats this year.

Background: Originally from Edinburgh, Caroline studied Modern Languages at St Andrews University before moving with her job to Brussels. She returned to the UK in 2011 and is currently based in Dorset where she lives with her husband and 3 children.

A long-time sufferer of severe anxiety and bouts of depression, Caroline periodically turned to holistic therapies to help her lead a happier and more fulfilling life. She is now on a wonderful journey to deepen her connection to inner peace by becoming a practitioner in some of the therapies that have helped her to surf the emotional waves of life and establish richer relationships throughout her life. Caroline formed Sunshine Therapies and Retreats in 2018 and her goal is to share her experience and training with as many women and teens as possible, to nurture self-care, love and happiness in the kindest ways.

Specialisms: Meditation and mindfulness workshops. Self-care therapies and retreats. Working with stress, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

Qualifications: Hypnosis/NLP/Timeline Therapy/Life Coach Practitioner, Gong Sound Therapist, ITEC Level 3 Body Massage and Sports Massage, Reflexology, Meditation Leader, Acupressure, Indian Head Massage, Reiki Master, First Aid Certificate. Training in Nutrition and Emotional Freedom Technique.

Featured Image: Jo, Equine Earth