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. There is just over 6 acres of flat and gently sloping paddocks, an open barn with an outdoor arena, a roundpen, yurt, eco toilets and an acre of ancient woodland.

Our Herd:

The herd are a barefoot mixture of native breeds, 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 or wear a cosy rug ! Each herd member has a special therapeutic talent and they choose to work individually or as a herd.

The herd doze in the arena.

Jo Saunders:

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

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

Background: Jo started out as a graphic design and freelance animal portrait artist. She discovered the healing power of horses when she bought a coloured cob from Blackpool’s Golden Mile and he enabled her to manage her eating disorder. She took him to Gyde House children’s home where she worked for a while,which made positive changes to the children’s lives. Jo became an Early Years teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).She was then inspired to train further in the Drawing and Talking method for children and to train as a psychodynamic counsellor.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 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 eating disorders,depression, anxiety, stress, 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 has a private practice in Dorset, and works in primary care in Yeovil as a Health Coach & Counsellor supporting adults and young persons. She facilitates a Mental Health Peer Support Group for the wider community in Yeovil and has recently set up a small counselling service within the surgery.

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 facilitates Retreats and has helped with website 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 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 turned to holistic therapies to help her lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Caroline formed Sunshine Therapies and Retreats in 2018 and her goal is to share her experience and training with as many women and teenagers 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: By Jo Equine Earth