Location and facilities:

Equine EARTH in Stroud is located between Bisley and Oakridge.

There are 15 acres of land,paddocks and ancient woodland, an open barn with an outdoor arena, a roundpen, yurt and eco toilets.

The Herd:

The herd are a barefoot mixture of native breeds, mares and geldings. They are barefoot and live out all year round with free access to the open barn, field shelter and woodland. They choose to work individually or as a herd and each herd member has a special therapeutic talent

The herd at rest in the arena.

Jo Saunders:

BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor, Equine Facilitated Practitioner cert,

B.A Hons Graphic Design.

Drawing and Talking Cert.

PGCE (early years) and SENCO.

Equine Earth, Jo Saunders, Nature, Eco, Rewilding
Jo and Zorro.
Jo is the founder and director of Equine EARTH. She offers individual counselling, supervision, Equine and art therapy and Drawing and Talking for children.

Background: Jo started out as a graphic designer and freelance animal portrait artist. During this time she re-discovered the healing power of horses when she bought a coloured cob called Jason from Blackpool’s Golden Mile. Over time he enabled her to manage her eating disorder.

Jo took Jason 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). 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. She was then inspired to train as a psychodynamic counsellor and to run the Drawing and Talking programme with young children.

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 and room based counselling. 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).

Featured Image: By Jo EquineEARTH