People experience nature based, relationship-centered activities, through a holistic and theme-based approach which is supportive for their:
“Whether engaging in activities with horses, other animals, or nature aspects, ESP’s ‘Natural Way of the Horse Life Skills’ play a unique support role within our practice as underpinning wellness guides, perfectly defining our name: Equine Supported Programs (ESP)”
They help people become more aware of their self-needs in life.
This provides people with empowering life skills, meaningful relationships, enhanced health, and life-changing belief in self.
Michelle Roockley (ESP founder) has identified specific life skills that horses naturally strive to practice for their overall wellness, which are valuable ‘people life skills’ also.
Through her 40 plus years of observing, being and interacting with horses in various settings, Michelle notices that horses naturally wish for and strive to be:
gather information about self, other & the environment in healthy, present & embodied way
become openly interested to explore, with healthy, non-assuming judgement
engage in truthful communication to self & other in a way that can be mutually understood with an intention for 'peace'
spend quality time with Nature for self-nourishment & sensory connection to Earth - Home
And will seek valuable time to:
holistically process, release, rest, rejuvenate, re-set & ready self for the next
“ESP provides a great foundation, with a license for creativity”
Our ethics and standards reflect necessary, minimum guidelines for Equine/Animal/Nature Assisted (experiential) Learning and Therapeutic modalities for best-practice service delivery and horse/human/animal/nature/practitioner welfare.
The ethics and standards have been shaped and realised through the growth of Michelle’s professional and personal journey while developing ESP over the past years, as well as relevant published documents, reference material, and professional consultation.