Sharolyn is a Life Coach and dually certified as an Equine Facilitated Learning Professional (EFLP) and Equine Specialist/Professional (EP) with EFW-CANADA – the national governance body for Equine Facilitated Wellness.
Ears Forward Coaching was founded by Sharolyn Wandzura and is based @ Azadeh Acres in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. As a long time student of the horse, I blend my studies of Liberty Horse Training, Equine Guided Development, Life Coaching and horse psychology to find a path that helps empower my clients to connect with their TRUE nature to create compassionate and courageous relationships at home and at work.
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Other common names for our field of partnering with horses in human development are:
EFL – Equine Facilitated Learning
EAL – Equine Assisted Learning
EFW – Equine Facilitated Wellness
EGD – Equine Guided Development
As a student of an amazing horse trainer and woman Carolyn Resnick I’ve studied her Liberty Training program based on the true nature of horses. The first level is learning horse communication through the 7 Waterhole Rituals. In 2012, I was honoured to help bring her wisdom and share her message with horse owners in Canada who are looking to take their relationship with their horses to the next level. Studying is my life long passion. I’ve taken various equine courses through the Equus Program at Kwantlan College, Langley, BC along with many hours studying various natural horsemanship philosophies. I continue to study with many amazing people in the helping professions of coaching and horse psychology.
My journey to becoming a Life and Wellness Coach began with my love of horses and the exploration of Equine Guided Development. I was fortunate enough to receive my first Paint pony at the age of 4. My father continued to bring home 6 month old horses that I would sit and groom in the pastures until they were ready to let me ride them. After I finished university I moved to the west coast and for many years I did not have a horse. I couldn’t seem to find my home at the lesson barns or stables that I came across. Gratefully this searching began to make a shift in the late 90s when I decided to take a Equine horse psychology course at a local collage in British Columbia. It was during this course that I connected with an amazing instructor – Catalina De La Custa and knew there was “more to connecting with horses”. It was around the same time that authors began to share their stories of the horse-human connection, the most famous book at the time “Tao of Equus” by Linda Kohanov. As Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Guided Learning became well known in the educational and therapeutic worlds, programs were also being developed for personal development and expanding human potential. Wanting to jump in with both feet I studied Equine Guided Development at Chiron’s Way with Sandra Wallin and became inspired and empowered to make my dreams a reality. My passion for research into horse behaviour continues as I continue to study with Carolyn Resnick. Through her approach, I have found the true language of horses, respectful relationships and authentic leadership. I am honoured to be her “forever” student.
Horse Connection Sessions
By refocusing my own life and putting my ears forward on my path, I have achieved many of my own goals and hope to share the power clarity can have by putting action behind your desires to move forward. Contact me to discuss if a Horse Connection Session is a fit for you or your clients.
Certification and Programs
Equine Facilitated Learning Professional (EFLP) and Equine Specialist/Professional (EP) with EFW-CANADA – EFW-CANADA Equine Facilitated Wellness. The role of the EFW team is to create a safe space in which clients are able to learn, experience, explore, and express themselves. Equines have their own perceptions and emotions, and can also attune themselves to the presence and feelings of others. Through their remarkable sensitivity, perceptiveness, and intuition equines are able to offer valuable feedback and information to clients. It is crucial that they are able to express themselves spontaneously and freely through their actions and reactions when working with clients.
Certified Life Coach – Coach Training Alliance
Coach Training Alliance is a growing collection of the finest educators, mentors, coaches, and facilitators in the profession of coaching. The LearnMore System™ enables you to experience your knowledge. It is an opportunity to know experientially what you already know conceptually. The system incorporates the Four Pillars of Wisdom™ approach and the Circle of Learning™ methodology. WISDOM – the discerning use of knowledge. Words (data, information) allow theoretical understanding. Experience enables practical knowledge. Accumulated wisdom is the discerning use of knowledge over time.
“Dancing with Equus”- Chiron’s Way
Facilitator Training in Equine Guided Development Program.
Master the Art of Partnering With Horses in the Field of Human Development. This 100 hour program is divided into three modules and is designed to meet the rising equine industry standards as outlined by the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and the EFMH branch of CanTRA. It will also cover the principles and philosophies of the Epona Approach, honour the work of other leaders in the field and share a variety of innovative Chiron’s Way practices across a variety of markets. (2008)
“The Art of Equus” – Chiron’s Way
Integrating Equine Guided Practices With The Expressive Arts Program.
Add an Equine Arts curriculum to your professional repertoire (combining the healing power of the arts with the transformational influence of horses), or would like to delve deeply into your own creative process, Sandra Wallin, MA, RCC of Chiron’s Way Counselling Services is offering a year long mentorship and training program that focuses on integrating expressive arts with equine guided practices. (2007). It is with a deep respect for horses as reflective teachers and guides, that I have developed Emotional Agility Programs based on the scope of practice of Equine Guided Development for individuals and groups wanting to improve their relationship with themselves, each other AND our environment.
My BFA in photography from the University of Saskatchewan, musical background and life long dancing career also influence my workshops and programs which often have elements of photography – art – music and dance.
When I’m not teaching Equine Facilitated Wellness programs I enjoy walking with my dog, taking photos and hitting the beautiful trails of Maple Ridge, BC.