Athena Herd: a natural place to learn
ACCPH: Athena Herd CIC is an Organisational Member of ACCPH (the Professional Body for Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists, Hypnotherapists, NLP Practitioners and School Mentors). This means our Equine Facilitated Learning and Practitioner courses are accredited. Our training and courses are of the highest standard and closely follow the level benchmarks set by Ofqual, the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council or similar bodies.
BACP: Athena Herd CIC is an Organisational Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This demonstrates that Athena Herd CIC is committed to providing safe, ethical and professional counselling and psychotherapy services and training.
Jennifer and Brent Geach were disillusioned by the way they had experienced their horses welbeing whilst on traditional livery yards. This is why they started to look at alternative solutions. This was not just to improve the lifestyle of the horses but all of the animals and theirs. This quest led to the farmhouse located in Paddock Wood, Kent. A property with approximately 17 acres of land and a commutable distance from London. This move fulfilled the dream to live a more peaceful and tranquil lifestyle. In other words, more quality time as a family surrounded by animals.
The land at the farmhouse benefited from established hedgerow, mature trees, natural water sources, wild flowers and plants. In other words, providing a wealth of natural benefits for the animals as well as the wildlife. In short, Jennifer wanted to look at how they, people and animals, might live in harmony with the natural environment. That is to say through a more natural and sympathetic system of land management.
Most importantly the move to the farmhouse was to provide the horses with an environment that better supports optimum physical and mental health. Inspired by, amongst others, Jamie Jackson’s book “Paddock Paradise: A Guide to Natural Horse Boarding”. Subsequently, Brent and Jennifer embarked on a journey. Athena Herd today is home to a sizeable barefoot herd of horses living as naturally as possible on an equine track system.
Consequently, it is no surprise that this labour of love brought together horses and a group of like-minded humans. In other words, people passionate about the mental and physical health and wellbeing of horses.
Firstly the name "Athena" came about because it derives from a Greek goddess and portrays caring and kindness having inner and outer beauty. We therefore, felt that Athena as our name denotes our values. Coincidentally, on moving to the farmhouse, two horses purchased at that time are from a mare called Athena. Unfortunately, whilst happy with the name "Athena", this was already taken. Therefore, we decided to add "Herd" to "Athena". Importantly for us, this represents both the herd of horses and the concept of people becoming part of our herd. Athena Herd a natural place to learn and be herd. In other words, a brand built by going “back to basics”. Athena Herd has been and will always continue to be a labour of love. Most importantly Athena Herd has evolved by us observing and learning from all members of the Athena Herd both past and present.
Athena Herd logo
One thing that really stood out on moving to the farmhouse was an old almost spooky looking dead tree. This tree is located in the middle of the land and gains a great deal of attention. The lightening tree. This tree was the foundation of the Athena Herd logo. It depicts for us that special tree deeply rooted into the land. It also has a representation of the Athena Herd and animals all encompassed within a circle depicting positive emotions and nature. We give thanks to Kate for designing the Athena Herd logo.
Equine Facilitated Learning
We believe that our authenticity and attention to the whole health and wellbeing of the Athena Herd horses is what makes the Equine Facilitated Learning experiences here at Athena Herd unique.
Jennifer Geach strives to build meaningful relationships and connections with the Athena Herd horses through really observing and listening. Moreover, this has also been the case with all of the horses that have made up the Athena Herd over the years. In other words, we really look to gain a better understanding of their individual needs. This journey is what took Jennifer on the path of looking at what is, for example, Equine Facilitated Learning, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Subsequently, Jennifer went on to join courses offered by both IFEEL and LEAP.
Certification and Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning
More recently, the Athena Herd team, which includes both Jennifer Geach and Graeme Green from The Mindful Horse, has designed the unique stand alone Certification in Equine Facilitated Learning as well as the full Equine Facilitated Practitioner Diploma.
In conclusion, Athena Herd CIC is an internationally recognised learning and development training centre. We offer unique individual training qualifications and programmes. Our programmes range from those wishing to learn more about equine track systems and what it means to keep your horse on one to our unique standalone Certification in Equine Facilitated Learning as well as the full Equine Facilitated Practitioner Diploma. Our programmes have been designed so that we can tailor our training to suit your needs so that you can attain our accredited qualifications. Many of our training programmes are validated for CPD by ACCPH. For more information please visit our programme page
Corporate Leadership, Team Building, Skills development for social benefit groups and learning
Furthermore, Athena Herd CIC offers corporate leadership and team building skills development for social benefit groups and local charities. Similarly, in the case of other charity and community interest groups, we will work with them to secure funding to support such work.
Importantly there is a great breadth of experience and expertise in our team from Legal and Business to Therapeutic and Coaching.
We also excel in hosting private events. Please contact us for more information.
You can also stay onsite at Athena Herd. As a result, completely immerse yourself in the experience. This can be at our farmhouse, in our tree house, or bell tents. Find out more about our accommodation here.