Horses in the wild live in Herds

Their communication is mostly non verbal.

So how does the whole herd move away from danger, when needed? They use 100% of their, from nature given, skills: 7% verbal + 93% non verbal communication.

And how does the herd move as one unit? They follow their leader, who is chosen by the herd's members, because of the skills she or he has and they are coherent.

How can one define the kind of leadership horses use? Authentic.

Big Boy Session with Vanessa

What can you learn at Gratitude Academy in George?

How to be who you are, without ego attachments and projections. You will reach this through exploring and using nonverbal communication.

Having the Horses as your teachers, you will learn how to be an Authentic Leader, who is worth being followed. And that also means you will learn to be the leader who does not need to create followers, but other leaders.

What we offer:

All the following offers are inclusive of handouts and art material supporting the work. Snacks and lunch are provided with the workshops and sessions lasting for one or more days. Dinner is never included. Transport to and from the airport can be organized in George. We offer accommodation on and off site, which can be booked separately. Due to the work we do, and even if we have a barn in which we can do some of it, the days are mostly spent outdoor, and close to the horses. Please bring: a water bottle, hat, sun protection and sturdy closed shoes.
Vanessa speaks: Italian, French, English and German, and she offers her work in either of these languages. Sessions can be of one or two hours in length, whilst full day sessions as well as multiple days workshops include 6 hours of work and time for breaks and snacks.

Equine Facilitated Learning Apprenticeship -for professional equestrians- 17 days, on-site training over 6 months, and 10 hours long distance mentoring: R76500
One-on-One Sessions with or without the horses: R850/hour; R3000/bundle of 4/hours; R7000/bundle of 10/hours
Group Sessions for groups of 2 or more: R750/hour/person; R2700/bundle of 4/hours/person; R6250/bundle of 10/hours
Weekend One-on-One 2 or 3-day long intensive: R4500/day
Weekend Team Building Workshop for groups of at least 4 participants: R4100/day/person
Long distance and mentoring Sessions via Skype or Phone: R650/hour

A substantial part of the income of the farms goes back to the local communities in form of work we provide and skills we teach them. Donations are welcome as until now we have been self funding the work the horses do, lead by the gratitude we feel for them for the roles they have always played at the side of humans. If it was not for Horses, humans would still live in caves!

Do you feel that this is too expensive for you?
1 - you are not able to create enough money in your reality to afford to follow your dream of thriving in life, that means you are just surviving!
2 - your ego is too strong and overtaking your life and inducing you to believe that this is not affordable for you.
3 - the work we do is extremely effective and quick! Maybe you are just not ready for this very challenging experience! Though nature has got its ways, so if you do not listen it will find a way to make you listen, and I would not really wait to either fall trapped in a sickness or accident, if I were you. When change calls you, you have to act, and if you have found your way to us, change is reaching you, and you can be sure of it! So we can be at your side to help you be the change and not let change overwhelm you, which is what happens when people do not listen!

So … whatever the case is: We have never turned down anyone who was not able to afford the work, though I also worked for free to help some people, just to then meet them in the most expensive shop in town throwing money away in unnecessary things, so this made me also become very selective to decide who to help financially and how.

All prices are 14%VAT included. Accommodation on and off site can be organised. Airport pick-up possible. Payments: Bank transfer to be done in advance and in full in order to secure a space. The Apprenticeship can be paid in 3 instalments. 10% non refundable deposit required to secure your space.