DENVER, Colo. — Summer means backyard barbecues, going barefoot, horses in the pasture, no school. But no school doesn't necessarily mean no learning. 

Join PATH Intl. for a Summer EAL Celebration! EAL, or equine-assisted learning, is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. (Click here to read more about EAL.) PATH Intl. is offering three live webinars this summer that all address a unique program incorporating EAL. One is focused on a girls program to help them reach their potential, another focuses on care providers, and last but not least a reading program that connects literacy to the EAAT ring.

The intended audience for these webinars are PATH Intl. Certified Professionals, program administrators, volunteers, educators and anyone eager to learn more about equine-assisted learning. A live Q&A will follow each presentation. Only 100 spaces will be available for each live event, so register today.

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Combining Horse Powered Reading With Equine-Assisted Learning with Michele Pickel, PhD, and Rohana Swihart

June 20, 3 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time

Horse Powered Reading (HPR) combines experiential learning, brain-based education and evidence-based reading strategies with equine-assisted learning to create a unique method of reading support appropriate for K-12 students. This lecture will introduce ways to use HPR with equine activities to help students struggling with reading.

Creating Healthy Relationships in Join the Herd with Lissa Lutz, MD

July 2, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC, pairs adolescent girls identified as at-risk with rescued horses to promote transformational life changes. Lissa has been actively involved in leading Corral’s Join the Herd, a nine-week stand-alone curriculum that focuses on building healthy relationship skills using a model of equine-assisted learning. As part of the Summer EAL Celebration, Lissa will discuss the model, curriculum, goals and outcome measures that Join the Herd employs. Click the link to learn more!

EAL With Helping Professionals with Cheryl Meola

July 26, 1 - 2 p.m., Eastern Time

This session of the PATH Intl. Summer EAL Celebration has been designed to develop the awareness, knowledge and skills in incorporating equine-assisted learning activities into self-care for helping professionals. This includes therapists, teachers, nurses or anyone who is at risk of burnout from caring for others. Legal, ethical and marketing aspects of running these wellness-based programs with professionals will be covered as well as specific interventions utilized with different populations. Click the link to learn more.

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About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,100 children and adults, including more than 6,200 veterans, find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

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