An Informational Day for Mental Health Professionals; Thursday, August 18, 2011; 9:30 am – 3 pm; Silverdale, Washington

July 16, 2011 by  

How Equine Facilitated Learning Can Support and Enhance Your Client’s Process

Kathleen and Drea will present the latest information on Equine Facilitated Learning; discuss how EFL can support and enhance your practice; and explore the viability of work with horses for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health issues.

Kathleen has just returned from a successful trip to the United Kingdom where she worked with members of the military from the British Combat Stress organization.  A 2 day pilot program (through the IFEAL organization) was presented to 4 soldiers who experience PTSD; work with the horses proved beyond expectations the viability of EFL with individuals under the care of mental health professionals.

Cost: $150 (Lunch included)

To pay by credit card (through Pal Pal), contact Drea at:

To pay by check, mail check to:
Drea Bergqusit Bowen
12620 Willamette Meridian
Silverdale, WA 98383

Afternoon experiential sessions optional:  Individual sessions from 3 pm – 6 pm available with Drea, Kathleen, and the herd.  Contact Drea for limited time slots and costs:

About Silverdale and the Ranch:
Drea’s ranch is located just 10 minutes from Silverdale, where you can find hotels on the water, Silverdale Water Front Park, shopping, a brand new YMCA, and great food all within walking distance of your hotel.

Silverdale is located on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, surrounded by Puget Sound; the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. Summer is an amazing time of year to visit.If you wish to extend your stay there are a tremendous number of things to do in Silverdale. Darkness does not fall until 10:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to play after our day together. Kayaking (Drea has 2 and can round up more if needed), hiking, a ferry ride to Seattle, a visit to the Olympic Peninsula, or a ferry to Victoria, BC are a few suggestions.

Getting to Silverdale:
The Seatac Airport has a shuttle to the Silverdale Hotel and arrangements for a ride can be made if you choose to stay at the ranch.

Accommodation Suggestions:
Silverdale Beach Hotel – located on the water front, offers a restaurant and lounge.
Oxford Suites – boasts a water view and offers a lounge.
Oxford Inn – located one block from the water.

Drea is offering a sleep-in horse trailer with a queen air bed and electricity that could accommodate 1 person. $20 per night. Use the facilities in the house.

Drea has a 27’ Sea Ray that can accommodate 2 people; it will likely be in the water at the marina, a 15 minute drive from the ranch.The marina is magical in the summer, with the Purple Martins are so busy that time of year. The boat has a kitchen and bathroom, the marina offers a deli and showers. $40 per person.

Drea is also offering space in the back yard with easy access to the bottom floor bathroom for those who wish to pitch a tent. $10 a night with the option to coordinate food for breakfast.