EAPD Courses

Coming Soon ~ Information for EAPD 2 & EAPD 3

2-Day EAPD Course Objectives:

Working with Chris and the horses in EAPD is an opportunity for participants to enjoy discovering, through enhanced self-awareness, numerous practical and essential learning objectives:

* To be able to communicate clearly, respectfully and consistently with evolved self-awareness for unambiguous messages.

* Confidence, empathy and non-threatening messages are congruent with all words, tone of voice and body language.

chris cursisten lange lijnen (1)* Develop strength of perseverance working through anxiety and frustration to achieve respect, trust, focus and willing participation in relationships.

* Develop awareness for distinction between assertion/aggression

* Develop awareness for distinction between authentic empathy, “magical thinking” and illusions.

* Accept and incorporate feedback from others

* Develop increased Self-Assurance and Resiliency

* Experience that personal development can be FUN!

* Give and receive clear supportive feedback, encouragement, and realistic praise to establish mutually advantageous relationships.

* Authentically apply the lessons discovered within the process of connecting with and leading the vulnerability and stress in horses to the connection with and leadership of Self, family, community and peer support within the workplace and our natural environment.

Irwin Insights 2-Day EAPD Course Outline


09:00 – 09:45: Participants Meet & Greet. Group discussion on why horses for personal development?

09:45– 10:30: Relationships are Energy ~ Chris Irwin demo with horses


Teams of 2 or 3 participants work together to establish connection of communication to earn team leadership and support with horses.

12:30 – 13:30 – LUNCH & GROUP DISCUSSION

TOPIC: Of all the life and leadership skills that both horses and humans require in a leader, what is the most essential skill to be developed and demonstrated?

13:45 – 15:30: The Horse In Hand

Beyond words, what is energetically needed to establish relationships as mutually respectful and trusting, calm, focused, forward and productive?

15:45 – 17:00: Group discussion on how “horse sense” insights relate to personal life, leadership and relationships. Assignment of homework questions.


09:00 – 09:30: Group discussion of homework.

09:45 – 10:30: With horses: review of straightness, bending and In-Hand exercises.

10:30 – 12:30: Participants “take the reins” for driving

12:30 – 13:30: LUNCH

13:30 – 14:30: Wheel of Horse Sense

Open group discussion on how personal insights emerging from working with horse sense is a model for ongoing personal development.

14:45 – 15:00: Demo by Chris on the distinction between the micro-management of In-hand exercises and the delegation of “free rein” when appropriate.

Objective: Develop increased awareness for when and why to “hold on” and when and why to “let go” and give free rein.

15:00 – 16:00: All participants practice practical application of maintaining connection with free rein.

16:00 – 17:00: Closing group discussion on where and how to go forward in life with new awareness and insights for personal behavior.

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Mt. Vernon Annual Teachers ConferenceWashington, USA
Chris Irwin and EAPD – Wow! This is terrific! He is very engaging and his mastery of his profession is astounding. I very much enjoyed this session and everyone I have spoken to has been amazed by what we can learn from it.
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One of the best! An evening presentation with a golden edge!
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