HEAL EFPL Testimonials

Reviews From Our Graduates

“It was wonderful spending time with like-minded people who all have a desire to help others through the Keys to Connection approach! I especially loved the group activity in the arena. It was interesting to see each person partnering with their horses, problem-solving and finding ways to communicate desired outcomes. Hearing Leigh’s “real life” examples of client breakthroughs inspired me to apply this approach with those I work with. Every aspect of the training around the Keys can be applied to everyday situations and relationships.” ~ C. Crawford


“The individualized instruction that tailored the concepts to my level of experience in the various areas. -The resources, readings, videos, and worksheets/graphics not only enhanced my knowledge significantly but were relevant and useful in my current practice to share with my clients. -The the material was presented in an engaging manner and at a comfortable pace which supported my comprehension of the curriculum and allowed me ample time to practice new techniques between sessions.” ~ A. Kowalski


“Every part of the course was extremely valuable, the personalized connection with every student makes every part interesting and a different journey to everyone Leigh is able to recognize the situations and where to interact more with every single feedback. I wouldn’t change anything, the purse is perfectly paced out and gives time every week to work on the tasks with the horse.” ~ S. Fleischer


“I enjoyed working with Leigh and getting the benefit of her expertise as both a horsewoman and a therapist. I found the emotional thermometer and her use of it more beneficial than the way I had been having my clients rate their emotions on a 10 point scale. I was also pleased that she provided some insights on training.” ~ K. Kalliel


“All parts of the course have been exciting and educational. Through the process, I have gained a much bigger picture of how important relationship building is, both in relation to our horse friends, but also in relation to clients and development.” ~ P. Larsen


“I have never felt more welcomed and at home at a workshop. The generosity of spirit of Leigh, David and the HEAL staff was contagious.” ~ Brigette P.


“I hope Leigh never stops offering this workshop.  It can give fearful riders their passion back, a very joyous and precious gift.  Leigh Shambo knows what she is doing.  She provides a safe environment to explore fear and the skills to move forward at your own pace.  She is a highly talented horsewoman who understands with split second timing the messages horses- and fear- have for us.  I’ll also say this, by the end of the riding portion on the last day I didn’t want to get out of the saddle!”   ~ Anonymous


“I felt I could be totally honest about my feelings and be completely accepted…the horses seem to know just what is needed.”   ~ J.L.


“It’s difficult to know how to say THANK YOU for the weekend.  I am so grateful for your compassion and guidance.”   ~ Cynthia


“It was brilliantly facilitated by Leigh- who gave a wonderful blend of theory, practical sessions, role modeling, acceptance, trust, rapport, and just enough magic to leave me feeling I had been to a special place, on an amazing journey, and met some wonderful souls.”   ~ Kris


“The weekend was life-changing for me; it’s been a long time (forever) since I cried as much and laughed as deeply as I did that weekend.”   ~ Vanessa


“How does one adequately thank someone for a positive life-changing experience?  I have come to the conclusion that horse people have special souls, special spirits.”   ~ Joan


“My horse and I took a giant leap forward in our relationship after spending valuable time with Leigh.”   ~ Cathy P.


“I am grateful, for myself and all beings, that you followed your dream and are doing the work you do.”   ~ C. Andrews


“Leigh is a skilled facilitator and teacher.  She created a very safe and open environment for learning.  She guided us with warmth, clarity, and perceptiveness to experience what was true for each of us in our relationship with horses.”   ~ K. Fernald


“I would encourage anyone, no matter the experience with horses or not, to come and become an authentic being.”   ~ J. Trodahl


“Life changing!”  ~ A. Sloan


“It gives you a new outlook on how to approach problems in general- both at work and home life.”   ~ A. Midial


“Leigh is great as an adviser, advocate, teacher, and guide.  Thank you for giving us such a safe place to explore ourselves.”   ~ C. Cambarer


“Thank you again for your generous sharing/teaching with me.  I feel like I got more than I imagined.”   ~ L. Silver


“I can’t emphasize enough how important it was to be able to experience first hand the interaction with other participants and horses in round pen activities.  You can’t get that from reading a book, it has to be felt.”   ~ S. Reid Boe


“The course was so well facilitated that it made me comfortable immediately.”   ~ S. Mitchell


“I urge any man wanting to discover, rediscover, or play with the inner child to take the journey that culminates in the opportunity to ‘Dance with Horses’.”   ~ S. Cole


“I wanted to express again what a wonderful weekend it was at the workshop!  It was so great to come together with like-minded people, willing to try and embrace our ‘authentic selves’ and explore what it means for each of us.”   ~ J. Mitchell


“Thank you very much for another wonderfully powerful and magical weekend. (…) Nothing has been so changing/life giving as these workshop weekends. The horses take the place within ourselves that little else can accomplish. And you bring the most amazing gifts of being present in a loving, supportive and non-judgmental way.  It has been the gifts of you blended with the horses that has created a safe enough space to feel stuff not previously felt and stuff too scary to explore. (…) I am grateful for the gift of your presence in my life.  It is an honor to have you as a mentor and friend.”   ~ C. Andrews


“The process felt warm, safe and deeply humane… I feel very full and inspired! Thank you for leading the workshop with skill and grace!”    ~ L. Slate


“Invaluable “feels”… I was able to learn visually, auditorially and kinesthetically. I enjoyed your well thought out and articulated ideas.”   ~ L. Silver


“It was the most intimate riding I have ever done.  The magical enchantment of it all stays in my heart, and feeds my soul.”   ~ J. Camberari