Posted: 4th May 2023 | Back to news feed


Equi Scotia CIC class


Equi-Scotia is a Community Interest Company set up in early 2020 to provide Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) and psychotherapy training for people from all walks of life. Lockdown prompted a shift into online training to help equestrian centres prepare to offer new services supporting mental wellness upon re-opening.  These non-riding activities support wellness and personal development in local communities.  This creates new income streams for equestrian centres without any physical wear and tear on horses.  Equi-Scotia is an SQA Approved Centre and members of ACCPH, Horsescotland and HETI, and some courses contribute CPD points for British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coaches.


EFL demo for students 

EFL Practitioner Training

A range of online and practical training is available for those interested in finding out more about EFL and considering study routes for practitioners.  Courses range from 90 minute online learning bites (endorsed by The British Horse Society and ACCPH) to a 12-24 month Professional Diploma (SCQF level 8 & English/NI level 5) quality assured by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Dates for the diary

  • 10th May – Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning (6 months blended learning)
  • 24th May – Horse behaviour in EFL with Dr Kris Nagi (90 minutes online)
  • 30th May – Introduction to EFL (3 x 2 hour online eve classes)
  • 7th June – Supporting anxiety in children through EFL with Jo Wood (online 90 mins)
  • 12th June – First Aid for Mental Health (home study, online 1 day & 30 minute assessment )

 More information on


Mental Health Training

A range of Ofqual and SQA accredited courses is available for individuals and organisations in all sectors to provide:-

  •  skills to start a supportive conversation surrounding mental health.
  • implementing a first aid action plan for mental health.
  • implementing a positive mental health culture in the workplace.
  • understanding how brains work.
  • knowledge of a broad range of mental health conditions.

 More information on individual courses on


Leadership development Equi Scotia CIC


Leadership Development

Gain an understanding of how to tap into all of the senses to lead more effectively in challenging times through building competencies aligning with the Nations Inner Development Goals.  Experiential learning leadership and team building events can be designed to meet the needs of organisations of any size. 

Professional Supervision

The Equi-Scotia Community of Practice engages in regular professional supervision to access support and challenge to continue to evolve their skills.    From time to time capacity is available for practitioners trained with other providers to access one to one and group supervision. 

 Local Services Supporting Mental Wellness

A growing network of Equi-Scotia trained Equine Facilitated Learning and Psychotherapy practitioners deliver services supporting wellness with horses in local communities from the Isle of Lewis to the South of England.   To find your nearest Equi-Scotia Community of Practice member check the website

For more information on Equi-Scotia courses email


Other resources for Equi-Scotia:

The Equestrian Index newsfeed is compiled from articles submitted by advertising members and expresses the opinions of those members. Watsons Directories Ltd shall not be held liable for any inaccuracies or mis-statements therein.

Back To Top