EQUUSOMA™: Where Somatic Experiencing® and
attachment work meet equine-assisted practice

EQUUSOMA™ and Somatic Experiencing®

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It’s a natural combination. Support healing through an approach grounded in an understanding of mammalian stress responses, psychophysiology, trauma, and attachment in the presence of another relational species whose nervous systems resonate with the principles taught in Somatic Experiencing®. EQUUSOMA™ is the intersection of the biological and the psychological, of intuition and science, where transformation occurs organically in a trauma-informed way.

Our Mission: EQUUSOMA™ offers concrete frameworks, principles and training to guide equine-facilitated therapy and learning programs. While not all programs and approaches involving equines are trauma-specific, all equine-based interventions can nonetheless be trauma-informed.

Our Vision: Promoting excellence in trauma-focused equine-assisted therapy and learning programs through an integration of best and promising practices and cutting edge knowledge from the field of trauma treatment.

Consent, safety, choice, voice, empowerment, trust, compassion and collaboration form the foundation of a trauma-informed approach.

— Sarah Schlote

“In dreams, mythical stories, and lore one universal symbol for the human body and its instinctual nature is the horse.”

— Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing

The EQUUSOMA™ Approach


EQUUSOMA™ is an integration of Somatic Experiencing®, attachment rupture and repair work, polyvagal theory, trauma neuroscience, and ethology, and combines principles from trauma-focused interventions in supporting interactions that are ideally beneficial for both human and equine alike.

Private: EQUUSOMA™ Certificate


Want to incorporate working with body memory, attachment dynamics, and somatic processing to support trauma recovery in equine-assisted interventions? The EQUUSOMA™ training is geared to support you in your development as either:

A Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner or similarly trained trauma professional in bringing equine-assisted practice into your work, or

An equine-assisted practitioner looking to increase your skillfulness in working in a body- and relationally-focused way with trauma survivors.

Therapist-Assisted Horsemanship™


Are you finding yourself at a plateau in your relationship with your horse? Wondering why you are encountering the same patterns over and over again, resulting in each of you feeling frustrated, fearful, resistant, avoidant, and no longer enjoying horse time?

Therapist-Assisted Horsemanship™ is precisely that: horsemanship instruction with the support of a therapist to explore the internal and relational dynamics that are coming up that prevent success in the saddle and during groundwork.

“Through attuned connection with ourselves, our bodies and others, we find healing, regulation and increased capacity for aliveness.”

— Sarah Schlote

EQUUSOMA™ Basics Training Intensive — France

September 22-28, 2019


Venue: Ines Kaiser’s Farm, Moussac, France

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EQUUSOMA™ Basics Training Intensive — Ottawa

July 8-14, 2019


Venue: Willaway Farm, Almonte, ON, CANADA

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