New to Killadangan House, Westport

‘Horses as Teachers, Leaders and Guides’

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Personal Development Programmes with Mary Berkery, internationally respected EAL facilitator and Life Coach

Do you love horses? Do their power and beauty capture your imagination? Do you feel drawn to these majestic creatures? Killadangan House is now offering pioneering EAL work to guests during their stay at Killadangan. Guests can avail of half day one to one sessions or full day family/couples/group sessions.*

What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

EAL is an experiential learning approach, through activities in the presence of horses and a Facilitator, that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals. EAL sessions are suitable for all ages and riding experience is not necessary, as all exercises are carried out on the ground.

Why Horses?

The development of valuable skills becomes much easier within the presence of a 550k horse, who offers egoless and non judgmental rEALections to the human. Clients learn their individual strengths and vulnerabilities. It also has positive effects on blood pressure, personal heart rate, increased beta-endorphin levels, decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, tension and anxiety.


People receive the rEALections the horses provide about their leadership assets and limitations, habitual thinking and patterns, in a much quicker, direct and non-judgmental way, than just working with a human coach, therapist or consultant. Thus enabling significant transformations in the way they manage their reactions and relate to others.

Other benefits and outcomes

  • Setting clear boundaries without feeling guilty or needing to explain
  • Discovering simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations
  • Building healthy self esteem
  • Developing more successful problem-solving skills
  • Becoming conscious of self defeating habitual thinking
  • Managing personal or professional change with resilience
  • Developing conscious clear leadership
  • Helping to relax and recharge batteries
  • Assisting in accessing your authentic self

*Note: Please book half day or full days in advance to ensure availability. Non residential half and full day EAL Sessions also available. Contact or Mary Berkery +353 (0)86 028 2882