Strengthen team development and performance
We provide unforgettable learning and development programmes that will strengthen your team's ability to utilise their strengths, to lead from within and to achieve measurable results.
Work with the Salta Horses herd combined with a facilitated process, will empower your team to take a creative approach to overcoming workplace challenges.
We offer full and half day customised team retreats in North Canterbury, designed to meet the outcomes you are seeking for your organisation. Rates are negotiable for not-for-profit and community organisations.
LeadON - Hands on leadership development
Learn those hard to put your finger on skills that make a leader truly effective are more essential in workplaces today than ever before.
This unique practical leadership programme is designed for emerging leaders and those seeking to improve their soft skills. It combines one on one coaching with outdoor personal development work with the horses as teachers.
LeadON runs over six weeks and is limited to four participants per programme.
Part One - Initial discovery session at your workplace with results based coach Deirdre Ryan to gain an understanding of your unique leadership challenges and opportunities.
Part Two - An unforgettable day of outdoor hands-on learning where 500kgs of horsepower provides real-time feedback on your leadership practice.
This part of the programme is specifically designed to strengthen effective leadership through improving your self- awareness, emotional regulation, empathy and communication skills.
Part three - Two follow up coaching sessions with Deirdre Ryan, aimed to apply and consolidate your leadership practice.
Ongoing workplace coaching is available by arrangement.
What you will learn
Today’s busy lifestyle and fast-paced work environments leave little room for us to focus on the present moment. Being around horses encourages us to focus on the here and now - their sheer size and presence cannot be ignored. This state of mindfulness creates the space for reflection, creativity and change.
Our interactions with the horses can sometimes reflect what is happening in the workplace, allowing for safe and solutions-focused conversations. You will discover new ways of working with colleagues and learn how to think outside the square in order to problem-solve together.
Horses are also great equalisers because they respond to us honestly, regardless of our status in the workplace. Observing herd dynamics can help us to recognise patterns and behaviours in our own organisation that we may wish to change.
How it works
Through our experiential learning and development programmes, you’ll explore workplace challenges and opportunities through interacting with the horses.
This unique facilitated process enables collaboration, communication and to speed up the learning process.
You’ll interact with our horses in a safe, enclosed area and remain on the ground with no horse riding involved, no horse experience necessary.
You’ll need to dress for the weather, with closed-in, sturdy footwear.
Outcomes for your team may include:
Stronger team cohesion and leadership
Greater employee morale and workplace wellbeing
Creative problem-solving skills
Clarity of team purpose and shared values
Greater self-confidence and self-awareness among staff
Reduced stress and fatigue
Improved change management processes
New strategic insights