Linda Kohanov

Linda is an author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer who has become an internationally recognized innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning and a respected writer on the subject of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

Her book The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse was selected as one of the Top Ten Religion and Spirituality books of 2001 by

Her second book, Riding Between the Worlds: Expanding Our Potential through the Way of the Horse, was published in 2003.

Linda and RasaBoth books have been used as texts in university courses across the country and have received appreciative reviews in publications as diverse as Horse and Rider, Natural Horse, IONS Noetic Sciences Review, Shift, Spirituality and Health, Animal Wellness, The Equestrian News and Strides (the magazine published by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association).

Among her numerous lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada, she was a presenter at the 2001 NARHA conference and was the keynote speaker at the 2003 NARHA conference. She was also a featured presenter at the 2004 International Transpersonal Conference.

Support Staff

Sue Smades

Office Manager/Apprentice Liaison & Advanced InstructorSue & Trouble

Sue became involved with Eponaquest in August of 2007 as a member of the Epona Center staff, holding positions as a ranch assistant and apprentice trainer, and is currently the Eponaquest Office Manager and Apprentice Liaison.  She completed the Eponaquest Apprenticeship Program in June 2009, becoming an Eponaquest Instructor.  Since graduating, Sue has assisted in the facilitation of a variety of programs including workshops for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans and their families, as well as teaching leadership skills to high level corporate executives.  Prior to joining the Eponaquest staff, Sue spent more than 15 years in the client relations industry where she held positions in college relations, retail management and equine facility management.

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Elysa Ginsburg

Ranch Manager & Advanced Instructor

Elysa’s life-long love of horses, combined with her equestrian and psychology background brought her to her first Eponaquest workshop with Linda Kohanov.  Feeling inspired and transformed, Elysa realized that she wanted to share the gift of this work with others and went on to complete the Apprenticeship Program at the Epona International Study Center.  In 2012, Elysa completed advanced training with Linda and became an Eponaquest Advanced Instructor.  Elysa is currently the ranch manager of Epona at Eagle Way in Amado, AZ, where she works with clients and also co-facilitates with Linda and the magnificent Eponaquest herd.

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