Continuing Education for Eponaquest Instructors

All programs listed on this page are open to Eponaquest Instructors only.  These continuing education programs are designed to assist instructors in developing new skills in the ever growing and expanding field of equine facilitated learning.


Power of the Herd Instructors Program (POHIP)

Amado, Arizona – Continuing Education – Facilitated by Linda Kohanov

Date: April 21 to 25, 2016

Cost: $1500 for First Time Attendees / $800 for POH Instructors who want to attend as a POH Refresher Course with the latest Master Herder updates

  • 20 Spaces Available — 10 spaces are being held for non-POH certified instructors until January 1, 2016, with 10 spaces opened up to those doing this as a refresher/update. After January 1, all remaining spaces will be opened to all instructors, first timers as well as those wanting to complete the program as a refresher/update.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

The Power of the Herd Instructors Program (POHIP) training is an advanced lecture/demonstration workshop for Eponaquest Instructors to learn how to teach the Twelve Power of the Herd Guiding Principles and the Five Roles of a Master Herder, the topic of Linda’s new book to be published in June 2016. All participants will receive a pre-publication copy of the new book, and the latest power point of the Five Roles of a Master Herder, which instructors are authorized to use in workshops as well as larger indoor trainings and lectures. In addition to being listed on the Eponaquest website as a POH Instructor, a new website especially created for the Master Herder book and assessment tests will list Eponaquest Instructors trained in the Five Roles/POH skills. Participants in the upcoming POHIP training will learn how to give, and help people interpret, the professional assessment and the personal assessment tests created for the Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov and Juli Lynch, PhD.

A sequence of equine-facilitated activities—some based on Eponaquest “standards” revised for leadership and authentic community building purposes, some activities designed especially for the POH principles and the Five Roles—will be featured. We will also learn how to teach some of these principles indoors to large groups, and to do phone consultations on these skills. When The Power of the Herd book came out in February 2013, it included recommendations that people contact Eponaquest Instructors for personal development, counseling, or leadership training. It also stated that those who have received additional training in the POH principles will have the designation of POH Instructor beside their website listing, recognizing that they have specifically studied how to teach these additional social intelligence/visionary leadership skills. POH instructors will be encouraged to offer private sessions with horses, team building sessions with horses, as well as lectures, office sessions or phone consultations on certain skills that can be taught without the horses.

The Power of the Herd/Master Herder trainings and the books are not exclusively about corporate leadership. These skills support leadership at home (parenting), work (learning how to lead whether you are the official leader or not), school, church, and social activism/politics. The POH skills emphasize developing non-predatory power to effectively stand up to aggressors of all kinds, and developing key emotional/social intelligence and visionary leadership skills. In this sense, “leadership” becomes an advanced personal development skill. It’s simply a fact of life that when people access their own authentic voice and calling, and decide to follow their dreams, they need leadership and social intelligence skills, as Linda found out so many years ago.

There are many new tools and skills involved that grew out of the nearly four years of research involved in the writing of the Power of the Herd and the subsequent two years writing The Five Roles of a Master Herder, in combination with developing horse activities to exercise these skills, as well as learning how to translate these skills directly to human contexts away from the barn.

First time attendees can register online by clicking the link below or by contacting Sue Smades at or 520-455-5908. Refresher course attendees must contact Sue to complete the registration process.


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