What we do…
With horse as partners and guides, we provide transformational learning and development experiences through the way of the horse – that is to say that we offer a range of learning experiences designed to help people develop greater self-awareness, expand their potential and transform their personal or working lives. No previous experience with horses is required since all the work with horses is on the ground and not in the saddle. We help people to:
- improve their communication skills by understanding how their behaviour and interpersonal style affects others and also by learning to better understand and access non-verbal communication skills
- recognise and move beyond unhelpful behaviours and thought patterns
- consciously develop and access their intuition to bring forward a greater degree of personal creativity, innovation and authenticity
- improve their emotional fitness by learning to recognise, understand and act on emotions in practical and intelligent ways
This in turn provides a solid foundation from which people can:
- communicate more flexibly and consciously at home and at work
- collaborate with others and work more effectively in teams
- become more resilient and adaptive leaders in their personal and professional lives
- improve personal relationships by resolving conflicts and conducting difficult conversations in more productive ways
We also provide consulting, facilitation, coaching, training and keynote speaking services in the area of personal and organisational change to the corporate and government sectors.
Our director and owner, Karen Curnow, brings over 20 years of experience providing management consulting, training, facilitation, project management, organisational change management and keynote speaking services to the corporate and government sectors. Karen has worked in a diverse range of industries including fast moving consumer goods, banking, aviation, defence electronics, telecommunications, logistics, heavy industrial, confectionery and automotive.
Karen has also been passionate about and owned horses since the age of 6, including a period spent teaching riding. She is therefore perfectly placed to help people translate their experience with horses into a personal or professional learning context.
Our unique backstory…
Firehorse Equine Facilitated Learning has come from the ashes of a real life experience of adversity and so provides an inspirational back-story for those looking for learning and transformation in their own lives.
In 2009 Karen Curnow survived the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires, emerging from a burning house with the clothes she was standing up in, the contents of her handbag and one dog. Her house and everything else she owned were all lost in the firestorm that came through the small township of St Andrews on that day and she was lucky to escape with her life.
Incredibly, in the aftermath of the fire, she discovered that her two horses, Walker and Jaffa had survived and were singed but very much alive. In the year after the fire, Karen wrote and published a book – The Flipside of Misfortune – about her experiences recovering from the fire and about how even the most devastating event can have a positive and transformational flipside.
Karen has subsequently created a new life for herself and her horses and has been invited to speak on national and local radio and by a range of corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Her horses Walker and Jaffa are the original “Firehorses” after which the organisation is named. While Jaffa passed away in 2011 at the age of 25, Walker continues his life as a master teacher and leader of his own herd.