Lead Facilitator, Trainer and Mentor - Carla G Webb
Carla Webb is an accomplished Equine and Animal Assisted Learning Professional and successful social entrepreneur. She is an approved mentor with the Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness (Pro-EFW), educator, wellness coach, business woman, AirBNB superhost, WWOOF host, and heart centered partner to horses and other animals. She founded and continues to guide three thriving businesses and is cofounder of the non-profit RESTORE: First Responder Wellness Foundation. Over the last fourteen years she has supported clients of all ages (re discover their unique path to mental wellness, safety, and trust.
In 2008, after a fourteen year career as Vancouver Police Constable, Carla established Unbridled Potential as a way of bridging the horse-human connection in traditional horsemanship. Two years later she co-founded Empowered By Horses and now leads a team of four mental health professionals, six horses, two miniature horses, three sheep and six kune kune pigs, as well as two donkeys, chickens, cats and a dog, all of whom play a major role in this therapeutic enterprise.
In 2018 Carla co-created a third year university course for the Child and Youth program at the University of Fraser Valley. She continues to teach Animal Assisted Wellness and Equine Facilitated Wellness courses at the UFV while pursuing independent studies into the human-horse-animal connection, ecotherapy, trauma sensitive care and mental health. She is influenced and inspired by training received at the MiMer Centre and Equusoma, the Masterson Method and through the equine philosophy of Josh Nichol.
Training & Mentoring
Mentoring and Coaching:
Being an Equine Facilitated Learning Professional and Equine Professional with the Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness (ProEFW) is more than just taking a few courses and learning about horses. It’s about bringing your educational experience or counselling degree to a new level of therapeutic effectiveness.
In the field of nature based, animal assisted, and equine facilitated wellness the focus is to bridge the gap between equine/animal and human knowledge and weave together this understanding for mutually beneficial and respectful outcomes.
Regardless of how long you have been a counsellor, wellness professional, coach or equestrian, mentorship is a key element for your professional development. With mentorship, professionals in this field continue their life-long learning of new concepts and approaches while Pro-EFW trainees receive the necessary support and feedback to achieve their goals and keep motivated to stay on their chosen timeline.
Carla Webb, Creative Director, Lead Facilitator and Owner of Empowered By Horses co-teaches Animal Assisted Therapy and Equine Facilitated Wellness at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Heart Centered Animal Assisted Practice is our new training program being offered in early 2023. This will be a comprehensive and competency based certificate program designed for those in the helping professions. Our first cohort begins January 2023. (see below for information sessions to learn more)
Heart Centered Animal Assisted Practice
FALL 2022 Training Information Sessions:
Join Kirsten Hargreaves and Carla Webb for this 45-minute Zoom session on Heart Centered Animal Assisted Practices. Kirsten and Carla are respected practitioners in this exciting new field and will be teaching a comprehensive training program beginning in January 2023.
This presentation will cover what Animal Assisted Practice is, the philosophy behind our teaching, student expectations, and costs. There will also be time for Q&A at the end. Email email@example.com to register.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday September 21 – 7 pm
Sunday October 16 – 6 pm
Monday November 21 – 7pm
Saturday Dec 17 – 10 am
In the fall of 2019 I moved to Anam Cara Farm and Learning Center to start a Mentorship with owner and founder of Empowered by Horses, Carla Webb. I had been following Carla’s story for quite some time and felt a strong draw to be a part of her mission to bring heart-centered leadership in partnership with the animals to the therapeutic world. I pursued a mentorship with Carla and the animals she cares for because I saw something in her work I had been in search of for a very long time. Carla embodies exactly what she teaches. Through her diverse background as an accomplished horsewoman, policewoman, EFL facilitator and teacher, she brings a unique and thoughtful perspective to animal partnership. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Carla and her herd this last year and the trust and connection between them signifies the many hours she has spent learning and putting her own teachings into practice. Carla’s teachings encourage us to join our animal partners in the process of slowing down in order to receive the many lessons they offer us as humans. She incorporates the study of animal psychology and behavior, exploring our own patterns, while paying close attention to how our interactions with animals carry into our own personal lives. All of these relational pieces help support us in building healthy interpersonal relationships in our everyday lives and a strong connection to the natural world. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work alongside Carla Webb and the Anam Cara herd to learn and grow with them.
Lindsay Bouillet – CPCA