Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Upcoming Events

Live with your Whole Heart

  –   9:30 am to  5:00 pm

Four Bay Farm, 607 Wiscasset Rd, Pittston, ME 04345

Slow down and play with horses on the ground at a small, comfortable central Maine horse farm. No riding experience necessary. Our wise horses mirror our deepest selves, enhance intuition, and help us increase our exuberance. Practice some new tools, expand your nself-awareness and become more authentic. Reconnect with nature and your own body and restore your energy and playfulness.

Facilitators: Barbara Doughty, LCPCC, Equine Psychotherapist Nancy Coyne, MD, Psychiatrist

Cost: $650, due in full by July 1 – lunch and materials included

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Registration/Questions: contact Barbara at

This workshop qualifies as an introductory level EPONA experience.

Taking the Leap ~Exploring Your Connection to the Wisdom of Horse 
August 2, 3, 4  2013
Presented by Work of Heart Inc

Spend a bit of August  in Maine- beaches and rocky coast,
islands,  lobsters

Location: Lily Brook Farm, Hollis ME

Fee: $500. Payable by July 1st.
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Offered as a 2 ½ day workshop. Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday
lunch provided.

Engage with our wise horses who mirror our deepest selves, enhance intuition, and increase vitality. Learn new tools, gain expanded self-awareness, and become more authentic in every aspect of your life.

Hands on activities with horses as guides and inspiration will teach:

  • Using emotion as information
  • Accessing a more authentic, creative presence
  • Recognizing and moving beyond conditioned behaviors and thought patterns
  • Establishing and maintaining clear and consistent boundaries
  • Working with body awareness as a sensing device
  • Developing essential skills for building Authentic Community

Compassionate community provides a safe space to learn to speak in one’s authentic voice:

  • Improving self awareness, self esteem and sense of empowerment
  • Healing damaged trust and change of dysfunctional life patterns
  • Manifesting one’s highest self Yoga and mindfulness meditation enhance the creative process and interactions with the  horses for discovering our authentic selves, exploring our energy fields and our relationship patterns.

This program qualifies as an Introductory workshop and will cover, along with other activities, the basics of the Epona Approach™ to nhuman development through the way of the horse. All activities are unmounted.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event start date results in a credit of one-half the workshop tuition. There is no tuition credit for a cancellation 30 days or less before the event start date.

Nancy Coyne, MD is an Eponaquest Advanced Instructor and psychiatrist with years of experience working with trauma survivors. An artist herself, she utilizes creative process, drawing and writing
and yoga in her work with clients. For the past 7 years she has been concentrating on learning from and collaborating with the wise horse herd in helping people empower themselves and heal.

Barbara Doughty, founder of NARHA Premier accredited Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding in Maine, served as its Executive Director and senior educator for 15 years . She is a Maine certified special educator,  a NARHA/PATH certified instructor, a yogi and Reiki practitioner.   Doughty is pursuing a Masters and licensure in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Southern Maine.

She and Nancy Coyne co-founded Work of Heart in 2010. Nina Fuller is a Masters candidate at Prescott College studying counseling psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health and Art Therapy.   Nina is a professional photographer, she is writing her thesis on Equine Assisted Photography Therapy.

For more information or to register contact:

Barbara Doughty at 207/751-7708 or
Nancy Coyne at 207-751-7109 or

Winter Self Care Womens’ Group 2012-2013

An Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Experience

Sunday November 25 , December 30, January 27, February 24,
March 31, April 28, 12:30PM – 4:30PM

This therapeutic healing community meets once monthly, devoting time to more fully addressing the various aspects of self care to include playful activities with the horses, connection with other women, yoga, breath work, and mindfulness practice. For those of us who are professional caregivers, parents, addressing the changes in the seasons of our lives as well as surviving the diminished day light and isolation of winter, this opportunity to be together and supportive of each other with the horses as co – facilitators is ideal. This is a part day experience and as such may be more do-able for those of us with busy weekends. All work is unmounted and no previous experience with horses is necessary.

Consistent attendance is essential for the purpose of maintaining cohesiveness within the group.

Place: Upper Pond Stable 147 Upper Pond Rd. Litchfield, Maine

Facilitator: Barbara Doughty – Founder and former director of NARHA Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center; advanced graduate student pursuing a Masters in Licensed Clinical Mental Health, Human/Equine bond specialist

Cost: $75. Per session or 10% discount for 3 sessions paid in advance – $202.

Limited to 6 participants.

Barbara Doughty at; 207-751-7708

For registration and information contact Barbara Doughty at; 207-751-7708

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 30 daysprior to the event start date results in a credit of one-half the workshoptuition. There is no tuition credit for a cancellation 30 days or less beforethe event start date.

Regular $75 Session

10% Discount for 3 Sessions paid in advance-$202

Upcoming Events

To be announced soon…

Past Events

  • Life AfterMidlife: Horse Wisdom for the Second Half of Life. August 17, 18 19, 2012. Come together with us to explore how we can harvest the best for the second phase of life. Engage with our wise horses, who mirror our deepest selves, enhance our intuition, and increase our vitality.
  • Winter Women’s Group- Sundays November 2, January 1, January 29, February 26, March 25, April29. 12:30p.m. – 5p.m. This extraordinary group of women will address the changes in the seasons of our lives as well as enhancing survival through the diminishedday light and isolation of winter. The opportunity to be together and supportive of each other with the horses asfacilitators is ideal.
  • October 10, 2001 “Horse Play” An opportunity for hands-on horse time while learning natural horsemanship games with a focus on building and maintaining authentic Self and community.
  • August 5,6,7, 2011 “Radical Self Care” – Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Workshop, Litchfield, ME.
  • January – April 2011 – “Explore Playfulness with Equine Friends” Enjoy a lighthearted mix of Natural Horsemanship, 2 hour bi-monthly sessions. Upper Pond Stable, Litchfield Maine.
  • September/October 2010 -“Through the Horse’s Eye” 4 two-hour weekly sessions, Cumberland, ME.
  • August 6,7 & 8 2010-“Horsepower and Inner Peace: Horses as Mentors” – Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Workshop, Litchfield, ME.
  • April 18, 2010- “Mental Health Awareness” – Presentation, North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) Region 1 Conference, Old Lyme CT.
  • March 8-9, 2010- “Reflection:Meeting Yourself through the Horse’s Eye” -Two day workshop, Sonoita, AZ