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Leadership Development & Experiential Learning for Companies
Make your Corporate Retreat to the island a true Mackinac Experience!


In today’s technologically driven workplace, it is becoming imperative for companies to function effectively and to collaborate with the highest productivity to be successful and to maintain measured growth. Spend an afternoon at the Equestrian Center with the horses cultivating team development and leadership with your colleagues. Challenge your leadership skills and learn how to become a top team player in your company!

Equine Assisted Training


Mackinac Horsemen's Association is thrilled to announce that we are now offering offsite Leadership and Development workshops to corporate companies who are visiting Mackinac Island! Equine Assisted Training Workshops combine classroom learning underpinned by the latest research in Psychology,  Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and Neuroscience, with experiential engagement with the horse. Workshops allow students the opportunity to identify gaps in their personal leadership as well as communication challenges they may be experiencing in the workplace.

Workshops are based off of analysis of nonverbal communication cues from the horse and interaction from the student in an individual and team setting. During the workshop, the coach guides students through a series of objectives that are utilized to interact with the horse. The students then examine the unfiltered feedback given by the horse for each scenario. Students will reflect on the interactions and align them with real life scenarios such as a getting the sales deal with a client, developing loyalty with customers, instilling customer confidence in the brand, and internal/external communication—to name a few.


Students often discover that when they connect with their authentic self during these workshops and communicate from that place to the horse, the horse is incredibly responsive and engaging. If the student begins to judge the scenario based off what might happen or what should happen, the horse will disengage and lose interest.

Non-verbal cues and human body language may be offering a completely different message to the client than the words that are utilized in the conversation. This workshop will help the student to identify gaps in their communication skills as an individual and as a part of their work team.


Workshop Includes:

  • Hands on Equine Assisted Training Session focused on Leadership and Development Team Building 

  • Transportation from accommodations to the Equestrian Center and return trip (bike or horse taxi)

  • Catered snacks, refreshments and use of kitchen

  • Education room access including Wi-Fi, audiovisual equipment, and supplies

  • Additional indoor and outdoor reception space available

  • Restrooms on site

  • Equestrian Center staff on site

  • Use of other facility amenities

Horses don’t role play….


As humans, we have been molded by society to role play in different parts of our life. As an example, let's look at John Smith: John is a father, manager at a small company, son, husband, brother, and friend. Of course, when John is at work he takes on a managerial role, but when he is with his siblings, he takes on a more personal role as a big brother. Chances are that John would never try to engage as a manager when in the presence of his brother who is a personal connection. Real life role playing can make behaving authentically a difficult task.

Horses are non-biased creatures and engaging with them is authentic. Every time. Workshops allow the horses to participate "at liberty”. This allows the horse to make its own choices and decisions on how it wishes to respond to its human counterpart. This provides the opportunity for your leaders and work team to examine how well they can create a loyal followership while also delving into the importance of being self-aware and emotionally intelligent in every situation.

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Bill Brown

Equine Assisted Learning Coach & Horse Trainer

Bill Brown is a renowned horse trainer who is best known for his psychological approach to the horse-and-human relationship. Bill is the founder of the Young Horse Development Program which explores the art of persuading horses to want to do their job and enjoy it at the same time. Many of the graduates from his program have gone on to win at National and International levels.

Bill also coaches Equine Assisted Training workshops which combine classroom learning supported by the latest research in psychology and neuroscience with experiential engagement with the horse. His workshops allow the student opportunities to identify leadership and communication gaps they may be experiencing in the workplace; individually and as a part of a team. Bill provides solutions for overcoming these challenges offering a platform to adjust non-verbal cues to the horse to elicit a different response.

Bill prides himself on the work he does for both humans and horses, stating: “My years of training have led to discovering the common learning similarities in both people and horses. I consider myself a teacher of horses and people. I’ve trained horses and their owners to learn to communicate with each other and to recognize the benefits of using the horse’s emotions as a teaching tool.”

Bill Brown, Coach, Chase Lake Equine Center



Contact us directly for details. Packages priced on group size or individual rate and workshop length.

Reservations must be made in advance prior to workshop date.

Workshops are generally 3 hours and length and can be scheduled in the morning and afternoon for groups of 15 or more.

Learn more about Corporate Meeting Space availability on Mackinac Island! 


Sample Schedule

Corporate Sales Training Workshop

(Subject to change and time flexibility)

12:30pm - 1:00pm: Arrive to Facility

1:00pm- 1:30pm: Meet and Greet

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Individual Workshop (arena)

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Hands On Demos

3:00pm - 3:45pm: Team and Leadership Workshop (arena)

3:45pm - 4:00pm: Debrief and Q/A

4:00pm: Closing Comments and Return to Accommodations

Schedule is a a sample based on session held for a  Corporate Sales Team

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