Team and Leadership development with horses


Hippolysis offers bespoke workshops enabling teams to successfully address and respond to the ever-increasing demands for clear communication, adaptability, lateral thinking, cooperation, common goal pursuit and leadership development. Each workshop is tailored to suit the particular business priorities of each client.


Hippolysis is the first center in Greece applying the EAGALA model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), an alternative, novel and ground-breaking treatment method that uses the assistance of horses in education, development and psychotherapy and has become increasingly popular among corporations and institutions across the United States and Europe.


Normal capacity per workshop is between 10-30 participants.

Duration: half-day, whole-day, two-day workshops


Typical schedule for a half-day workshop

09:30 Arrival (tea/coffee)

Discussion of the day to come

Preparation for the activity with the horses

First set of exercises

Coffee and discussion

Second set of exercises

Analysis and discussion

13:30 Finish


Why horses? The multifaceted benefits of working with horses can be summarized in the following three points. One, horses are herd animals meaning that their survival has always depended on being integral and valuable members of the group (herd). Working with them, we can learn invaluable lessons about teamwork, team flexibility, trust and natural leadership. Second, while role-playing, horses provide honest and instant feedback. Working with them, we learn how to communicate very clearly and effectively, and how to gain their trust. Third, as people are at awe of interacting with a 600kg animal, they mobilize their full intelligence and alertness. The learning experience is very powerful with a profound and lasting impact.

Interacting with horses requires and fosters the same personal qualities that make for effective communication and leadership at work – awareness, clarity, focus, intention, trust, energy, empathy and influence. The process is purely experiential, the learning experience is powerful, and the skills and lessons are immediately transferable to the working environment.

Participants perform different exercises next to or with the horses, under the guidance of scientific staff. They do not ride horses. Indicatively, and depending on the goal of each exercise, they may be asked to lead a horse or horses over obstacles, through a maze, outside of a box etc.

Over the last 15 years, the develpoment of strong and effective teams and skilled successful leaders with the help of horses has been very popular in the USA and Europe.


A short list of companies benefiting from equine assisted learning follows below:

2SIC Internet Solutions GmbH, Buchs  *  AEGON * AIESEC *  Allied Irish Bank *  AOL Deutschland * Barclays Wealth *  BKK der Partner * Blue Media *  Boehringer Ingelheim Austria GmbH *  Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH *  Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH *  BPH (GE Money Bank) *  Brainbows Informationsmanagement GmbH *  Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH *  Bristol-Myers Squibb * Cap Gemini * Cisco * Deutsche Bahn * DHL * E.ON Global Commodities SE *  Equipage *  ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG * Ernst & Young * Hewlett-Packard * Hungarian Telekom  * IKEA Deutschland * ING Bank (Netherlands) * Institute for Women’s Leadership * McDonald’s * McKinsey *  MIT Center for Real Estate (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) * Nat West Bank * NEFF A/S * Nestlé *  Nice Systems * Nike * NOKIA * Pfizer * Procter & Gamble (Poland) * SAP (England) * SAP Consulting (Germany) * SAP Danmark * SBK Bildungszentrum, Zürich *  Semmelweis University of Medicine (Budapest) * SHELL* Siemens * SLK Kliniken Heilbronn *  Society of Organizational Learners * vodafone (Hungary) * vodafone Germany * UC Berkeley