Peakgrove Facilitators


Peakgrove Equine Assisted Experiences has been operating since 2011. We are certified equine assisted psychotherapists under OK Corral. Our clients come from around Australia and internationally.



Saan Ecker (PhD Human Ecology) has a lifetime of building relationships with horses, developing her own style of natural horsemanship, as well as studying Parelli since 1998.Saan is a certified counsellor and has extensive individual counselling and group facilitation training and experience.Saan has completed a Diploma of Buddhist Psychotherapy and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. She is a trained teacher of mindfulness meditation and runs courses on mindfulness in Canberra and leads the Peakgrove Solutions workshop Mindfulness and the Wise Horse. She is also a certified action learning coach under the World Institute for Action Learning and a systemic constellation facilitator (an approach to solving problems through exploring the relevant systems dynamics).


She also has extensive experience and expertise in working with work teams and other issue based groups to assist with problem solving and team building. She offers groups and individuals new ways to see the issue of concern and helps to extend thinking beyond the thinking that created the problem using a range of holistic and systems approaches. She works from a philosophy that individual and family, community and global issues are linked and that a holistic view is needed. Saan is also an experienced researcher and is undertaking research into the evidence base of equine assisted learning.




Joanne Byrnes - BSc (Psych) and Master of Gestalt Therapy has considerable experience as a  Gestalt therapist. Joanne works with gentle awareness and sensitivity. She embraces with warmth and curiosity an exploration of who you are in your field and in relationships. Joanne has worked at length with trauma and provides a safe place to explore this. She is passionate about supports both internally and within the community.


Joanne has also trained extensively in Family and Systemic Constellations. With Constellations, the emphasis shifts to your whole system and the inter-relatedness of all the parts. She runs one-day workshops in Canberra as well as running equine assisted constellations at Peakgrove.

Joanne is also a trained teacher of mindfulness meditation and runs courses on mindfulness in Canberra and the workshop Mindfulness and the Wise Horse.

Joanne has trained in advanced group facilitation and is very experienced at working with groups as a teacher, a coach, a facilitator and a therapist. During 25 years as an Air Traffic Controller at Sydney and Melbourne, Joanne developed skills in clear communication, working under pressure, spatial planning and implementation, multi-tasking and complex systems processes. She is also skilled at dealing with crisis, traumas and emergencies. Joanne has many years of experience in Adult education, teaching both the practical and emotional skills required to be an air traffic controller.

"The work both of you do is incredibly important and amazing. This workshop was one of the best things I have ever had the opportunity to do. I can’t wait to tell everyone about the incredible work you do and the beautiful horses you work with."