2008 Conference Feedback
Gerhard & Karin Krebs, Germany
Dear Agata and Kasia,
We want to say thank you again! Agata and Kasia,
you and your whole team did a really great job! For Karin and me, it was the
best conference of all the four.
https://www.xing.com/net/horseassistededucation/ and https://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=5340
We hope to meet you again at the 5th annual
conference 2009, September 11-13 in Germany.
Lindsay Shea, USA
It is I who THANK YOU for a most amazing and exciting conference – and it was my first!!!! I loved meeting these amazing people and got very chocked up and emotional seeing photos and videos of the horses and the work. How beautiful.
Wanda Lee-Jones, France
sorry I din't get the chance to say good-bye to
you both, had a super week-end, found everybody so nice and interesting!!
David Harris, England
Kasia, Agata, Gerhard and Karin,
Alison Noble, Scotland
Hi Katarzyna and Agata,
Melba Schertler, Germany
My Dear Agata and Kasia,
First of all congratulations on a fantastic
YES you did it and we are all SO thankful.
I hope you can take a few days off to
Michaela Schuhmacher, Germany
Hello Agata and Kasia,
Jacolijne Coops, Netherlands
Dear Agata and Kasia,
First of all I would like to thank you again for the well organized conference last weekend. I returned home full of inspiration, ideas, new and renewed contacts. And as you might recognize, it feels a little bit empty after sharing 3 days in such good company.
As Gerhard kindly asked us, I will provide you with some of my feedback. Some notes that I made yesterday evening when I reviewed the past days.
What went well:
First of all, your flexibility and the flexibility in the program. It was marvelous how you managed to finish still in time for the dinner even though some presentations took longer etc.
Second, the accommodation and the food, this was perfect (also budget wise). I really enjoyed the good food and the snacks and drinks during the day. It was good quality and also healthy.
Third, I enjoyed doing (and facilitating) the exercises with the horses and especially the discussion afterwards.
For next time it would be even better:
a. to work in two groups (60 in one group is from my perspective a little too much)
b. to do the discussion about the exercise directly after finishing it. In addition to that, I do not think we need a plenary discussion after working in the sub-groups. We could consolidate the feedback and add it to the bank of exercises (a very good initiative that I fully support!).
c. to let participants sign a safety agreement before working with the horses (or maybe you did arrange this in a different way?).
d. to extend the introduction. I realized myself that I could have proposed to do an introduction in the Barbara Rector style (…my name is …and I agree to be responsible for myself today, and thus contribute to the safety of the group..) and maybe a centering exercise.
Fourth, the fair was perfect, keep it on the program as it allows people to present themselves, it facilitates networking and it helps to share best practices.
For next time it would be even better to plan it at the end. To close the formal part of the conference and do the fair as more informal. This also fits with people who have to leave early, they can do so in a smooth way..
Some not very important things that I personally would suggest:
1. Bring all speakers and facilitators of the conference together on the Friday afternoon for maybe one hour for a short briefing, to align and do a technical check
2. Introduce a little ritual, like some kind of opening ceremony on Friday evening, for those who want to join. In the Californian conference they had a closing ceremony with a didgeridoo (see Wikipedia for further info) and I remember that as very moving… This can also be a closing ceremony…or in between..
3. Have someone who presents / introduces the speakers and connects / summarizes their stories / contributions and facilitates the question-rounds.
In case you have any questions or things are not clear, please let me know.
I wish you both a good and well deserved rest after this hard work. Hope to see you both soon,
Bettina Städter, Germany
Dear Kasia and Agata,
Angela Henke, Germany
Dear Kasia and Dear Agata,
Martina Schumacher, Germany
Dear Agata and Kasia and the other helpful
persons, who made the conference great,
Ilka Hempel, Germany
Liebe Kasia, Liebe Agata,
Lee Watson Hall, Scotland
Hi Agata and Kasia,