Level 1 Certification: PVEI Foundations (August 11-13, 2023)

This in person workshop is intended for Individuals, mental health professionals, coaches, and equine professionals.

    The workshop is conducted over 3 days.
  • August 11-13, 2023
  • 9:30am – 3:30pm each day

Facilitated By:
Margie McDonald and Dr. Rebecca Bailey have worked together for thirty-plus years in a variety of capacities, often incorporating horses, psychology, and communication skills. Margie is an esteemed horse trainer and human whisperer and Rebecca is a nationally recognized psychologist with a lifetime love of horses.

The Workshop:
This comprehensive course is intended to provide an experiential opportunity to learn, understand, and operationalize PVEI concepts. Level 1 Certification qualifies you to utilize PVEI best practices in education and training (you’ll be able to share your knowledge with other people – professional or personal, and you’ll have a manual and materials).

You will learn:

  • Polyvagal concepts and principles and their application to equine interventions 
  • Identify Nervous system states
  • Increase awareness of two-way nervous systems interact 
  • Skills to shift and regulate when activated 
  • Recognize tools that lead to more effective 2-way interactions and communication
  • Learn Self-regulation tools
  • Identify personal activators
  • Redefine how mindfulness is used
  • Internalize and support a sense of safety and social connection
  • Alternative hypothesis active and reactive behavior
  • Learn the art of stepping back (power of the pause)
  • Effective collaboration
  • Embody the flow states (play, creativity, music, recreation)

Included in Package:

  • 1 Year of PVEI Membership
  • 6 Month PVEI on-demand learning course
  • 3 days of in-person training (August 11-13)
  • PVEI Manual: Level 1
  • PVEI Level 1 Certification (valid 2 year from date of completion of all requirements)
  • Lunch (provided each day of the program)

Who is it for?:
Open to all individuals, mental health professionals, coaches, and equine professionals.

Pre-requisite to Join:

Requirements to Receive Level 1 Certification:

  • Completion of 3 day Foundations Workshop (August 11-13)
  • Completion of 6 Month PVEI on-demand learning course
  • Completion of PVEI Fundamentals webinar
  • Completion of Horse Safety Video
  • Completion of a post-assessment to test your knowledge
Dates / Location / Price

The workshop will be conducted in person August 11-13, 2023.

Northern California, contact us for additional details at: Sue@PolyvagalEquineInstitute.com

How Much?
$2,100 per person (Early Bird Pricing. Sign up before July 11, 2023 for $1,800 per person)

Covid-19 Protocol


  • If unvaccinated: Must wear mask indoors and outside
  • If vaccinated and current on boosters: No mask required per WHO recommendation
PVEI Level 2 Certification

PVEI Level 2 certification is available either as part of the Level 1 certification process or as an additional component later. For full details, view the PVEI Level 2 certification page.