Our Community of Expertise

We work with a team and network of Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL™) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL™) certified facilitators, social workers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and corporate and life coaches to support The Mane Intent Inc.™ programs. Delivery teams are determined by client and program needs.

Our core community members include:

 Beverley Clifton, Associate Equine Program Facilitator, The Mane Intent: Bev is a co-facilitator of the Building Internal Resilience Through Horses Program. Bev moved to the Kawartha Lakes area in 2016 after leaving a long-term career as a high school teacher. In her work with The Mane Intent, Bev is able to combine her life-long work as an educator with equine facilitated learning to benefit others. Even before her years as a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Bev has always been a believer and advocate of life-long learning. She owned and operated her own salon for nine years before becoming a teacher to share and teach her trade and experience with young people. Bev developed a safe and humanistic approach to teaching and delivering curriculum; and as an educator, thousands of students have learned and gained life-long skills enabling them to become self-sufficient contributors to society. Throughout her career in education, Bev received awards and recognition and has continued her studies at the University of Waterloo and Brock University.

Michael Hartmann, MSW (equiv.), RSW, is a Mental Health Clinician with Peterborough Family Health Team and operates his own private practice in Peterborough with a focus on trauma, addiction, and family therapy. His is the former Team Lead for Bellwood Health Services’ PTSD/Trauma & Addiction Program for members of the Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada, RCMP and First Responsders. Michael supports our Equine Support for Post-Trauma Growth offering and other trauma-informed programming. Michael completed his MSW at the University of Muenster, Germany, followed by post-graduate training in addiction studies in Lueneburg, Germany. Subsequently, he participated in an intensive year-long clinical extern program at Hincks-Dellcrest in Toronto where he focused on Brief Therapy with families, couples and individuals.


Susan Hardy, Associate Equine Program Facilitator, The Mane Intent: Susan has co-facilitated Building Internal Resilience Through Horses Program and other offerings. Susan is a certified FEEL™ (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) facilitator. Susan brings to this work over 20 years in corporate learning and management. She has provided personal and professional coaching, organized international conferences and facilitated workshops enabling professional growth using Jungian typology. Her many years of volunteer work with children and seniors have afforded her experiences that strengthened her both personally and professionally. She owns and operates her own farm called Phoenix Acres near Hastings, Ontario.

Paul Fox, Registered Psychotherapist, Family/Individual Counsellor, Reiki Master:
Paul is a co-facilitator of our Equine Relief for First Responders offering. Paul has a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. He has been working with clients in Peterborough, Ontario and surrounding areas since the late 1990s. Over the years he has been involved in family & individual counselling and has received training in diverse practices such as Somatic Experiencing, Hypnosis, Reiki, Philosophy, Integral Theory, Trauma Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), Shamanic Journeying, Remote Viewing, and Spirituality, to name a few. Paul is an Approved Blue Cross Provider for: Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and an approved EFAP Provider for Peterborough Police

Victoria Poe, B. Ed, MSW, RSW: Tori co-facilitates a variety of workshops at The Mane Intent. Recognizing the power of horses to help heal and educate beyond riding, Victoria (Tori) began her journey in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Counselling, creating her business, 2 Lead Change.  As a lifelong learner, she completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) specializing in holistic healing practices. As a Program Coordinator for Walls to Bridges, Tori works with student alumni members inside and outside of a federal prison to create collaborative and innovative learning communities within correctional and community  settings. Currently, she is studying Somatic Experiencing®, a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. She has also worked as an instructor at Seneca College for four years with the Therapeutic Recreation Degree Program and has worked with community-based programs in social services for over 20 years.

Tori supports people, in groups or one-on-one, in their healing, with their career path, or with interpersonal relationships and welcomes innovative approaches to learning and change. She has supported persons to develop leadership skills or facilitate decision making and manage stress, anxiety, and addictive behaviours.

Tori has co-facilitated the FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning)® Certification Program at Horse Spirit Connections since 2008 and has co-facilitated with other Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) practitioners. As facilitator, peer support, program developer, and FEEL trainer, Tori brings her education and training expertise as well as her diverse experience working with horses. She has learned from her horse Querica, and gleaned much from EPONA instructors, Klaus Hempfling, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, Equine Guided Education Association and many herds of horses.

Sonya Vellenga, former Executive Director, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre: Sonya is the original visionary behind the Building Internal Resilience Through Horses project. Her work experience includes 18 years of service in Child Welfare and over 6 years of Teaching experience at Fleming College in a variety of areas including a course that explores Family Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence across the Lifespan.

 Dr. Kateryna (Katia) Keefer, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Trent University: Katia is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Trent University and is the research lead on the Building Internal Resilience Through Horses Project. Her program of research is focused on the developmental dynamics and applications of socioemotional competencies in the promotion of wellness and resilience across the lifespan. As an emerging scholar, Dr. Keefer has co-authored over 30 journal articles and book chapters on the topics of emotional intelligence, resilience, mental health, and psychological assessment; delivered numerous invited talks and conference presentations on these topics; and is currently co-editing the Springer Handbook of Emotional Intelligence in Education.

Geoff Crane, President, Adaptimist Insights:  Geoff is a Canadian public speaker, researcher and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of motivational intelligence, he has written numerous articles on the importance of emotional and social skills in the workforce. Well-versed in the changing demands of today’s project-based work environments, Geoff spends his days helping leaders design and build a balanced repertoire of soft skills to help them achieve what matters most.  He is currently completing a Masters Degree at Trent University with a focus on Motivational Intelligence.  Focusing on psychology, his studies centred on interpersonal relationships in the workplace, which led to the development of an emotional intelligence training program. Geoff is a program delivery partner with The Mane Intent and co-creator and co-facilitator of Meaningful Connections: Authentic Leadership at Work.