About the School
The Sussex School of Equine Shiatsu was founded from small beginnings in 2000. Equine Shiatsu was very new and we taught one and three day workshops to allow as many people as possible to taste what it was all about. From this students naturally started asking where they could further their knowledge and so The School of Equine Shiatsu was born with what turned out to be a surprisingly big bang!
Over the course of a year, we devised a well structured 2-year Diploma Course, with a syllabus approved and ratified by the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA). The take up of places was fast and furious. So much so, that what was planned as one course taking 12 students, turned into three courses, one of which was in Devon. What we now offer are three possibilities, depending upon your depths of interest:
- one day workshops
- 3 day Foundation Courses
- a 2.5 Year Equine Shiatsu Diploma course for potential Practitioners
The strength of the school lies with its founder Jill Blake, who has 50 years of experience to draw upon in various fields of equine care and teaching. She began teaching in 1968 after passing the BHSAI exam and gained experience from teaching in Europe and with various riding and pony clubs around the UK.
She has been on the Riding Club examiners panel since 1972, has produced and shown riding, show hunter and working hunter ponies and has run her own riding school for 30 years. In 1977 she established the South Downs Group Riding for Disabled and took over 15 acres of grazing and stabling at Newbrook Farm, Upper Beeding, in West Sussex.
Following a period working for a Veterinary Surgeon she developed an interest in Chinese Medicine and massage and spent 3 years studying equine shiatsu, during which time she attended a number of courses with Pamela Hannay, and a further 3 years of Human Shiatsu with the European Shiatsu School.
Jill has recently been joined by Elsa Krifdom and Lee Imray. Elsa trained in the art of Shiatsu at the European Shiatsu School gaining her MRSS and went on to study Equine Shiatsu with Jill’s school and has extensive experience in both human and equine Shiatsu. In addition, Elsa is also a Yoga Teacher and holds a Diploma in Complementary Therapies (Aromatherapy). She has recently taken on the role of principal tutor for the school.
Lee trained as a Primary Teacher and started her Shiatsu journey in 2014 by attending Jill’s Diploma Course. She graduated from the School as a qualified Equine Shiatsu Practitioner in 2017 and is now continuing her Shiatsu education with the European Shiatsu School studying for her MRSS qualification. Lee has recently taken on the administrative aspects of the school and can also be found assisting with courses.
The school is very much a family run concern. Their daughter Hazel is a Veterinary Physiotherapist specialising in horses and she also has her BHSAI. Hazel teaches a lot of anatomy on the 2-year and Post Grad course.
If you telephone or email us, you will always get to speak to one of us directly. We care very much about our students’ welfare and when joining us for any of our courses, you become part of our extended “family”. We do everything possible to put you at your ease and help out if problems occur, whether personal or learning based.
Whilst being very passionate and serious about our teaching of Shiatsu, we believe that you should also enjoy it, much laughter always acompanies our tutorials!
If it’s not fun, we don’t do it!
Contact us via e-mail: info(at)schoolofequineshiatsu.com
or telephone: +44 (0)1903 814 860 / +44 (0)7850 102 200 (mobile)
Lee: +44 (0)7941 318 559
Elsa: home +44 (0)1903 246 030 / mobile +44 (0)7892 893 795