A passport is required for non-Canadian citizens. Travel from the U.S. is NOT permitted without one.
Core Partnership begins at 10 AM on the first day of the program, and at 9 AM on all remaining days. The program is in session until approximately 6 PM each day. If you are travelling from out of town, you will need to arrive one day prior to the course start date, and usually depart on the day following the course end date.
You must arrive 1 day prior to the course start date. We strongly recommend departing 1 day after the course end date. While "Red Eye" flights are sometimes available out of the Edmonton International Airport, we cannot guarantee your arrival in time, especially for international flights.
All participants are encouraged to book lodging in Stony Plain. There are 3 facilities within one block of each other and the Core Partnership daily shuttle will pick you up at the Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites each course day. If you stay at other motels nearby, the walk to Best Western is about one block..
You will need to book a hotel in Stony Plain a minimum of 4 nights, beginning the night prior to your course start date.
For a flight out the day after your course ends, you'll need a 5th night, either in Stony Plain or near the airport. (The Core shuttle will take you to Stony Plain or the airport area on the final course date evening only.)
Stony Plain is a small community about 40 minutes from Edmonton. Several taxi and shuttle services are available from the airport. Airport Taxi Service offers a $99 service from Edmonton Airport to Stony Plain, Alberta.
Due to at least 8 miles of unpaved roads between Stony Plain and the Sawatzky Equine Services' facility, we strongly recommend using the Core daily shuttle. Variable weather effects these roads and can cause unfamiliar or inadequate vehicles to experience significant difficulties.
Memory Lane Campground & RV Park is 2.5 miles from the Sawatzky Equine Services facility. Participants staying at the campground are responsible for their transportation to and from the course location on unpaved roads. Please let PAX Programs know if you intend to camp, so that we can provide you with the facility location.
Restaurants, Services and Shopping are all within walking and brief shuttle distance in Stony Plain. For a complete list please visit Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce.
No, you don't need to like them. They will train you with powerful, clear, immediate feedback regardless of how you feel about them.
Fear is often a result of Objectification, one of the biggest barriers to Partnership. Fear is fine if you're committed to working through it and are willing to receive support. As you recognize the distinct, amazing BEING on the other end of the rope, awaiting your partnership, you won't ever be the same.
No prior experience is necessary. This is a course in partnership, not horsemanship.
The coursework with the horses will happen on the ground, face-to-face and side-by-side with your four-legged partner. This provides the best kinesthetic experience and development of your ability to communicate, create trust, release accountability and own space.