European Equine Facilitated Therapy Network
2nd annual meeting
Saint-Petersburg, 29 April-2 May 2020
European equine facilitated therapy network (EEFTN) is a group of equine facilitated therapy associations and practitioners from all over Europe to bring them together to get an agreement over the terminology, work on recognition of hippotherapy, share and exchange of best practice and education models. EEFTN connects therapists on the international level. However, it promotes national associations and the cooperation of practitioners within their countries.

HETI supports EEFTN in establishing connection, communication and collaboration between organisations and people in European equine facilitated therapy community.

First annual EEFTN meeting took place in April 2019 in Prague. Therapists of different professions from Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Malta, Finland, United Kingdom, Norway, Ireland, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania came together as well as association representatives, Sanna Mattila-Rautainen, President of HETI and Anton Saratov, Board member of HETI.
Who can attend?
Representatives of a European National Equine Facilitated Associations.
Maximum of 4 participants from each country.
Professions: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists as well as associations representatives.

In the case of no existing association, a single participant can join the network on behalf of her/his country with the knowledge about education, policy and procedures in EFT, etc.

Overseas guests are welcome to join our fruitful discussion and inspire us with their expertise.

Preliminary program
(details are subject to change)
29 April
Day 0
Radisson Pulkovskaya conference area (TBC)
Pre-meeting networking (optional)

13:00 – 17:00
Workgroups meetings:

Terminology Best practices Communication Education
Social: informal sightseeing tour in the city center (walking route)
30 April
Day 1
Hipposphere equine exhibition
8:45 Bus shuttle from Pulkovskaya hotel to the venue
9:30 Meeting opening
10:00 – 12:00 Participants introduction and workgroups reports
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Round table "Funding, fundraising and promotion"
Discussion starters:
  • Sanna Matilla: Hippotherapy as part of medical insurance
  • Vera Lantelme: Erasmus project
  • Anton Saratov: Private center for hippotherapy
16:00 – 17:30 Networking
18:00 – 19:30 Tour to Catherine palace and park, Pushkin.
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner at Khlebnikov restaurant with traditional Russian cuisine. Starters and appetizers included.
21:45 – Arrival to Pulkovskaya hotel (shuttle)

1 May
Day 2
Venta horse club
8:45 Bus shuttle from Pulkovskaya hotel to the venue
9:30 Start of Day2
9:30 - 13:30 Workshop by Susanne von Dietze. Theory and practice
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Practice exchange in groups (with horses)
16:00 -18:00 Workgroups sessions
18:30 – 20:30 Neva river boat sightseeing tour and cocktail party (depending on weather, additional fee 20EU onsite).

21:00 Arrival to Pulkovskaya hotel (shuttle)

2 May
Day 3
Hipposphere equine exhibition

8:45 Bus shuttle from Pulkovskaya hotel to the venue
9:30 – 18:00 International EAI conference – HETI Forum Russia by National Federation Hippotherapy and Adaptive Riding
Presentations are welcome, translation will be provided.
18:30 Arrival to Pulkovskaya hotel (shuttle)

Meeting Registration
Please fill in the form
  • Participation fee of 120 € will be charged. Workshop is included.
  • HETI active members will have a 25% discount (covered by organizers).
  • Travel expenses are covered by participants.
  • Registration deadline is March 31st 2019.

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