Sung Nagi Kici Okiju

Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse, 3 Day Certification

Cultural/Spiritual Based - Equine Assisted Wraparound/Equine Assisted Wellness

EQUINE ASSISTED WRAPAROUND is a child-centered, family-focused approach to providing strength based, needs-driven, unconditional care to children and their families who have complex needs, utilizing a combination of natural supports, professional service providers and the spirit of the horse. EAW is not a program or service. It's a process to help improve the lives of the children and families you serve.

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING is a unique experience that honors the spirit of the horse and their healing abilities. Together we will look at the four stages of life to gain a deeper understanding of who we are physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse helps to improve creativity, problem-solving, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. The process builds upon strengths to improve confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness.


All across the world, people who are descendants of horse cultures are working towards bringing the teachings from the horse nation back. Sung Nagi Kici Okiju: Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse, LLC., would like to offer our assistance to those groups who are interested in developing their own Equine Program. Sung Nagi Kici Okiju: Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse is not a horsemanship model, it's a way of life. Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse is a cultural/spiritual based approach to the growing fields of Equine Therapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Therapeutic Horsemanship. By becoming one with the spirit of the horse, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others, heal from your burdens and receive guidance in your life. 


1. Participants will gain an understanding of how unresolved grief can affect people and how horses can help us.

2. Participants will gain an understanding of family culture by reflecting on their own.

3. Participants will gain an understanding of strength based vs deficit-based approaches.

4. Participants will gain an understanding of needs driven vs service driven approaches.

5. Participants will gain helpful strategies on providing unconditional care while working with youth and their families.

6. Participants will gain an understanding of Sung Nagi Kici Okiju: Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers, Substance Abuse Counselors, Mental Health Workers, Educators, Community Health Representatives, Administrators, Council or anyone interested in the growing fields of Equine Assisted Therapy/Equine Assisted Learning.


$500 Individual onsite

$400 Early Bird if paid by April 15, 2021 (No refunds after Early Bird Deadline.)

$325 Group rate (3 or more people)

$300 Student Rate $150 Returnee (One time per year) $150 One Day Rate (If you only want to attend the first day)

LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Prairie Knights Casino, approximately 15 miles north of Fort Yates.

Jon Eagle Sr is a nationally known consultant with over thirty years of experience working with children, families, and communities. He has twenty three years of experience consulting with federal, state and tribal agencies, and is considered an expert on Systems of Care, the Wraparound Process, Cultural Competence, Leadership, and Equine Assisted Wraparound.

Jon has done numerous workshops and training at tribal, state and national conferences across the United States and Canada. Jon is Hunkpapa Lakota and grew up on a ranch in north-central South Dakota during a time when horses were vital to a ranchers operations. He has spent a lifetime learning to develop relationships with horses and people. He is certified to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) by the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA), and Greg Kersten's, O.K. Corral Series. Greg Kersten is the founder of EAP/EAL and EAGALA.

In 1998, Jon Eagle SR. was hired as a Care Coordinator for the Sacred Child Project, a nationally recognized demonstration project funded by SAMHSA, where he implemented the wraparound process with Native American families. He was later hired by the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, ND as a Systems of Care Training Specialist where he developed the first ever Care Coordinator Certification Training and Curriculum specifically designed to give Native Americans much needed training and resources to work with youth who had Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) and their families.  He has been honored to have served on many tribal, state and national advisory boards.

He is a founding member of the Northern Plains Equine Assisted Practitioners, a North Dakota State recognized non-profit dedicated to promoting the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning, Therapeutic Riding and Therapeutic Horsemanship. Mr. Eagle is the owner of Sung Nagi Kici Okiju: Becoming one with the Spirit of the Horse, LLC where he provides training on Systems of Care, Wraparound, Cultural Competence, Leadership and Equine Assisted Wraparound. Jon currently serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. See Less Networking

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