Get to know Elizabeth Denniss

Founder Heartland Equine Experiences

Elizabeth has had a lifelong interest and connection with horses and started riding at 7 years of age. Her desire to help people led her to complete a Life Coaching Diploma and become an Equine Facilitated Learning Facilitator. Elizabeth has been helping others on their journey and she still loves every minute of it.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

This quote really speaks to me.  For many years I suffered from co-dependency and relationship addiction (defining myself by my relationships with ‘significant others’).  During those years I actually lost my sense of self because I was constantly trying to please others.  As my life unfolded, I was blessed to experience healing through therapeutic interactions with horses, somatic release and life coaching.  I started my own business in 2011 (originally called Rafa Life Inward Journey) with the aim of supporting others on their journey. While it is my business, Heartland Equine Experiences is an expression of who I am today and how I want to help and serve others (horses and humans) to have a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

I hope you enjoy visiting my website, and if any of my services resonate with then please contact me.


Skills & Expertise

Community Development

Since 2008 I have worked with the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes as Executive Manager Community Services.  I love the correlation between my ‘job’ and my ‘business’.  I believe that happy, healthy, connected individuals make fore happy, healthy, connected communities.

Trainer Experience

I work with Australian Equine Facilitated Learning Pty Ltd as Western Australian Coordinator delivering equine assisted learning training and professional development.

I have developed training modules in the Equine Raindrop Technique (essential oil modality) and am in the process of development a training module for the Equine Balancing Technique.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies, Local Government Professionals, and Equine Therapies Association of Australia.  I am the former President of The Outback Heritage Horse Association of WA, a Charity that existed for 10 years for the purpose of rescuing and rehoming at risk wild horses in Australia.


I love learning. I am currently completing a Diploma of Leadership & Change Management and in 2018 will commence a Certificate of Public Engagement with the International Association for Public Participation.  Other qualifications include:

  • Australian Institute of Management – Diploma of Leadership & Change Management (2017)
  • Animal Communication Introductory Certificate – Dagmar Klingenbock (2017)
  • Centre for Equine Experiential Learning – Individuals Certificate (2016)
  • Centre for Equine Experiential Learning – Foundations Certificate (2014)
  • Australian Equine Facilitated Learning Pty Ltd – Level 2 EFL Facilitator Certificate
  • Australian Equine Facilitated Learning Pty Ltd – Level 1 EFL Facilitator Certificate
  • Equine Touch International – Level 2 ET Bodywork Certificate (2011)
  • Project Management Diploma – TAFE (2010)
  • Equine Touch International – Level 1 ET Bodywork Certificate (2008)
  • Hart Life Coaching – Life Coaching Diploma (2005)
  • Australian Institute of Management – Facilitation Skills (2004)
  • Hart Life Coaching – Life Coaching Certificate (2003)



In 2015 I published my first book “Horses, Heartache & Healing” which is a personal account of the work rescuing wild born horses and how working with these amazing animals lead me on a journey of growth and healing.  I am currently completing a manuscript entitled “Heart Awakenings – Life Lessons through Loss”, which is inspired by a young whippet puppy who came into my life for 2 ½ short years.

International Summit

In 2015 I was invited to participate as a guest speaker in an international life coaching summit entitled “Break Free from The Cubicle”

You can listen to the lecture I contributed during the summit here for free: 

Grant Funded EFL Program & Documentary

In 2012 I secured $50,000 grant funding from the Disability Services Commission to operate a 2 years Equine Experiential Learning Program in Bridgetown.  This program was nominated in the 2013 Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

In 2013 I secured Lotterywest grant funding to film and create a documentary regarding the second year of the Equine Experiential Learning Program in Bridgetown.  This documentary was filmed by local teens in Bridgetown with disability and can be viewed on the Heartland YouTube channel.


Contact Me

I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by simply filling in the “contact” form under Contact.