Signed in as:

Alissa Mayer EHSE-C

Certified 2012


Phone: (310) 963-0916

Alissa is available globally via her Online Programs. She is also available for private sessions in the Eugene area of Oregon and Santa Rosa area of California on a limited basis.


Alissa is the Co-Instructor of the EHS Professional Training Program, an International Clinician, and the Creator of A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™.

The sciences of Somatics (physiology) Classical Dressage (progressive athletic development) and Natural Horsemanship (behavior) have informed and influenced the way Alissa teaches riding, handles and trains horses. Her sessions foster a logical and holistic approach to developing sound horses and happy humans, in a partnership based on mutual trust, safety, healthy posture and movement, clear communication and building the ultimate connection.

Credentials & Education

2004 BS Equine Business Management from Johnson & Wales University

2005 Eventing Groom/Rider/Trainer at Il Quadrifoglio, Sciolse, Italy

2006-2012 Founded/Directed/Managed Equiloha Farm, Natural Boarding Facility and Horsemanship Program on Kaua’I, HI

2007-2014 Student of Classical Dressage trainer Saskia Martin, Belgium

2012 Certified as an Equine Hanna Somatics® Educator by Eleanor Criswell at the Novato Institute

2013-Present Student of Aimee Brimhall McCord, Inspirational Horsemanship

2015-Present Clinical Hanna Somatics® 3-year Professional Training Program at the Novato Institute

2016-Present Co-Instructor, EHSE Professional Training Program


A Lifetime Student of the Horse, I am endlessly grateful to my most esteemed colleagues and furry professors – the horses in my life – from Marco the Mini, to Toby (the formerly “evil" pony), to the larger equines in my daily life: Jedi my appendix thoroughbred and Master of Sensitivity, and of course Doc A’Nalu, my warmblood/quarter horse cross who waited so patiently for me to learn to offer him a more sophisticated conversation. And all the rest! Keep ’em coming. Much Love!

- Alissa Mayer