Equine Therapy EPI Faculty

Paula Jewell

Paula Jewell


EAL Trainer

EPI Model EAL Practitioner

Program Development

Animal Specialist

I am honoured to be part of the team here at The Equine Psychotherapy Institute.

I come from a background working in Human Services, focusing on the areas of homelessness, youth at risk and domestic violence before a career (and tree) change led my husband and I to country Victoria in 2012 where I began working fulltime at Edgar’s Mission Farm Animal Sanctuary. 

Here my love for all animals and my ability to naturally connect with them was nurtured and I gained invaluable firsthand experience in what relational interactions with animals (particularly prey species) truly entail. I have experience in caring for the lifelong physical, social and emotional needs of many species, including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, alpacas, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and even a peacock! 

Throughout my years with this organisation, I wore many hats including but not limited to Animal Care Manager, Communications and Social Media Officer, Education Assistant, Accounts and Payroll Officer and, perhaps most importantly, Personal Assistant to a very special, rescued battery hen named Little Miss Sunshine! 

It was this relationship with Little Miss Sunshine, and then the thousands of other chickens I helped rescue and care for, that truly opened my eyes and my heart to the intrinsic wisdom of animals as well as their abilities to breakdown our barriers to connection and transform our lives in the most meaningful of ways.

I am the Owner Operator of Macedon Ranges Animal Assisted Learning and my husband Darin and I run a small chicken sanctuary on our 12 acre property called Sunshine Hill where we rescue and rehabilitate chickens in need. We and our feathered family (who all have names and unique personalities) also share our hearts and home with Dini and Wallace the dogs, Lily, Bert and Celia our cats, Cricket and Goldie Duckworth the Pekin ducks and Charlie and Ruby the horses.

I’m excited to meet you all and experience this enriching and heart opening journey together. Thanks for helping to make our world a more beautiful place.