Renatus W. Van Daelen (Rene) - Facilitator

More than twenty years ago Reneís first encounter with a horse was a life changing experience for him so he is able to interact very well with clients in need.   Rene has an innate ability with equine and he is especially skilled with individuals who are suffering from emotional or physical impairment.

Rene integrates the  holistic approach of a honoring each personís individual needs for wellness and wholeness into his work with clients which aligns very well with both the Circle of Courage and how equine are used in assisted healing programs.

At Spirit of Eight, Rene facilitates two specialized programs, Shining Moon,  Equine Curative Interactions  for Clients with Disabilities, and Down to Earth Boosters, our Life Skills Training Program.

Before health services, Rene worked in the business sector.  He enjoyed a diversity of hand-on practical experiences which provided an ideal background for Rene to develop our Life Skills Training Program.  Rene has created this program to be adaptable so as to accommodate the clientís level of abilities, from very simple and repetitive responsibilities to more advanced activities.




Rene believes in life-long learning.  He is adamant to learn something new everyday and this thirst for knowledge and experience inspires everyone he works with.

Reneís background as a care-giver and facilitator includes:

  • Experience as a Life Skills Worker

  • Education includes the Foundations Course

  • Therapeutic Riding Instructor Training

  • Job Skills Facilitator

  • Reiki

  • First Aid

Rene is a patient man, well liked by his clients which translates into successful outcomes.

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