In this collage a woman with long honey-coloured hair, wearing a jumper and blue jeans is dancing with a golden horse with a cream-coloured main. The same woman also stands close to a dark horse. the woman holds the horse gently under her soft nose. They are looking at each other and are very connected. The horses are free and wear natural harnesses.

Marie-Louise Flexen

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Marie-Louise Flexen is a Multi-disciplinary dance artist, creative health and wellbeing practitioner and equine facilitated learning coach.

Marie-Lou brings over 30 years of experience to her practice, specialising in community arts, inclusive dance, and wellbeing initiatives. Throughout her career, she has successfully engaged with both children and adults in diverse contexts, including:
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Developmental trauma and PTSD
Physical and cognitive disabilities
Mental health
Individuals who have been through the criminal justice system
Hospital patients
Families at holiday and food programmes (HAF)
Refugee camps (Save the Children and UNICEF)

In recognition of her impactful work, Marie-Lou received the Dance One UK Inspiring Leader Southwest award in 2015. Before relocating to Gloucestershire in 2005, Marie-Lou dedicated her time and expertise to Samaritans, contributing as a trained volunteer at the Central London Branch.

Marie Lou has also been featured in a short film about her journey with dancing and horses, please see the link below.
Arrival by Horse

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  • 07788670667
  • Marie-Louise Flexen


Inclusion statement

Marie-Lou has a person-centred approach and welcomes everyone. She does not unfairly discriminate against people on the grounds of age, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality or ability.  Marie-Lou will make reasonable adjustments and content adaptions to meet the specific requirements of any disabled person who wishes to take part.
She is open to discussing and exploring options for anyone who would prefer a quieter experience or an adapted approach. Offering a more relaxed/dedicated session.
Marie-Lou welcomes people to get in touch to discuss their specific requirements to better enable her to support their participation. Alternatively, she is happy to refer you to a different practitioner or organisation if she is unable to support an individual’s requirements.

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