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Connection with self. Connection with others. A life full of connected relationships, the way it was intended. We call this Natural Lifemanship™.

Life is full of relationshipsAt Natural Lifemanship we believe there is nothing more important in life than connected and healthy relationships.

Relationships are what bring the most personal joy and fulfillment, as well as the greatest sadness and grief. Healthy, connected and stable relationships give us strength and resilience. Unhealthy, disconnected and chaotic relationships make our stress levels soar and contribute to mental and physical health challenges of all sorts. Relationships within the family, at school and in the community shape and develop our children, and ultimately our society. Relationships make companies and organizations great, or they may cause them to crumble. Relationships are also critical to healing trauma.

Natural Lifemanship founders, Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe, developed Natural Lifemanship while effectively helping hundreds of clients heal the effects of complex trauma in their lives through Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™).  As other mental health and equine professionals learned of this powerful, relational approach to EAP the demand for Natural Lifemanship trainings grew significantly. Since 2010, our founders’ efforts have shifted from doing TF-EAP to teaching this model to others. We now have a staff of trainers and online resources to support the growing interest and demand for Natural Lifemanship worldwide. Read more.

Natural Lifemanship is the new standard in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Natural Lifemanship developed Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™), which is based on the neuroscience of human and horse brain development, the impact of trauma, and the role of relationships in recovery and healing. We regularly offer Fundamentals (basic) and Intensive (advanced) trainings as well as certifications in TF-EAP. Our intentional and relational way of working with horses in the therapy process has become the new standard in EAP. Learn more.

Natural Lifemanship teaches science-based principles for building connected relationships that help individuals, families, communities and organizations thrive and flourish.

We train adults in Natural Lifemanship for professional and personal applications unrelated to EAP. All of our trainings convey the developmental neuroscience at the foundation of trauma-informed care, and the relationship principles we’ve found effective in helping humans and horses connect in ways that heal and transform both. The Natural Lifemanship model is based on principles for building connected partnerships with horses in ways that are readily transferrable to human relationships. We often include horses in our trainings so that people can experience the principles at work in the context of a real relationship with the immediate and honest feedback that horses uniquely give. Read more.

“Applying evidence-based principles about brain development aligns well with my theoretical foundations for working with clients. The relational piece is key.” – Participant, Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship for Substance Use Recovery and Addictions, July 21, 2016


Natural Lifemanship trainings are consistently rated the best in the EAP world and beyond. Those who have attended Natural Lifemanship trainings often attest to the universality of the NL principles as they begin applying them in various facets of their lives, not limited to their therapy practices. Since 2010, we have experienced a growing demand for our trainings from people whose professional lives and interests have little to do with therapy and/or nothing to do with horses.

“What a powerful experience! This training not only gave me wonderful information for use in my practice as a therapist, but also in my personal life and relationships with all people.” – Participant, Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship Training, July 22, 2016

Relationships are the central concern of every human being.

They are like gravity or any other natural law. The more we understand relationships and are able to consistently and intentionally create good ones, the more we are able to reap the benefits of connected relationships in all aspects of our daily life and work.

We offer trainings and certification in both TF-EAP and in the non-EAP applications of Natural Lifemanship. To distinguish the two kinds of trainings you will see us use two variations of our logo: NL with a horse (for TF-EAP trainings) and NL without a horse (for NL-for-All-of-Life’s-Relationships, or “NL4ALL” trainings).

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Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™)

Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP)

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Natural Lifemanship for All of Life’s Relationships (NL4All)

Natural Lifemanship for All of Life’s Relationships (NL4All)