Belonging to a People and a Place

Belonging to a People and a Place

In my twenties  I went on a silent retreat at a convent that my spiritual director recommended.  This was the very beginning of a contemplative journey that I am so glad to have begun.

During this time, I was at a crossroads and I needed this chance to step away and go inward, a skill at which I was certainly not practiced.   I met with a priest whom I had never met before.  I was among people I did not know. Truly, it was a  rich experience that I will never forget.  I was, indeed, able to make a very difficult decision about my life during those days.

However, after this retreat, I recall calling every single family member and friend who would answer their phone and talking on the telephone for HOURS.  I don’t think I even talked about my experience at the retreat – actually, I have no idea what I talked about.  I know now that I was frenetically trying to reconnect to others and to my world.

I was also left feeling that this is what retreats and personal growth are like –  lonely and disconnected.  At the time, I conflated the experience of being physically alone with the feeling of loneliness and the pain of disconnection from others.

About a year later I went on another retreat at a place where the hosts knew me, loved me, understood my intentions, and silently held space for my experience.  This retreat was still silent, it was still self-guided, and I was still physically alone most of the time.

But I was not lonely and I felt a deep sense of connection to those hosting me.  I felt held and seen and understood.  I recently re-read some of the journal entries I made at those two retreats.  The second retreat brought so much more peace and joy and hope – of course!   I was regulated and connected with those who were holding me in their hearts while I grappled, grieved, and sought solace, guidance, and rest.  I left feeling a deep connection to myself, others, and the world around me.

Two Kinds of Retreats

There are a couple of different definitions of the word “retreat.” The first is to fall back or withdraw. This is what happened when I went to that first retreat. I felt isolated, lonely and disconnected.

But the definition I like is a period of time set aside for rest, meditation, or study – away from the usual daily distractions – where you can regulate your nervous system and reconnect with self. This is how my second retreat felt. It was a purposeful getaway aimed at self reflection, healing, and personal growth.

Most importantly, I was still attuned to the people and the setting I was in, while making space to work on my mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.  Likewise, my hosts were attuned to me.

This is the kind of retreat we’ve created at Natural Lifemanship Headquarters.

Nourished: NL Self Care Retreats

Stress, burnout, and disconnection from our inner selves is all too common — especially among helping professionals who already carry so much.

Since the very beginning, we’ve always felt that NL’s headquarters in Brenham, Texas, is more than just a place to train. It’s your place to unplug and unwind while we hold space for you. And unlike the first retreat I went on, our Nourished Self-Care Retreats are not about withdrawal or disconnection.   It’s exactly the opposite, actually.

We start by welcoming you and giving you a tour of the property so you know how you can use the  space.  Then you’ll have an opportunity to set intentions for your stay with us – to be seen, felt, and heard.  After that, you will guide your own schedule and experience, but we will hold space for you and give you time away from other demands to care for and invest in yourself in a very purposeful way.   At the end of your time with us, you’ll meet with one of our team members  again to reflect on the experience and decide what to carry with you as you travel home.

You belong here, with us

I love this quote from Wendell Berry:

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”

~ Wendell Berry, A Long-Legged House

Being a member of a community, like Natural Lifemanship, is not just about belonging to a group or a people.  It’s also about belonging to a place.

When you’re going through a process of personal transformation and renewal, there are parts of that journey you need to take on your own.  But you do not have to withdraw or disconnect to be on your own.  When you are on a solitary leg of your journey, it is of utmost importance that you still have a compassionate witness to your experience.

As a part of Natural Lifemanship’s beloved community, you have a home here at NL Headquarters always. It’s a home for training and learning and connecting. But it’s also your home for healing and rebuilding and rising from the ashes.

When it’s time for you to retreat, we want to invite you home, to your place. You will be surrounded by a community that loves you while having the space – and place – for growth.

Come stay with us.


NL Membership: A Constellation of Learning, Practice & Community

NL Membership: A Constellation of Learning, Practice & Community

Constellations are landmarks. They are a guide and a navigational tool. But they are not formed by going from Point A to Point B. 

You need at least three stars to form a constellation.

The same is true for your learning journey with Natural Lifemanship. 

We often think of a learning journey as one with mileposts that we use to figure out how far along we are relative to “the end” or finish line. 

At Natural Lifemanship, we invite you to think about your learning journey as one made up of constellations, not mileposts. It’s not about going from start to finish, but about uncovering clusters of meaning along the way.

Those clusters are made up of opportunities to learn, to  practice, and to grow in community. This is exactly why we created the Natural Lifemanship Membership many years ago. 

Build your constellation with NL Membership

Here are some ways we create constellations within NL Membership to move you toward your goals: 


Membership includes over 100 hours of videos and compilations, more than 45 CE credits currently available, and videos and courses being added regularly. Take a look at the content lineup below to see exactly what you’ll have access to as an NL Member!


Free events for Members, plus discounts on select events to practice what you’re learning. This includes: 


Connect with your peers and build a community of supportive colleagues through:

  • Our online community for members through Circle
  • Community Connection Circles
  • Coffee & Horses virtual meetups
  • Networking opportunities


This is just the beginning of what you get with NL Membership. We will be announcing new opportunities to connect and learn in person this year, too! 


Membership Content by Category

Here’s a look at Membership content by category, along with descriptions and CEs, where available.


>13 hours of video; 9 CE credits available

Animal Welfare Issues are also Clinical Issues

Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe discuss how to recognize animal welfare issues, including those that lead to behavior issues and burnout. They share how a lack of awareness in this area can impact our clients.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Distance Doesn’t Have to Mean Disconnection

Learn about the foundational role that detachment (physical distance) plays in forming a secure attachment. Learn how we can help ourselves and others get the relational experiences we didn’t get during development.

1 Hour/1 CE

Doing Attachment-Based Work

Gain a concrete understanding of attachment-based work, why it is important, and why understanding attachment-based work is critical when doing telehealth or transitioning between in-person and telehealth sessions.

1 Hour/1 CE

Introduction to NL

Learn the history and big ideas of Natural Lifemanship, how Natural Lifemanship principles are applied in relationships with horses, and how the NL principles facilitate connection and healing.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Introduction to NL and Trauma Informed Care for Service Organizations

This course lays a foundation for shifting organizational culture to become more trauma informed. Learn trauma-informed principles for building connected relationships that help to heal and reorganize the brain.

4.5 Hours/4.5 CEs

Natural Lifemanship Trauma Informed Care for Parents and Caregivers

NL co-founders, Tim and Bettina Jobe, teach parents relationship principles that help children learn to self-regulate and build healthy relationships, and why these are important especially when parenting children who have experienced trauma.

2.25 Hours/0 CEs

Support or Rescue

Bettina Shultz-Jobe discusses the difference between offering support and rescuing in the context of the therapeutic relationship. She discusses why this matters from a neurobiological and attachment perspective.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Trauma Informed and Developmentally Sensitive Schools

Learn science-based principles for creating trauma-informed and developmentally sensitive classrooms and schools. NL relationship principles provide a framework for translating principles into effective practices.

2.25 Hours/2.25 CEs

Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Informed Relationships are for Everyone

The truth is that most of us have experienced some level of trauma. Trauma informed care (TIC) is about becoming empowered to organize or reorganize the brain by understanding how the brain and body develop.

1 Hours/0 CEs

When Two Cultures Collide

Tim and Bettina discuss belief systems and principles that have historically prevailed in the horse world creating cultures that may collide or that may coalesce to bring about health and healing for horse and human, alike.

1 Hours/0 CEs


>25 hours of video

Catching Your Horse with Connection

Watch as Natural Lifemanship trainer, Tanner Jobe, demonstrates and explains how to catch and halter a horse with connection.

.25 Hours/0 CEs


Learn a process for becoming more present to yourself and others. Shannon Knapp demonstrates a process of centering as a way to get in touch with yourself prior to engaging with a horse.

.25 Hours/0 CEs

Connected Horsemanship Deep Dive Workshop

Learn how the process of building a connected relationship in Natural Lifemanship is guided by principles and by a particular responsiveness to THIS relationship, rather than by techniques uniformly applied to all relationships.

3 Hours/0 CEs

Determining if the Relationship is Ready for Riding

As the relationship between a client and horse progresses, the therapy team and the client may decide it’s the right time to explore connection while mounted; however, how do they know if the client’s horse is ready for this next stage of intimacy?

.25 Hours/0 CEs

Developing Felt Safety with Attachment and Detachment

In this video, Tanner works with a new horse named Lizzie and demonstrates how to ask for connection through attachment and detachment. The goal is for Lizzie to stay connected, even in more stressful or unfamiliar spaces.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Equine Essentials: Body Language, Posture, Expressions, and Movement

There are a lot of opinions in the field about what various horse behaviors and physical cues mean; but in any relationship, and especially those with our equine companions, understanding body language and behavior is actually very nuanced. With this course, you will gain skill and confidence in your interactions with horses. Learn the essentials to better understand, care for, and connect with horses. This series is ideal for all equine-assisted/facilitated practitioners and especially those who apply the Natural Lifemanship process. To offer this series, we partnered with horse trainer and riding instructor, Callie King.

1.5 Hours/0 CEs

Facebook Live Collection – Connected Horsemanship

Each video in this collection was originally shot and shared via Facebook Live. Observe the many nuances of building connection in each encounter between a particular human and a particular horse at a particular moment in time.

6 Hours/0 CEs

Haltering with Connection

How might we approach a routine task such as haltering as an opportunity to build connection in our relationship with our horse? Tanner demonstrates how he asks Oreo to be connected and to say “yes” to being haltered.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Integrating Equine Bodywork in TF-EAP

Learn to apply NL principles while connecting with your horse through equine bodywork. Learn a simple technique to help your horse release tension and learn how the technique may be incorporated into work with clients using the NL process.

2 Hours/0 CEs

Learning about Connection with a Wild Horse

NL co-founder, Tim Jobe, demonstrates how he begins to work with a wild horse in ways that build connection. He discusses how he applies the NL principles throughout the process.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Relationship Basics with Frieda

In this series of 19 videos, Tim and Bettina build a connected and cooperative partnership with their rescue horse, Frieda. Learn the nuances of the NL process through this series of demonstrations.

4 Hours/0 CEs

Tanner & Nina: Preparing for Mounting

Tanner builds his relationship with Nina starting with asking her to attach in the pasture to follow him into the covered arena. Once in the arena, they work on refining their attachment and detachment and positioning around the mounting block.

1.5 Hours/0 CEs

The Complexity of Touch

NL is a practice of restoring and repairing connection in our relationships whenever and however it is lost. Trust and intimacy are built through thousands of micro-repairs. Bettina and Tanner work on restoring connection around touch with Apollo.

3 Hours/0 CEs

The Process of Mounting at Liberty

Tanner works with Lady to help her become comfortable positioning her body around the mounting block. Through working on connection they build the trust and communication needed for mounting.

1.5 Hours/0 CEs


>12.5 hours of video; 12.5 CE Credits available

NL for Groups

NL Trainers, Sara Sherman of Discovery Horse and Reccia Jobe of Pecan Creek Ranch, teach and model just how easy and effective it can be to incorporate NL principles into a variety of group settings.

3.25 Hours/3 CEs

NL for Veterans and First Responders

This course includes content on how to apply NL principles to working with veterans and first responders. The presentations cover important skills for working with each population.

5.5 Hours/5.5 CEs

Telehealth with Children and Families when they have been doing EAP

How does one move an equine-assisted practice indoors, or even virtual via telehealth? Learn some helpful ways to transition to telehealth with clients who are accustomed to working outside with you and with horses.

1 Hour/1 CE

The Disease of Disconnection: Applying Natural Lifemanship Principles to the Treatment of Substance-Use Disorders

Addiction is a disease of Disconnection. Its symptoms: Isolation, Fear and Loneliness. This workshop introduces you to a trauma-informed understanding of addiction to reveal the underlying factors that create and perpetuate the addiction cycle.

3 Hours/3 CEs


>21.5 hours of video; 12 CE Credits available

Breathing Practices for Nervous System Awareness and Regulation

This practical and engaging two-part workshop explores how bringing awareness to our breath can help us better understand ourselves, and how we can use breath deliberately to support our wellbeing and navigate challenges.

2.5 Hours/2.5 CEs

Conversation with Bonnie Badenoch, Author of The Heart of Trauma

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT is the best selling author of The Heart of Trauma. This rich conversation ventures deeply into the science of what it means to be a healing presence for others.

2 Hours/2 CEs

Finding Your Rhythm: Therapeutic Drumming

Enhance connection through rhythm while enriching therapeutic work with people and horses. Learn a specific healing protocol including exercises for wellness, connecting to the rhythm of the group, expressing feelings, and guided imagery.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Healing Attachment Wounds through Movement

Our attachment style and way of relating in the world is developed preverbally. As such, attachment wounding must be addressed somatically. Learn how connecting to the way an embryo moves and develops can help us sense into our bodies powerfully.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Introduction to Equine Connected EMDR (EC-EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective, extensively researched method for helping people recover from trauma. Learn how Trauma-Focused EAP supports and enhances EMDR in Equine-Connected EMDR (EC-EMDR).

3 Hours/3 CEs

Mindfulness Practices to Build Connection

NL Trainer, Shannon Knapp, presents on Mindfulness Practices to Build Connection. Following the presentation, a small group gathers at an experiential workshop to learn and experience how these practices may look in session with a horse.

2 Hours/0 CEs

Preparing the Horse and Client for (Mounted) Trauma Processing

Rhythmic Riding is utilized to build an internal sense of connection and a level of integration in the brain prior to processing traumatic events. Learn to prepare horse and client for this powerful work.

4 Hours/4 CEs

Processing Trauma with the Help of Horses

How do we process trauma in a connected way with a client who is deeply dysregulated, doesn’t desire or feel connection, isn’t ready to make requests for relationship, has deep attachment wounding, and who has experienced severe trauma?

2 Hours/0 CEs

Rainy Day Activities

Have you ever wondered what to do in your sessions on a rainy day or during the long winter months?  Learn how one can still do Natural Lifemanship when circumstances prevent partnering with horses.

4 Hours/4 CEs

Rhythmic Riding Demonstration

This video demonstrates how mounted work may facilitate regulation of the brain, integration, and modulation of the stress response. Completion of the Fundamentals of NL training is recommended prior to watching.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a trauma and attachment therapy model that focuses on the body to connect with and process traumatic material. Learn foundational tenets of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, founded by Pat Ogden.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Somatic Experiencing, Attachment and Touch

Learn how Somatic Experiencing®, Attachment and Touch interweave in trauma treatment involving humans and equines. Includes presentation and experiential workshop.

2.25 Hours/0 CEs

Tapping into Peace: Percussive Tapping Techniques for Self-Regulation and Soothing

Learn the origins of EFT and the ways it can be effective in helping our bodies regulate around physical and emotional stress. The presenters show the tapping points involved in the technique and lead the audience through EFT.

1.5 Hours/0 CEs

The Journey into Self-Leadership: Integrating the Internal Family Systems Model with EAS

This presentation by Jenn Pagone, LCPC provides a fundamental understanding of the IFS model and how it may be effectively integrated with an equine-assisted practice informed by Natural Lifemanship.

4.5 Hours/4.5 CEs


>17 hours of video; 4 CE Credits available

Animal Welfare Issues are also Clinical Issues

Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe discuss how to recognize animal welfare issues, including those that lead to behavior issues and burnout. They share how a lack of awareness in this area can impact our clients.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Business Building 101

Building a business in equine-assisted services can be daunting. Let industry experts, Shannon Knapp and Bettina Shultz-Jobe be your guides! Learn about the multiple considerations that can make or break an EAS business.

3 Hours/3 CEs

Ethical Dilemmas Specific to the Field of Equine Assisted Practice and Psychotherapy

This webinar discusses the many ethical dilemmas specific to Equine Assisted Services. It is critical for practitioners to embrace strong ethical values and guidelines as they navigate the inevitable complications that arise.

1 Hour/1 CEs

Research, Program Evaluation & Documentation: A Collection of Resources

This compilation provides information and resources related to research, program evaluation, and documentation in equine-assisted services, particularly services informed by the Natural Lifemanship.

7 Hours/0 CEs

Support or Rescue

Bettina Shultz-Jobe discusses the difference between offering support and rescuing in the context of the therapeutic relationship. She discusses why this matters from a neurobiological and attachment perspective.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Take Your EA Practice to the Next Level with PonyTracker

Learn about PonyTracker: a web-based tool to help business owners of equine-assisted services stay organized with barn management, therapeutic client management, rider/student tracking, and scheduling.

1 Hour/0 CEs

The Top 5 Things Every Equine Assisted Practice Needs to Know for Business Success

Shannon Knapp and Bettina Shultz-Jobe are passionate about helping equine-assisted practitioners build businesses across the country and throughout the world. They discuss the top 5 things you need to know to be successful in this field.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Transforming Trauma: Resiliency and Healing through our Connections with Animals

Philip Tedeschi reviews some of the important ways that animals are being incorporated into clinical responses to trauma highlighting findings discussed in his book, including the neurobiological mechanisms of change in AAI.

1.5 Hours/0 CEs

Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Informed Relationships are for Everyone

The truth is that most of us have experienced some level of trauma. Trauma informed care (TIC) is about becoming empowered to organize or reorganize the brain by understanding how the brain and body develop.

1 Hour/0 CEs


>13 hours of video; 8 CE Credits available

A Journey from Parts to Self

This guided meditation led by Jenn Pagone is aimed to assist you in identifying any activated parts that are calling for your attention, and to help you attune to your body to build resiliency and increase resources.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Breathing Practices for Nervous System Awareness and Regulation

This practical and engaging two-part workshop explores how bringing awareness to our breath can help us better understand ourselves, and how we can use breath deliberately to support our wellbeing and navigate challenges.

2.5 Hours/2.5 CEs

Building an Internal Safe Place

Learn a practice to support you in moments of acute stress and routinely throughout the day. Using psychodrama, Kate Naylor guides us as we explore and draw upon our own internal resources for strength, soothing, and support.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Chakra Balancing

Chakra balancing is based on the ancient Indian belief in a series of seven chakras, or energy centers. Chakra balancing is believed to promote health and resilience by maximizing the flow of energy in the body. Led by Michelle Holling-Brooks.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Connecting to Nature through Music

Experience bottom-up regulation as we connect to the elements of air, earth, water, and fire through music. Led by Mary Oliver.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Orientation: Moving into Presence

Meeting with novelty or threats in the environment, our bodies normally react with a stress response, preventing us from being fully present. Orienting and re-orienting through our senses increases the comfort we experience in our bodies and spaces.

.5 Hours/0 CEs

Spiritual Memoir: Where a Life Meets Mystery

Memoir becomes spiritual with intention. Writing spiritual memoir, we look for holiness within the details of our personal stories, opening ourselves to transformation in the process. Presented by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew.

1 Hour/0 CEs

Become a Natural Lifemanship Member Today!

Do you want access to all of this amazing content, opportunities to practice and a welcoming community of fellow practitioners and healers? Become an NL Member today. We are waiting for you!

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  My sentimental heart loves this sweet little rhyme.

I’m generally not superstitious, but I do love tradition. I find safety, connection, and predictability in this passing on of customs and beliefs.  For generations, brides and grooms have abided by this list as a way to incorporate cherished people, objects, and memories into a sacred ceremony.  Arguably, the most sacred of all ceremonies.  A ceremony about new beginnings, new life, love, and commitment.

Rooted in Tradition

At our wedding, I wore my mother’s wedding dress, new shoes, and a turquoise necklace Tim had given me.  Almost all of the decorations at our wedding were borrowed from many dear friends who contributed to our special day in precious ways.

When Natural Lifemanship formed a relationship with That’s the Dream Ranch, it was a new beginning for us, a wedding of sorts.  This partnership is all about love and commitment and the building of a new life for our family, our business, and our community.  The renovating and remodeling of the thirty year old, mostly furnished 12-bedroom inn, that we now call the NL HomePlace, was a labor of love – so much labor and so much love went into every single room.  I have said many a time that each room has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue – like any sacred experience should.

So, what is meant by this little rhyme? This Old English rhyme dates back to the 19th century and all meanings are just theory, so here are mine.

Something Old

I’m a huge fan of antiques – objects with a story that tether us to the past.  Sometimes it feels easier to just burn it all and start fresh, but when we do that we lose the wisdom of those who have come before us.  The wisdom of our fellow travelers who have prepared the way for us – who have walked the paths we tread.  We also lose the profound learning and joy that comes when we repair a relationship, a life. . . or an armoire.  Throughout the Inn we have done the painful work of choosing what goes, deciding what to keep, and what needs repair.  Each room has something old – something from the past to remind you that you are not alone.  Something with a story.

Something New

There’s nothing like the smell of a new car, a new saddle, a new home.  Let’s face it, the musty smell of something old is no joke.  The ozone machine has become an important member of the NL team here at the ranch.  Something new represents hope for the future and an acceptance of where we are now – what is.  The new allows us to embrace change and progress and possibility.  As we purchased new furniture, bedding, and artwork, I held the belief close to my chest that healing is possible and that the old can be repurposed in a way that plays well with the new.

Something Borrowed

We need each other.  We need support.  Something borrowed is about having the humility to ask for help and accept support and nurture from others. It’s also about community and family – the kind we create.  I have always dreamed of living in a neighborhood, where I could run next door to borrow a cup of sugar or a stick of butter. It is our dream to create this kind of home for you.  Each room has something borrowed – something our NL family has contributed to our grand purpose.

Something Blue

Specifically, turquoise. . . the NL turquoise.  Well, this is just good taste!  Need I say more?

Welcome Home

It is our deepest desire that when you come through the gates of the NL Headquarters, you feel something right away.  When you step foot on our land and cross the threshold of your bespoke room, you feel an energy that prepares.  An energy that pierces your soul and prompts your heart to say, “I am safe here.  I am protected.  I am ready –  to learn, to grow, to heal, and to transform.”

It is our desire that this place, our HomePlace, prepares the way – for profound growth that even extends to those whose feet may never touch this land – those whose lives you touch.  Your life is our legacy – a responsibility we take very seriously and hold with great tenderness.

We have prepared this place so that you may find what your soul seeks – maybe a new beginning, a bit of healing and growth, a renewed sense of love for and commitment to yourself and others. May you connect with the deep history of this place, and with those who have come before you.  May you find hope.  May you be supported and nurtured.  And may you grow to love turquoise. . . because that’s just good taste.  😉

May you be at home here.  May you find true belonging here, at your HomePlace.

Also, if you register for an in-person training at the NL Headquarters in Brenham, Texas before December 31st of this year you will get free onsite lodging in our little inn.  

I hope you can join us in 2024.



Because We Were Together

Because We Were Together

In 2020 the NL team got together on Zoom for a Christmas party.  One of our trainers, Courtney White, guided us in a very robust and super competitive scavenger hunt. I’ll spare you most of the details, but, basically, The Jobe family won.  Just sayin’ *shrug shoulders*. 

I’m fairly certain we left our friendly competition in the dust when we were the first to find “poop” in our house.  As it turns out, Cooper had coprolite in his bathroom. Petrified poop won the game!  It really was fun. Truly. 

Since we couldn’t be in-person.

At Interconnected 2020, our first online conference, we connected through movement and music at the beginning of each day and through Fireside Chats (with an actual fire on our end) each evening. Each of us made nature mandalas in our little part of the world and shared pictures of them with each other.  Our entire community went to great lengths to connect through the distance. It really was amazing.  

Since we couldn’t be together in-person.

In 2021, at our Love and Grief conference, which was also online, I remember several powerful moments of intense connection, where with tears in our eyes, we felt deep in our bones that we were attended to.  We knew that we were not alone. We held grief in one hand and love in the other, and we were changed. It, truly, was beautiful.  

Since we couldn’t be together in-person.  

Fast forward to 2023, our most recent in-person experience, the NL Sacred Landscapes conference.  Imagine 75 people walking silently at dusk, some with lanterns, some with drums, some sprinkling cornmeal and tobacco or anointing oil as they moved. Our intention was to christen our community in our new home at the NL Headquarters and to bless the land that holds us.  

We began by listening to Mary Oliver play the kalimba – a sound we not only heard but felt vibrate throughout our entire body.  A vibration that can’t be felt online, and that has been shown to have all kinds of physical and emotional benefits.   



As we walked, we could hear each other’s steps, breath, the rhythmic friction of our clothes. The science of biological entrainment tells us that our hearts began to beat in rhythm with one another. Our brain waves began to dance in tandem. We certainly didn’t need science to tell us about the powerful energy exchange occurring, but science does happen to support our experience. 

It was palpable – it was powerfully felt and no words were needed.

Because we were together in person. 

As we came upon the Back Forty at the NL Headquarters, the sun was setting as we watched the  silhouette of our horses running across the top of the hill. We all stopped and watched in silence – a thin moment I will never forget. Never. My words don’t do it justice. The pictures don’t even come close to capturing what that moment was like, but those who were there feel it now. 

We were changed.

Because we were together in person. 



That moment was transcendent and transformative – it is a moment I will continue to come back to throughout my life. We were connected. With each other. To the ground on which we walked. With the sky. The trees. The horses.  

This kind of connection changes us. It just does. There is a lot of science to support what happened in that moment, but we didn’t need an explanation because we had an experience.

At the top of the hill we did a calling of the directions to set up a sacred space (within us and around us) to do sacred work. We took a moment to look at each other – mirror neurons firing, co-regulation creating a tremendous amount of safety and nurture, our social neural networks lit up like crazy (if we must employ a bit of science to explain the magic of the moment) – we took a moment to really see our tribe, our people, the people doing this world-changing, legacy building work.  

My body is still buzzing as I recall our time together, in person.


As we walked the rest of the way home, I could hear people sniffling or openly weeping. We were together. Research suggests what we already know to be true – being physically together simply can’t be replaced online. It just can’t. Our physical bodies need each other to survive, to grow, and to heal. My heart needs your heart – literally – and yours needs mine.

Research shows that if we are within 6 feet of each other our hearts will start to beat in rhythm. My eyes need your eyes. When we are physically together, eye contact affects our pupils and field of vision which affects our nervous system. My nervous system needs your nervous system, the electromagnetic field of your body, to regulate. It’s how our bodies work.  My brain needs your brain. When we are within about 6 feet of each other, our brain waves begin to entrain. Mirror neurons fire like mad when we communicate face-to-face – it’s not the same online

In a very physical sense, we need each other.  

I am so thankful for zoom and online learning. Truly. It has made NL so much more accessible. It has provided a way for us to disseminate so much more information, but research shows that it can’t replace face-to-face interactions. It CAN powerfully augment them. It is certainly a powerful alternative when in-person experiences are not possible.  

Online learning has made it more feasible for us to focus on the experience you get when you take the time to be with us, because you have already learned foundational information online. I love and deeply appreciate online learning, and I believe we can embody what we learn online. 

Embodied online learning is a practice. That said, most of the time some in-person experiences are necessary to move beyond practice to embodiment – we must all wisely choose which experiences we will do while being held by the energy of place and person.  

Nowadays, we CAN be physically together.  

Place matters. We prepared a place for you.  People matter.  We are thrilled to serve you, be with you, and walk with you.  

This year we want to make it possible for you to be with us, in person, at your NL home. When you register before December 31st at midnight for an in-person training in 2024, onsite lodging at the NL HomePlace Inn will be included in your registration fee.  

We hope to be with you in 2024.  

Welcome Home.

Check out our winter and spring 2024 calendar here.


Sunrise Summit – The FULL Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions

Sunrise Summit – The FULL Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions

ABOUT Sunrise Summit and Sacred Landscapes

Sunrise Summit is an online conference, Oct 13-14, 2023. ALL sessions will be recorded and available for viewing through February 10, 2024. Please note that CE Credits are available only for those sessions that are attended LIVE during the conference. In addition to having access to all of the Sunrise Summit recordings through February 10, 2024, attendees will also gain access to the three keynote recordings from the in-person Sacred Landscapes conference, which will be held Nov 8-11th, 2023 at the NL Headquarters in Brenham, TX (view full Sacred Landscapes schedule here). Sacred Landscapes registration INCLUDES Sunrise Summit! Sunrise Summit registration may also be purchased separately for those who are unable to attend Sacred Landscapes in person.

Sunrise Summit Schedule

FRIDAY, OCT 13, 2023

9:30 – 10:00 AM –  Opening Ceremony:  Gather, Arrive and Connect.

Bettina Shultz-Jobe will usher us to more deeply arrive into our spaces and our bodies, and guide us as we begin the practice of embodied online learning. 

We’ll also share time together with special musical guests the Darling Daughters.

10:00 -10:30 AM – Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – ReWilding the Psyche: The Transformative Power of Earth’s Landscapes – Keynote presentation with Mary Reynolds Thompson

“Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.” -Ortega y Gasset

The mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote that more than meaning, “what we are seeking is an experience of being alive.”

And yet the modern world is structured to keep us tamped down and tame. It teaches us we are separate from the natural world, cut off from the great wildness that sings from mountaintops and calls to us in the river’s flow.

During this experiential talk, Mary will guide us through five Earth archetypal landscapes—deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands––that hold essential aspects of our own wild psyches. As each of us finds our own particular way into the metaphors of the landscapes we start to see how these places are braided into the core of our being.

The vast emptiness and aridity of deserts; the mystery and darkness of forests; the flow and depth of oceans and rivers; the granite and grandeur of the highest mountain peaks; the sense of belonging we seek in the grasslands—all bring us closer to the core of who we are.

Enticing us, challenging us, illuminating us, Earth’s archetypes engage our deepest imaginations. In both their wounded states – as in mountaintop removal, clear-cutting, pollution – and in their pristine ones – pure streams, virgin forests, native grasses – they make clear that what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

A Welcoming Practice: Creating a Space and Place for Clients, Equines, and Providers to Thrive – with Beverly Walsh

Whether you are new to Equine Assisted Services (EAS) or a “seasoned” professional, join us to share in practices that create a sense of welcome and safety for the clients, providers and equines in order to thrive and offer their highest good.

We enter into the field of Equine Assisted Services to do good. Yet in order to do good, a practice must be sustainable; financially, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. Daily practices that support the business of doing business will be presented.

In this workshop you will:

  1. Be presented with ideas regarding the practice of creating a welcoming space and environment that allows for the sense of safety and wellness necessary to get to our highest good.
  2. Learn how to be in a practice that creates an invitation so that clients, equines and providers can stay in a sense of flow that allows all to be effective, connected, and regulated in good and challenging circumstances.

Research on the Benefits of Horses Satisfying Attachment Deficits and Depression – with Dana Kasper, PhD, LPCC

Brain development in infants is dependent on having a predictable, consistent, warm caregiver in a safe environment within close proximity for establishing a secure attachment.

Secure care creates the infant’s internal working model that determines a human’s self-concept and their view of others and the world. These internal mental structures, or schemas are constructed in response to how they were cared for and determines their ability to regulate emotions when upset.

Intermittent care, harshness, or neglect may result in psychopathology, which often includes depression. An absence of innovative treatment approaches aiming at attachment deficits and depression exists (Bowlby, 1969; Maroney, 2003; NIMH, n.d.; Nuccini et al., 2015; Read et al., 2014; Sanders & Hall, 2018).

Examining the centrality of attachment and attunement within the context of safety is presented from the neurobiological perspectives of attachment and social engagement theories.

Research on factors salient to Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and related to attachment deficits and depressive symptomatology will be reviewed.

Outcomes will be presented from research that includes but is not limited to the psychobiological elements reported to increase the bond between humans and horses. For example, concepts of safety, sensitivity, and attunement are found to be germane aspects of EAP in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Practical applications of these findings will be presented for working with others when providing EAP.

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

Home on the Ranch, 23 Years Lessons Learned in an EAS Practice – with Cynthia Rank-Ballas 

Cynthia Rank Ballas will share her 23 year experience of owning her own equine psychotherapy practice and working at home. In this experiential presentation she will share the glory and the hardships of managing contracts and how to hone in on the ideal match for your talents and experience to help others heal.

There is a tremendous need for our work, but be careful what we wish for, it may come true!

We will ponder how to embrace the responsibilities involved, how to create long term successful relationships with co-facilitators and staff. How to protect our private space and open our ranch to the healing for clients, creating healthy boundaries for both.

We will discuss the importance of minimizing risk, and how to feel safe and protected.

Group members will participate in somatic exercises both for the staff and the clients. We will create an opening for celebration and how to focus on what is working and create a pathway for personal and professional success.

We will discuss how to avoid burnout. We will share the magic of Touched by a Horse medicine cards to provide additional support and wisdom, adding tools for creating insight and celebration on our journey.

Cynthia began her journey in 1998 with Adventures in awareness, was a member and certified by EAGALA in the early years, now holding her professional certification with the Association for Interactive Equine Professionals. Her interest in Neuroscience and connection has led her to join up with Natural Lifemanship, and continue a life of learning. She has presented at conferences, most recently for the Spirituality Conference at Southwestern College.

Exploring the Framework of Healing Stories: How to Gently Guide Unfolding Stories Toward Positive Change – with Bill Woodburn

Join us in exploring the concepts and structures behind what makes a story healing and how to gently guide unfolding stories toward positive change. We will challenge seeing stories as just distractions and explore practical counseling skills to transform repetitive, closed stories, into healing moments.

Are you attending the Sacred Landscapes Conference in November? If so, the session with Bill will provide important foundational concepts that will guide your experiential learning on site with him. We encourage you to attend live or watch the recording of this session before attending Sacred Landscapes.

4:30 – 5:00 PM Break

5:00 – 6:30 PM Breakouts

Building the Business of Your Dreams with Your Heart, Your Soul and Your Mind – with Shannon Knapp 

All of us in EAS are passionate about making this amazing healing work available in our community, AND we also need to think about HOW to make it work for all of us: the community, the horses & people, and also the bank account!

I know when I started, I loved horses and wanted to help people, but knew NOTHING about running a business. Since then I’ve learned many, many lessons, good and bad, culminating in our celebrating 20 years of helping horses and humans!

Join me for a look at the biggest missed step in opening your EAP/L business, as well as the top three choices I’d change if I could go back to opening Horse Sense of the Carolinas 20 years ago.

We’ll also have ample time for Q & A, so bring your questions! 

Our Internal Tribe: The Internal Voices Formed Through our Identity Development and Family Messages – with Carol Joy Hollis-White

Within each of us is a tribe of voices that have been formulated through our identity development and family messages. Presentation offers a visual and o formative representation of the tribe that makes up our “identity pie” As the song by Sarah Bareilles says, “mixed up and baked into a beautiful pie”.


  1. Understand identity development
  2. Understand and identify internal tribe
  3. Understand and identify messages that are carried by each voice in the internal tribe.
  4. Learn which voices need to be strengthened and which voices need to be given less power in order to create balance.


SATURDAY, OCT 14, 2023

9:30 – 10:00 AM – Gather and Connect: Our community will gather, connect and prepare for the day, together! Bettina Shultz-Jobe will usher us to more deeply arrive into our spaces and our bodies, and guide us as we begin the practice of embodied online learning. 

10:00 – 10:30 AM – Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – The Origins of Movement and Repatterning of Motor Skills to Support Transformation and Healing – Keynote presentation with Mark Taylor

In this presentation, Mark Taylor will outline the Basic Neurological Patterns: the embryological, fetal, and infantile processes through which mammals and humans develop the ability to move in space and interact with their environment.

We all have strong movement patterns and underdeveloped ones, the combination of which produces our unique styles of thought, perception, behavior, and expression.

When the movement patterns are balanced, we call it the Satisfaction Cycle: the capacity to yield, push, reach, grasp, and pull—the fundamentals of our movement vocabulary. 

By understanding the cycle and the patterns, we can invite in the process of repatterning—the reorganization of motor skills that support transformation and healing.

Are you attending the Sacred Landscapes Conference in November? If so, Mark’s session provides important foundational concepts that will guide your experiential learning on site with him. We encourage you to attend live or watch the recording of this session before attending Sacred Landscapes.

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

Processing Traumatic Memories: A Principle-Based Introduction to an Embodied and Multi-Modal Approach – with Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Kathleen Choe, and Kate Naylor

What is it that really helps a person process a traumatic memory?

With a variety of modalities in the field of trauma it can be difficult to know which to choose – however, underlying all of these modalities are a shared set of principles that guide the work.

In this presentation, led by our Co-Founder and CEO, Bettina Shultz-Jobe, along with NL trainers and leaders Kathleen Choe and Kate Naylor, we will explore common trauma processing principles; not just techniques, but the principles that fuel their effectiveness. 

Drawing from approaches like SE, EMDR, IFS, TIR, Somatic Movement and Psychodrama – the presenters will offer an introductory look at NL’s revolutionary and embodied multi-modal approach to the healing of trauma.

This presentation will teach concepts, principles, and techniques that we will then demonstrate and practice experientially at Sacred Landscapes.

Are you attending the Sacred Landscapes Conference in November? If so, the session with Bettina, Kathleen, and Kate will provide important foundational concepts that will guide your experiential learning on site. We encourage you to attend live or watch the recording of this session before attending Sacred Landscapes.

Integrating the Internal Landscape for External Connection: Utilizing Rhythm, the 8 Beat Cycles, Interoception, and Energy to Create a Safe and Sacred Space for Healing – with Fritzi Glover-Strowmatt

The relationship between interoception and energy is key to connection with self and other living beings. Awareness is key to keeping the rhythm of the session connected and congruent for progress.

Exploring the internal landscape of regulation and how it affects the external connections with the environment is essential for creating a safe and sacred space.

Exploring the neuroscience of rhythm and how to utilize a beat to create regulation and interoception for optimal awareness. The how is in eight beat cycles integrating the right and left hemispheres.

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Breakout Sessions

Neither Here Nor There: Supporting Immigrants through EAS as They Find a Sense of Place in a New Land – with Kathleen Choe

Immigrants often struggle with having a sense of place. They may have lived away from their country of origin long enough to not feel they belong there any longer, but may never feel that they belong in the country they’ve chosen (or been forced to) to live in either.

This workshop outlines the experiences involved in adapting to new places and the challenges of creating safe spaces both internally and externally to create a sense of belonging: a place to call home.

The nuances of language, especially in understanding the vocabulary of emotions in a new culture, and the baffling and often confusing decoding of customs and mannerisms across cultures will be addressed in depth.

Changing the World One Relationship at a Time: Advocacy & Systemic Change Thru A Relational Lens – with Sara Sherman

In our rapidly evolving world, where systems and structures are continually adapting, it becomes increasingly evident that a transformational force is needed to navigate these changes successfully.

It’s a force grounded in the very essence of our humanity – our capacity for connection, empathy, and understanding. This force is harnessed through relationships.

Relationships ARE the vehicle for change.

It is this guiding principle that lies at the heart of this presentation. To truly effect change on a systemic level, we must commit to embracing the principles of secure attachment in every facet of our lives. It requires us to venture beyond our comfort zones and adopt these principles as a way of being, understanding that connection and perfection cannot coexist.

Our relationships, with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, are the vehicles through which we can catalyze profound and lasting transformation.

Join Sara Sherman as she shares her personal journey of embodying these principles in all aspects of her life. She will shine a light on the highs and lows, the successes and challenges, and the transformation that has occurred through this practice. Transformation within herself and her personal relationships, her organization and team, collaboration with outside organizations and with the community at large.

Sara’s journey is not just an individual story; it is an invitation for all of us to join in this embodied movement toward systemic change. It’s a call to action to infuse these principles into our professional work, our organizational structures, and our communities. Through her experiences, we will gain insight into how these principles can be a catalyst for positive change on a broader scale.

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Break

5:00 – 6:30 PM – As Little As Necessary, As Much As Needed:  A Discussion of Intentional, Principle Based Equine Care – Keynote presentation with Kate Naylor in conversation with Tim Jobe and Tanner Jobe

The basics of equine care varies quite a bit from farm to farm, from place to place – often, we are bound by logistical constraints and the status quo of convention. But, what might it look like when we can build a herd, and a farm, from the ground up…and with the principles of Natural Lifemanship as a guide? Could we build something that allowed our equines to grow into their fullest, most authentic selves? Could our relationships with them support this, rather than hinder it?

And even if we can’t build from scratch, how can we approach herd management with intention and purpose each day? Living Natural Lifemanship principles doesn’t just change how we are in the round pen – it influences each moment, and each choice we make.

Join Kate Naylor as she speaks with NL’s Co-Founder, Tim Jobe, and NL’s Director of Equine Professionals, Tanner Jobe. Learn how they operate from the principles of Natural Lifemanship each day – from the strategic planning of spaces and places for their equines to gather, to the often rote task of feeding each morning, and everything in between.

6:40 – 7:00 PM – Closing Ceremony with the Darling Daughters

Remember – all sessions will be recorded and shared with ticket holders, so even though you can only attend one live, you’ll have access to both presentations in each time slot until February 10th, 2024.  CE’s are only available for live attendance.


The Top Five Questions Our Certification Students Ask

The Top Five Questions Our Certification Students Ask

By Laura McFarland and Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Natural Lifemanship Certification is a journey that involves taking the Fundamentals of NL and the NL Intensive and then seeing clients while occasionally meeting on zoom with seasoned NL practitioners to get individualized support regarding your specific clients, horses, facilities, funding sources, and more.  Consultation and mentorship is the lifeblood of the certification process, and it is where we get to know you best and learn what you need from us most.

This year we have specially curated workshops for our conferences, Sunrise Summit and Sacred Landscapes, to address the top five concepts our students regularly tell us they are grappling with.

Concept # 1: Is it really necessary to use pressure or make requests?

For years we have been answering this question cognitively in blogs like this one, on consult calls, and in many of our trainings.  Many of you have heard us communicate that pressure simply is. It exists implicitly in any relationship in the form of expectations and desires and it exists explicitly in the form of requests. It is literally gravity on our body, and is needed to help us wake up in the morning and move throughout life. Oftentimes, our mind follows this train of thought, but our body resists!

We all have a reaction to the word “pressure” – many of us have a complicated, sometimes even negative relationship with the word and idea.  This year we are going to take a fresh look at the principles of pressure from a somatic perspective, so that you can explore your own personal relationship with pressure, energy, and requests – and how that relationship impacts your world both in and out of the round pen.

Our relationship with pressure is often the result of our most early attachments – when we explore our body’s experience of pressure we are standing on sacred ground – what better place to delve into this concept than at a conference dedicated to exploring the sacred landscapes within us and around us.

When Sacred Landscapes Roots Pass holders attend the November 8th workshop, My Relationship to Pressure: Exploring a key principle to better understand the Natural Lifemanship process,” they can count it toward two consult hours as part of Basic NL Certification! (this is a savings of $350)

Concept #2:  How do I increase my energy in a calm and connected manner?

This question is very much related to the first one. It comes up ALL the time. Once we realize that making requests is essential to building trust and connection in our relationships and we understand the concept of pressure intellectually, we may still struggle with managing pressure within our own bodies. For example, increasing pressure while using the least amount of energy (an NL principle) requires that we increase our body energy while staying present, calm and connected. This can be super challenging for any of us who have experienced an increase in body energy as something frightening or associated with disconnection, especially in our early relationships.

So, we asked Jennifer Harper, founder of Mindfulness with Horses and Little Flower Yoga, to tackle this topic:  “Mindfulness with Horses: Not just for calming down!”

According to Jennifer (and we agree!), “Many people hear mindfulness and think about calming down. Slowing the breath, slowing the body, and finding stillness in the mind. While these can be powerful aspects of a mindfulness practice, they are only a small part of the story.  Mindfulness supports our capacity to be present and embodied at ANY energy level. It offers us practices to stay regulated while accessing our power. Stay curious while increasing body energy. Stay grounded during big movement….”

In this 3 hour workshop Jennifer will guide you to explore ways to increase your energy without escalating emotion, supporting your ability to communicate clearly and powerfully with both horses and humans.

Concept #3: Detachment – do I really have to?

Detachment with connection is another area many people find themselves grappling with as they learn NL – another topic we have covered in blogs, webinars, and numerous trainings. Detachment (distance, space, boundaries) does not necessarily mean disconnection, yet it can certainly evoke anxiety, which we feel in our bodies. If you cringe at the thought of asking for detachment, you are not alone and we hear you!

Tim and Tanner Jobe are preparing a workshop you will not want to miss: “How to Stop Hating Detachment.”  (We tried to come up with another title, but this one just stuck!)

In this workshop, Tim and Tanner Jobe will talk about and demonstrate how to harness the power of connected detachment to enhance relational development and reveal fun and exciting pathways for growth and even greater intimacy.

Concept #4: What about my horses’ relationships within their herd?  What about their relationships with the EAS team?  How do the NL principles apply?

The Natural Lifemanship principles extend to all of life’s relationships. This is why NL is such an effective approach to partnering horses and humans for therapeutic and learning purposes. However, in what ways do the NL principles extend to all of life’s relationships for our equine partners, who dwell in a herd and who spend their days working with their human partners offering equine-assisted services? We have several excellent workshops that will explore these two aspects of equine experience.

In “Getting Along: Facilitating Healthy Relationships within your (Horse) Herd”, Tim and Tanner Jobe share how they go about nurturing the bonds within the herd itself. This is super important to equine welfare and development, especially when equines are working in EAS settings.

Rebecca Hubbard and Reccia Jobe explore the ways in which the relational dynamics between equines and human practitioners impact the general healing landscape for clients participating in equine-assisted services. You won’t want to miss “The Human-Equine Relational Landscape: How Practitioner Treatment and Interactions with Equines Impact the Healing Landscape.”

In “Creating a Holistic Wellness Program for Your Horses:  Incorporating Energy and Body Work” with Michelle Holling-Brooks you will be invited to look beyond the basic nutritional and traditional training needs of your horses.  This session will dive into the different components of a truly holistic approach to working with and caring for our equine partners’ body, mind, and soul.  You will also have the opportunity to learn and practice balancing your own energies as well, often the missing but key component.

Michelle Holling-Brooks will also present on “Developing the First Stages of Building a Secure Attachment for All (Including Horses) – Trust, Respect, and Willingness.”  In this workshop you will explore the foundational skills needed to support clients and horses in building secure attachment. Michelle will introduce you to the first three pillars of what she calls the “Bridge of Connection” – building trust, respect, and willingness for ALL beings; horses and humans alike.

Dr. Amanda Massey is an AVCA certified animal chiropractor. In her presentation titled, “How to Assess your Horse’s Physical Discomfort to Help Them Thrive,” she will explore how stress impacts our equine partners.  She will be giving demonstrations and sharing her experiences as an equine chiropractor to tell if your equine partner is experiencing discomfort from past traumas and how to improve their adaptation to environmental stressors with bodywork and chiropractic care.

Question #5: How do I integrate somatic work and movement into the services I provide?

We have numerous presentations, workshops, and practices that address this topic!

First of all, every single keynote will help you integrate the body and movement into your work and your life.  Our community circle will guide you in the experience of some of these practices.

In “Healing Relationships with Place and Space:  Engaging with the environment to foster transformation” Kate Naylor will guide us to consciously explore both space and place in our work, experiencing the deep healing that is found when we sink into our interdependence with the natural world, embracing the connection being offered in everything we do.

The keynote presentation with Mark Taylor and Bettina Shultz-Jobe, “Moving Through Space: What We Can Learn from Observing Movement in Session.” In this presentation, Mark introduces sixteen patterns of movement that allow us to move on land. You’ll learn to observe these movements within your own body, and how to observe patterns of movement when facilitating a client in session with a horse.

Another excellent movement focused workshop is offered by Kathy Taylor, who teaches: “Moving in Three Dimensions: A Simple Framework for Using Your Body to Establish, Maintain, and Nurture Connection While Working with Clients and Horses.”

Yet another workshop, “We Hold it All: A Sacred Root” by Jessica Benton, invites us to pay special attention to the root of our spine and pelvic floor and how this space in our bodies houses our emotions, histories, belief systems, and important functions. This root space deserves time, mindful connection, and healing.

Finally, in “Deepening the Satisfaction Cycle,” Mark Taylor invites participants to increase their sensory awareness of movement, to embody the Basic Neurological Patterns, and to explore their personal relationship to the elements of the Satisfaction Cycle (yield, push, reach, grasp, pull).

There is more!  Check out the detailed schedule here.

So, why can this conference count toward certification for the first time ever?!!

Because the presentations listed above barely scratch the surface of what can be learned, experienced, and embodied at our conferences!   The learning at this conference will be rich!  You can read every single presentation description here if you want more detail!

If you are a Roots pass holder for the Sacred Landscapes conference, you may attend the “My Relationship to Pressure” session on Nov 8th and it will count for two individual consultations (a savings of $350!).

When you attend the Sunrise Summit (LIVE or watch at least 12 hours of recordings) and Sacred Landscapes in person either November 8th – 11th (Roots Pass) or 9th – 11th (Community Pass) you can apply the conference toward a speciality training, which is one of the requirements for Advanced Certification (a savings of up to $2,000 + travel and lodging!).

This is a bit of an experiment for us.  There are so many presentations that we believe will profoundly contribute to your specialization in this field.  We look forward to your feedback.

**To apply the NL conference toward a specialty training for Advanced NL Certification, you will intentionally choose your unique specialization path at the conference and share with us (in your certification course) how the conference contributed to your specialization in this field.  

We hope to see you there!