Day 1 Workshops – 2019 NL Conference

Day 1 Workshops – 2019 NL Conference

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Day One (Thursday, October 17)

Natural Lifemanship for Groups

Reccia Jobe & Sarah Sherman

Reccia Jobe & Sarah Sherman

Applying NL to group work is the Number 1 most requested topic for further learning among NL trainees and members. NL Trainers Sara Sherman of Discovery Horse and Reccia Jobe of Pecan Creek Ranch will show you just how easy and effective it can be to incorporate NL principles into a variety of group settings. Whether you have a group of 3 or 100, have 0 or 100 equines, have a small office or an enormous pasture to work in, Sara and Reccia can help you learn how to incorporate NL principles into any kind of group work. This is for anyone who wants to utilize NL in groups in any setting with or without equines. This workshop will include discussion, examples, and of course, experiential work with horses to help you solidify your learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will practice three self regulation strategies to assist in effectively facilitating a group experience.
  2. Participants will identify three examples of integrating NL principals into a group experience – with and without horses.
  3. Participants will recognize one opportunity for growth that addresses personal challenges that may interfere with facilitating an effective group experience.


Reccia Jobe, MBA, NLC-EP, Life Coach
Owner of Pecan Creek Ranch
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Sara Sherman, BA; EGCM; NLC-P,EP
Owner of Discovery Horse
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Rainy Day Activities: Trauma informed experiential activities for building connection when horses are not an option

Jennifer Steinmetz-Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Jennifer Steinmetz and Bettina Shultz-Jobe

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

We understand that many of your clients came to you to learn by doing, so the experiential component of your work is imperative. We also understand that missed sessions can slow client progress and, financially speaking, hurt your bottom line. Jennifer Steinmetz, Cindy Hatchell and Bettina Shultz-Jobe each have over 20 years experience as trained facilitators and are so excited to teach you how to utilize experiential activities and ground initiatives to help your clients continue the powerful work they have already begun with horses. Participants will learn facilitation skills, games, and exercises that can be used in the office or the arena to help a wide range of clients with regulation, connection, communication, and more. Activities appropriate for individuals and groups will be utilized. A focus on connection, trauma informed care, and bottom-up regulation means that NL practitioners will be able to seamlessly integrate what is learned into their NL practice immediately! This workshop will be extremely experiential, so come ready to play, connect, and have SO much fun!

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn and practice basic facilitation skills
  2. Learn and participate in at least 5 experiential activities (and probably more!)
  3. Discover how experiential activities can build connection with self and others
  4. Discover how experiential ground activities can be used to powerfully and organically implement trauma informed care


Jennifer Steinmetz
Level 1, Certified Challenge Course Facilitator
Level I Certification from the Equine Growth and Learning Association
Member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

Cindy Hatchell

Bettina Shultz-Jobe
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder

Natural Lifemanship for Clients in Early Childhood

Rebecca J. Hubbard & Kate Naylor

Rebecca J. Hubbard & Kate Naylor

When you think about doing NL with a three-year-old, do you feel stumped?

Are you concerned about how to keep a three-year-old safe in a round pen?

Do you struggle with conveying your thoughts to someone younger than five?

If so, you are not alone!

Working with early childhood, children 5 and under, requires unique knowledge, and skills and a different approach. Rebecca J. Hubbard, MS, LMFT and Kate Naylor, MA, LMFT have over 30 years of combined expertise in providing services to young children. They will assist you in developing the skills you need to apply NL to this population.  In this workshop participants will conceptualize real cases from a Natural Lifemanship perspective using principle-based thinking rather than technique-based thinking, interventions for the dyad will be discussed, and sample treatment plans will be created, which participants will take home at the end of the day. The discussion will focus on several critical factors for successful TF-EAP implementation with young children. Specifically the differences that are inherent to working with young children and the child-parent dyad, using principle-based thinking that is necessary for case conceptualization and implementation, a deepened understanding of the impact of trauma on young children and the parent-child relationship, and how to utilize bottom-up regulation in any setting, office, pasture, families’ homes. Participants can expect to split their time between discussion and hands-on experience with and without horses.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify the fundamental differences in working with early childhood populations, namely, how the client focus (i.e. inclusion of caregivers) as well as the role of the therapist change to better suit this population’s long-term needs

  2. Participants will expand their application of the principles of Natural Lifemanship (pressure, connection, etc) to use in any setting, whether horses are present or not

  3. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of bottom-up regulation and identify the importance and value of co-regulation in treatment and long-term success of the dyad

  4. Participants will create and take home a treatment plan (including goals and interventions) based on Natural Lifemanship principles


Kate Naylor, LMFT, NLC-P,EP
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Rebecca J. Hubbard, MS, LMFT, NLC-P,EP
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Creating Nature and Sensory-Rich Equine Experiences

Leif Hallberg

Leif Hallberg

Internationally-acclaimed author, educator, and experiential psychotherapist, Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC leads participants in an exploration of the myriad benefits that can be gained from respectful, mindful interactions between horses, humans and the natural world during this “Deep Dive” conference.

This experiential session provides opportunities to practice creating authentic relationships with self, others, and the natural world through nature and sensory-rich equine experiences. Participants will be challenged to “think outside the horse” and learn to augment and support equine interactions through activities that foster a deeper connection to the natural world.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the concept of biophila and describe the health benefits of human-animal-nature interactions.
  2. Describe basic principles of creating safety within relationship, and apply these principles to interactions with other participants, horses, and the natural world.
  3. Identify signs of shutting down, appeasing, and submitting behaviors in horses and apply this knowledge to basic interactions with horses.
  4. Discuss the benefits and applications of including nature and other sensory experiences (art, journaling, etc.) in EAMH/EAL.
  5. Practice “humanship” skills – or the ability to be more present, aware, thoughtful, authentic, and connective.

 What to Expect

  • This workshop will happen outdoors rain or shine unless lightening becomes an issue.
  • Come prepared with all-weather gear including a rain coat, sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle, or whatever else you need to be comfortable and present regardless of the elements.
  • Bring a notebook and writing utensil.
  • Much of this workshop will take place in a large pasture with loose horses. We will do a safety talk and prepare you as best as possible for spending time with loose horses, however, given the space it would be hard to offer the option not to be inside the pasture. Thus, we encourage only participants who are comfortable in this environment.


Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC
Internationally-acclaimed author, educator, and experiential psychotherapist