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

NL with Veterans

Shannon Knapp, Cindy Skelton-Hodge-Lane and Jake LaRue

Shannon Knapp, Cindy Skelton-Hodge-Lane and Jake LaRue

The basics of trauma are the same, and yet working with Veterans and Active Military can be very different than working with other populations. In this workshop, Natural Lifemanship trainers Shannon Knapp, Founder of Horse Sense of the Carolinas, and Cindy Skelton-Hodge, Founder of Windows To My Soul, will share the journey and development of their different military programs.  

They will discuss the many different types of Military programs and explore the benefits and distinctions of TI-EAL and TF-EAP offerings. With NL principals as the guide, they will discuss individual session flow and group development strategies. Participants will learn the importance of program cultural expertise, and where and how to develop that expertise. Finally, they will examine the nuances and art of outreach, community development, and community support.

The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with the information that allows them to determine their ability and qualifications to provide an effective military program, along with tools and guidance to bridge the gaps.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify types of programs possible for working with veterans and particular uses of each
  2. Articulate strategies for connecting with the Veteran community
  3. Identify testing instruments for working with PTSD for use with your clients


Shannon Knapp, MA, NLC-EP
Founder of Horse Sense of the Carolinas
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Cindy Skelton-Hodge, NLC-EP
Founder of Windows To My Soul
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Jake LaRue, USMC Vet, CPSS
Heart of Horse Sense

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

Courtney White and Kris Gonzalez

Addiction is a disease of Disconnection. Its symptoms: Isolation, Fear and Loneliness. This session will look inside a trauma-informed model of addiction to reveal the underlying factors that create and perpetuate the addiction cycle. Participants will learn the difference between sobriety and recovery, and how Connection is key to long-term recovery. Participants will be introduced to the 12-Steps as a pathway to healthy, connected relationships, and how the principles of Natural Lifemanship can be used to facilitate a more powerful self-exploration within the 12 Step process creating deeper and lasting Connections in Recovery.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand addiction from a neurobiological perspective that challenges the efficacy of traditional interventions.
  2. Recognize the relationship patterns between “the addict” and “the enabler” within the family dynamic that perpetuate the addiction cycle and discuss interventions to break the cycle.
  3. Learn how to incorporate the principles and language of Natural Lifemanship into the early recovery process and how the 12-Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous can be used to address trauma and heal relationships.
  4. Discuss the benefits and challenges of using Natural Lifemanship when working with individuals with addiction in a residential setting.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own “12-step process” in the company of horses.


Kris Gonzalez, M.S., TRI, ESMHL, LCDC-I, NLC-P, EP
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare

Courtney White, LCDC-I, NLC-P, EP
Equine Specialist
The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare