Day 2 Workshops – 2019 NL Conference

Day 2 Workshops – 2019 NL Conference

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Day Two (Friday, October 18)

Connected Horsemanship


Tim Jobe, Tanner Jobe and Jenn Weiss

Natural Lifemanship students regularly tell us that they desire deeper intimacy with their horse, but they wonder if things like riding and even competition can be done with connection. Can we move more deeply into the horsemanship realm without power, domination, and control? The quick answer is YES! How does one continue to deepen connection with their horse through NL relationship principles?

In this workshop, NL founder Tim Jobe, NL trainer Tanner Jobe, and Jenn Weiss with Pecan Creek Ranch will explore the answers to these questions with you.  Participants will learn by watching demos and through experiential practice of riding. The primary focus will be on how to build appropriate foundations that then transfer as the relationship deepens through mounted work. Healthy connection (with consent) will be progressively built through observation, shared space, engagement, attachment, detachment, touch, communication (for stopping, going, backing up, turning, lifting feet, etc.), haltering, saddling, and mounting. There will, of course, be a focus on body awareness, body control, posture, etc. This is nuanced work as we become aware of our own regulation and intention while also noticing when our horse is giving consent through presence and deep connection.


  1. Participants will watch Tim and Tanner build a relationship with a horse starting with observation and ending with mounted work utilizing NL relationship principles. Tim and Tanner will show how one progresses with connection to more refined communication to do things like go, stop, turn, change gaits, etc.
  2. Participants will practice building connection through communication while riding a horse.


Tim Jobe
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder

Tanner Jobe
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Jenn Weiss
Pecan Creek Ranch

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

Daring with Horses Deep Dive: Using The Daring Way™ to Explore Our Vulnerability as NL Facilitators – First Day

This is a two-day workshop! Participants may attend the first day only. First day is a pre-requisite for second day attendance.

Debbie Okrina & Julia Alexander

Debbie Okrina & Julia Alexander

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…” – Theodore Roosevelt

Natural Lifemanship facilitators walk into the arena everyday. It takes courage. We know that connection is the heart of Natural Lifemanship™. Connection requires vulnerability.

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Brené Brown, a professor at the University of Houston. Dr. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.

In this workshop, components of The Daring Way™ curriculum will be interwoven with horse work. We will encourage facilitators to explore their own vulnerability. You will have the opportunity to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding you back and identify new practices that will move you toward more authentic and wholehearted facilitating. Through videos from The Daring Way™, discussion, and experiential work with horses, we will explore vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. Please note that this workshop is not focused on teaching techniques that you can use with clients. The focus is on learning more about yourself so that you can enhance your ability to show up, be seen, and live brave in your work.

First Day Deep Dive (in the event of inclement weather, this workshop will be done inside without the help of horses)

  • Container Building
  • Values
  • Vulnerability
  • Shame Shields
  • Resiliency
  • Gratitude

Second Day Deeper Dive (must attend “First Day Deep Dive” to attend this second day)

  • Arena Anthems
  • Shame and the Arena Door
  • Trust
  • Unwanted and Ideal Identities
  • Resiliency
  • Gratitude

Day One Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify their core values and explore how their behaviors align with those.
  2. Participants will understand the relationship between vulnerability and courage.
  3. Participants will be able to identify the four elements of shame resiliency.

Day Two Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the seven components of trust.
  2. Participants will be able to identify how their ideal and unwanted identities as a facilitator trigger shame.
  3. Participants will practice gratitude in the group and understand its role in wholehearted living.


Debbie Okrina, LCSW
Senior Faculty for The Daring Way™

Julia Alexander, LMSW
Colors of Austin Counseling and South Wind Equestrian Center
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a Circle of Security Parent Facilitator

Attachment as a Somatic Experience

Sarah Schlote & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Sarah Schlote & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Applying Somatic Experiencing and Polyvagal Theory in Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) and Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL)

The process of building relationships can bring us up against the edge of our window of tolerance. Stress arousal and traumatic activation can arise during arrivals and departures, as well as when having to increase our energy when making requests or setting boundaries. A number of things can affect our effectiveness and capacity for attuned connection, including developmental or shock trauma, shame, unresolved charge associated with past incomplete self-protective responses, over-coupled fear or judgment associated with intensity, or patterns of appeasement, dissociation or collapse.

This training will review key theory, principles and frameworks drawn from Somatic Experiencing (Dr. Peter Levine), polyvagal theory (Dr. Stephen Porges), and attachment theory, and how these can be applied in the context of TF-EAP and TI-EAL.  Group exercises, demonstrations and practice rounds will allow participants to explore how to bring in a polyvagal lens when tracking nervous system states in humans and horses, and develop skills for working with somatic aspects that arise in sessions.


Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP
Owner of EQUUSOMA™

Bettina Shultz-Jobe, MA, NCC, LPC
Co-Founder of Natural Lifemanship