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

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

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