Preparing the Horse and Person for (Mounted) Trauma Processing
How does one do Natural Lifemanship and process trauma in a connected manner with a client who. . .
Is deeply dysregulated?
Does not desire connection or know what it feels like?
Is not ready to make a request for relationship?
Has deep attachment wounding?
Has experienced severe, and maybe even complex trauma?
Rhythmic Riding can be so VERY powerful for all of the above. Many clients need to be given connection (they need to feel it) before they can make a request for connection, which is often an important part of Relationship Logic, the ground component of NL. Horses can carry us! This sets them apart from many other animals. When we connect with the one who carries us, beautiful things happen in our brain and body. After all, connecting with the one who carries and rocks us is foundational to the development of healthy attachment, co-regulation, and the development of the nervous system.
- We will discuss when it is appropriate for a client to begin mounted work. What should the client’s level of connection be? How to assess for balance challenges and issues related to dissociation, and what to do if your client struggles with either.
- We will demonstrate how to prepare the horse for trauma processing. It is so important the horse is given a safe base and the connection needed to go to hard places with a client who struggles to connect with self and others. The horse must also be given the connection we hope they give to the client.
- We will then demonstrate how Rhythmic Riding, with a present and connected horse, can help a person come into contact with and regulate the sensing and movement centers of the brain. During this demo participants will also see how an external sense of connection can become internal as the “client” begins to feel connection with another. There will be a focus on how to utilize mounted work to build a level of integration into the brain prior to processing traumatic events.
Kathleen Choe, LPC-S, NLC-C,EP
Natural Lifemanship Trainer
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder
Rhythm, Music, and Movement in your NL Sessions
What does a Natural Lifemanship practitioner do to incorporate regulation, rhythm, and movement when circumstances prevent partnering with a horse? Join Mary Oliver of Spirit Rhythms and Reccia Jobe of Pecan Creek Ranch in learning rhythm facilitation skills, games, and exercises that can be used in the office or arena to help a wide range of clients with co-regulation, communication, connection, impulse control and more. You will have the opportunity to experience facilitating the activities you learn so you can immediately use them in your practice!
- Learn and practice basic drum circle facilitation skills
- Make you own frame drum
- Learn to play rhythm games with found sounds and body percussion
- Learn different ways of using rhythm to communicate and connect within the principles of Natural Lifemanship
Owner of Spirit Rhythms
Reccia Jobe, MBA, NLC-EP, Life Coach
Owner of Pecan Creek Ranch
Natural Lifemanship Trainer
Creating Nature and Sensory-Rich Equine Experiences
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.
- Identify the concept of biophila and describe the health benefits of human-animal-nature interactions.
- Describe basic principles of creating safety within relationship, and apply these principles to interactions with other participants, horses, and the natural world.
- Identify signs of shutting down, appeasing, and submitting behaviors in horses and apply this knowledge to basic interactions with horses.
- Discuss the benefits and applications of including nature and other sensory experiences (art, journaling, etc.) in EAMH/EAL.
- 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
Daring with Horses Deep Dive: Using The Daring Way™ to Explore Our Vulnerability as NL Facilitators – Second Day
This is a two-day workshop! The first day is a pre-requisite for second day attendance.
Second Day Deeper Dive (must attend “First Day Deep Dive” to attend this second day)
- Arena Anthems
- Shame and the Arena Door
- Unwanted and Ideal Identities
Day Two Learning Objectives:
- Participants will be able to identify the seven components of trust.
- Participants will be able to identify how their ideal and unwanted identities as a facilitator trigger shame.
- 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