The First Natural Lifemanship Conference


Conference Theme and Purpose:

Natural Lifemanship sets itself apart as a research-based, trauma-informed model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. In this year’s conference we take NL a step further, integrating rhythmic body-based therapies into NL principles of connection. Join us in October to explore how these approaches can be blended with Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for a powerful, relational, whole-brained therapy experience.

 It is easy, when focusing on the somatic experience, to forget the relationship – but if you know Natural Lifemanship, you know that…

Connection is ALWAYS the goal!

October 18th-20th, Natural Lifemanship is hosting a conference that will address integrative Trauma-Informed Care through Natural Lifemanship. There are many research-based approaches to treating trauma, and we will look at how to integrate these approaches with Natural Lifemanship. Guest presenters with expertise in various somato-sensory treatments will join us for a weekend of learning, vibrant discussion, connections and networking, community, and fun! Throughout the conference, our invited guest presenters will co-present with us, sharing their expertise on modalities such as mindfulness, drumming, yoga, brain gym, and contemplative prayer while we share and demonstrate how we may use those strategies in TF-EAP, and how Natural Lifemanship principles may be applied within each of those approaches.

This unique conference will guide participants into a better understanding of how connection with self and the therapy horses plays a key role in healing through these body-based interventions. We have gathered a talented group of experts  in each modality to provide you with an unforgettable learning experience!  Each presenter will either be a certified Natural Lifemanship professional, or be paired with a Natural Lifemanship trainer to guarantee that each body-based therapy is presented with the NL principles of connection in mind – offering you multiple new approaches for your TF-EAP practice. There will be presentations, demos, and experiential portions for a one-of-a-kind, in-depth learning experience.

Participants will engage with a variety of presenters on a wide-range of topics including:Kendra

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • Therapeutic Drumming
  • Brain Gym
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Masterson Method: Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork
  • NL Equine Assisted Trauma Processing (informed by EMDR)
  • NL Rhythm on the ground
  • NL Rhythmic Riding


Location and Facilities:

Miracle Farm Sign

The conference will be held at the beautiful Miracle Farm in Brenham, Texas. Check out their facilities!

Free on-site bunkhouse lodging is being generously provided by Miracle Farm for the first 65 registrants!

Please contact to confirm your spot in the bunkhouse. If you do not do this we will assume you have secured accommodations elsewhere. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the on-site cafeteria at Miracle Farm. If you have special dietary restrictions please bring your own meals (the bunkhouse does have a commercial kitchen to which participants can have access), as eating lunch off-site may cause you to miss the next session.

Guests, presenters, and NL staff will all share bunkhouses and enjoy meals, relaxation, entertainment including music and poetry, and most of all, making connections with one another and building our community.

Still not convinced you should attend? Check out NL Trainer Kate Naylor’s 8 Reasons You Want to Attend the 2017 NL Conference.

Early bird registration fee of $525 until August 18th.  Regular registration fee of $575.