Master the Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship


And help people form connected, trusting relationships to overcome toxic stress and trauma.

At the Natural Lifemanship Institute, we have spent the last 10 years teaching our TF-EAP based Fundamentals training to mental health professionals, life coaches, equine professionals, and others in the healing professions.

And we would love to teach you!

And now, we are offering this essential training online from the comfort of your home.

There is a deep need for well-trained practitioners who can help people, organizations, and communities heal. We know that you are an important part of the solution.

Registration opens May 19th!

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Natural Lifemanship Virtual Fundamentals

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st through August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: There are people in need of deep connection.

Master the Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship


And help people form connected, trusting relationships to overcome toxic stress and trauma.

At the Natural Lifemanship Institute, we have spent the last 10 years teaching our TF-EAP based Fundamentals training to mental health professionals, life coaches, equine professionals, and others in the healing professions.

And we would love to teach you!

And now, we are offering this essential training online from the comfort of your home.

There is a deep need for well-trained practitioners who can help people, organizations, and communities heal. We know that you are an important part of the solution.

Registration opens May 19th!

Natural Lifemanship Virtual Fundamentals

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st through August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: There are people in need of deep connection.

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When you register before January 18th, you'll get this for free!

Our Business Building 101 course is a 3-hour CE course that teaches you the fundamentals of running a successful and sustainable business in the EAP/L field. Bettina Shultz-Jobe of Natural Lifemanship and Shannon Knapp of Horse Sense of the Carolinas guide you through the process— from understanding the importance of a working vision to how to ensure safety and risk management. 

With decades of experience in running their own successful EAP business, they’ll teach you:

  • The most important consideration for each business structure including for-profit and not-for-profit. 
  • The unique considerations of running your business on your personal property versus leasing space elsewhere.
  • How to ensure safety and risk management for your business, your clients, your staff, and your facility. 
  • The laws related to managing volunteers, staff, contract workers, hourly employees, and how this affects your business.

This course, valued at $99, will be accessible to you for FREE by registering for the Core or Jumpstart training option. You must sign-up by January 18th to take advantage.

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When you register before January 18th, you'll get this for free!

Our Business Building 101 course is a 3-hour CE course that teaches you the fundamentals of running a successful and sustainable business in the EAP/L field. Bettina Shultz-Jobe of Natural Lifemanship and Shannon Knapp of Horse Sense of the Carolinas guide you through the process— from understanding the importance of a working vision to how to ensure safety and risk management. 

With decades of experience in running their own successful EAP business, they’ll teach you:

  • The most important consideration for each business structure including for-profit and not-for-profit. 
  • The unique considerations of running your business on your personal property versus leasing space elsewhere.
  • How to ensure safety and risk management for your business, your clients, your staff, and your facility. 
  • The laws related to managing volunteers, staff, contract workers, hourly employees, and how this affects your business.

This course, valued at $99, will be accessible to you for FREE by registering for the Core or Jumpstart training option. You must sign-up by January 18th to take advantage.

This training is for you if...

  • You have always wanted to take the Fundamentals but cannot travel.
  • You want to learn how the horse-human relationship helps you both heal and grow.
  • You want to create positive and lasting change for yourself and others.
  • You want a deep refresher training on the principles of Natural Lifemanship

Online training doesn't mean cutting corners.  

Here's how we deliver results.

Video Lessons

8 weekly modules including several lessons which may have videos, reading assignments, and quizzes.

1:1 Feedback

Receive personalized feedback from our instructors to better discover your patterns and behaviors, and test your skills.

Skill Building & Embodiment

Build critical skills as you embody compelling material focused on trauma, brain development, attachment, ethics, horsemanship, and more.

Community

Deepen your understanding and build stronger relationships among participants through your training forum and small group forum.

Office Hours

Throughout the 8 week training, you'll have three opportunities to attend office hours and ask instructors questions.

Hands-On Experience

Practice what you've learned either at home or in person; submit videos for personalized feedback. Add on our optional in-person practicum for guided practice with our team of trainers.

No Travel Required

With our virtual teaching experience, you avoid the expense and time it takes to travel to an in-person training, unless you choose to attend our in-person Fundamentals Practicum.

Certification-Ready

Completing this training makes you Natural Lifemanship Trained and fulfills one of the requirements of certification, should you choose to pursue it.

Foundations

Core

Jumpstart

Get a deep introduction or a refresher

Expand your journey to healthy connections

Jumpstart certification while saving time & money

$425

$725
Valued at $824

$1199
Valued at $1573

  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 30 CE credits
  • Requires Fundamentals Practicum add-on IF you prefer an in-person training component and want to pursue certification.

Option 1 is best for you if you:

  • Do not have access to a horse
  • Are not currently seeking certification
  • Want to become "NL Trained Level 1" (same as Core), but prefer to do the experiential work in-person by attending the Fundamentals Practicum instead of submitting video assignments
  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 35 CE credits
  • Screencast personal feedback on 2 video submissions
  • NL Trained Level 1 Badge to use in marketing materials
  • Brings you one step closer to NL certification

  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 36 CE credits
  • Personal consultation on two video submissions via Zoom
  • NL Trained Level 1 Badge to use in marketing materials

Option 3 also includes completion of the following requirements towards certification:

  • Fundamentals of NL Training
  • Attachment/detachment video assignment and feedback (Valued at $150 and 6 hours of your time!)
  • One individual consultation requirement (Valued at $150)
  • One year of professional membership (Valued at $350)
  • Certification sign up fee and course (Valued at $99)

Foundations

Get a deep introduction or a refresher

$425

  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 30 CE credits
  • Requires Fundamentals Practicum add-on IF you prefer an in-person training component and want to pursue certification.

Option 1 is best for you if you:

  • Do not have access to a horse
  • Are not currently seeking certification
  • Want to become "NL Trained Level 1" (same as Core), but prefer to do the experiential work in-person by attending the Fundamentals Practicum instead of submitting video assignments

Core

Expand your journey to healthy connections

$725
Valued at $824

  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 35 CE credits
  • Screencast personal feedback on 2 video submissions
  • NL Trained Level 1 Badge to use in marketing materials
  • Brings you one step closer to NL certification

Jumpstart

Jumpstart certification while saving time & money

$1199
Valued at $1553

  • 30+ hours of video lessons and reading assignments
  • Training office hours 
  • Training forum
  • The Fundamentals Manual (PDF download)
  • 36 CE credits
  • Personal consultation on two video submissions via Zoom
  • NL Trained Level 1 Badge to use in marketing materials

Option 3 also includes completion of the following requirements towards certification:

  • Fundamentals of NL Training
  • Attachment/detachment video assignment and feedback (Valued at $150 and 6 hours of your time!)
  • One individual consultation requirement (Valued at $150)
  • One year of professional membership (Valued at $350)
  • Certification sign up fee and course (Valued at $99)

The next course begins May 31, 2021.

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Which Option Should I Pick?

Option 1
Foundational Fundamentals

This is a comprehensive introduction to NL for those who may not have access to horses, will not be pursuing certification, or prefer to complete their experiential work in-person by adding on the Fundamentals Practicum. This training does not count towards certification requirements unless you add-on the Fundamentals Practicum (additional cost). If you are completely new to Natural Lifemanship or it's been a while since your fundamentals training, and you need a refresher this training is designed for you!

Investment: $425


Option 2
Core Fundamentals

This training is designed for people who have access to horses and who want to be able to say they are NL trained. If you are interested in expanding your journey to healthy connections in the future completing this training can be applied towards certification requirements.

Investment: $725


Option 3 >> BEST VALUE!
Certification Jumpstart

Immerse yourself in the full package and jumpstart the certification process! Not only does this training count toward certification requirements, it also comes with a bundle deal including a one-year professional membership, certification enrollment fee, and personal face-to-face consultation on Zoom––all of which are required for certification. You also fulfill one video assignment and one consultation which are both part of the requirements for certification. Double dip with your time and money!

Investment: $1199

There are THREE ways to complete the experiential work required for those seeking certification or wishing to claim that they are NL trained..

At Home Experience (Requires a horse): Complete several video assignments and receive feedback and guidance from seasoned NL trainers.  Sign up for Core or Jumpstart. 

In-Person Experience (Additional cost): Attend one of many in-person practicums throughout the United States and practice your skills and knowledge with real-time guided feedback from highly skilled and deeply intuitive NL trainers.  Sign up for Foundations + Fundamentals Practicum

At Home AND In-Person Experience (Additional cost):  Sign up for Core or Jumpstart + Fundamentals Practicum.  NOT required for certification and available to those who wish to dive deep and get all the experience possible!

Want to Attend an In-Person Fundamentals Practicum?

The Fundamentals Practicum is an unforgettable training experience that allows you to expand your abilities through hands-on work with our horses utilizing the Natural Lifemanship principles. And have seasoned NL professionals provide in the moment feedback and guidance—to ensure you feel confident in your work. We are currently offering 11 Fundamentals Practicums throughout the year that are hosted at our partner sites scattered throughout the country.

When you add-on the optional Fundamentals Practicum during the registration period, you will SAVE $50.

This brings the price down to $575! Simply choose either the Foundations, Core, or Jumpstart option and add the Fundamentals Practicum to your cart before checkout. You will receive a $50 discount off your entire purchase and will be sent a coupon so you can sign up for the practicum of your choosing at a later date.

2021 Fundamentals Practicums

Dates and Locations

Trainers may be subject to change

Brown horse on a field

March

March 6-7, 2021
Tyson's Corners Retreat & Wellness Center

Lampasas, Texas

Trainers: Tim Jobe & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Image of a horse with the mountains as background

April

April 17-18, 2021
Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Marshall, North Carolina

Trainers: Shannon Knapp & Kendra Twitty

Brown horse on a field

May

May 1-2, 2021
Tyson's Corners Retreat & Wellness Center

Lampasas, Texas

Trainers: Tim Jobe & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Corn field

March

May 15-16, 2021
Honey Brook Stables

Honey Brook, Pennsylvania

Trainers: Kendra Twitty & Sara Sherman

Soulful Prairies, Woodstock, Illinois

June

June 12-13, 2021
Soulful Prairies

Woodstock, Illinois

Trainers: Tim Jobe & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Image of a horse with the mountains as background

July

July 17-18, 2021
Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Marshall, North Carolina

Trainers: Shannon Knapp & Kendra Twitty

2 black and white horses on a field

August

August 7-8, 2021
Discovery Horse

Fort Ripley, Minnesota

Trainers: Sara Sherman & Britt Palmer

Brown horse on a field

September

September 11-12, 2021
Tyson's Corners Retreat & Wellness Center

Lampasas, Texas

Trainers: Tim Jobe & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Windows To My Soul at Saureel Vineyards, Placerville, California

September

September 25-26, 2021
Windows To My Soul at Saureel Vineyards

Placerville, California

Trainers: Cindy Skelton-Hodge & Rebecca Hubbard

Grass filled field with plenty of trees

November

November 6-7, 2021
Connections Counseling

Memphis Tennessee

Trainers: Britt Palmer & Courtney White

Brown horse on a field

November

November 13-14, 2021
Tyson's Corners Retreat & Wellness Center

Lampasas, Texas

Trainers: Tim Jobe & Bettina Shultz-Jobe

When you add-on the optional Fundamentals Practicum during the registration period, you will SAVE $50. 

This brings the price down to $575! Simply choose either the Foundations, Core, or Jumpstart option and add the Fundamentals Practicum to your cart before checkout.  You will receive a $50 discount off your entire purchase and will be sent a coupon so you can sign up for the practicum of your choosing at a later date.

Where does each option fit on my path to NL certification?

Training Sequence Chart

**  These are ONLY the trainings required for each “NL trained” level.  Please note that NL certification has other requirements in addition to training.

Details

Computer Virtual

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st - August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: This training is the first step towards creating a world where connection and the value of healthy relationships is seen and felt in everything we do.

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Details

Computer Virtual

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st - August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: This training is the first step towards creating a world where connection and the value of healthy relationships is seen and felt in everything we do.

Not sure if this is right for you?
Here's what people are saying...


I was skeptical at first about virtual training...

"I admit, I was optimistic but skeptical at first, if the virtual training option would be a good fit, and would provide me with a clear understanding of the Natural Lifemanship principles, and how to apply them. However, after just the first week, I knew I made the right choice. The easy to follow platform, semi-structured learning and the different modalities used to deliver the content (blog articles, pages in the manual and video) made it interesting. The opportunity to engage in office hour discussions with the professionals and others in the cohort group, was invaluable and made it feel more "real"-as we can all learn from each other and our unique situations. Also, the screencast feedback was easy to understand and I liked the thoroughness each instructor took, to ensure I understand the "why" behind a comment. I appreciated that the trauma informed lens and neurodevelopment information are things that can be implemented in both of my work settings, schools (K-12) and in equine therapy sessions. I feel that this training has given me a more concrete understanding of Natural Lifemanship and I look forward to the continued learning it will provide."

~ Sarah Machold, LMSW, Supervisee in Social Work

Where knowledge meets intuition and connection

"Natural Lifemanship training allowed me to expand my knowledge as a practitioner, trust my intuition, and deepen my feelings of connection in my own body. It was like fitting an integral puzzle piece to my practice."

- Jenna Vissell, MA Mental Health Practitioner, Stable Living, LLC

Videos with feedback: A great alternative to an in-person training

"The NL Virtual Fundamentals course was packed with learning. The videos and recordings of calls and webinars provided several days worth of content that one would have received at a multi-day in-person training. The practice and video with feedback component was a great alternative to an in-person opportunity to practice and receive instructions on fine tuning the methods. The forums allowed for discussion and interaction with the other students in the course. Office hours and additional support were also available - complete with a manual, all bases were thoroughly covered for a potent experience that will benefit anyone looking to enhance their work as a coach, therapist or an equine professional."

~ Christina Stinchcomb, Airy Hill Stables (Equine Gestalt Coach)

A strong foundation, with or without horses

"I came into this training with zero knowledge about horses. I had never even been on one (still haven't)! As a therapist, this training was so helpful in building a strong foundation for any work I do in the arena!"

~ Lauren Ball, LCADC, LCSW

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Not sure if this is right for you?
Here's what people are saying...

I was skeptical at first about virtual training...

"I admit, I was optimistic but skeptical at first, if the virtual training option would be a good fit, and would provide me with a clear understanding of the Natural Lifemanship principles, and how to apply them. However, after just the first week, I knew I made the right choice. The easy to follow platform, semi-structured learning and the different modalities used to deliver the content (blog articles, pages in the manual and video) made it interesting. The opportunity to engage in office hour discussions with the professionals and others in the cohort group, was invaluable and made it feel more "real"-as we can all learn from each other and our unique situations. Also, the screencast feedback was easy to understand and I liked the thoroughness each instructor took, to ensure I understand the "why" behind a comment. I appreciated that the trauma informed lens and neurodevelopment information are things that can be implemented in both of my work settings, schools (K-12) and in equine therapy sessions. I feel that this training has given me a more concrete understanding of Natural Lifemanship and I look forward to the continued learning it will provide."

~ Sarah Machold, LMSW, Supervisee in Social Work

Where knowledge meets intuition and connection

"Natural Lifemanship training allowed me to expand my knowledge as a practitioner, trust my intuition, and deepen my feelings of connection in my own body. It was like fitting an integral puzzle piece to my practice."

- Jenna Vissell, MA Mental Health Practitioner, Stable Living, LLC

Videos with feedback: A great alternative to an in-person training

"The NL Virtual Fundamentals course was packed with learning. The videos and recordings of calls and webinars provided several days worth of content that one would have received at a multi-day in-person training. The practice and video with feedback component was a great alternative to an in-person opportunity to practice and receive instructions on fine tuning the methods. The forums allowed for discussion and interaction with the other students in the course. Office hours and additional support were also available - complete with a manual, all bases were thoroughly covered for a potent experience that will benefit anyone looking to enhance their work as a coach, therapist or an equine professional."

~ Christina Stinchcomb, Airy Hill Stables (Equine Gestalt Coach)

A strong foundation, with or without horses

"I came into this training with zero knowledge about horses. I had never even been on one (still haven't)! As a therapist, this training was so helpful in building a strong foundation for any work I do in the arena!"

~ Lauren Ball, LCADC, LCSW

What Will I Learn?

Week 1

  • Introduction
  • Origins of Natural Lifemanship
  • Our paradigm
  • Trauma and brain development (Session 1 of 2)
  • Q&A
  • Building connection through attachment
  • Connection in the face of resistance
  • When two cultures collide
  • Office hours (Session 1 of 3)


Week 2

  • Trauma and brain development (Session 2 of 2)
  • Building connection through detachment
  • Attachment and detachment in your sessions
  • Spiritual intimacy grows with connection through detachment (optional)
  • But I miss the caterpillar (optional)
  • Animal welfare issues are clinical issues
  • Difference between setting boundaries and having boundaries
  • Preparing for your practical assignment


Week 3

  • Bottom up regulation
  • Connecting with your body
  • Ways to increase pressure and body energy
  • The use of tools
  • Case Studies on the use of tools
  • This too shall pass
  • Assignment: Submit video #1


Week 4

  • NL is Secure Attachment in Action
  • "What does that mean?" An Empathetic Approach to Observing Horse Behavior
  • Haltering with connection
  • What if the horse doesn’t consent to the session
  • Horse arousal continuum

Week 5

  • Why Horses? The answer to this question is EVERYTHING!
  • Support versus rescue
  • What does it really mean to do attachment work?
  • Office hours (Session 2 of 3)

Week 6

  • Preparing for your practical assignment follow up video
  • Preparing Horse and Client for (mounted) Trauma Processing
  • Why do we Ride Horses in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?


Week 7

  • Trauma Informed Care is for Everyone
  • Role of the EP in Natural Lifemanship therapy sessions
  • Ethics specific to this work
  • Qualified to counsel


Week 8

  • Three Group Consultation Recordings: Compelling Case Studies
  • Submit your final video by the end of week 8 and receive feedback by the end of week 10
  • Office hours (Session 3 of 3)


Meet Your Principal Instructors

Tim Jobe

Natural Lifemanship CEO and Founder, Equine Professional.

Over 50 years of (professional) experience building relationships with horses.

35 years of experience partnering horses with humans to promote healing and healthy relationships.


Image of Bettina with a brown horse

Bettina Shultz Jobe

Natural Lifemanship CEO and Founder, Licensed Professional Counselor.

Over 20 years experience partnering horses and humans to bring about healing, transformation, and growth.

Extensive training and experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities and a passion for how horses make them all better!

Tanner Jobe

Works with mental health and equine professionals who are learning how to effectively utilize the Natural Lifemanship model in their practices.

Has a lifetime of experience working with horses under the guidance of his father, Tim Jobe, and is passionate about sharing his experience and expertise with horses.

Kate Naylor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Natural Lifemanship Certified.

Studied under Tim and Bettina beginning in 2014, Teaching with NL since 2016.

Former school teacher, with training in a variety of relational and experiential therapeutic modalities as well as a strong horse background

Several of our other fantastic trainers will be supporting you in your small group forums!

Q: How manageable is the coursework?

We are committed to providing you with an accessible and convenient training experience. Virtual learnings are cutting-edge training opportunities that are simple and concise, even for first-timers.

The online class setting is designed for easy navigation through a click, watch and response technique after each video. You will upload your practice videos using sources like YouTube or Google Drive and then paste the link to your video in the online classroom forum.

This course is semi-self paced. What that means is we provide weekly assignments and final deadlines and you set the pace from there.

Technical support is available for those moments when you need a bit more guidance.



Q: I can't take videos of my clients. How will I complete this course?

We do not ask that you film your clients. 

Given that the horse-human relationship is foundational to all we do, Core and Jumpstart Fundamentals participants set out to practice what they are learning with their own horses, just the two of them.

All students, including those who take the Foundations course, get to learn from each other's feedback. The learning is rich!



Q: How many meetings will you need to attend live?

None! We hold voluntary Office Hours that are live on zoom, but all other coursework and resources are available on demand.

If you select the Jumpstart option, you'll set up Zoom calls with your instructors to go over your video assignments. This will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.



Q: I don’t do well in online classroom settings. Is there enough structure?

The journey through the Fundamentals training is a structured, semi self-paced course, with enough structure to help you get through the process at a flexible yet efficient rate accompanied by our personal support.

During this 8 week immersion of growth, you get to connect with horses, practice coursework, and spend time with trainers. We’ll be here to guide and support you while you learn how to support your own healing and the healing of others.


Q: What if I just want to take the Fundamentals Practicum?

Our NL training programs are strategically designed to equip you for success. So that you can effectively implement your training for the purpose of supporting others on their healing journeys. 

Therefore, we require that all of our students who wish to work with our horses in-person, and gain guidance from our professional trainers, have a solid foundation of the Natural Lifemanship principles by completing at minimum, the Foundations course.


Two brown horses on a field

Q: If I choose either the Core or Jumpstart options, am I required to take the Fundamentals Practicum?

No. The Fundamentals Practicum is ONLY required for those who choose the Foundations option AND want to pursue NL certification. It is optional for anyone who completes either the Foundations, Core or Jumpstart and prefers to enhance their virtual training with an in-person experience. 

Reserve Your Seat Now

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st - August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: Natural Lifemanship is composed of people just like you, who want to make this world a better place - a world where connection and the value of healthy relationships is seen and felt in everything we do! You are taking the first step towards a life-changing experience of continual growth with the help of horses. You will leave this virtual training inspired and ready to take your new-found knowledge out into the world.

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Reserve Your Seat Now

What: Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship

When: May 31st - August 6th, 2021

Where: Online, structured, semi self-paced course

Why: Natural Lifemanship is composed of people just like you, who want to make this world a better place - a world where connection and the value of healthy relationships is seen and felt in everything we do! You are taking the first step towards a life-changing experience of continual growth with the help of horses. You will leave this virtual training inspired and ready to take your new-found knowledge out into the world.