October 17, 2019

2019 CONFERENCE - The Natural Lifemanship Deep Dive: Trauma Informed Specialties within Equine Assisted Practice - October 2019

Natural Lifemanship Conference

Take your next step with Natural Lifemanship.

Join us October 17-19, 2019 for the 2nd Natural Lifemanship Conference.

Explore Trauma Informed Specialties within Equine-Assisted Practice.



Until October 7th or until spots are full, whichever comes first!

LIMITED SPACES are AVAILABLE for the following conference WORKSHOPS:

Day 1

Rainy Day Activities: Trauma informed experiential activities for building connection when horses are not an option – presenters Jennifer Steinmetz, Cindy Hatchell and Bettina Shultz-Jobe

NL for Clients in Early Childhood – presenters Kate Naylor, LMFT, NLC-P,EP and Rebecca J. Hubbard, MS, LMFT, NLC-P,EP

Day 2


Daring with Horses Deep Dive: Using The Daring Way™ to Explore Our Vulnerability as NL Facilitators - First Day – presenters Debbie Okrina, LCSW and Julia Alexander, LMSW

NL with Veterans – presenters Shannon Knapp, MA, NLC-EP, Cindy Skelton-Hodge, NLC-EP and Jake LaRue, USMC Vet, CPSS

Day 3

Addiction: The Disease of Disconnection – Applying Natural Lifemanship Principles to the treatment of Substance-Use Disorders – presenters Kris Gonzalez, LCDC-I, NLC-P, EP and Courtney White, LCDC-I, NLC-P, EP

Preparing the Horse and Person for Trauma Processing – presenters Kathleen Choe, MA, LPC-S and NL Co-Founders Bettina Shultz-Jobe, MA, LPC and Tim Jobe

Rhythm, Music, and Movement in your NL Sessions – presenters Mary Oliver and Reccia Jobe, MBA, NLC-EP

Daring with Horses Deeper Dive: Using The Daring Way™ to Explore Our Vulnerability as NL Facilitators - Second day (Note prerequisite: First Day)


LIMITED SPACES are AVAILABLE for the following (optional)


Rhythm, Movement, and Mindfulness with Shannon Knapp, Reccia Jobe, and Mary Oliver

NL for Spiritual Connection with Laura McFarland and Kathleen Choe

School of Self with Sara Sherman

Co-Regulating Touch: A Somatic Self-Care Retreat with Sarah Schlote and Kate Naylor


Register Now for DAY 4


Join us at beautiful Miracle Farm in Brenham, TX (map) to explore the powerful ways you can specialize within Natural Lifemanship.

What to Expect

Have you attended a training before? Are you NL certified? Or have you simply heard about Natural Lifemanship and want to learn how to overcome stress & trauma and form better relationships with or without the help of horses? Have you attended our 2017 conference? If you work in psychotherapy, if you are an equine professional, guidance counselor or life coach, if you have experienced stress or trauma and want to help yourself and others form better relationships, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS CONFERENCE! Our 2019 conference will offer exactly that! In short: This conference is unique!  It is specifically designed to advance your skills to better help your clients. Rather than attending several sessions throughout each day, you will choose ONE workshop per day so that you may dive more deeply into a specialty. After plenary sessions each morning with a keynote speaker, you will spend the ENTIRE day in HANDS-ON LEARNING AND PRACTICE of one specialty, in a small group of no more than 25 people. We asked folks what they'd like to learn and experience at our next conference, and the overwhelming consensus was that people wanted to take a deeper look into integrating NL with other trauma-informed specialties. You will walk away from this conference with THREE different deep dives into Natural Lifemanship specialities. We are also offering an optional 4th day where you have the opportunity to not only learn an NL speciality but also EXPERIENCE IT IN A PERSONAL WAY. If you stay for Day 4, you will get to experience an NL specialty like a client would, FURTHER ENHANCING YOUR OWN PERSONAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT.

Why attend the NL Deep Dive Conference?

  • This is a completely unique conference! You will have the experience of spending full days immersed in trauma informed specialties – like attending 3 mini trainings!
  • Learn from the best! Keynotes from prominent professionals in the trauma world on the topics of relationship, trauma-informed care, and ethics – each morning.
  • Strengthen your skills! Deepen your equine assisted work by developing specialized approaches to working with your clients.
  • An optional retreat day! Optional Day 4 is focused on YOUR personal growth because how we show up in session matters!

We are thrilled to announce keynote speakers for the 2019 conference!

Philip Tedeschi

Philip Tedeschi, LCSW, MSSW is a Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver. Philip is globally recognized for his work in the field of animal-assisted interventions and human-animal connection. Philip's keynote address will present emerging research and examples of the important roles that animals can play in responding to trauma, highlighting contributions from the new book edited by Philip Tedeschi and Molly Jenkins, Transforming Trauma: Finding Resiliency and Healing through Animals with forward by Dr. Bruce Perry (now available for pre-order). The presentation will review some of the important ways that animals are being incorporated into clinical responses to trauma. Highlights will include discussion of possible neuro-biological explanations of how the integration of animals into the process of therapy may have important and BENEFICIAL IMPACTS ON INDIVIDUAL HEALING. This address will explore some case examples, and clinical methods with emphasis on animals’ natural capacity for engagement in DYNAMIC THERAPEUTIC RELATIONAL PLAY. It will also offer input on the ethical considerations of including animals in trauma response. View Philip's TEDx talk Read about Philip's keynote address Pre-order Philip's book on Amazon

Leif HallbergLeif Hallberg

Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC, is an internationally-acclaimed author, educator, experiential psychotherapist, and avid lover of nature and animals. Her professional career and life’s work have centered around researching the human-equine bond, and studying the industry of equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning.

During her keynote address, The Way Forward, Leif will present RESEARCH FINDINGS from two recent international cross-sectional surveys she conducted in partnership with Oregon State University and Idaho State University that highlight the current state of the industry. These results have far-reaching implications for the future of equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning. This important presentation offers the opportunity to GENERATE NEW IDEAS about the path forward, and foster a deeper sense of COLLABORATION and unity within the industry.

Leif's books are considered essential resources for academic and professional education, research, and clinical practice.

Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-JobeTim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe

NL Founders Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe are our 3rd keynote speakers. They will discuss the importance of connection and explore why it matters. As an attendee, you may come to understand connection in a broader, maybe even a profoundly different way than before. Redefining the understanding of connection helps us to truly embody connection in every part of our lives. Relationships come back to connection, and this is a basic survival need for all animals and humans, alike.

Workshops - Participants choose one per day (a total of 3 for the conference)

*Check back often for updates as sessions and presenters are confirmed and descriptions become available.

Day One Day Two Day Three Don't want to go home yet? Stay an extra day (Sunday, October 20th)!

Sign up for a Day 4 Retreat-style Workshop

Choose from one of five options (limited to 15 participants each)
  • Rhythm, Movement, and Mindfulness with Shannon Knapp, Reccia Jobe, and Mary Oliver
  • Your Personal Journey to an Earned Secure Attachment with Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Tim Jobe, Jim Harlow, and Bonnie Harlow - WORKSHOP FULL
  • NL for Spiritual Connection with Laura McFarland and Kathleen Choe
  • School of Self with Sara Sherman
  • Co-Regulating Touch: A Somatic Self-Care Retreat with Sarah Schlote and Kate Naylor
To sign up for Day 4, first add the 2019 conference registration to your cart, then look for the "You may be interested in..." section and choose the Day 4 add-on. Our hope is that these experiences will help you practice what you preach, and dive deeply into specialties that will leave you feeling connected, confident, and ready to get to work!


  • 3 DAYS ONLY: $1,200 (NL Members get 10% discount, or $120, off registration)
  • DAY 4 ADD-ON:  $350 (NL Members get 10% discount, or $35, off registration)
NOTE: Save money by becoming a member! An annual Basic Membership subscription costs $150/yr and will save you $155 on the conference registration for the full 4 days, or $120 if you choose Days 1-3 only. Free bunkhouse lodging is no longer available. Please make arrangements for lodging in or near Brenham, TX. Visit link below for some options. Information on airports and lodging