Natural Lifemanship Conference

Join us October 17-19, 2019 for a deep dive into Natural Lifemanship Trauma Informed Specialties!

NEW: Become a sponsor of the 2019 Deep Dive Conference! For more information click here.


Join us again at beautiful Miracle Farm in Brenham, TX (map) to explore some of the powerful ways you can specialize within Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning.

What to Expect

This conference is unique! 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. Our 2019 conference will offer exactly that! It is specially designed to advance your skills to better help your clients. Rather than attending several sessions throughout each day, each participant will choose ONE workshop per day so that they may dive more deeply into a specialty. After a plenary session 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.  You will walk away from this conference with THREE different deep dives into Natural Lifemanship specialities. We are 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'll get to experience an NL specialty like a client would, enhancing your own personal growth and 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

Last but not least, NL Founders Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe will do a keynote address! Inevitably, they will chat about connection and why it matters! It may be a different slant than you've heard before. You may come to understand connection in a different, maybe even a profoundly different way during this address. After all, this is what it takes to truly embody connection in every part of our lives. You may learn something new, but, in the end, it all comes back to connection, as this is a basic survival need for all animals. Tim and Bettina so look forward to their time with you!

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
  • 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!

It pays to sign up soon! First 30 registrants receive FREE bunk housing onsite at Miracle Farm, if desired. You may also book your accommodations offsite at your own expense, if you choose.

Additionally, due to the intimate nature of each workshop, tickets are limited and may sell out quickly. If you wish to secure your spot, please sign up soon!


  • 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.

Information on airports and lodging

9am to 5pm