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.
NEW: Become a sponsor of the 2019 Natural Lifemanship Conference! For more information click here.
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, 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.
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.
- The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy: Including Horses in Human Health
- The Equine-Assisted Therapy Workbook: A Learning Guide for Professionals and Students
- Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship
Tim 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.
- Natural Lifemanship for Groups – presenters Reccia Jobe, MBA, NLC-EP and Sara Sherman, BA; EGCM; NLC-P,EP
- 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 with Veterans – presenters Shannon Knapp, MA, NLC-EP, Cindy Skelton-Hodge, NLC-EP and Jake LaRue, USMC Vet, CPSS
- 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
- Connected Horsemanship – presenters NL Founder Tim Jobe, Tanner Jobe, and Jenn Weiss
- NL for Clients in Early Childhood – presenters Kate Naylor, LMFT, NLC-P,EP and Rebecca J. Hubbard, MS, LMFT, NLC-P,EP
- 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
- Attachment as a Somatic Experience – presenters Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC and NL Founder Bettina Shultz-Jobe, MA, LPC
- 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
- Creating Nature and Sensory-Rich Equine Experiences – presenter Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC
- Daring with Horses Deeper Dive: Using The Daring Way™ to Explore Our Vulnerability as NL Facilitators - Second day note prerequisite: First Day
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!
- 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.
OTHER TRAININGS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN
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Relationship Logic Immersion with Rescued Equines
SPECIAL Relationship Logic Immersion Training and Campout – Wild Horse Sanctuary, Shingletown, CA
Rhythmic Riding Immersion
The Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship Training
Natural Lifemanship Intensive
Relationship Logic Immersion
Business Building Master Class
Natural Lifemanship Conference
Equine Connected EMDR (EC-EMDR)
Introduction to Natural Lifemanship and TF-EAP™
Natural Lifemanship for Spiritual Connection
Tim and Bettina are down to earth people. They have extensive knowledge and you will not be disappointed should you choose them to improve your program.
-Michael (Brady) Bunch
“This is the best training that I have attended in my almost 8 years at WCJS.” “This class was excellent. It helped me have a better understanding of dealing with trauma kids. The horse training was very exciting and a great hands-on tool – the class was very informative, I…
-Attendees of the 2013 and 2014 Williamson County Mental Health in Schools Conference
"Tim and Bettina trained our Juvenile Probation Officers and our Juvenile Supervision Officers and we have seen a drastic positive change in how our staff perceive and interact with youth. Tim and Bettina also presented at our 2013 and our 2014 Wilco Mental Health in Schools Conferences to more than…
-Matt Smith, LPC-S
"I was amazed at what I learned in the 3-day Natural Lifemanship workshop with Tim and Bettina. Their combined knowledge of horses and mental health issues was impressive! Each demonstrated extensive knowledge of his own specialty – Tim with horses, Bettina in Mental Health. But, that knowledge cleanly overlapped the…
-Gwen Murphy, MEd, LPC, NCC, NBCCH
What a great clinic. The mix of equine psychology and equine assisted psychotherapy is a beneficial blend of life! Loved the one on one, small group atmosphere.
"I recently attended my first Natural Lifemanship training and I have to say that it was one of the best trainings I’ve been to! I learned so much about brain development, the effects trauma has on children and the power of partnering horses with these children. The focus on relationships…
"The Natural Lifemanship training was more than I possibly could have hoped it would be! Every topic covered was not only interesting and valid but crucial to the big picture that was painted over the three day training. Tim and Bettina were sure to offer a rationale for each concept…
“Tim and Bettina are so knowledgeable and articulate it left me feeling like I had read an amazing text book that I will have to re-read at least a couple more times to be able to fully integrate all the information. It's such a simple concept and makes so much…
-Kathy Magill, LPC
"It was very interesting to see how horse psychology relates to peoples’ everyday lives. I learned how the horse treats a human exactly how the person treats them. This is helpful in relationship building in your client’s everyday life."
“I have seventeen years of clinical experience working with adults and children in a clinical setting. Approximately Twelve years ago I met an individual named Tim Jobe. Tim was your stereotypical cowboy with a dirty hat and worn jeans. He knew I was a therapist and began to discuss with…
-Chris Chandler, M.Ed., LPC
"I have so enjoyed using and applying the information that I learned at a recent Natural Lifemanship workshop in my work with clients and families . The principles presented in Natural Lifemanship take some very complicated and detailed principles of behavior and psychology and make them digestible for every day…
-Dr. Beverly Dolenz Walsh, Ph.D.
“I learned a lot during the workshop, and everything was explained very well. It was good to see that there is a relationship building program for individual therapy versus just team building. I also liked that through this program not only do you learn to build a relationship, but it…
-Brigitta Bogan Gielisse
“I truly valued the training.... I feel like I learned more from the two days of training I received from Natural Lifemanship than I ever have from any training regarding equine assisted psychotherapy! It generated days of self-reflection, and has completely enhanced the work I do with my clients when…
-Debbie Stjernholm, LPC, CAC II, EAP II
“The Natural Lifemanship training was awesome! We all learned SO much and left the training feeling so energized to do this work with traumatized children in our community. Tim and Bettina have taken what we previously knew about the power of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to the next level! The experiences…
"I was attracted to Tim and Bettina Jobe’s Natural Lifemanship approach to equine assisted psychotherapy because it bridges the gap between the methods that rely totally on the use of groundwork and methods that focus primarily on mounted horsemanship. Natural Lifemanship is all about the relationship between the human and…
-Michael Dawson, MA, LPC
"Bettina and Tim take the meaning and effectiveness of equine assisted therapy to another level. Simpler and deeper."