NL Conference 2020

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” 
- William Faulkner


~ Diving Deep for Humans and Horses Everywhere ~
~ Friday – Sunday, October 22-24, 2020 plus optional Day 4 ~

The field of psychology and mental health is evolving. Science is showing us that a strictly cognitive approach limits what we can do to help ourselves and others overcome trauma. In order to truly heal, we must shift our focus to reparative experiences in safe relationships.

As a professional, do you understand how to offer this sort of
experience for your clients?  Would you like to?

Natural Lifemanship's model of equine assisted psychotherapy is a trauma-informed, holistic modality that supports clients by offering healing connection and transformative experience.  If you are feeling pulled to venture into this relational practice, or if you would like to expand and deepen your abilities, please join us at The Natural Lifemanship Institute’s Deep Dive Conference in 2020.

Our circle of practitioners is alive and growing. We would love for you to be a part of our community!


Are you a therapist? An equine professional? A counselor? A life coach?
Are you a professional who helps others, or an individual looking to overcome trauma and stress?
You won’t want to miss The Natural Lifemanship Institute's Deep Dive Conference!

Learn to better help others overcome trauma & stress, and build better relationships

Effectively integrate trauma-informed specialities within equine-assisted practice

Connect with professionals and become part of a vibrant community

| 2020 Conference Main Page | 2020 Conference Keynotes | 2020 Confirmed Workshops |

2020 Conference Keynotes

Presenter: Mark C. Taylor

Mark C. Taylor: Why Movement Matters

2020 Keynote presenter Mark C. Taylor directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, which offers 500-hour certification programs in Somatic Movement Education located in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.

His keynote presentation, Why Movement Matters, will outline the six pre-vertebral movement patterns and provides simple experiential activities that help to reveal how the patterns — or absence of them — continue to influence our movement, perceptions, and behaviors. When movement is compromised through early developmental or attachment disorders, cultural inhibition, or trauma, some aspect of one’s being and capacity for satisfaction is diminished. Restoring inhibited patterns allows us to move freely and fully in order to sustain our lives, defend ourselves, and enter and leave relationship with others.

You'll find Keynote details here

Explore Deep Dive workshopsRecent Workshop Additions

  • Trauma Informed (Health) Coaching and NL – Ashley Decker
  • Integrating Psychodrama into your NL Sessions – Kate G Naylor, LMFT
  • The Earliest Stages of Building a Secure Attachment For All: Trust, Respect, and Willingness – Michelle Holling-Brooks
  • Creating a Holistic Wellness program for your horses: Incorporating energy and bodywork – Michelle Holling-Brooks

Returning by Popular Demand

  • Rainy Day Activities: Trauma informed experiential activities for building connection when horses are not an option – Jennifer Steinmetz and Bettina Shultz-Jobe
  • Rhythm, Music, and Movement in your NL Sessions – Mary Oliver and Reccia Jobe

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Why attend the NL Deep Dive Conference?

  • This is a completely unique conference! Rather than surveying many topics through multiple presentations each day, you will take a deep dive, spending each day immersed in a particular trauma informed specialty. It’s 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 day to grow your business and jumpstart your NL certification! Day 4 is focused on growing your business or practice and/or advancing your certification with Natural Lifemanship!
  • Earn CE credits.

ACT NOW – Early Bird Rate is in effect now through September 15th! 

Full Conference Price: $1400

Conference Rates:

  • Regular Early Bird Rate – January 16th through September 15th: $1200
  • Full price in effect from Sept 16th until registration closes
  • Add Day 4 for an additional $350*
  • Natural Lifemanship Basic & Professional Members may use coupon for additional 10% off!*

*Current and newly active members will receive coupon via email.

The 2020 Conference offers a Deep Dive into the world of trauma-informed specialties within equine-assisted practice.

As a participant, you will choose your preferences for attending one workshop each day. If you attended the 2019 Deep Dive, the format will be very similar. Many workshops will be back by popular demand, and there will be some new workshops. The conference workshops and presenters will be announced as they are confirmed. We are so excited to continue diving deep with you and we hope to see you there!

Whether you are seasoned or new to NL, or even to the world of equine-assisted practice, please join us!

Should I attend Day 4?

Day 4 this year is designed to help you build your business, expand your practice, and earn your Natural Lifemanship Certification.

Jump start your certification and your business. Register for Day 4 and choose from workshops on business building, documentation and assessment practices, and staffing cases (e.g., group consultation – live, in person). Day 4 activities will count toward NL certification requirements. Get a jump start on certification. Gain resources and knowledge to grow your business.