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 ~

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 Keynote Presenter: Mark C. Taylor

Mark Taylor

Our 2020 Keynote presenter is Mark C. Taylor, who directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, which offers 500-hour certification programs in Somatic Movement Education located in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile. The trainings prepare movement professionals and people in the helping professions to facilitate physical, mental, and spiritual transformation in themselves and in others through the study of embodied anatomy and developmental movement. He also co-directs the Embodied Early Developmental Movement and Attachment Therapy training with Margery Segal, and the Coherence in Motion training for trauma therapists with Debra Clydesdale. Taylor served as Program Director for the School for Body-Mind Centering® directed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program in London, U.K. As a choreographer and movement educator, Taylor founded Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, directed Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and was on the dance faculties of Princeton University and the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Body-Mind Centering teacher, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Taylor has been inspired by being the parent of a son with developmental disabilities and supported by more than forty years of meditation practice. Until recently he served as president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).

About the Keynote

Mark Taylor - YuvalWhy Movement Matters

The first and most important sign of life is movement: movement of breath, of the heart and vital organs, of the body in space, and the flow of information within the nervous system. The Basic Neurological Patterns (BNP) is a series of movement patterns that charts how those movements arose through evolutionary history (starting from unicellular beings 3.5 billion years ago) and how that history is mirrored in one’s own personal development from conception through childhood and into adult life. 

In Why Movement Matters, Mark Taylor outlines 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. The process of restoring movement will be presented through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and the practice of Somatic Experiencing. Simply put, trauma is movement that needed to be expressed but that was not able to happen: Why Movement Matters offers ideas for restoring movement, metabolizing fear, and enjoying life.

Explore the 2020 workshopsRecent Workshop Additions

  • Psychodrama Workshop – 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

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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 – the EARLY Early Bird Rate is in effect through JANUARY 15th! 

Full Conference Price: $1400

Conference Rates:

  • Sign up through January 15th, 2020 for only $1100
  • Regular Early Bird Rate – January 16th through Sept 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.