Fundamentals of NL Training

In the Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship training you will learn the foundational research and the trauma-informed Natural Lifemanship principles that facilitate powerful change.

Natural Lifemanship is founded on the modern neurobiology research that has given rise to trauma-informed care in mental health and human services. Through their work with thousands of clients with histories of complex trauma in EAP settings and their extensive training in the science and application of trauma-informed care, Natural Lifemanship founders, Tim and Bettina Jobe, have developed a unique approach to working with clients and horses that promotes healing and growth through the power of the relationship. This training is the entry point for all Natural Lifemanship certifications. It is a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of Natural Lifemanship. 


This training is intended for:

  • Mental health professionals
  • Horse professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in trauma-informed care
  • Anyone with an interest in healthy-intra- and interpersonal relationships
  • Those with an interest in horse-human partnerships
  • Those who wish to pursue TF-EAP or NL certification

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The training will prepare you to use horses intentionally in the therapeutic process, which centers around the client building a connected relationship with the horse while on the ground and while riding. Through this process, clients strengthen their physiological capacity for self-regulation, effectively healing many emotional and behavioral disorders. They also reform dysfunctional and damaging relationship patterns as they transfer the success they’ve gained building a quality relationship with their horse to their relationships with themselves and other human beings. Read more about TF-EAP.

IMG_0007Fundamentals of NL is a 3-day training in which you will learn both didactically and  experientially while working with horses.¹ The training is designed to give you both the knowledge and the experiences needed to begin applying the principles in your work. People who attend our workshops come with varying levels of horse experience ranging from none to extensive. The principles learned are highly valuable and may be applied within many therapy modalities making the training relevant for therapists who do not practice nor intend to practice EAP. Our goal is to equip you with a powerful trauma-informed lens and an effective model for understanding and promoting recovery and healing through the power of relationships.

Learning Objectives for Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship:

1.     Understand the neurobiology of trauma and how our adaptive responses to trauma often result in disorders affecting self-regulation and relationships and become “state change disorders.”

2.     Learn how to use ground and mounted work with horses to begin to reorganize the brain and restore healthy functioning of the stress response system.IMG_0043

3.     Understand the different types of regulation (e.g., bottom-up, top-down) and learn how the physiology and psychology of the horse help clients learn functional ways to emotionally regulate.

4.     Understand the Fundamental NL Principles (including the Principle of Pressure, Principle of Choice, Principle of Body Energy and Principle of Self-Regulation, among others), how these are introduced and used in therapy sessions, and how they are applied in human relationships outside the therapy setting (e.g., in the home, at school).

5.     Learn how NL therapy sessions are conducted, including the core activities of Relationship Logic™ and Rhythmic Riding™.

People with a variety of mental health concerns benefit from this model, including:

  • Children
  • Children and families
  • Parents
  • Couples
  • Adults
  • Veterans
  • People who struggle with substance use and recovery
  • Eating disorders

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  1. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities to facilitate participation in the experiential portions of the training.