PRESENTERS

Join leading presenters in the field of horse-human experiential learning and explore the many aspects of the horse–human relationship for three days of inspiration, education, healing & spiritual enrichment!  

Rosemary Wyndham-Jones

Session 1: Leadership with Horses

Come with Rosemary into the rolling hills and paddocks of Dune Lakes Lodge to be with the herd. See and experience the essence of leadership in body, mind, and spirit. Learn of your connection to self and others, its movement within you and between you and the beings around you.

As the gate opens for the herd and horses move, open the gate of your own understanding. Follow and be followed. Guide and be guided. Experience and practice what leadership is as it exists from moment to moment, from in front, from behind, and in coming alongside. Find the intimate and personal nature of leadership in connection, and how it translates in the paddock, arena, or round pen. Opportunities for both observation and hands on experiences with the horses will be highlighted.

Session 2: Inducing a Peaceful State and Creating Sacred Space with Horses 

This is a practice shared between a human and his/her animals to induce a peaceful state and help develop trust. This level of connection builds a core bond and confidence in each other, which can then develop and extend to other areas.

When the relationship shifts from fear to trust, we can help our horses become more relaxed, reduce tension, and become more in tune with their needs. In this session you will learn some of the keys to entering into a sacred space in order to connect with your horse and build a foundation for mutual trust and learning.

About Rosemary

Suze Kenington

Animal Communication from the Heart of Horses

Suze connects horses and their humans with Animal Communication. She invites you into the world horses have shared, their guidance, their hopefulness, their preferences and their desire to help us remember who we really are.

Horses feel into our hearts, without judgement, and guide us to being our creative, powerful and loving true- selves.

Hear more about what the horses have to say on Suze's post for the festival blog.

About Suze

​​​Gary Cook

Gary Cook

The Amazing World of Plants and Trees

Plants understand us, but do we understand them? The true value of plants and the health and well-being of all living things on the planet is little understood by so many, and yet the impact that plants have is the gifting of food and life as nurture to all living beings. Most humans suffer from Plant Blindness, a condition that relegates trees to a pleasing background that we take very much for granted. Trees listen, trees can see and respond to human connection. I will take you on a journey, using PlantMusic, that will share the latest in scientific research into plant awareness and consciousness. We live on a Plant Planet.

The Ancient Art of Divining and Dowsing

Explore the ancient art of divining and dowsing. Experience your own ability to connect with animals and plants, water and below surface phenomenon.
We all have the ability to dowse. Have you explored your potential and what this could mean in your everyday life?

About Gary

Maria Hayes

Maria Hayes

Magic Moments

I am deeply grateful to be able to bring together all of my passions to provide people of all ages with opportunities to shift their way of thinking about themselves and the way they respond to the world around them.

In a collaborative session while Rosemary demonstrates the activity of join-up, I will explain the types of deep transformative learning that occur for participants and observers when the horse becomes the facilitator.

About Maria

Angela Shaw

Social Dreaming With Humans & Horses

The invitation is to come together early in the morning in a matrix consisting of both humans and horses. The individual human's night-time dream can be shared into the human/horse matrix.

Once a dream is voiced it is no longer subjective personal property belonging to the dreamer, but an object in its own right with intellectual and spiritual qualities belonging to the unconscious infinite, and now owned by the matrix. The task of the matrix is to free associate and play with the dream, including the horses.

The starting assumption is that there is cultural knowledge in the dream. In the social dreaming process the matrix makes possible and can tolerate a multiverse of meaning. The potential is for new thinking and divergent thought, an illumination of the existential life of the matrix and access to the unthought known.

What might the horses bring? What new thoughts might the humans have?

About Angela

Alistair Wait

Session 1: Dreams to Reality

Whilst the idea of making a difference in the world by sharing your love of horses can be inspiring and rewarding, getting the ideas out of our head and into practice can be challenging. While most of us don't do this work for money, it does take money to do it.

This session is for people who own a small business or aspire to start a purpose-driven venture at some point in the near future. Alistair will host a conversation on what it takes to survive and thrive running a conscious equine enterprise.

Session 1 details

About Alistair

Geraldine Keith

Equine therapy and post traumatic growth. Part1 Saturday Part 2 Sunday.

Concepts case presentations and calibrations. Two experienced clinicians (Geraldine & Rob Pliskin) contemplate the gifts the horses give as expert companions to our clients and our practice.

Geraldine is a clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 35 years. In this session Geraldine will explore ways working with horses can help people to grow beyond post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  She will also address issues practitioners should be mindful of when dealing with trauma.

Geraldine's own personal journey included a special horse called ‘Rueben’ who helped her come to a place of wellbeing through her relationship with him, as well as manage the grief she felt when he left.

More on post-traumatic growth in the festival blog.

About Geraldine

Jane Crosbie

Session 1: Painting Horses in Black and White

In painting demos internationally acclaimed equine artist Jane Crosbie will cover the principles of equine art, drawing horses and developing a painting through to completion. Class is open to beginners or more advanced students. Session 1 will give you the skills to paint a horse using charcoal.

Session 2: Painting Horses in Colour

Following on from session 1 where we painted the horse in black and white we now paint the horse in colour using pastels. There will be demos showing different painting techniques from traditional to contemporary styles. You will learn how to develop a painting through from start to completion and learn how to develop your individual style with confidence.

About Jane

Sol Petersen

Mindfulness for the Human Animal

​Mindfulness is a word you will find almost everywhere these days in relation to health and healing, for humans and horses and even for corporate success!


But what actually is Mindfulness and how can we develop it? Buddha said, ’Mindfulness is the sole path to liberation’. But Mindfulness is much more than simply awareness. This presentation will explore the relationship of mindfulness to our very embodiment and how a Mindfulness practice may enrich our relationship to both horses and the human animals.


Tai Ji – The Human ‘Horse Stance’ & It's Value For Riders


Tai Ji is a way of cultivating our true nature – the harmony of body, heart, mind and spirit. An ancient Chinese martial art and moving meditation, the correct practice of Tai Ji over time leads to deep mental and physical relaxation, profound coordination of mind and body, and the liberation of the flow of energy (Qi).

In our high stress world it is one of the most direct and easily embodied approaches to bring peace, alertness and creativity to the mind, and health and longevity to the body. In her seminal work Centred Riding, Sally Swift often referred to incorporating Tai Ji into horsey relationships,

Sol will be available to offer a daily class of Tai Ji and meditation as required by the festival.

About Sol

Guenther Andraschko

Guenther Andraschko

Introduction to Permaculture

Have you ever wondered what Permaculture is? Here's an opportunity to find out what it's all about. Permaculture is a design approach for sustainable living and land use that works with, rather than against nature. It can be used for designing your backyard, lifestyle property, business or personal life and is a great methodology to help navigate the environmental challenges we are presently facing.

In this presentation we will introduce the twelve principles of Permaculture, including ways that you can bring them into your life - and have some fun along the way!

Equine Permaculture: Property Design for Healthy Horses

Equine permaculture is becoming popular overseas, because in loving your horse, it's also important to love your land and pasture - holistically. In this workshop we will look at how utilising permaculture principles on your property helps to keep your horses and your land healthy. We Introduce ideas and design elements that can help horse owners improve their properties, making them more resilient and sustainable to climate extremes. This talk will be valuable for anyone who owns or wants to own land where they will be keeping horses - both small and large acreage properties.

Topics covered will include:
- Equine Permaculture Property Design
- Regenerative and Holistic Pasture Management and Planning
- Improving Feeding options and reducing the need to buy in feed

About Guenther

Rob Pliskin

Session coming soon

About Rob

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

Creating a viable, ethical and sustainable client base

How to identify and capture clients for your EAL/EFL business. Unfortunately horses and people cannot live on air and love alone. So how do we create a viable, ethical, and sustainable client base? Jane will show you ways to create a step-by-step business plan.


About Jane

Candida Baker

Session 1: So You've Rescued a Horse!

Candida grew up with horses, and rehabilitated her first rescue horse when she was 22. After 40 years of personal horse-rescue, she became President of Save a Horse Australia in 2017. 

Candida will share her knowledge around the process of 'rescuing'; how complex it can be; and the psychological and physical issues a rescue horse can suffer from. 

She discovered natural horsemanship many years ago when dealing with a very difficult horse and since then she's studied the art of how to 'listen' to the horse in order to gain its trust, and understand that it too has a hand, or hoof, in its destiny.

Session 2: Achieving Limbic Resonance with Energy Work & Essential Oils

There is an energetic space Candida has discovered in her work with horses, which is the topic of her next book, The Secret Language of Animals. In this space, there is a psychic communication, beyond time and place, which can occur when people are shown how to drop their 'stuff', and join, through energy work, the horse in a symbiotic session which allows for magic to occur. 

Candida will also discuss the benefits of oils such as Marjoram for trauma, grief and loss, moving through to oils such as Rose for peace and joy.

About Candida

Penny Gifford

A Natural and Holistic Approach to Caring for Your Horse

Penny’s training is to understand the functions of a healthy hoof and natural environment to best work with horse owners to achieve a healthy sound horse able to perform in any discipline barefoot.

During Penny’s seminar, she will cover the requirements for healthy and happy horses in a domestic situation including movement, hoofcare, nutrition, herdlife, shelter, and comfortable equipment that does not cause physical pain as pillars of holistic horse care. 

Penny's story on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

About Penny

Birgit Baader

Silent Voice

​oung ones often grow up in a disconnected environment which can lead to all kinds of challenges later in life – disconnection from the natural life-giving Source within each living being, disconnection from the all-encompassing web of life that binds all life forms together. This lack of connection can show in a range of symptoms, from behavioural, mental & emotional struggles to physical disorders & illnesses. In this course, Birgit gives you some insights into her work with young ones. Bringing horses and young ones together and holding space for connection to happen naturally allows them to hear the “Silent Voice” inside, thus connecting them to their Inner Source of Peace and Balance.

Spirit Horse 

Mental Health problems are affecting a fast growing number of the human population - many of which can be signs of a disconnection from vital energies. In indigenous cultures the horse has been revered as a companion and “connector”, reflecting our strength and weaknesses to allow us to find balance within ourselves. In this workshop you will experience some possibilities to recalibrate your systems and find physical, mental and spiritual balance, both for yourself when holding space for others and as tools to share with your clients.

About Birgit

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