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!
2021 Presenter Directory
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Holding Sacred Space with Horses
In a world where a state of "doing" is often seen as the only way to be around horses, it's no surprise that so many of our equine friends feel anxious, unable to ever "drop their guard" and fully trust in their human partners. Sometimes, the same applies to the human side of the relationship too. In this session, Rosemary will help you explore the experience of simply "being" with horses - without any expectation or agenda. Experience the potential of how your relationship with horses can deepen when you respectfully enter their space with an open heart and a peaceful mind.
Authentic Leadership with Horses and Humans
Whether you’re interested horse or human development — or both — working with horses can show you what it means to truly thrive in life, offering you tools that open other worlds of creativity, insight, and empowerment, expanding your vision, helping you reconnect to nature, to the herd and to the community. In this session, Rosemary and the Horses will assist in teaching people leadership, assertiveness, personal empowerment, relationship, intuition, emotional agility and inter-subjective relationship skills - with the ultimate goal of expanding both human and animal potential.
A life-long horsewoman, Rosemary Wyndham-Jones is an Equine-Facilitated Learning Practitioner, Natural Horse-Friendship Professional, a Strasser Hoofcare and Holistic Horse Care Clinician, a certified EAGALA Facilitator (ES) and a Eponaquest Riding Focused Instructor. She studies the dynamics and relational development of the Horse/Human connection.
She co-founded The Equine Pathfinders Foundation, a charitable organisation established to support the growth of Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning throughout New Zealand. At Dune Lakes Horse Inspired Learning Centre, Rosemary works with corporates, communities, individuals, couples, at-risk women, children and adolescents, young offenders and troubled youth.
An advocate of health and wellness, Rosemary is a life-long vegan, practices and teaches yoga, has a black belt in karate and plays with her horses to maintain her own sense of balance. She loves her life of sharing space with horses and creating an environment for others to gain benefit from their wisdom.
Connecting with Horses via Animal Communication
This is an interactive session where you will be guided to connect with a horse - past or present. You will get a glimpse into the breath of subjects that horses can provide insight into and begin to discern what is coming from them and what is coming from our own imagination. We will discuss how to recognise and develop our intuitive senses and how to formulate a question that will get the insights we are seeking plus much more. The session will include how 'real-time' communication can assist during a therapeutic connection and help us get past the limitations of our conditioned 'humanness'. Horses help us tap into expanded awareness and feelings of love in its many flavours. From here we get to experience who and what we really are. No experience with horses or communication required.
Reciprocal Healing between Horses & Humans
This is an interactive session where you will be guided to exchange supportive energy with horses. We will look at energy in its many forms, learn why science and spirituality point to the importance of groundedness and how humility creates a state within us to be connected and receptive. Boiled down we are really talking about love. How to recognise and expand the energy of love in our bodies and have that inform our thoughts and actions. No experience with horses, healing or communication required.
Hear more about what the horses have to say on Suze's post for the festival blog.
Suze Kenington is the founder of AnimalsInYourHeart.com and provides Animal Communication and Energy Support sessions for the animals you love, past and present. Suze has the privilege of connecting with a wide variety of animals and has a particular affinity with horses and dogs. She sees herself as a bridge between the human and non-human world for the benefit of both and is inspired by how animals help us expand our ability to experience, and act with, love.
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.
Maria has been in tertiary education for 30 years, musculoskeletal and body therapies for 33 years. Her Masters in Education focused on the process of transformation through learning together and learning alone. This, coupled with her first Masters in the Usui system of energy healing, both underpin her fascination for the deep learning that occurs through horse and human connections and interactions.
Maria did not grow up with horses - her experiences have been over the last 7 or so years at Dune Lakes Lodge, experiencing and observing transformations in humans when the horse becomes the facilitator. For her Horses are the Master Teachers and the Master Healers.
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?
Angela Shaw is a Registered Psychotherapist, practicing in Auckland with adults and couples. Her daughter has introduced her to the world of the horse.
Ian and Anke Benson
Session 1: Discovering the Partnership
Building the relationship to a horse based on trust and respect. Trust and respect are two very big words that are used a lot in the horse world. What do they really mean? How do trust and respect really work? In this session we invite you to explore with us the true meanings of trust and respect and how it works within our horse human relationship. How can we transfer it into other aspects and areas of our life away from horses?
Session 2: Striking the Balance
When we are connecting, being or doing something with a horse how do we go about it? Are we balancing our needs with the horses' needs? It is about us coming into balance and allow to the horse coming into balance to truly be and do things together.
This is a practical session with the horses balancing the 'being' with the 'doing'. Does the act of doing interrupt the being or are you doing whilst still being together? This is only one aspect of balance, as balance is a requirement for living here in our physical world while being, in essence, spiritual beings.
About Ian and Anke
Ian, a professional horseman for over 25 years, was strongly influenced by the philosophies of Tom and Bill Dorrance. His goal is always to teach feel and bring horses and humans into deeper connection.
Anke is a German trained Psychotherapist (MSc Psychology, Post graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). She combines her passion for horses with her knowledge and experience in the field of Equine Assisted Learning and Humanship.
Ian and Anke work from their property in Waipu and during the winter months in Europe.
Working with Trauma in the Body: Separating Fear from Immobility
We will look at the physiology of trauma and the human threat response as compared to animals, such as horses. We will explore how our physiology as humans is designed to move through events that are overwhelming when there is support from our herd or tribe. Specifically, we will look at how the body holds onto incomplete survival responses in the body when the body is overwhelmed by traumatic events or long-term developmental trauma. We will see how this can show up as a freeze response or dissociation or collapse in the body, coupled with unconscious fear or helplessness. I will give examples of how we can move through patterns of bracing and collapse in the body by allowing the body to complete incomplete survival responses and by providing an environment of support that was missing at the time of the original trauma. We will have a few group and individual exercises (that will be optional for participants) to explore how to restore the body’s natural rhythms and its expression of life force.
Julie Teetsov, Ph.D., SEP, CST is a body therapist and movement educator specializing in working with trauma. She works as a body therapist for an NGO providing mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers in Aotearoa/New Zealand and has a private practice in Auckland working with people recovering from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, addiction, depression and anxiety. Her work is informed by her studies in yoga, cranial sacral therapy, Body-Mind Centering, dance and Somatic Experiencing.
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
Guenther Andraschko is an experienced Permaculture Educator and Consultant and landscape and lifestyle-block designer. He has over 25 years experience in designing and creating outdoor environments utilising permaculture and regenerative principles, both in New Zealand and Australia and in a diversity of environments. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, including holistic grazing management and enjoys supporting others to realise their own permaculture projects and aspirations.
The NZ Curriculum is designed to include all learners, no matter what their difference. It's goal is to develop confident, connected and actively involved young people who will continue to learn and to develop the values, knowledge and competencies that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives.
This journey is not always easy and most learners need a hand up at some point in time. Enter the horse! Horses teach you a lot – very little of it actually to do with horses. Their lessons are from the heart. They respond honestly and without judgement. They show us how to listen to ourselves and encourage us to reflect on our behaviour and emotions.
In this session, find out more about the link between learning in schools and the horse as a teacher – the best teacher doesn’t have to be human and the best lessons aren’t always inside the classroom.
Originally from England, Claire emigrated to New Zealand in 2005 for a more desirable lifestyle. Horses or, in fact, no type of animal featured in any part of her life. In 2012, during a difficult time at work and with her husband deployed in Afghanistan, a trip back to England brought horses into her life.
Claire is the Associate Principal at Murrays Bay Primary School on the North Shore, Auckland. She has been teaching all ages of primary school students for 26 years and over the last 5 years has seen a rise in student anxiety and dysregulated behaviour.
After seeing the positive effects of horses on her own anxieties and specific personality traits, Claire knew that school aged children must also be given access to these wonderful teachers – and so began ‘Horses in Schools - He hoiho kei nga kura’.
DLL Youth Ambassadors
Liberty Display & Horse Play
These sessions will be a fun, interactive showcase of the types of horsemanship and games Rosemary usually teaches during Youth Skills Camps and Natural Horse Friendship Days. These activities help build confidence and resilience, and give young people a safe, non-judgemental context to work on and develop their communication, problem solving and leadership skills. As this session is being run primarily by the students, you will see first hand what a positive influence being with horses in this unique way can have on our tamariki. And you will also have the opportunity to participate in some of the activities yourself to get the full experience.
About DLL Youth Ambassadors
The DLL Youth Ambassadors are a group of young people who have been lucky enough to come out to Dune Lakes Lodge regularly for the past few years to participate in the Youth Skills Camps during the school holidays. They have grown up learning a different style of horsemanship and are passionate about championing a kinder, more compassionate way of being with horses.
Urine Therapy or UT, has hundreds of uses and been used in medicine for 1000’s of years. It was used in WW1 for all the wound healing and sterilisation of the medical equipment and the pharmaceuticals still collect it today to make into 1000’s of drugs. It is FREE and on tap, but has been largely out of the public eye for the last 100 years. In her two sessions, Kathy will discuss exactly what urine is and why it works so well, as well as it's nutrient value to your horses/pets and its stem cell activity. Kathy will empower you with the knowledge to wrap your own wounds for urine treatments, as she has had incredible success with curing horses with laminitis, founder, cellulitis, wounds and all manners of illness’s and conditions. Many in the beginning tried it out of desperation and it saved their horse’s lives. She has also found it to be a brilliant wormer and will discuss her own natural worming program that she uses in her herds of Gypsy Vanners at Brightwater.
Kathy Andrus came to NZ in 1986 while paddling for Canada and never left. She has always believed that we have been given all the necessary tools to keep ourselves healthy and discovered the abilities of urine in the late 80’s and has used it on herself to cure severe auto immune conditions and stage 3 kidney failure.
In 2004, she imported the first gypsy horses into NZ and as her herd of gypsies grew, she began to realise the endless healing abilities of urine therapy for the horses. Over the years people kept coming to her when their pets could not be healed by other modalities.
These accumulated experiences have given Kathy an incredible wealth of knowledge and she has developed an easy and effective way to cure most ailments and has cured joint ills, cellulitis, rare AI conditions, founder, wounds, infections, necrosis and many other ailments by using urine therapy. It has now grown to include a herbal worming program in conjunction with urine that is simply brilliant! Best of all it is free!
Cultivating our Inner Garden to Deepen our Connection to Self and the Natural World
“Our real journey in life is interior.” – Thomas Merton
In this session we will begin with a heart-centred meditation, followed by exploration of simple practices we can easily incorporate into our daily lives to help deepen our connection to ourselves and the natural world.
Cultivating fertile ground in our inner garden is reflected in our external world. It is by journeying to our interior and planting seeds we want to flourish that we contribute to healing our Earth Mother and deepening our sense of connection to self and all of life.
We’ll take brief guided journeys to connect with the Earth and to seek guidance from the Spirit of Horse.
Somatic Connection to Self & Horses – Developing Our Interoceptive Awareness
”Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.” John O’Donohue
Somatic means relating to the body, distinct from the mind or psyche. Connection for me means connection to ourselves, to others and to the environment we’re operating in. In this session we’ll explore interoception - our ability to be aware of our felt sensations in the body - and how developing our awareness of this can impact ourselves and our connection to horses.
We’ll start with a guided somatic centering practice, followed by exploration of simple exercises to explore the impact of interoceptive awareness on our somatic experience and how that impacts when we’re interacting with horses, either on the ground or in the saddle, as well as other humans.
Judy is a coach with many years’ experience in leadership development and assessment working with both individuals and facilitating group workshops. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org A recommended Eponaquest & Master Herder Instructor, Judy has explored several models of equine experiential learning.
Calmness, Connection, Compassion…one breath at a time, is her mantra – and her aim is to help people remember their connection to themselves, others and the natural world. She also loves teaching leadership presence for professional men and women and helping people connect more deeply with their horses.
Growing up in Africa, Judy’s love of animals and nature was enriched by traditional indigenous wisdom. She has studied with numerous shamanic teachers bringing these healing practices into daily life. Judy has studied mindfulness, energy healing modalities including Reiki (certified Master and Animal Reiki practitioner) and body-based practices including somatic coaching, Qi Gong, acupressure and equine bodywork as well as animal communication.
A Natural Holistic Approach to Caring For Your Horse
Penny will explain the importance of a natural environment and holistic approach to horse care and management, 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.
Preventing Laminitis and Other Debilitating Conditions
Penny’s training is to understand the functions of a healthy hoof. She has specific skills and training for remedial hoofcare, Laminitis and Navicular syndrome. In this session she will share her experience in these areas to help people understand the causes and how to prevent these debilitating conditions.
Penny's story on the Spirit Horse Festival blog.
Penny is a certified Strasser Hoofcare Professional, whose focus is on happy, healthy horses. Penny founded Natural Hoof to promote barefoot and holistic hoofcare in New Zealand.
She has 15 years of experience in this field and keeps up to date with continuing education and research on the latest developments in science/knowledge from around the world.
Young 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.
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.
Birgit Baader grew up in the Black Forest, surrounded by natural power places and energy portals that had been honoured and nurtured by many human traditions.
Her close connection with the animal kingdom, especially to the bird and horse people, has helped her to navigate through any circumstances in life. She currently has her base in Aotearoa (New Zealand), in Kina/Tasman. Birgit brings 30 years of experience in assisting people in the education and health sector.
She currently teaches and works from her own clinic in the Tasman region as well as internationally. One of her main intentions is to assist others to (re)connect with their inner power center and their innate “dream power” to find balance and inner peace and to feel the interconnectedness of all life forms.
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.
Business with Horses 101
You have a super team of horses, you have a great set-up, you know your stuff…so why isn’t your horse business thriving? Sometimes all it takes is a different approach. I have run workshops and programs for hundreds of individuals. And I have made plenty of mistakes along the way. It’s disheartening, frustrating and time consuming. I want to help you avoid these pitfalls and show you what works and what doesn’t. Join me for a hands-on business workshop and let’s get your business noticed!
Jane is an expert in authentic leadership development, combining her lifelong passion for, understanding of and extensive training in everything horses with her long history of corporate leadership experience both in Australia and internationally.
Over the past several years, Jane has immersed herself in the world of equine assisted learning and all that she can learn from horses about herself and others. Applying this in her leadership training brings a whole new depth and dimension to professional development. qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator with Equine Connection Inc – The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning, and established Leading Edge Life Skills.
With the success of her own business, Jane was invited by Equine Connection to become the only certified instructor in the southern hemisphere for Equine Connection and underwent intensive training at their headquarters in Canada.
Jane believes that horses are the ultimate life coaches, as they provide honest, immediate and unbiased responses to individual and group energy, intention, actions and body language. She says, “Quite simply, horses help people become better humans.” Jane runs Leading Edge Life Skills in NSW and is married, has four children, three dogs, three cats and too many horses!
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.
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.
Jane Crosbie is an internationally acclaimed equine artist known for expressing the vitality, spirit and character of horses through her vibrant and dynamic contemporary equine art. Her work has sold to collectors all over the world and she has exhibited extensively overseas.
"Inspiration is the one word I would choose to celebrate. Horses inspire me - and as an artist I celebrate the horse-human relationship by creating beautiful art out of them."
Social Dreaming With Humans & Horses
Channelling your Creative Dream Horse
How do you ‘imagine’ a horse? What if you love horses, but don’t own one? Or own horses, but can’t ride – or even love horses but don’t want to ride? Or perhaps you ride, but would like to go deeper into a relationship with the ‘horse…
What is it that horses mean to you?
Conjure up your magical inner unicorn, and take an exhilarating gallop into the deepest realms of your imagination.
In this zoom session with author, photographer, equine facilitated learning practitioner and creativity coach Candida Baker, learn to ‘listen’ to your inner horse. ‘Playing’ with your inner horse can be as joyful as any real horse experience in this physical world.
Candida is the author of numerous books including The Penguin Book of the Horse, Women and Horses and The Infinite Magic of Horses. Her latest book, The Heart of a Horse, was published in January 2021 by Murdoch Books, and contains many of the stories of the deepening connection she has discovered is possible with horses and other animals when you keep an open mind. The book also contains her poems. She has sold her horse photographs around the world, and uses the horse as a metaphor in all her creative writing courses.
A Healthy Internal Relationship Your Horse Can Benefit From
Amy uses a method called Yuan Gong, a practice of beautiful moving & still meditations, using the body, mind, breath & Qi energy. Its foundations rest in Chinese tradition, but Western scientific & psychological findings are also incorporated, so Yuan Gong is a comprehensive discipline. Practicing Yuan Gong helps to increase mental clarity, improves internal strength & stability & helps us understand the patterns of thought that inadvertently support negative emotions & illness.
In this session, Amy will be sharing information about the heart & patterns of consciousness to gain more understanding about how to make true change on a fundamental level. It’s possible to make adjustments to life for health, harmony & to help your horse & others. You will be guided through a simple, easy to learn moving meditation for the health of the body & mind. Amy will share how this is closely connected to your horse/human relationship.
Connecting With Your Heart, Awareness & Qi Field With Horses
In this session, Amy will demonstrate how our calm, balanced state influences the horse. She will cover how horses can sense us, as well as how to gain their attention
for learning & guidance. Feeling into your heart as to what it is you would like to do with your horse & how to accomplish this in the most harmonious & healthy way for yourself & your horse. Briefly, she will also look at the horses’ flexibility & balance & how we can influence this. Amy will show & guide you through a healing & share healing tools with you that you can use on yourself & your horse.
Amy is a Qualified Level 6 Yuan Gong Master & has been a Practitioner of Yuan Gong for 10 years. For the past 7 years, she has taught Yuan Gong, Qi Healing & has been helping people with Yuan Ming Medicine & Totality Healing. Amy enjoys helping people connect with their heart, gain more understanding of the consciousness & learn tools to cultivate their health, happiness, sense of well-being & ability to help others.
Amy’s background in horses has helped her on her journey to understanding Qi (energy) & a healthy state of being. From a young age, Amy tried different horse training techniques & looked for people to learn from. It wasn’t until she found her teacher Yuan Tze (who has never sat on a horse) & his method Yuan Gong, that she was able to make the adjustments she needed to make. She had the information she needed understand what she was doing when things went right & what she was doing when things didn’t go so well. That meant she was finally capable of having a relationship with her horse that was on a path she was happy with.
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