2018 PRESENTERS - STAY TUNED FOR 2019 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!  

Cheryl Cruttenden

Session 1: Communicating with and Embodying Head, Heart, and Hara

To date, science has proven that you have a head, heart, and gut brain (hara). Communicating with all 3 gives you much more information than relying on head-based knowing alone. Becoming more ‘horse-like’ and enhancing your ways of being and doing requires tapping into the wisdom of the body. In order to do this, you need to connect with, align, and integrate all of your body brains, so that you can live from the highest expression of each: Compassion – Courage – Creativity.

Integration produces amazing results in relating with self, animals, humans and the environment. Once you are operating from a coherent and congruent state that draws on the highest expression of each center, it enhances connection in relationships, communication and leads to generative wisdom. Join this this largely interactive and experiential session that will weave the latest in head-based knowing backed by science with some body-based learning and somatic (body-centered) processes. You will learn a simple breath practice for greater heart coherence and engage in authentic movement and practices for grounding and centering your energy – all with feedback from the horses!

Session 2: The Metaphor of the Centaur

Horses pay attention to your body as if you were another horse. Every time you interact with Horse, your feelings and emotional energetic state profoundly affect how Horse will respond to you. What you think, are communicating from the head, may actually be quite different to what you are unconsciously conveying through your heart and gut. This is because of your heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, breathing, posture, and the various emotions that cause those physiological responses to rise and fall. Unless we are connected to ourselves first, it is impossible to truly connect with another being. The first step to real relationship is self-awareness – to notice who and how you are be-ing in any given moment. This largely experiential session will explore: the felt senses – how your intelligence and awareness isn't just confined to the head; the morphic field herd affect; the role of breath and an experiential exploration of body mapping; a practice for balancing and grounding prior to or/and during intetractions with Horse; and emotional and energetic connections and impact, human to human and horse to human. Join Cheryl for an exploration of the main energy patterns that humans embody and how this impacts other people and horses through the felt senses and gain an insight into your automatic and habitual energy and body pattern, what effect this has and practices for how you might begin to change this. The Metaphor of the Centaur blog.

Participants are also invited to register for Cheryl's pre-festival, full-day workshop on this topic on February 8.

More from Cheryl on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

About Cheryl

Laura Williams

Session 1: How to Help Your Horse be an Effective Teacher and Healer

Discussion and interactive demonstration on preparing horses and facilitators to collaborate safely and willingly in learning, healing, and personal growth experiences.

How we invite our horses into the space for healing and growth, the ways in which we honor or manage their expression, and the training methods we use outside our client sessions are just as important to allowing our horses to step into the role of healer and coach as is the breed, type of horse, or history he or she may have.

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Session 2: Honoring Personal Boundaries

So often we are unaware of the way our energy affects those around us, as well as how we are impacted by others.

During this interactive exercise with the intuitive horses of the Dune Lakes herd, participants will get a chance to discover and explore their personal space boundaries, understand how body language affects those around us, and observe how energetic boundaries are exchanged and felt between beings.

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About Laura

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.

You may also choose to join Suze for her post-festival, full-day workshop on this topic on February 12.

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

About Suze

Theresa Dobson

Owning Your Horse's Stress

Do you find some days you and your horse flow together like silk yet other times it feels like butting heads? During the latter do you assume the horse is misbehaving and needs to be brought in line by you taking a firmer stance of discipline? If you are nodding your head yes, it is time you took a peek at who is actually emanating the stress and why. Mirror, mirror on the wall.... right?

Join Dr. Theresa Dobson on a journey in understanding what stress is, identifying your own specific stress and how to manage it. Learn “who you are” energetically and how it is reflecting into your relationship with your horse and your whole life.

Participants will engage in a 60 minute “Stress” workshop and a 30 minute demo with the horses on understanding physical stress signs.

Here's a video of Theresa at play with Rhythm of the Dune Lakes herd and her story on the festivals' blog. 

About Theresa

Elder & Marilyn Jenks

Kaimanawa Heritage Horses Film

Every two years up to two hundred wild Kaimanawa horses are culled from New Zealand Army land in the Kaimanawa Ranges, to protect the native flora and sustain the environment for the horses to thrive. The Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) mission is to increase successful adoptions of wild horses and to promote the horse’s versatility and trainability. Through advertising for suitable homes, undertaking home checks and following up on new owners the KHH ensures the welfare of these captured horses remains a priority.

The Kaimanawa horse is a unique and historically important link to New Zealand’s recent past. Identified as a breed with distinct and unique characteristics, the Kaimanawa horse has proved to be a great all-round riding pony.

About Elder & Marilyn

Karen Howieson

From Vision to Reality: The Nelson ARK

Karen is a co-founding Trustee of the Nelson ARK which helps to rehabilitate animals and people through connecting the two. Karen incorporates dogs and horses into her work to help people who have lost their way, including young people experiencing difficulties and suffering from mental health issues. 

Check out this inspiring video on Karen's work.

During this session, Karen will talk about her journey rescuing horses and dogs, and how they have then helped humans to find their way. She will also have a live demo with animals. Horses as our muse are a central theme to her work. 

More from Karen on on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

About Karen

Rosemary Wyndham-Jones

Session 1: I-Thou Horse-Friendship - Liberty Groundwork and Riding

Demonstration and practical advice for working at liberty with your horses. 

Rosemary and her students will demonstrate how they engage with the horses at liberty and explain how our energy and focus affects our equine friends.

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Session 2: Yoga and Horses - Connection to Our True and Natural State

Just as yoga is about union of the breath, body and mind, similarly, connection between horse and human explores two seemingly opposite beings coming into union as one. 

The experience of using breath, subtle movement, and deep rapport allows heart-felt transmission of a mutual reality.  For the relationship to work, unconditional respect and friendship between the horse and human is paramount.

Find out more about Yoga and Horses in Rosemary's post for the festival blog.

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About Rosemary

Geraldine Keith

Session 1:  Post Traumatic Growth

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.

Session 2:  Evaluating the Success of Equine-assisted Psychotherapy

Equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy are gaining popularity worldwide. However, naysayers often question how practitioners measure the results and whether or not progress is real.

Geraldine's strong science background has made her curious about the swift and robust changes in EAL/P clients' wellbeing compared to outcomes from a “talk therapy” approach.  But she feels that in order to gain credibility and acceptance, practitioners of EAL/P need to improve how they document sessions and carry out evaluations.  

Geraldine will talk us through how to define objective measures to assist clients in understanding what they are achieving.

About Geraldine

Rob Pliskin

Medicine Walk with Horses

This session is a compact version of a one-day personal growth and spirituality workshop and ceremony based in many Native North American traditions. It will take place with Dune Lakes Lodge horses in their natural surroundings, where participants will experience its key learnings.

As Ceremony, a Medicine Walk begins when you commit to it and ends when you close the circle and return to your Earth Walk. In this workshop its four parts include an Opening Council Circle, Crossing the Threshold, an individual silent Medicine Walk blended with an experiential Medicine Walk with the horses, and a closing Council Circle Mending the Sacred Hoop.

Session 2:  Trauma to Transformation - How Horses Guide Us to Post-Traumatic Growth

This session will be an introduction to the topic of Rob's post-festival, full-day workshop on February 12.  Rob will cover the five components of post-traumatic growth and discuss ways in which horses help support people with PTSD to heal and grow.  

About Rob

Craig Love

Session 1: How to Recognise Safe Distance

Sometimes behavioural issues in horses are actually a sign of stress due to physical pain.  In other cases, subtler aspects of the work such as cranio-sacral techniques can make a difference. Craig has found that some horses who have not progressed with hands-on therapies have responded remarkably quickly when addressed, respectfully, from a “safe radius,” dictated by the horse, often facilitating hands-on work by the end of the session.

This workshop will be an opportunity to observe and experience how to explore your own safe distance, including patiently suspending one’s agenda for what one intends to impose on the session until the timing is right.

An open mind, willing heart, and desire to assist are all that is required to be brought to this time of growth and exploration, whether you are an experienced practitioner or “just interested.”

Session 2:  Intricacies of Relationship 

How unconscious demands complicate one’s relationship with the horse. Aimed more at bodywork practitioners but all welcome.

For many people and animals the goal of any type of bodywork is to just release their pain.  But we can go beyond that by improving their balance, efficiency, and energy for any of life's movements. This workshop offers insight into how to begin to explore hidden agendas in even the most benignly intended actions: more experienced and skilled technicians can relish the potential gains from small refinements, and beginners can advance with maximum integrity from the start.

About Craig

Tara Coyote

Grief Ritual with Horses

In August 2015, Tara’s best friend of 19 years died at the age of 46 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Through her friend’s death, she allowed herself to dive into the process of grief and understood that grief is a transformational and necessary process to embrace. 

From her journey she created ‘Grief Rituals with Horses’ Wind Horse Sanctuary, where participants are safely guided through their grief process to create a life-changing experience from the human/horse connection. Grief comes in many forms and the more we give voice to it, the lighter & more liberated we will feel!

Tara's post on Grief Rituals on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

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Session 2: Cancer Warrioress - My Healing Journey with Horses

Tara Coyote has had a powerful experience in the last four years from being one of the main caregivers for her best friend of 19 years from diagnosis to death from leukemia and her own personal journey of healing a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis naturally, all with the assistance of her horses in the transformational process. Listen to her story to hear how the horses and some key inner guidance helped her to find her way through grief, loss and sickness.

About Tara

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.

Who is this for? People who own a small business or aspire to start a purpose-driven venture at some point in the near future.

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Session 2: EAL Certification Training

An introduction to the Dune Lakes Lodge equine-assisted learning training certification. The one year training programme builds on the transformational processes within NLP to launch students into the field of equine-guided transformational change. 

EAL Certification Training is an attractive proposition for those interested in a career combining helping horses and people through a combined professional development and mentoring programme.

Session 2 details

About Alistair

Lynn Jenkin

Connecting through Horses: A New Way to Network (with Emma Taylor)

As new models of connection appear within the business environment, networking has become more prevalent, but how effective is this at creating deep level connection and what role do we play when in this environment?

- How many events have you been to where you felt you really weren’t connecting to the right people?

- Are you really “being you” at a Networking Event? If not, how will you attract those people who you can work with and take your business/career forwards?

Emma and Lynn share their learnings and give you a practical opportunity to experience hands-on connecting through horses within the Networking Neighs format and also through Role Play or Real Play? where you will play different roles in different situations and explore how they serve you.

Read about Lynn's journey on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

Role Play or Real Play - the Art of Connection (with Emma Taylor)

A model for transformative change in the way we experience the roles we take up, at work, at home, in life. The session starts with an introduction to the theory about the roles we take up and how we are affected by our own beliefs, values, and experiences, including the system in which we operate, and the context in which our system operates. Participants will draw themselves in the role of their choice and then have a horse experience, bringing in zones of awareness.

Read about Lynn's journey on the Spirit Horse Festival blog. 

About Lynn

Emma Taylor

Connecting through Horses: A New Way to Network (with Lynn Jenkin)

As new models of connection appear within the business environment, networking has become more prevalent, but how effective is this at creating deep level connection and what role do we play when in this environment?

- How many events have you been to where you felt you really weren’t connecting to the right people?

- Are you really “being you” at a Networking Event? If not, how will you attract those people who you can work with and take your business/career forwards?

Emma and Lynn share their learnings and give you a practical opportunity to experience hands-on connecting through horses within the Networking Neighs format and also through Role Play or Real Play? where you will play different roles in different situations and explore how they serve you.

Emma shares her story on the festival blog.

Role Play or Real Play - the Art of Connection (with Lynn Jenkin)

A model for transformative change in the way we experience the roles we take up, at work, at home, in life. The session starts with an introduction to the theory about the roles we take up and how we are affected by our own beliefs, values, and experiences, including the system in which we operate, and the context in which our system operates. Participants will draw themselves in the role of their choice and then have a horse experience, bringing in zones of awareness.

About Emma

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

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

Maria Hayes

Session 1: Transformative Equine/Human Connections

Maria will share the powerful learning journey that happens in a single moment, when a horse and human connect, a learning journey that is so instantaneous, yet so powerful, it has the ability to transform a person's way of thinking and be-ing. During Rosemary's demonstration Maria will unpack five different learning theories and the level of processing and learning that unfolds during magical moments of horse and human interconnections and the level of healing that happens as a result.

Session 2: Introduction to Energy Healing and Horses

This workshop is an introduction to energy healing. For those who may have been considering a course, by the end you will know if this journey is for you. Types of energy healing, course structure, length, fees, and what to expect are all explained. Then play with the energy on yourself and with the horses.

Maria has practiced a Massage and Body Therapies, Reflexology and Reiki (Usui System) for more than 30 years alongside her job in education and research of 28 years. Her passion for horses came as a result of a phenomenal energy exchange with Cracker – one of Dune Lakes Lodge’s ex-residents.

About Maria

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