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!
2019 Presenter Directory
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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.
A life-long horsewoman, Rosemary is a natural horse-friendship trainer, an EAGALA Facilitator (Equine Specialist), an EPONAQUEST Riding Focused Instructor and an Holistic Horse and Hoof-care Professional. Alongside her fourteen strong herd of horses she studies the dynamics and relational development of the horse/human connection. Rosemary is the owner and founder of Dune Lakes Lodge, a Retreat and Horse Inspired Learning Centre on the North West Coast of Auckland, New Zealand. She co-founded Equine Pathfinders Foundation, a charitable organisation established to make equine assisted growth and learning accessible to everyone.
For over a decade Rosemary and the herd have trained international corporate companies, adults from all backgrounds, including at-risk women, adolescents, young offenders and troubled youth. Her main love is running five-day residential Kids Camps for children from all walks of life. Rosemary’s aim is to create a ‘sacred space of possibility’ for everyone who attends our Centre. My own life is ‘touched’ every time I witness the difference that horses make in another persons’ life. I am passionate about nourishing the feeling of interconnectedness of all life and the links to our own unique sources of power.”
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.
Suze Kenington is the founder of Rider’s Mind: Connecting Horses & Humans which specializes in connection coaching, animal communication, and energy healing.
Suze has had the privilege of connecting with a variety of animals and has a particular affinity for horses and dogs – when she attends clinics or competitions horses share things that they want to passed onto their human friends.
Session 1: Journeying Home..a Shamanic Approach to Connection
This session will give a brief overview of shamanic practice and how to journey with intention. Shamanic practice is increasingly popular in the western world and its approach to healing, connecting to power animals and spirit guides for guidance and to explore the spiritual essence of all in nature is available to all. There are many lineages and traditions, but common to all indigenous peoples and ancient wisdom is the path of the heart, connected inextricably with the natural world. It will include a guided journey followed by reflection with the herd and gathering to share experience.
Session 2: Ancestral Healing, Guided by Horses
Ancestral healing is a cornerstone of healing oneself in this earth walk, as well as contributing to the healing of the planet. An important part of shamanic practice, acknowledging and honouring ancestors, as well as preparing for good death and honouring grief is a practice largely lost to the western world.
Ancient wisdom can open a path for healing ourselves, our ancestral wounds and thus our descendants. We can open this pathway for the horses in our care too, thus improving all our well-being.
Join Judy, February 11 for a full-day post-festival workshop on Creating Sacred Space.
Judy is a coach with over 20 years’ experience in leadership development and assessment and helping people manage both personal and career transitions.
With a lifelong passion for horses, Judy has ridden in many different disciplines and countries eventually finding her path to the powerful persuasion of equine facilitated learning. Her soul horse, Indigo Flame, led her to explore different ways of being with horses, and the completion of an Eponaquest Apprenticeship.
Judy now facilitates individual sessions and group workshops with the help of horses, exploring her practices of mindfulness, Qi-Gong, shamanism and energy healing to support personal growth, connection, and intuitive awakenings.
Growing up in Africa, Judy’s innate love of animals and nature was enriched by shamanic influences, storytelling, dancing, drumming, and ceremony. Judy guides people on shamanic journeys, helps people connect with power animals and conducts soul retrieval and other healing sessions.
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
Kaimanawa Heritage Horses is a charitable society run by a volunteer group of passionate horse people, dedicated to the care and welfare of Kaimanawa horses both domestically and in the wild.
We work closely with the Department of Conversation and other interested groups on the welfare and future of the Kaimanawa horses in the wild.
Our primary funding sources are through our members’ generosity, membership and donations.
The relationship with the Kaimanawa horse has been a large part of Elder and Marilyn’s lives for the past two decades. They have both been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for putting their hearts and souls into the welfare of wild horses.
Session 1: Introduction to the Masterson Method®
Showing attendees how to work with horses, either through gentle touch and/or with hands off through teaching fine tuning of awareness and perception of the horses responses in relationship to what we are doing. Through this process the horses release tension and learn to trust that we are actually listening and adjusting to them, which automatically deepens our connection with each other in a very natural, beautiful and profound way. This is something attendees can also apply straight away with their own horses at home.
Session 2: Leg Releases (Masterson Method®)
These leg releases invite the horses to release tension from the top down while also releasing endorphins. Participants learn to guide the horses towards this while developing a feel for the active releases from the horses which often happen in stages. This takes a bit of getting used to by the horses and attendees because we frequently got used to the more active way of stretching out the horses legs. This approach is about fine tuning and developing our ability to become inviting, listening, feeling, and allowing of the horses responses and releases.
Born and raised in Germany, Nadine’s love of horses was first sparked when she spent one of her school holidays at a stable where she learned the basics around horse care and riding. She started training under Hubertus Schmidt, who went on to become an accomplished Olympian Dressage rider. A few years after moving to New Zealand, her mother’s home country, Nadine immersed herself in studying Animal Homeopathy for 4 years, then on to Equine Craniosacral, and from there diverged slightly to qualify as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist for Humans. She was motivated to help horses in a more profound way, leading to further studies specifically in the Equine field (Neuro-Myofascial Release, Kinesio Taping).
During this time she also stumbled across one of The Masterson Method YouTube videos and later became the first Certified MM Practitioner in New Zealand.
Session 1: Music of the Plants
Plants do understand us. But do we understand them? The true value of plant life on this planet is little realised by most folk who take it as a bounty to be harvested without any recognition of what this means to us.
Music of the Plants is a device that allows one to make a connection with the tiny bursts of electrical discharges and convert these impulses into musical notes. We are in fact able to give plants an instrument to play.
Session 2: Meditation with Plants
Join Gary on a guided meditation accompanied by the music of the plants. Relaxing and meditative, the wondrous sounds of nature will take you on an individual journey of wonder and delight.
See Gary’s video on Music of the Plants.
Gary is a leading writer on the special nature of the mystic realms that are to be found in New Zealand. An explorer of ancient sacred places and energy sites in the unique New Zealand landscape, Gary has devoted many years to searching and writing of the wonders to be found within the islands of New Zealand and the South Pacific.
His extensive journeys and experiences allow him to share much of the deeper nature of the forests, the waters, and the mountains that allows us all to connect with the natural order in a deeper and more meaningful way.
The author of three books in the Secret Land series, Gary is a regular contributor to Australian and New Zealand magazines offering readers unique glimpses of the sacred landscape of Aotearoa.
He has recently completed a documentary about the Mythical Faery Folk of the forests of New Zealand.
Over the past two years, Gary has introduced Music of the Plants to hundreds of people, offering talks and demonstrations throughout the land.
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.
Session 1 details
In this 2 hour open space session Alistair will host a conversation on what it takes to survive and thrive running a conscious equine enterprise. The session will help you:
• clarify live your life purpose in a way that can assist you attract more resources, serve more people; and do so more successfully.
• inspire your confidence, and give you some powerful new strategies and tactics to help you accelerate the growth of your EAL coaching practice.
• make a greater positive impact while also getting rewarded more for the gifts you bring to your clients
Alistair Wait has spent many years coaching people into their own business. Alistair lives at Dune Lakes Lodge and is a Director of Equine Pathfinders Foundation. With his broader experience as an NLP Master Trainer and equine specialist he is uniquely experienced to assist any emerging equine practitioner .
Session 1: Thinking Outside the Paddock
A common question I hear at EAGALA, EGEA, PATH, and EAHEA conferences is, “Where can I find new ideas for activities that engage clients and respect the herd?” As an educator working with “at risk” youth for nearly 25 years, I have loved finding and creating ways to keep youth actively involved.
Fresh ideas nourish and enrich our EAL/EAP programs and keep human and herd facilitators excited and engaged. A creative/ mindfulness Art Activity and herd’s assessment of our creations will be part of this session as an example of “Outside the Paddock” thinking.
Session 2: Creativity in the Arena
Participants will experience a “taste” of EAL activities gleaned from non EAL/EAP sources and modified into EAL/EAP activities. Sources that inspire creation of these activities include Experiential Education, Adventure / Outdoor Education, and Liberal Art studies. Discussion and activity debrief will be within the presence of the herd – their feedback rules! Handouts will be available.
Melinda was a Secondary High School teacher for nearly 20 years. Her Masters in Liberal Arts Degree, from Naropa University, focused on Social/Emotional Intelligence and Spirituality in the Secular Setting.
Since 2001, Melinda has studied and experienced many aspects of partnering with horses as co-educators. She co-founded a non-profit – Horses for the Spirit in Reno, Nevada.
Melinda currently owns EQuus Insight in Washoe Valley, Nevada. She is certified in EGEA, EAGALA-Advanced, PATH, and EAHAE.
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.
Geraldine Keith is a registered clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for 35+ years. She provides consultancy, assessment, and therapeutic interventions for both private and third party referrals. Her clients range from 7-70.
Geraldine’s was trained in EAGALA and certified in 2014. She also completed two training modules of The Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies (GEIR).
She is committed to a model of equine therapy incorporating the Te Whare Tapa Wai dimensions of wellbeing.
Session 1 & 2: Trapped trauma in the body
Lou takes a holistic view to finding and unblocking traumas and life experiences that have caused pain for a horse that effects its ability to move forward in every aspect. Using energy between horse and human with a hands on and off intuitive approach to communicating with a horse to feel for physical injuries or stored psychological, emotional and spiritual pain. Understanding how to read the physical body for signs of trauma or pressure within the skeleton causing pain or discomfort within the body. Being mindful of stressors and triggers for your horse and working through them psychologically to help change the horses thoughts and emotions around those things which cause behavioural issues or cause the horse to progressively regress in training or schooling or become ‘stuck’ or blocked in some way. Understanding the spiritual being and nature of a horse and how all the human interactions with them can scar them deeply on an emotional level and create walls that may never come down or allow us to work with them in the way we wish to and the possibilities moving forward from that point.
Lou has spent her whole life around horses. Being born into a farming family Lou was lucky enough to ride horses from a very young age and it became a natural progression in her life to be around them. Lou has always had a natural connection and communication with horses on a very deep level. Lou works with horses on a spiritual level where everything is honest and true and the energy is shared equally once the portal is open. Lou is communication and connection focused for both horses and their owners living pain free lives. After learning Flinchlock Release Therapy years ago it gave Lou a hands on modality to incorporate with her spiritual healing to aid horses and their owners even more. This is where the name for her business was born, Absolute Truth Holistic Healing. Lou is passionate about pain free living for horses with a holistic view around it to ensure that they don’t stay ‘stuck’ or blocked physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
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.
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.”
Mindfulness for the Human AnimalMindfulness is a word you will find almost everywhere these days in relation to health and healing, being with horses and even corporate success!But what actually is mindfulness and how can we develop it? The Buddha said, ’Mindfulness is the sole path to liberation’. But Mindfulness is much more than simply awareness. This presentation will explore mindfulness, its relation to our very embodiment and how a Mindfulness practice may enrich our relationship to horses and even the human animals.Tai Ji – meditation in movementTai 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). Developed over the last 700 years, Tai Ji has stood the test of time. 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.Sol will offer a daily class of Tai Ji and meditationStructural IntegrationStructural Integration is an innovative approach to well-being that recognizes the natural order inherent in the human being. When the musculoskeletal system is rebalanced and realigned and optimal movement restored, our innate self-healing abilities stimulate a new vitality. The Structural Integration Series is a sequence of 10 sessions designed to restore natural structure and function. Specific myofascial techniques, movement repatterning and guided awareness are some of the tools the practitioner will use to guide a client to a new imbalance. The essence of structural integration is to foster growth, an expansion of body awareness and conscious choice to bring aliveness, alignment and fluidity to daily body use.Sol will be available to give demonstrations of the Structural Integration method.
Sol Petersen has been working with somatic therapies for over 30 years as a Movement Coach, a Structural Integration trainer and an Aquatic Therapist. He trained with Ron Kurtz and the Hakomi school of Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy to develop his application of the Hakomi method to manual and movement therapy. He is a Tai Ji teacher with over 40 years experience and co-author of Fascia in Sport and Movement.
Session 1: 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.
Rob Pliskin is an EAGALA Advanced Dual Certified Equine Specialist and Mental Health Professional. Rob served for two years as Program Director of the Equine Pathfinders Foundation.
Rob has partnered with horses to help children, youth, and adults find personal strength and healing in places as far apart as northern Israel, South Head, New Zealand, and the Appalachian counties of Ohio.
Rob has supported American Indian friends and teachers for over 20 years in their Sun Dances, Vision Quests, and Purification Lodges. He has also undertaken his own Vision Quest journey, and continues to help bring ceremony to his community.
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.
Session 1: In the Business of EFL
In order to better human-horse relations we must be able to run sustainably. To do that we need to look at the business side of running an EFL/EAP practice as well as at the fun stuff. Key take always from this session will be an understanding of the three pillars of your business, identifying your greatest challenges, and identifying your greatest strengths.
Session 2: Your ideal Client
When we start in this sort of practice we see the endless opportunities to do good in the world of horses and people or we can get desperate so the “ideal client” is anyone that turns up. Some where between the two is the community you were born to serve – but we can need a little help to identify them. How can you identify your purpose and areas of expertise in order to target your market more effectively?
Join Lynn February 11 for a full-day post-festival workshop on Creating a Sustainable Business Working with Corporate Clients.
Lynn is a seeker of ideas, truths, facts and solutions.
Not content with a limited horizon, she works with her clients to explore the system and their own reality and unearth the ways to maximize their contribution as a business, a team, or as an individual to the challenges and opportunities faced.
Lynn’s natural abilities have been enhanced over a career spanning teaching, research and practical science, accounting, and business consulting. Working in the Public, Private and Not for Profit sectors she has constantly developed her deep analytical and empathic people skills.
Lynn has robust experience facilitating workshops and collaborating in the implementation in the areas of vision, strategy, communication, and systemic change.
After growing up in Europe she has lived and worked in both Asia and Australia and has broad experience of working in different cultures, personalities, and systems. Her formal coaching skills have always been informed by her relationship with her horses where communication cannot rely on words alone and she has taken this into her work with Executives and functional teams.
Masters of Business Coaching. Certified in The Leadership Circle platform including TLCP and TLC Culture Survey (The Leadership Circle) Licensed HorseDream International Facilitator Equine Psychotherapy Australia (EAL) student, Enneagram in Business
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.
Jane has always been blown away by the positive effect horses have on people, especially “non-horsey” people. Her lifelong passion led her to qualify as an EAL facilitator with Equine Connection International in 2015 and established Leading Edge Life Skills.
In January 2017, Jane undertook further training to become the only certified instructor in the southern hemisphere for EC. Previously, Jane worked in corporate marketing both in Australia and internationally. Jane is married, has four children, two dogs, three cats and a herd of 10 horses.
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.
Candida is the author of 14 books – many of them about horses – and has been a journalist and editor on numerous publications. She has been involved with horses all her life, and rehabilitated her first rescue horse when she was 22. She specializes in natural horsemanship and is an EFL practitioner.
Candida runs a Facebook page, The Horse Listeners. She is also the editor of the online equine magazine, HorseVibes, and she is the founding President of Equus Alliance, a charity formed to promote equine welfare in Australia.
She has an MA in Art History from the University of Adelaide, and has sold her equine photographs and stories around the world.
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.
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.
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