2019 PRE & POST FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

Pre-Festival Workshops

Thu Feb 7
Dialogue and Consent with Horses

LAURA WILLIAMS
Humans and Horses, Russia/USA

Thu Feb 7
Equine-Assisted Constellations

JOANNE BYRNES & SAAN ECKER
Peakgrove Solutions, Australia

Post-Festival Workshops

Mon Feb 11
Connecting to Sacred Space

JUDY BRIGHTMAN
Mindful Horse,Mindful Leader, Australia
& STEPHANIE SAWTELLE
Still Point Equine, USA

Mon Feb 11
Creating a Sustainable Business Working with Corporate Clients

LYNN JENKIN
Horsanity, Australia

Tue Feb 12
Essential Oils for Essential Wellbeing

CANDIDA BAKER
Save a Horse, Australia

Workshop Details

Thursday FEBRUARY 7, 10am-4pm

Dialogue and Consent: 
Inviting Your Horse into Partnership and Relationship

LAURA WILLIAMS
Humans and Horses, Russia/USA

Would you like to create a harmonious and lasting bond with your horse?  

Would you like to be more mindful and show up in authentically with your horse while maintaining integrity? 

Do you value horses' unique natural expression and freedom and strive to listen to their wants and needs?

Are you stuck in old patterns or training styles that don’t feel congruent with your practice or the kind of person you wish to be?

Break Old Patterns of Relating to Horses

Many people love their horses like their own children. However, they often bring their unaware patterns to the relationship with horses. Significantly, when it comes to training a horse, people often fall back on styles based on dominance, fear, pressure, and the horse being made to follow the request, whether they like it or not. "You have to be the boss," we are so often told. But do you? Why can't we just be friends?

Whether you are a horse owner or an equine-assisted learning practitioner, physically and emotionally healthy horses are a key ingredient to a successful relationship with your horse. When true connection is the foundation for interacting with our equine partners, horses are not used as a tool, but are honored and invited to co-create with their humans.

Based on the I-Thou relational model, the primary intention of Laura's Dialogue and Consent approach is regard for the horse as a sentient being with his/her own feelings, wants, and needs - putting the relationship above all training goals.

I-Thou is when two beings open to each other and become open to being influenced by the other. 

For practitioners of equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy, the relationship we strive to model to our clients applies to our horses as well, whether we are engaging with our horses for clients or just interacting with them day-to-day. Being one way with our horses in equine-facilitated learning sessions, while clinging to old patterns of dominance and I-IT relating at other times is simply not congruent and can cause stress and even injury to our horses, our clients, and ourselves.

Develop a Harmonious Relationship with Your Horse

In Laura's Dialogue and Consent clinics, you will learn how to: 

  • Build a relationship with your horses based on trust, dialogue, and consent;
  • Apply the I-Thou relational model to working with and honoring horses as sentient beings;
  • Become more mindful and body-aware when working with your horse, setting and embodying clear intentions;
  • Invite your horses into training using a consensual, collaborative, and play-based style of co-creation founded in knowledge of equine behavior without whips, bits, gadgets, fear-, or food-based training methods;​
  • Ensure safety for your horses, yourself, your family, and your clients through honoring the relationship above all other goals; and
  • Practice your new skills with the Dune Lakes Herd and receive a set of practice lessons to try at home with your horse.

For more on Laura's clinics and the I-Thou model, as well as videos please visit her website

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I feel empowered now to trust my natural instincts when interacting with horses, because Laura has confirmed for me that the things I have been taught in the past aren't necessarily the best way to do things.”

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Hasanka Perera

New Zealand

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I have a whole new perspective around my horses and the herd as whole.

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Penny Gifford

New Zealand

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Laura's clinic helps to create a partnership between horse and human, not a human-dominated relationship. After only one day being more mindful of Storm’s body language, he led with no biting and no attitude!

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Peter Papp

NSW, Australia

About Laura

Cost:  NZ$100 

*Coffee, tea, and snacks are available for purchase at the venue, as well as vegetarian/vegan fare for lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date & Time: Thursday, February 7, 10am-4pm

Number of participants:  maximum 8 people

Contact:
Laura Williams, Humans and Horses
Email: equinelifecoach@gmail.com

Thursday FEBRUARY 7, 10am - 4pm

Equine-Assisted Constellations
JOANNE BYRNES & SAAN ECKER
​Peakgrove Solutions, Australia

Equine - Assisted Constellations follow the principles of Family and Systemic Constellations. We invite horses and people to represent parts of our system, be it family, work or concepts. What unfolds is a spatial representation of your system, and a new picture emerges which allows the blocks to be released and the love to flow. We have been facilitating and training in equine assisted constellations for 6 years with amazing results. This is an experiential workshop, where everyone is involved.

What are Family and Systemic Constellations? 

Dynamics in family systems can sometimes be carried through many generations without awareness. This can result in blocks or entanglements which can surface as difficulties between members of the system. They can also contribute to other complications like illness, addictions, mental health issues and negative patterns in our life.

We use the diversity of the group and the herd to represent members of your system. By using Constellations a new picture can develop with more information. Systemic constellations explore new ways to look at our personal, work and family systems and allow the release and resolve of tensions within and between people. Soul connections, supports and entanglements can be observed through the setting up and revealing of constellations.

The first phase of a constellation involves identifying persons who belong to a system and events that have an effect on the system. Horses or people are chosen to represent a part of the system. The most important instruction for representatives is that it is not about their thoughts. It is vital to pay attention to their bodies, their feelings, their impetus for movement and in particular to their instinctive social reactions to other representatives.

The second phase involves a search for an image of systemic balance and resolution with love. It has the potential to touch us on a soul level, healing past wounds and leading to real and sustainable changes in our lives.

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Joanne and Saan offer a teaching session that is truly game changing. If you've ever heard a client say, "This horse reminds me of my [mother/brother/father/spouse]", there may be more to that than just imagination.

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This session will take your understanding of your horses, and the very concept of SENTIENCE, to another level. If you are committed to making the world a better place, and if you are willing to cross whatever frontiers that commitment asks of you, this will take you there.

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About Joanne and Saan

Cost:  NZ$100 

*Coffee, tea, and snacks are available for purchase at the venue, as well as vegetarian/vegan fare for lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date & Time: Thursday, February 7, 10am-4pm

Number of participants:  maximum 40 people

Contact:
Joanne Byrnes, Peakgrove Solutions
Email: joannebyrnes@gmail.com

Monday FEBRUARY 11, 10am - 4pm

Connecting to Sacred Space - Expansive Tools to Access Your Next Level

JUDY BRIGHTMAN
Mindful Horse, Mindful Leader
NSW, Australia

STEPHANIE SAWTELLE
Still Point Equine
Pennsylvania, USA

This workshop, facilitated by two international presenters from the US and Australia, is for individuals to who want to explore various ways of connecting to Sacred Space to create balance, harmony, and accentuated intuition.

What is Sacred Space? 

Sacred space is that place where we feel centered, grounded, connected to Earth and to Source, to Spirit, to the Collective Unconscious, whatever term resonates with you, depending on your belief system. It is calm, quiet, connected. It is the space that allows you to feel suspended in time; to suspend disbelief in time as a circular concept; to open the channels of energetic and intuitive connection and to feel the Oneness, the sense of connection to all things. From this place of balance you can flow freely in any direction.

What will we do?

Sacred space will be explored, together with our equine guides, through shamanic journeying, engaging in sacred ritual, and awakening to intuitive awareness. You will be guided towards an understanding of how these can support you on your life’s path and improve your relationship to self, others, Earth, Spirit, and the Universe.

Together with the Dune Lakes Herd we will take you on a journey into Sacred Space to connect with your highest self, to awaken intuitive abilities you may not yet have accessed, and to receive the wisdom of the horses and the Horse Ancestors.

What will you receive?

You will embody your experience and clarify how to incorporate these tools and rituals into your daily life, to enable a state of ease and flow to be more readily accessible to you, to create pauses in your day to access intuition for better decision-making in line with your authentic self. In our busy lives, the power is in the pause. As Debussy said, it is the space between the notes that makes the music.

In addition to these benefits, EFL practitioners will gain an understanding of how incorporating these tools and practices into equine facilitated learning sessions can help create a space to deepen the client’s experience and connection by aligning body, mind and spirit.

About Judy and Stephanie

Cost: NZ$130 NZD

*Coffee, tea, and snacks are available for purchase at the venue, as well as vegetarian/vegan fare for lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date & Time: Monday, February 11, 10am-4pm

Number of participants: maximum 12 people

Contact:
Stephanie Sawtelle
Email: thealchemyofequus@gmail.com

Monday FEBRUARY 11, 10am - 4pm

Creating a Sustainable Business Working with Corporate Clients

LYNN JENKIN
Horsanity

NSW, Australia 

Engaging corporate clients with horses

Working with corporate clients can be profitable and rewarding but it comes with its own challenges. Once on board a corporate client can be a predictable income source with repeat business year after year. When a successful training program is in place it is not unusual for multiple cohorts to undertake the same program. Whilst corporate clients are accustomed to paying a premium for training they expect that training to deliver in accordance with their goals. 

This workshop will look at how to consult with a client and design a program to fit their needs. It will incorporate both theoretical/didactic information and hands on experience with horses.

Key takeaways under the guidance of the Dune Lakes herd

How to address the big picture through a consulting model.

Designing a program Working with horses to develop self awareness in leaders.

Working with horses to build high performing teams.

About Lynn

Cost: NZ$130

*Coffee, tea, and snacks are available for purchase at the venue, as well as vegetarian/vegan fare for lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date & Time: Monday, February 11, 10am-4pm

Number of Participants: maximum 8 people

To register please contact:
Lynn Jenkin
Email: Django@westnet.com.au

Tuesday FEBRUARY 12, 10am - 2pm

Essential Oils for Essential Wellbeing

CANDIDA BAKER
Save a Horse
Australia 

In this half-day workshop participants learn the basics of essential oil use with horses, and the oils that (most) horses prefer. From that, we learn how to use the sense of wellbeing the oils produce in the horses, to work with them in a deep state of relaxation.

Over the course of 40 years working with rescue horses, both on an individual basis and as President of Save a Horse Australia, Candida has found many ways to help horses move through trauma.  

Horses speak a physical language not a verbal one,” Candida says. “It’s been my experience that for many of them traumatic or abusive experiences become locked in their cellular memory. Oils are a non-invasive tool which can be used to help unlock trauma and start a horse back on the road to healing and mental health.  In fact, ALL horses love oils – but for those with any degree of trauma, the obvious effect of oils on their nervous system can be dramatically helpful.

This ‘relaxing’ workshop will also help horse owners, or carers, identifying mirroring patterns in themselves, and promote the use of gentle acupressure in combination with the oils to begin (or continue) the journey to ‘trust’. A small starter kit of oils will be provided as part of the workshop.

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A friend and I recently attended a ‘horse listening and essential oil’ clinic with Candy. I learnt how to understand the way a horse thinks in order to care of and take leadership with them. I had a lot of fun and Candy was very attentive and knowledgeable. Her caring spirit for both the humans and the horses made me feel very comfortable and made it easy and fun to learn. I highly recommend taking a horsemanship and/or essential oil clinic with Candy, the experience has enriched my life and my relationship to my horses.

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Natalie Vaccaro


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I had bought a Waler mare, Shadow, for myself, and she got into a habit of bucking me off – the last time she did it I got brain damage, and I sadly had to make the decision not to ride. But I wanted her to be rehabilitated and go to a good home. I found out about Candy, and Shadow went to her. Within a few weeks of therapy – including intensive use of essential oils she was a changed horse: calm, confident, happy, and safe! After three months Candy found Shadow a lovely new owner who has been delighted with her ever since.  I couldn’t be happier.

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Sue Ellen



About Candida

Cost: NZ$75, Essential oil starter kit included.

*Coffee, tea, and snacks are available for purchase at the venue, as well as vegetarian/vegan fare for lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 12, 10 am - 2 pm

Number of participants: 4-10

Contact:
​Candida Baker
Email: candida@saveahorse.org.au

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