6th Annual Symposium

May 31 - June 2, 2019 Ogden Mountain Valley, Utah (near Salt Lake City)

A cross-model, in-person Symposium 

for Equine Facilitators

and others wishing to team with horses to aid

in experiential learning, therapy, healing, and spiritual enrichment!

Join the Gathering!


The limited numbers of participants, highly experiential nature of the sessions, and small groups are what make our symposium:




Two Types of Experiential Activities Make this Symposium Uniquely Effective:

And you'll see construction from here down. This page will be updated as I have time! Apologies!

Please see all below as a promise of the sort of things to come! Registration for the 2019 Symposium is not yet open, but will be announced as soon as it is!

Keynote Speakers: Just after dinner, mustang advocate Mary Miller Jordan (Friday) and a host of  Diedre West, Ann Alden, Pam Allen LeBlanc, Sabina Cox, Sheryl Marks Brown, Jess Campmans, Carol Caddes, and ,  v (Saturday) will present about key topics in our field. 

Live Demonstration Facilitations with Horses: Learn by being active observers as presenters show a model, exercise, or illustrate a concept with horses.

Smaller Group Facilitations with Horses: Each day, you choose your favorite topic and join a more intimate experiential learning group. In these smaller breakout sessions with horses, you will experience as a participant in interaction with the horses. Learn an aspect of facilitation, and how if feels to experience the process. Apply your learning to your own practice.


To celebrate, we are having the symposium at one of the more beautiful facilities in the country that was once the home of Linda Kohanov's Eponaquest and is now available for a limited number of equine and nature-based events. If your goal is to immerse yourself in nature and the work and play that is learning with horses, then it is hard to find a more amazing ranch than Apache Springs in Sonoita, just outside Tucson, Arizona.

And here are some of the highlights of the Symposium:

The Keynotes

We have not one, but two Keynote Speakers:

Koelle Simpson, founder of the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching, will be providing our Friday evening keynote address. Then Saturday just before lunch Koelle will demonstrate the Equus Coaching approach
Linda Kohanov, founder of Eponaquest, will take the baton and provide a keynote address Saturday evening. Then Sunday before lunch, Linda will demonstrate the Eponaquest Approach. Then Monday, May 1, Linda is leading a 1-day workshop.
When not teaching, both Koelle and Linda will be around learning with the rest of us! To learn more about their talks and the other events these two leaders are heading up, scroll to the Chronological List of Events below, or go to the Presenter's Page.

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

And to start us out on Thursday, April 27th, Joanne Byrnes & Saan Ecker of Peakgrove Solutions, Canberra, Australia, will offer a 1-day Workshop on Equine Assisted Constellations.  This is your chance to learn more about this incredibly powerful healing modality.

Equine Guided Energy Work will be the focus of the second 1-day Workshop led by Jess Campmans of Guided by Equus from Alberta, Canada.

Then on Monday May 1, Linda Kohanov offers the post-conference workshop. This workshop will focus on the interrelated emotional skill sets Linda identifies as emotional heroism. What is more, Linda will have two of her stallion Midnight Merlin's sons, Orion and Indigo, present to co-facilitate this workshop. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn from Linda with her own herd in a way that is more accessible than ever!

The Breakouts

And then the breakouts! We will have 4 concurrent breakouts with a wide range of learnings from cutting edge to teachings that will help you get started or revive your practice with new methodologies, community and client-base building ideas and strategies, and so much more.
For more information about the specific sessions, check out the Meet the Presenters page. To check out the schedule and see presenter names and topic titles, just scroll below.

Inspire     Uplift     Empower     Educate

Last year’s symposium received the highest of praise, with a consensus of attendees, participants and presenters alike saying things like, “The BEST conference I have ever been to, EVER!” “I give it a 10+!” and “Off the charts AMAZING!”

Ways to Attend this 6th Annual Symposium!

You can attend the conference in different ways. You can make it into a life-changing, nature-based immersion retreat by purchasing the conference and all the pre- and post-conference workshops for a full week's worth of offerings extending from Wednesday May 29 - Tuesday June 4 as a full package. Or you can attend the conference alone, which begins at 4pm Friday, March 31 and ends at 5pm Sunday June 2nd. Note there is a free campfire gathering for all presenters and attendees from 5:30 pm into the evening Sunday.  You can purchase Saturday or Sunday at the conference individually. You can then add as many of the 5 pre- and post-conference workshops and clinics as you'd like in an a la carte fashion. And while dinner comes with your symposium fee, if you want to bring a non-horsey friend or partner, you can even purchase the Friday and Saturday dinner and keynote address separately so they can join you for dinner!
Is the price still too high, or do you want to be part of the inner workings of the conference? Check out our work-study options, which allow you to attend at a reduced fee, or for free, depending on the job you are accepted for.

Want to read about the Presenters and Sessions?

FOR A SENSE OF WHAT THE 6TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM WILL BE LIKE, check out the list of events from the past Symposium, below

Chronological List of Symposium Events

Thurs April 27

1-Day Workshop: Jo Byrnes & Saan Ecker of Peakgrove Solutions, Canberra, Australia

Constellations Therapy with Horses

This groundbreaking workshop is back by popular demand!

Equine guided constellations are reported to be 'transformative' and 'profound'. Systemic constellations, a type of group experiential process that explores new ways to look at our personal, work and family systems and allow the release and resolve tensions within and between people. Soul connections, supports and entanglements can be observed through the setting up and revealing of constellations.  Participants--and Jo & Saan as well--have been amazed at the power of combining family constellations with equine assisted applications.

Horses make clear, authentic representatives in these systems, bringing insight and wisdom. One participant said "its amazing how a bunch of horses can really be family representives!"

Experience Equine-Guided Constellations work for yourself, and learn about this amazing process that few have combined anywhere in the world.


Friday April 28

1-day Workshop 

1-Day Workshop: Jess Campmans of Alberta, Canada

Becoming That Which You Are Called To Do: An Equine Assisted Intuitive & Energy Healing Experience

Jess Campmans, an intuitive and energy channel, works through horses to amplify the energy and clarify the insights Spirit brings through in the healing sessions she runs. Jess also supports horses in energy healings, inviting their systems to be relaxed and in the space of love. It's hard to describe what happens, or how you experience it, other than to use words that could sound Biblical; it's like being in a state of grace from which you also attain information with which to move forward, as you "forget," really, that which you came to heal. It just becomes that irrelevant and loses all charge.

One participant said, "It’s remarkable and…You've never seen anything like it…what happens when she works." Horses lay down in bliss with strangers all around. There's no reason not to; the feeling is all love, peace, and amazing expansion!

If you want to get intense but calm clarity on your soul purpose in a personally deep and blissful experience, and shift into it without any effort and sense of striving to change, this workshop will both shift you, and give you tools to bring a level of mediumistic power and intuition to your own facilitation processes.


Friday April 28

The Symposium Begins!

4pm:  Opening Ceremony and Equine Experiential Session on your Learning Intentions.

7 pm - 9:00 pm: Koelle Simpson's Keynote Address & Dinner: Nature In Horse: Equus Coaching's Secret


How do we find a genuine sense of calm in the midst of fear and chaos?

In a time of major transformation such as this, horses have shown that the seeds of change always begin in our relationship to self.  We don’t need to do better or be better.  We begin simply with our own presence—cultivating a safe environment for ourselves and getting in touch with our needs.  When we can rest in personal awareness and compassionate self-acceptance, we begin to see the beauty of our own uniqueness and the intelligence of the larger patterns playing out around us.  

Join Koelle as she takes a deeper look at how to connect with our own needs and create an internal world of wellbeing that can help us weather any storm.

(Note: This talk is part of the Symposium, but can also be purchased and attended separately from the whole conference. Go to the Symposium Registration page to sign up).


Sat April 29

Symposium Day 2

Saturday Highlights

Breakout Sessions:

Building your Client Community with Equine Meditation Circles with Sheryl Brown of Healing Horse near San Diego, CA

 E3A: A Coaching Model of Facilitation with Equine Experiential Education Facilitation (E3A) past president Ginny Telego

Toward Common Ground: EA/F/G L/T/P/C Communities & Beyond with Natalie Allio  & Chrissy McFarren of Badger Creek Ranch near Salina, Colorado

The Psycho-Physiological Effects of Horse-Human Interactions with Saan Ecker of Peakgrove Solutions, Canberra, Australia


Koelle Simpson's All-Conference Equus Coaching  Demo




Breakout Sessions:

Intuition, Imagination, Emotional Intelligence—Not Just For Adults Anymore: Facilitating Powerful Knowing in Adult and Child Clients with Güliz Ünlü of Quantum Body Medicine, British Columbia, Canada

Working with the Military with Alejandra Lara of NAC, Park City, Utah

Natural Lifemanship’s Rhythmic Riding for Self-Regulation with Kate Naylor of www.kategosenaylor.com & Kathleen Choe of www.KathleenChoe.com in Austin, Texas

From Chrysalis To Crystal: A New Niche in Equine Practice with Tracy Weber of Kaleidoscope Learning Circle, Frankenmuth, Michigan



Massage and Energy Healing for Horses: Techniques to Take Home with Barbara Breckenfeld of Movement In Balance near Seattle, WA

Oh The Stories They Would Tell! Interpersonal Clarity with Horses with Linda-Ann Bowling of Unbridling Your Brilliance

Animal Communication Skills to Enhance Your Equine Practice with Pam Allen-LeBlanc of Hidden Brook Farm in Durham Bridge, NB, Canada

Going Beyond The Time-For-Money Income Model: How To Create Passive Income with Jini Patel Thomson of Listen To Your Freedom & Listen To Your Horse, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Linda Kohanov's Dinner Keynote Address: The Interwoven Skills that Make Up Emotional Heroism in an Imbalanced Culture

If you've ever heard Linda speak, you know that you will learn something new every time. This topic is timely and may allow you to serve, not just yourself, your horses, and your clients, but your culture. Linda's speaking style discerning while amusing, insightful while nonjudgmental, curious while playful. Come learn, gasp, laugh, and cry with all of us while you savor your dinner after a day of learning and experiential shifting with horses.

(Note: This talk is part of the Symposium, but can also be purchased and attended separately from the whole conference. Go to the Symposium Registration page to sign up).



Sunday April 30

Symposium Day 3

Sunday Highlights

Breakout Sessions:

Feeling the Wisdom of Sentience: Horses’ First Language with Diedre West of Healing with Horse Collective & Caballo Andante

Illustrating The Client’s Course: A Timeline Activity with Debbie Cunningham of Sierra Tucson & Jessica Miceli of Gates of Dawn in Tucson, AZ

Equine Assisted Mindfulness Retreats from the Buddhist Tradition with Saan Ecker & Joanne Byrnes of Peakgrove Solutions, Canberra, Australia

Living Into & Learning Small-Group Learner-Centered Programs with Tracy Weber of Kaleidoscope Learning Circle, Frankenmuth, Michigan


Linda Kohanov's All-Conference Eponaquest Approach  Demo


Breakout Sessions:

Journey Ride for Vocational Vision Development with Shelley Rosenberg of My Horses My Healers

Intuition-Enhancing Techniques and the Amplifying Energy of Horses with Jess Campmans of Guided by Equus, Alberta, Canada

Healing with Horses: An Existential/Experiential Approach with Cynthia Rank-Ballas of Healing With Horses, Santa Fe, NM

How To Write & Publish a Book & Why You Should! with Jini Patel Thomson of Listen To Your Freedom & Listen To Your Horse, Vancouver, BC, Canada



Fire Circle Gathering with our Elders featuring Barbara Rector and Ann Alden, Linda Kohanov, Shelley Rosenberg, Nancy Coyne, Koelle Simpson, and  the Symposium's presenters from the U.S., Canada, & Australia.

Gather around the fire circle and choose the vegetables or franks to grille--or go straight for the S'mores!--and share conversation with these founders of our field. There is an impetus in most of Western Culture to stand on the shoulders of those who went before without really honoring or seeing those "Elders" (meaning wise ones whose wisdom comes from experience and personal knowledge of a history). Now is your chance to break that pattern. To hear about some of the amazing horses who led these leaders into their work, to learn what matters to them about developing your programs, and to laugh and storytell over a fire. I can't think of a much better way to wrap up a life-changing learning weekend, can you?!



Monday May 1

1-day Workshop 

1-Day Workshop: Linda Kohanov of Eponaquest in Amado, Arizona

Emotional Heroism in Places & Times of Imbalanced Power Structures

In the course of writing her two most recent books, The Power of the Herd and The Five Roles of A Master Herder, Linda delved into a number of concepts and broke them down in to sets of skills that interweave to make up a term like Emotional Heroism, which in its most simplified definition means power combined with compassion. The books and the equine-facilitated activities that bring this concept to life represent over two decades of research, experimentation, and experience teaching advanced human development skills through working with horses.

In this 1-day workshop, you will gain insights about how to use nonpredatory, horse-inspired wisdom to handle life, career, and community-building challenges with greater ease and success. Boost your and your client's ability to engage in empowered relationships with humans at work, school, home, church, and in political and social activism contexts. “It’s truly amazing what you can accomplish if you know how to engage leadership, dominance, and companionship-related skills—without becoming abusive or indulgent,” she says. “Understanding the differences between these ‘power tools,’ when to employ them, and how to combine them has been a revelation!”

You will learn:

  • The four qualities it takes to engage emotional heroism: skills that include high tolerance for vulnerability and shame resiliency 
  • How to help others manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change or competition
  • How to use your own body as a “sensing device” capable of reading the unspoken moods/concerns of co-workers, employees, and clients
  • How to use emotions as information in professional settings (without, ironically, discussing the emotions themselves)
  • How to turn “difficult conversations” into trust-building opportunities
  • How to engage “Emotional Heroism,” the “power combined with compassion,” in challenging situations
  • How to engage non-verbal leadership skills associated with assertiveness, timing, focus, energy modulation, motivation, experimentation, and boundaries-in-motion—with sensitivity to the needs of others

Want to read about the Presenters and Sessions?


Tucson International Airport

The venue, Apache Springs Ranch, is 45 miles away from the airport, about an hour's drive. It is also near the border, so Border Patrol is a presence; drive the speed limits.

Car Rentals: 

All major car rental companies are available from airports.

Uber is available. Sign up for the Uber App.


Places to Stay:

The Xanadu Ranch Getaway B&B
92 S Los Encinos

NOTE: for a significant discount, put into the comments section: "Shelley's Clinic" if purchasing online, or say the same if you call and reserve your room in person. Hurry, this deal won't last long!


Crown C Ranch
73 Crown C Ranch Rd


Sonoita Inn
3243 Highway 82


La Hacienda de Sonoita B&B
34 Swanson Rd



Stage Stop Inn
303 W McKeown Ave


Spirit Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast
3 Harshaw Creek Rd


The Duquesne House Bed & Breakfast
357 Duquesne Ave



Rancho Milagro
11 Camino del Corral
Elgin, AZ

Sonoita-Elgin Vacation Rentals
40 Horse Shoe Court
Elgin, AZ 85611


Symposium Venue:

Apache Springs, 415 Gardner Canyon Road Sonoita, AZ 85637



Places to Eat

Once you are on the ranch, meals such as lunches, dinners, and snacks are served. For breakfast and before and after, here are some places to eat!


The Café, 3280 Highway 82

Vineyard Café
Breakfast and lunch Wednesday- Sunday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Highway 82
Sonoita, AZ 8563

Stirrup Coffee Place
Drive through open Thursday-Saturday 6:30 am – 3:00 pm
Highway 83 just before the turn onto Los Encinos to Borderlands and the Xanadu.

Sonoita Chuckwagon Grill & Ice Cream Parlor
Burgers & sandwiches, pizza and ice cream
Open Daily 8:00 am – 10:00 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner
3170 Highway 83
Sonoita, AZ. 85637



Ovens of Patagonia Bakery
277 W McKeown Ave


Gathering Grounds
319 W McKeown Ave.
Coffee, tea, baked goods
Open 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday – Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday – Saturday.


Velvet Elvis
292 W Naugle Ave, on the right as you come into town from Sonoita, next to the market.
Homemade pizza, calzones, entrees, vegetarian options.
Lunch and dinner Thursday – Sunday