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:
ONE OF A KIND.
Two Types of Experiential Activities Make this Symposium Uniquely Effective:
Keynote Speakers: Just after dinner, mustang advocate Mary Miller Jordan (Friday) and a host of Speakers including Diedre West, Ann Alden, Pam Allen LeBlanc, Sabina Cox, Sheryl Marks Brown, Carol Caddes, and Jess Campmans (Saturday) will present about key topics in our field.
Live Demonstrations 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.
About the Symposium
- The location and the absolutely gorgeous valley within the northern Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah that can bring your learning and networking processes into an unbelievable and life-changing full retreat experience. Marked by two world class ski resorts that include summer activities, a large lake and mountain streams with world class fishing, mountain trails used for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking, and tons of wildlife, this is a very special place. Stay tuned for more offerings from the area. Come for the Symposium Full Retreat Package, and stay a day or two beyond to take in this mountain resort area's attractions and offerings!
- Learn alongside the Keynote Speakers as they participate in the conference workshops and breakouts, not just as speakers but as fellow participants and learners.
- Multiple choices during breakout session times for small-group personal, experiential learning with horses.
- And the horses? They are the herd you may have helped keep together! Diedre's herd of 10 therapy horses--horses with lifetimes in this work and about whom countless people (not just Diedre!) have credited with saving their lives--will be hosting, along with 3 of Keynote Speaker Mary Miller Jordan's Wild Mustang Guides!
- Time spent at a fire circle with elders in the field including Barbara Rector, Ann Alden, and many of the Symposium Presenters in which you can informally listen and converse while sitting around a fire. This is my favorite event!
- Facebook Groups are available to help you organize, prepare, and share prior to and after the Symposium.
And here are some of the event types you will experience at the Symposium:
We have not one, but two Keynote Speakers:
Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
Equine practice in Trauma Resiliency Resources Warrior Camps will be the focus of the second 1-day Workshop held before the conference begins Friday, May 31st, led by Eva Usadi from New York City, and Alejandra Lara from Park City, Utah.
Then on Monday June 3, Mary Miller-Jordan offers the post-conference workshop. This workshop will focus on the interrelated skill sets like the Peace Pocket Mary discusses in her 2019 Tele Summit talk. What is more, Mary will have three of her Wild Mustang Guides present to co-facilitate this workshop. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn from Mary with her own herd members who are part of her Wild Horse Course!
And wrapping things up on Tuesday June 4, Pam Allen-LeBlanc offers a 1-day Animal Communication Course. Reviews from her Animal Communication breakout session at the 2017 Symposium were off the charts. A great opportunity to learn in the expanded energy that only Pam can open.
Inspire Uplift Empower Educate
Ways to Attend this 6th Annual Symposium!
- 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 just attend the conference, 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 Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the conference individually.
- You can then add as many of the 4 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!
- Work-study options
- Choosing between event packages or a la carte methods of attending
THE 6TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Chronological List of Symposium Events
Wed May 29
2-Day Training: Pam Allen-LeBlanc of Hidden Brook Farm, New Brunswick, Canada
Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki I&II
In the original Reiki ideals, Dr. Usui says that Reiki is “The secret art of inviting happiness” and “The miraculous medicine of all diseases”. It is known as a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Reiki combines Rei or Spiritual Wisdom with Ki or Life Energy – with some amazing results.
Reiki can never cause harm. It never depletes your energy. Anyone can learn it. And once you have been attuned, whether you choose to use it or not, it will be with you for the rest of your life.
Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. The ability is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during a placement process. Reiki has traditionally been taught together with Reiki 1 on one day and Reiki 2 the following day. When Reiki 1 & 2 are taken together, it creates a very powerful effect.
Reiki 1 (Shoden) is an introduction to Reiki. It is the first step in learning Reiki and is all about self treatment and healing though level 1 practitioners can also work on family and friends. This is the most critical step in learning Reiki. Once you have received Reiki, the ability to use it never goes away.
Reiki level 2 (Okuden) brings things to a whole new level by introducing symbols. The energy becomes much more powerful and you gain the ability to send Reiki from a distance, to practice Reiki professionally on others if you wish, to create a Reiki grid and you learn Japanese Reiki techniques.
Friday May 31
1-Day Workshop: Eva Usadi of New York City, NY & Alejandra Lara, Park City, Utah
Equine Practice in TRR's Horse Warrior Camps
Friday May 31
The Symposium Begins!
Sat June 1
Symposium Day 2
Morning Breakout Sessions.
Mary Miller Jordan & the Wild Mustang Guides' All-Conference Demo
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Dinner Keynote Address: Journey through the Void ~ A Collective Experience with Diedre West, Ann Alden, Sheryl Brown, Pam Allen-LeBlanc, Sabina Cox, Carol Caddes, & Jess Campmans
(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 June 2
Symposium Day 3
Morning Breakout Sessions
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Fire Circle Gathering with our Elders featuring Barbara Rector and Ann Alden, and the Symposium's presenters from the U.S. and Canada.
Gather around the fire circle and share conversation with these founders, leaders, practitioners, and fellow participants.
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 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 June 3
1-Day Workshop: Mary Miller-Jordan & the Wild Mustang Guides from I Am Herd Ranch, North Carolina
Making It Make Sense
- We take into account not just the horse's behavior, but more importantly, each individual horse's energetic body, or energetic imprint, as we build our relationship and ask the horse to do things for us, or accept "training,"
- We learn more about what this energetic body is, and how to interact with it, through case studies of a couple of mustangs,
- We get an overview of some of the steps to working with a horse's energetic imprint as they are laid out in Mary's Wild Horse Course, and
- We learn about the non-existence of "no," the "yes" called a peace pocket, and so much more!
Tuesday June 4
1-Day Workshop: Pam Allen Le-Blanc from Hidden Brook Farm in New Brunswick, Canada
It is possible to communicate with animals – and because I had to work so hard to learn this skill, I’ve become quite adept at helping others learn the art of animal communication.
In our deeper, Tao of Equus Emotional Healing clinic, we discovered that most people could hear the horses at the end of the first day. Then we were asked to create this course for the people who simply wish to hear the animals without doing the deeper horse work – and it has proven to be a resounding success with most of the participants being able to communicate with and “hear” their animal friends upon completion of this fun, magical workshop.
The key to animal communication is becoming still, learning to enter the heart space and then gaining confidence with what you hear. And there are some rules and ethics around it too that are really important. Scientists including Dr. Jane Goodall recognize that not only are animals communicating with us – but they understand everything we say, think and feel. In her remarkable movie, “When Animals Talk”, Jane and a fellow scientist follow the science which proves Animal Communication is real.
Animal communication has occurred for millenia across cultures but we lost this skill in recent generations. Come learn how to hear the animals again. It is well worth the time spent! In addition to teaching you how to hear the animals, I’ll be showing you how to dowse – to verify your results!
The venue in the Ogden Mountain Valley is 45 miles away from the airport, about an hour's drive.
All major car rental companies are available from airports.
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Places to Stay:
Places to Eat
Friday and Saturday dinners are part of the Symposium, and snacks are also available. For breakfasts, lunches, and beyond, here are some places to eat!