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2021 Online Symposium

Thursday - Sunday, April 22 - 25 (April 23 - 26 in Aus/NZ)

2021 ONLINE SYMPSOIUM

 

A cross-model, Online Symposium 

for Equine Facilitators

and others wishing to team with horses to aid

in experiential learning and coaching in horsemanship, mounted work, or unmounted, therapy, healing, and spiritual enrichment!

Join the Gathering ~ from Home!

 

Time Zone - compatible for people in North and South America, Europe and the UK, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, 3 all-conference sessions with Linda Kohanov and others, highly experiential nature of the breakout sessions, and gatherings for reflection are what make our symposium:

ONE OF A KIND.

PERSONALLY POWERFUL.

UNIQUE.

Two Types of Experiential Activities Make this Symposium Uniquely Effective:

All-Conference Speakers:  Linda Kohanov on Friday, and a panel of Speakers made up of Lynn Thomas, Kathy Alm, Wendy Wood, Debbie Anderson, Lissa Pohl, Joann Benjamin, and Michele Kane on Saturday, as well as an interactive All-Conference session with Carol College's Marie Suthers will present about key topics in our field. 

Opening Ceremonies and Fireside Chats: Poetry, music, and discussion allow you to set intentions, engage in visualization and planning, integrate, and commune with others from around the world. 

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 in videoed demonstrations, you will experience as a participant in interaction with the presenter. Learn an aspect of facilitation, observe the process, and engage in discussion. Journal prompts and discussion will help you apply your learning to your own practice.

About the Online Symposium

The Online Healing with Horse Symposium, held April 22 - 25 (April 23-26 in Aus/NZ), will be in Zoom meeting rooms, at two different timeslots so that YOU can attend, LIVE, in YOUR time zone. This means that, from North America to Europe, the UK, and Africa, to Australia and New Zealand, there is time block in the day that works for you.
Time Converter and Schedule:
The Online Symposium is held LIVE twice each day, in two different time blocks, to accommodate for all the timezones we could. Attendees in North America will be able to choose a morning or afternoon start time, and the UK / Europe joins those morning North Americans in their evening. Australians and Kiwis join start their morning with North Americans who choose the afternoon/evening times. Below are the start times for each day and how long the sessions go:
April 22: Symposium begins Thurs at 4pm GMT ~ 10am EST ~ 7am PST
                 ~or~ 8am 4/23 Sydney ~ 4/23 10am Auk NZ ~ 4/22 6pm EST ~ 3pm PST
                 and goes for 4 hours
April 23: Friday (Sat for AUS/NZ): 4pm GMT ~ 10am EST ~ 7am PST
                 ~or~ 8am 4/24 Sydney ~ 4/24 10am Auk NZ ~ 4/23 6pm EST ~ 3pm PST
                and goes for 7 1/2 hours with a 1 hour meal break
April 24: Saturday (Sun for AUS/NZ): 4pm GMT ~ 10am EST ~ 7am PST
                 ~or~ 8am 4/25 Sydney ~ 4/25 10am Auk NZ ~ 4/23 6pm EST ~ 3pm PST
                and goes for 7 1/2 hours with a 1 hour meal break
April 25: Sunday (Mon for AUS/NZ): 5pm GMT ~ 11am EST ~ 8am PST
                 ~or~ 8am 4/26 Sydney ~ 4/26 10am Auk NZ ~ 4/25 6pm EST ~ 3pm PST
Click the Time Zone Converter below to help you find the time to start in your Time Zone:

Time Zone Converter

Here are the types of sessions and events of this First ever ONLINE Healing with Horse Symposium:

The All-Conference Sessions

We have not one, but THREE:

  • On Friday April 23rd (Sat April 24 for Aus/NZ): 7 leaders from a number of the training / certifying / professional organizations in the U.S. have done something that has been attempted a few times in the past couple of decades, but never reached such consensus. They have provided a proposal for languaging our practice with horses, as well as proposing a universal acronym for your practice. These leaders are:
    • Wendy Wood, PhD, professor, Animal Sciences and Occupational Therapy and Director of Research, Temple Grandin Equine Center, Colorado State University
    • Kathy Alm, BA, CEO, PATH Intl.
    • Joann Benjamin, PT, American Hippotherapy Association
    • Lynn Thomas, LCSW, Founder/CEO of Eagala
    • Debbie Anderson, CEO, Strides to Success
    • Lissa Pohl, MA, University of Kentucky and Equine Experiential Education Association
    • Michele Kane, MA, Major, USMC (Ret.), Hearts & Horses, Inc.
They will be presenting from their article published in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on their findings and recommendations. This is an important piece of work, and I hope you will find it valuable to your own thoughts about how you define or label your practice. You can read the published journal article here.
  • Saturday, April 24 (Sun April 25 for Aus/NZ): Linda Kohanov will be providing a really lovely offering as an all-conference event (sort of like a keynote speech) on Friday, April 23 (or for Australia/NZ that's Saturday, April 24)
  • Sunday April 25 (Mon the 26th for Aus/NZ): Dr. Marie Suthers, Chair of Carroll College's Anthrozoology Department, will facilitate an interactive All-Conference forum with Juli Lynch supporting, so that she can hear from YOU about what college and other training programs that seek to support the growth of Equine Assisted Services (EAS) into a career industry need to know to provide the best training and education for students. What do you want new practitioners to know? What support did--or do--you need to be successful? This will be a brainstorming session in which all conference goers have an opportunity to brainstorm, and learn, as well as express, what is essential to the growth and mainstreaming of healing teamwork with horses.

The Breakouts

Breakout or concurrent sessions will include small-group sessions from the Tele Summit Speakers as well as others in 7 Breakout Session Times with 4 concurrent sessions each time. That's a total of 28 sessions, 7 of which you can attend LIVE, and the rest you can watch later if you purchase the Full Package of Symposium Live + Recordings. Categories of topics include:

    • Cultivating heart presence as self-awareness
    • Calming & coregulation of the nervous system
    • Facilitation skills both in person and for online settings that meet the global needs of these times
    • How horsemanship can be taught to enhance consciousness, relationship, and wellness--for human AND horse
    • How healing can be amplified in community or group settings, or in ways that are reciprocal
    • Holistic healing support, as well as facility and equine management that enhances your horses' wellbeing, wherever they live
    • Understanding what's possible with your horses through cultivating reciprocity and connection; and building your nonverbal, intimate and honoring language with your horses
    • Create shifts within the session from presenters who practice their own channeling of messages that heal that which cannot be moved by your efforts at self-improvement alone.

And More!

  • The conference (as were the tele summit talks) will be enlivened with original music from musician Tiffany MacNeil. The Tele Summit talks are graced with Tiffany's award-winning song, "Walk Side By Side," as the opening and closing, and we'll include it in the Symposium as well. Here's a link to the song! As well, Tele Summit Speaker Kat Cornelius will read her horse-inspired poetry at opening ceremonies, while nature poet Jason Fales will open each Fireside Chat with an original poem to set an expansive mood as we move into integration and connection time. Fotini Chandrika Walton has offered short movement videos you can utilize during the 15-minute breaks between sessions and at meal times, to keep you fresh and alert. 
  • Time spent at an online Fireside Chat will mimic the in-person conference tradition of a Fire Circle with elders in the field, and many of the Symposium Presenters will be in attendance so you can informally listen and converse on the Zoom session. This is my favorite event!
  • A private Facebook Group to help you share and network prior to, during, and after the Online Symposium dates.
  • The total number of hours in sessions is 22 hours over the course of 4 days! Day 1 (Thurs) is 4 hours. Day 2 and 3 (Fri/Sat) are 6 1/2 hours plus an hour meal time. Day 4 is 5 hours.

Inspire     Uplift     Empower     Educate

Past years' symposiums have 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 First Ever ONLINE Symposium!

You can attend the conference in three different ways:
  • You can attend the conference Live on Zoom. You will choose your time block and attend the breakout sessions you choose when you submit your registration form. This way to attend is a massive value. At $250, it is far less than half the price of attendance of the in-person conference.
  • You can purchase the Full Package, which provides you with the live experience and networking, as well as offering the recordings so that you can see everything you missed. With 7 concurrent session times and 4 choices each time, that means there will be 21 small-group sessions you cannot attend live. Having the recordings means you get all the learning the Symposium has to offer, from truly innovative presenters. You receive the 3 All-Conference Events and all 28 90-minute Small Group Concurrent Sessions. It's an incredible package deal at $600
  • You can purchase the recordings only. This is a fantastic option for those who cannot attend during the April dates. At $450, you receive all recordings of the three All Conference Presentations and the 28 90-minute Breakout Sessions. You can purchase the Conference set at any time, from before the conference to any time this year after April 25. There will be a short delay in getting the recordings up, but then they are yours.
  • AND, when you purchase any of the three options above, you receive an offer to purchase the 2021 Tele Summit as well, at 20% off the regular price.
Do you want to be part of the inner workings of the conference? Do you have more advanced Zoom skills? Check out our work-study option, which allows you to attend for free and to receive the recordings. More information is on our Blog and in Newsletters. Or you can email Diedre West.

Want to Meet the Presenters?

THE FIRST ONLINE SYMPOSIUM

Chronological List of Symposium Events


 

Thurs April 22

Block 1 ~ 8am - 8:45am MST
Block 2  ~ 4pm - 4:45pm MST

Opening Ceremony with Diedre West, Kat Cornelius, & Tiffany MacNeil

 

 

The
Symposium
Begins!
Block 1 ~ 9am - 10:30am MST
Block 2 ~ 5pm - 6:30pm MST

 

Breakout Session #1

 

Room 1: Fotini Chandrika ~ Sacred Horse Stewardship & the Language of Synchronicity

Room 2: Trish Lemke ~ Life Coaching Tools to Aid your Equine Sessions

Room 3: Andrée Baillargeon ~ Becoming a Voice for Horses: Cultivating Connection & Reciprocity

Room 4: Pam Allen LeBlanc ~ Animal Reiki and your Equine Services

Block 1 ~ 10:45am - Noon MST
Block 2 ~ 6:45pm - 8pm MST

 

Symposium Intention Setting & Askings: Diedre West, poet Jason Fales, and Sandra Wallin


 

Fri April 23

Block 1 ~ 8am - 8:20am MST
Block 2  ~ 4pm - 4:20pm MST

 

 

 

 

Symposium
Day
Two
Block 1 ~ 8:30am - 10am MST
Block 2 ~ 4:30pm - 6pm MST

 

Breakout Session #2

 

Room 1: Pat Buffalo ~ Manaciso: Healing with Horses - Cree Wisdom about the Heart of Healing

Room 2: Carla Bauchmueller ~ 3 Keys to More Joy and Confidence on Horseback and in Life

Room 3 Block 1 only: Pete Jeffs ~ Horse Kinesiology: From Muscle Testing for Diagnosis to Bach Flowers for Treatment

Room 3 Block 2 only: Judy Brightman ~ Cultivating Self Care to Nourish Ourselves and Create a Grounded, Embodied Presence

Block 1 ~ 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Block 2 ~ 8:45pm - 10:15pm MST

 

Breakout Session #3

Room 1: Carrie Brady ~ Heed your Horses: Developing a Meaningful Language for Partnership and Facilitation

Room 2: Allecia Maine ~ Physiology Release in Distance Healing Leads to Healing and Behavior Change

Room 3: Molly DePrekel ~ Shifting your Practice from In-Person to On-Screen: The Story, the Learning Curve, the Best Practices that Evolved

Room 4: Jess Campmans ~ The Whole, Connected Self: A Calling from Horse and Beyond

Block 1 ~ 11:45am - 1pm MST
Block 2  ~ 7:30pm - 8:45pm MST

Break for Meal

Block 1 ~ 1pm - 2:15pm MST
Block 2  ~ 6:15 - 7:30pm MST

All Conference Panel Session:

7 leaders from a number of the training / certifying / professional organizations in the U.S. have done something that has been attempted a few times in the past couple of decades, but never reached such consensus. They have provided a proposal for languaging our practice with horses, as well as proposing a universal acronym for your practice. These leaders are:

  • Wendy Wood, PhD, professor, Animal Sciences and Occupational Therapy and Director of Research, Temple Grandin Equine Center, Colorado State University
  • Kathy Alm, BA, CEO, PATH Intl.
  • Joann Benjamin, PT, American Hippotherapy Association
  • Lynn Thomas, LCSW, Founder/CEO of Eagala
  • Debbie Anderson, CEO, Strides to Success
  • Lissa Pohl, MA, University of Kentucky and Equine Experiential Education Association
  • Michele Kane, MA, Major, USMC (Ret.), Hearts & Horses, Inc.
They will be presenting from their article published in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on their findings and recommendations. This is an important piece of work, and I hope you will find it valuable to your own thoughts about how you define or label your practice. You can read the published journal article here.
Perhaps of most value abroad, and of equal importance in the U.S., is the learning these leaders and professionals attained in this process. Learning about the various ways in which horses serve humans, the ways in which that context creates its Best Practices and languaging, and ways in which to respect all professions and practices AND develop both a universal naming system or acronym, and clarifying languaging for your specific form of service.
And these recommendations are not set in stone: they are a living, evolving set of recommendations. This panel session will include time for discussion. Where does your service fit in to this languaging? Is another category of service needed to be inclusive? How can you transition to this set of languaging, or how would it serve your nation to do a similar process of seeking both common and clarifying languaging?
This session allows you to be both informed about what the established organizations are seeking to accomplish with naming our services, how and where you fit in, and why it of import to understand how we name our particular practices and help the public become aware of these services.
Block 1 ~ 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Block 2 ~ 10:30 - 11:30pm MST

 

Fireside Chat with Diedre West, poet Jason Fales, and singer/songwriter Tiffany MacNeil

Poetry and music open and close our discussion. With many presenters present in this informal all-conference setting, you will review your learning, hear about other sessions, integrate, and commune with others from around the world.


 

Sat April 24

Block 1 ~ 8am - 8:20am MST
Block 2  ~ 4pm - 4:20pm MST

 

 

 

 

Symposium
Day
Three
Block 1 ~ 8:30am - 10am MST
Block 2 ~ 4:30pm - 6pm MST

 

Breakout Session #4

 

Room 1: Kerri Lake ~ Culture of the Heart: Simplify to Open New Spaces for Connection

Room 2: Eva Usadi and Alejandra Lara ~ Getting to We: The Role of Community in Moral Injury Repair

Room 3: Juli Lynch ~ Go to the Horse to Find, Hold, and Live your Light: An Invitation to Step into Ascension Energy Gifts

Block 1 ~ 10:15am - 11:30am MST
Block 2  ~ 7:15 - 8:30pm MST

All Conference Session: Linda Kohanov ~ Connections 101: A Scaleable Course to Enhance and Grow Your Practice
Linda Kohanov will be live with us to share her purchasable online course, "Connections 101: Life Lessons from the Herd". This 7-hour course covers emotional awareness, information-getting, and management skill sets that are so needed always, and in these times all the more. This course brings her work to you, and also allows you to pass it on to your clients, and a way that is more in-depth and accessible than ever.
In this All-Conference Keynote Session, Linda will share segments of the Course. She will talk about the material and run discussion with you about the learning in the segment. Then she will share how she sees that you could make that segment and all the course material into programs that you can accompany with experiential learning with your horses, and how you can attain support for the teaching of the material in programs you develop. This is a fantastic, exciting way to bring in-depth, timely learning to people in a way that is accessible, and gives clarity and language to experiential learning with horses.
This alone is worth your price of admission. Do not miss it.
Block 1 ~ 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Block 2  ~ 6pm - 7:15pm MST

Break for Meal

Block 1 ~ 12:45pm - 2:15pm MST
Block 2 ~ 8:45 - 10:15pm MST

 

Breakout Session #5

 

Room 1: Tara Coyote ~ Grace, Gratitude & Grit: Facing Adversity and Finding Tools to Navigate Change Through the Wisdom of the Horse

Room 2: Michelle Atterby ~ How to Create Environmental Enrichment for your Horse in Any Facility Setting

Room 3: Therese Naber ~ Energetic Tune-Up with your Horse

Block 1 ~ 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Block 2 ~ 10:30 - 11:30pm MST

 

Fireside Chat with Diedre West, poet Jason Fales, and singer/songwriter Tiffany MacNeil

Poetry and music open and close our discussion. With many presenters present in this informal all-conference setting, you will review your learning, hear about other sessions, integrate, and commune with others from around the world.


 

Sun April 25

Block 1 ~ 9am - 9:20am MST
Block 2  ~ 4pm - 4:20pm MST

 

 

 

 

Final
Day of
Symposium

 

Block 1 ~ 9:30am - 11am MST
Block 2 ~ 4:30pm - 6pm MST

 

Breakout Session #6

 

Room 1: Sandra Wallin ~ Conscious Horsemanship: The Role of Consciousness in the Field of Equine Guided Wellness

Room 2: Stephanie Sawtelle ~ Optimizing Equine Wellness in Equine Assisted Sessions

Room 3: Leslie Warren ~ Channel of Messages from Loved Ones, Including your Horses

Block 1 ~ 11:15am - 12:45pm MST
Block 2 ~ 6:15pm - 7:45pm MST

 

Breakout Session #7

 

Room 1: Kera Willis ~ Ride for Joy: How to Bring Kids Together with Horses in Ways that Catalyze Healing, Communion and Wonder

Room 2: Julia Caulder and Alejandra Lara ~ Posture without Tension: How the Alexander Technique Benefits Horse Lovers and Riders

 

 

Room 3: Vicki Talvi-Cole ~ Call of Soul

Block 1 ~ 1pm - 2:15pm MST
Block 2 ~ 8pm - 9:15pm MST

 

All Conference Session with Marie Suthers DVM of the Carroll College Anthrozoology program, Helena, Montana

The Human-Horse Connection as an Academic Discipline

Be part of the evolution of college equine studies programs to cultivate future practitioners and researchers for our field! In this facilitated interactive forum with live discussion from participants, Marie will seek to identify key areas of interest the that define the academic study of the human-horse connection, and stimulate further discussion, resulting in the development of more intensive levels of study in this field. Questions we will consider include:

  • What are the critical things that people exploring this field should be aware of?
  • What are the components that make the most impact?
  • How can our work help facilitate healing for both humans AND horses?
  • What is the field going to need to address in the future?

As the field of Equine Assisted Services (EAS) has grown over time, it is important gather more information on what is needed to advance this field of study. Such discussion with current practitioners and aspirants is a wonderful way YOU can have a voice in cutting-edge information that will be a part of shaping academic education and training for the field of Equine Practice.

At the end of a big bunch of learning, this is a way to really begin, or continue, to be part of the shaping and mainstreaming of this field. It’s your time!

Block 1 ~ 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Block 2 ~ 9:30pm - 10:30pm MST

 

Conference Close & Fireside Chat with Diedre West, poet Jason Fales, singer/songwriter Tiffany MacNeil, and Sandra Wallin

Poetry and music open and close our discussion. With many presenters present in this informal all-conference setting, you will review your learning, hear about other sessions, integrate, and commune with others from around the world.

Want to read about the Presenters and Sessions?

Logistics

Things You'll Need:
Zoom Capability: 

The venue for this Online Symposium is Zoom, with support in a private FaceBook Group for you to network, share ideas, and get to know each other before, during, and after the live conference times. You will want to have Zoom loaded on your device. You will receive support material for how to do this, as well as contact support if you need it.

We also recommend you attend the conference on your computer or the largest device you have. You are live on recorded sessions that will then be part of the purchasable set of recordings. You want to make sure you can pay attention and have the room etiquette you would have at an in-person event. As well, there will be videos and photos and other forms of multimedia to enhance your learning and bring horses into the sessions. You'll want a large enough screen to be able to see and fully enjoy the experience!

Meals:

Are up to you. You may want to plan what you will eat, or do with your mealtimes, before each day of the Symposium. You have 1 hour 15 minutes for the meal times scheduled into Day 2 & 3. Day 4, if you want to eat during the Fireside Chat, that would be the time for it.

Breaks:

Most sessions have 15-minute breaks between events. The exceptions are:

  • Between Opening Ceremonies and the first breakout session of each morning, there is only a 10-minute break
  • Lunch begins right after a session, and is 1 hour 15 minutes long.