Joseph is a creative, gifted practitioner. He applied his work with humans to horses and in doing so, came up with a series of sessions that provide a profound return to balance and flexibility for horses. Joseph trained as a certified Hellerwork Structural Integration™ practitioner and worked in a clinical setting with people for many years. As a favor to friends, he worked on their animals. Over time, the remarkable results convinced him that his true calling is horses.
He created the Equine Natural Movement Series in 1995, began mentoring students in 1999, and training practitioners at his school in southwest Washington in 2001. He has taught and spoken about the Equine Natural Movement Series at professional schools and conferences across North America and Europe and been published in equine magazines and healthcare journals.
Joseph has skilled hands, a calm and patient manner and a deep love of animals. His work is well thought out and thorough. Horses enjoy working with him.
Jacqueline is the Training Director for the school so her fingers are in each part of the program. She is a former faculty trainer for Hellerwork Structural Integration. Prior to that she owned a holistic health center on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. She is the creator of our innovative business course and oversees faculty development. She orchestrates the continuing development of each student all the way to graduation and into their practices.
With great insight she sees the strengths of each student and works to bring out the best in them so they feel the joy of fulfilling their highest potential with this work. She is effervescently optimistic, thoroughly practical, and deeply committed to honesty, ethics, and passion.
Erin is the Education Director here at the school. She will likely be the first person you speak with, and frequently, throughout your time with us.
Her background includes teaching as a college science instructor, thorough work as a program coordinator, and research assistant. She enjoys connecting with students and providing support and guidance as they complete their training.
She grew up with horses, and learned a lot from her horse BJ, a grey Arabian who lived to 30 years old.
Erin enjoys spending time outside, wandering on and off the trails, looking for fun plants to connect with. In her time away from the school, she runs an herb farm with her mom, and teaches people to connect with plants in a wide variety of ways.
Codi is an educator at heart and works both on the training team and with Jacqueline teaching Business Skills. Prior to her horse career, Codi devoted a decade to connecting people and nature through environmental journalism, news reporting, and nonprofit work and environmental education. Codi credits her palomino Cajun as her pivoting influencer and one of her greatest teachers of intuition.
Codi’s role as an Equine Natural Movement practitioner and faculty is her heart-work, weaving her analytical, educational and intuitive skills with the wellness of both horses and people. Working in this profession highlights the horses’ abilities as master teachers offering both students and clients opportunities to expand their experience and understanding of horses.
As a professional Equine Natural Movement practitioner, she is most inspired working at the intersection of energy healing and manual therapy and exploring the profound results that occur. Equine Structural Integration as the foundation of her work, Codi integrates her training in energy work into her sessions that also include Reiki, Visionary Equine Craniosacral Therapy and Equine Acupressure.
Shannon is a gentle, intuitive and wise practitioner. Horses enjoy connecting with her. She grew up competing and grooming in the Pacific Northwest on the hunter-jumper circuit. She fondly remembers galloping Bridle Trails State Park with friends, wild and free.
She has practiced the healing arts since 2002 and studied Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University, with further study of holistic modalities. She is fascinated with energy, anatomy, mindset work and the neuroplasticity of the nervous systems and brains of both humans and horses.
In practice, Shannon combines Structural Integration with Energy work, Animal Communication, Visceral Therapy and Tensegrity Balancing Therapy. She values continuing her education to both deepen her understanding of the horse, and to share what she learns with her community. She has used her own struggles as a source of personal transformation, and often inspires those around her to do the same.
She encourages owners to slow down and build rewarding emotional relationships with their horses, prioritizing what makes horses happy, and building a satisfying connection for both horse and rider.
Jim, as a kid, watched too many Westerns and dreamed of being a cowboy. He has had many experiences in the horse world. He rode as a guide and teacher, packing through the mountains of Wyoming. He drove teams, started colts, studied dressage later in life, and enjoys working as a farrier. In 2013, wanting to learn something completely different about horses, he trained as an Equine Natural Movement practitioner and has been using those skills ever since.
Jim says, “I love Equine Natural Movement for so many reasons. When I lay my hands on a horse for the first time, I wonder what I will find. How will the horse respond? I love the moment the horse starts to understand they don’t need to perform, they can simply relax. I am only asking them to absorb the work and release tension. Their responses – yawning, licking and chewing, eyes going to half-mast, head dropping in relaxation – is SO rewarding. Sticky spots release and the horse becomes comfortable in their skin.
I also use the work in my other jobs of training and shoeing. When a horse isn’t doing a movement well, I see that it is not bad behavior or lack of intelligence, it’s simply structurally impossible for them to do that. The horse is not at fault. When I see or sense that, I have the tools to address it and, hopefully, bring them some relief and allow them to comfortably do the thing I am asking them to do – flex at the poll, be supple in the ribs, have bend in their neck, bring a hind leg backwards or forwards when shoeing. This work is so valuable to ANYONE who does ANY kind of work with horses.
Kelly Snyder has well-developed intuitive skills which she uses to understand her clients’ physical difficulties. She is a professional energy worker. She studied saddle fitting under world-renowned saddle fitter, Ron Friedson, founder of Pegasus Saddles. She is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and a trained life coach. Kelly continues to apprentice under life-long farrier, John Banks, who specializes in corrective trimming and shoeing. Her work is precise and transformative, focusing on the source, not the symptoms, while integrating the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual layers. Kelly lives near Asheville, NC where she resides with her daughters, horses, dogs, cat and beloved pet boa constrictor, Aspen.
Sara has achieved quite a few impressive credentials in her life. She’s an acupuncturist and experienced holistic practitioner which you’d think would be enough for an average person, but Sara’s also an award-winning screenplay writer with many televised shows to her credit. Sara’s love of horses drew her to this work and now she’s one of our first adjunct faculty members. Sara practices in Portland OR and Canada.
Maggie is smart, enthusiastic, and has many years in the educational field. She’s an avid competitor with years of experience working with horses. Maggie graduated from our Equine Natural Movement Faculty training and produced her first student training before the ink had hardly dried on her graduation certificate. Maggie’s love of horses shines through in her work and is an inspiration to her students. Maggie practices in Port Orchard, WA, and is often in the eventing winner’s circle with her horses.
Maggie says, “My work continues to evolve. I’m having good results and I love the work. The combination of working to develop them under saddle, and working to support them through bodywork has led to the most amazing physical, emotional and spiritual experience for me and for them and it spills over in to the rest of my life. I am in awe most every day. The horses induce you to be in the moment with them. It’s a lot like prayer. My young filly, Onyx (fractured skull as a weanling) is now magnificent under saddle. We are having a blast. Monkey never ceases to amaze me with the breadth and depth of his heart and self belief. He reminds me often that he really is a wild horse who is pretending to be tame so that he can live with me.”