1. A Busy Season
2. New Three Day Half Class
3. What Our Farm Looks Like
4. Upcoming Trainings
5. Comments from Students
1. A BUSY SEASON
The September-October Level One class brought some happy folks our way. Then we hosted a Level Three class in early November and a Level Two class is coming in early December.
We’ve squeezed in one more Level One from December 12 – 18.
2. NEW THREE DAY HALF-CLASS
We normally run Level One as a week long class because it costs our distant students a pretty penny to fly to Portland, Oregon. But we’ve also got plenty of local Pacific Northwest students who drive over to the farm and the transportation cost for them isn’t so bad.
So we decided to try out a new three day “half class” format December 12 – 14. The second “half class” will run in early 2011 and will complete the requirements of Level One. We’re hoping this bite-size class will make it easier for some of you to get started. If the three day classes are successful, we may run them for other parts of the training, too.
3. WHAT OUR FARM LOOKS LIKE
Most all our students stay here at the farm with us. We can sleep up to eight extra folks in our old five bedroom farmhouse. Besides being way convenient, it’s also a lot of fun.
After class some students walk around our rural roads, down to the one-room schoolhouse or our tiny general store. After the dinner dishes are washed, we all sit around in the living room, warmed by the winter fire. It’s pretty quiet out here but for the distant rooster crowing and the gentle lowing of our cows asking you to toss a few orchard apples over the fence.
Midweek a car full of students often drive over to the hot spring for a plush soak-and-wrap at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and a leisurely visit to Powell’s bookstore (the largest used book store in the U.S.) to riffle through the equine books room. Now there’s a place you can easily spend a few hours (and dollars!). Every day you have your hands on horses, as expected. We also have plenty more animals around and we love them all.
Baby chicks at our farm
We are earnest about teaching students to be the best practitioners they can but know that a good class isn’t all work. We want plenty of smiles, too. We are always delighted when we hear years later that our graduates still stay in touch with each other and have developed close and supportive friendships.
We believe Equine Natural Movement is more than just a job (though it’s a grand one!). We trust that surrounding our students with love and support throughout their training in every way we can is every bit as important as the content you absorb. If you learn this work in an atmosphere of kindness and caring, our belief is that you’ll spread that love and care wherever the work takes you.
4. UPCOMING TRAININGS 2010-2011
Level One — Dec. 12 – 18, March 6 – 12 or June 26 – July 2
Level Two — March 27 – April 2 or June 5 – 11
Level Three — April 10 – 16 or July 31 – August 6
Level 1 & 2 combined — June 26 – July 9, 2010
5. COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
“My Level Three class provided an opportunity to work closely with Joseph. He’s an excellent teacher who has a world of experience working with animal tissue, but also knows how to show you how to enter the animal’s world.”
— Nola Petrucelly, Physical Therapist and Structural Integration practitioner, Spokane, Washington
“The Level One class is the most in depth and meaningful class I’ve ever taken. It treats the animals with respect and caring. I learned so much more than I expected!”
— Brianna MacEwan, Oregon
“What a great life experience! I learned so much about connecting with the horses and equally as much about where that connection comes from. I wanted to stay much longer.”
— Deborah Bowlby, Washington
“The whole training pushed me beyond my comfort and knowledge zone. I am energized to return to my work with more clarity.”
— Linda Maluf, anatomy professor, Arizona
We hope to see you soon at one of our trainings. Call us anytime and ask questions. We’re happy to speak with you.
Jacqueline & Joseph Freeman
The Equine Natural Movement School
Bodywork that honors & respects the horse’s structure & spirit