In order of appearance.

Day One: July 11, 2017


Ilka ParentIlka B. Parent, MS, LPC, Dipl. Psych., Clinical Psychotherapist, Certified Traumatherapist (DeGPT) - Germany

Originally from Mainz, Germany, Ilka spent close to 20 years living and working in the United States. She earned her Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1997 in Germany, and finished her psychoanalytical training in El Paso, Texas (1998-2003). Having been married to a military service member for over 20 years afforded her the opportunity to work in various military departments and in private practice, primarily with active duty service members and their families. Ilka completed training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2007, and is certified at the advanced level of EAGALA. Over the past 11 years, Ilka has continued to expand on the EAGALA model and combined it with current psychotherapeutic and trauma approaches to work with military service members and people suffering from childhood trauma and other (combat related) traumatic experiences. Ilka returned to Germany in 2011 and established psychoanalytically based Equine Assisted Psychotraumatherapy (PEATT) . She is an avid advocate on equine welfare in equine-assisted modalities as well as trauma-informed treatment. She has self-published numerous books about her work and perspectives on EAP and offers trainings worldwide on PEATT.

Maja TarkaMaja Tarka, PhD, post-doctoral fellow (Norway)

Maja Tarka is an evolutionary biologist with a doctorate in animal ecology from Lund University. Originally from Poland, she has spent most of her life living in Sweden and is currently pursuing post-doctoral work at Trondheim University in Norway. She is investigating how wild populations differ in their ability to evolve, depending on specific traits, selection types, life histories and ecological settings. She is a board member of MiMER (Minds in Motion Education and Research Centre), an organization raising funds to support research into equines and the human-equine bond. Maja is an avid spokesperson for bettering the living conditions of equines, by spreading knowledge and a better understanding of their needs. She has had a great interest in horses for her entire life, and was fortunate to rescue a mistreated riding school horse from slaughter a few years ago. He is still her friend and teacher.

Felicia Katarina LundgrenFelicia Katarina Lundgren, BA – Sweden

Felicia lives in the south of Sweden, where she is establishing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as a treatment option and offers EAP/L and mindfulness to corporations through her business, Horse and Nature. She is EAGALA certified and is the network coordinator for EAGALA Sweden. Felicia is also a Human-Animal Consultant trained through the Learning Animals program in equine cognition and interspecies relationships, and a certified mindfulness instructor. She is currently in the process of writing her master’s thesis in Cognitive Science, entitled The horse as it is, beyond human projections and ideas, which includes a study on Przewalskii horses in Mongolia. In 2013, she and her team opened up MiMER, a research and education center that funds and supports research on horses and horse-human interactions. Her facility includes a hostel, with 13 horses, a mule, and a small herd of sheep on 12 acres, situated in a nature reserve. Much of her time is spent on researching and educating on horses’ abilities and horse-human interactions.,,

Susanne WeisSusanne Weis, PhD – UK

Susanne Weis is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Durham. She has shared her life with horses for many years and is a certified equine specialist with EAGALA. She also completed the Learning Horse Applied Equine Zooanthropology Education Program through Learning Animals. This international organization’s mission emphasizes an understanding of the emotional, affiliative and cognitive dimension of horses (and other animals) as sentient beings, particularly in the coexistence with human animals..

Nicola MahonNicola Mahon, MA (Psychology, MS (Social Work) – Netherlands

Nicola combines her clinical graduate studies with a passion for horses to provide equine-assisted therapy using the EAGALA and TAAC models. A former schoolmaster, she worked at a dressage arena to provide confidence-building sessions for youth. After handling a wide variety of horses, Nicola found herself at a crossroads, deciding whether to concentrate on deepening her knowledge as a mental health specialist or to expand her skills as an equine specialist. Following her heart, she chose to focus her cross training to gain as much awareness of her equine partners as possible. This included pursuing training in Tellington TTouch, which quickly became a foundational way of life in approaching horses in a considerate and conscious way. She now works on a weekly basis using TTeam to support the horses around her and incorporates it into her therapy work with clients. Her company, Breakthrough Equi-coaching, offers programs for corporate stress management, women facing change and transition, teacher support, and bullying awareness and support.

Sarah SchloteSarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP - Canada

Sarah is a registered psychotherapist, the founder and director of The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery, and creator of the EquuSpirit: Healing with Horses program. She completed a trauma-focused master's in Counselling Psychology, conducted her thesis research on animal- and equine-facilitated interventions, and was involved in the development of ethics and standards for AAT in Canada. She has pursued training in trauma neuroscience, mammalian stress psychophysiology, polyvagal theory, touch work and table work, including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Body Memory Recall, attachment-focused psychotherapy, parts work for dissociation, trauma-focused Integrative Equine-Facilitated Wellness, and nature-assisted therapy, among others. Her work is experiential, relational, depth oriented, somatic and embodiment focused, and promotes safety, consent, choice, voice, and empowerment for all sentient beings involved. A seasoned and sought after speaker on trauma-informed care and trauma-specific therapy, Sarah is also a longstanding mindfulness practitioner, SE training assistant, and perpetual student of natural horsemanship and liberty work.

Day Two: July 12, 2017


Tim JobeTim Jobe, BS – USA

A pioneer in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Tim has worked training horses for over 40 years and has helped youth and families overcome adverse life circumstances through EAP for over 25 years. He is one of the founding board members of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). He co-developed Natural Lifemanship based on his experiences working with youth and horses, through which he came to understand that the way in which the client builds the relationship with the horse profoundly impacts the therapeutic outcomes accruing from the relationship. Natural Lifemanship horse training principles are specifically designed to apply equally to horse and human relationships, resulting in deeply therapeutic work in the mental health field. Tim spends most of his time teaching the Natural Lifemanship model to others and mentoring EPs and therapists who are practicing and becoming certified in TF-EAP™. Tim and his wife Bettina are actively growing the Natural Lifemanship organization to meet the increasing demand as word about this model’s effectiveness spreads.

Bettina Schultz-JobeBettina Shultz-Jobe, MA, NCC, LPC – USA

Bettina is a licensed and certified mental health counselor with extensive training and experience using therapies known to be effective in the treatment of trauma. She has effectively incorporated Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for over 10 years to treat clients with significant trauma histories. As co-founder of Natural Lifemanship and the author of a seminal research study on EAP, she is committed to including horses in the therapy process in ways that are evidence-based and backed by sound research. This has contributed to a model in which every aspect of the horse, including its psychology and its physiology, is employed very intentionally to help clients heal from the psychological and the physiological insults of trauma. Bettina extensively trains and supervises therapists and therapy teams that are using Natural Lifemanship and/or who are seeking certification in TF-EAP™. Together with Tim Jobe she is also supporting a growing cadre of certified Natural Lifemanship trainers. Tim and Bettina have co-authored multiple books and papers and are widely sought after speakers and trainers in the world of trauma treatment and EAP. They live in Liberty Hill, Texas where they raise dogs, chickens, horses and a toddler.

Angela DunningAngela Dunning, BA - UK

Angela is an Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) practitioner who completed the 2-year Eponaquest Instructor training with Linda Kohanov and Kathleen Barry Ingram in 2007 as well as the LEAP Practitioner (EFP/L) training in 2015. She delivers in-depth personal growth programs for adults, mainly women, wishing to heal from a mind-body split, a lack of authentic self-esteem, a lack of self-trust, as well as develop healthier relationship dynamics as taught by the horses. Her approach focuses on embodiment and on developing subtle self-awareness and self-responsibility. Passionate about improving industry standards and the welfare of horses in personal growth and therapeutic interventions, Angela delivers continuing professional development training to practitioners, supervision, mentoring and consultation services. Due to the mounting concern in recent years about some areas of practice and training, in particular where horses were being used as ‘tools’ or peripheral elements of a mainly human-led process, she wrote the recently self-published book, The Horse Leads the Way: Honoring the True Role of the Horse in Equine Facilitated Practice.

Vanessa lee JonesVanessa Lee-Jones – France

Vanessa and her mother, Wanda Lee-Jones, are a mother-daughter team based in the south of France. Vanessa is the current president of l’Association Vivre à Plein Temps (“living life to the fullest”), which was founded by her mother in 2002 and specializes in animal-assisted education. She is a certified animal behaviorist, a licensed partner of the HorseDream® approach, a member of the European Association for Horse-Assisted Education (EAHAE), board member and accreditation committee member of SynPAAC (professional animal-assisted education syndicate). Combined with her mother, they have over 20 years’ experience in animal training for the movie industry, as well as nearly 15 years’ experience helping people live better with themselves and with others through animal-assisted education. As a sideline, they have a PRE stud service. and

Eva BalzerEva Balzer – Germany

Eva Balzer has 12 years of consulting experience with large corporations. An avid student, she started studying alternative healing methods for animals in 2003 and has owned her own practice since 2009 (Herzensschule – School of the Heart). Her training includes studies in animal healing, TCM acupuncture, osteopathy, craniosacral work, animal communication, and energy and shamanic work, kinesiology, homeopathy and Reiki, coaching and consulting, and Gestalt systemic constellation work. Within the field of equine-facilitated learning, Eva has trained and mentored with Kathleen Barry Ingram (co-founder of the Eponaquest Approach) and trained in the HEAL method developed by Leigh Shambo in the USA. She also wrote a book on EFL for leadership. She lives with her family and a herd of 6 horses on an organic farm in lower Saxony, where she offers trainings and seminars. and

Day Three: July 13, 2017

epona domengèsEpona Domengès, Equine Specialist, Psychotherapist - France

Epona has been passionate about horses all of her 47 years. After graduating as an engineer, she began a successful career as a management consultant. At the age of 31, she drastically decided to dedicate her life to the horses. After 20 years of riding schools, she learnt the Equestrian Art from the 18th century while completing 3 years training as a corporal psychotherapist. This led her to create two home made methods: the Alternative Equitation (Dressage Bitless and Bareback) and the Equestrian Artherapy (a Personal Development tool), 12 years ago. She started training horses and helping people in a never ending quest for harmony, in the north of Spain. She settled in the South of Portugal 7 years ago, where she found paradisiacal living conditions for her herd that is composed of 18 stallions, sharing big open spaces in freedom. Since last year, she focuses her activities on awaking consciousness about horse’s characteristics and needs, in all people who have any kind of personal or professional relation with them.

Christine FairweatherChristine Fairweather, BA – UK

Christine Fairweather is a member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), the European Association of Horse Assisted Learning (EAHAE) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She formerly delivered group therapy and individual interventions with dangerous offenders as a probation officer, before discovering equine-assisted therapy and completing her Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. She is currently the managing director of The Horse Assisted Learning Organisation (HALO) and delivers both talking and equine-assisted therapies to people affected by trauma. She is undertaking postgraduate studies in integrative and relational supervision, and its application in equine-assisted practice.