Hello All,

Just got back from beautiful Blue Dot Farm in Nicasio Valley California where we held a Weekend Seminar, and our second Mark and Jim collaborative clinic at this farm. It was very educational (as usual) with good riders and interesting issues. Thank you Crissi McDonald for taking another batch of great photos! You’ll see some photos of the clinic here, and if you’ve been following Facebook and Instagram, and any of those other foreign social languages, then you will have seen more images from last week. Thanks to Blue Dot, Mark and Crissi, and MMCP Dianne Adel for organizing, and following up on horses there.

Re-connecting with Whisper

One thing I was looking forward to at Nicasio was seeing Whisper and her owner Addie again. Whisper is a thoroughbred jumper who I worked on last year at this clinic. Addie was looking for something that would help Whisper relax in between her “up” moments. Being a thoroughbred, Whisper’s approach to just about anything can be just a little bit on the high side. This can be a good characteristic, but Addie felt that there was something uncomfortable in Whisper that always kept her at an unnatural level of alertness. It turns out that there was something – an old injury, accident or incident – that had caused her thorax to become torqued, twisted, or “jammed”. The results during the bodywork last year were pretty dramatic (see video and full story), and Addie reports that Whisper since then is a changed horse. She still gets “up” when she’s “up”, but in between Addie feels she is relaxed and comfortable and has openings now that allow Addie to connect with her and that allow them to work together without the heightened level of alertness that was a constant before.

Working on Whisper this year was indeed a different experience than last year. Last year: Suspicious! This year: I love ya’ dude!

Mark and I will be doing more of these collaborative clinics where we work with the horse’s mind and body right after the brain clinic at Happy Dog Ranch in Littleton, CO in July. There is still room for auditors from Monday through Thursday or Friday. It’s well worth the sit in the sun… or the rain… or the shade!

AND, Mark and I will be in the UK at the same time in October, and so have scheduled a Considering the Horse – Mind and Body collaborative clinic in Cambridgeshire on 15, 16 and 17. It’s been a while since Mark has been over there, and so will have to brush up on his English.

See all collaborative clinics on the course list below.

UK

I will be back in May for Weekend Seminars in Warwickshire and Salisbury, and two Advanced Courses in Salisbury. One of these Advanced Courses has some spots left for you to fill. Now’s your chance! I’ll also be certifying a large bundle… herd… group (?) of MMCP’s while there so, Congratulations!

We also have Weekend Seminars coming up in Poland (in Polish), in Netherlands (in Dutch), in Belgium (in Flemish?), in Israel (in Hebrew), in Scotland (in Yorkish : ), in Australia (in ‘stralyin), in Austria, S. Africa and Canada. We even have some in the U.S. (those are taught in American, sorry ; ) See Calendar below for all dates.

Our First EU/UK MMCP Educational Conference arrives in Gloucestershire in May!

My goals for this conference are:

1) Education

2) Networking, and

3) Fun!

The educational focus at these conferences is always on practical knowledge that improves our effectiveness in helping our clients and their horses.

Richard Maxwell, Stefan Hamm, and I will be covering groundwork, saddle fit and bodywork.

We will also talk about how to integrate what we’re presenting, on a practical level as MMCPs.

And we’ll have fish and chips and maybe a beer or two… or lamb and mint sauce and maybe a nice cabernet… I’m excited about this and about having all of us in one place together. Registration for the conference is now open to MMCPs and Field Work students from both GB, Ireland, and the Continent! See details below!

More…

Walter Saxe in Germany had an interesting and impactful experience at a recent Weekend Seminar in Germany. He tells us about it below. You may be able relate to this through some of your experiences with MM.

Equine Assisted Therapies and MMES are growing here in the U.S., and we’re hoping to soon be coming to EU/UK.

I’ll be at the Minnesota Horse Expo on April 26th to 28th, and the Western States Horse Expo at their new location at Rancho Murrieta, CA on May 9th to 12th.

If you can’t make one of these and are not into travelling long distances you may find The Masterson Method being demonstrated by one of our MMCPs closer to you on our Calendar page under Horse Expos and Demos. Give it a look.

In the meantime, like me,

Enjoy your horses!

Jim

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Masterson Method Certified Practitioner Conference in Europe

Our goal for this two-day event is to provide our Practitioners tools that will help them improve the service they offer their clients, provide the opportunity to network and share ideas with other MMCPs, and to have some fun.

The conference will be packed with fun and knowledge!

We’ll see you there! 🙂

Monday and Tuesday June 3 – 4, 2019

This event is now open to MMCPs and Field Work Students!

Learn more & Register here

Aßlar, Germany Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar

Our German Instructor Walter Saxe shared from the Aßlar Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar:

“Aßlar is always worth a visit.

The 2nd Masterson Method weekend course of this year took place on the Mühlenberghof, the grounds of Stephan and Silivia Hamm. As always we had “cream weather” 😍

Thirteen highly committed horse people (even from Switzerland and Paris they arrived) wanted to learn the basic techniques and did that really well, which could be seen in the many solution reactions of the horses.

This time I had male reinforcement from Bruno and Oliver-Yeaah😀.

Silvi had not only enough horses ready for her team and the great stable community, but also her equipment and our food very well organized. By the way, she also assisted with Alexandra Feix. Simone, who is just beginning her training as a therapist, has also taken the time to help. Thank you all for the help and support.

We had a very special experience! It can sometimes happen that very old and often emotional trauma in horses by The Masterson Method dissolves. That happened with Spirit.

At first the Pinto allowed the techniques to be quite stoic, but then the dams broke. On Saturday, he showed violent yawning attacks, on Sunday he reacted first as sedated, then for almost an hour in the middle of the study group on the place to lay down and completely relax. It is simply phenomenal which physical as well as mental effect the 13 basic techniques can do.

It was great with you. Thanks to the horse owners for their trust.

Iris, Beate, Brigitte, Elke, Bruno, Saskia, Gudrun and Gudrun, Katarina, Monika, Oliver, Stephanie and Shannon – nice that you were there. bye for now.

Masterson Method, to love the horses.”

“Carefully alert!”

Find a Weekend Seminar here

Masterson Method Equine Specialist Program News

Congratulations to Recently Certified Equine Specialist, Natalie Conca.

Natalie Conca, CTRS, ATRIC, Advanced PATH Int’l Instructor, and now MMES, is a board certified Recreation Therapist and Consultant specializing in community inclusion for special populations. She utilizes over 10 specialty certificates in the aquatic therapy industry and has nearly 20 years of experience as a recreation therapist managing staff and treating clients in her multidisciplinary private practice, Lead Changes Therapy Services, Inc. Read more about Natalie on our website.

Good times in Leesburg, VA

Many thanks to Katie Fallon of Bridle Paths for hosting another Masterson Method Equine Specialist training. We’re looking forward to coming back in October!

New Trainings on the 2019 Calendar

Our trainings are filling up so fast we’re working hard to add new ones this year! And because the Leesburg, Virginia training last month was so successful, we’re offering another one this fall.

July 26-28, 2019
Horse Power Healing Center in Eagle, WI

October 4-6, 2019 
Bridle Paths in Leesburg, VA

MMES Demo at MN Horse Expo

We’ve added a demo to Jim’s busy schedule at the Minnesota Horse Expo specifically on using The Masterson Method in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. If you’re following Jim at the MN Horse Expo, join us Sunday morning at 10am in the Swine Barn!

About MMES

The Masterson Method Equine Specialist specializes in sharing specific light touch Masterson Method techniques with persons served in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. By doing this bodywork on horses, participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills; meanwhile, therapy horses are tended to through simple bodywork and learn a new way of relating to people. It’s a win/win!

Questions?

Visit the Masterson Method Equine Specialist Website or contact the Program Coordinator at mmes@mastersonmethod.com.

Lucie Klaassen introducing Masterson Method in Balanced Rider & Horse clinics in Australia!

Masterson Method instructor Lucie Klaassen from the Netherlands is doing a 9 week tour through Australia teaching her 3-day Balanced Rider & Horse clinic in several states throughout the whole country.

Lucie teaching the importance of spinal alignment for balance, energy and freedom of movement from back to front.

Lucie is also a Squire in the Academic Art or Riding and a certified instructor in Straightness Training, Centered Riding and Freestyle. She always includes The Masterson Method into her work as she believes in the combination of training and bodywork. If the spine can not move freely during the training, the energy can not flow from back to front and the movement will be restricted. By teaching her students a few simple and practical Masterson techniques (TMJ, sacrum float, UTP and lateral rocking) they learn how to release tension along the spinal column so the horse will find more freedom of movement in the training.

Participant releasing tension in TMJ of the horse (and herself..)

Lucie is also helping Jim to fulfill his mission that every horse will experience the Bladder Meridian at least once in its life. During her tour more than 85 horses have had the pleasure of finding relaxation and releasing tension while participants learned to follow the bladder meridian.

Lucie showing the Bladder Meridian Technique.

In Melbourne, Masterson instructor Pam Martin joined the clinic of Lucie Klaassen. Pam is available to travel within Australia to teach the 2 day Masterson Method course for people in Australia who want to learn more.

Pam and Lucie spreading The Masterson Method!

Using Light Movement: Lateral Cervical Flexion

Get ready to discover subtle, gentle, simple bodywork that has the ability to profoundly affect the deepest interconnections of the horse’s body in the Light to the Core Video.

More free Educational Videos.

New Certified Practitioners

Kat Davies
Custer, SD

Kat has never known a day without horses in fact her first ride on a horse was before she was actually born. The next eighteen years were spent barrel racing, adventuring on horseback and studying with other trainers. She got her degree in vet tech before making a career switch to horse trainer. After seeing the effects of The Masterson Method she realized just how much we can give our horses and how much they can give back. And so Kat made another career switch from horse trainer to equine body-worker and consultant. Having learned so much at their side, it has become Kat’s goal to build a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy horse. And for her Masterson Method aids this goal beautifully.

Website: Balancedbodysoul.com

Phone: 605-440-2321
Email: balancedbodyandsoul@hotmail.com
Instagram: @balanced_body_soul

Peggy Smith
Custer, SD

Peggy grew up on a farm in ND exploring the country side on ponies and horses. And she has never been without a horse since! Peggy is co-owner and operator of a seasonal trail ride business in the Black Hills of SD for the past 20 years; which led her to become certified in Equine Sports Massage in 2004. After being introduced to The Masterson Method and experiencing how just the weekend techniques were able to resolve a mystery hind end lameness issue in her personal horse, Peggy became certified in October 2018.

Peggy intends to combine the equine bodywork with her background as a physical therapist for the rider to create a more balanced team.

Email: rockinrrides@aol.com
Phone: 520-349-6078

Weekend Seminar-Workshop Schedule

* if the course you had your heart set on is sold out, please email jo@mastersonmethod.com to be added to the waiting list, or if you’d like to host your own weekend (earn your spot free!) please email tamara@mastersonmethod.com.

USA Seminars

Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, 2019
Coventry, CT  (Full)

Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5
Milo, IA   (Full)

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
Alder, MT (Full)

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2
Sanger, CA (3 spots left)

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2

Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23
Northfield, NH (Full)

Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23
Longmont, CO

Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30
Sherwood, OR (Full)

Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
Portola Valley, CA

Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, July 21
Afton ,MN

Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28
Ocean Shores, WA

Saturday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 11
Gunnison, CO

Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25
Augusta, ME

Saturday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 8
Neola, UT

Saturday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 15
Kerrville, TX

Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
Watsonville, CA

Canada Seminars

Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5, 2019
Alder Flats, AB (Full)

Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12, 2019
Rosedale (Chilliwack), BC (2 spots left)

Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12
Cobourg, ON (Full)

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 29
Rosedale (Chilliwack), BC

South Africa Seminars

Saturday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 24
Midrand, South Africa

Europe Seminars

Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 19
(taught in English & Dutch)
Ruinerwold, Netherlands

Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12
(taught in Polish)
Wiskitki, Poland (Full)

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19
taught by Jim Masterson
Warwickshire, UK (1 spot left)

Thursday, 23 Friday, May 24
Hibbat Zion, Israel

Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26
taught by Jim Masterson
Salisbury, UK (4 spots left)

Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26
(taught in Dutch)
Uddel, Netherlands

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21, 2019
(taught in German)
Rommerskirchen, Germany (Full)

Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14

Saturday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Aug. 25
Bad Sachsa, Germany

Saturday, Aug. 31 – Sunday, Sept. 1
Zandbergen, Belgium

Saturday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 4
(taught in German)
Pfaffenhofen, Germany

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 6
taught by Jim Masterson
Oxfordshire, UK

Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20
taught by Jim Masterson
South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 27
(taught in German)
Großefehn, Germany

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 27
Miesenbach, Austria

Australia & New Zealand Seminars 

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2
Auckland, NZ

Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14
North Wangaratta, AU

Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8
Myrtleford, AU

Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24
taught by Jim Masterson
Yarck, AU

Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training

MMES Training Seminar

Liberty Hill, TX (2 spots left)
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2
Ranchos de Taos, NM (1 spots left)
Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

Eagle, WI
Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28

Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1

Leesburg, VA
Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6

Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics

Considering the Horse – Mind and Body Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

Littleton, CO  July 8 – 12, 2019   Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact: bernadettespillane@gmail.com 303-915-8531

Cambridgeshire, UK October 15 – 17, 2019   Horse Creek Farm
To register: www.rashidmastersonuk2019.com

Littleton, CO  July 6 – 10, 2020   Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact: bernadettespillane@gmail.com 303-915-8531

*Auditing is available, see link above for more information.

Your Horse’s Brain: A User’s Manual with
Dr. Steve Peters, Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

Littleton, CO July 6 – 7, 2019 Happy Dog Ranch
To register contact Bernadette Spillane: bernadettespillane@gmail.com

Advanced 5-Day Course Schedule

USA Advanced Courses

Cedarburg, WI with Advanced Instructor Becky Tenges
Monday, May 27 – Friday, May 31, 2019  (Full)

Coatesville, IN with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2019

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, September 23 – Friday, September 27, 2019

Manchester, NH with Advanced Instructor Samantha Walker
Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11, 2019  (3 spots left)

Tucson, AZ with Advanced Instructor Vanessa Helvey
Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 1, 2019

Europe Advanced Courses

Salisbury, UK with Jim Masterson
Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24, 2019  (3 spots left)

Salisbury, UK #2 with Jim Masterson
Monday, May 27 – Friday, May 31, 2019  (Full)

Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11, 2019

Canada Advanced Courses

Fraser Valley, BC with Mark Fletcher
Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17, 2019  (1 spot left)

Fraser Valley, BC #2 with Mark Fletcher
Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4, 2019

Australia Advanced Courses

Yarck, Australia with Jim Masterson
Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2019

Certification Completion Course Schedule

Oxfordshire, UK
Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

Iowa
Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

Iowa
Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

Oxfordshire, UK
Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13

Yarck, Australia
Saturday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1

Expos and Demos

Minnesota Horse Expo April 26 – 28 with Jim Masterson
St. Paul, MN

Mount Moriah Stables April 27 with Kim Hollstein
Broomfield, CO

Spring Horse Show & Adoption Event May 4 with Dwayne Johnstone
Sanger, TX

Silver Bit and Spur Farm May 5 with Valissa Willwerth
Whitehouse Station, NJ

Majestic Pines Horse Farm May 5 with Megan Dushin
Afton, MN

Western States Horse Expo May 9 – 12, 2019 with Jim Masterson
Rancho Murieta, CA

Eagle’s Nest Ranch May 18 with Kim Hollstein
Elizabeth, CO

Introduction to Masterson Bodywork May 18 with Dale Grove
Crosby, MN

Healing Hearts Donkey Shelter and Refuge June 1 with Jill Trueblood
Riverside, WA

Course Calendar