Hands-on Weekend Seminar-Workshop


The Weekend Seminar is for any horse owner or handler. The seminar gives you the tools to help you work with your horse to relieve tension and connect more deeply. No knowledge of anatomy or physical strength is required. You’ll leave wishing you had taken this seminar sooner.

The Masterson Method® Weekend Seminar is the next practical step after reading/viewing the Beyond Horse Massage Book/DVD.

In these hands-on workshops, you’ll learn how to recognize and use the visual responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated stress in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. Jim Masterson has successfully taught these techniques to hundreds of owners, therapists, and trainers worldwide, enabling them to open new levels of communication and relationship with their horses.

It is a prerequisite to purchase and review the Book and/or DVD: Beyond Horse Massage before attending the seminar-workshop.

We are accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits.

Day 1 — Workshop begins at 9am

Workshop begins at 9am with a discussion of the principles of The Masterson Method®. 

  • The horse’s survival-bracing response.
  • How to use different levels of touch, and the horse’s responses to by-pass the bracing response.
  • Use of movement and positioning to allow a muscle or junction to release tension.
  • Key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
  • How the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle process of release works.


  • The first technique, the Bladder Meridian Technique, is demonstrated and explained.
  • Students practice on horses, with individual hands-on help from the Instructor(s).
  • Students and Instructor(s) re-group to ask and answer questions, and review and discuss the results of the technique.
  • Techniques to release tension in the poll, neck, and neck/shoulders/withers junction are demonstrated, practiced, and discussed/reviewed during the first day, with a break for lunch and short morning and afternoon breaks.

Day 2 — Workshop continues at 9am

We follow the same learning format as on Day 1;

  • Hands-on instruction.
  • Review and discussion to learn basic techniques to release tension in the back, sacro-iliac and sacro-lumbar junction.

After lunch, a fresh group of horses are brought in. Students have the opportunity to practice all the techniques that were learned over the weekend, on fresh horses, with hands-on help from the Instructor(s). This way, the student will review and practice a full bodywork session on a horse prior to going home.

Weekend Seminar-Workshop Prerequisites

1st Prerequisite – Reading and viewing the Beyond Horse Massage Book and DVD (can be added when purchasing your registration)

2nd Prerequisite – This is a hands-on workshop. Students must be prepared to pick up all four of the horse’s feet and be comfortable in a stall with an unknown horse.  For safety reasons students must have a good grasp of basic horsemanship.

Choose Your Weekend Seminar-Workshop

Join us at a Weekend Seminar to learn a practical, hands-on method that will build trust and connection between you and your horse.


February 1-2 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

February 15-16 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

February 22-23 Aiken, SC with Sandy Vreeburg

February 29- March 1 Gilroy, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

March 7-8 Middleburg, FL with Mary Last

March 14-15 Omaha, NE

March 14-15 Stockton, NJ with Leslie Brooks

March 28-29 Boyds, MD with Samantha Walker

April 4-5 Nicasio, CA with Crissi McDonald

April 18-19 Ada, MI with Fran Cilella

April 18-19 Sherwood, OR with Beckie Haynes

May 2-3 Durham, CA with Loni Langdon

May 16-17 Bedford, VA

May 23-24 Perryville, AR with Lori Thompson

May 23-23 La Porte, IN with Coralie Hughes

May 30-31 Boscawen, NH with Samantha Walker

June 6-7 Indianola, IA with Martha Becker

June 13-14 Bandera, TX

June 20-21 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes

June 27-28 Sharon, VT with Samantha Walker

July 18-19 Woodacre, CA

August 8-9 Ocean Shores, WA

August 22-23 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes

August 29-30 Augusta, ME with Samantha Walker

August 29-30 Portola Valley, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

November 7-8 Briones, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

Nov 7-8 Sherwood, OR with Beckie Haynes

October 31- November 1 Bristol, TN


April 25-26 Rosedale, BC with Mark Fletcher

May 30-31 Granby QC taught in French with Sylvie Vallières

June 6-7 Campbellcroft, ON with Lori Hoppe

June 27-28 Alder Flats, AB with Lori Hoppe

August 29-30 Bragg Creek, AB with Lori Hoppe

Europe & UK

March 7-8 Aßlar, Germany   taught in German with Walter Saxe

March 14-15 Shillington, UK with Vicky Devlin

March 21-22 Kaarst, Germany   taught in German with Walter Saxe

April 4-5 Rzeszyce, PL   taught in Polish with Beata Filonowicz

April 18-19 Döhle, Germany  taught in German with Walter Saxe

April 25-26 Zandbergen, Belgium with Lucie Klaassen

May 9-10 Warwickshire, UK  with Jim Masterson

May 16-17 Brockenhurst, UK  with Jim Masterson

June 13-14 Brunsbüttel, Germany  taught in German with Walter Saxe

August 15-16 Bad Sassendorf, Germany taught in German with Walter Saxe

October 3-4 Pfaffenhofen, Germany taught in German with Walter Saxe

October 24-25 Großefehn, Germany taught in German with Walter Saxe

October 24-25 Miesenbach, Austria with Lucie Klaassen

November 21-22 Zandbergen, Belgium with Lucie Klaassen

Australia & New Zealand

March 28-29 Meeanee, New Zealand with Nadine Vollmerg

April 18-19 Te Awamutu, New Zealand with Anna Drabble

April 25-26 Boho, Australia with Pam Martin

South Africa

February 29 – March 1 Midrand, ZA with Alexandra Davies

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