Linda’s Tour Heads To Portland

Linda Kohanov will travel to Portland, Oregon June 12 to 17 to do a variety of lectures and workshops.


Lecture at New Renaissance Book Store — Wednesday, June 12 at 7 pm

  • Cost: $12
  • Registration:
  • 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland  503-224-4929

Linda will share insights from her new book during this 90-minute lecture/book-signing event.


The Shepherd’s Task: Tapping the Hidden Genius and Unrealized Potential of Christian Leadership

Wednesday, June 12 from 9 am to 1 pm

  • Cost: $45 ($35 for 2 or more people registering together)
  • Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church
  • 2800 SE Harrison St., 97214

To register, contact Sue Smades or 520-455-5908.


In The Power of the Herd, Linda explores how nonpredatory power has been used by innovative, socially conscious leaders throughout history. Some of her most profound insights came from studying traditional pastoral cultures, where shepherds must manage large groups of powerful herd members and stand up to predators, while nurturing all the tribe’s animals, keeping them from straying, fighting or getting hurt. Along the way, she reconnects us with Christianity’s own pastoral roots where “Jesus actively reinforced a nomadic, nonpredatory philosophy at one of the most brutal times in history,” often using the earthy wisdom of the shepherd to encourage cultural and spiritual transformation.

Spirit Photo by Sue Smades
Photo by Sue Smades

In this workshop, she discusses Jesus’ profound relevance as a social innovator who introduced advanced principles of emotional intelligence that are especially useful for church leaders and congregations today. She outlines ten skills Jesus modeled that “were so sophisticated that civilization is still trying to catch up.” In this clinic, she offers practical interpersonal and community building strategies based on principles Jesus modeled, including techniques for addressing verbal and nonverbal forms of aggression that will help you engage compassionately with others while holding them accountable for unproductive behavior, and allow you to handle challenging situations while opening your heart to love, calling and service.

If you would like to receive an email brochure with more information on what this workshop will cover, contact


Trauma: Tools for the Clinician Informed by the Wisdom of the Horse

Saturday, June 15 from 10 am to 5 pm

  • National College of Natural Medicine
  • 049 Porter St., Portland
  • 503-552-2005


  • $150 before June 7
  • $199 after June 7
  • $125 students

Registration and information:

This workshop is for health and mental health care professionals seeking a new and innovative approach to improving relationships and care with patients and clients impacted by trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Workshop participants will learn specific and practical strategies informed through the field of equine-facilitated therapy and experiential learning that can be applied directly to improve the lives of their patients. Participants will learn strategies to cultivate and maintain composure, clear thinking and creativity in the face of interpersonal challenges, fear and anxiety. Techniques designed to address verbal and nonverbal forms of aggression that can result in shame and disempowerment in patients will also be explored. For this workshop, Linda will be joined by Willow Moore DC, ND, and Lauren Loos, MA, LPC. (CEU application in process.)

  • Understand how a Human-Horse connection can improve our Human-Human connections
  • Recognize indicators of Post traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and how symptoms such as hyper-vigilance can interfere with clinician/patient relationships
  • Recognize the importance of your own emotions and body awareness in your professional role
  • Help patients and clients manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change, conflict or stress
  • Maintain and teach others to maintain composure, clear thinking, and creativity
in the face of fear, anxiety or triggering situations
  • Learn how to increase patient/client motivation to increase compliance with recommendations
  • Learn to use energy and power appropriately to support your patients and clients
  • Understand boundaries in a new way: Learn about the effect of physical proximity on the arousal levels of both patient and professional
  • Learn Emotional agility and develop “Emotional Heroism” needed to handle challenging situations peacefully and productively


Photo by Sue Smades
Photo by Sue Smades

Horse Sense at Work: Harnessing the Power of the Herd

Monday, June 17 from 9:30 am to 5 pm

  • National College of Natural Medicine
  • 49 Porter St.
  • 503-552-2005


  • $150 before June 7
  • $199 after June 7
  • $125 students

Registration and information:

Horse sense is “practical wisdom combined with gumption and intuition.” But it also describes the nonverbal interpersonal genius great riders develop through interacting with these powerful animals. Scientists have shown that even during human interpersonal interactions, only about 10 percent of communication is verbal. Someone with horse sense processes information coming from that elusive “other 90 percent,” while being able to calm, focus, and motivate others effectively.

People these days are more likely to talk about “leadership presence,” which is also primarily a nonverbal phenomenon. In her new book The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation, Linda Kohanov shows that a surprisingly high number of history’s most successful leaders were accomplished riders, including Alexander the Great, the Buddha, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, George Washington, Katherine the Great, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan. Regardless of policy and agenda, these people exhibited exceptional poise under pressure, clarity of intention, courage, conviction, and charisma. They motivated horses and people alike to transcend basic survival instincts and endure significant discomfort or uncertainty to face incredible odds in service to ambitious goals.

Through twenty years of intense research—and practical experience teaching people advanced human development skills through working with horses—Linda has isolated key emotional and social intelligence skills that great leaders previously obtained accidentally through a combination of talent and years spent on horseback. She and her specially-trained instructors worldwide have developed ways of helping people hone advanced nonverbal leadership skills through safe, non-riding horse activities.

Most recently, Linda has also perfected ways of teaching many of these skills indoors. The Twelve Power of the Herd Guiding Principles featured in her new book are immediately translatable to the workplace, home, school, church, and in political and social activism contexts where socially intelligent leaders must inspire others to work together toward a common goal, helping people move efficiently through conflict and build stellar teams of creative, empowered individuals.

To have a brochure with more information on this workshop emailed to you, contact






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