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The Power Behind Nonviolence (France)

September 23, 2014 - September 25, 2014


Advanced – Facilitated by Linda Kohanov

Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm daily

Cost (USD) includes workshop materials, lunch, snacks and beverages each workshop day.

In this in-depth, advanced, experiential workshop, Linda Kohanov demonstrates how the skills she accessed to rehabilitate Midnight Merlin, a dangerous, formerly abused stallion, can be translated into handling challenging people and situations.

In the process, Linda discovered how the same principles can be translated to human situations where working with highly sensitive, potentially explosive children and adults calls for considerable finesse and empathy backed by the skillful use of non-predatory power.

This workshop is useful for leaders, teachers, parents, counselors, health care workers, clergy, social activists, first-responders, law enforcement personnel, and people who work or live with those who act out in aggressive or intensely fearful ways at times. The progressive skill development orientation of this workshop makes it appropriate for participants who have no previous horse experience, as well as riders and trainers who would like to learn new approaches to working with highly sensitive young horses or formerly abused older horses.

In doing extensive research for her new book The Power of the Herd, Linda realized that gaining the trust of an aggressive stallion was “an ancient power story,” one that predicted greatness. Alexander the Great, the Buddha, and George Washington were among those talented horsemen renowned for calming violent horses that no one else could touch, skills they also used to calm and focus groups of frightened or aggressive people. Through extensive research, experimentation and practical skill development over the last decade, Linda has adapted these advanced “horse whispering” principles to human contexts. This seminar is for anyone who wants to learn new ways to transform interpersonal conflict, power struggles, bullying, and other challenges at home, school, and work, as well as in political, religious, or social activism contexts.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Engage compassionately with others while holding them accountable for unproductive behavior, creating constructive alternatives to interactions that normally result in shame, blame, and retaliation.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to the common, though usually unconscious, power plays that people mistakenly use to meet their needs
  • Employ nonverbal and conversational techniques for gaining cooperation and respect from dominant, confused, frightened or aggressive people
  • Practice the steps to build “emotional heroism, that rare combination of power and compassion, courage and self-control, accountability and forgiveness that great secular and religious leaders throughout history used to effect significant social changes
  • Negotiate individual and group-based blocks to success while keeping your heart and mind open, allowing you to tap the power, vision, and courage to follow your dreams.

This workshop is limited to twelve people. This is an advanced Eponaquest workshop so participants must first attend an introductory level workshop with a Recommended Eponaquest Instructor. Those interested in applying for the Eponaquest Apprenticeship program can count this as one of the advanced prerequisites.

For driving directions and lodging information please contact:
Sven Texier by email sven@animaequus.fr or by phone at +33 6 70 21 11 03

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event start date results in a credit of one-half the workshop tuition. There is no tuition credit for a cancellation 30 days or less before the event start date.

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September 23, 2014
September 25, 2014


Sablonnieres, France
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Linda Kohanov
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