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One Great Liberty Retreat!

Posted by Lynn Elston on August 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Greetings, Herdmates...

This past weekend's 3 day Liberty Immersion Retreat was just plain wonderful, for everyone involved!  There were four guests and their horses.  Each horse-human couple already had a nice connection between them, so our weekend was spent tweaking behaviors to deepen what already existed, and also pointedly having fun within the bond by some imaginative playing!

Brenda has taken some perfect photos of the three days, so I will let the pics and their captions tell the story.  And, Retreaters, please add your own comments, stories, experiences in the comments below...we would all love to hear from you directly!!

Nancy, Brenda and I really enjoyed having everyone here this past weekend, we learn SO much from these events, as well!  And from what our guests said at wrap-up, we will be offering this opportunity to go deep and refresh your relationship and your imagination again in 2015.

Our next event is the Robin Gates 2-Day Liberty Seminar coming up on September 13-14, 2014.  There is still room for two auditors ($275 each) and we are also looking for one more horse-human couple, preferably a horse that has not had a lot of Liberty Training before, so we can watch Robin establish the connection.  If you are interested in attending, as auditor or with your horse, please contact me through this website or give a call: 360-668-0530.  We would love to have you join us!


Wonderful new "format" for learning Liberty!

Posted by Lynn Elston on July 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Greetings, Herdmates...

This past weekend, Maggie Schuler and Gail Carlson brought their wonderful "Maggie-bred" horses for an overnight format that worked well for all of us.  The format was to have a lesson for each of them on Friday afternoon, stay over in the Bunkhouse, and then another lesson each on Saturday morning.  As we had hoped, that overnight break, between the lessons, was invaluable to the horses and our learning curves!

They arrived on Friday, just after Noon.  We let the horses settle in for an hour or so while they got settled in the Bunkhouse and we grabbed some lunch.  Then, we headed out for a lesson for each of them.

In Maggie's lessons, she put both her youngsters, Gowi and Omael, in the Dorm pasture.  Then I coached her through a little of the approach that Robin had showed me, for improving the draw with Yogi.  Both of Maggie's horses were "in" and knew that being with Maggie could be a good thing.  But, their attendance to her was sporadic, and she often lost their focus to the grass or other goings on.

I have already described the "all good things, with a little "asking" snuck in" approach in an earlier blog post.  Maggie did a very good job of providing Gowi (her main target) with scritches and scratches and intermittent trips to the carrot bucket, just beyond the gate, in combination with just sitting in the chair.  

A fascinating thing happened during the beginnings of this.  The horses had come over and hung out with Maggie at first and all was happiness and light.  Eventually they wandered off the explore other parts of the paddock, and so Maggie just sat and enjoyed her sitting.  Well, not exactly.  How many of us sit there PRETENDING not to be wondering when they're going to come back over?  There is still intent in that "waiting" as opposed to the neutrality of simply "being."  But, it becomes a bit like trying not to think of pink elephants!

Interestingly, when Gail asked Maggie a question, from her chair outside the pasture, and Maggie became fully engaged in answering her...both horses lifted up their heads and began to head towards Maggie.  She had dropped her waiting/intent and was congruent in what she was doing and they were compelled to come over and be with that energy.

Jeez, picky, picky!!  Stick all of that in your Zen meditation pipe and breathe it!!!  There is just no way to fool those horses.

As the horses began to hang around her while she sat, we upped the ante so that she asked Gowi to companion walk with her and to Whoa about 10 feet from the gate, while Maggie backed up and got a treat to bring to him.

Maggie would say "Whoa" with authority, then back a step or two, then repeat Whoa, then step back again and Whoa him again.  This wasn't working.  Gowi would hold still for a little while and then break and step towards her.  Watching from my sideline, it was very evident that Mags didn't "trust" Gowi to stay in Whoa, so was staying too actively engaged with him.  He was attentive to her, but couldn't figure out why she kept saying Whoa when he was already whoa-ed.  So, he figured maybe he should step forward...maybe that's what she wanted.

It was NOT easy to just say Whoa and then trust the horse enough to back away and get the treat without any further communication.  But, by the end of the next day's lesson, Maggie did a beautiful job of exactly that and Gowi stood like a handsome statue until Maggie brought him his treat...SUCCESS!!!

The other thread that Maggie worked with through her two lessons was trusting the horses to come with her when she walked off.  Being of Parelli background, like me, Maggie would put her hand/finger out ahead of her horses' noses and click them up to come with.  That is a great way to walk with them, BUT, it is actually telling them what to do, rather than trusting them to choose to come with.  

This was another tough challenge for Maggie (and me and probably everyone else on the planet except Robin!!!)  Because you have to give up any control over the outcome and be willing to accept that they may or may not come with when you walk off.  We run into all of our trainer mode, efficiency mode, and just plain "I want it to happen" mode resistence when we curtail any invitation to the horse and just trust that "cord of connection" of which Robin speaks.

When Maggie had some success with this, we could all see and feel the difference in the horses when they had chosen to be with her...ears a little perkier, eyes a little more devoted looking.  It was amazing!

So, Maggie will go home and work on trusting her horses to do what she knows they are capable of doing!

Gail and her lovely mare, Brooklyn, have a very special relationship between them...but Gail has just started doing the Liberty exercises with her.  Gail audited our June Workshop and has been working, at home, on putting treats outside the gate and helping Brooklyn to understand that the way to get those treats was to leave them and go get Gail.  She apparently had gotten pretty good at this and so Gail had begun playing with other things, carrying her treats with her.

Uh-oh... Gail's first request of me was for help with how pushy Brooklyn had become!   Yep, that'll happen! Brooklyn was pushy for her own sweet self, but she was not dangerous or hard to manage...just a bit over eager to get all those treats that had so recently graced her life!  

First thing we worked on was Gail's personal space, and the boundary that her horse needed to respect.  Gail learned the efficacy of the butt end of the whip conking a horse nose.  If Brooklyn barged right into Gail's space, she got conked.  If she came in more respectfully, but still crossed the line, she got warned with a word and a look (Don't make me have to do the big thing!!) and, very quickly, subsided. The same kind of lesson went on about the treats on the cookie bar.

Once she had figured out that she could get treats by NOT just diving for them and NOT being on top of her Mom, we moved on to teaching her the "Don't Look at Me." game.   Gail got a handful of treats and held them in her outside hand, while standing in the leading position...between Brooklyn's cheek and shoulder.  She would then tell the horse "Don't look at me." in a sing-song, playing a game delivery.  Brooklyn, who had no clue what those words meant, but knew Mom had treats, would move her head around, mostly towards Gail but...when the horse moved her head even a milimeter away from Gail, she cried out "Good Girl!" and gave her a treat. (Note...with the boundary issue in place, if Brooklyn swung her head too far into Gail's space, she got a chance to practice the "Don't make me have to bonk you" look...and it worked!")

It didn't take Brooklyn long to figure out this game and, soon, she was tipping her head away when Gail approached...saying, in effect "see, Mom, I get it, I know how to get a treat, I don't look at you!"  Too comical and very touching to watch!

In the next morning's lesson, we gave Gail another thing to play with...asking Brooklyn to leave the cookie bar treats and walk with her.  We began with the bar really low...if the horse would just take one step away, Gail came right back and treated her.  Pretty soon, Gail could take Brooklyn around in a small circle and back to the treats.

This was looking real good and then Brooklyn decided to pretend to walk off with Gail and then dodged back and dived for the treats.  Whoops!!!  The mare's rudeness was matched by Gail's forceful sending her away from the treats and chasing her around the arena, tail over her butt! She had to stay out there until Gail decided she could come back. When she did ask the mare back, she came willingly and did the little walk away two more times, then dived for the treats again. Again, she got royally sent away...but, this time, after Gail quit running her, she continued to flounce around and buck and gallop and put on a show...having her little hissy fit!

WELL!!!  Obviously, this that we were asking her was entirely too hard and unfair and NOBODY should have to go through something like that!!!  So, we put all the treats away and left her in the arena, while we humans all went over to the Dorm pasture to do Maggie's lesson.  This was not entirely what Brooklyn was hoping for!  Especially when she saw that treats were being given out over in the pasture, to those other horses and not to her!

Half an hour or so later, when we'd finished with Maggie's lesson, we all went back over to the arena, set out the treats and Gail asked Brooklyn to companion walk with her...the very thing that had been so repellent to her earlier.  Only, THIS time, things weren't so terrible and she stayed with Gail for a nice long time, getting her treats and happy to be with.  Worked like a charm!!

So, Maggie will be working on trusting the PUSH and the DRAW that she has already instilled in her horses, and Gail will be working on maintaining awareness of boundaries and Don't look at Me (both pieces that help build the PUSH) and on building the DRAW by asking Brooklyn to leave the treats to get the treats!

This format, really one full day of lessons, but broken up by the overnight, was ideal!!  Both Maggie and Gail loved it and I sure enjoyed having that time in between to review, soak and then see what the next morning brought us!

The cost for this format was $210/person, including horse and human overnight board.  We potlucked our dinner, which was delightful.

Guess I will have to work up some copy and add this little gem into the Our Approach tab.  Maggie or Gail, if you'd care to comment on what I've written or add your own two cents...I would welcome your thoughts!!!




Yogi's Saddle Opinion

Posted by Lynn Elston on July 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When Robin was last here, I asked for help with sharpening up the connection with Yogi, who kinda comes when he wants to and kinda does what he's asked. She suggested that I separate Yogi from all his herd buddies and turn him out in the Dorm pasture, on his own. And I am the only bringer of good things in his life.  I go in and just sit with him, sometimes approach him and scratch all his favorite spots, sometimes just stand next to him, sometimes ask him to come with me to another clump of grass...mixing up neutral "being with" and highly pleasant "being with" and asking something "doing with."

This has been working nicely to move me into a much favored position in his view of all things in his world. His lacadaisical attitude towards acknowledging me is disappearing, in favor of a much more pleasant, happy eyed, head lift and approach...very gratifying.

Recently, I have been bringing an old, beat up Wintec drassage saddle and girth into the pasture with me, along with a three step mounting block.  I am escalating the things I am "doing with" him...but, all, still within the framework of being with him either neutrally or in scratching and purring mode.  

He and I will hang out together, savoring what kind of day we are in...the light, the temperature, the air quality, the breeze, the sounds, our distance from each other, our little body movements...whatever is happening for, to and around both of us.  I might then approach him and give him some of his favorite scratching...finding just the right spot that has him lifting his head from the grass and gazing off into space as his lower lip begins to droop and quiver...THAT's the spot!

Eventually, I might ask him to walk with me over to the saddle, thrown on the ground, and give it a sniff...no problem for him.  I'll pick up the girth, considering its length, color and texture, and offer this to him to sniff.  Then we'll walk away and go graze somewhere.

Sometime later, I will go to the mounting block, climb the steps and whistle him over..."Could you come over and show me what you know how to do when I am on this thing?"  He knows what I am asking, meanders over and presents his middle back to me.  I lean over him, exclaiming over what a good boy, and scratch his far side, then scratch his back, behind his ears.  Then I walk back to my chair and sit down.

Repeat as necessary until all these new props are as common place as the grass and chair we started with.

A few days ago, I advanced this game to throwing the saddle on his back and walking away...so he was free to go graze with it balanced up there.  When he'd carried it around for a while, I drew him to me for a good scratching and then hooked up the girth...just tight enough to keep the saddle from rolling.

I lost Yogi when I did this. He stood stock still and went away from behind his eyes.  It was so obvious that he now KNEW he was saddled and could anticipate something not to his liking...who knows what it is or was.  So, I went and sat down...back to neutral, while he processed his new environment.  When his head and neck moved again, I got up and asked him to come to me, to move his feet.  He hesitated for a little while, but then took a couple of tentative steps.

I quit him, whipped the saddle and girth off of him and companion walked him back to his stall and waiting lunch.

So, this morning, I wondered what we might discover.  As I threw the saddle down and he came over to me, he went right to the saddle and sniffed it.  So, I hefted it up on his back.  Then we walked down to watch Nancy playing with the other horses in the next pasture for a while.  Then we walked back up to the girth and I put it on him.  He left me and went back down to watch his buddies.  But, he was moving and hadn't gone away inside.

So, I walked down and joined him watching the horseplay over the fence.  After a bit, I asked him if he'd come walk with me, which he did.  We left the pasture and had a nice walk through the barn (we did stop for a quick carrot treat) and down through the woods, around the back of the property and ended up over at the arena, where...wonder of wonders, I found some Senior feed to treat him with...all good stuff for him. (He has now totally forgotten to consider that he has a saddle on his back.)

We went into the arena, me carrying a bowl of the Senior Feed...NOW I really had his attention. As soon as I got myself out into the center of the arena, Yogi went into automatic and began to walk/trot around me...again, with no one home behind his eyes.  So, I just stood and waited, ignoring his circling...not making him wrong, but not rewarding it either.  I was waiting for him to come back to relating to me, not the circumstances.Eventually, he turned and faced me and I invited him in.  We just stood together...beginning (I trust) to break down the neural pathways that had driven him to his earlier behavior.

After a bit, I got out two barrels and two cones, placed them about 20 feet from me in rough quarters of the circle and began to send him out to each item to "Go touch." My logic was to have him relate to me and the circle in a totally different way than lunging around me. When he touched one of the items, I praised him and invited him back for a handful from my bowl of yummies.  He caught on pretty quick and began leaving as soon as he'd eaten his treat, to go touch something else. 

As soon as this started happening, he didn't get treats unless he touched the item that my body language was indicating. Funny to watch, he didn't get what he was doing "not right" and defaulted to his lunging around me behavior.  I waited. Then he just stood and stared at me.  I waited. Then he went and nosed the barrel closest to him.  I waited.  Finally, he nosed the cone I had pointed at and he got a jackpot.

On and on this game went, with Yogi totally involved now, saddle on his back a non-issue.  And our bond growing stronger with every moment. When we finally quit, I had him help me roll the barrels back to their corner, which he thought was hilarious fun...I'd kick it and then he'd swoosh it with the side of his face, and then get a treat.

We left the arena and walked over to the Dorm so I could take the saddle off of him and put it in the feed shed...he stood nice and still for this and while I put his flymask back on and then we walked to his stall so he could have his lunch.

Such a nice day that was not about the saddle, but was all about the saddle and the fun we had with him in it. Little by little, Yogi will stay "in" throughout the entire saddling, bridling and riding process.  It may take another 6 months of this kind of teeny-tiny steps.  But, our experience today reinforces, for me, that it will be totally worth every moment!

Perfect Poem for today...and every day!

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Mark Hartley: "Be Still"

Posted by Phyllis Cole-Dai on Jun 23, 2014 12:00 am

 

while you worry about what each note means,

the band plays on.

you are running from a dog

who only chases because you run.

turn and face him.

though you hear the buzzing of the bee grow louder

be still.

do not fear a sting you have never felt,

you just might be a flower.

do not worry

about things falling into place.

where they fall

is the place

 

Liberty Workshops Photos Now Up!

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings, Herdmates...


The wonderful photos that Brenda took of last weekend's Liberty Workshop are now all posted and captioned. Click on  the "MORE" tab and then Click Photo Gallery, look for the June 2014 album.  The photos  tell a great story of what last wekend was about, so I will not go into anymore detail here.

I can sum up the entire experience, though, in a great statement made by one of our auditors, Marianne, who said:


...Here's my discovery:  Being quiet (entering stillness) does NOT mean a
withdrawal or collapse of energy!

As an introvert, this is huge for my understanding, so I'm delighted if it is
helpful for others!  ...


Throughout last weekend we saw and felt the POWER of stillness, of allowing things to come through you instead of doing things you think you should.  This is definitely a learned skill and takes time and patience.  But, when you witness how every horse, no matter what its outward manifestations, was drawn to and seduced by the stillness that Robin and her students created, it makes it all worth the effort!

I am in hopes that everyone who witnessed the events of last weekend will be practicing their own approach to guieting their actions and their thoughts and finding how to just BE with themselves and their horses!


As a wonderful aftereffect of last weekend, we are going to plan to have Robin come to teach the September 13-14 two-day workshop. Since she was able to maintain her energy and stamina without undue hardship at this event, she is very confident that she will be able to do so again, in September, with another three months of healing.

So, our September Workshop will be an official Robin Gates seminar, just a two day instead of three.  The cost will be $275 for auditing tuition and $400 for you and your horse to be one of the 4 demonstrations.  A few of you had already signed up for the September event when Nancy and I were going to teach it, and the price did not have to cover airfare or Robin's day rate.  Apologies for this mid-stream change of plan.  I will be contacting you each directly to give you the opportunity to opt out, if this price hike requires you to do so.  I do hope that you will be able to remain with us, as the opportunity to experience Robin is always worth the extra $$$!!  Especially with all the enhanced teaching approaches her experiences of the past year have given her!!


Meantime, there is still space in next month's Liberty Immersion Retreat, July 18-20.  This is a small group event, designed to help just five people and their horses get to a deeper relationship and working bond.  The pace is laid back and easy, with lots of time for you to just BE with your horse...without the day to day time constraints we all endure.  You can stay in The Bunkhouse while your horse enjoys a private paddock and just take three days to enjoy being with your horse, learn more about just how to do that and get some great ideas for fun things to try with your horse when you are in the bond!.  Cost is all inclusive...lessons, lunches and dinners, overnights in the Bunkhouse and board for one horse...$1,050/person.

For more info, click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser window:    http://i.imgur.com/kgjx5yt.png


Hope to see you soon.





Liberty Workshop Day One

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 14, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first day in the LIberty Workshop has been an inspiration all the way!!  Most of our auditors were longtime fans of Liberty work, but we also welcomed three delightful new seekers.

We began with a Circle filled with gratitude and beautifully expressed deep feelings of connection to Robin, to our horses and to life itself.  Everyone went very deep, very fast...and this seemed to set the tone for the day. Robin was back here with us all, looking strong and healthy, and we were all feeling very blessed.  Her husband, Neal, was also with us and we were able to express our thanks to him for caring for Robin singlehandedly throughout this last year's healing journey.

This workshop's horse demos happened to be all Alums of Robin's, all familiar with the basics of Liberty Work.  So we got to witness the teaching of some finer points, some of the finesse involved in making this approach to relationship with your horse an art-form.

Our first horse/human demonstration was Cathie and her new Canadian mare, Nica.  Robin guided Cathie into more effective use of her pushing energy and in how to find stillness and then allow actions to arise from it.  Fascinating to watch and when Cath got it, the mare was right with her!

Next up was Maggie with her 2 year old Gypsian, Gowi.  Robin asked her to show us what she'd been working on and we were all blown away by what came next!  Maggie took two of the food bowls out to the center of the arena and placed them on the ground, 20 feet apart.  Gowi walked with her, but respected the fact that the food was not his to grab.  Then Maggie walked away and her little horse turned away from both bowls of yummies and came to her to be taken back to get his just rewards!  It was a delightful demo of true respect.  We watched this happen over and over, sometimes he would trot with her, sometimes just stroll, but always happy to be with her, and, at best, optimistic about the treat possibilities!

I had to leave about then to help get lunch rustled up, so I can't tell you what Maggie and Robin worked on...I just know that when asked by Robin, Maggie said she would just like to work on getting more of this same true connection.

After a yummy lunch by Brenda, we watched Jeanne and her Morgan gelding, Shiloh.  Shiloh can get very lifted and scary and that's how he started his time in the arena.  Jeanne has come a long way in her own ability to stay grounded with him, but he was still needing more from her than she was able to give.  Nancy went into the arena to help Jeanne ground herself further and there ensued a lesson in the difference between staccato movement/energy and legato.  Again, we learned more of the finer points of energy projection and action arising from stillness.  It was so impressive to see Shiloh come right back to earth when Jeanne, Nancy and Robin were all out there grounding and breathing and calming their energies.

Last up, Nancy played with Holly, Rosemary's mare.  Nancy and Holly have been doing liberty at her home stables for a couple of years now and the mare has just begun to be something more than aloof.  But, in a new circumstance today, she reverted to her default aloofness.  So, Robin had Nancy lower the bar for her, to improve the draw...to make it easy for the mare to want to play the game.  It took a little while, but she finally came in and then began to pay direct and earnest attention to what Nancy was asking.  Very informative and touching.

At end of day, we were all thrilled that Robin's energy had lasted the entire day...and so was she!  She taught all four horse demos and truly didn't appear to be tiring!  The day went by quite quickly and was actually over by 3:30...short but tremendously powerful.

Looking forward to Day Two tomorrow and hoping that Robin's energy and stamina continue to support her and all of us!!


Ready for a Superb Weekend!!

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings, Herdmates...

Spent the entire day getting ready for our two day Liberty Training Workshop, June 14-15.   And getting excited about our special gift of a visit from Robin and her husband, Neal.


Robin has just posted an inspirational letter on the Independat Liberty Trainer site as well as her GoFund Me site...if you haven't read it yet, do it now!!!  A wonderful update and commentary on her past year of hurting and healing.  Very special, as is she!


Robin, we are so glad you are coming back to be with us again!


Four horses and their humans, lots of auditors...just like old times!!!  It's all SO good!


See you all on Saturday morning at 8:30am!!


Lynn

Absolute miracle!

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so I blogged about the loss of my computer hard drive data through my own temper tantrum...and have since found out that the data can be retrieved for roughly $1,700.  NOT!!! 


Decided to simply knuckle down and start to rebuild my contacts list...beginning with those scheduled to attend next weekend's Liberty Workshop.  (Thank goodnes ofr white boards...at least the names and payments were not lost!) Took some addresses from an external hard drive used in 2012, asked for others through Facebook and websites.  Had all but one address cobbled together to be able to send out the event details.


This morning I remembered that  the last name was an aquaintance of someone else on the list, so E-mailed her to relay any contact info she might have.  Got a Reply containing an e-mail for that last person....EUREKA!!


I open my "Contacts" to add this new info and see that ALL of my original contacts, all the groups I had formed, all of the Liberty Herd names I thought were lost, are all back and ready for use!!!!  This is unbelievable!  All that info is only on the broken hard drive, sitting in the broken computer at the hard drive guy's place in Monroe.  There was no Cloud backup. It wasn't on the 2012 info harddrive we downloaded when we set up the new computer a week ago.  Where did all this vital info come from this morning?


My tech-savvy nephew is totally stumped, cannot make any sense of how it could have gotten there.


For myself, I choose to believe that it is a miracle and an affirmation that all is right with our Herd and our efforts here at the Farm!! And, all must be in readiness for Robin's visit next weekend...the ripples continue!


Blessed be!


Lynn

Computer operator error...bigtime!!

Posted by Lynn Elston on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

AAAurrghhh!!  Temper tantrums and computers do NOT mix.  When my "late" computer managed to lose 5 of my just created (and unsaved) paragraphs, I lost it and slammed my hands down on my desk...jolting the computer, and, apparently, sending the hard drive into spasms of dysfunction.


Well, the data recovery guy is working to see if he can get me my contacts and documents back.  I am hoping for the best, BUT...

If you have a spare moment and would like to be on the Liberty Herd E-mail notification list, kindly send your E-mail (and phone if you like) to me at fromthemotherfarm@frontier.com .  Do this, especially, if you are coming to the June 14-15 liberty Workshop, as I have lost the list for that and will have difficulty sending out the details for that two day event.


Also, if you know of others who might not be reading this blog, could you let them know to send me their addresses?


All of your help is appreciated!


Lynn

So many things to tell you all...

Posted by Lynn Elston on May 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings, Herdmates...

I have so many things to share with you, pull up your chair and settle in!

Sad news first...

About ten days ago, Robin had to put down her beloved Cabo.  He was 28 and such a wise old soul.  We are so sorry for the loss of this magnificent being.  If you remember Robin's earlier videos, Cabo is the horse whose signature move was the buck-rear, buck-rear playfulness when he and Robin danced...a complete expression of joy!

I have my own remembrance of Cabo, as he gave me my first experience of consciously "looping." I was at Robin's for a four day intensive and I approached Cabo out in the fields. As we stood together, I became so very aware of his presence next to me and our "being" together...it was extraordinary.  Then I began to wonder if we could move together within this bond, so I set off. We walked all over those fields, taking in the beautiful scenery, breathing in the air, but, mostly, just being in unison, together.  It was such an intimate and wondrously peaceful experience, I will never forget it.  My gratitude to you, Cabo, for this gift!

Another sad loss for all of us on the Farm is Nancy's noble dog, Gryphyn, who lost his battle with lymphoma a week ago.  He was only 9 years old.  Nancy did everything humanly and humanely possible to keep him with us, and he did remarkably well for a very long time. Gryph has been lighting up this Farm since he was an 8 week old pup.  We will miss his handsome and gentle presence very much.  Our hearts go out to you, Nancy and Eric.

Now, a moment of silence for these two exquisite souls who have left our lives.

And, now, onto the possibilities in the future!!

We are happily preparing for the June 14-15 Liberty Workshop. All of our horse spots are filled and we have just two auditor spots left.  Payments are coming in (thank you all) and I will be in touch towards the end of next week with details about the event.  We are so pleased to have Robin and her husband, Neal, coming to share this special weekend with us...just one year from the times we gathered in shock and sorrow to send healing energy Robin's way and to support each other as we struggled to cope with Robin's accident.  How perfect that we can get together now, one year later, and celebrate her and all of us and look towards the future!

After that workshop, the next events here on the Farm will be our small group Liberty Immersion Retreats.  These are for those of you who would like to go deep to explore the possibilities of relationship in Liberty Training.  Only five people, three days that include one on one lessons, group experimentation, all lunches and dinners, and that all important "hang-time" with your horse.  The July 18-20 immersion Retreat still has 2 openings and the August 15-17 Retreat has 1. The cost for this one of a kind opportunity is $1,050/person. 

An added bonus, we can now accept major credit cards for your payments on workshops and retreats...so get yourself those points!! (We do have to charge an additional 3.75% for this convenience...making the credit card cost for the Immersion Retreats $1,089.)

This year, on August 21-24, FTMF will be hosting a Centered Riding Instructor Update Course, taught by our favorite CR Clinician, Karen Irland.  We are looking for student riders for the updating instructors to teach. Since the central principles of Centered Riding dovetail so beautifully with Liberty/Relationship work, it would be wonderful to have many of you Liberty enthusiasts and your horses as our student rider guinea pigs!!!

The instructors may come from all over the world...every CR instructor must update every two or three years...so you will receive instruction from some very interesting and effective teachers!  Check out the link in the "Guest Guru" tab (click on the More tab first) under Karen Irland and get in touch if you'd like to take advantage of this great chance to get some highly effective tips for your riding skills! Oh, yes...Nancy and I will be two of those updaters!!

E-mail or call me to sign yourself up, or get in touch through the website.  We would love to have you!

One more thing...if you have enjoyed this website, please share it with your friends and add us as a link in your own website.  I am not particularly computer savvy, but I understand that the more websites that link to this one, the more the search engines will pick this website up...meaning more folks will be exposed to the possibilities of what Liberty Training has to offer. Much gratitude to you all for spreading the word and sharing what you enjoy.

I think that about does it for all the news I have to share.  I hope that you are all enjoying your horses and exploring the possibilities for deepening your relationships. Keep on playing and come see us sometime soon!

Lynn






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