**FULL** A Unique Professional Development Opportunity!

Sept. 27th-29th, 2019 Banyandah Naturally, NSW, Australia

Join internationally-acclaimed author and leading expert Leif Hallberg for a unique hands-on experience to learn more about the role of the horse in human health, and how connection to animals and the natural world can be clinically and educationally beneficial.

Having opened the eyes and minds of countless people across the world through her books and workshops, Leif brings her wisdom to Australia in the form of this not-to-be -missed professional development workshop.

This introductory workshop explores the myriad of benefits that can be gained from respectful, mindful interactions between horses, humans and the natural world. We invite you to take this unique opportunity to learn and grow with horses while also honing your “humanship” skills.

What You Will Learn

  • How the innate human connection to animals and natural world can be mutually beneficial.
  • The role of the horse in human healthcare, education, and coaching while gaining insight into the practices for application and the ethics of appropriating another species for human wellbeing.pr
  • How interactions with horses hone “humanship” skills – or the ability to be more present, aware, thoughtful, authentic, and connective.
  • How these “humanship” skills can be applied to your professional relationships, your work with clients or students, and your personal life.
  • How to differentiate between equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning, what clients or students are appropriate for which intervention, and how to recognize safe and ethical equine-assisted programs.

What to Expect

  • Hands-on learning and personal experiences with horses, each other, and the natural world all in the context of professional development!
  • A focus on personal awareness and practicing “humanship” skills.
  • Time for discussion, individual reflection, and group process
  • A focus on building authentic, respectful connection.

Length of Workshop

  • 3 Days with 15+ hours of continuing education.
  • Workshop runs Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-12:30.
  • There is an optional early arrival Thursday for a welcome dinner.


September 27th-29th, 2019 – Banyandah Naturally, Howlong NSW.


  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $625.00 USD (includes morning tea and lunch Friday and Saturday). Reserve your spot now and pay in full BEFORE JULY 15th to receive the discount.
  • After July 15th the cost for the workshop is $825.00 USD.
  • Dinners are optional and will be billed separately.

Recommended Reading

Hallberg, L. (2018). The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy: Including Horses in Human Healthcare. Routledge.

Louv, R. (2012). The Nature Principle. Algonquin Books.

Schoen, A & Gorden, S. The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses. (Trafalgar Square Books, 2018).


  • To register, download, save, and fill in this Workshop Registration Form. Email the completed form back to Leif at lhallberg1@gmail.com.
  • Once Leif has received your registration form, she will email you a PayPal invoice. You must pay in full before July 15th to receive the Early Bird Discount and your spot is not assured until you submit payment.
  • If you need to arrange a payment plan, please email Leif at lhallberg1@gmail.com as soon as possible to discuss options.



On-site lodge rooms are now booked. However, there is still caravan parking and camping available. Contact Jane at Banyandah Naturally (banyandahnaturally@bigpond.com) for more information or to reserve.

Other local options include:

Kismet Lodges

Howlong Golf Resort 



Morning tea on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and afternoon snacks on Friday and Saturday are included in the workshop cost. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Breakfasts and dinners are on your own. If you are staying at Banyandah there are cooking facilities at both the Light House Lodge and the Cattleman’s Hut. Dinner can also be catered for an additional expense.

Make sure to bring any speciality food items you might need or want to help you feel grounded and nurtured during your workshop experience.


Banyandah is about 45 minutes from the Albury airport. There is a shuttle that can be arranged from the airport, or you can hire a car. It would be most cost effective to group up with others who are attending the workshop and share the cost of a car hire or shuttle. If you would like help connecting to others, email Leif.

Border Shuttle Bus

Hertz Car Rental 

Avis Car Rental

Budget Car Rental

To Bring

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Come prepared for being outside in all types of weather – rain, sun, heat, you name it! Sunscreen, sun hat, rain coat, etc.
  • Dress in comfortable horse/outdoor appropriate clothing.
  • Wear enclosed/water resistant shoes (hiking boots, paddock boots, cowboy boots). NO sandals or flip flops or flimsy tennis shoes.
  • Bring any speciality snacks you want/need.


Email Leif at lhallberg1@gmail.com with your completed registration form and with any questions regarding the workshop.

Email Jane at banyandahnaturally@bigpond.com with questions related to Banyandah Naturally, and on-site lodging options.