Deepen your understanding for the horse and become even better in your work
When working with horses professionally, personally or in equine assisted/facilitated practices, you probably want to make sure that you cause “no harm” to the horse.
Equine welfare requires knowing about horses. Because let’s face it: a horse is not simply a horse – to us. But what is a horse – and how can a shift in your perspective change the way you work with them?
Just like us, you have probably asked yourself:
- How do I work with horses in an authentic and respectful way?
- What does it take to “see” the horse so that my interaction with them promotes welfare for all parties involved, free of pressures and force?
- How can I connect to this other being in such a way that our interactions become free of pressures, anticipation and expectation but instead a communication?
Despite seemingly thousands of books, videos and trainings, it is difficult to find good and applicable knowledge on this topic. There are a lot of trainers and seasoned horse people who can and will describe their knowledge on horses. Some have training systems and methods, not all of them reflect their theoretical approach entirely. Also, there are many scientific studies, which of course are valuable and important – yet say nothing about the actual application.
And then there are people who know „how to“, who actually live what so many others are aiming for. They do not promote, often do not even speak in public – they typically keep to themselves. Are you interested in meeting a few of them?
In this comprehensive online symposium, you will get to know a hand-picked selection of true horse people from around the world, who are not on the forefront of the horse industry. They are not the ones with the big marketing efforts. Each one of them has a very special way of being with horses. And each one agreed to share with you some of their gained knowledge, which will hopefully improve your understanding of “the horse” and make more authentic interactions with them possible.
Because a horse is a horse, of course – and yet so much more.
Your Ticket Package
The speakers were all selected carefully and recommended whole-heartedly by Ilka Parent as voices that are too rarely heard in the horse world, providing so much insights for all of us.
Six semi-structured interviews
Extensive video interviews with all the speakers, revealing their unique approach to horses and many inspiring, practical ideas. – More than 8 hours of video content! Plus: Audio versions of each video!
English and German
Almost all interviews were conducted in English. Yet, all video content is available in English AND German, directly or via subtitles.
Take your time
With your ticket you get to access the videos for six months – so you can take your time to thoroughly work through them.
What people say about the Symposium
We are all here together with different perspectives, different talents and different strengths, and it’s this wonderful group of people who aren’t in it to compete with one another but are in it for the same goal: to be here for the horses.
Emily Kieson – Research Director, MiMer Centre
... Trying to understand 'who' the horse actually is, because that is very absent. We know very little about its life.
Crispin Parelius Johanessen – Equine Fine Arts Photographer
In the real world, I would love if we as human creatures would be balanced again, to where we do not need horses, but we want to be with horses and that we let them be who they are.
Eva Balzer – TCM & EFL practitioner, Coach
Join us today
Be there, when some of the leading, yet rarely-heard horse people finally share their insights and experiences with all of us. And join the discussion on how to become even better partners for our horses!
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About this Symposium
Due to the pandemic, we have opted to offer this year’s symposium online: As always, Ilka Parent had strong vision for the selection of speakers, which were chosen for their work and expertise, and led comprehensive, semi-structured interviews each of them.
These interviews will be provided on the Symposium platform starting Nov 20, 2021. They can be viewed for a period of six months. Questions that may arise can be submitted to the team. Depending on the number of questions and the interest expressed, an online panel discussion with these speakers will take place as a live zoom event in March 2022, where your questions will be addressed and discussed by the entire panel. This set up allows for you to have enough time to review and potentially "study" what is being presented as information during the interviews.
The symposium was the creative vision of Ilka Parent/Minds-n-Motion. Sensitized due to her work as equine assisted Traumapsychotherapist, welfare of all beings involved in equine assisted work has been increasingly her focus. As the psychotherapeutic, personal growth and coaching market has been flooded for many years now with a variety of modalities that advertise the incorporation of animals, the necessity to look at their welfare came to fruition in 2016 when she decided to organize and host yearly symposiums to look closer at “A Horse is a Horse, of Course!?”.
Since the summer of 2017, Ilka Parent has organized yearly symposiums to look at this and associated topics from varying perspectives. All previous symposiums are available in form of a series of compendiums, each one containing the written articles of the presentations that were given.
Mission: To improve the safety, care and well-being of horses, donkeys and mules in equine interaction programs through science, compassionate inquiry, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
A team effort: Over the past five years, many have contributed and assisted Ilka Parent to make these yearly events happen. In 2021, Daniela Kämmerer of Body, Mind & Horses, has joined to host this year’s online event, Lizzie MacKenzie supports with her great film editing work.
Goal: The symposium is intended to create a platform for speakers and attendees alike to come together, discuss and share their knowledge on equines in general and equines in horse-human interactive programs. Proceeds, as always, will go towards funding future research on equine welfare and wellbeing in equine assisted/facilitated programs and equine-based therapy services to clients in need.
Event Trailer (2018)
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What you'll get:
- Hand-picked and cutting-edge content on equine welfare and wellness with the potential to transform your perspective and work
- Access to over 8 hours of inspiring video material
- Audio files for each video
- All video content available in English and German
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Be there when those rare voices in the horse world finally and exclusively share their unique insights in this online format and let them inspire and inform your own work and connection with horses!
Your ticket purchase contributes to the funding of further research dedicated to equine welfare and wellness in worldwide equine assisted/facilitated psychotherapeutic programs.
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