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2021 Online Conference


Nourished: The Role of Beauty, Nourishment , Safety and Strength in Equine, Animal and Nature Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning


Our 2021 Online Conference featured a never before seen line-up of International Presenters, including leaders in Equine, Animal and Nature Assisted/ Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning.

Our 2021 Nourished Conference featured the following Groundbreaking International Presenters:

Dr Aubrey FineKeynote Speaker

Noel Haarburger - Deepening Your Relationship With Nature

Nancy Parish-Plass - When Chronic Maltreatment in Childhood Closes the door to Psychotherapy, Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Opens a Window: AAP in the Context of of Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma and AAP

Katarina Lundgren - Becoming Present by Becoming Whole: Developing an Individual Toolbox of Resources with Horses and the Natural World

Mckrell Baier, Dr James Herrera & Dr Fred Provenza - How Horses and Nature Support Health, Learning, Growth and Healing

Dr Risë VanFleet  - Voluntary Participation of Animals for Therapy: Building Reciprocal Relationships with Animal Therapy Partners

Summer Farrelly - Chickens and Humans, Communication and Connection. Are we so Different?

Meg Kirby - Kind Kangaroos, Wise Horses and Coming Home to Nature: Working with Animals, Horses and Nature in Psychotherapy

Nadine Delaney - Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum : Offering Safe, Strength-Focussed and Nature-Based Opportunities

Dr Veronica Lac Nourishment Through The Daring HERD®

Kimberly Beck Un-domesticating Therapy™: Embracing the Opportunity and Responsibility to be Nature-Connected and Ecologically-Literate Practitioners 

Tracie Faa-ThompsonNot Just Horsing Around: Creating a Therapeutic Space Utilising the Combined Power of Animals and Play

Claudia Paretilla-Guardi The Power of Simplicity; Finding the Nourishing Connection with Nature Within

Ann Poulsen Building Capacity: How Animal Assisted Therapies can support children and adolescents experiencing challenges in their lives

Katie AsmusIncorporating Nature-Based Ceremony in Therapy for Resource, Trauma Healing and Rites of Passage

Paula Jewell - Animal Assisted Learning: Lessons From the Animal World

Judy Brightman Cultivating our Inner Garden to Nourish Ourselves and Create a Grounded, Embodied Presence for our Clients and Horses

Bettina Shultz-Jobe & Kate Naylor - Natural Lifemanship is Secure Attachment in Action 

Tanya Bailey The PACE Model of animal-assisted interactions: A process to design and implement sound therapeutic practice with humans and animals

Blair McKissock The biopsychosocial impact of connection

Linda Chassman Craddock Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: A sideways approach to working with client stuckness or resistance and fostering clients' natural interest, engagement and enjoyment of psychotherapy

Shannon Knapp Equine Assisted Mindfulness: Mindfulness Meditation with Horses

Some feedback from our conference attendees:

The Nourished Conference provided much nourishment, enrichment, and fun for my soul during an incredibly difficult time during the Pandemic! Exceptional presenters and tools for our therapy practice and our animal partners! Thank you!

I found this year’s Nourished conference to be both educational and inspiring and I am already looking forward to joining next year’s!! Thank you for having me.

Thank you for this wonderful NOURISHED conference. It really gave me a lot of insights into the world of equine assisted therapy, animal assisted therapy, nature based therapy, play therapy, adventure therapy and ceremony… The work you are doing at the Equine Psychotherapy Institute sounds incredible and I hope to be a part of this movement in the near future. Also, all of the work that is being done by all of the amazing presenters in this conference blew my mind. Thank you!!! The world certainly needs people like this!

The Nourished conference was an eye opener that gave me a lot of ideas for my practice. It was great to connect with what other people are doing across the world, and I felt like it was truly a global community- very empowering! This experience has truly assisted me with my personal and professional work.

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for this conference! The connection with nature and animals is soul caressing. In these times, your conference has been enriching perhaps more than ever.

feedback from past conferences

Thankyou Meggin and Noel for such a fantastic conference. The diversity of the speakers brought richness that I was able to draw from, translate, and will apply to my EAL Practice….the centre is looking great…I love the new conference building”

“The EPI Conference was a great opportunity to re-visit and refresh the work, network with other practitioners, and to be inspired by the work others are doing”

“The EPI Conference offers the opportunity to reconnect with other practitioners, hear about what others are doing, where they have come from and where they are heading in this work! It’s an invaluable opportunity to recharge and reassess where I am on my own journey…”

“Professional model, beautiful environment, warm atmosphere, great food, and consistently well presented topics. Thank you.”

“Loved the support, connection, and comradery with the institute. Great to be a part of this”

“Educational, inspirational, great place to connect with other lovers of the model”

“I loved the power and authenticity of this model and work. It is something you live and breathe, not just something you do for work”

“The conference and post conference workshop were fantastic. The workshop was on developmental attachment and trauma which is a niche interest of mine, and how to integrate the psychotherapeutic process with horses. It was really incredible. I’ve previously done a 5 day trauma intensive with Noel (the presenter) and I’ve done a lot of study on trauma and attachment over the years, but for some reason this one day really brought it all home for me in a powerful way. I had many ah ha moments and I feel more confident about offering complex trauma recovery sessions.”

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