'Making it Easy for You and Your Horse'
Feldenkrais® and Tellington TTouch® Methods
with Edie Jane Eaton

'Making it Easy for You and Your Horse'  
A retreat clinic blending Feldenkrais® and 
Tellington TTouch® Methods
with   
TTouch instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner 
  
Edie Jane Eaton
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October 19 at 4:00p.m. through October 23 at 11:00 a.m.2020 
 
  1. Tellington body wrap
  2. Our indoor arena
  3. Delicious meals
  4. One of our comfortable rooms
  5. Tellington body wrap
  6. People gathering in a tipi
  7. Delicious meals
  8. Woman connection with a horse
  9. Tellington pulls
Could it be possible that your horse - and you -  could be more comfortable,  be more connected, move more easily, and be more fully present and at peace? 


Aren't we all looking for a magical heart-felt connection with our horses?

If you have horses in your life, this retreat clinic, combining Feldenkrais and TTouch for both human and horse, is for you! Regardless of the discipline or experience. Whether you are a trail rider, competitive rider, work with your horses on the ground, do liberty work, volunteer at a rescue or therapeutic riding center. Whether you grew up with horses or came to them later in life.
 
About Tellington TTouch & Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful approach to improving your life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. In Feldenkrais this is known as Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®). Similar to Tai Chi or gentle yoga, Awareness Through Movement uses slow, mindful movements to achieve powerful effects in terms of strength, flexibility, and holistic integration of body and mind. Unique to the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is that these lessons tie directly into functional movements of daily life, such as walking efficiently, improving one’s posture in sitting or standing and be balanced while we are around our horses either on the ground or in the saddle. 

The Tellington TTouch method uses two basic techniques: Bodywork & Groundwork.
  • The Bodywork consists of different ways of touching the horse: One type of touch is the circular Tellington TTouch, in which your fingers gently push the skin in a clockwise circle and a quarter. Other TTouches include strokes and slides, using your hands in different ways to provide different effects; and lifts, in which the tissue is lifted gently against gravity and supported as tensions release. These touches, strokes & slides help to increase awareness, speed healing and relieve tension. Mindful touching helps us to feel areas of tension, and become aware of where the horse has concerns about our touch. The significance of this is that there are consistent relationships between tension patterns and behavior, and relieving the tension can change the behavior.
  • The Groundwork involves moving & leading techniques to find ways to help the horse walk in balance. We observe them as they move and support them with TTouches and other TTouch tools, such as body wraps. Their increased awareness of themselves, and the postural changes that come about, allow them a new experience of themselves and their environment that carries over into everyday life.

What We Will Learn
Your days will be spent moving between learning TTouch® and Feldenkrais® techniques, experiencing their benefits for yourself, and carrying what you've learned to the horses.

We will begin on Monday evening with a short introduction to TTouch and Feldenkrais. We'll enjoy some experience of both, which should help us all sleep well - while processing what we have learned so far - and prepare us for the full and fun days ahead.

The workshop includes simple yet powerful and profound Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons and some of the many Tellington Touches and TTouch Body Wraps. You will learn how to identify which of your own postures and movements are easy, and which cause distress, through a process that involves listening to the whispers within yourself that say “ow” or “aaahhh.” This awareness will help guide you to easier ways of doing what you wish to do. There will be time for discussion and attention to particular concerns. You will spend time lying on the floor (unless that’s difficult, in which case the lessons can be adapted to chairs) making slow movements. You should wear warm and comfortable clothing.  

Our time with the horses will consist of a lot of hands-on experience, demonstrations and discussion of concepts and techniques. You will learn how to relieve tension, fear of contact, soreness or discomfort and transform nervous, spooky or resistant horses and improve attitude and behavior. You will also learn techniques to speed healing and recovery from injury and illness in horses. The TTouch techniques for first-aid offer horse owners an invaluable tool. Hundreds of case histories about emergencies with colic, illness or injury demonstrate the value of TTouch work to keep a horse out of shock or to bring a horse out of shock while waiting for the veterinarian. ​

This three-day workshop counts toward certification in the TTEAM Practitioner Training Program. Two-3 day clinics are permitted to replace one of the required 6-day trainings of the certification program.
CEU's may be available for NCBTMB members (contact NCBTMB to verify and apply).

If you like more information about what to expect, or if you have any issues you are particularly interested in focusing on, please contact Edie Jane at [email protected]


The Farm
And you can indulge yourself in the comfort and beauty that the farm offers! Mountain Horse Farm is a horse and farm sanctuary and a wellness retreat. The retreat includes 4 overnight stays in a comfortable and gracious private room, all meals starting with dinner on the first evening and ending with breakfast on the last morning. It also includes snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during our time together. There will be no teaching on Friday morning. We'll enjoy our last breakfast together and check-out is by 11:00a.m.  
 
You will be working with our herd of horses. They are a well-established herd of six, all different breeds and sizes who live a life as natural as possible with lots of freedom and choices. Bringing your own horses is not possible.
 
We welcome 6-8 participants. We keep it small & intimate to create a wonderful opportunity for learning and bonding. Edie-Jane is staying at the farm as well.
  
​​​Mountain Horse Farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, famous for its wineries and breweries, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. You may want to consider adding a few days to your trip to explore the area. ​​
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profile picture Edie Jane

There's an old saying that goes, "Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves." That's what "listening to whispers" is all about: paying attention to the small things in order to make changes in the big things. Who doesn't dream of making changes in their life - whether in performance, comfort, tension, stress or behavior?
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The journey that led me to practice both TTouch and Feldenkrais has been circular. I had become fascinated with the Feldenkrais Method in the early 1980s, when I saw how it helped my elderly mother when she was dealing with the pain of a deteriorating hip. Feldenkrais lessons allowed her to move more easily. Later, when she had a stroke, the Feldenkrais work helped her not only to move better, but also to think and express herself more clearly. It was astounding!

​​​Knowing that I worked with horses, my Feldenkrais mentor suggested I look into the work of Linda Tellington-Jones, a Feldenkrais practitioner and renowned equestrian who had integrated aspects of the Feldenkrais Method into her work with animals. The system she developed is known as Tellington TTouch Training. Once I saw Linda work, I was utterly hooked.​​

That was over 30 years ago. I spent as much time as I possibly could working with Linda and her sister Robyn Hood, continuing to be delighted and amazed by the work while practicing and teaching it. In 1996, I completed the four-year practitioner training in the Feldenkrais Method. My experience with each method has enhanced my understanding of the other. The circle continues . . .


As a practitioner of both TTouch and Feldenkrais I am available for private lessons or consultations. I teach Feldenkrais workshops with humans, and TTouch workshops with horses (known as TTEAM work), companion animals, and humans (TTouch for You) at home and as far afield as Africa and Australia. I have presented sessions at the Pain Clinic of the Ottawa General Hospital, at several schools of veterinary medicine and at veterinary conferences. I have taught at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, at the New York Open Center in New York City, and at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. I am also an instructor of Tellington Method practitioners around the world.


I am grateful to all the animals, people and possibilities that have contributed to shaping my life, and I am confident that there are still more of each around the corner. Perhaps you will be among them!
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RESERVATIONS

Price:
  • Sign up by yourself and stay in a room by yourself with a private bathroom - all-inclusive rate: $1,750+tax
  • Sign up with 2 or more people that share a room: each of you will receive a $200 discount. 
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Our rooms either have 1 king bed, 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds.
Please let us know about your preferences.


​If you are signing up with 2 or more people that share a room, please all sign up online individually, and mention that you would like to share a room. We will apply the discount after we receive your online booking.

We may have a few spots available for people that live locally and don't wish to include overnight accommodations. Please call Suzanne at 585-374-5056 or email at [email protected] for availability and details.


Waiver: You will be required to sign a waiver.

​Deposit & final payment:
To hold your spot, we will ask for payment of a deposit of $550.00 per person. The balance is due two months  before the clinic.


Cancellation policy: Cancellations that are made at least 2 months in advance will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 cancellation fee. Regretfully we can not give refunds past the cancellation deadline. The only exception we can make is that we will refund 80% of your deposit in case we can rebook your spot with another participant.

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