Learning Together: The Constructional Approach to Training

Stay At Home Virtual Clinic Series

In 2020 I shifted all of my clinics to a virtual format and discovered much to my surprise and delight that I love the virtual format.  I am going to continue to use the virtual clinic format going into 2021. I will be repeating the three clinics I designed last year, and I will be adding four new clinics for 2021.  I love how they erase the constraints of geography.  Now everyone can participate no matter where you live!  Zoom lets us all travel literally around the world without ever leaving home.
 

You can skip ahead to see the dates and topics of the events.  Or continue reading to learn more about this new clinic format.  We'll look first at the title I have given these clinics.

As you look at the outline below, you will see that the "normal" horse training topics are missing.  I'm not giving clinics on trailer loading, lunging, riding, etc.  Those are outcome oriented topics.  The clinics I am presenting are process oriented.  They teach you the underlying concept and skills that will let you design a lesson plan for your individual horse and training goals.  So one person in the clinic may we interested in riding, someone else is working with a foal, and a third person wants to focus on husbandry and medical care.  The course material will meet all of these different needs.

Learning Together: The Constructional Approach to Training

Clinic overview

Clinic format:

Topics:

             Getting Started
             Series 1: The Central Core: Understanding Balance

                             Course #1.) Extinction: Friend or Foe?

                             Course # 2.) What Do You See? 

                             Course # 3) Constructional Rope Handling

 

            Series 2: Let’s Get Creative: Designing The Steps Towards Your Own Study-Of-One Excellence(New for 2021)

                          Course #1.) Managing Energy and Emotions: The Goldilocks Principle in Action - Getting to Just Right

                            Course #2.) Connecting the Dots: What Have Hugs Got To Do With Lateral Work and Riding?
                            Course # 3.) The T’ai Chi Walk and Reversibility: Understanding Lateral Work 

 

What Can You Expect From These Virtual Clinics?: Overall Format

Start time

Schedule

Coaching Groups and Clinic Clusters

Course Prices

            Pricing

 


Learning Together  That's what we'll be doing.  You can always work on your own.  You can use my books, the DVDs, the on-line course, the blog posts and podcasts.  These are great resources, but sometimes it's fun to get together with other people.  It's good to spend time with people who understand your love of animals and who share your passion for positive reinforcement training.  It's good to see what others are doing.  You learn from their questions.  You learn from their animals.  With this on-line format, you don't have to worry about travel.  You get to stay at home and still learn together.

The Constructional Approach To Training  I'm a clicker trainer.  That tells you a lot about my core values and that I value positive reinforcement, but that label isn't sufficient.  I might be using positive reinforcement, but that doesn't guarantee that my animals are having a positive learning experience. I could be a clumsy trainer, or one who paints with a broad brush. I could be generating a lot of frustration, both for them and for myself by not thinking through how I want to structure my training.
 
I want to be a constructional trainer.  That means I am process-oriented, not goal driven.  I look at a complex end goal and consider all the component pieces that I can teach separately that will make that final goal much easier to reach.  In constructional training I learn how to set up the environment for success.  I learn how to train in clean loops so errors are minimized.  This is a structure I can apply throughout my training.  What do I want to teach?  How do I structure my lessons so they can be taught easily through this constructional approach?

Stay At Home Clinic Series  You don't have to travel any further than to your computer to explore these questions.  That's the beauty of this format.  You get to stay home, and so does your horse!  We'll be working together in your familiar environment.  You don't have to deal with the stress of traveling.  At clinics I hear so often people lament: "He never does this at home!"  Well now he is home, and via video we get to be the "fly on the wall" while you work with him. 
 
You get the best of both world.  You get to be away from home without being away from home.  And you get to have a lesson with your horse in the comfort of his familiar surroundings. 

How do these clinics work?
We are using zoom.  By now most of you are probably already familiar with zoom.  It has been the go-to platform during the pandemic.  Zoom is very easy to use, so even if you aren’t a regular zoom user, you’ll quickly become comfortable using this meeting space.   

What you need, IDEALLY
- a computer, tablet or mobile phone, with hi-speed internet connection
- a web cam, either built-into your device, or connected to it
- ear phones/ear buds
- a microphone (built-in, or connected - some ear buds have a mic in the wire)


   *a quiet place where you can participate with little or no interruption.
    We will be looking at video and presentations so you will want to use a device that lets you see the zoom meeting room screen.  Computers are best.  Cell phones do work if that is your only alternative.

I will email you ahead of time a link to the Zoom meeting.  Here is a video about how to join a meeting: 

 

https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

 



If you are on your computer, or tablet, you should open the link for the meeting a few minutes before the designated start time. Zoom will want you to download a bit of software. Please do. It is safe. If you are using a tablet or mobile phone to access, you may need to install an app.

What is the schedule for the event? 

Clinic format:

 

In 2020 the basic schedule followed the format of a two day clinic.  We had introductions on Friday night by two full days of teaching.  We had a three hour session in the morning and again in the afternoon.  
 

I set up virtual clinics for each of the clinic locations that I would have been visiting if the virus had not shut down all travel.  That created a crazy schedule for me.  I might not have been traveling, but I was changing time zones every weekend.


This year I am going to try a different approach.  I will be using two different clinic formats.  The first one is held over five consecutive days.  The second is held over two weekends
 

Format 1: Five consecutive days:
I have scheduled three clinics that are designed specifically for those of you in Australia and New Zealand.  
These clinics will be held over five days.  We will meet once a day for approximately three hours.  Essentially it is the same amount of teaching time as the two day clinics, but it is spread over more days.  This has the advantage of there is time every day for people to work with their horses and to send me video of their sessions.
The clinics will be begin at 5 or 6 pm eastern time for me.  If you live in Australia, that means the clinic will be starting in the morning of the following day.  Neither one of us has to be up in the middle of the night to attend.  
Sarah Nickels (info@abbeysrunequestrian.com.au) will be organizing these clinics for me.  We would like to give preference to people living in Australia and New Zealand, but the schedule will work for North America, as well.

Format 2: Course Held Over Two Consecutive Weekends
All of the other clinics will be held over two weekends.  Instead of bouncing around to different time zones, the start time for all the clinics will be set for the eastern time zones.  But I have chosen a time that should work whether you are on the west coast of North America or across the Atlantic in the UK or Europe.  None of us will have to be up in the middle of the night to attend.


I’m looking forward to seeing the groups that assemble for these clinics.  Geography truly won’t matter.  If you want to travel, come join these clinics! We may have people from all across the US, Canada and Europe attending in each clinic.  What fun!


Format:
Friday: Start time 12 noon eastern time: Introductions
Saturday: Start time 12 noon eastern time 3 to 4 hour teaching session
Sunday: Start time 12 noon eastern time 3 to 4 hour teaching session
Monday - Thursday: Send in your video! We will have a closed group which everyone in the clinic will have access to.  If you have signed up for a training spot, you can send in video.  Throughout the week you’ll be getting feedback on your training.  I’ll be watching your horse in your home environment.  You can try out the suggestions and send in new video every day.
Everyone in the clinic will be able to watch the videos and see the suggestions so you will be learning from all the horse/handler teams.
Friday Day off
Saturday: Start time 12 noon eastern time 3 to 4 hour teaching session
Sunday: Start time 12 noon eastern time 3 to 4 hour teaching session


Friday Introductions

: The Friday introductions are an important part of every clinic - real or virtual.  It represents your first shaping experience of the course.  We can’t possibly cover the whole of any topic in the time we have together.  Your introduction helps to guide me in selecting discussion points that will be of most use to you.  So you are literally shaping the course that is going to be unfolding through your answers to the following questions:

What is your background with horses? If you don’t have horses, what animals do you work with?  What is your clicker training background?

Are there particular training questions that you would like to explore? What has brought you to this clinic experience.  What are you hoping you get from it? After the clinic ends, you are saying that was just the BEST computer gathering I have ever had because . . .  What is the because that you are looking for?  You may not have the answer to this last one yet, but you may have some clues that can help us get there.
 
The zoom platform means we can also meet your horses on Friday.  Participants can share a short video - two or three minutes max that shows their current training.  You can pick anything you like: a fun behavior you’re taught your horse, an issue you’re having with him, or just a baseline of a typical session. We’ll share these videos on Friday.  I’ve always found that sharing them in a group is very helpful for everyone.  It’s a great way to get to know one another, and it also spotlights many training questions others may have as well.

For our virtual clinic the Friday gathering will have another function.  It will get us all comfortable using the zoom platform.  I am looking for something that is much more than a webinar that you watch passively.  I want to create the same back and forth exchanges that occur at clinics.  For that we need everyone to be familiar with the way that I want us to use zoom.


Saturday and Sunday - Daily Teaching Sessions 3 to 4 hours
Don't let the length scare you.  You won't be sitting at the computer for three hours straight.  We will be taking short breaks between activities.  The sessions will include a conference-style presentation that is related to the topic of the clinic you are attending.  The presentation will be followed by discussion, video analysis and skill building sessions.  It will often include some balance/body awareness sessions which means you definitely won’t be sitting the whole time.

You will have homework to explore from each of the sessions.  If you have signed up for a horse spot, you can send in video for analysis during the clinic.



Note: Space is very limited at these clinics.  I want everybody to be able to participate fully.  That means there is time for your questions, your video. I am keeping the group size small, so sign up early to be sure you have a spot.


Course Topics


Getting Started with the Clicker (New for 2021)

This is just what the title suggests.  If you are new to clicker training, if you have a new horse, if you are teaching beginners, or you just want to refresh your understanding of the basics, this is a clinic for you.  

We'll start with the basics - beginning with what is clicker training?  Why do we use a marker signal and treats?  We'll look at the beginning steps that will get you off to a great start.  We'll look at details in the handling that will make a huge difference to your horse. 

We'll explore this through video that I have prepared in advance, and we'll also look at your video.  This is the time to build good habits.  Video analysis can help.
This event is very much tailored to those who are new to clicker training, but you don't have to be a beginner to enjoy it.  Very often a review of basics helps move a horse forward in the training.
We will look at:
    * what it means to be a constructional trainer
    * the use of protective contact
    * detailed instructions for introducing the six foundation lessons
    * empowering the trainer - choosing your teaching strategy
    * core handling skills

Your questions and your horses will very much structure the material we cover.  We will be working with your horses in their home environment.  So the details we cover will very much be dictated by the starting point each horse/handler team presents.  You can be a total beginner or an experienced clicker trainer.  The emphasis will be on the foundation lessons, and there will be a lot to learn.

If you are new to my work, this is a great clinic to begin with.  The advanced work that I teach all begins here in these foundation steps.

This clinic will be spread out over two weekends.  You'll have a week in between to practice with your horse.  If you have signed up for a horse spot, you’ll be able to send in video and get feedback throughout the week.

Note: Everyone registered in the Getting Started course will be eligible for a $100 discount on the on-line course.  The offer is valid for thirty days after the clinic.


Clinic Series 1: The Central Core: Understanding Balance
(First presented in 2020)

Course #1.) Extinction: Friend or Foe?
Clicker trainers know we want to avoid the intentional use of punishment.  We work hard to find alternatives to force-based solutions.  But we may not be as mindful about avoiding extinction with all of its associated emotional fallout.  This is where a constructional approach to training really helps.  In this presentation we'll look at the "good and bad apples" in the "extinction barrel". 
In this course we’ll be looking at macro and micro extinction.  Macro extinction is the “bad apple”.   It creates frustration, anger, aggression, apathy, learned helplessness.  We have all had experiences where something that previously worked for us, now no longer does.  Your wonderfully reliable car won’t start.  Your computer freezes up.  You can’t get your drink out of the vending machine.  We can relate to the unpleasant emotions that accompany the extinction process.  So we know this is something that we want to avoid in our training.

On the other hand micro extinction is part of good training.  It is part of loopy training.  Loopy training is the central, organizing teaching strategy.  We’ll look at what it means to be a constructional trainer, how to use movement cycles, and how to build increasingly complex behavior out of them.  

It doesn’t matter the specific goal behavior you are trying to get to.  It doesn’t even matter what species you are working with.
These are keys-to-the-kingdom concepts.  

You will be learning how to use an understanding of movement cycles to find a starting point for your training.  

You’ll use the loopy training teaching strategy to structure your lessons.  That includes understanding the role that cues play to link behaviors together and the use of base behaviors and such teaching strategies as priming the pump. The goal is to minimize extinction and maximize fun.

If you are already familiar with my clicker training foundation lessons, this is a great starting point for you.  If possible, I recommend going through the clinics in order.  Each clinic builds on the concepts, lessons, and handling skills that are covered in the previous clinics.


Course # 2.) What Do You See? 

Good training depends not just on seeing small changes in behavior but knowing what it means and what to do with it.  

We'll be using video I have prepared for this event as well as video of your horse working in his home environment.  We'll be looking at small details that make a huge difference.  The goal is to help you sharpen your observation skills.

In this course we’ll look at what it means to be in good balance.  We’ll use example/non-example.  What do we see?  What do we want to see?  

To help answer that question the course will include Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement lessons.  One of the best ways to learn about movement is to observe your own.  After all, this is a laboratory that is always with you.

The questions are simple: where does a particular movement begin?  Where does it get stuck?  What else is connected to the action you have initiated?  Learning how to observe - without judgement - your own balance gives you a tool for understanding movement in someone else. That someone can be a human, a horse, a dog.  (It can be other species, as well, but those are the ones people are typically working with.)

Learning to see small changes in balance means you can become more consistent in what you are reinforcing.  You’ll see the change before the change before the change you want to mark. As the clarity of your criteria improves, you’ll shift away from macro extinction timing mistakes and move instead into the elegance of micro training.
 
There's more to seeing small changes.  It's also do you understand why they matter?  Through the presentations, discussions, and body awareness sessions, the course will explore the small details that add up to great things.
This is a fun course because it includes such a great mix of activities.  There are presentations.  There are Feldenkrais lessons.  There are discussions.  There’s video analysis.  Our horses show us that details matter, and that’s what we’ll be looking at in this course - the details that make a difference.


Course #3.) Constructional Rope Handling
Yes, we are going to have a virtual rope handling course, and why not!  It’s amazing what you can do through a zoom screen.
We'll be looking at what it means to shape on a point of contact.  As constructional trainers, how do we develop good rope handling skills?  How do we teach tactile cues and use leads and reins so they are a positive reinforcement communication tool?  Using the concept of reversibility, you'll learn how to teach yourself and your horse new skills. 
This course will include both Feldenkrais lessons and standing awareness sessions.  You won't just be watching.  You'll be doing!
Training involves many physical skills, including the use of leads.  We put halters and leads on our horses which means we are using tactile cues.  The question in clicker training has never been are we using pressure and release of pressure, but how has that communication system been taught?  If your horse doesn’t respond to your request, did you make the signal louder and louder until finally he moved in the direction you wanted?

Escalating pressure creates unwanted side effects - tension, fear, and avoidance.  It’s the bad apple in the barrel.

Shaping on a point of contact is different.  Here we apply the concepts and skills that were introduced in the previous clinics.  We break training down into smaller components.  Simpler units are easier to teach. We use the loopy training teaching structure and follow the loopy training mantra.  

You are looking for small changes so you can be quiet and patient.  Details matter.  Good observational skills matter.  You’ll be learning how to slide to a point of contact and wait for our learner to move his own body.  There is no escalating pressure, no “shouting it louder”, no making it happen, no insisting, no “do it or else”.

Instead shaping on a point of contact presents a puzzle that is right for your learner.  The puzzles you set include many clues.  These clues come from your own body language, which means there’s a lot more to rope handling than just a lead rope.

You’ll be learning key skills that will connect you to liberty work, in-hand work and riding.

This course includes a mix of presentations, discussions, Feldenkrais lessons, body awareness exercises, rope handling practice, and video analysis or training sessions.



Clinic Series 2: Let’s Get Creative: Designing The Steps Towards Your Own Study-Of-One Excellence
(New for 2021)


I’m delighted to announce that for this series I will be joined by Dr. Michaela Hempen. 

1.) Managing Energy and Emotions: The Goldilocks Principle in Action - Getting to Just Right

The Goldilocks principle:  We all know the story.  First the bear’s porridge was too hot, the next bowl was too cold, but the third one was just right.

Working with horses can seem a lot like that.  At times your horse has way too much energy.  Pick your image.  Maybe you feel as though you’re about to be bowled over by a runaway freight train.    Or perhaps he feels like a coiled spring that’s about to explode.  

Neither image is any fun to be around - never mind how dangerous this can be.  

At the other extreme your horse feels as though his feet are stuck in cement.  You ask him to move and there’s nothing.  No response.  He’s either stiff like a stone statue, or he’s absent.  When you look in his eyes, there’s “no one at home”.  Too much energy can feel unsafe.  Too little just feels incredibly frustrating.  

And what is woven tight around each of these images are the emotions that go with them.  

The good news is emotions are not fixed and forever.  Your horse is not a “fearful horse”.  He is fearful under these conditions.

Your horse is not aggressive.  He shows aggressive behavior under these conditions.

Your horse is not lazy.  There are reasons for his frozen stance.

Change the conditions - change the emotions.

Find the right contingencies, and you can find your way to just right. If you ask him to move on, he responds promptly.  If you ask him to stop, he does so easily.  

Energy is available.  He can increase his leg speed.  He can become more collected.  Adding energy doesn’t tip him over the edge where he can’t listen and respond to your cues.  Adding energy doesn’t make him tense.  And when you ask him to stop, he is able to do so without feeling like a coiled spring.  Under saddle his back doesn’t feel as though you are sitting on a stiff board.  He remains soft, able to listen, able to move easily into changes of speed, direction and degrees of collection.  

Or to put it more simply:

He physically can do what you are asking.

He understands what you are asking.

And he wants to do what you are asking.


These three elements give us directions to explore when the energy and the emotions are not quite right and we want to figure out why. They give us the big subject headings that need to be teased apart: Can he do what you’re asking? Does he understand what you’re asking?  Is the environment a plus or a minus?

Training is rarely black and white simple.  Physical issues often sit at the root of behavior problems, but they can be hard to spot.  

Handling skills are a work in progress - always no matter how good we get.  

If you encounter a horse with challenging behavior issue, he can make you feel as though you have never handled a horse before in your life.  Add to that his training history may have produced many poisoned cues and you have a complex mess to unravel.

You have a horse who falls at one end or the other of the Goldilocks dilemma.  Far from being just right, he is too fast, too anxious, too much like a freight train.  You can’t manage his energy.  He never slows down or and it always feels as though he is trying to get away from you.  

That’s one end of the spectrum.  At the other is the horse who is stuck in cement, shut down, bored, unwilling, uninterested.  He “blows you off” in the training.  Always there’s a manure pile that needs to be sniffed, or an itch that has to be scratched, or space that needs to be stared off into.

How do you sort through all of this to get to “just right”?

We’re going to borrow a procedure from the field of applied behavior analysis.  We’re going to use single subject design and A/B reversals to tease apart the different elements that are controlling the responses you see.  

Your horse will become his own control.  In this course you’ll be learning how this works.  It doesn’t matter which end of the spectrum you are struggling with, or what the behavior is that you are trying wanting to teach, once you understand how this process works, you can systematically build towards the energy, the emotions, the behavior you want.

This clinic will be taught over two weekends so there will be time to apply the concepts to your own training.  You can establish a baseline, make a change, test it, evaluate it, review it, make another small change.

People often struggle to do this systematically. They don’t really know how to build component behaviors. They change too many things at once.  The result is they end up not knowing why their training broke down at the point that it did.  

I’m delighted to announce that for this course I will be joined by Dr. Michaela Hempen.  Michaela has been applying the concepts of single-subject design and stimulus control to her research project on cribbing.  The subject of that study has also contributed greatly to our understanding of how to work with horses that are coming to us with behavior problems resulting from harsh training systems.




Course #2.) Connecting the Dots: What Have Hugs Got To Do With Lateral Work and Riding?

That’s the question this course will be answering.  In my world of balance a hug is so much more than an expression of affection or greeting.  I could say it is a doorway into balance.  A hug is a dot that opens up an understanding of “gives” and shaping on a point of contact.  A hug leads to movement, and on to lateral work.  Which means ultimately a hug leads on to riding.  But a hug is so much more that just a tool that teaches your horse how to respond softly to a lead or a rein.  A hug connects you deeply into your horse’s heart.  A hug leads straight to a magical relationship.

So in this course we’ll be connecting many of the dots of the previous clinics.  We’ll learn how to use body part targeting to ask your horse questions that lead to beautiful balance. We’ll be looking at lateral work: what it is, why it is important in developing both physical and emotional balance, how do you teach and manage lateral flexions?

Again the course will use presentations, discussions, Feldenkrais lessons and body awareness sessions, plus video analysis.  

This is an advanced course.  I recommend that you attend the previous courses before enrolling in this one.

I will be joined in teaching this course by Michaela Hempen.  



Course #3.) The T’ai Chi Walk and Reversibility: Understanding Lateral Work 

This third course in this series is a skill builder for handlers. In previous courses I will have introduced the standing body awareness exercises and the tai chi walk.  These are not lessons that are perfected after one exposure.  In this course we will look in more depth at the t’ai chi walk and it’s connection to lateral work. It will be comparable to the rope handling course in Series 1. The focus is on the handler’s skills not teaching strategies.


We will be looking at lateral flexions: what they are and why you want them.

Reversibility is a teaching strategy that lets you present lessons and build new skills with enormous clarity.  You’ll experience the power of this approach through the skill building lessons in this course.   

Again the course will use presentations, discussions, Feldenkrais lessons and body awareness sessions, plus video analysis.  

This is an advanced course.  I recommend that you attend the previous courses before enrolling in this one.




What Can You Expect From These Virtual Clinics?: Overall Format

2020 showed us that geography doesn’t matter.  During the clinics I can visit with you and your horse no matter where you live.  What is needed is an internet connection, not a horse trailer.  

I also learned that shifting time zones to accommodate the local time zone was a head spinner for me.

So in 2021 I will be using a different approach from my initial foray into virtual clinics.  The clinics that are set up for Australia and New Zealand will be held over five consecutive days.  We will have one teaching session per day.  That gives participants time to work their horses each day and to send me video which we will look at during the clinic.

The clinics will begin in the evening for those of us living in the eastern time zone of the US.  They will start in the morning of the following day for those of you in Australia and New Zealand. This sounds confusing but it does work.  It also means that for anyone living in North America this format may suit your schedule well.  Preference will be given to people from Australia and New Zealand only because the time difference makes it so much harder for them to attend the other clinics.


I will also be giving clinics that are held over two consecutive weekends.  We will have one teaching session per day.  The clinics begin with a Friday session for introductions.  We will work together as a group on Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend.  The sessions will be three to four hours with short breaks between activities.

During the week people can send in short videos of their training.  We will have a private group set up so everyone can see the videos and the suggestions I offer. Everyone will be learning from one another.

On the second weekend we will meet again on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be one training session per day.  The session will be three to four hours per day with short breaks between activities.


Start time:  

Rather than trying to hold clinics for specific time zones the two formats for this year lets me open each clinic to a wider geographic draw.  

For the five day clinic check the start time in the schedule.  It changes by an hour through the year to accommodate day light savings time.

For the clinics that are held over two weekends the start time will  12:00 noon eastern time.  For those of you in the UK and Europe you’ll be able to join in.  This will be a late afternoon start time for you.

For those of you on the west coast of North America, you’ll be joining us at 9 am pacific time.  I’m looking forward to the geographic mix this creates!  Very fun!


Schedule:

Click Here for the 2021 clinic calendar


Coaching Groups and Clinic Clusters

In 2020 we found that it was useful - and fun - to get together again a couple of weeks after the clinic. These follow up days let people share what they had been working since the clinic and to get feedback and suggestions for moving on from me.  

I want to offer something similar for this year, but instead of setting up ahead of time, I want to let this develop organically so it can more truly meet your needs.

Several options will be available.  Some of you may want to meet up  with people in your region or with people you have met in the clinics.  Often people find “training buddies” through the clinics.  We can plan "coaching day" get-togethers that will build on clinic material.  

Another option that may emerge as people move through the course series.  I would like to offer coaching groups as a cluster of people get to a certain point in the process where they are ready for more specialized topics or need more regular help with their training.  

People who are new to clicker training may want to join a “Getting Started” cluster.  Others who are further along in the training may be ready for a training cluster that is focused on lateral work or single-rein riding. This topics will evolve over time.  The prerequisite for joining one of these training cluster will be participation in the clinics that are relevant to the topic.

I want to provide the resources that let people succeed magnificently with clicker training and with their horses.

These resources include: the books, DVDs, on-line course, blog, podcasts, clinic courses, and now coaching clusters.



Course Prices

Price:  This is always the hard part, figuring out what to charge.  Here is the thinking that has gone into deciding on the price.  

I want to make these weekends affordable.  I want to price them so people can do more than one per year because I want you to be able to move progressively through the clinic series.  You won’t have travel expenses, so hopefully that will mean that more than one clinic will fit into both your schedule and your budget.

I know what tight budgets are like, and I also know for many people the pandemic has created financial stress and uncertainty.  I have taken that into account.  That said, I also have to cover my expenses.  The clinics have to be affordable for all of us.

Spreading the clinics out over two weekends reduces the number of clinics I can give in a year, and it increases the work.  Group size for these clinics is kept small to give you a better experience.

All of this has gone into my thinking about what to charge.  

For the courses that are held over two weekends there will be
two tiers of participation.  You can sign up for a coaching spot - meaning you get to send in video of your training sessions. I will look at and comment on your video through the week.  These spots are limited so be certain to register early to secure your coaching spot.

Everyone else can participate fully in every aspect of the course.  They can include a short training video to share in the introductions.  They can ask questions and participate fully in the discussions.  They will have access to the closed clinic forum during the week.  The only thing they will not be doing is submitting video to the group for comments and training suggestions.

I recommend that you work through the clinics in order.  If you are familiar with my work and have been attending in-person clinics, you can skip around to suit your schedule.  But if you are new to my work, you will get more from these course if you attend them in order.  

As you work through the courses, you become eligible to join training clusters.  These are by invitation only.  They are not open registration groups.  As you get to a point in the training where you are ready to explore more specialized topics, email me to find out what options are available.


Pricing:  
Five Consecutive days with one teaching session per day:

$280 USD with an optional catch up day that is an additional $60 USD
Everyone who participates can submit video.  Space is limited in these clinics so register early to reserve your spot.


Courses held over 2 consecutive weekends with video analysis during the week via a closed group forum

Participants with a video analysis spot: $450 USD. This is equivalent to having a horse in the clinic except you and your horse do not have to travel.

Participants participating without video analysis:    $325 USD. You will be participating fully in all the discussion.  You will have access to the course forum during the week.  You just won’t be submitting video for review.

 

Everyone registered in the Getting Started Clinic is eligible for a $100 discount on the on-line course.  The offer is valid for thirty days after the clinic.

 

Everyone who enrolls in a clinic will be eligible for a 20% discount on the books and DVDs.  This offer is valid for thirty days after the clinic event.


If you have any questions, please do contact me at kurlanda@verizon.net



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Questions? Email kurlanda@crisny.org

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